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FoodSchoolhouse Crushes, Portland Eats & Other Things I’m Loving Right Now

Schoolhouse Crushes, Portland Eats & Other Things I’m Loving Right Now

Dear Food52 Community,

I was just in Portland, OR, where the sun decided to make an appearance, and Denver, where it decided to snow in late April. Now back in Brooklyn with its cherry blossoms and garbage.

My Flight Supplies

Photo by Amanda Hesser

What do you take on planes? Tell me at [email protected] and I’ll share a bunch of people’s favorite travel supplies in an upcoming newsletter.

Schoolhouse Stopover

While in Portland, I got an early look at the fall (2024) and spring (2025!) products we’ll be launching at Schoolhouse. Here are a couple that I have crushes on:

Photo by Amanda Hesser

Photo by Amanda Hesser

While I wait for those, I ordered these sheets in chamomile! I decided to break free from my white sheets monopoly.

Portland Food

Team dinner at Lovely’s Fifty Fifty.

Photo by Amanda Hesser

Coffee break at Barista.

Photo by Amanda Hesser

Dinner at Jacqueline.

Photo by Amanda Hesser

Ice Cream at Fifty Licks

Photo by Amanda Hesser

The Highlights:

  • The Paper Bridge – The Lime Snow (lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and ice—you have to try it!) and sauteed morning glory
  • Lovely’s Fifty Fifty – Nettles pizza!
  • Jacqueline – Hamachi crudo with charred pickled pineapple and Mizuna Gardens lettuces with a tofu green goddess dressing, avocado, parm, radish, and crisp quinoa
  • Fifty Licks – Mango sticky rice, a non-dairy ice cream
  • Barista – Sparrow Bakery’s cardamom-vanilla Ocean Roll and the banquette seating at their NW 23rd Avenue location (great place to work or mindlessly scroll through IG daydream)
Denver Food

A snowy night in RiNo (Denver’s River North Art District).

Photo by Amanda Hesser

Starting strong at Corsica with housemade chips and shrimp toast.

Photo by Amanda Hesser

The Highlight:

Corsica Wine Bar, a new restaurant in RiNo, where we ate mussels in a saffron-crab broth; barbajuan (crisp ravioli stuffed with ricotta and greens); and blood orange granita with cacao nibs. (Full disclosure, I’m on the board of this company.)

Home Cooking in Denver

The Food52 recipes I cooked with my sister, Rhonda, at her house:

Photo by Renn Fuller

Rhonda’s Spaghetti with Fried Eggs and Pangrattato. (We doubled it and added kale and arugula.)

Photo by Mark Weinberg

We riffed on this Blood Orange Salad—making a citrus salad with pomelo, mandarin, and blood orange with pistachios, avocado, ground chile, olive oil, and salt.

Photo by Rocky Luten

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. (We made them without the black cocoa and they turned out just fine!)

Founder’s Faves

Photo by Amanda Hesser

New Favorite N/A Beer

Best Day Brewing Kölsch (This also received unanimous approval in our NA Beer Taste Test.)

New Favorite Potato Chip

Bonilla a la Vista Patatas Fritas (Yes, they’re insanely expensive, but you get a reusable tin.)

Photo by Elvin Abril

The Dishes I Use at Home

Sarah Kersten Dinnerware (Happily, we just started carrying Sarah’s plates again!)

Back in Brooklyn

Photo by Amanda Hesser

Photo by Amanda Hesser

My husband, Tad, always puts flowers on my desk and bedside when I return home from a trip.

Hope you all have a week that’s as eager and promising as these tulips!


Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I’ve written several books, including “Cooking for Mr. Latte” and “The Essential New York Times Cookbook.” I played myself in “Julie & Julia” — hope you didn’t blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


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