It Only Comes Toasted

ItOnlyComesToasted is a legendary phrase in my family. When members of my family were in a Wisconsin restaurant, my grandpa asked if he could get his BLT on non-toasted bread, the waitress proclaimed, “It only comes toasted”. Hence the legend. Never settle!


Feast Portland – Day one

People's Choice Winner - PBJ Ice Cream sandwich from Salt and Straw

People’s Choice Winner – PBJ from Salt and Straw

Feast Portland: Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational

The Premise: 14 chefs competing to create the best sandwich known to mankind, and guess what? We are the judge, …our first task, tasting all 14 sandwiches. Spread out over Downtown Portland’s Directors Park, hungry foodies mull about for, or in perfect Portlandian style, stand in line for, a taste of the best that Portland, and the rest of the allotted country’s best restaurateurs put forth for all of us to taste. Culinary heavyweights, such as Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb, San Francisco), Matt McCallister (FT33, Dallas) and Paul Kahan (Avec, Chicago) came to battle local faves Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood (Bunk Sandwiches, Portland), Tyler Malek (Salt & Straw, Portland) & Stephanie Pearl Kimmel (Marché, Eugene, OR) to determine who makes the best sandwich. The Peoples Choice, shockingly, was Salt and Straw’s PBJ… a decedent ice cream treat version of our childhood favorite.The Judges selected Bonnie Morales, Kachka (Portland, OR) sandwich of Smoked Sprats, Egg, Smetana Butter Fried Toasts for the Judge’s Choice.

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Originally posted by The Daily Meal, Sept. 17th, 2014

My Path

As a career graphic designer with a packaging and labeling specialty, I have always been involved in the food industry. I have always wanted to become closer with the actual PR/Marketing/Writing side of the industry. After being laid off again in 2013, I decided it was time to reinvent myself. I know that phrase is WAY overused, but truthfully, it is exactly what I am doing. I was born a foodie and have been active in the wine industry through labeling *and tasting!* for many years and this drew me in. I am now Wine Rep for Awesome Wines, specializing in corporate events, weddings, restaurants & bars and, best of all, Private Wine Parties! I also am writing for The Daily Meal about all that is Portland. I couldn’t be more happy! Contact me for restaurant reviews or to schedule a wine party!