Thursday, January 24, 2008

What Is tabletalkportland?

So there we were, sitting around yet another restaurant table piled high with empty plates and littered with martini glasses (Michelle's) and champagne flutes (Jen's), on what we fuzzily hazarded was our 37th consecutive night out on the town. There's got to be more to life than just eating at yet another excellent Portland bistro/cafe/bakery/gastropub/boulangerie/wine bar/patisserie/sushi bar, one of us said. Something's missing. Dessert, to start. So we ordered a lemon curd crepe with Meyer lemon marmalade and kept pondering our sweet and savory existence.
Then it hit us--we love food and eating out far too much, right? So why not share our affection, okay, our slight obsession, for fantastic food and drink with the world, not just keep it to ourselves and our waistlines! Let's put up a website, do a little blogging, we decided. It seemed like a great creative outlet for two girls who are waaaay too fond of food. 
While making quick work of the above-mentioned crepe, we dreamed up a sort of Portland food scene "hub", somewhere where we could go to get quick n' dirty updates about the who, what, where and when of the local food n' drink circuit. Whether it be the latest and greatest restaurant or a rediscovered old favorite, a cool gastropub to relax in with a pint of seriously good Belgium beer and a bowl of mussels or a tiny cupcake shop where we can gorge ourselves on Red Velvet cupcakes and cold milk on a rainy Saturday afternoon. 
We know we're busy girls--unfortunately we weren't born with martini funds, so as much as we'd love to be able to spend all day at Crema drinking from a bottomless cup of Stumptown and nibbling ham and cheese croissants, alas we must toil instead to earn our (artisan, of course) bread money--and we figure you're probably pretty busy yourself, so we envision a website that gives you the foodie lowdown at a glance. We want tabletalkportland to be a place where you can go to get all the info you need to make your weekend dinner reservations in a moment if need be (of course, you're welcome to spend longer clicking around if you like!).
We thought it would also be nice to post updates on upcoming food events and interesting classes  (Chocolate 101?). We've also got a few surprise features and chef profiles up our aprons, so be sure to watch for the forthcoming launching of our website ('re still ironing out the technical details as you read this. In the meantime you can read our foodlovin' brain dump on this blog.
Thanks a million for visiting today! We are so excited about this venture and can't wait to see how it unfolds, but we need and want your support, input, tips, and opinions. So keep reading...and keep eating!! You know we will be!!

Jen and Michelle

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