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Erica Tafavoti | Bacon&Braids  📍 Portland, OR | Food and Adventure Blogger | baconandbraids@gmail.com

Hey all - Erica here! I wanted to introduce myself if you’re new around here. 10 quick facts to get to know me: 1. I’m from Oklahoma originally and just celebrated two years in Portland! 🤠 2. I’m 26. 3. My full-time gig is marketing for a web agency and I’ve worked in tech for four years. 💻 4. I LOVE lifting weights and at peak dedication I could squat and deadlift 230 lbs. 🏋️‍♀️ 5. My favorite food is mashed potatoes and gravy. I love comfort food. 🥔 6. My favorite cocktail is a Margarita 🍹7. I’m passionate about animal rescue and have fostered over 15 dogs. 🐶 8. My favorite place I’ve ever visited is the Cinque Terre, Italy. 🍝 9. My favorite PDX restaurant is @mecpdx. 10. I have a mega sweet tooth and could eat ice cream literally every day. But I can also wax poetic about a great salad 🥗. I’d love if you left a fun fact about yourself in the comments so I can get to know you! P.S. This lovely 📸 snap is c/o Kara of @perfectfooddays! ☺️

I’m a sucker for a good drink garnish. And a toasted marshmallow is definitely one of my favorites. This is the Coconut Jasmine Tea cocktail from @toastlatea on NW 23rd, who also serves up massive bowls of Pho and over the top toast desserts. Check them out! Pro tip: On Friday nights you can get a massive bowl of Pho and a beer or cider for $10!

I had the pleasure of attending the @laphroaig First Timers tasting dinner last night at The Green Room. Their motto is #OpinionsWelcome and I have a lot - most of them related to how much I love all things Scottish culture, including a wee sip of Scotch whiskey. We sang Scottish songs, ate Neeps and Tatties, and dined alongside men in kilts. What more can you ask for on a Wednesday night? I’d recommend that the next time you order a glass of Scotch or a Scotch & Soda, you make it a @laphroaig. I know I won’t forget my first time. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿😉

I’ve been preaching the gospel of @808grinds for months, so it was awesome to finally meet the people behind the operation and chow down on tons of dishes with some of my foodie friends. 🤙 Thanks for the hospitality, @808grinds! Peep the tags in the first photo for some of Portland’s best foodies if you wanna stay in the loop on what to eat. 🤤

Finger foods are my favorite foods. These little crostinis were made with @pacificseafood’s New Zealand smoked salmon and were deeee-lish and so easy to make for a party. Are you a smoked salmon lover? Drop a comment below with a fish emoji and I’ll pick a winner to give away two packs of smoked salmon from @pacificseafood! (Must be in the PDX area!) This stuff is rich, sustainably caught, and super flavorful. 🐟🐠 It’s only available online through Amazon for now, but will hopefully be available in local stores in the near future! 🤞

This October I’ve been all in on pumpkin. 🎃 I get it, it’s a polarizing flavor. But I think we should like what we like and dislike what we dislike even if it’s a frowned upon opinion. I love pumpkin. I don’t love super runny eggs, raw oysters, or this strange shift of collard greens becoming trendy. What about you - what polarizing foods do you love or hate? Either way, I think we can all agree that @portlandcider knocks or out of the park on their seasonal ciders. 🍎 This one was no exception.

Where the @pipsoriginal doughnut truck goes, the pack goes. Especially when they stop by the best eye doc in town! Free doughnuts and chai at @spectaclepdx until 6 today. And the cutest glasses available any time. 🤓

Weekend mood. @thecrownpdx 📸: @flavor_james86

Lunch today at @wolfandbears had me feeling some type of way. Sitting in this Autumn sun and eating pita...there’s few things better. This is the Hummus Bowl + Falafel and Feta. I like that you can customize their dishes to add tons of sides and toppings without spending a ton of money. This was $8.50 and plenty filling!

“We’re not really getting a pumpkin, right? We’re just here for the cider and photos?” No better place to celebrate all things PNW Autumn than @bellaorganicfarm on Sauvie Island. Locally made cider and wine, organic squash and pumpkins, and all the festive snacks like kettle corn and caramel apples...and the views! Highly recommend a stop before the rain comes soon! 🎃🍁

Autumn AF. 🍁 I’m on the hunt for the best seasonal food around Portland this month. What are your favorite pumpkin/apple/fall things to eat? 🎃🍎 Photo by @flavor_james86

“Food is greater than the organization of ingredients on a plate. Food is people.” - @gg30000 at last night’s #rootsjbfpdx dinner at @thenineshotel. What an incredible experience to be a part of - a dozen of Portland’s greatest chefs put together stellar dishes for a great cause. It was enlightening to learn more about the work that the @beardfoundation does, and I left with a rejuvenated appreciation for the processes by which we acquire food, and grateful to be part of a community looking to better it. ❤️Thanks for a truly one of a kind experience, @pacificseafood!

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