Move some dirt around!

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion. Or as my parents say, “When in doubt, move some dirt around!”

And tending to the garden is all that and more- it’s good for the soul and the environment and I love spending warm, dry days in the yard with my friends and family, enjoying the fruits of our labor and the peace nature brings us all.

Which brings me to a very happy, important announcement……I connected my dear friend (and fellow MPH graduate-what what!!) with her first home - a mid-century home in town with a killer yard – veggie beds, compost bin and all!

Congratulations on your new home Rachelle and happy gardening!

-Starr

Two Portland-area chefs cooked to win!

Two Top Chef Finalists are from Portland

Will Portland’s next claim to fame be the home of Bravo TV's Top Chef (Season 12) winner?

In last night's episode, two out of three Top Chef Finalists are from Portland - Gregory Gourdet and Doug Adams! You may know Gregory Gourdet’s Asian influenced menu from Departure, the 15th-floor restaurant in downtown Portland's the Nines hotel; Or Doug Adams, the Chef de Cuisine of Paley's Imperial restaurant and Portland Penny Diner. The third finalist is Mei Lin, a female chef from West Hollywood's Ink. Culinary Arts is a male dominated industry. There has only been one female winner in Top Chef history!

Check out the Oregonian’s Kristi Turnquist’s recap of last night's episode to find out which Top Chef finalists advanced to next week's season finale showdown! 

Starr Gartner

Spencer and Hannah

Congrats to Spencer & Hannah for purchasing their first home. It was a pleasure working with both of you. Real Estate is like a relationship.....it is important to meet in the middle and occasionally make a compromise for the good of the deal. Hannah commutes to Beaverton, Spencer to downtown. We found a great fit in SW Portland that makes it easy for both of these young professionals to get to and from work. Thank you for the kind testimonial. I hope you have many happy years in this house.  

 

"My wife and I worked with Eric during our search for our first home together. He was great the entire time. Very knowledgeable about the local real estate market and we always felt as though he had our best interest in mind. Eric shares his opinions along the way, but never tries to sell you on something you don't want. Overall a great experience. "

Portland's 1st Annual Dumpling Week!

Get Ready For...

Portland's 1st Annual Dumpling Week!

February 1-7, 2015

The Oregonian is hosting Portland's 1st Annual Dumpling Week! Cultures around the world have their various twists on the dumpling-a small savory ball of dough that may be boiled, fried, or baked in a casserole. Over 19 restaurants around the Portland metro area are participating-including fantastic restaurants in Inhabit's immediate vicinity-Bollywood Theater, Son of a Biscuit and Xico, to name a few!

The full list of participating restaurants is as follows:

  • Aviary
  • Bollywood Theater
  • Boxer Ramen
  • Country Cat
  • Departure
  • Grassa
  • Imperial
  • Kachka
  • Kenny's & Zuke's
  • Lincoln
  • Little Bird
  • Mama Chow's
  • Ox
  • Paley's Place
  • Salt & Straw
  • Son of a Biscuit
  • St. Jack
  • Viking Soul Food
  • Xico