Homemade Chicken Gyros

Monday, October 29, 2012

There have been a few times recently that I've had some major fails in the kitchen. Normally I'm a really good cook - but I have my moments when I mess things up. But tonight I felt like I redeemed myself with these homemade chicken gyros! It's such a simple meal, almost fool-proof really. I've made these a few times & each time I love them more & more! Such a quick & easy meal to make after a long day at work.

Homemade Chicken Gyros
[serves 2]

1 chicken breast
2 slices of flatbread pita
1/2 cup diced cucumbers
1/2 cup diced tomatoes [I used tomatoes on the vine]
4 tbs tzatziki Sauce

Season chicken breast with salt, pepper & a little bit of olive oil. Brown both sides of the chicken in a hot skillet (approx. 5 minutes per side) & then let it finish cooking in the oven at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes. Let the chicken rest for approx. 5 minutes before thinly slicing with a sharp knife. (This is my absolute favorite way to cook chicken; it turns out so juicy - never dry).

Spread tzatzkiki sauce down the middle of the flatbread pita, top with sliced chicken, diced cucumbers & diced tomatoes. 

Fold over & enjoy!

Date Night: Southland Whiskey Kitchen

This past Friday, Luke & I went on a date :) At the end of the summer, we had brunch down the street from a restaurant that was still in construction.  We walked past & thought, hmm, we better keep this place in mind, it looks like it's gonna be good! Fast forward a few months, we somehow managed to remember this place & now we're going out there for date night!

Southland Whiskey Kitchen is an upscale southern-barbecue-meets-whiskey-bar. When we looked at the menu the night before we had already (& rather quickly) picked out what we wanted. We shared fried green tomatoes, Luke had a catfish po boy & I had the pulled pork sandwich. All was amazing. They even make their own barbecue sauces (that you can buy). I'm definitely coming back for the gold (Carolina style sauce, my fav). If you live in or around Portland, you should probably check it out. We'll be back sometime & probably soon!

- Photos © Holly Carman -

Canada Day 2

Thursday, October 25, 2012

We woke up to the most gorgeous view of the city & then went to breakfast at De Dutch (& had the most horrible service on earth, like waitresses-standing-around-talking-not-sitting-you-at-either-of-the-two-open-tables-kind-of-service). The food was OK, but I definitely wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. Go to the Belgian waffle window on the same block. But don't worry, our day got lots better...

We walked down to Sunset Beach in the West End & hopped on a little tugboat over to Granville Island. Once at Granville Island we spent a few hours walking around, taking in the sunshine & drooling over everything at the Granville Island Public Market. Seriously, it puts Pike Place Market to shame. At this point we were really regretting our Dutch breakfast because the food here looked 10 times better!

When our friends met up with us, we ventured over to the Granville Island Brewing's tasting room & sipped on some delicious beers. It's a bummer that they only allow each person 12.5 oz a day - we would've totally ordered pitchers!

Heather rolled into town & we met up with her on Robson Street for some tapas at Coco Rico (just an 'eh' place) we ate here more out of starvation than anything else. We then relaxed in the hotel & ventured out for sushi at Sushi Mart later in the evening. A great sushi joint with great prices!

Canada Day 3 & 4 coming up on Monday...

- Photos © Holly Carman -

Canada Day 1

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

After a (very horrible) 5:00am wake-up call, Luke & I got ready & headed out the door towards downtown Portland to meet our friends & catch the 6:30am Bolt Bus towards Vancouver B.C.!!! (I also have to add that the Bolt Bus was a total of $75 for Luke and I both, round trip - cheaper than gas and way cheaper than the train!)

After countless hours on the bus (& a stop in Seattle, Bellingham & the border crossing...) we made it to the Vancouver train station between 2:30-3:00pm.  After a very quick ride on the SkyTrain, we lugged our bags through the streets of Vancouver to our hotel. We checked into the Empire Landmark in the West End & instantly got blown away by the impressive views of the city from our balcony. We got freshened up, re-grouped & then hit the streets in search of food!

We ventured over to Gastown & sipped on a few beers at Chill Winston while we all chatted about how fashionable everyone in Vancouver is. Seriously, everyone is so well put together in this town. We walked a few blocks down the road & enjoyed a group dinner at the Lamplighter. This was my favorite moment of the trip. We were all together & excited to be on vacation in such a great city :)

After dinner, we wandered around for a bit & found Funky Winker Beans, a dive bar that we thought was perfect until Dameians friend Richard texted us & said to get out of that part of town NOW (oops)! We quickly left & found another bar (Malones) & proceeded to have a few more drinks while we waited for Richard to show up. The long day had finally caught up with me - so Katie & I took a cab back to the hotel to rest up for day two...

(Blanche, Dameian, Luke, Ashley & Katie)

Canada Day 2 coming up next... 

- Photos © Holly Carman -