Taco Meet Aquavit – An Official 2018 Aquavit Week Event

Taco Meet Aquavit - An Official 2018 Aquavit Week Event hosted by Steven Shomler

Taco Meet Aquavit!

Wednesday evening November 7th from 6 PM – 9 PM I will be hosting Taco Meet Aquavit – an official Aquavit Week event happening at Stella Taco Division – www.facebook.com/Stella-Taco-Division-357945638282758

To RSVP

See this link here it RSVP for Taco Meet Aquavit – www.facebook.com/events/538734296592242

Taco Meet Aquavit Tasting Plate

During this event you be able to purchase a special $5.00 Taco Meet Aquavit Tasting Plate that will feature three different El Paso style Taco Bites and each of those three bites will be paired with an Aquavit from Rolling River Spirits.

Three Taco Bites Video by Matt Fields Stella Taco

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Taco Meet Aquavit - An Official 2018 Aquavit Week Event hosted by Steven Shomler

The Three Aquavits Featured With the Three Taco Bites

OLE BJØRKEVOLL AQUAVIT – A Portland twist on a Scandinavian classic. Caraway, dill and fennel combine for a lightly spicy, smooth and savory finish.

OLD GOAT TAFFEL – A simple lightly flavored Aquavit with Caraway, star anise, orange peel and hops

BROWN BEAR – Traditional flavored aquavit, Caraway, Orange and lemon peel, Hops, Aged in used rye whiskey barrels.

Not only will you be able to savor this special Taco Meet Aquavit Tasting Plate, you will also be able to revel in an aquavit cocktail specially created for the 2018 edition of Aquavit Week!

Taco Meet Aquavit - An Official 2018 Aquavit Week Event hosted by Steven Shomler

The Chilly Pepper Aquavit Margarita

During the entirety of Aquavit Week – November 4th through November 10th – Stella Taco Division will be serving the Chilly Pepper Aquavit Margarita!

As mentioned above, this innovative cocktail was created especially for the 2018 edition of Aquavit Week and it has a delightful balance of aquavit’s botanical notes & Mexico’s habanero heat, with mango, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime juices adding a tropical flare.

The Chilly Pepper Aquavit Margarita by Natalie Hayward 

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Meet The Chef and The Distiller!

During Taco Meet Aquavit you will be able to meet Matt Fields the Head Chef at Stella Taco and Rick Rickard with Rolling River Spirits!

For more information about Matt and Rick you can check out their respective Portland Culinary Podcast episodes here:

Rick Rickard Rolling River Spirits – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 33 www.portlandculinarypodcast.com/rick-rickard-rolling-river-spirits-portland-culinary-podcast-episode-33

Matt Fields Stella Taco – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 31 www.portlandculinarypodcast.com/matt-fields-stella-taco-portland-culinary-podcast-episode-31

Taco Meet Aquavit - An Official 2018 Aquavit Week Event hosted by Steven Shomler

Stella Taco Division Address

Stella Taco Division is located at 3060 SE Division St,Portland, Oregon 97202!

I hope to see you Wednesday evening November 7th!

Cheers,

Steven

#TacoMeetAquavit

#AquavitWeek

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You Can Build Your Brand

You Can Build Your Brand Steven Shomler

You Can Build You Brand

You Can Build Your Brand is the first of six Go Live The Life You Imagine resources coming from Steven Shomler.

Each of these six resources will inspire and equip you to Go Live The Life You Imagine.

FYI – See below for a list of, and links to the Prerequisite Videos for You Can Build Your Brand

13 Doable Steps 

You Can Build Your Brand will teach you 13 doable steps that you can follow to build your brand.

Whether you are wanting build a personal brand so you can monetize it and maybe even build a new career around that brand, or you have a business and you want to build that business’ brand so you can increase your business’ profitability — this resource will teach you simple, doable steps that work!

Coming Soon

The You Can Build Your Brand videos are coming soon. They are currently being filmed and edited. As each one is posted, a link will be shared here.

Below is a list of, and links to the Prerequisite Videos for You Can Build Your Brand

You Can Build Your Brand Steven Shomler

Prerequisite Videos for You Can Build Your Brand

Here are the You Can Build Your Brand prerequisite videos that I encourage you to watch before you watch the 13 Doable Steps You Can Build Your Brand videos.

These prerequisite videos will help with the You Can Build Your Brand framework, perspectives, and terms.

The Beauty of Point C – www.TheBeautyofPointC.com

It’s Okay to Have Fans – www.ItsOkayToHaveFans.com

What is a Fan? – www.WhatIsAFan.com

Want or Whim? – www.WantOrWhim.com

Want Leads to Work – www.WantLeadsToWork.com

From The Backyard Video Episode 2 – You Need To Read Tribes! – www.sparktobonfire.com/from-the-backyard-episode-2

 

To See More Life Changing videos that will inspire and equip you to Go Live The Life You Imagine go to –  www.SparkToBonfire.com

 

I am Steven Shomler and I believe in the beauty of your dream!

Go Live The Life You Imagine!

Cheers!

Steven

#YouCanBuildYourBrand

#GoLiveTheLifeYouImagine

 

www.YouCan BuildYourBrand.com

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Bonfire Caravan

Bonfire Caravan Steven Shomler

Bonfire Caravan

Bonfire Caravan is a community I have created for people who are pursuing the life they imagine!

Whether are you Building a Brand, or Building a Business, this is a place where you can cheer others on, and where you can give & receive encouragement!

The Bonfire Caravan Facebook Group

Currently the best place for you to connect with the Bonfire Caravan Community is via the Bonfire Caravan Facebook group.

This Facebook group is a “Closed Group” which means anyone can find it, but only members can see what is posted here!

Here is a link where you can request membership in this Facebook Group –

www.facebook.com/groups/310161376401515

I am Pulling for You! 

I look forward to hearing your story and learning about the Brand or Business that you are building and cheering you on as you pursue the life you imagine!

You are welcome to email me at sshomler@SparkToBonfire.com

I am Steven Shomler and I believe in the beauty of your dream!

Steven

#CheerOthersOn

#LetTheDogsBark   #ThisCaravanIsMovingOn

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The Beauty of Point C – A Spark to Bonfire Achievement Secret

The Beauty of Point C by Steven Shomler

The Beauty of Point C

The Beauty of Point C is a Bonfire Achievement Secret that will change your life.

If you have an Unfulfilled Dream that does not go away – one that smolders in your heart and brings a dull, persistent heartache – you have to battle for it, and set off to Go From Point A to Point B in pursuit of it.

Not everyone who has a Fulfilling Achievement Journey gets to Point B. Some discover the Beauty of Point C.

In this Spark to Bonfire video I teach about The Beauty of Point C 

 

Culinary Storyteller Steven Shomler

Culinary Storyteller

In this video I also talk about becoming a Culinary Storyteller. To learn more about what that is, you can go to www.CulinaryStoryteller.com

 

 

To See More Life Changing videos that will inspire and equip you to Go Live The Life You Imagine go to –  www.SparkToBonfire.com

I am Steven Shomler and I believe in the beauty of your dream!

Go Live The Life You Imagine!

Cheers!

Steven

 

www.TheBeautyofPointC.com

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Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Food Cart Pod!

This Wednesday evening June 26th from 6 PM – 9M there will be a friends and family preview of the Barley Pod and you are invited!

The Barley Pod is Portland’s newest Food Cart Pod located at 6035 NE Halsey St, Portland, Oregon 97213.

The Barely Pod will be home to the Baerlic Beer Beerhall and Garden, and a number of fantastic Portland Food Carts including Hapa PDX, Bing Mi, Bam Pow Burgers, Namu Korean Hawaiian,  Smakken Waffle Sandwiches, and more!

During this event Baerlic will be selling beer, and a number of the Food Carts will be serving specials!

I love Portland Food Carts and I love Portland Breweries and I am delighted and honored to be hosting this event!

Here is a link to the Facebook event page –  www.facebook.com/events/417536138721968

I  hope to see you there!

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Ben Parsons and Rik Hall Baerlic Brewing – Portland Beer Podcast Episode 39

Also – If you want to know more about Baerlic Brewing check out this episode of the Portland Beer Podcast – Ben Parsons and Rik Hall Baerlic Brewing – Portland Beer Podcast Episode 39 .

www.portlandbeerpodcast.com/ben-parsons-and-rik-hall-baerlic-brewing-portland-beer-podcast-episode-39

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

 

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

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Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night at Verde Cocina on Mississippi

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night at Verde Cocina on Mississippi

On Tuesday June 26th from 5 PM – 7 PM a very fun Oregon Cider Week event is happening – Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night at Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler!

Where – Verde Cocina Mississippi is located at 3476 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97227

Event Page – You can go to the Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night event page here – www.facebook.com/events/208527713306047

Cocktails + Donuts

This event will feature Cider Cocktails and Cider Donuts!

Black Currant Cider Cocktails!

During this event Verde Cocina on Mississippi will be serving three Black Currant Cider Cocktails made with Finnriver Black Currant Cider!

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Pajaro Limon

This is the “Pajaro Limon” – a Gin/Cider Cocktail!

“Pajaro Limon”
Finnriver Black Current Cider
Aviation Gin
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Organic Agave Syrup
’12 Mont-Marcal Brut Reserva

 Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Manzana Negra

This is the “Manzana Negra” – a Rum/Cider Cocktail!

“Manzana Negra”
Finnriver Black Current Cider
El Dorado Rum
Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
Organic Agave Syrup
Club Soda

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Maul Mule

This is the “Maul Mule” – a Tequila/Cider Cocktail!

“Maul Mule” 
Finnriver Black Current Cider
Fresh Beet Juice infused Altos Tequila
Ginger Beer
New Deal Distillery Ginger Liqueur
Organic Agave
Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Pictured is Adriana Alvarez who made each of the incredible ciders photographed for this article

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Black Currant Cider Donuts!

Blue Star Donuts has crafted the official Donut for Oregon Cider Week and they made these donuts with – that’s right – you guessed it – Finnriver Black Currant Cider!

These donuts on hand for you to sample!

PLEASE NOTE – Verde Cocina is a Gluten-Free restaurant and these donuts are NOT Gluten-Free.

These donuts will never see the inside of the kitchen at Verde Cocina and they will not affect the wonderful food Gluten-Free that Verde Cocina will serve the evening of the 26th.

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

 

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Where

Verde Cocina Mississippi is located at 3476 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97227

On Tuesday June 26th from 5 PM – 7 PM a very fun Oregon Cider Week event is happening – Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night at Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler!

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

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Reflections on Gratitude

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

Reflections on Gratitude

“Gratitude is to your heart like oxygen is to a fire”

Last week I was lucky enough to be in Bozeman, Montana for Bozeman Craft Beer Week.

I had an amazing time. If you’re a craft beer fan, you have got to go to Bozeman. They have nine breweries right there in Bozeman itself, and just down the road in the town of Belgrade, there are two more breweries.

In addition I have been told that two more breweries are coming to Bozeman this year, and that two more breweries are coming next year. I think it’s eventually going to be a celebrated craft beer destination.

While I was in Bozeman I recorded six on the road episodes of the Portland Beer Podcast and five on the road episodes of the Portland Culinary Podcast.

I met a lot of wonderful people, had a lot of great food, and enjoyed terrific beer.

I am already planning on going back for Bozeman Craft Beer Week next year.

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler  Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

Waking Up With a Deep Overwhelming Sense of Gratitude  

One morning when I was there, I woke up with a deep overwhelming sense of gratitude and I started thinking about gratitude.

A day later, I found myself at the Wild Crumb – a wonderful Bozeman bakery.

That morning I had an Orange Pecan Roll and it was phenomenal! I also had a cup of Ghost Town Coffee Roasters coffee. FYI – Ghost Town Coffee rocks!

I spent an hour at Wild Crumb journaling about gratitude, and what was going on in my heart, and I’ve been journaling about it about for a week now.

Six Thoughts on Gratitude 

I have 6 thoughts for you on gratitude and the rest of this article lays them out.

#1 What is Gratitude?

#2 Three Life Affirming Traits that Gratitude Deepens and Three Dark Traits that Thrive in the Absence of Gratitude

 #3 A Simple Doable Way You Can Cultivate Gratitude in Your Life

#4 Something Precious That You Cannot Have Without Gratitude

 #5 The Awfulness Coming Your Way and How Gratitude Can Play an Important Role in the Midst of That Awfulness

 #6 What Melted Butter and Gratitude Have in Common

 #1 What is Gratitude?

I love me some Dictionary.com. I looked up “Gratitude” on Dictionary.com and they say that “Gratitude is the quality of being grateful or thankful.” I love that definition! Simple and easy to understand.

Below are a couple of more ways to define gratitude.

Some people are head people, some people are heart people, and some people are gut people.

I don’t know which one of those you are, but I think at least of one of these next three definitions for gratitude will resonate with you.

Gratitude is a feeling – I don’t mean to say that gratitude is an emotion, but I mean like a feeling where someone might say “I feel so grateful.”

For others gratitude is a sense – those people might say “I have a sense of gratitude around me.”

Thirdly (Thirdly? Is that even correct grammar? I don’t care, it works for me) for some people gratitude is a perspective that they have.

Gratitude is kind of how they approach life, how they see things, and how they’re thinking about how what’s going on in their life. They have a perspective of gratitude

I don’t care if you are a head person, or a heart person, or a gut person – there’s something there for you with regards to gratitude; whether it’s a perspective or outlook you have, or it’s a sense you have, or it’s a feeling you have.

I think gratitude can be each of those things.

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

At the beginning of this article I mentioned that gratitude is to your heart is like oxygen is to a fire.

If you take oxygen away from a fire it can’t burn, it can’t give warmth, and it can’t give light.

I think the same thing is true for your heart.

If you take gratitude away from your heart it’s not going to shine, it’s not gonna burn, it’s not gonna have warmth & light to give to others.

Do not miss out on having gratitude in your journey. Your journey just won’t be the same without it.

#2 Three Life Affirming Traits that Gratitude Deepens and Three Dark Traits that Thrive in the Absence of Gratitude

Kindness Vs. Meanness

In my life I have observed that people who embrace gratitude tend to be kinder, and kindness tends to be part of their journey.

Conversely, people that don’t have much gratitude in their life seem to be meaner.

Mean people – oh man, they can leave a lot of wreckage in their wake.

I knew someone once and they self-proclaimed that they were a “mean girl” and sadly they were vindictive, and divisive, and kind of an adult bully. This individual hurt people. That’s what meanness does. It hurts people.

I don’t want you to be that kind of person, and I am certain that you don’t want to have meanness in your heart or in your journey.

Embrace gratitude, and let it touch your heart and deepen your kindness.

Compassion Vs. Heartlessness

People that have a sense of gratitude, tend to be more compassionate.

Conversely, people that tend not to have much gratitude in their life, people who are not thankful for much – they tend to be a lot more heartless.

They just don’t seem to care about anyone else.

In my opinion, having compassion for others is such a much better way to live. Gratitude will deepen your compassion.

Hope Vs. Fear

Gratitude can impact how people approach the future.

I’ve observed that people who have gratitude in their life, and who have cultivated gratitude tend to be more hopeful.

They tend to approach the future with a more positive outlook.

Whereas, I have observed that people that are don’t have much gratitude, they tend to be more fearful.

They tend to approach the future with a more negative outlook.

Granted, hope brings with it it’s own set of heartaches, however, hope is so much better than fear. I encourage you to cultivate gratitude in your life.

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

#3 A Simple Doable Way You Can Cultivate Gratitude in Your Life

Speaking of cultivating gratitude, here is a simple doable way that you can cultivate gratitude in your life.

I love doable steps! Life change happens one doable step at a time. Dreams come true one doable step at a time.

This is a very doable step and it’s very high-tech!

Hopefully you have a yellow pad and a blue pen. You can’t have life change without those two tools!

Tear off a piece of yellow paper from your pad and fold it in half. Fold it in half a total of three times.

Take that folded piece of yellow paper, and on one side write the word –

“Gratitude”

On the other side write the question –

“What am I Grateful For?”

Carry this piece of paper with you for a month. Put it in your pocket next to your phone.

A couple times a day get out that piece of paper and ask yourself “What am I grateful for?”

Ask yourself – “What good thing has come into my life today that I have I have missed or overlooked?”

Do that for a month, and I guarantee that at the end of the month you will have cultivated gratitude in your life.

You will have a lot more gratitude going on and you’ll start to become aware of things that you will want to be grateful for that you have previously overlooked.

You will most assuredly increase your awareness of what you can be grateful for.

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

#4 Something Precious That You Cannot Have Without Gratitude

You have gratitude and you can have this very precious thing. You don’t have gratitude. You can’t have it.

When I work with people I teach them to “Walk the Good Life Path.”

For me, the good life path has three components and I call these three components the “Good Life Elements.”

Good Life Element Number One is Enjoy Life.

I often have to teach people about enjoying life, and I often have to teach people how to enjoy life.

Good Life Element Number Two is Make a Difference.

Somehow, someway, I don’t care how you do it, go make a difference in someone’s life and embrace this practice as an ongoing part of your journey.

Good Life Element Number Three is Pursue Wholerness.

I don’t think people can get whole, however I do believe that people get can “wholer.”

Yes – I created both the word “Wholer” and the word “Wholerness.”

What can I say, I have the same special writing permit to create words that Seuss and Shakespeare had.

If you Enjoy Life, Make a Difference, and Pursue Wholerness you will be Walking the Good Life Path and as you Walk the Good Life Path you will find The Four Treasures!

The Four Treasures are Joy, Serenity, Adventure, and Fulfillment.

I have to say – I have deeply fulfilling life now.

My life is much more fulfilling, especially when compared to when I started the journey to change my life, 7 years ago, back in the summer of 2011 when I decided to go live the life I imagined.

Trust me on this – Fulfillment is very, very important and you don’t want to miss out on having it in your life.

Here is the deal – You can’t have a fulfilling life and without gratitude.

Every person I have met who has a fulfilling life, also has gratitude.

Do not miss out on living a fulfilling life.

Getting to do that one of the BIG reasons you really want to cultivate gratitude in your journey.

#5 The Awfulness Coming Your Way and How Gratitude Can Play an Important Role in the Midst of That Awfulness

There’s some awfulness ahead of you in your path and it is coming your way.

I apologize for telling you this, but it’s a fact.

I teach the people that I work with the Five Fulfilling Journey Life Lessons.

If someone wants to have a fulfilling journey, they have to master these five lessons.

One of these five lessons is learning how to handle loss effectively.

I promise you this – you have got some loss coming into your life down the road – at some point in the future.

You will experience loss and some of it is going be tough, in fact, some of the loss you are going to experience will be gut wrenching.

For example – death is coming for the ones you love.

I teach this terrible truth that because it happens and I care too much not to prepare you.

I’ve had the kind of gut wrenching losses I am talking about.

For example, on Feb 8th 2015 my 17-year-old son Zayne passed away.

No parent should have to bury his or her child. It’s fucking brutal.

Learning how to effectively handle the losses coming your way, and learning how to grieve are two very, very important life skills that a lot of people just aren’t taught.

Here is where gratitude comes in.

When you experience a loss, that loss is either going to increase your gratitude, or it’s going to make you bitter.

People I’ve seen that have experienced loss that don’t effectively handle that loss, and don’t grieve that loss – often end up more bitter and less grateful.

I’m working on an article right now about how my son Zayne’s death has impacted my journey.

It’s been a little over two years now since he passed and that loss has impacted me in a number of significant ways.

One of the things that gut wrenching loss, did was make everything that’s left more precious, and it’s helped me be more grateful for what I have.

You may be wondering how gratitude will fit in when you experience gut-wrenching losses.

Once you are there, you will remember these words and begin to see how gratitude can make a positive difference in the midst of all of that darkness.

Don’t let those future losses make you more bitter. Let those losses make you more grateful.

#6 What Melted Butter and Gratitude Have in Common

How is gratitude like melted butter?

Well, here’s the deal. I love me some melted butter. I even own HappinessIsMeltedButter dot com.

My son Zac is home from college this summer.

Zac and I are going to go see some blockbuster movies this summer, and we when we do that we will get some popcorn!

Mark my words – we are going to put melted butter on that popcorn!

When you put melted butter on popcorn you are enhancing that popcorn and making it that much better!

I love lobster and when I dip lobster in melted butter, I’m enhancing that lobster.

Some people like crab – when you dip really good crab in melted butter it enhances that crab!

How about vegetables?

Grilled or sautéed vegetables are wonderful and when you put some melted butter on them they are that much better!

Melted butter enhances a lot of things and gratitude does the same thing.

The more gratitude you have in your life, the more that your life will be enhanced.

Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast and gratitude can even enhance beer!

It’s one thing to drink a good craft beer.

When you are grateful for that craft beer – it will taste that much better.

Many people enjoy drinking a really good IPA.

Gratitude can turn drinking a really good IPA into a phenomenal experience.

Gratitude will enhance everything that you have going on in your life.

The relationships you have, the people you love & care about, the more gratitude you have, the more that those relationships will be enhanced.

I am Steven Shomler I encourage you to Go Live The Life You Imagine!

I can’t fathom that the life you imagine is going be one that doesn’t have gratitude as part of the journey.

Start cultivating gratitude now, trust me, you be will super happy you did.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

Steven Shomler

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National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker! National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

If you love Grilled Cheese Sandwiches we have a fun event for you!!!

Thursday April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day and I am delighted to be partnering with StormBreaker Brewing and Cardamom Hills Trading Co. to celebrate this fun day!

StormBreaker Brewing has a wonderful Grilled Cheese sandwich on it’s on menu all the time.

For National Grilled Cheese Day StormBreaker is going to be offering THREE very special Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and each one will be made with  Cardamom Hills Trading Co. Chutney!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!   National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!   National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Three Incredible Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!

#1 Creamy Goat Cheese and Arugula w/ Apple Ginger Chutney on Yukon Gold Potato Bread

#2 Sharp Cheddar and Bacon w/ Spicy Tomato Chutney on Old-Fashioned Milk Bread

#3 Gouda, Grilled Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion w/ Stout Apple Chutney made with StormBreaker Opacus Oatmeal Stout on Brioche

StormBreaker Brewing will be offering these amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches all day on Thursday April 12th – while supplies last of course!

StormBreaker Brewing will be offering the Apple Ginger Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwich and the Spicy Tomato Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwich all day on Thursday April 12th.

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Sophie Rahman Founder Cardamom Hills Trading Co

Sophie Rahman is the Founder of Cardamom Hills Trading Co. and thanks to my girlfriend’s wonderful cooking skills I have enjoyed Grilled Cheese Sandwiches made with Sophie’s Chutney many times over the past 6 months! Sophie’s chutney is soooo good on a Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

From 7 PM – 8 PM Sophie Rahman herself will be at StormBreaker sampling and selling her wonderful chutney!

I will be there from 5 PM – 8 PM enjoying one of these Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with one of StormBreaker’s wonderful beers!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Tomato Soup!

Yes! Stormbreaker will be serving tomato soup!

Nothing quite like dipping your Grilled Cheese Sandwich into a bowl of tomato soup!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Where

StormBreaker Brewing is located at 832 N Beech St Portland, Oregon.

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Stout Apple Chutney made with StormBreaker Opacus Oatmeal Stout

By the way — later this year Cardamom Hills Trading Co. will be releasing a special chutney made with StormBreaker’s Opacus Oatmeal Stout! Stay tuned!

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

#GrilledCheese     #Chutney

 

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker! National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

 

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Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

Four years ago in 2014, Marica and Justin opened the Paiku Food Cart with the hope of someday being able to make the leap to brick and mortar.

I am delighted to share with you that their Food Cart Dreams have come true and later next week they will be opening the Paiku Brick and Mortar Restaurant!

Tuesday March 27th from 6 PM – 8 PM they are having a friends and family preview event and YOU are invited!

I am so honored to be hosting this wonderful event celebrating this dream come true!

Come by Tuesday evening and sample some of the wonderful food that they will be serving at Paiku and cheer Justin and Marica on!

Here is a link to the Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview Facebook event page  – www.facebook.com/events/1428234223948720

Also – For those who enjoy craft beer – the taps will be working and excellent local craft beer will be available for purchase!

The brand new Paiku Brick and Mortar Restaurant is located in the St John’s neighborhood and the address is 7425 N Leavitt Avenue Portland, Oregon 97203!

I hope to see you Tuesday evening!

Steven Shomler

#CheersOthersOn

#FoodCartDreamsDoComeTrue

Paiku - From Food Cart to Brick and Mortar Restaurant – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 26

Paiku – From Food Cart to Brick and Mortar Restaurant – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 26

Marica and Justin were featured on Episode 26 of the Portland Culinary Podcast.

Here is a linkwww.portlandculinarypodcast.com/paiku-from-food-cart-to-brick-and-mortar-restaurant-portland-culinary-podcast-episode-26

Or if you prefer you can listen here –

 

Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

If you are looking for the Great Food Great Stories article about Paiku see this link here –
www.greatfoodgreatstories.com/paiku-food-cart-goes-brick-and-mortar

Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview! Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview! Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

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Few People Have Changed My Life More…

Few People Have Changed My Life More…

I got word this morning that Carolyn Hunsinger passed away last night.

Carolyn inspired me to pursue life change when I was a very young man.

I had a brutal, very dark childhood at the hands of my mother made up of every type of abuse you can imagine, and some things you really don’t want to imagine.

The perspectives and skills I learned and used to survive my childhood like — don’t ever talk or open up, don’t trust anyone because they will hurt you, and don’t feel any emotion, were greatly hampering me as a young adult.

I don’t often hear about a bad childhood that was worse than mine.

Carolyn’s childhood was even more brutal than mine, and she had invested years doggedly pursing her own life change.

Carolyn gently shared her story with me and lovingly encouraged me to face and overcome the hell I had been through.

I invested a number of years in my early 20s in counseling where I faced and processed the darkness and trauma I had endured during my childhood.

To this day I am so grateful for the time I spent with Bryan Van Dragt — my counselor.

None of that would have happen without the wisdom, guidance, and encouragement that Carolyn gave me. She “gave me permission” to begin counseling and she helped he to begin to see that I really, really needed it.

I am so grateful for life change that she modeled for me.

While it’s a story for another time — The 3 Z’s — Zac, Zayne, and Zeke knew Carolyn as their quirky and wonderful grandmother, and Carolyn was the closest thing to a “Mom” that I ever had. Today will be a day marked by tears.

May Carolyn rest in peace until the trumpet sounds. I am so grateful for the words of hope found in Rev 21:3-4.

Steven

#RIPCarolyn

#ThankYouForChangingYourLife

#ThankYouForChangingMyLife

 

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