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My self-summary
Update: 5/6/2013
I'm going to hide for a while. I have some really amazing men in my life right now so it seems silly to keep this profile active. Good luck and love big.

I'm a preternaturally upbeat line cook at a pub in Portland. In my spare time I cook, kick back with friends, drink, eat, drink some more and walk my gorgeous girl/dog named Belmont. I'm a little nutty, a little dirty, and really funny -- unless I'm nervous.

I love Portland, the coast, the mountain, ballet (season ticket holder), traveling and visual art. Especially free day at the art museum. I'm crazy about bourbon; crisp, gritty/dry white wines from Alsace, and reds so stiff you can taste the terroir. Oh and beer. I ♥ beer. My food tastes run to... anything. Heart, liver, tongue, rabbit... anything, really.

I recently turned 50 in Munich, Germany. The trip reawakened the travel bug in me. With some minor resource reallocation, I can hang on to enough money to travel as often as possible. I'm returning to Germany this summer, and after that? Who knows. I'm accepting applications for adventurous travel partners.

I got tired of my hair last year and had it all buzzed off. Yes, 3/8". The 'doo is not to everyone's taste. If long, luxurious, "Hang on Sloopy" locks matter to you, we won't get along. But, not that it matters, I am growing it out this winter.

In a word? I'm 'fearless.' I'll try damned near anything and go damned near anywhere.

I'm a reluctantly cynical, consensual non-monogamist (polyamorous). Right now, I have no primary. I like casual relationships. Not relationships devoid of feeling (I'm totally Cosmic Love Tribe and believe in the 'amorous' part of polyamory), but not stressful. If it develops into a primary relationship, so be it.
If I find someone to spend the next few decades with I won't run away. Nor am I completely sold on the poly lifestyle.

One last thing. I'm not your mum. I will never tell you what to do. What to wear, what to say, what to eat, how loud to play music, how to act. If you're a grown man, I assume you know how to comport yourself in public, and will behave accordingly.

One more last thing. I'll never ask you to carry my purse.
What I’m doing with my life
...cook, write, and write about cooking. I have a food/foraging/life-in-Portland blog (Google "Jersey Girl in Portland" to find it) so everything I do or make is blog fodder. Be warned!
I volunteer at a local farmers market and spend a lot of free time in pursuit of great seasonal produce and the perfect hot dog.
I'm thrifty to a fault and rarely buy new clothes. I epitomize 'shabby chic,' walk or ride my bike almost everywhere and tread as gently on the earth as I can
I’m really good at
Two things. Cooking is one of them.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile. If I'm wearing a skirt or shorts, they notice my legs, and my body art. Oh yea and my head is shorn.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I don't watch a lot of television but I do love reading fiction, SciFi, vintage cookbooks, anything written by Anthony Bourdain or Mark Bittman, and the occasional historical romance.
I'm hooked on Sherlock and Dr. Who. Oh, and just started watching Torchwood and Breaking Bad.

When I was a journalist, I learned a lot about people from the magazines they subscribed to. So, I subscribe to the Sunday NY Times, Art Culinare, Lucky Peach, and Dwell.

If you've read this far, tell me the top five items in your Netflix queue.
Six things I could never do without
A good pair of tongs, an epi pen, an Opinel pocket knife, my mom, my sister, my job.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
On a typical Friday night I am
.... hungry at 8ish.

Or I'm working, going to happy hour and/or cooking dinner for friends. Maybe taking a ride on my ancient Schwinn.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I snore, with a vocal range unmatched by my daytime voice. Oh, and I'm a subby switch.
You should message me if
You believe that funny trumps pretty and intelligence trumps everything.
The two of us