Veritable Quandary in Portland, OR

Chicken Crepes
Chicken Crepes

Preparing for my thirtieth birthday, naturally food was a main focus of the celebration! One of my favorite food stops in Portland was Veritable Quandry, a quaint downtown spot with a distinctly French Quarter vibe. We sat perched in the back seating area with a gorgeous view of the river outside.

I ordered the chicken crepes which paired subtly sweet butternut squash with spinach and shredded chicken in a spongy French pancake. I could not leave a piece behind, even though the trip fell at the end of our four-day long gluttony fest! I will be returning to this charming spot to explore the rest of the menu.

Will Travel For Food

Over the last couple of years, my hunger for discovering the best local traditional and non-traditional food wherever I traveled became a natural part of my travels (pun intended). Overnight my Instagram started to have a central focus- health & fitness  drove my photography and eventually ended up launching into a career in food marketing.

After a good bit of thinking I came to the conclusion that I’d shift the Gypsy Switch in this direction. I will of course continue to include brick & mortar establishments of the fashion family as well– Music, food, and fashion fit well together. I hope you enjoy my updates from here on out. There s alot of good foor to be had, and I look forward to sharing it with you!

Bon appetit!

Metropark USA

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If you’re looking for the best of the best branded denim, Metropark USA might just be your heaven.  They have all the great brands including MEK, 7 For All Mankind, SIWY, and Henry & Belle.  With great tees and tops for both men and women hailing from Obey, Free People, Romeo & Juliet Couture, as well as great accessories from Betsey Johnson and Tarina Tarantino, you can put together a killer outfit for a nighttime excursion to your favorite club.

Metropark USA has the dedication to music and the club that goes all the way to including a turntable for live mixing.  Naturally, their song selection is up to date with the best songs that will get you ready to party that very night.  I’ve put together a collection of great club songs to set your moves into motion in and out of the shop.

1. Labrinth ft. Tiny Tempah- Earthquake
2. Nero- Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
3. Pendulum- Set Me On Fire
4. Ellie Goulding- Lights (Bassnectar Remix)
5. Calvin Harris- Feel So Close
6.  Skrillex- Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites
7.  Pitbull ft. Chris Brown- International Love
8. Calvin Harris- You Used To Hold Me
9. Rihanna- Where Have You Been
10. Flo Rida ft. Sia- Wild Ones 

Style Lab

Magazine Street is yet again found as a generous harbor for fashionistas to dock.  Style Lab takes residence there, with high-end casual clothes for quality-conscious men.  With brand names like G-Star, Diesel, Ben Sherman, and Penguin, you can find Neiman Marcus-level clothes without having to brave the mall.

In true serendipitous fashion, I visited the boutique on the day that Mark Warner purchased it.  I had the honor of chatting with him about his new “baby” and can assure you that fresh shipments will be available just in time for the holiday.  Ben Sherman brand blazers and jackets bring the European cut to the Crescent city and I guarantee that you’ll look impress the ladies when you don these duds.

In addition to great imported brands, local designers such as Defend NOLA are available at Style Lab.  Renew Jewelry, made by a local designer , molds militaristic and religious themes with redesigned vintage pieces.  Last, Baxter products are featured to put the final touch on your new look.

Style Lab
3326 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

Shoe Be Do

The third place I ran across while scouring the Quarter was a boutique on Chartres called Shoe Be Do.  They had a great selection that ranged from pumps to boots and from stilettos to flats.  The great part about the shop is that it brings high-end up-and-coming International designers to our own Crescent City for a reasonable price.

In addition to quality shoes, you’ll find intricately-designed jackets from Belle Fare, lined with glamorous feathers or faux fur.  Each coat has a flare of the 1930s and you’re guaranteed to be stopped for compliments.  Shoe Be Do also sells a number of items, such as handbags and jewelry.

Shoe Be Do
324 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA  70130
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(No website yet for Shoe Be Do but keep looking!)