Month: November 2015

How I Fell in Love With the Yoga – Guest Post By Colleen Hayes

How I Fell in Love With the Yoga – Guest Post By Colleen Hayes

Good morning and welcome to What Runs Lori! Today we have a wonderful guest post by a dear friend, incredible colleague, and stunning Yogi, Colleen Hayes. I have had the pleasure of working with Colleen over the years in our professional careers but today you 

7 Reasons Portland Might Steal My Heart

7 Reasons Portland Might Steal My Heart

I’m going to Portland! …and I’m so excited!!!! (Updated to include my first Portland Food Review!) My birthday is this Friday, November 13th and I’m a lucky girl who gets to spend it with her amazing boyfriend in coffeeandfoodobsessed Portland. I cannot express how excited 

The Best $108 Spent All On Pie

The Best $108 Spent All On Pie

Pumpkin Pie

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you know that I am in love with Santa Cruz, nestled on the golden coast of California. I live pretty close to this incredible place and do take full advantage of its gorgeous vistas, ocean views, delicious foods and a truly favorite, top-notch hipster coffee shop.

I’ll gladly stop everything I’m doing to drive the 40 minutes to this wonderful place, just to sip on coffee and look out into the sun-kissed ocean.

I have explored so much of what Santa Cruz has to offer and today I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Something only found during the holidays. Something so special, so wonderful, so incredibly freakin’ delicious, that I spent $108 on it this weekend.


How to spend $108 on pie

Tucked away in a small Westside shopping center near my favorite walking path is a small bakeshop named, Companion Bakeshop. 

Companion’s foundation is house-made baked goods from owners and food lovers, Erin and Jeremy, but it extends beyond that. Companion also is a place to seek out great coffee, an incredible pour-over and almond milk lattes, if you’re in the mood. 

Bourbon Pie

And pies.


Yes, PIES.

Every year around the holidays Companion bakes up hands-down the most incredible Pecan Bourbon pie and only during the holidays. Flavors of dark caramel, toasted pecans and rich and creamy bites of strong bourbon. Simply wonderful!

I had the pleasure of tasting this fantastically spiked, fully flavor-loaded pie last year for Thanksgiving and have had dreams about it ever since. Great news for me, it’s now that time of year again and yesterday I stopped by the shop to pre-order those delicious pies. (Side note, they even have gluten-free pie crusts!)

The best spent $108 on pies

The fun part is picking out what you want to adorn your Thanksgiving dessert table. This year mine will include:

1 Classic Apple Pie ($24)

1 Traditional Pumpkin Pie ($24)

2 Pecan Bourbon Pies ($30 each)


$108 of deliciousness

I’m so excited for my pies to be ready! I may even share them…

Pecan Bourbon Paleo Cookies

After last years’ Pecan Bourbon pie tasting, I just could not stop thinking about each rich and creamy pie bite. I had to have those flavors sooner than a year(!!) so I came up with my own version, which, as good as they were, did not compare to Companions… but are worth making if you’re feeling like getting bakey + a few other spiked recipes!

Paleo Bourbon Pecan Pie Cookies

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

Vodka Induced Fudge