Blackberry Muffin Recipe made with Whole Wheat, Honey and Fresh Mint (and going up to Portland For Feast Portland!)

by Irvin on September 9, 2013 · 19 comments

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Blackberry Muffin Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. | | #muffin #recipe #blackberry

The last time I was in Portland, Oregon was two years ago. My partner AJ and I roadtripped up to Oregon, through Ashland where we saw their awesome Shakespeare Festival, visited Crater Lake and finally ended up in Portland to hang out with my college friend Sue and her husband Tony. I haven’t been up since but Portland has been on my mind recently because I’m going back up there in a few weeks to cover the Feast Portland event! I’m thrilled that they want me to help cover their second annual event and it inspired me to come up with this Blackberry Muffin Recipe made with Whole Wheat, Honey and Fresh MintIn addition, the cool folks at Feast Portland are giving away a Feast Portland T-shirt for one of you readers! Details at the bottom of the post. (Sadly the giveaway is over but you can still get the recipe! Jump directly there if you want.)

Blackberry Muffin Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. | | #muffin #recipe #blackberry

If you’ve been to Portland at all you know that their food scene is pretty vibrant. From their wineries in the Willamette Valley to the food carts in Portland, a ton has already been written about Oregon and their food. Feast Portland is in their second year, showcasing not only Oregon chefs, but chefs and food people from around the country. Hugh Acheson from The National in Athens, Georgia (I ate there when I visited Athens during our roadtrip and it’s awesome), April Bloomfield from the Spotted Pig in New York and Michael Voltaggio from Ink in Los Angeles are only just a few of the people that will at the Feast. Even the San Francisco area will be represented with chefs like Matthew Accarrino from SPQR, Chris Cosentino from Incanto and Christopher Kostow from the Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa.

Of course Portland and Oregon will be fully represented with some awesome people like Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, Kim & Tyler Malek of Salt and Straw and Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches. In fact, there’s such a huge amount of talent at the Feast that I’m not sure I’ll be able to cover it all. But trust me, I’m going to try!

Feast Portland t-shirt. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. |

You can follow my coverage of the Feast Portland event in real time during the days of the event from Thursday, September 19th to Sunday, September 22 by following me on Twitter or Instagram and using the hashtag #FeastPDX. I’ll be trying to capture as much as possible during that time. In addition, you can visit this blog and see short follow-up posts at the end of each day of the festival that will recap the amazement (and probably the insane amount of food that I ate). I’m planning on doing a more extensive photo essay recap post as well in a few weeks, after I sort through all my images (that’s right, I’m going to start doing my photo essays again!).

In the meanwhile, Feast Portland has offered up an awesome Feast Portland t-shirt for one reader of mine. All you need to do to enter for the shirt is leave a comment below , telling me your favorite thing to do in Portland, why you might want to go to Portland if you’ve never been, or your thoughts on Portland in general.

The fine print – PLEASE READ
By leaving a comment below to enter, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.
▪ You must be over the age of 18.
▪ This contest is only open to U.S. Citizens. Sorry non-US people!
▪ The contest starts as of today, and will run until Sunday September 15th, 2013, 9am PST.
▪ The retail value of the t-shirt is $25.
▪ The winner will be chosen by a randomly selected comment. All comments will be numbered and I will use to pick a random number.
▪ The number of eligible comments below determines the odds of winning.
▪ If there’s a problem with contacting the winner, I reserve the right to award everything to someone else randomly chosen. So in other words, make sure you type in your correct email address if you want the membership and respond within a week to me when I contact you or I’ll give everything to someone else.
▪ This t-shirt will be coming directly from Feast Portland, which means, I can’t guarantee that I’ll get it to you in a timely fashion. If you haven’t gotten t-shirt from them in a few weeks, please email me again and I’ll check with the organization. Sometimes things take a bit of time.

This giveaway is closed. Thank you!

Special thanks Feast Portland and Alaska Airlines who are a major sponsor of the Feast Portland event. They’ll be sending the fab Sugar Jones (of Sugar in the Raw) and me up to Portland to cover it. If you’ve never flown Alaska Airlines, you can get $25 off your next flight by signing up for their free Mileage Plan loyalty program! While on there, check out their fruit and cheese platter, which has Beecher’s Flagship cheese and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar. Of course if flying makes you nervous (and really, who doesn’t get nervous when their thousands of miles up in the air?) you can calm your nerves with a little Waterbrook Two Ponds Chardonnay or Red Blend. Or maybe a complimentary craft beer if you happen to be on their regional flights operated by Horizon Air or SkyWest.

[And just for the records, even though Feast Portland and Alaska Airlines are sending me up to Portland to cover the event with my flight and accommodations covered, I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.]

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Kiran @ September 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Have fun at the event! And make sure you pack these muffins for snacks. I know I would 😉



Tyler September 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

They have a great med school that I’m hoping to be a part of someday (OHSU). I’m from Texas and when I visited there, the weather made me wish I didn’t have to leave.


Belinda @zomppa September 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Have a wonderful time!! Those are some plump blackberries!


Chelsea September 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Yes, blackberries are SO Oregon! They even (partially) inspired the name of my blog, which I started when I was living in Oregon. Portland is a pretty cool city. My favorite thing to do there is a tie: Powell’s Books, the massive independent bookstore that takes up the better part of a block and is a nerdy girl’s dreamland, and the zoo, up there at the top of Washington Park.


Jen S September 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Those muffins look delicious! Actually, the marionberry was created in Oregon from the blackberry : less bitter tart and very sweet by my palet.
Currently, my favorite things to do in PDX are grab a cup of coffee from Coava, and a pastry from Little T.


Margie MacKenzie September 10, 2013 at 8:11 am

You may make a baker out of me yet, Irvin! I love the blackberry-mint combo. I’ve never been to Portland and I’m not much of a beer drinker, but from a local chef buddy of mine, I understand there are some terrific brews in town and great pub food. Someday…

Have a great time!


Jen @ Savory Simple September 10, 2013 at 8:52 am

I’m headed to Portland next week and cannot wait!


ChristaG September 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

YEA! Portland my home town. I may have to buy Tix just to meet you! I’m printing this recipe to cook this weekend, perfect fall kickoff for a sunday brunch.


libby September 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Would love to go to Portland someday, and the blackberry muffins I will be making, look so delicious!


Ash-foodfashionparty September 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Have fun at the event and can’t wait to try this recipe out.


Miss Kim @ behgopa September 12, 2013 at 1:15 am

Dang those muffins look soooo good! Looks so soft and moist…..and friggin’ tasty. Feast Portland sounds exciting. Can’t wait to check out the pics.


Biz September 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Portland is on my bucket list – the furthest west I’ve been is DesMoines, Iowa – how sad is that?! I’d love to go fishing there!


Averie @ Averie Cooks September 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Have an awesome trip and I have heard great things about that festival!

And these muffins, wish one would appear in front of me right now!


Joanna September 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

Made these this morning! Used some extra sourdough starter in them (you know how it is when you have sourdough starter), and I thought it worked well. But to anyone else who makes them– don’t disregard the waiting period before turning them out! It is crucial to their structural integrity.


Irvin September 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

Oooh. Sourdough sounds lovely! Sadly my sourdough starter died in the great Summer 2013 Refrigerator mishap, but once I start an new one, I’ll be sure to try that version! Thanks for the inspiration.


Dina September 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

they sound yummy!


Sarah September 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

These are delicious! Thank you Irvin! I actually made them with raspberries, which turned out fabulous. Next time I will try blackberries.


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