Friends if there is one thing I love it is pasta and an amazing piece of garlic bread. It honestly is the hardest part of having Celiac Disease for me because it means I don’t get to partake in dining at an Italian Restaurant because ya know gluten. However my husband loves to head out without me and grab some Italian food from one of his favorite places Nona Emila in Aloha. I honestly can’t fault him for it either because he’s a trooper when it comes to cooking and accommodating my auto-immune disease. If you’re looking for a good Italian restaurant to grab some take out from you’re in luck. Here are 5 of my hubbies top faves:
Giovanni’s on SW Broadway in Beaverton
Pastini in Cedar Hill – one of my faves because they do have gluten free pasta. The pesto is AMAZING!
Mingo on SW Crescent in Beaverton
Nona Emilia in Aloha – my husband’s favorite
Brooklyn Trattoria on NW Bethany Blvd. – Portland aka Bethany
It’s my hope that you find some amazing food that you love and gives you a break from all of the cooking we’ve all been doing.
Several years ago thanks to a Groupon I found yoga, however do not practice as much as I should. There are so many great videos online to help you with your yoga practice, however I know that having an actual instructor help you through the flow be it in person or virtually can be so beneficial. If you are looking for something new to add to your fitness routine I’ve got four local recommendations for you:
Ether & Stone
Located in Orenco Station in Hillsboro they offer classes for beginners to advanced level 2 Warrior Flow classes. They even have yoga for kids which I think is amazing. I know that with kiddos sitting at computer screens more due to distance learning yoga might be a great activity for them.
Pure 8 Hot Yoga
Located in Beaverton they offer both in studio and virtual classes. They have different pricing packages that include both in studio and virtual classes or you can choose just virtual classes. I love this option because it allows you to access the fitness program in a way that you are comfortable.
There studio is located in Beaverton, however due to COVID all classes are currently online. You are able to choose to have access to the virtual classes via recording only or live interactive classes with access to recordings.
This is where I got hooked on yoga thanks to that Groupon I mentioned. Located in Hillsboro you are able to attend classes in person or via live stream. I fell in love with their studio. There are so many windows and because it is located on the second floor of the building it is in you have some amazing views, and this time of year is gorgeous because you get to see all of the leaves changing color on the trees. Oh and if you get the chance to take a class from Cindy Stockdale I highly recommend it.
No matter what your fitness level yoga is a great practice to add into your daily life.
I am that person on your gift list that LOVES unique jewelry. I do not want to wear something that I’m going to see on every other person out there. Case in point on year for Mother’s Day my daughter bought me T-Rex earrings from Coach because I saw them in the store and fell in love. Plus how many people are going to wear T-Rex earrings. Hmmmm maybe I need a T-Rex costume to go with them? That’s a whole nother story.
So since I love unique jewelry I love to find local artists who make amazing jewelry to give to those hard to shop for women on my gifts list. We all have them, the ones that have everything. Therefore when I found this week’s Local Etsy Shop of the week I knew I had to share. It is Asakawa Silver located in Hillsboro, OR. I am more than a little bit obsessed with the bee earrings.
The owner/artist is Monte Gueber and he takes his inspiration for the unique pieces he creates from the world around us. From beautiful butterflies to honeycombs there is certainly a unique piece of jewelry for someone on your gifts list.
They appear out of nowhere. One minute you walk into a sports store and the next, there it is- a Halloween costume shop. Here’s a list of where they’re at around Westside:
2605 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Near Target & Best Buy
2760 NW Town Center Dr
Hillsboro, OR 97006
3195 SW Cedar Hill Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
Former Orchard Supply Hardware
10860 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225
Former Office Depot
7255 SW Dartmouth Rd
Tigard, OR 97223
What are you going to be for Halloween?
Fall is in the air and honestly we live in one of the most amazing places to enjoy this season. As I drive around the area for work I truly enjoy seeing the fall foliage and pumpkin patches as they prepare for the season.
There are so many amazing activities too. From hitting up the ever popular Roloff Farms in Helvetia to enjoying one more last warm day at Sauvie Island there is something for every one to enjoy.
The Red Tricycle has a list of 32 amazingly fun things that you can do during this time of year. And if you live in the Hillsboro area be sure to check out their fall activities guide to learn about some fun activities that the Hillsboro Parks and Rec Department has going on.
I hope that you find something fun to go out and enjoy.