When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie……

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.

Do You Need to Relax?

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.

Yiwen Yoga

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.

Yoga OMazing

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.

The Rose City Has Great Restaurants….

One of my favorite things about living on the Westside is that when my husband and I are looking to go out for a date night we can stay on the Westside or we can head into Downtown Portland and enjoy the city.  I honestly have to say there is something special about Downtown Portland and the uniqueness of all of the bridges, waterfront and the feel of the older buildings.

Sometimes when we go out for a date night it’s because my husband is looking for a good steak.  Thankfully there are so many amazing places to choose from.  Here are a few:

Ringside Steakhouse on West Burnside

El Gaucho on SW Broadway

Urban Farmer on SW Morrison

Laurelhurst Market on E Burnside

And if you aren’t feeling like venturing into Downtown Portland here are a few great places right here in our own Westside backyard:

Broadway Saloon and Steakhouse on SW Broadway in Beaverton

Grill 68 on SW Barrows Rd in Beaverton

Orenco Station Grill on NE Cornell

I Love Unique Jewelry…

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.

Who’s ready for Halloween Costumes?

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:

Near Safeway
2605 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Near Target & Best Buy
2760 NW Town Center Dr
Hillsboro, OR 97006
Former Storables
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?