Cheesecake Always Feels So Decedant

I cannot lie, I LOVE cheesecake, and so does my son.¬† So much so that this child who prefers not to cook unless it can happen in the microwave will actually make cheesecake from scratch!ūüė≤For those times when you want cheesecake but do not want to make it from scratch this week’s local business of the week has you covered – Zoe Ann’s Cheesecake

Owner Zoe Ann who everyone calls Zoe bakes all of the cheesecakes herself.  She believes in quality over quantity.  The reason she choose to start baking cheesecakes is that she believed a product that tasted AMAZING would make people happy.

In today’s world where everyone is watching what they eat, Zoe Ann knows that there are times when people want to splurge and when they do what they splurge on should taste amazing and use good ingredients.¬† For this reason Zoe Ann uses Philadelphia brand cream cheese, butter, fresh heavy cream, nuts, liqueurs, pure extracts and fresh fruit.¬† While these ingredients cost more she knows that they are what makes her cheesecakes taste so good!

She says, ”¬†For instance, in our Coconut Cream ¬†cheesecake, we crack fresh coconuts, and use macadamia nuts in the ¬†crust. (Well, okay, I don’t personally crack the coconuts, my husband ¬†does that!) Our cheesecakes might seem a bit pricey, but when you ¬†consider the ingredients and labor involved in each and every flavor we ¬†offer, they are actually a good deal. Our cheesecakes are rich, creamy, ¬†and very satisfying. They are baked in small batches to ensure quality. I ¬†truly mean it when I use the phrase, quality over quantity, to describe ¬†my baking and business philosophy.”

 

All I can say is that, that coconut cream cheesecake sounds like something that needs to get in my belly (so long as it’s gluten free).¬† So, the next time you’re sweet tooth is screaming at you give Zoe Ann’s Cheesecakes a try, and let me know what you think.

This Month I’m Featuring Local Black Owned Businesses!

My Copy of  January 2021 Graphics  copyWelcome February!¬† It’s Black History Month, and I thought it would the perfect time to feature some of the amazing local businesses that are Black Owned.¬† This week I’m featuring Abbey Creek Winery¬†located in North Plains, Oregon.

I love that we have a local winery in my little town.  Abbey Creek is located on Commercial Street across the street from The Rouge.  Owned by Bertony Faustin who became the first recorded black winemaker in Oregon back in 2008.  He loves the wine industry, and is working to bring people together in order to enjoy a meal and develop community.  It is his hopes that the efforts he has put forth in his winemaking will allow for deeper conversations that include diversity, equity and inclusion.

The name Abbey Creek came from the creek that runs through the west hills Portland property that the vineyard sits on.  The property is a total of 50 acres and in 1981 Dr. Robert and Sandra Simmons planted vines on 5 acres.

I will admit that I am not a big wine drinker however I do love the wine from Abbey Creek.¬† Back in 2018 my husband and I purchased several cases for our anniversary party.¬† All of our guests loved it.¬† I highly recommend you go for a wine tasting, and if traveling to the OG location in North Plains doesn’t work for you there is a second tasting room in Portland.

 

 

 

 

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Burger?

My Copy of  January 2021 Graphics  copyLiving in Hillsboro you have probably heard of The Helvetia Tavern.¬† It’s this quaint burger joint right beyond the train tressels, and it’s one of those places that you go to when you’re looking for that relaxed country atmosphere, and honestly my kids love this place.

This family owned business has been around since 1946, and truly is a landmark in the Hillsboro area.¬† Let’s be honest, there aren’t a whole lot of restaurants that can say they’ve been around for 75 years, and continue to have a raving fan base.

The Helvetia Tavern is known for their burgers and fries – which are hand cut!¬† I mean how can you go wrong with hand cut fries, as well fresh ground beef burgers.¬† In addition to the amazing burgers and fries, they’ve got veggie burgers, onion rings, fish and chips – basically it is the local bar that you go to for an amazing burger.¬† PS:¬† They’ve got gluten free buns so you know my family is happy about that.

One of the things I love seeing since COVID hit is that you can drive by the the tavern and see families sitting outside with the back of the SUV open with a card table and chairs enjoying their take out.  If you are looking for a great Tuesday Takeout place please support this amazing local biz so they can be around for another 75 years.

I Love Stores that Have Unique Gift Items

I have always loved local small businesses who have unique items for sale that you won’t find in the big box stores.¬† You know the type of stores I’m talking about right?¬† The ones that some people may think are full of kitchy gifts but you always find something for that hard to buy for person on your gifts lists.¬† It’s exactly why this week’s small business of the week is A Flair for Gifts & Home in Progress Ridge.

Owner and local Beaverton resident Michelle Bottaro followed her dream of providing a gift store in her community that was for her community.¬† ¬†She has created a place that is full of warmth and personality.¬† It’s a place where you can find anything from¬†a gift for yourself (because who doesn’t love treating themselves) to a housewarming gift or birthday present, you are sure to find just the right gift.

I personally am a huge candle fan so I appreciate that they carry¬†candles from several different candle companies and that the fragrances aren’t overpowering.¬† If candles aren’t your thing there are plenty of other fabulous home¬†decor items to help your home feel warm, welcoming and reflect your personality.

With Love, From PDX

There is something truly special about being able to give that hard to shop for person on your list a unique and special gift that reflects where you’re from.¬† That is exactly what this week’s local small business With Love, From PDX¬†will help you do.

Owned by the beautiful Inger, who also curates the fabulous gift boxes, With Love, From PDX combines her passion for the community and the fabulous locally-made goods you can find in Portland to make her gifts.  By doing so she is able to help support over 75 other local small businesses.  She launched her company in 2015 and her website makes it easy for you to curate a gift perfect for the person receiving it.

With Portland being such a diverse, innovative, creative community Inger can truly find some unique gifts.¬†¬†It doesn’t matter if the person you are shopping for is into wine, snacks or loves things to bring a unique flair to their kitchen there is something that everyone will love.¬†¬†My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5