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.
It’s November and that means the holidays will be here before you know it, and while the holidays will be looking different this year we all still want to look good right? So this month I’m going to be sharing my favorite places to get your glam on at on the Westside. Today we’re starting off with my new waxing studio – Revival Waxing Studio. Jill Christensen is the owner and she is absolutely amazing.
Jill was recommended to me by my former Esthetician Katie moved to Southern Oregon. I was heartbroken when Katie told me she was moving as she had been my go to gal for the nine years I have lived here on the Westside. I was sad to be losing my gal but I was more sad that I was losing my friend. You all know that your peeps that do your hair, waxing, nails, etc. become your friends and are a part of your life for all major events right? However I totally knew that Katie would hook me up with the perfect human to take her place, and boy did she.
Not only does Jill do waxing but she also offers lash lifts and lash tinting. Um if you’ve never tried this it’s pretty amazing. Talk about not needing mascara. She also does brow tinting which I recently had done. It’s a total game changer. I have very light brows so having them tinted has meant not as much brow pencil work needs to be done. I know that some may not understand the power of having your brows or other parts of your body waxed but let me tell you it can make you feel great.
Revival Waxing Studio is currently located in Historic Downtown Hillsboro but will be moving to a new location in Hillsboro in December. Jill will be moving to Glam House Studios who I’m excited to feature as my business of the week next week.
Halloween is Saturday and one of the big Halloween events is Haunted Houses. I know they’ll look different this year but here is a list of some amazing Portland area Haunted Houses that you can check out and get your scare on:
The Fear PDX
13th Door Haunted PDX
Creatures of the Night
Sauvie Island Haunted Corn Maze
Please note that many of these haunted houses do require tickets to get in because of COVID and some of them are close to selling out for this weekend. Hopefully you’ll be able to find somewhere to get your scare on at.