Top 5 Bakery Picks

There is nothing better than an amazing pastry.  It was one of the things that I was sad about not being able to eat anymore when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  One thing is for sure I shouldn’t have worried because living in the Portland Metro area means that I am thankfully able to find my favorite pastries.  If you are looking for a yummy pastry here are five of the top bakeries on the Westside, and yes my fave gluten free bakery is on the list.

My fave Blue Moon Bakery in Hillsboro – yes they are gluten free

Decadent Creations in Hillsboro – the owner has won Chopped and their macrons are to die for

La Rose Patisserie in Beaverton

Tour de Jours in Hillsboro right across the street from my office in Orenco Station

Carina’s Bakery in Beaverton

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to deck the halls and enjoy the beautiful tree lighting ceremonies throughout our different communities on the westside.  While they look different this year there are still plenty of ways for you to enjoy the beauty of the season:

Hillsboro Holly Days/Light Up Hillsboro

Is  Saturday, Dec. 1.  While downtown businesses will be open please check out The Holly Days of Hillsboro site to see how you can support the local downtown businesses.  Due to COVID the tree lighting will be virtual  In addition you can also experience the fun of Light Up Hillsboro

Beaverton Winter Lights 

Enjoy several light displays throughout Beaverton during Winter Lights.

North Plains Jingle Parade

For the past 17 years residents of North Plains have enjoyed the Jingle Parade.  This year enjoy all the fun and the tree lighting ceremony at the community garden.

Forest Grove Tree Lighting

Enjoy seeing Santa and listening to carolers during the Forest Grove tree lighting event.

Please be sure to check with each city for any changes to their events due to COVID prior to attending.  I hope you enjoy all of the wonderful holiday events.

 

 

Who doesn’t love to have pretty toes?

Alright I don’t think I’ve done my own my own toes since I was pregnant with my daughter, well unless you count quarantine but desperate times called for desperate measures then.  I love getting a pedicure and prior to COVID Angel Nail Spa in Tanasbourne was my go to for years – I’m talking prior to the expansion of their salon when it was just a small little salon.

The salon is named after the owner, Angel and she is just the sweetest.  About a year or so ago they re-did the salon and expanded and it’s absolutely the most beautiful salon I’ve ever been in.  I love the crisp clean white that they choose as well as all of the sparkles.  I mean have you ever seen wallpaper with rhinestones on it?

They have always taken their time when I was there and they have so many pedicure choices that it’s hard to choose sometimes.  If you’re looking for a place to pamper your feet at then this is it.My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5

Ready for a new hairdo?

They say that anytime a woman goes through a major change in her life she changes her hair.  I know for me that’s been true to some extent.  I also know that as the holidays approach many of us want to look our best even if we won’t be attending a ton of holiday parties this year.  So last week I introduced you to my fave place to go get your wax on at and this week I’m sharing where Revival Studios will be moving to come December…..Glam House Salon in Hillsboro.

Glam House Salon was established in 2017 and provides high quality beauty services to the Greater Portland Metro area.  Hillary Lemmon is the owner of Glam House.  She specializes in advanced hair color and extensions.  She loves to see the transformation her clients make when changing up their hair.  She has been in the industry for 10 years and is always expanding her knowledge through continuing to educate herself.  Her goal is to always bring new and exciting things to the salon.  This is her dream job as she’s dreamed of doing hair and owning her own salon since she was in the third grade.  There are two other hair stylists in addition to Hillary as well as three lash artists/estheticians.  Honestly if I wasn’t already in a fully committed relationship with my hair stylist for over 10 years I’d totally get my hair done here.

Be sure to check out all of the amazing hairstyles they have created on Instagram and Facebook!

 

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