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.

Welcome Back Venetian!

My Copy of  January 2021 Graphics  copyAs a mom to adult children one of the things I truly love is being able to go out to dinner either by myself, with my husband or with my friends – not that I’ve been doing a lot of that these days.  One of the reasons I love it so much is because restaurants aren’t chosen based of  of the kids menu.  If you have littles you know what I’m talking about – if the restaurant doesn’t have some sort of chicken nugget or mini-corn dogs on the menu it is out.  It is for this exact reason that I am beyond excited that The Venetian is back open again in Hillsboro.

In April of 2020 this beautiful building that has been vacant for several years found new owners with the team at NW Events & Environments.  I absolutely have to give props to this amazing group of humans who took the chance in the middle of COVID to create/revamp a former business and event space given all the restrictions that are in place.  It takes a lot of faith and it is my hope that the Hillsboro Community will rally around these humans to help them out because I know that when everything is over, and we can attend events again that The Venetian is going to be the perfect space.

However, while we wait for that to happen you can still support them through their take out menu.  I personally am a big fan of TakeOut Tuesday due to my lack of cooking skills so any excuse to get something tasty and help our community I’m all for especially if it means something different.  For example the Venetian Burger isn’t your normal cheeseburger because they put chili candied bacon on it.   In addition, if you love fries like I do they have certainly upped the fry game with truffle and sea salt fries, pork fat and tarragon fries, or duck fat and rosemary fries (yes they do have regular fries too).

So, if you’re looking to do a girls night in, date night in or just don’t feel like cooking please order some take out from The Venetian.

33 Taps Oh My!!!!!!!

Ok, Christmas is over and you may not be as stressed out this year as years past because of social distancing, however that doesn’t mean you aren’t looking for a little downtime to relax with a pint right?  If so then you might just want to hit up this week’s local small business, The Iron Tap Station Taproom located in Progress Ridge in Beaverton.

They have 33 taps so three are a ton of choices, and they offer wine, cider and beer.  They focus on PNW craft beers and are always looking for the best, tastiest selection too.  You can enjoy your beverage social distance style thanks to their outdoor porch seating or you can grab a can or growler to go.

If you happen to be in need of a snack they do offer some free snacks or you can feel free to bring  your own food with you.  My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5

Ways To Make New Years Eve Special At Home

I think we all have come to accept that there isn’t one holiday in the past 10 months that as been normal.  We haven’t celebrated with our families, and it has just flat out been/felt weird.  I know that many of us are saddened that there isn’t the opportunity to go out and celebrate New Years Eve in a traditional fashion, however you can still make the night special from home with a few of these ideas:

  1.  Dress up.  That’s right just because you’re celebrating at home doesn’t mean you can’t dress up.  Heck, even I’ve taken to wearing make-up every day even though I don’t really have anywhere to go just for the fact that it makes me feel good.
  2.  Create a signature cocktail for the evening.
  3.  Do what we’ve been doing for months now with special events, have a Zoom New Years Eve party
  4. Watch the ball drop from Time Square.  Yes even that celebration will be more virtual but at least the tradition of the ball dropping is still going to happen, and I know we are all looking forward to it.
  5. Make some of your favorite appetizers, and why not share recipes with your friends so you all can be enjoying the same food?
  6. Plan a Zoom toast with friends to ring in 2021.
  7. Bing Netflix – it’s a great time to watch Tiger King if you haven’t already
  8. Host a virtual dance/karaoke party
  9. Charcuterie Board anyone?
  10. Pop some confetti at midnight
  11. Create a decadent dessert worthy of 2021

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.