Travel Cute- A Healthy Travel Guide to Portland Oregon

 #TravelCute

#TravelCute

As a Los Angeles native, the hunger for nature, farm-to- table food and authentic people has been growing strong. With summer coming to an end, I found the perfect place to unplug while feeding my mind, body and soul. If you haven't been to Oregon, than you are missing out. It is such a beautiful state filled with kind and colorful people, culinary adventures and waterfalls... so many waterfalls! Here is my guide on how to #travelcute in Portland. I have put together this #eatcuteapproved list of my favorite hotels, restaurants and shops!

CUTE LODGING

 The Heathman Hotel

The Heathman Hotel

The Dossier Hotel
I spent my first night at The Dossier, a boutique hotel in downtown Portland that is all about wellness! Guests can enjoy a complimentary Kombucha Happy Hour in the lobby from 5:30pm-6:30pm hosted by Ferment Brewing Company where you can sip on Kombucha cocktails and meet new friends! The Dossier has also recently partnered with Knot Springs, a local Portland social club that is touted for it's health and wellness offerings. You can enjoy their yummy products in your room plus a in-room soaking ritual created by the spa to help you relax during your stay. The Dossier is also incredibly conscious not only when it comes to their guests, but to the environment. To reduce waste and conserve water, the Dossier contributes a $2 donation to Portland's Friends of Trees organization for each day guests opt-out of housekeeping during their stay. Lastly, another great perk of staying at this quaint, yet elegant hotel is their complimentary coffee and tea served in the lobby each morning. The coffee served is from one of my favorite local Portland coffee shops Heart Roasters. I would definitely stay there again! 

The Heathman Hotel
This boutique hotel is a book worms dream come true! Checking in, guest will enjoy the fun decor of lights made out of bowler hats, colorful eclectic art and a cataloged lending library. The floor to ceiling book cases are filled with 3,000 volumes of literary works and even more magical, many of these books were signed by their authors while they were guests at the hotel. Not to mention, their collection includes signed editions from seven Nobel Prize winners, 14 Pulitzer winners, five U.S. Poet Laureates and two former U.S. Presidents. Monday-Thursday, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m, the hotel librarian pours complimentary wine and opens the library cabinets for guests to enjoy. Boy I wish that librarian existed when I was in college! Want more literature? Take a peak at your room key with quotes from notable books and authors. What makes this hotel extra special is their gym. Most hotel gyms are depressing and offer a few weights, a treadmill and a elliptical, but not this gym. While petite, The Heathman has packed it with fun ways to work out. They have a rock climbing wall, punching bag with boxing gloves, speed bag, jump rope and a Peloton bike. They also offer weights, a treadmill and a elliptical for a more traditional workout. For guests that enjoy a more private workout you can stream over 300 workout classes by barre3 from the epic sized television in your room or have a Well +Fit kit delivered to your room that includes a Manduka Yoga mat, a set of barre3 bands, weights and signature core ball and an iPad preloaded with fitness videos! Need more fitness? Ask the concierge for local studio passes to try out classes nearby! This hotel makes it easy to get a daily workout in while enjoying all Portland has to offer!

CUTE EATS

 Charcuterie Board at Laurelhurst Market

Charcuterie Board at Laurelhurst Market


Laurelhurst Market
Strolling down 28th street in Portland you will come across many fun shops and restaurants. While there are so many to choose from, I highly recommend Laurelhurst Market. By day, this neighborhood market is a butcher shop with fresh locally sourced meats, but by night the shop opens into a restaurant and has a beautiful selection of fresh, healthy eats. If weather permits, I recommend sitting outside. The sidewalk in front of the shop is lined with small apple trees with fresh apples ripe and ready to eat. Everything is made in house. For meat eaters, I highly recommend their charcuterie plate with a daily selection from their butcher and I also loved their Steak and Greens with lemon vinaigrette and Romensco. They also serve a wonderful Harvest salad with raw, grilled and pickled vegetables, with romensco, sunflower seeds and a citrus vinaigrette.

Cute Tip: If you have dinner at the restaurant you can show your receipt to the butcher for 10% off their natural, hormone-free and antibiotic free meats!

Garden Bar

If you love locally sourced raw leafy greens, fruits and veggies than Garden Bar is a must. They offer seasonal salad bowls or you can make your own! Top your salads with their natural meats or artisan cheeses or housemade dressings. I highly recommend their homemade green goddess dressing! It was so tasty! They are also incredibly conscious about the environment. Garden Bar offers Eco Boxes to their regulars by selling a reusable eco friendly box with a $10 deposit. They also offer to-go containers that are biodegradable and are made out of corn-based compostable plastic that decays into natural material. This healthy Oregon chain offers many locations so it’s easy to pay them a visit! This place is a salad lovers dream come true!

 Sloan Boutique Romper

Sloan Boutique Romper

CUTE SHOPS

Nob Hill
I highly recommend spending an afternoon in Nob Hill on 23rd and 21st street. The surrounding neighbored is lined with historical victorian homes painted in bright colors. They also have a variety of restaurants and shops that make for a fun afternoon walk. For my shoppers, most of the stores close around 6pm so I highly recommend making this a morning or afternoon activity.

The Meadow
The Meadow is a magical shop filled with bookshelves displaying over 400 artisanal chocolates. While my boyfriend and I don’t consume sugar, we did find one chocolate bar made by The Grenada Chocolate Company that is 100% cacao, organic and free of sugar. I highly recommend picking one of these up to enjoy as a treat with a warm cup of coffee on a rainy Portland afternoon. The shop also sells beautiful pink himalayan salt that has been made into bowls, glasses, plates, bricks and platters that you can use for sautéing, grilling, chilling, curing, baking, salting and bathing. In addition to their sweet chocolates and rose colored salts, the shop is also a full service florist that offers fresh cut flowers and bouquets. Make sure you leave room in your suitcase to take one of their salt blocks home. They are absolutely beautiful!

Sloan Boutique
As someone who hates shopping, I was surprised to find myself enjoying the experience. Sloan Boutique provides a relaxed ambience, gentle lighting and a sincere sales staff with exceptional taste. The shop is locally owned and has three locations in Portland. They offer affordable brands that are both well known and obscure. Sloan Boutique’s manifesto is “ we are a store ‘for every woman’ and welcome all ages and all styles and don’t discriminate against anyone who comes into our stores.” I couldn’t agree more, as they had a variety of styles and sizes and were incredibly dedicated to help me look and feel my best. If you are looking to expand your wardrobe, I highly recommend stopping by.


CUTE ADVENTURES

 Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls is truly breathtaking, especially since it was the first waterfall I’ve ever seen. Multnomah falls is the highest waterfall in the state of Oregon and the second highest in the nation. I recommend wearing a warm jacket as it does get a bit damp and misty by the falls. What makes it particularly intriguing is you can park, walk for 2 minutes and the falls is right there. On chilly days, visit the Multnomah Falls Lodge for a warm cup of tea by the fireplace, to enjoy the view of the falls through their large glass windows.

Portland Ariel Tram

For those who aren’t fearful of heights, I highly recommend buying a ticket ($4.90) on the Portland Ariel Tram. You can take in breathtaking views of the city. The tram travesl 3,300 linear feet from South Waterfront to Marquam Hill at 22 miles per hour and rises 500 feet during the four-minute trip. I advise going during sunset to enjoy the warm, vibrant sky and exceptional view of the city.  

If you are looking to check out a new city, or if you are an Oregonian I hope you enjoy my healthy and cute travel guid! Did I miss anything? What are your favorite local & cute Portland recommendations?

Cheers! A Tequila Worth Toasting To!

 Photo By Zachary Smith

Photo By Zachary Smith

Sipping on an herb infused cocktail is one of my favorite treats. Like the food I eat, I am a strong believer that the alcohol I drink should also be high in quality and void of chemicals or additives. Having always enjoyed a simple tequila with sparkling water and muddled citrus, I thought I was knocking it out of the park. That is until one day I discovered that my favorite commercial brands were adding fillers and finishing agents to their tequilas. Companies do this because they believe their customers are looking for the same color, consistency and taste each time they purchase the brand. In order to appease their consumers, they add artificial flavors. Another sneaky trick is tequila brands will add caramel coloring to darken the color to give the appearance of aging. 

I thought my sugar-free margarita days were over until I met Blake Landis, one of the founding members of Angelisco Tequila. First off, Blake is one of the most warm and delightful people you will ever meet. My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Blake's restaurant Cinco experiencing what pure tequila is all about. 

While sipping on a delicious, naturally sweetened margarita Blake whipped up for me, I learned all about the ‘One-Percent Rule.' Blake explained that it is legal for companies to add one percent of total volume, on additives of: caramel color, oak extract, glycerin and "sugar-based syrup" (like agave nectar), but not only from agave. While one percent might seem small, it can change the taste by adding unnatural sweetness to your tequila and unnecessary chemicals into your body.

Angelisco Tequila is created in the picturesque highlands of Jalisco, Mexico located in the heart of the “Golden Triangle” of Los Altos. "The high elevation with its hot days and cool nights, and the deep red, iron rich, clay soils cause the agaves to struggle, lengthening their life cycle and complexity.  Angelisco’s tequilas are single-estate grown, 100% blue weber agave sourced from the Aceves family fields in the “Golden Triangle” of Los Altos (the Highlands) of Jalisco. Piñas (hearts of agave) are steam cooked for 24 hours, followed by a 72 hour open-air fermentation, double distilled in stainless steel pot still with copper components.  There are no additives or finishing agents." 

Learning about where my food and drinks come from is really important to me. While shopping at my local farmers market, I have come to know the growers personally and I can now say the same for my tequila. Blake showed me photos of his agave plants on his phone, hosted our own personal tequila tasting and taught me how to make a margarita. Most importantly,  I got to see how much love and consciousness Blake and his co- owners put into their brand with the intent of making clean and affordable tequila for their customers.   

If you love a tasty tequila then I full heartedly recommend you give Angelisco Tequila a try!  #eatcuteapproved 

 

 

 

Adaptogen Paradise at Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs

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Upon walking into Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs, visitors are delighted with bright splashes of color against the pristine white walls and glass cases filled with rainbow colored elixirs. This magical place is not to be mistaken for another LA juice shop, but is much more. Owner Jack Latner 's imaginative shop offers adaptogen packed superfood blended tonics, treats and elixirs. Some of my favorites include The Greenhouse Chip made with almond milk, cashew milk, peppermint oil, cacao nibs, barley grass, wheat grass, oat grass, maca, eleuthero, astragalus, cordyceps, tocos, cacao butter, coconut oil, and lakanto. Let's just say it taste like a mint chocolate chip milkshake that just happens to contain healing ancient herbs that have been used for centuries all over the world. I also love their Blue Light Rain blended tonic that is a striking shade of blue due to an essential ingredient called Blue Majik. Blue Majik is an extract of spirulina that contains phycocyanin and is rich in protein, zinc, copper, manganese and B vitamins. If you are a lover of horchata,  this blended tonic is a must. 

Apart from all their tasty refreshments and treats, I also love their super- mushroom blends. These blends come in cute jars you can buy and take home to make your own adapatogenic creations. Each blend addresses specific needs and wellness goals. Mushroommunity aids in vitality and has helped me fight off oncoming colds. Thunderstruck provides an abundance of natural energy and goes great in homemade energy bites. Destiny Unbound helps improve cognitive function and can get your creative juices flowing. Mellow Mood is the perfect addition to a bedtime tea or in a smoothie on a cozy Sunday. Sunshine Daydream stimulates creativity and sexual healing. Lastly, Forever Young is a blend is filled with beautifying herbs like pearl powder, schissandra and goji berries to help clear your complexion and give you a radiant glow. I highly recommend purchasing a few of these powders and adding them to your meals or teas to reap all the benefits these powerful herbs have to offer. 

Whether you are an LA local or visiting from out of town Lifehouse Tonics and Elixirs is definitely worth a visit. There is always something new to try and the owner and his staff are incredibly knowledgeable about all the herbs and mushrooms in their products. Lifehouse Tonic + Elixirs is #eatcuteapproved! 

Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs

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Cute Skin with Boss Babe Kasey Boone of Glow Skincare

Since my teens I have been on a quest to achieve flawless and glowing skin. While diet, lifestyle and gut health play a major role in the quality of your skin, home care and creating a simple beauty routine is also key. To unlock the secrets of perfect skin, I spent an afternoon with my new friend Kasey Boone, owner and head esthetician at Glow Skincare in Toluca Lake, where she spoiled me with a yummy goji berry face mask, hydrodermabrasion and shared tips and tricks on how she gets her glowy complexion. 

Meet Kasey Boone

Kasey Boone, Owner and head esthetician of Glow Skincare has been treating clients for 12 years and has owned Glow Skincare for the past 7. " She was a dancer, inspired to be a make-up artist turned esthetician" who has always loved everything beauty. Now skin and Glow are her True Passion. She specializes in Hydrodermabrasion, Peels, Microchanneling , Customized facials, organic spray tans and more! Kasey has appeared on BRAVOS Real House Wives of Beverly Hillsand TruTVs Upscale with Prentice Penny.

Cute Skincare 

Eat Cute: What is your skincare routine?

Kasey: I cleanse daily with a moisturizing cleanser, firming serum, hylaronic acid moisturizer and antioxidant SPF during the day. Retinol, vitamin C and more hylaronic acid moisturizer at night with opti crystal eye cream!

Eat Cute: What is the biggest mistake you see your clients make when it comes to skincare?

Kasey: I see a few very common things. Over exfoliating or under exfoliating, it’s really a delicate  balance

Eat Cute: What are some simple skincare tips/ tricks people can incorporate at home? 

Kasey: Don’t pick, always wash your face, but don’t over wash. Make sure you are hydrating with a water based moisturizer

Eat Cute: What are your favorite products you think everyone should have? 

Kasey: Serum 16(retinol) pure C (vitamin c) opti crystal (best eye cream) water melon sleeping mask 

Eat Cute: What are the benefits of a goji berry mask? 

Kasey: Protect, hydrate and brighten. Aid in healing , fight free radicals, encourage collagen production and cool down the skin.

Cute Tip: Visit Kasey at Glow Skincare and ask for their goji berry face mask! I also love their organic spray tans if you want to achieve a golden tan without damaging your skin by laying in the sun. 

4 Ways Tongue Scraping Can Change Your Life!

Eat Cute- Tongue

While strolling down the isles of your local health food store, you may have passed a small section of natural dental care. Undoubtably in this section you will find a U shaped tool known as a tongue scraper. While this tool looks pretty basic, it can unlock the key to deep cleansing and detoxification. Upon waking, scrape your tongue before drinking your morning glass of water to avoid the swallowing of bacteria and toxins. Scrape your tongue, then brush your teeth and then you can have your morning water.

Cute Scraping! 
1. Take the scraper and place at the back of the tongue.
2. Gently glide forward, scraping off the film
3. Rinse and repeat 5 times.
4. Sterilize your scraper with rubbing alcohol after each use

Check out all the incredible benefits of daily tongue scraping. 

1. Improves Breath
Whether you are waking up next to a loved one or having some one on one cuddle time with yourself bad breath is no fun. You might notice a white or yellow film on your tongue. This is the bacteria that feeds on left over food particles and dead cells. Yuck! You will be immediately amazed by how clean your breath will be simply by scraping your tongue each morning. 

2. Removes Toxins and Bacteria  
While you think brushing your tongue is just as good as scraping, it unfortunately doesn't work. Tooth brushes are not designed for surfaces like a tongue that are spongy and flexible. By scraping off the bacteria you will help create a healthy balance of bacteria in your mouth and prevent and overgrowth. 

3. Improves Digestion
When it comes to health and vitality digestion is EVERYTHING! We want to be able to eat foods that nourish our body, mind and spirit! Digestion has a massive effect on energy, cleansing, mental health, skin, hair and more! By enhancing your digestion you can help you body release toxins. Digestion begins in the mouth with enzymes that help you break down your food. By removing the bacteria you are improving your sense of taste and therefore enhancing your enzyme production. 

4. Improves Taste
You would be surprised how you taste buds will change by scraping your tongue daily. It's like cleaning your glasses and suddenly you can see! Your taste buds will awaken and food will taste better! 

This is the one I got and it's awesome! Getting a copper scraper is advised since copper is anti-microbial and helps regulate fungi.