One of the great things about Portland is the variety and depth of talented musicians living in our city. It’s an absolute mystery to me how someone as talent-less as Britney Spears or Fergie can make it big, while our city is filled with celebrity-status musicians that the world still doesn’t know about.

Real musicians can actually play instruments (shocking!), sing beautifully AND look hot! Who woulda thought?

Last night I had the pleasure of discovering Tony Smiley at the Buffalo Gap off of Macadem Ave. Picture Johnny Depp (a good combo of 21 Jump Street, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Pirates of the Carribean), with a sexy hot voice and amazing musical skills. Not bad, right? You’ve got to check this guy out. He’s incredible!

So, get on Myspace, make him your friend and go visit his next show. You won’t be disappointed!

-Heather 🙂

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Sunday mornings are my favorite time for making a big breakfast. During the week, I nosh on granola and fruit or a Cliff bar, but on the weekend’s I try to make something special.

Try this French Toast recipe for a nice weekend treat. Pair with fresh fruit–strawberries or raspberries are a great choice during this time of year.

6 stale slices of wheat-free bread (I can eat sprouted grains, and choose Ezekiel bread)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1T ground cinnamon
1 t vanilla extract

Leave bread out overnight. Next morning beat eggs, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Soak each slice of bread in the mixture for 1-2 minutes and then turn over and soak for another minute. Place on skillet on medium heat for 1 minute, flip over and cook for one more minute or until golden brown.

Top with Smart Balance Light butter and maple syrup (I love Springtree brand!).

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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Recently, I interviewed Judith McGee for LadyAdvisor.com — besides being absolutely fabulous, she also encouraged and advocated mini-vacations. I decided to take her advice and booked a 3night/4day vacation in sunny (and hot!) Las Vegas.

For the first time ever, I didn’t take an ounce of work or homework with me. I took books, like Mastery of Love and The Celestine Prophecy instead. I wrote poetry. About crazy drunk people in swimming pools. But, whatever. The point was I was thinking and writing creatively and completely outside my norm. It felt soooo good!

I laid by the pool in 90 degree heat and looked at my life back in the Pacific NW in a whole new way. I felt gratitude. And when I returned 4 days later, I was ready to dive back in…

What’s your favorite mini-break vacation spot?
Leave your comments here…

Happy Writing!
Heather 🙂

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Traveling always provides the perfect opportunity to eat wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar. But, in a place like Las Vegas (where anything and everything you can ever imagine is available) maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult. Fortunately, I’m vain and didn’t want to be bloated in my bikini, making me extra motivated to eat right. 🙂

Here are some tips for eating wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar while vacationing in Vegas:

-Asian food is a perfect option for travel eating. I got to dine, not once, but twice at my favorite Asian restaurant, Chin-Chin Cafe inside New York New York. I noshed on eggplant with tofu — one of my absolute fave dishes and chicken lettuce cups. Yum!

-Salads, baby. Add some protein and your golden.

-For breakfast, an egg white veggie frittata with hashbrowns is a delish choice.

-When on Vegas time, there are typically only two meals a day (due to rising around 11am!), so a a Luna or Cliff bar with a piece of fruit will always suffice.

-For drinks, stay away from juices (packed with refined sugars) and keep it simple. For me that means, sipping on a glass of Chardonney or my new drink–coconut rum and club soda (see photo). It’s refreshing and simple. FYI – Rum does not contain wheat, but is made from molasses.

-Ask about the ingredients of food – you may be surprised. In the picture above, I was enjoying a pecan bar made with almond flour. Hooray!

-Mexican food can be another great option–always be sure to ask that corn tortillas are used. We got our fill at Diablo’s Cantina.

-Sugar-free chocolates are a great treat and were readily available at a casino cafe.

-Bring bars, nuts and dried fruit for easy airplane travel.

Eating wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar while traveling isn’t as tough as one would expect. Even in Vegas!

Have any tips for eating out while living it up in Vegas? Leave your comments here.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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Free Yummy Food Alert!

Go Dairy Free is holding a special June promotion to win 3 gluten-free and food allergy-friendly baking mix packages:

-The Cookie Assortment (chocolate chip, vanilla sugar, cocoa mudslide, cranberry-apple spice and fudge brownie)
-The Deluxe Assortment (12 mixes)
-The Speedy Bake Assortment (6 gluten-free mixes for kids)

All you have to do is sign up to receive their free e-newsletter.
If you win, let us know — especially if the products are really delish!

Happy Eating!
Heather

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It’s that time of year again (which means summer is almost here!)…

Don’t miss the FABULOUS Willamette Writer’s Faire & Conference coming up the end of July and early August 2008. I have friends who have received book deals at the conference and last year, I made some amazing writer friends and was motivated to complete my book proposal. Check out the details here:

Writers Faire – Thursday, July 31, 2008
5 to 7 pm in the Mount Hood room of the Airport Sheraton Hotel
FREE to the Public
*If you want to sell your book at an event, this is a good one.

Writer’s Conference – August 1-3, 2008
Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel
Connect with agents, publishers and other writers!

Hope to see you there!

Happy Writing!
Heather 🙂

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Often I dreamt of a gluten-free bakery, filled with yummy pastries and tasty bread. And it seems that someone else too was also dreaming up the same thing.

New Cascadia Traditional – The Gluten-Free Artisan Bakery opened recently in the heart of NW Portland on 21st and Glisan sandwiched in between Trader Joe’s and Urban Fondue.

I’ve sampled their French Bread, apple galette and chocolate peanut butter cookie. YUM! The French bread is pretty hard, but once you saw it into slices, it’s a great addition to soup and salad, or dipped in hummus. And get this – it actually tastes like real French bread. Imagine that!

One tip
: get there early or place advanced orders for bread and such. They sell out early and I’ve visited twice only to find they were out of virtually everything. Apparently, gluten-free goods are in HIGH demand. 🙂

Happy Eating!
Heather

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Often I dreamt of a gluten-free bakery, filled with yummy pastries and tasty bread. And it seems that someone else too was also dreaming up the same thing.

New Cascadia Traditional – The Gluten-Free Artisan Bakery opened recently in the heart of NW Portland on 21st and Glisan sandwiched in between Trader Joe’s and Urban Fondue.

I’ve sampled their French Bread, apple galette and chocolate peanut butter cookie. YUM! The French bread is pretty hard, but once you saw it into slices, it’s a great addition to soup and salad, or dipped in hummus. And get this – it actually tastes like real French bread. Imagine that!
One tip: get there early or place advanced orders for bread and such. They sell out early and I’ve visited twice only to find they were out of virtually everything. Apparently, gluten-free goods are in HIGH demand. 🙂

Happy Eating!
Heather

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I love baking this bread for get together’s with friends. It also goes fabulously well with hot tea. Enjoy!

2.5 c quinoa
1 1/3 c no sugar applesauce
1/2 c Smart Balance butter
1 c Splenda
3 cage-free eggs
3 small zucchini, grated
2t baking soda
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t salt
1 T cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar. Beat eggs in, one at a time. Stir in applesauce, zucchini and vanilla. In separate bowl, stir in remaining dry ingredients. Add dry mixture to wet, and stir until completely combined. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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Here’s the scoop — you don’t want to miss this!

Gluten Free Food Fair & 1- or 3-mile Awareness Walk
When: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Venue: All Saints Catholic Church
3847 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, Or.

Registration: 9:00am-9:45am
Walk: 10:00am-11:30am
Food Fair: 11:00am-1:30pm

Walk registration and info here.

Hope to see you there!
If you go, please let us know what you loved the most, as well as any new discoveries.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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