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April 2, 2010

Have you gals caught Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on ABC? If not, do. This guy is my hero and I am SO happy that a network is airing this program on Friday nights. This is huge-generally you would catch a show like this on the food network or another cable channel.

Of course Gwyneth is crushing on him too, for good reason. Check out the latest goop, and sign Jamie’s petition.


Barre meets Bar

February 11, 2010

Lets do it!

At this point you all know that I need to host several free barre3 classes in order to actually get paid to teach this method. My suggestion? I teach a class in the Pearl for BeWellers and we then head over to MetroVino for a much deserved glass of wine.

I am tentatively throwing out next Wednesday. I still need to look at the schedule at Pearl barre3 location to confirm-but wanted to get this out there.

Thinking a 6PM class….

We can talk about Giving too.



February 6, 2010

Hi all,

Sorry if you have Tuesday on your calendar. It looks like Jolie got another job in LA and will be gone this week. Lets hold off til she is back.

Do know next tuesday you can come to one of my mock barre3 classes in SE at 4:00. Would love to see ya!

In case you missed it

January 29, 2010

Michael Pollan on Oprah. Seriously, this guy should be running the FDA.

Lets Meet

January 28, 2010

How is Tuesday, February 9th for everyone?

Give It Up-BeWell 2010

January 21, 2010

Hey ladies,

Lets get something on the books for our next meeting. How does the first week in February look for everyone?

Again, the topic for this 1st quarter is giving. Couldn’t come at a better time with what is happening in Haiti.  What if we all come prepared to share our thoughts about incorporating giving into our lives, and maybe we can each bring $10 to donate to the Haiti relief fund?

What do you all think?

Congrats to Abby!

January 14, 2010

2010 is going to be a big year for our friend Abby, from Abby’s Table. Many of us know Abby and her delicious array of healthy food from the Family Style dinners she hosts. Well, she and her team have taken it up an notch and are now selling her fantastic dips, dressings and sauces in several stores around the Portland area. We could not be happier to see her business grow. Check it out!

Vino & Vinyasa

December 23, 2009

Hi Ladies,

I am really excited to announce DOWNPOUR will be featuring its first winery promotion in the month of January. While details will be revealed on the blog and facebook soon, I wanted to put this out there especially for us BeWellers, because I think it is perfect for our group!

The winery I am working with, Dobbes Family Estate/Wines by Joe is hosting a Vino & Vinyasa day January 16th. My blog followers get $5 off registration.

Info is below…please let me know soon if you are interested. It could be a really fun excursion for us.

DETAILS:  We are holding an awesome event on January 16th called Vino and Vinyasa that entails 90 minutes of yoga in our barrel room followed by food and wine pairing. (I’ve included the menu below.) The Vino and Vinyasa event costs $30; we’d like to offer your readers $5 off their registration fee for the event. We will also offer a 20% discount on the wines featured that day. Let me know if you are interested in this.


Endive with Bleu Cheese Mousse and Roasted Hazelnuts
Pinot Gris

Artichoke Truffles with Goat Cheese, Tarragon tossed in Parmesan Cheese
Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir

Polenta Cubes topped with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Grand Assemblage Syrah

Aged Irish Cheddar and Chocolate Truffles
Late Harvest Viognier

It’s the season for giving, so do it

December 19, 2009

I feel a little weird writing this post, but I figure if it inspires any of you to take action, then it’s worth it-there are beneficiaries on both sides.

This morning after a long run and a grocery shop at Whole Foods I was walking home and was kinda cold. I swore off Starbucks last New Years, but I figured a coffee would make my walk home that much warmer, so I sauntered in. Behind me in line was a woman who was clearly going through chemo. Though her pale skin and covered head made her seem much older, in looking at her face, she was probably mid-30’s. Ouch. We exchanged a quick smile-like thing and I was up to order. After what must have been a semi-second of deliberation in my head, I order my coffee and said to the barista girl “I’ll get hers too, the lady behind me-tell her happy holidays”. The barista girl replied “great, I already know what she’s getting, she’s here all the time”. I got my coffee and was off. It happened like that. I literally walked on water the few blocks home. Not because I cured cancer, but because it was SO EASY. To think for a moment, I almost didn’t do it wondering “is that weird?” Luckily, the rational side of me kicked in saying “It’s only coffee, step up”.

I’m happy we are focusing on giving in the new year. Cleanses make you feel good, exercise makes you feel good, but for fuck sake, people make the world go round-so spread some love to a stranger now and again! You deserve it.

Dr. Perricone on Wine

December 12, 2009

Yay!!!! News on the health benefits of drinking red wine just keeps coming. Check out this video from the TV Wine Library  where Dr. Perricone, one of my most favorite food/skin/health gurus talks with Gary Vaynerchuk, the irreverent wine dude I’ve come to love, about the latest developments on the benefits of red wine. They also address organic/biodynamic wines…