PORTLAND, Ore. – One of Portland’s oldest and most time-honored St. Patrick’s Day parties returns at Jake’s Famous Crawfish on Thursday, March 17th.  Southwest 12th street between SW Stark and Burnside will be blocked off from noon to 9:30 p.m. as the party tents go up and bands arrive for the city’s best Irish party.

Rain or shine, the big tent outside of Jake’s will serve up Guinness beer, Jake’s Famous Irish Coffee, and a host of well drinks.  Revelers will relish seafood etouffee, clam chowder, Irish stew, corned beef sandwiches and a selection of savory meat pasties as they enjoy the live music.

Jake’s Crawfish St. Patrick’s Day Band Schedule

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Brooks Robertson
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Seamus Egan & Friends
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Hit Machine

Inside the restaurant, a roaming bagpipe band will serenade diners, who can partake in Jake’s full menu or a variety of specials, including Irish lamb stew, Scotch-braised salmon, corned beef and cabbage or bangers and mash.  Tickets for Jake’s St. Patrick’s Day street party are $10 per person at the door and restaurant reservations are now being accepted at (503) 226-1419.



Jake’s Crawfish is one of the oldest restaurants in Portland. Photo courtesy of www.realfoodtraveler.com

About Jake’s Famous Crawfish

Considered one of the top ten seafood restaurants in the nation, Jake’s Famous Crawfish features a large variety of fresh seafood flown in daily.  A Portland landmark for more than 123 years, Jake’s Crawfish is home to generations of memorable dining experiences, thanks to its old-world charm, friendly service and classic Northwest cuisine. The restaurant is located at 401 SW 12th Ave. in Portland. For reservations, please call (503) 226-1419.

For a review of Jake’s Famous Crawfish, visit http://www.realfoodtraveler.com/2011/03/jakes-famous-crawfish-portland-or/

Portland, OR – Winter has been kind to Farm Spirit, with a growing waiting list of diners eager to try Aaron Adams’ horticultural cuisine.  Starting April 6th, he will offer multiple seating times throughout the evening, starting at 5:15 p.m. and going as late as 8:30 p.m.  An extended service also means that the restaurant will be able to focus on smaller groups of guests, improving the focus and attention the culinary team can pay to the guests.

“Portland is not always a plan-ahead kind of town when it comes to eating out, so more seating options will allow us to accommodate those who have been on our waiting list, and those who are looking for a table a little more spontaneously,” says Adams, who will continue to use the TOCK reservation system to book all diners at least 24 hours in advance.  He notes, however, that when the occasional last-minute seats do become available, watching Farm Spirit’s social media or signing up for their mailing list is the best way to get notified about imminent openings at the 14-seat restaurant.

Farm Spirit Adds Reserve Natural Wine Pairing List

Aaron, with his beverage team, has also been busy crafting a new reserve wine pairing menu for the restaurant, seeking out unique and rare wines from Oregon and regions around the world such as the Canary Islands, Corsica and Liguira.  Farm Spirit offers an exclusively natural wine pairing list, where all wines served in the restaurant are free from chemical additions or technological interference in the fermentation process.  The new reserve wine list is now available for $65, with the traditional wine pairing list still offered at $38.

About Farm Spirit
A cozy dinner party consisting of plant-based, locally-sourced modernist cuisine, Farm Spirit serves over multiple courses at a 14-seat chef’s counter. The restaurant is located at 1414 SE Morrison, Portland, OR 97232.  Find Farm Spirit on Facebook.com/FarmSpirit, and @FarmSpirit on Instagram and Twitter.

Sandalwood is a name given to a class of fragrant woods that, unlike other aromatic woods, can retain their fragrance for decades. Both the wood and oil have been highly valued for centuries and Sandalwood has a documented history of many applications. It was traditionally used as an incense in religious ceremonies and for enhancing meditation, and the Egyptians used sandalwood for embalming. Sandalwood is very beneficial to the skin; it can help reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes and it promotes a healthy, smooth complexion. Sandalwood has a sweet, woody aroma that can enhance mood and is frequently used in meditation for its grounding effects.

Plant Part:

Extraction Method:
Steam distillation

Aromatic Description:

Woody, dry, sweet

Main Chemical Components:

Alpha santalol

Primary Benefits:

  • Promotes healthy, smooth skin
  • Reduces the appearance of scars and blemishes
  • Enhances mood
  • Frequently used in meditation for its grounding and uplifting properties

What Are Essential Oils?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices.

To learn more, visit www.doterra.com or call 503.308.9161 and speak to a Wellness Advocate.

An elegant Camas country home.

As construction continues to boom in Camas, and East Clark County, sometimes older homes get overlooked. This home, located north of Lacamas Lake, at 2808 NE 232nd Ave, in Camas, is located on one acre, has a great backyard view, and has been totally remodeled.

The four bedroom, three bath residence has 3,308 square feet. It’s listed at $599,900.

This wonderful home has been remodeled and looks like new. It has new carpet, paint, light fixtures, granite counters, etc. The hardwood floors were just refinished. The fourth bedroom or office on the main floor has a built-in desk and cabinetry. The master closet is lined with cedar walls. There are skylights and lots of windows throughout the entire home. The large, upstairs bonus room comes equipped with a Projector and screen. B/I Vacuum.

You can view the video link here: https://youtu.be/eV9mq9PCr74

Outside entertaining in this house is easy, as it has a huge composite deck. The backyard has a very large storage shed/barn, and a side yard with enough room for RV or boat parking. This elegant estate home is very close to golfing, Lacamas Lake, and nearby shopping. It’s also in the  Camas School District.

This country estate is offered by RE/MAX agent, Patricia Judd.

To learn more about this home, visit www.patriciajudd.remaxagent.com or call her at 360.909.1962




Many studies show about 50 percent of people over 50 do not sleep well. Many are taking sleep aids like Tylenol PM that have an antihistamine like Benadryl in them. The Benadryl makes you drowsy and the Tylenol helps with muscle and joint pain that can wake you. They are Band-Aids on your symptoms of insomnia and joint pain. They do not treat why you have insomnia or joint pain. Now a new study published in JAMA shows a connection to dementia and some over the counter sleep aids. Benadryl falls under the category of drugs called Anticholinergics.

“In a recent report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found convincing evidence that frequent and long-term use of anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl increases the risk of dementia.

Anticholinergics block the action of the acetylcholine, an excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. Acetylcholine has a wide variety of known functions, including learning and memory. Anticholinergic drugs–which include some antihistamines (like Benadryl), tricyclic antidepressants, drugs for Parkinson’s and meds for overactive bladders, are widely used by older adults. ”

As a Naturopathic physician our job is to try to find out why you have a symptom. There are many reasons for insomnia. High night time cortisol, blood sugar swings during the night, pain, low serotonin, low melatonin to name a few. Make no mistake all pharmaceuticals have side effects, some side effects, as in this case don’t show up until the drug has been on the market for a long time.

My goal with my patients is to do a full review of system from head to toe and start connecting the dots and identifying the cause of their symptoms. Remember your body is good at balance, as a result you do not get a symptom until you have had a long term imbalance and the body can no longer keep up.

Best in Health.

Cynthia Bye, ND, FABNO
Board Certified in Naturopathic Oncology

Allergies are a chronic problem for millions of Americans. The key to successful treatment is determining which allergens are responsible for triggering your symptoms. To accomplish this, your doctor will administer allergy testing.

Allergy Testing: Skin v. Blood

There are two types of allergy tests commonly used: skin tests and blood tests. Each has their pros and cons, but skin tests are preferred by most doctors as they are safe, inexpensive and provide the most reliable results.

Three methods of skin testing exist. In a skin prick test, a drop of the suspected allergen is placed somewhere on the skin (typically the arm or back). A scratch is made in the skin, allowing the allergen to penetrate. If any redness or swelling develops, the results are considered positive. In an intradermal test, the allergen is injected directly into the skin. This type of test is usually reserved for testing a very specific allergen such as insect venom, and used when results from the skin prick test are inconclusive but the allergen tested is still believed to be responsible for the symptoms. A skin patch test utilizes a small patch that has been treated with drops of the suspected allergen; this is taped to the skin and left in place for 24-72 hours. It’s used to test for contact dermatitis specifically.

Fuel Medical LogoAllergy skin testing rarely causes discomfort or complications. There may be a little redness, swelling and itching, but this typically subsides quickly. In extremely rare cases, severe allergic reactions can occur immediately.

Patients who cannot tolerate skin testing may be given blood tests. These are less reliable than skin tests because they don’t show a physical reaction. Instead, an allergen is introduced into the bloodstream, and the antibody levels produced by the body are measured. An increase in antibodies is usually indicative of an allergic response.

If a food or drug allergy is suspected, “use or elimination testing” may be recommended. This involves avoiding, or alternately using, suspected triggers to see if they cause a reaction.

Editor’s Note: Fuel Medical provides a wide variety of practice management and growth services to multi-specialty and single speciality practices. To learn more about them, visit www.fuelmedical.com

On Wednesday, Miss Nola’s Cafe owner, Tim McCusker, announced that Camas resident, Bonnie Carter, won the $100 restaurant gift certificate that was recently promoted by Lacamas Magazine. The contest asked readers from the magazine’s Facebook site what they liked most about Miss Nola’s Cafe, which serves quality Southern comfort food in the heart of Historic Downtown Camas.

The responses were fun to read.

Carter, the head secretary at Skyride Middle School, was selected as the contest winner as names were drawn.

” I love Miss Nola’s and all of Tim’s ventures,” said Carter, the mother of four sons. “I think Miss Nola’s is a fun and delicious culinary treat to complement the other dining options in Camas. “I see date night in my very near future at Miss Nola’s, but I believe we’ll bring friends to share in my good fortune. My husband and I are jambalaya fans, and of course, hush puppies will be the first thing ordered.”

Miss Nola’s Cafe offers a wide selection of great eats, and customers are given a complimentary order of hush puppies as they await their order. The hush puppies are one of Carter’s favorite items on the menu. Executive Chef, Shelby Lin Schmidt, works hard at preparing fine dishes for the restaurant’s patrons.

McCusker has received numerous accolades and awards for his culinary accomplishments, and has traveled  extensively to perfect his craft, also runs another local restaurant, called Feast@316. Miss Nola’s Cafe currently occupies the former Harvest Restaurant, which was also a popular destination.

“I love making food that puts a smile on people’s faces,” he said. “We’re happy that Bonnie won the gift certificate, and we hope she enjoys her next meal here. She’s always been a great supporter of our restaurant and our efforts here in downtown Camas.”

To learn more about the cafe, and downtown Camas, visit www.downtowncamas.com


Miss Nola's Cafe

PORTLAND, OR — Electrolux demo chef, Karen Mumford, had her television debut on Wednesday in a commercial showing how to make crepes for Reigelmann’s during NBC-affiliate KGW’s airing of the popular “Today” Show.

The spot appears every Wednesday at 10:15 AM on KGW-8, and features different chefs from around the Portland area. Mumford said she was nervous about the show, but viewers have told her she looked fine. And, she really did. She was in her element.

In this particular segment, Mumford and Laura Gonzales show the audience how to make Sweet Crepes with brown sugar and cinnamon. They went through all the steps and processes on how to make delicious crepes, and even went to a passer-by to share their results with him. Lucky person!

Crepes, Cooking and More

“I go to various appliance showrooms and show people how to cook on the Electrolux appliances,” said Mumford. “We actually filmed another spot which will be aired in a couple of weeks. And next week we are going to film two more spots to be aired in future weeks.”

Mumford continues to teach people how to make great-tasting food. She frequently posts easy-to-make dinner bowls on her personal Facebook site, and encourages young people to learn the art of cooking and entertaining.

Here’s a link to the video:

Video: Sweet Crepes with Brown Sugar & Cinnamon

Sweet Crepes


Enter to Win a $100 Gift Certificate from Miss Nola’s Cafe, in downtown Camas! Yes, this is for real!

All you have to do is answer one of the following questions on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lacamasmagazine/

1) What’s your favorite dish at Miss Nola’s Cafe?

2) If you haven’t eaten at Miss Nola’s Cafe, when do you plan to?

3) What is your favorite Clark County restaurant?

The contest requires that we get a MINIMUM of 100 likes and 100 comments. Your odds of winning increase if you SHARE this post with friends on Facebook. Miss Nola’s Cafe and Lacamas Magazine will determine the winner of the contest. The contest expires at noon on Saturday, February 13th.

Portland, OR – Mardi Gras comes early this February, ensuring that the winter blues and holiday hangover won’t be around for too long.  As is tradition, Acadia will put on a festive showing on Fat Tuesday, February 9, with a delicious Mardi Gras a prix fixe dinner menu showcasing chef Seamus Foran’s expertise in the Cajun kitchen.

Featured dishes include:

  • Crawfish Deviled Egg with celery root remoulade and Belgian endive
  • Crab Cakes “Rex” with frisée and hollandaise
  • Braised Pork Cheeks with Old School grits and cane syrup gastrique
  • House-made King Cake with cream cheese icing (Find a baby in the cake and win a $50 gift certificate!)
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Dinner is $45 per person without gratuity. The regular a la carte dinner menu will also be available.  Bar director Charles Campos will complement the fare with cocktail classics from the Big Easy, or a fancy concoction from the staggering 114-bottle Bourbon list and the biggest absinthe selection in town.

Mardi Gras dinner service is from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and reservations are highly recommended.  Call 503.249.5001 to reserve seats.

About Acadia

Located in the Sabin/Irvington neighborhood of Portland, Acadia has been serving modern American cuisine rooted in Louisiana food traditions since 2001.  The restaurant uses locally-grown fruits, vegetables and meats, as well as exclusively wild caught seafood from the Gulf coast and Pacific Northwest.  The restaurant is located at 1303 NE Fremont St. in Portland.  For reservations, please call 503.249-5001.  www.acadiapdx.com.