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Camas, WA — The Hammond Kitchen & Craft Bar isn’t quite letting go of the season just yet with a stunning late summer menu offering.

One of the most exciting of these offerings is the Vegan Spaghetti + Meatballs, which is a completely plant-based dish made with mushroom and rice meatballs, herb roasted spaghetti squash, vegan smoked Gouda, pesto, shallot blackberry gastrique, harvest vegetable marinara, and vegan Parmesan. $23.

The Kalbi Chicken salad comes with natural wood grilled chicken breast, a Kalbi marinade, late harvest fruits and berries, Napa cabbage, arugula, Portland creamery chèvre, toasted almonds, mango dressing and toasted seeds. $18.

The fresh ora king salmon is wood grilled with sweet pepper butters, and comes with roasted corn avocado relish, jasmine rice, and fresh vegetables. $30.

For starters, the coconut prawns are coconut flake and macadamia nut crusted, served with mango coulis, sriracha aioli, and sweet chili sauce. $16.

Also on The Hammond small plate menu is the tomato jam toast, made with house made focaccia, Portland creamery chèvre, roasted garlic, slow roasted heirloom tomatoes, basil pesto and pecorino. $9.

For desserts, try the vanilla bean ice cream with fresh peaches, Peach Buckle or the Grasshopper, which is a pot de crepe, made with marshmallows and a a rich chocolate ganache. The Hammond chefs really delivered on these decadent desserts.

And the H Speciality cocktails include the Fall Manhattan, Flower Power, Unicorn Tears, The 2020 Remedy, Midsummer Night, and Holding On To Summer.

The Hammond offers dine-in service, as well as takeout. You can order online at https://thehammondkitchenandcraftbar.com — they are located at 4857 NW LAKE RD #200 — CAMAS WA 98607 — 360-954-5620

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Vegan Spaghetti.
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Grilled ora king salmon.
The Hammond
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Fresh peaches.

Salud Wine Bar has some great specials this week — through Saturday. 

Chicken Marsala:

“I like to make my Chicken Marsala a little different than everyone else. I first take some golden, crispy, pan-fried chicken, then mix with my mushroom-filled creamy Marsala wine sauce and a good kick of garlic.  Served over a bed of penne pasta, this Chicken Marsala is a delicious treat,” said Salud’s Chef Tony. 

This dish is accompanied with their Salud Side Salad and House made Bread: $15.00

Saturday Smoked Meat (served while supplies last): 

This Saturday, Salud will be serving their ever popular Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatloaf.  Served along side sweet corn, and a dash of mashed potatoes, as well as the Salud Side Salad and their House Made Bread: $20

You may want to get reservations in ASAP.

For their menu, go to: www.saludwine.com/menu

Please make reservations: www.saludwine.com/online-reservations or call 360-787-2583.

Each dish is available for takeout.

Starting next week they will be open on Tuesdays, as well.

Don’t forget they ALWAYS have Wine Specials, Every Week!! 🍷

Lastly, Please help them by practicing proper CDC guidelines.

They ask that you please wear a mask into the establishment, and wear it anytime you aren’t seated. Also please use hand sanitizer and practice proper social distancing.

Coming Soon – 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 Family Dining in our Main Dining Room – Mid to End of September!

There are many people who for health or fitness reasons are turning to a gluten free diet, and these almond flour paleo tortillas are an excellent substitute for my favorite homemade flour tortillas.

Rolling out homemade flour tortillas has been a family event for my sons and I since they were toddlers, but in an effort to eat better, I continue to search for healthier eating options. We’ll still continue rolling out flour tortillas, which we make with olive oil, but these almond flour versions are very tasty.

These thin soft shell paleo tortillas are made in five minutes, and require no rolling. They are made by blending almond flour, tapioca flour, avocado oil, salt and coconut milk. Pour batter onto a skillet and out comes the most beautiful and tasty grain free tortillas, perfect for taco night or a favorite breakfast burrito! It’s easy, versatile, fool proof, and delicious.

I got this recipe from www.paleoglutenfree.com and made some tweaks that work better for me.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour — recommend Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1 cup tapioca flour can sub with arrowroot — recommend Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1 cup coconut milk or any other milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil (avocado oil tastes a bit better)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Olive oil or avocado oil for cooking

Blend in the ingredients together. Turn on your stove to medium heat, and in a cast iron skillet, or skillet of your choice, place some oil. Once properly heated, pour the batter onto the skillet. Turn the tortilla when the top side bubbles up, and watch it closely so it doesn’t burn.

This recipe yields 8 medium size tortillas. We love it!

The batter can keep for up to a week in the refrigerator in a tight container.

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What is Paleo Diet? Information from the Mayo Clinic …

According to the Mayo Clinic, a paleo diet is a dietary plan based on foods similar to what might have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.

A paleo diet typically includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — foods that in the past could be obtained by hunting and gathering. A paleo diet limits foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago. These foods include dairy products, legumes and grains.

Why you might follow a paleo diet

You might choose to follow a paleo diet because you:

  • Want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  • Want help planning meals

Details of a paleo diet

Recommendations vary among commercial paleo diets, and some diet plans have stricter guidelines than others. In general, paleo diets follow these guidelines.

What to eat

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
  • Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna
  • Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive oil or walnut oil
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Almond flour paleo tortillas.

Salud Wine Bar in downtown Camas is offering two specials this week: Gnnochi with creamy gorgonzola sauce and Smoked London Broil.

You can see their full online menu at www.saludwine.com/menu and make reservations at www.saludwine.com/online-reservations or call 360-787-2583. Each dish is available for takeout, as well. These specials are served Wednesday through Saturday while supplies last:

Gnocchi with Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce, Mushrooms and Ham

“Just writing this post makes me hungry,” said Salud chef, Tony Dotson. ”I love Gorgonzola or any blue cheese for that matter! I know it is not for everyone but if you are into blue cheese then you definitely have to try this. I first make a creamy Gorgonzola sauce and add in some sauteed ham and mushrooms. It’s then all tossed with the gnocchi for a bit of creamy deliciousness on your plate.”

The gnocchi dish is accompanied with the Salud side salad and house made bread: $15.00

Saturday Smoked Meat (served while supplies last)

This Saturday, Salud will be serving Smoked London Broil. This tasty meal comes with their garlic mashed potatoes and green beans with bacon (bacon makes everything better!). It’s accompanied with their Salud side salad and house made bread: $20. You may want to get reservations in ASAP because when they’re we’re sold out, they’re sold out.

Don’t forget they have weekly wine specials.

Reservations are recommended for any of these specials.

Lastly, Please help them by practicing proper CDC guidelines: They ask that you please wear a mask into their establishment, and wear it anytime you aren’t seated. Also please use hand sanitizer and practice proper social distancing. Thank you and Salud!

Coming Soon: Family dining in the Salud main dining room — mid to end of September!!

New flavors are coming to Downtown Camas! To bring some extra culinary excitement to the community in September, participating downtown restaurants will be offering Fair Food Week from September 4th – 11th and The Secret Menu Event from September 15th – 30th

Fair Food Week:

Since Camas Days and the Clark County Fair couldn’t happen this year, Downtown Camas restaurants are offering nostalgic and much-missed fair foods and treats on their menus for a full week starting on First Friday, 9/4. Funnel cakes, mini corn dogs, ice cream, caramel apples, cannolis just to name a few. There will even be cotton candy margaritas and Smoked BBQ ice cream to add unique twists to traditional fair options.

“We’re wanting to bring some fun and unique dining options to downtown and add a little extra zest to late summer,” says Carrie Schulstad, Executive Director of the Downtown Camas Association. “We have amazing restaurants and coffee houses that are working so hard to serve the community during these challenging times. We want to take advantage of the good dining weather and we truly hope people enjoy all the food options and have fun with it. You can have something new to try every day in September!”

The Liberty Theatre will also be serving their famous popcorn on First Friday and Saturday (9/4 – 9/5from 5-8pm and Caps N’ Taps will kick off the Fair Food Week with free fair games out front of their taproom during the evening. Cedar Street Bagel Co will be selling “Clark County Fair” scent candle wax melts with notes of cotton candy, funnel cakes and deep fried twinkies.

Fair Food Week participating restaurants and offerings:

  • A Beer At A Time – Giant pizza by the slice and giant pretzels with beer cheese and stone ground mustard
  • Adams Street Bar & Grill – Ribs with beans and Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese
  • Caffe Piccolo – Nachos (with jalapenos or salsa)
  • Cake Happy – Cake in a Jar, ice cream sandwiches, caramel apples
  • Cedar Street Bagel Co. – Peach hand pies and organic lemonade made with lemonade-ice cubes (add mango or blackberry as desired!) 
  • Feast 316 – Smoked BBQ ice cream with corn flake crusted chicken tenderloins
  • Grains of Wrath – Cotton Candy Margaritas
  • Hidden River Roasters – Cold brew floats, root beer floats
  • Liberty Theatre – Popcorn served First Friday and Saturday (9/4 – 9/5from 5-8pm
  • Mesa – Churro fried ice cream with chile infused caramel and Mexican spiced chocolate topping options
  • Mill City Brew Werks – Mini corn dogs, funnel cakes, churro-doughnuts
  • Natalia’s Cafe – Candied bacon on a stick
  • Salud Wine Bar & Italian Restaurant – Mini cannolis, zeppole (filled Italian donuts)
  • Squeeze and Grind – Chocolate malt milk and Oreo cookie shakes
  • Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel –  2 offerings: Kalua pork loaded fries all week and Malasadas (Hawaiian donuts similar to elephant ear flavors) on Saturday 9/5 from 10am-2pm

For all the details, visit https://downtowncamas.com/event/fair-food-week or https://www.facebook.com/events/767789633978388/

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The Secret Menu Event:

For two weeks starting 9/15, participating Downtown Camas restaurants will offer secret menu items. Just ask for the secret menu offering and it will be a surprise until it is brought to your table. Items will be available for takeout as well. The goal is to bring new flavors, fun engagement for customers and some culinary adventure to the community.

Secret Menu Event participating restaurants:

  • A Beer at a Time
  • Cake Happy
  • Feast 316
  • Grains of Wrath
  • Nuestra Mesa
  • Mill City Brew Werks
  • Natalia’s Cafe
  • Salud Wine Bar & Italian Restaurant
  • Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel

For all the details, visit https://downtowncamas.com/event/the-secret-menu-in-downtown-camas or https://www.facebook.com/events/952797335195521

Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel is offering a new Happy Hour menu now, and it includes some fan favorites like the Kalua Pork Quesadilla.

Tommy O’s, which has stayed open throughout the pandemic with takeout and delivery services, has resumed dine-in service while meeting all COVID-19 state-mandated safety guidelines. They also offer outdoor seating.

Happy Hour is from 2-5 pm Monday through Saturday, and the HH menu comprises the following:

  • Kalua Pork Quesadilla: $5
  • Coconut Crunchy Shrimp: $6
  • Meatballs: $5
  • Kalua Pork Sliders: $5
  • Caesar Salad: $5
  • French Fries: $4

Happy Hour drinks:

  • HH White Wine: $5
  • HH Red Wine: $5
  • HH Tap Beer: $5
  • HH Cocktail: $5

Tommy O’s at the Camas Hotel is located at 401 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA 98607.

Visit https://www.toasttab.com/tommy-o-s-the-camas-hotel/v3 to order takeout.

Phone: 360.833.0115

Tommy
Coconut Crunch Shrimp.

It’s a flower shop, a bar, and a place to have a delectable dinner. Meet Acorn and The Oak, which is fully operational after undergoing a major renovation, construction delays, and the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s an entirely new building set in the exact footprint of the former Lakeside Chalet on Everett Road in Camas, and offers an escape from the challenges of life. 

Acorn and The Oak is a place to eat scratch-made supper club food served among the flowers featuring artisan cheese & charcuterie, fresh salads, tasty bites and sweets, and scratch-made entrees using local, seasonal goodness — and you can dine in the bar, the main dining area, or outside at the patio overlooking Lacamas Lake.

It’s an unusual combination of floral shop, bar, and restaurant, but it works, and is the concept of owners Janessa and Chuck Stoltz, who married in 2017, bought the Lakeside Chalet in 2019, and realized their dream earlier this year.

“It was Chuck’s idea a couple years ago,” said Janessa. “I was a social media manager for another company and I was just miserable and didn’t know what to do with my life, then Chuck said ‘You need to open a floral shop.’” I told him ‘I’ve already done that.’”

“Then he said well ‘let’s put a bar in it and I’ll quit my job and do it with you.’ So right then we started looking for places.”

After purchasing the property, it took about 18 months to complete the renovation given the obstacles of converting an old building to meet modern city codes.

“It was a major, major overhaul,” said Janessa. “We even found fuel tanks underneath the parking lot that we had to remediate. There were a lot of surprises. We had to gut the whole building.”

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Osso Bucco entree at Acorn and The Oak.

The Food

Acorn and The Oak serves French American comfort food with some Mediterranean and Italian influences.

“We have a lot of shareable starters,” said Janessa. “Lots of smaller plates, like tapas and we encourage people to order a couple of things.”

Featured entrees include Chef David’s Hearty Bolognese, Grilled Wild Sockeye Salmon, and Osso Bucco. Each weekend, they have supper specials.

“It’s the type of place where you come to sit for an evening, for two-and-a-half hours,” said Chef David Haight. “It’s that supper club vibe where you’re not coming to simply eat and drink, you’re coming to socialize with your friends and family. You lose track of time here.” 

Acorn and the Oak is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 pm to close. The flower shop is also open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to four.

Dinner reservations are preferred. Call 260.210.7439 or visit them online at www.acornandtheoak.com

If you would have asked the general population in February, with a booming economy, and a community that had just celebrated its third State athletic championship, that a virus pandemic would force school and business closures, massive job losses, mandated quarantines and face covering use, as well as some supply shortages, the response would likely have been: ”you’re crazy!”

Months into the pandemic, we are still dealing with many of these issues, and it has led to lifestyle changes, new attitudes, and a general attitude of preparedness and prudent living. You just never know what’s around the corner.

Prudent living to many means living within your means, saving money for future challenges or goals, and having enough food on hand to weather the next storm.

This is the first of a three-part article that addresses having a three-month supply of food, water and financial reserves, whenever possible, to simply be prepared and have peace of mind. So what does that mean? How does one get started?

Three-Month Food Supply

This is about building a small supply of non-perishable food that is part of your family’s normal, daily diet. Take inventory of what you like to eat, what you should eat, and get started.

Have a meal plan. Know what you’d like to eat a couple weeks out, and plan ahead. Be realistic, and buy the foods that best suit you and your family.

Purchase a few extra items during each trip to the grocery store. Don’t hoard. If you like canned chicken, buy a few extra cans. If you like peanut butter, buy a couple extra jars. If you like pasta, buy a few more packages. And, of course, we all lived through the toilet paper shortage. Look for sales, and stock up. A little each trip can add up quickly. Make sure to rotate these items regularly to avoid spoilage.

Consider staple foods, such as wheat, rice, pasta, oats, beans, and potatoes that have a long shelf life — some as long as 30 years.

This is great link to start checking on what you have, food items you may not have considered, and what areas need to be filled: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4EjTfXhwMcwZm9SS1Znd0pUZW8/edit

Don’t go to extremes. Don’t go into debt to stock up.

Preparedness brings peace of mind. If you lose your job, or if a friend needs help, you will have the ability to provide the basics for your family or families around you. You just never know what’s around the corner.

The next article will focus on PART 2: Water Supply Storage.

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Grains of Wrath, which closed its doors nine days ago after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, has announced they are re-opening Tuesday, July 28 at 11 am.

“We are happy to report all tests that have come back were negative,” said Brendan Greenen, Partner and General Manager at GoW. “Our team member that initially tested positive is doing well and continues to quarantine.“

The popular downtown microbrewery and restaurant closed its doors on Saturday, July 18 moments after learning a support staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. Since that time, all employee tests have been completed — all negative — and the space underwent a thorough professional three-hour cleaning that included testing surfaces, a complete wipe down and decontamination spray over all hard surfaces.

“We would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support and well wishes as we navigated this scenario,” GoW said in a statement. ”Thank you again for your patience, we look forward to seeing you soon!“

GoW is open 11 am-10 pm daily. Governor Inslee’s recent mandate only changes their operation as follows:

  • Indoor diners must be of the same household.
  • All tables are 5 or less.
  • GoW now shuts down at 10 pm on Friday an Saturday, per the limitations.

Given the CDC and state COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, takeout ordering is also encouraged. You may order online at: www.gowbeer.com

The owners of Nuestra Mesa announced today that a restaurant family member tested positive for COVID-19, and that they will temporarily close.

“A MESA family member tested positive,” said Todd Moravitz, co-owner of MESA. “We care about the community, and we’re taking all the same safety precautions as Grains of Wrath. All of our employees will be tested early this week, and our restaurant will be professionally cleaned. We hope to re-open soon, but we first must address this.”

Moravitz has been in contact with Brendan Greenen, partner and General Manager of Grains of Wrath, and both establishments plan to use the same mobile COVID-19 testing unit, which is able to show results within 15 minutes. 

“Our restaurant follows all COVID-19 health and safety protocols,” said Moravitz. “Our customers have supported us through this entire pandemic, and we appreciate your patience as we do our due diligence to ensure everyone’s safety.”

MESA closed abruptly Sunday afternoon notifying guests of the situation, and will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.

On Saturday, Grains of Wrath discovered a direct employee of theirs tested positive for COVID-19, and abruptly closed, as well. Both restaurants are very stringent with following CDC and state mandated coronavirus safety and health protocols. Customers are required to wear face coverings upon entrance, and all employees wear them while preparing and serving food.

MESA
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