Barre3 in the Pearl

Posted on 02/16/2016


Ever wondered what that exercise studio on the corner of 10th and Marshall is all about?

My curiosity led me to signing up for a class at Barre3. At the Barre3 Pearl studio, you can expect an easy-to-follow, fun, and relaxing workout experience. With routines involving focused breathing, deep stretching, and pumped-up cardio sets, it’s an ideal way to revitalize your energy and shed some extra pounds.

Barre3 incorporates three different exercise routines—ballet barre, Pilates, and yoga—into one challenging workout. It’s fine-tuned to strengthen your muscles and improve your overall mental and physical balance. Whether you are an active athlete, expecting a child, or getting back into the groove of a healthy lifestyle, Barre3 will be a good fit for you.

My experience at Barre3 was nothing short of wonderful. Before my first class, I was nervous and didn’t know anyone, but from the moment I walked in, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. I got situated with my Barre3 core exercise ball, weights, and mat, which are all free for clients to use during class. As light music began to play, we started with a few rounds of meditative breathing to engage our minds. We then began a brief warm up to get our heart rates elevated and moved right into the workout. We did a variety of exercises like jogging in place, lunges, and squats. The instructor really took the time to check my form, encourage me at each stage, and teach me modifications when necessary. She pushed me to challenge myself but still encouraged me to take each movement at my own pace.

In addition to the studio class, I attended the annual Barre3 in the Park event last summer at Fields Park. I enjoyed checking out an array of vendors giving out juice samples, showcasing workout gear, and offering French braiding services. To top it off, the creator and owner of Barre3, Portland resident Sadie Lincoln, instructed a huge outdoor class for over a thousand participants. She shared from her heart her journey of creating a lasting, healthy lifestyle. As I looked around the park, I experienced a moment of peace, freedom, and revitalization like I never had before. 

I hope this blog encourages you to reach past your comfort zone and try something new. At the very least, I hope it gives you an answer to the question that go through your mind when you pass that studio on 10th and Marshall full of people balancing, stretching, and squatting.

For more information and to sign up for a class, visit:

To get inspired, check out this blog post featuring my friend Lindsay, who dropped 80 lbs. with the help of Barre3.

Valentine’s Day 2016

Posted on 02/11/2016

The Pearl District is known for its excellent restaurants like Blue Hour, Andina, and Mediterranean Exploration Company. But if you procrastinated on making a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation, you’ll find that every place is completely booked. No reservation? No problem. Here’s your guide to a last-minute V-day date.

Serve up a candlelit dinner at home

Pick up a new cookbook at Powell’s City of Books and head over to World Foods for ingredients. I like Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook Plenty—the recipe for lemon eggplant risotto is sure to impress your sweetheart.

Grab a drink with your date

After dinner, hit up a Pearl hot spot like Deschutes Brewery and Public House, Cerulean Wine Bar and Bistro, or Streetcar Bistro and Taproom. The best part about imbibing in the Pearl is that you can easily ride the Portland Streetcar home.

Indulge in sweets

Get a sugar rush with your crush at Cool Moon Ice Cream Company, Lovejoy Bakers, or Pearl Bakery. The macarons at Lovejoy Bakers are ridiculously good, so why not try every flavor?

Have your heart set on a nice dinner out? Try one of these restaurants

Here’s a list of romantic dinner spots that take walk-ins for two (they won’t accept reservations). My advice: show up early, around 5pm, and you shouldn’t have to wait too long for a table.

What’s better than sharing a paella with your sweetie? Ataula serves top-notch tapas and Catalonian specialties like rossejat, a paella-like noodle dish. Make sure you order the sangria—one sip, and you’ll be transported to a Barcelona sidewalk cafe.

Bamboo Sushi
Now with locations in all four quadrants of Portland, Bamboo Sushi serves delicious Japanese food with an upscale ambiance. Make sure you try the oyster-topped okonomiyaki and pair it with a sake flight. The sushi chefs at Bamboo only serve sustainable seafood, so it’s good for the ecosystem as well as your belly.

La Moule
This Belgian spot is one of those cozy, dimly lit eateries that’s perfect for a date. They offer the best mussels you’ll ever eat, served with a choice of six flavorful broths and crunchy bread on the side. You can go classic with a garlic and butter broth or bring the heat with a spicy and sour Thai broth.

Southeast Wine Collective
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to try a wine flight at this charming urban winery and wine bar. The sommeliers here really know their stuff and can guide you through their incredibly extensive wine list. In addition, they’ve got some great bites including baked polenta with mushroom ragout and charcuterie boards.

Dove Vivi
Is there anything more romantic than pizza? Dove Vivi’s pies are by far the best in Portland. After you’ve tasted their gluten-free cornmeal crusts, you’ll never turn back. The corn pizza, topped with smoked mozzarella, balsamic marinated roasted red onions, and fresh corn, is nothing short of life changing.