Cucumber Salmon Hummus Bites

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These little bites are too easy and delicious to be this healthy! As you know, I’m always looking for new healthy snacks that are guilt-free. These are perfect and quick, and even my non-healthy friends couldn’t get enough (tricked ’em)!

Slice persian cucumbers at an angle (slicing at an angle makes the surface longer so that you can load it with more content!). Next, spread with a dallop of hummus and top with a little piece of smoked salmon. These are also great with prosciutto!

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Covered Tangerines

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Since, my sweet tooth has been flaring up a bit, I decided to make a batch of these semi-sweet & semi-healthy treats! They are incredibly addictive – I took them to work and they all vanished within 30 minutes!

They are super easy/quick to make, and can also be used as a great snack, dessert, or appetizer for your next gathering! All you have to do is take a handful of tangerines, your favorite chocolate (preferably semi-sweet), and sea salt (or any type you prefer) — WALA!! Your tastebuds will thank you!

What is your sweet, yet somewhat healthy snack?

What you’ll need:
♥ Tangerines/Clementines
♥ Semi-sweet carob/chocolate chips
♥ Sea salt
♥ Wax Paper

How To:
1. Peel the tangerines
2. Melt the chocolate chips for about 1-2 minutes, but stop every 30 seconds to mix and check consistency.
3. Dip the tangerines in the chocolate
4. Place it on wax paper and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top
5. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, then ready to eat!

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Restaurant Review: California Donuts

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Restaurant Name: California Donuts
Location: 3540 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Dessert
Great for: Donuts

I’ve had my eye on California Donuts for the longest time! I’m downtown LA all the time but just never made it out becuase I was too busy/healthy/tired. But this weekend, it happened. Boy oh boy have I never felt less guilty about eating 4 donuts. Like seriously, I was so happy. MAPLE BACON donuts? Check. THIN MINT girl scout cookie donuts? Check. CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH, FROOT LOOP, REESE’S PIECES, SNICKERS, COCONUT… (must I go on?)… check, check, CHECKKK!

Yep, you can’t choose just one. You’ll eat 4. SO AMAZING AND WORTH IT!!

My favorite was the bacon and the reese’s pieces, but every flavor was divine.

Visit the website here.

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Chobani Grammy Guacamole

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There’s nothing I love more than an afternoon of oogling beautiful women in superb fashions! HELLO awards season! Of course, I love to indulge in my usual favorites (chips and guac, refreshing beer, hiii!). Here’s a healthy, fruity twist on my fave guacamole! And if you’re trying to stay healthier — yes, those tiny, beautiful women can have an inspiring influence — use thinly cut carrots or cucumbers instead of chips!

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The key ingredient here is (SHHH!) Chobani yogurt. Check it out here, or our fave peach flavor here! That’s right, we even went extra bold and used a peach Chobani, just to give our guac a little extra somptin somptin!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

♥ 1 cup peach Chobani yogurt
♥ 2 avocados
♥ 1/2 tomato
♥ 1-2 stalks celery
♥ sharp cheddar
♥ feta cheese

Finely chop the cheese, tomatoes, and celery. Combine in a bowl with avocado and Chobani yogurt. Mix well, using a fork to work the mixture in with the avocado. We add cayenne pepper and salt for extra flavor!

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Bullet Proof Coffee

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

As much as I buy that statement, ain’t nobody got time for that!! I usually hit the gym in the morning, which means I either turn to an $8 Equinox smoothie (so bad for the bank when that becomes a daily habit), OR I make bullet proof coffee when I get to work.

That’s right. It’s bullet proof because it’s badass and keeps you SO FULL for SO LONG that it’s kind of amazing. Plus, it’s CHEAP & HEALTHY. I know, you love me.

Literally, all you do is brew yourself a cup of joe, then add in a spoon of virgin organic coconut oil & 1-2 scoops protein powder (stick with vanilla or chocolate). This makes your coffee super thick and creamy and delicious! The oil and protein powder are great for you, perfect for post workout (or for just getting you the hell out of bed), and will keep you full til lunch time!

Try it! I promise you’ll fall in love ♥

Restaurant Review: Mattei’s Tavern

matteis-tavern-4Restaurant Name: Mattei’s Tavern
Location: 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American
Great for: Brunch / Your wedding / Living here forever

This place is a little magical getaway in the middle of Los Olivos. It’s perfect for brunch because outdoor seating is plentiful. There’s a huge grassy outside area with bocce ball, live music, and lots of space for dancing and frolicking in the sunshine! Plus, the food is amaaaaazing. So is the coffee. Do you really need anything more?? #heaven

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Brunch was followed by a fun little photo shoot around the grounds! We were all soooo over caffeinated after 4 cups of coffee each… the stuff was just so damn good and they kept refilling our mugs!!

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How fun is this little chalk board cabana?? It’s literally a cabana on the grounds and the walls are all chalk… pretty sure it’s there for little kids to doodle on while their parents brunch. We’re kids. That’s why we love it.

Drooling yet?? Visit the website here 

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&& “WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER.” Words of wisdom, blogger friends. Never let that wine leave your hand. JK! But only kinda…

Quick Dish: Tofu Soba Salad

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Soba Salad

Ingredients:
Cherry Tomatoes
Soba Noodles
Lettuce/Spinach
Tofu
Feta Cheese

Since, I have been incredibly busy at work this week/too lazy to really put in the effort to make anything, I prepped this meal for the week. The only thing you really need to prep are the noodles, which are super easy to make. Go to my past Soba Noodle Dish recipe HERE to see how to cook up the noodles.

While the noodles are cooking, i chop up all the extra ingredients that I want in my salad – you can put anything in there. I stuck with tofu, lettuce, and cherry tomatoes because I enjoy that mix with the soba noodles. When the noodles are cooled and ready, I topped my salad foundation with a pile of noodles, and finished it with a scoop of Thai Peanut Sauce, and a hint of salad dressing. I tend to use a Brianna’s Poppy Seed dressing or Feast from the East Sesame dressing (Costco). Mix that all together and you got yourself a delicious and healthy meal!

When you are on the go, what are your favorite quick and easy dishes to make?

Fish Burrito Bowl

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Ingredients:
Brown Rice
Black Beans (Unsalted)
Black Olives
Sliced Carrots
Bell Peppers
Onions
Tomatoes
Corn
Fish (Mahi Mahi, Tilapia)
Lime
Cilantro

Fish Seasoning Ingredients:
Chili Powder
Cumin
Cayenne Pepper
Garlic Powder (pinch)
Lemon Pepper

*Don’t forget avocado like i did :(

Since, burrito bowls are my favorite item to order at Chipotle, I decided to give it a go and make my own version of the delicious meal. I do have to say that I was not well-prepared, but with that being said, it all tasted pretty great! But in the blogging world, it is really all about the photos…right? Hehe.

I started by cooking the brown rice, since it would take a bit longer than any of the other ingredients. While it was cooking, I chopped up my veggies and seasoned my fish with all sort of yummy seasonings. Feel free to use whatever seasonings you like, but I went with what I had in my cupboard and sounded good. As soon as the pan heated up, I placed down my pieces of fish to start cookin! WOOHOO!

While the fish was cooking, I made sure to put the black beans and corn on the stove, since those took the least amount of time to prepare. As soon as my fish was done cooking, I added in my veggies (alongside of the cooked fish), which allowed the veggies to simmer in the same seasoning base as my fish! Soon thereafter, the layering began – brown rice, black beans, corn, veggies, black olives, and fish! I topped off the dish with some green salsa, cilantro and lime, which gave the dish the perfect KICK! Yay to a successful recipe and meal! Your move Chipotle! (JK. Their bowl is obvi 10x’s better…that cilantro lime rice though)

enjoy :)

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Restaurant Review: Phlight

Restaurant Name: Phlight
Location: 6724 Bright Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★½
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Wine/Tapas Bar
Great for: Sharing, dinner, wine, a date, or catching up with friends

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Right in the uptown area of my hometown, resides one of my favorite restaurants, Phlight.  This Spanish inspired, tapas restaurant, provides a delectable selection of food, and international wine and beer to choose from. There is such a warm, amorous, and cultivated atmosphere, that will make you want to go back for more. My friends and I love going at the end of a stressful week to dine and unwind. We love getting a few different dishes to share, accompanying glasses of vino, and of course, ending our delicious meal with some sweets.

What we ordered: Sangria/Vino, Sweet Potato Fries, Pork Belly Tacos, Empanadas, Paella, & Mexican Chocolate Souffle.

Recommend: Paella, Sangria, and Mexican Chocolate Souffle.

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San Diego Adventures!

This weekend, my friend and I made our way to San Diego to go see Sara Bareilles in concert. We had a great time eating, drinking, catching up with friends, and seeing Ms. Sara B!

Our first stop of the mini adventure was playing catch up with one of our very best friends, London! You may recognize this lovely lady from some of our past blog posts, or even her own reputable blog, ‘London, like the city!’ She took us to Caroline’s Seaside Cafe, which overlooked the beach! It had a great atmosphere, with an even greater selection of food. I ordered the Pan Seared Salmon Salad – there is no full sized photo, because I was too hungry from the drive! Whoopsies :)
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Before heading off to see Sara B, my brother and his fiancé, who also live in SD (and attended the concert with us) took us to a local favorite and popular brewery called, Ballast Point. We all ordered a Sculpin, I had the IPA on Nitro, it was smooth and very refreshing! I am just dipping my feet into the IPA pool, so it was a good starting point for me. After we finished our pre-dinner/concert drinks, we headed on down the street to get our grub (and more drink) on!

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We went to a gastropub called, Craft & Commerce for dinner, and it was AWESOME! For appetizers, we got season fries and bacon cracker jacks (sounds a little odd, but so delish)! For dinner, my friend and I split the Mac & Cheese and Korean Fried Chicken Wings. The wings were as hot as they look in the photo below. As for drinks, we both got IPA cocktails and Amber Ales! Oh we are NOT done! Wait until you see where we went next…
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Yes, we were all pretty full, but everyone knows that there is a second stomach for dessert! Twenty minutes before the start of the concert, we rushed over to the BottleCraft Beer Shop to go pick up some Pubcakes! Yup, beer + cupcakes. The flavors of the cupcakes rotate every week, showcasing a different beer in each one. (Clockwise) The one with the yellow frosting was Cup O’ Hefen, which had Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Coriander spice cake & citrus buttercream; Punkin Vegan, which had North Coast Old Stock Ale Pumpkin & maple frosting; Irish Carbomb, which had Guiness chocolate cake, Irish cream frosting, & whiskey ganache; Portzilla, which had Stone Smoked Porter cake, chocolate coffee ganache, & caramelized coconut.  They were all sooooo delicious and not too sweet! My favorites would have to be the Portzilla and the Cup O’ Hefen!
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The following morning, we got up early and stopped at a local spot in Encinitas, called Swami’s Cafe, which is known for their Acaí bowls. This cafe was located in the cutest beach community, where people were either riding bikes, running, soaking up the sun at the beach, or eating at this local spot! We both ordered the Acaí bowls for breakfast, and boy, were they yummy! The granola, fruit, bee pollen, and coconut shreds made for such great toppings! I definitely recommend trying it out if you are ever in the area!
IMG_3090 IMG_3091That basically concludes our trip! Unfortunately, we did not come across Carmen San Diego, but hopefully this clip of Sara Bareilles covering ‘Chandelier’ by Sia, will make do! She is breathtaking!