Best Ever: Skinny Blueberry Cocktail

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You know that I’m all about the healthy eats, but can’ t give up the yummy drinks. My new solution to this conundrum is to use soda water as my mixer in all my cocktails, and then to add some sweetness with healthy fruity garnishes (or ginger!!). This post focuses on my latest fave, which is oh-so-simple, just the way I like it!

♥ 1 shot vodka
♥ 1 cup soda water
♥ handful of blueberries, muddled & mixed
♥ 1 splash triple sec

*In case you’re wondering, I prefer my blueberries whole so that I can suck ’em up and enjoy them as little treats in between sips! Depending on personal preference, you can muddle to expose more flavor in your drink! Random finding: orange slices are the perfecccct little treat to pair with this drink because they’re just so sweet and tasty! (AYSO memories, anyone?). This might have something to do with the sweet citrusy element of triple-sec, which adds a certain richness to the drink and helps make it feel like you’re not just guzzling watered down vodka.

Of course, you can totally alter this recipe as desired. I’ve done this combo with strawberries, raspberries, even APPLE SLICES. Go crazy! Share your results below!

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^ Everything tastes better with super cute straws ^

NYE Drink Idea: Molecular Mojitos

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Hosting NYE and looking for the perfect cocktail to serve?? Molecular mojito balls just might be my favorite new drink idea!!

Molecule-R is this awesome company that creates crazy cocktail kits combining elements of mixology with being a kickass scientist! CLICK HERE to get your starter kit! You’ll get everything you need to make a series of unbelievable drinks in no time! From fuzz to fizz to suspensions, Molecule-R walks you through all of it! If you’re trying to get even fancier, you can get the Evolution Kit HERE!

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In case you’re not all about buying these fancy schmansy kits (we feel ya), but still wanna be a badass NYE host, you can  follow our step-by-step guide below to recreate our magical mojito balls!

〉〉Step 1: Combine 1/4 tsp calcium lactate (you can get some on amazon) with 1 tsp sugar, 5-6 mint leaves, and 3 lime wedges. Muddle in a highball glass, add in 1 oz white rum & 2oz club soda, and filter with a sieve. Place the filtered liquid in a glass and prepare your pipettes!

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〉〉Step 2: Rip up a few mint leaves and place in an ice cube mold. Use your pipettes to add your liquid mixture from above to fill each ice cube mold. Place in the freezer until completely hard (about 20 minutes).

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〉〉Step 3: While you wait for your cubes to freeze, create your sodium alginate bath! Dissolve 2 grams sodium alginate (you can find anything on amazon!) in 2 cups of water. Make sure the sodium alginate completely dissolves… we used a hand blender because the stuff can be so tricky!! You’ll also want to set aside a separate bath of pure water.

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〉〉Step 4: Remove frozen cubes from the freezer and drop into the sodium alginate bath. Let them float around for about 3 minutes, stirring verrrrry gently and making sure that they don’t get stuck to each other! You’ll see them start to gelatinize into little balls (so fun!!!). One by one, spoon your balls from the alginate bath to the water bath.

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〉〉Step 5: Remove the mojito balls from the water bath and place on spoons to serve!

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〉〉Step 6: ENJOY! That’s right, eat ’em up and experience a mojito ball that explodes in your mouth. Such a cool phenomenon, these little guys are definitely worth playing scientist for an afternoon! Plus, your friends will think you’re a scientific genius!

Have a wonderful & safe New Year’s friends!! We hope these little drink balls add a pop of magic to your night! ♥

Restaurant Review: Daily Dose Cafe

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Restaurant Name: Daily Dose Cafe
Location: 1820 Industrial St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Great for: Brunch, quick bites, outdoor dining, groups

What I loved: Fresh juices, daily specials, large portions, ambience

What I’d improve: Parking can be tricky and combos get a little pricey

What I’d recommend: The “white juice”, nutella mocha, and farmer sandwich

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Above: Nutella Mocha & “White Juice” (coconut water, coconut meat, bananas, dates)

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Above: Kale couscous

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Above: The Farmer Sandwich (Vegetarian and stuffed with goodness! This makes any carnivore happy to forego meat)

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Above: The Butcher Sandwich (Dijon mustard with sopressata and pickles)

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Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Daily Dose Cafe is super artsy. Rustic exposed brick and an overgrowth of verdure and flowers define the cafe’s “look”, while untreated woods make for great art pieces and mismatched tables. The  Cafe is located in an alley full of light – there are candles to line the walkways and brighten tables, string lights are laced overhead, and vintage chandeliers hang along the ivy. While most guests sit outside along the narrow alley, there are options for indoor seating as well.

Beyond the atmosphere and decor of the place, the food is delish. The menu is super simple, totally fresh, and LA-healthy.

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Restaurant Review: Daily Dose Cafe

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Restaurant Name: Daily Dose Cafe
Location: 1820 Industrial St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Great for: Brunch, quick bites, outdoor dining, groups

What I loved: Fresh juices, daily specials, large portions, ambience

What I’d improve: Parking can be tricky and combos get a little pricey

What I’d recommend: The “white juice”, nutella mocha, and farmer sandwich

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Above: Nutella Mocha & “White Juice” (coconut water, coconut meat, bananas, dates)

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Above: Kale couscous

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Above: The Farmer Sandwich (Vegetarian and stuffed with goodness! This makes any carnivore happy to forego meat)

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Above: The Butcher Sandwich (Dijon mustard with sopressata and pickles)

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Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Daily Dose Cafe is super artsy. Rustic exposed brick and an overgrowth of verdure and flowers define the cafe’s “look”, while untreated woods make for great art pieces and mismatched tables. The  Cafe is located in an alley full of light – there are candles to line the walkways and brighten tables, string lights are laced overhead, and vintage chandeliers hang along the ivy. While most guests sit outside along the narrow alley, there are options for indoor seating as well.

Beyond the atmosphere and decor of the place, the food is delish. The menu is super simple, totally fresh, and LA-healthy.

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