Fall Treats

Since the weather here in So Cal right now is ranging around 85-90 degrees, it is evident that we are totally bypassing the  Fall Season and experiencing an extended summer.  Besides the fact that I can’t wear my chunky sweaters and boots, one thing that this weather can’t stop me from doing is indulging in Fall treats!  I have a HUGE sweet tooth and love Fall/Holiday goodies.  There are now pumpkin macarons in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s, and also pumpkin ice cream that can easily be anyone’s sweet-tooth obsession.

Oh yes, and this. This is also a must try for pumpkin AND chocolate lovers like myself — Pumpkin Mousse Cake, also from Trader Joe’s.

Happy Eats!

XOXO

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Larchmont Bungalow

A couple months ago my girls and I had brunch at this cute little place called Larchmont Bungalow.  The ambiance and decor of the restaurant was perfect for a Saturday brunch with the girls.  The first picture is the Garden Omelet with sauteed spinach, grilled zucchini, grilled asparagus and fresh goat cheese.  The potatoes were so flavorful and delicious. The second picture is their infamous Red & Blue Velet pancakes.   They were almost so sweet that we ended up eating them as if they were dessert.  They definitely taste more like a cupcake than a pancake to me.  Nevertheless, since I have a huge sweet tooth, I obviously devoured it.  The third picture is what I ordered – The Vegan Breakfast Buritto.  I was very satisfied with my pick.  It was healthy, heartful, and made my tummy happy.  It’s a must try! The fourth picture is the Morrocan Iced Coffee.  One word – AH-MAZING!  This drink saved me that day and cured me from a hangover.  Check this place out if you are ever in the LA/Mid-Wilshire area.  It may just become your next brunch staple..

Staying Healthy and Fit

Eat more ‘superfoods’ to lose weight – CNN

Blueberries are often singled out as a superfood because studies have shown they aid in everything from fighting cancer to lowering cholesterol. But all berries, including raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, contain antioxidants and phytonutrients. Worried about the price of fresh fruit? Experts say frozen berries are just as “super.”
Salmon provides a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show significantly lower the risk of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids fight back by reducing inflammation and slowing the rate of plaque build-up in blood vessels. Salmon is also a good source of lean protein.
Eating a breakfast high in protein is a good way to keep hunger at bay throughout the day. Eggs are full of choline, a nutrient that helps block fat from being absorbed in the liver. Choline may also help in preventing memory loss.
Many dieters shy away from nuts because of their high calorie and fat count. But studies show that eating a handful several times a week can help shed pounds and prevent heart disease. Almonds in particular contain lots of monounsaturated fats and fiber. Self magazine recommends replacing peanut butter with almond butter for a healthy swap!
Staying hydrated will keep you from munching absentmindedly, and if you choose to drink green tea, you’ll also be increasing your metabolism, which will burn more fat. Plus, the antioxidants (yes, those again) found in green tea can help prevent cancer.
Broccoli is one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods, with only 30 calories per cup. That means you get a ton of hunger-curbing fiber and polyphenols — antioxidants that detoxify cell-damaging chemicals in your body — with each serving. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have long praised broccoli’s cancer-fighting and prevention abilities.
Quinoa is the popular whole-grain because it also contains a good dose of protein to help build muscle. Yet including any type of whole grain in your diet — from barley to brown rice — will aid in weight loss by filling you up for fewer calories.
Low-fat dairy is an important part of any superfood-focused diet. Studies show that women who consume approximately 1,400 milligrams of calcium per day burn more fat than their non-dairy-eating counterparts. Yogurt in particular helps slow the production of cortisol, a hormone that slows metabolism.
Beans, beans, the magical fruit; the more you eat, the more … you lose weight. Black, kidney, white and garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) all end up on superfood lists because of their fiber and protein. They fill you up and provide muscle-building material without any of the fat that meat can add to your meal.
While researchers aren’t quite sure that eating chocolate can make you thinner as touted in a recent study, the heart benefits of dark chocolate have long been recognized. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties may help offset the calories. And some scientists believe chocolate’s caffeine could increase your metabolic rate. Still, stick to small pieces that will curb cravings without overloading your body with sugar.
Here’s an article from CNN that I thought everyone would benefit from.  Since Summer is vastly approaching and right around the corner, I feel like a bunch of us are either trying to hit up the gym more often or trying, hence the word “trying,” to eat better.  I know I try to do both, but I’m just such a big foodie!  I can’t help it.  Anyways, I’ve definitely been incorporating the foods above in my every day meals.  I especially love the dark chocolate suggestion!  Whole Foods has amazing dark chocolate bars that are amaze.  Hope you guys enjoy the article!
XOXO

NYC Good Eats…Part I

Amy Ruth’s Chicken and Waffles in Harlem.  Looks like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in LBC has some competition. So bomb!

Zabar’s smoked salmon and chive cream cheese bagel in the Upper West Side.  Great for breakfast on the go!

Shake Shack burgers and Black & White shake in Madison Square Park.  Fell in LOVE with their shake.  Waaay better than the In & Out shakes here in SoCal.  The bun was pretty delicious too.  In a burger, I feel like the bun has a lot to do with the overall taste.. nomz!

Katz’s Deli’s pastrami sandwiches in the Lower East Side.  This place is legit.  It is a must try if you are in NYC, especially if you love meat.  The pastrami slices were cut thick and had so much flavor!  Drool.  And the pickles were enormous! Keep in mind, all these dishes above….we ate in a matter of 4-5 hours!  Our cousins took us on a food tour around NYC…haha.  Can you tell we are big Foodie’s?!

Stay tuned for NYC good eats Part II…

Scones!

Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Scones

My sister and I were really craving scones this weekend and decided to bake some.  Considering the fact that this was the first time we’ve ever attempted to bake scones, I thought the outcome turned out pretty amazing and scrumptious.  It was so easy to make and sooo delicious. Nomz! I love baking my own pastries because I can control the amount of butter and sugar in the dish.  Here’s the recipe below in case you may want to bake some yourself! It’s a definite must-try.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • 1
    Set oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2
    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease.
  • 3
    In a small bowl blend the sour cream with the egg, vanilla and baking soda; set aside while making the rest of the recipe.
  • 4
    In a large bowl mix together the flour with sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, lemon zest, salt and cinnamon (if using).
  • 5
    Using a pastry blender cut in cold butter cubes.
  • 6
    Add in the sour cream mixture; mix JUST until moistened.
  • 7
    Gently mix in the fresh blueberries.
  • 8
    Roll or pat the dough into about a 1 to 1-1/2-inch thick round.
  • 9
    Cut dough into 12 even wedges.
  • 10
    Place the wedges onto the prepeared baking sheet about 2-inches apart.
  • 11
    Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the the bottoms are browned.
  • 12
    Drizzle the top of each warm scone with glaze if desired or when the scones are cooled dust lightly with confectioners sugar.

Enjoy!

XO

Late Night Cravings

So I love to eat after a long night of partying.  Right when I get into the club, I’m already thinking about what we are going to eat after.  Don’t act like you don’t think the same way! Haha.  Down here in socal, the place to go to is Albertos to get carne asada fries (fries topped with carne asada, sour cream, cheese and guacamole).  But in NYC the place to go to is between 53rd and 6th to get chicken and rice (aka Night Specialist).  Oh-Em-Gee! Sooo good!  Chicken and rice is a Mediterranean dish with chicken (and lamb if you want) over rice with white sauce that’s sold on a cart.  I don’t know what they have in the white sauce, but it’s ah-mazing.  We had it two nights in a row!  If you go to NYC, it’s a must have!!!