A Thai Feast: Pad Thai, Larb + Papaya Salad

Since coming back from Thailand in April, I found a new love for the cuisine. Before I loved Thai food but realized there were many other dishes and flavors I haven't tasted yet. I wanted to taste a larger variety of dishes in LA as well as make some dishes myself so I got to cooking! A Thai feast wouldn't be the same without beer, so kick back and relax with friends and crack open some Chang Beer, which is the Thailand staple! We made a feast of Papaya Salad, Pad Thai and Chicken Larb. Read more for the full recipes and information on how to enter my giveaway with Chang Beer x Smorgasburg LA this Sunday the 24th! 

My Meditation || Steps & Practices

I've been trying to incorporate meditation in my daily life and so far, so good. Sometimes I do it longer than some days but I try to at least do 10 minutes of quiet meditation. I have been doing yoga and meditation for over 7 years, however, I was never driven enough to get into a daily practice....

Villa Maria || The Perfect End Of Summer Dinner for Two

Kick back and unwind because it's still summertime and what better way to enjoy than with some delicious bubbly paired with a simple, yet tasty and elegant, dinner for 2 al fresco. I've teamed up with Villa Maria to show you how to pair their Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc with my Spicy, Peppery Peel n' Eat Shrimp that is sure to be special for your friend, family member, or loved one.

Steak Salad with Peanut Sauce & Pickled Veggies

#Bowlgoals! Steak salad with peanut sauce, pickled radish and tomatoes, grilled mushrooms + more. Pickling veggies is an easy way to preserve your produce that adds nice flavor to any dish! In addition to preserving, it also has a lot of health benefits, specifically for your gut health. Top with a fresh base, in this case, butter lettuce, and then grilled mushrooms. Read on for the full recipe! 

Weekend at La Jolla (Food + Travel)

Had a quick little vacay to La Jolla the other weekend! I wanted to stay solely in La Jolla so this trip is not about San Diego itself. However, there is a lot to see in La Jolla and a lot left I need to see! I've been here a few times before but this time I stayed in a hotel that was central to everything, Empress Hotel La Jolla. Set right in the happening + bustling part of La Jolla, The Empress Hotel is walking distance to many fine attractions and not to mention steps away from the beach. ;) I found myself leaving my car put and had a nice and relaxing time walking around soaking up La Jolla. 

Let's Get Spicy with California Avocados!

There is no denying that I have a major avocado obsession. There is just something about that perfect avocado that is smooth in texture and just that creamy taste that goes well with.... well literally everything! Sponsored by California Avocados to bring you this amazing grilled cajun shrimp tostada with creamy avocado garlic sauce. Recipe below and write in the comments below what you love to pair your avocado's with! 

Sonoma Veggie Burgers with Pickled Onion-Cabbage Slaw

It's officially #VeggieBurgerDay and what better way to celebrate than with some hearty and flavorful Sonoma veggie burgers from Amy's Kitchen. Mix and match your own flavors and toppings or use the below recipe of this Arugula, Pickled Onion-Cabbage Slaw with Blue Cheese Spread + Spicy Sesame Aioli. If you're feeling adventurous, add on some chips for some crunch and read on for the full recipe! 

Udon Soup With The Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg

Who doesn't love a hearty soup? Especially with some noodz, sautéed mushrooms and a broth made with pork bones. Pork broth is not only really good for you, but it's extremely tasty, too. You can alter or change whatever you want about this recipe as well, which is also really convenient. This udon soup pork broth recipe with a soft boiled egg and grilled mushrooms is the perfect cold weather dinner or a chilly afternoon treat. The soft boiled eggs brings that extra texture and flavor to the pork broth when it's all mixed together! Read along for the full recipe! 

How To Change Your Negative Thoughts

"It’s only a thought and a thought can be changed”.  ~ I am not limited by my past thinking, I choose my thoughts with ease. I constantly have new insights and ways of looking at my world. I am willing to change and grow. - Louise Hay 

It’s true, a thought is just a thought and thats’ it. Sometimes we feed into our thoughts and let them take over, when we should be listening to our heart.

Feeling Good Friday: How To Release Resistance

Why do we want to release resistance? This is one of the first tools in becoming who you are and one of the first steps to accomplishing everything you want. With resistance, stress and pressure in our minds, we can't see clearly of what we want. Read more for more information on how to release resistance, clear your mind and start to attract whatever it is you want. 

Simple Cooking With Ducksoup!

When I first started cooking, I had this desire to put anything and everything I had in my pantry in my food. Spices, sauces, liquids, bases, marinades, literally, everything. I thought this would elevate the taste but it (most of the time) never turned out the way I wanted to. I realized later that in cooking, it's the simple ingredients and the simple flavors that help elevate a dish. It all come down to the ingredients, the quality and the freshness and technique. Ducksoup, a cookbook from Chronicle Books has become my essential cookbook for simple cooking. Take a look below at the 2 recipes from the book I tried out, and let me tell you, I even made it the next day, it was so easy and tasty! Read along for the full rundown. 

Banyan Tree Bangkok

If you've been following me on Instagram lately, you've noticed I took an awesome trip to Thailand. It was such an amazing time - flew into Bangkok, went to Phuket, Chiang Mai and ended our trip back in Bangkok. When arriving back in Bangkok, I went straight to Banyan Tree Bangkok. Banyan Tree Bangkok is known for it's popular rooftop destination, where you can overlook the whole city. It's pretty spectacular. But alongside that, is also an amazing property, with gorgeous rooms and and overall great hotel experience. Follow along below for more pictures and what we ate! 

How to Fight Sunday Scaries: Brunch at The Omni Hotel DTLA

It's the weekend - you're looking for something to do, you're looking for things to eat, where do you go? This past weekend I went to the Grand Cafe in the Omni Hotel Downtown LA for their Hangover Brunch!. If you're a local, stop by for their breakfast buffet (or have a 1 night staycation like me), if you're traveling, stay here for the night and stumble out of bed and indulge in shrimp, mussels, crab legs, prime rib, a dessert bar and wait for it... bottomless mimosas. Read on for the full details on my 1 night stay!

Conquer Tacos With Wild Garden

Sometimes all you need are tacos for dinner! Feeling like Springtime with these tacos 2 ways I cooked up with Wild Garden Foods. Marinated with both the Persian + Turkish marinades with their Garlic Hummus, this was the ultimate taco dinner. Not to mention fast cooking pilafs to go as the perfect side to accompany your meal. What's for dinner? Fried Chicken Tacos and Persian Garlic Tacos. Read on for the full recipe I created of each taco as well as more recipes from Wild Garden on their Website and Instagram.