Doma Kitchen

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A sweet spot located in Manhattan Beach, Doma Kitchen is bringing amazing flavors filled with local and fresh ingredients.

I had a remarkable experience enjoying the beautiful decor and delicious Doma Kitchen staple dishes. The owner, Angie, is friendly and really passionate about food and her culture. The menu contains all different types of cuisine but has a strong emphasis on European & Central Asian dishes, some from her background in Ukraine. When food tastes good, even more than good, one can notice it's due to the amount of passion and love put into the meal and this shine through here at Doma Kitchen.

We tasted traditional dishes with a healthy and unique twist. Starting with Borscht, then Housemade Chicken Dumplings in Broth, Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs, Uzbeck style, and ended with tea and Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). Continue reading for photos and a full run down of the dishes.

We started off with some black and hibiscus iced tea served in cute mason jars. While waiting for Angie to arrive, I took a look at the menu. Serving happy hour from 3-6 on Monday-Friday with $1 off beer and wine as well as many discounted appetizers and sides. The menu is diverse and contains many Californian dishes like wraps, tartines, sandwiches and french fries and then some other dishes that are very cultural, these are the dishes we tried.

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First off was the Borscht. This is a Ukrainian style soup with beets, cabbage and local natural grass fed lamb, fresh dill, bavarian rye bread and a side of sour cream. Everything we tried was phenomenal, but this was by far my favorite dish. Doma Kitchen took on this Borscht and transformed it into a healthier dish. Normally, it is much heavier but this was light and with the grass fed lamb, it brought a strong and tender flavor. The flavor of the soup was sweet and savory, bringing pieces of cabbage and tender, tasty lamb. This dish is extremely light, yet filling, and the flavors just sing in unison. What you do is put some sour cream in the soup with some bread. They ship their Rye Bread from Germany, it is extremely fresh and delicious. When you have this soup with the sour cream, it brings it to another level. I cannot wait to come back here and get this soup again.

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Next was the dumpling soup. These are Siberian style housemade dumplings, local cage-free chicken, chicken broth, fresh dill and of course - a side of sour cream. The dumpling dough was made in-house and this shows through with the bite. It is velvety, soft, and extremely fresh. The dill gives the chicken inside and the broth a hearty flavor. I am a fan of chicken dumplings and these were some of the best I've had. The flavors of all the chicken with the chicken broth was fantastic. All the local and cage free, grass fed meat and poultry is a strong way to be healthy and to feel lighter when having a meal.

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After the soup, we tried Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs. It had veggies like Garbonzo Beans and a sauce as well as tomatoes and onions. There were also raisins in the rice dish and I am normally not a huge fan of raisins in rice, but this worked perfectly together. The turmeric and spice blend in the rice worked perfect and all the flavors acted with one another, making this a pretty awesome rice dish.

A seasonal dessert was up next, Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). The fact that this dessert dish is gluten free really brings a smile to my face. Although I am not gluten, some people are allergic or that is their choice to not eat gluten and at restaurants especially, there are not a lot of gluten dessert options, and if they do have it, it's not very tasty. However, this was a great taste of marshmallow whipped cream with the cinnamon caramelized apples presented on a tree tray in a mason jar.

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Overall, this was an amazing spot. I enjoyed everything and every bite. The freshness was strong and the flavors all worked together. I left feeling full, and a good full. Not a full after a hamburger and french fries, this was the full we need to be. From a filling yet light and locally, free ranged and fresh lunch. Be sure to check out Doma Kitchen, maybe I'll see you there next time! Planning my next visit already.

Zucchini Pizza Bites with Ginger Tomato Sauce

IMG_7845 Ever wanted a healthy alternative to pizza bagels or pizza? Want the same filling and satisfaction feeling of eating a pizza? This recipe is simple, fills you up and leaves you feeling healthy!

With a ginger tomato sauce from ginger juice that includes a lemony KICK from the American Juice Co. in my Hatchery box, this recipe is delicious, spicy, tangy, sweet and salty!

Continue reading for the full recipe and step by step with photos. Also, make sure to check out HATCHERY, a monthly tasting box subscription and use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first box for $10!  

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Start by cutting 2 large zucchinis in rounds and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and olive oil and mix with hands.

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Now, make your ginger tomato sauce. In a saucepan, simmer and boil mini grape tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, American Juice Company Ginger juice and let it reduce and become a paste-like sauce! Pour over the zucchini

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Cut ciliegine mozzarella and pour over the top of the sauce and zucchini. Put it oven for about 15-20 minutes, until melted!

Recipe:

2 Zucchini 

  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 T Olive Oil

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cup sliced in 1/2 on mini grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 2 1/2 T Ginger Juice

Mozzerella Cheese 1 Cup Cut 

Basil for Garnish 

  • Mix your zucchini spices with hands and make your tomato sauce and let simmer and turn into a paste, pour on the cut cheese and pop in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with basil!

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The Power of Thoughts

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We can mold, shape and change our life through our thoughts. Our thoughts shape everything we experience and shape the way we react to any experience. We need to understand that our thoughts are important in shaping our present and future. With power over our thoughts, we have power over anything in our life and this is sometimes something hard to grasp. This is because we constantly like to blame other people for our actions or their actions, when really, it is all through our experience and our thoughts. When you have control over your thoughts, you are in a vulnerable state which is why some people choose to not shape their thoughts, however, no matter what, your thoughts are always there. By shifting your thoughts to positive ones, you can bet your experience will be positive. 

Our happiness depends on a few factors:

-50% genetic

-10% the circumstance you are in

-40% your thoughts

Your experience in the moment is based on 40% of your happiness. This means that almost 50% of your experience can be changed JUST THROUGH the change of your thoughts. You can also rewire your genealogy and through your thoughts your circumstances CAN change, so you don’t just have a 40% chance for happiness, it can get to 100%. But to start, you begin with molding your 40% of thoughts and the rest will solve itself. 

How to shift your thoughts:

Marci Shimoff, the author of Happy for No Reason states that our negative thoughts are like velcro. When our negative thoughts come, we must feel them and acknowledge them and then let them go. If we hold on to them or choose to ignore them, then nothing will be solved. We cling to our negative emotions but when you choose to overcome them, endless possibilities will come to the surface. 

Taken from page 83 in Happy For No Reason, Shimoff stated that we have 60,000 thoughts per day

-60,000 thoughts per day

-1 thought a second

-95% are the same thoughts you had yesterday

-80% are negative

-Over 45K negative thoughts 

This clearly show how much we as humans live in the past and don’t live in the present moment because we are constantly thinking of thoughts we have the day before and constantly having negative thoughts. However, through some extra effort, this can be rewired.

In the book, Shimoff shows a method to shift your thoughts called “The Work”. This exercise is a series of questions to allow you to get in touch with your feelings and your beliefs and to allow to to release your thoughts.

(There are many ways to shift your thoughts and this is just one method) 

Ask yourself these questions about a specific Belief/Thought: 

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can you absolutely believe it’s true?
  3. How do you react when you believe that thought? What happens?
  4. What would you be without that thought?

This is a method to allow you to release your thoughts or belief and realize it may have had a negative impact on you so you can realize it shouldn’t matter to believe in it. Other methods to shift our thoughts is to:

  1. Express gratitude daily
  2. Do something you love to do to distract your mind from the negative mind
  3. Meditation, yoga, chanting, exercise to release toxins, relieve stress, help your negative thoughts 
  4. Do what makes you happy - it can be anything from cooking to organizing to learning etc 

Change Happens From Within

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Life is short, right? We hear that saying all the time but tend to ignore its significance. We take life for granted when we need to be allowing opportunities to gravitate towards us. We say we want change. We say we want the world to change and that we want to change the world. We say we want our lives to change. However, what is the ingredient to initiate change? Ourselves. Our mind. Our voice. Our beliefs. That must change.

A change within the world and our world cannot take place unless a change inside is made. We must change our negatives to positives, our anger to love and our resentment to laughter. We must open our hearts and let energy and opportunities flow. We say we want change, but we don't want to change ourselves, we want it to just happen. But the only form of great change must start from within ourselves.

How do we change ourselves? How do we open our hearts? We start by living our lives for ourselves, for our passions, for our aspirations. We start to live in the moment, by focusing on the little things and showing an abundance of gratitude, to then love ourselves, and shape ourselves to change this world.

*photo taken at Lake Shrine Fellowship Center in Malibu, California

Feeling Peaceful on a Sunday Afternoon

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Shakshuka, a classic dish among middle easterners incorporates vegetables and tomatoes with eggs on top! A simply delicious spin on a breakfast or lunch. Read more for  the recipe! 

Recipe:

2 White Onions

3 Bell Peppers

1 Can of Diced Tomatoes

Chopped Parsley

Dried Herbs: Cumin, Paprika, Oregano, Salt, Pepper, Garlic

1 Spicy Chilli Pepper

How:

With oil, sweat the onions and then add in the bell pepper and pepper, add all the spices (subject to taste)

When it is grilled and soft, add in the tomatoes and then add all the seasonings again. Lay it all flat with a spatula and crack the eggs on top (7-8 eggs depending on size of pan). Turn to lowest heat and wait for it to cook all the way through. Put some pepper on top through the cooking process.

When done, put on a plate and garnish with the parsley.

VOILA! :)

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