The Honor Bar

IMG_4688 Part of South Beverly Grill on Beverly Drive, this fancy yet casual bar really got me hooked! A less fancy version of South Beverly Grill, Honor Bar contains sandwiches, some sides and some sushi from next door! Both the restaurants are connected and the Honor Bar is affordable and delicious!

Let’s start with the Osaka Style Sushi. I’ve been wanting to try this for some time now and it was delicious! It is definitely hyped up and isn’t anything SUPER SPECIAL but it was still really delicious. I can taste the freshness of the fish, something that I am skeptical about in other restaurants. This was $16.00 for 4 pieces so it is a little pricey, but worth a try for the first time! I will be getting this again along with trying the Salmon Mango Roll, which is probably more worth it, same price but 8 pieces. The Osaka Style Sushi was nothing far off from typical crispy rice, however, Osaka is compressed sushi, not fried in comparison to crispy rice. In addition to the sushi, it comes with a spicy mayo sauce with a kick: SESAME OIL. This really brings on crazy flavor and dipped my fries in this as well!

The fries were honestly one of the best. Super oily, which means you KNOW it’s good! It had a lot of flavor and every fry was crunchy! It came with an amazing fresh ketchup and spicy mayo type sauce that had the same sauce as the Osaka sushi. The sesame oil in the sauce paired perfectly with the crunchy french fries. This was $3.00 so not pricey at all to add onto your meal.

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Next, is the crispy chicken sandwich. Oh my god guys, amazing! I am a huge fan of crispy chicken sandwiches and have tried a bunch! Other good ones are from Ink Sack or Mendocino farms! But this, was on another realm and knocked my taste buds out of the park!

Size = big for ME, for others, it may be perfect, or it may be small. It is divided into 3 pieces that are moderately big. The chicken is crispy, but not crispy where you can’t bite into it, the crispy that is crunchy in your mouth and also has a smooth texture after the crunch subsides. It also had tomatoes, cheese and a kale salad. What?? In my sandwich, there was a kale salad? And YES there was! And not just KALE randomly placed, it had been seasoned and dressed, absolutely divine! One of the most AMAZING sandwiches I’ve ever had and felt SO BLESSED after this meal.

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Honor Bar can definitely get pricey but all in all, set in Beverly Hills, connected to South Beverly Grill, I think the price is BETTER than GOOD. It is a cheaper but still JUST AS delicious as South Beverly Grill.

I got a table right away and the service was extremely friendly. Our waiter always came back to see if we were okay and I think filled our cups of water around 7 or 8 times. No complaints there!

This place was seriously a treat so be SURE to check it out :)

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Not So Normal Avocado Toast

IMG_5170 Avocado Toast with Pickle Juice & Dijon Mustard topped with Siracha & Parsley 

Cut the avocado and mush it with salt, pepper, garlic and add 1/2 spoon of dijon and a couple spoons of pickle juice. Mix together, and keep adding to taste.

Spread on buttered and garlic toast and top with siracha and parsley! So easy and fast!

One of the Many Wonders of Water

FullSizeRender-2Many studies have been shown that writing positive affirmations and pictures on your water increases the love and type of water in the actual water crystals, which makes the water fresher, happier and this results in all the major benefits of water. Harsh words make the water crystals fall apart, get dark and dismantle. And stronger words initiate "glowing" water crystals. Our thoughts and positive thinking on our water make a major difference in the type of water consumed, and this can also show evidence into our daily lives. If negative words ruins the water we are drinking, then imagine how powerful our own personal thoughts are about ourselves and our personal lives! FullSizeRender-1

Here are some water crystal studies:

Taken from High Existence "The Water Experiment", they discuss a 1990's study on the negative and positive thoughts on water crystals.

Top is negative words, for example, "You are not worthy", bottom is positive words

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In the picture above it shows the difference in water crystals. Look at those differences from dark, dead and ruined water crystals to positive words showing glowing and diamond like water crystals.

Well sure we aren't going to speak to our water bottles in the middle of work, on our commute or waking up, but there is another way we can enforce positive thoughts into our water and that is writing on our water. It can be as simple as a smiley face or a heart. By observing the study shown above, you can see this has a strong impact on the water crystals and evidently shows what type of water you will be drinking.

Below is a video of the study in pictures:

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 Try it out and post a picture in the comments or e-mail us a picture, we'd love to see your creations! Looking forward to seeing the positive writings on your water! :)

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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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Tartines with Eggs & Asparagus

IMG_8831 A quick, healthy and easy breakfast idea are these delicious asparagus and scrambled eggs tartines. I made my own variation from Rachel Ray's magazine. Below is the link of the original recipe. Super easy, super simple and fast.

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/tartine-with-eggs-asparagus/

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Juicing

IMG_2780 The new "FAD" is juice diets, juice cleanses and the obsession with just drinking fresh juice, pressed juice, fruit juice, green juice and all types of juice. Many juice places offer daily juice cleanses for one or three or more days, for an OKAY price. However, making juice at home is cheaper and makes a ton more juice. Juicing at home has many pros and cons, however, the pros override them because you can be saving money, however, it does take more effort, cleaning and time. I personally make a lot of juices at once for the next day or two, longer than that, it won't be so fresh!

I personally do both because I just have a juicer, and I like pressed juice. Pressed juice keeps more nutrients in the juice, giving your body more, however, the juice you'll be making at your house, is still great. You can also purchase a pressed juice juicer.

Drinking fresh juice keeps me hydrated and energized, and makes me feel great after a yoga session or working out, or even just before starting work.

Below are my three favorite juice recipes that I make at home:

(Tip: sometimes when getting juice at a place, I will take a picture or a pamphlet of the juices so I can go home and use the exact fruits, it tastes the same every time!)

About 1 cup v

Pineapple, Apple, Mint, Lemon

half a pineapple, 1 1/2 apples, a pile of mint and a whole lemon

I like my juice lemony but this may be too lemony so subject to taste you can add more apples or pineapple.

Pineapple, Apple, Mint, Lemon, Mango

Same as above but add 1 Mango.

Greens

Bunch of Cilantro, Kale, Spinach

Couple of Cucumbers

Half a Pineapple

Half a Lemon

Citrus

2 Oranges

Bunch of baby carrots

2 lemons

2 cucumbers

Bunch of Ginger (Ginger has many health benefits, included, helps with stomach pains, joint pain, nausea, and absorption of nutrients in the body!) I definitely fit this in my juices whenever I can.

I realized adding a ton of fruits and veggies may just become overpowering and not as good, so I've been sticking to really simple and a few options in my juice and they taste better this way.

Sometimes I will add water or add coconut water to these juices because they can be pretty strong and that makes the flavor fresh and a little bit more subtle!