Cabo Cuisine

Hola, mi amigos!

Soooo……

Recently I visited Cabo for some fun in the sun and, of course, yummy food!

I visited Flora Farms, an organic farm-to-table restaurant where the farm is the restaurant! It was my kind of heaven! You eat in the garden where the food is grown! It cannot get any better than this.

 

For my drink, I enjoyed an iced tea infused with lemon, lime, orange, and mint. I recently tried recreating this at home, and it was fantastic! Simply brew traditional iced tea, and throw in lemon and orange and lime slices as well as mint into the jar in which you store the tea. The longer the tea sits, the stronger the fruity taste!

For dinner, I dined on a rice and veggie dish which incorporated all the fresh vegetables picked from the garden that day. I also enjoyed a garden salad complete with an abundance of fresh and healthy vegetables.

 

The beautiful thing about this restaurant is that you can see the source of all the food you eat and can witness the transformation of the produce picked from the garden into beautiful, fresh meals.

Please enjoy the rest of these pictures, and if you vacation in Mexico, the deliciously healthy food and stunning view are worth any trek to this gem of a destination!

 

My Melrose Musts

Happy Monday! I visited Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California, for a fun girls’ day seeking out the best coffee and tea and healthy eats!

I listed my itinerary here as well as my recommendations for each place you must stop next time you go to Melrose Avenue–it is worth the trip!

Alfred Tea

This isn’t the first time I blogged about this adorable pink tearoom! It is way too cute not to mention again! I ordered the hot chocolate tea with almond milk. Instead of tasting like tea, it tasted like a rich, decadent, yet healthy dessert! PLEASE go try this!

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Alfred Coffee

Home of delicious coffee and cool vibes, Alfred Coffee is the perfect place to grab a drink and work on a project or meet with a friend (like I did!).

Urth Caffe

Deliciously healthy, I ordered a gluten-free chicken pesto sandwich! Urth is full of healthy options for vegans, gluten-free people, or even those with no dietary restrictions! Everyone can find something here.

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And for dessert…Live Beaming! I ordered an organic, gluten-free, and vegan chocolate chip cookie. It is truly rare that I can enjoy a dessert when I’m out of my house, so I was thrilled! Plus it was absolutely delicious and tasted like the real thing.

Carrera Cafe

Perhaps I saved the most unique destination for last! Carrera Cafe has a coffee printer–yes, you heard that correctly! You can select a pre-designed option or create your own design to be printed on any type of latte you choose! I created my own designs then sent them to Carrera’s coffee printer via their app! This was a highlight of my week. Plus Melrose’s infamous pink wall lives directly across the street, so you can grab a drink then head to the pink wall for some photos! See the middle picture below for the latte design of my Health and High Heels logo! 

And for final words of wisdom…

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Healthy Eating, Happy Living, & Beverly Hills

Last week, I turned 17! To celebrate, I stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel (also known as The Pink Palace because of its adorable color)! The entire trip was a (very pink!) dream.  Can you guess my favorite color? 😉 While there, we both enjoyed the hotel’s yummy restaurants and tested some other great places around the city, all of which I am thrilled to share with you in this blog post.

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Breakfast: The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel 

What do I love more than almond milk lattes and beautiful flowers?  I don’t think anything is better! For breakfast I dined on scrambled egg whites, gluten-free toast, and avocado!

Lunch: The Cabana Cafe at The Beverly Hills Hotel

During my weekend in Beverly Hills, when I wasn’t eating, I was at the spa, by the pool, or shopping (although this blog post may cause you to think all I did was eat…haha!). The Cabana Cafe, located overlooking the pool, was the perfect lunchtime spot after a busy day of activities! 

Although July is hot and sunny, I could never pass up an opportunity to indulge in some of The Beverly Hills Hotel’s famous tortilla soup decadently topped with avocado and chicken.  For my entree, I enjoyed the Asian Chicken salad complete with lots of flavor and lots of different veggies! I left a happy girl with a full tummy! 🙂

Snack Time: Cupcakes! 

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A special surprise and an afternoon treat was delivered to my room–gluten and dairy-free cupcakes! Not only were they delicious, but I was also ecstatic because I usually cannot eat cake on my birthday due to my allergies!

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up: Alfred (Tea and Coffee)

Since I had the entire weekend to enjoy Beverly Hills and its surroundings, I decided to try both Alfred Coffee and Alfred Tea over the course of the trip!

Alfred Tea

Alfred Tea is probably the prettiest place ever because of its adorable pink decor! I ordered a matcha boba drink with almond milk.  It was my first time trying both boba and matcha, so I guess you could say I was a little late to the party–oops 😉

 

Alfred Coffee

As much as I love tea, there is nothing like the refreshing taste of freshly brewed coffee.  I tried the cold brew nitro at Alfred Coffee, which was outrageously delicious! I added almond milk and a sprinkle of stevia to top it off.

 

Dinner: Spago by Wolfgang Puck

I don’t have any pictures of my food from this dinner because it was too yummy to wait, so I ate it before taking a picture (oops)! I enjoyed a salad with a fresh lemon vinaigrette and date puree to start then Halibut with vegetables for my main course.

Overall, I was delighted with all of the spots mentioned in this blog post and absolutely recommend each of them because of the wonderful experiences I had on my birthday trip! If you’re ever in Beverly Hills and looking for fun, new places to try, I hope I can help!:)

 

 

 

 

Healthy Travel Tips~inspired by my Cancún trip

Last week, I spent my spring break in Cancún, Mexico! I was completely captivated by the stunning turquoise waters, the sunshine, and white sand beaches . On top of that, there was lots of healthy, fresh, and local food options! I really could stay there forever.

In this blog post, not only will I share my healthy food findings from Cancún, but also I have tips that will help you stay fit and healthy on any vacation!

Tip #1: Take advantage of locally grown food, and try the foods the region you’re visiting is known for.

I took a cooking class at the hotel where I stayed that was centered on local foods and flavors.  We used veggies and fruits that are currently in season to create this scrumptious shrimp ceviche (shrimp are a main food source in the coastal town I visited).  We also made blue corn tortillas by hand since blue corn is a prominent crop there! Everything was incredibly fresh and delicious.  There were no added preservatives; it was all natural and from the earth. I couldn’t have been happier!

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These shrimp were freshly caught and, might I add, delicious.  Order foods on the menu that are prevalent in the region you’re visiting.  If you’re by the ocean, order seafood. Order produce that are in season. Don’t be afraid to try something new (like me with these whole shrimp!). I promise your body and your tastebuds will thank you!

 

I absolutely adored the guacamole we made in the cooking class because it started with ultra-fresh ingredients. Guacamole pro tip: Use a mortar and pestle to mash your ingredients. Start by mashing fresh onions and cilantro, then the avocado, and pour in freshly squeezed lime juice, chopped tomatoes, and serrano peppers for added flavor!

Tip #2: Balance your vacation meals by ordering a salad for your starter or fresh veggies as your side dish. You can still splurge and eat some unhealthy treats, but make sure not to completely ditch your fruits and veggies.

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Here  is one of my favorite salads ever! Grilled shrimp, grilled veggies, mixed greens, and fresh avocado. Eaten on the beach=100 times better!

Tip #3: Come prepared.

Pack some healthy snacks for travelling like protein bars, dried fruits, mixed nuts, and nut butter. This will help you avoid eating the unhealthy food options sold at places like the airport.  I’m a coffee drinker, so when I’m on vacation, I’m always prepared with stevia packets, so I can avoid having to add sugar to my morning cup of joe.

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Some of my favorites: Lara Bars (see picture above), Kind Bars, Justin’s almond butter squeezable packs, and Trader Joe’s dried fruit without added sugar (peaches and apricots are the best!)

Tip #4: Stay fit by walking through town, riding bikes to explore a city, or swimming!

Depending on the vacation you choose, there will be different opportunities to stay fit and active. If you’re at a tropical location, enjoy swimming in the pool or ocean. If you’re in a busy city, walk to your destination or rent bikes as you explore. Take a yoga class if your hotel offers it, or try a new type of exercise. Whatever you do, balance resting with moving, and your body will be much happier!

Tip #5: Order water with lemon when you eat. 

Lemons squeezed in water actually alkalize the body and will help you detoxify your system if you decide to splurge and have a treat. You definitely should try the local foods and have a dessert or two because after all it is vacation; however, drinking water with lemon will help you stay healthier and even tastes yummier than plain water! It’s a win-win situation. 🙂

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Tip #6: Treat yo-self.

You are on vacation, so it’s okay not to stick too strictly to your normal healthy diet. You should try a fun dessert or order something a little bit unhealthy if you want! Just be sure to spread out these unhealthy splurges throughout the trip, keep exercising, and hydrate to counteract your treat.

Here is a picture of one of the scrumptious macarons I devoured and enjoyed by the ocean last week in Cancún.

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Tip #7: Have fun! Don’t spend your entire vacation obsessing or worrying about whether or not every bite you put into your mouth is local, fresh, organic, sugar-free, et cetera…

Realize that if you don’t eat enough greens  or if you eat too much sugar while on your trip,  you can go back to your normal healthy eating when you get home, but for your time away, don’t worry too much. Be sure to enjoy the culture, food, and relaxation that comes with travelling.  You need to give yourself grace if you don’t eat the perfect diet while on vacation; just do your best.

To wrap up this post, here are pictures of the gorgeous dinner setting for my last night in Cancún! I hope these tips helped you because they have certainly helped me.  ❤

If you have any questions or want to share some of your own tips for staying fit and healthy while travelling, be sure to leave them in the comments! 🙂

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Hawaii Healthy Food Finds

Last week I got back from my trip to Maui for spring break!  It was such an amazing time to unwind, relax, and soak up the sun!  On my trip I also had the opportunity to try a lot of different and fun foods, which I wanted to share with you!

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Sipping fresh coconut water on the beach straight from the source at sunset!  What a dream.  After I was done, I cracked it open and ate the meat!!

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Fresh organic coconuts from a roadside fruit stand?  There’s nothing better! So yummy!

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Here is my delicious dairy-free honey macadamia coconut milk ice cream from Maui’s Beach House!  If you ever find yourself in Lahaina , this is something you won’t want to miss because it is housemade!!!

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This papaya fruit boat was delicious, especially with the lime juice squeezed on top! Even better that it was locally grown!

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Drinking fresh pineapple juice from a pineapple!  Y-U-M.

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Here is a little Latundan banana!  It’s also known as an apple banana because it looks like a banana, yet smells and tastes like an apple!  So cool!!

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Here was my amazing meal from Duo in Wailea!  They have an entire wellness menu that is gluten-free and filled with lots of healthy appetizer, entree, and dessert options!  I ordered the fresh mahi mahi, which also came with a delicious millet and kula corn tabouleh, pea puree, and had a shaved fennel salad! This was by far one of my favorite meals of the trip!! For dessert I ordered the raw  vegan lemon cheesecake. WOW! I had never had anything like it before…Incredible!

Eating Healthy while Traveling

Just got back from a week in Florida!  I wanted to pass on one of my tips to eating healthy when travelling, especially for people with food intolerances like me. BYOG-Bring Your Own (Gluten-free) Granola.  Munch on a handful for an easy snack or eat for breakfast and add some fruit and milk (almond milk for me) from room service at the hotel!

Some of my favorite granolas are by the brand Kind!

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