LA Trip ♡

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I decided to go to LA for a couple days to get away from New York and also visit a very close friend of mine. Here are a few photos of my trip/places I recommend for you to go ♡ For all you foodies, this one is here for you. I went a bit wild with the food this time. hehe

 

Melrose Trading Post ♡

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Meet one of my closest friends Victoria ♡ She is currently living in LA and I am so happy I got to visit her and have her show me around. Thank you for everything Vic, love u.

The Melrose Trading Post is like the LA version of the Brooklyn Flea Market (but better).

I bought the shades I am wearing in the photo at The Melrose Trading Post. Aren’t they so cute? 🙂

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They had the cutest little stands/tents. Look at this cute little van too ♡ I enjoy going to flea markets and I think The Melrose Trading Post is one of my favorite flea markets I have been too.

 

Gracias Madre ♡

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Vic took me to the cutest Organic/Vegan Mexican restaurant called Gracias Madre. Which is the sister restaurant of Cafe Gratitude (which I didn’t get the chance to go to this time).

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I had a yummy Michelada 😛

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Gracias Madre serves farm fresh, locally sourced, organic and vegan food. If you have the chance to go, you gotta go 🙂

Malibu♡

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I have never had the chance to visit Malibu!! So happy I got to visit this time. It was such a peaceful, quiet place.

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Happy I got to spend time by the beach ♡

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For those of you who saw my instagram story saw that I was looking for the Grace & Frankie house there. I was never able to find it 😦 but apparently the house is located in Malibu. If you are able to go and find it, let me know! 🙂

Little Tokyo♡

Little Tokyo is such a fun place to go to for yummy Japanese food and also for Japanese snacks, face masks and more 😀

Here are two restaurants we went to, I recommend both. 😀

Chinchikurin (Okonomiyaki/Takoyaki)

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Marugame Monzo (Udon)

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I decided to be a little adventurous and I tried the udon carbonaro (a combination of Japanese and Italian food). I guess if I were a food i’d be udon carbonara….? lol I wouldn’t mind 😛 It was sooo good. I know it sounds weird but it was sooo creamy and full of flavor.

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For the other half of my trip I stayed with my friends Aaron and Eilidh and they were kind enough to show us around and drive us around. Unfortunately, we only took this photo of us together. Thank you for everything Aaron and Eilidh!!

Runyon Canyon♡

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I have always wanted to go to Runyon Canyon. Yes, this is the very famous hiking spot where you can spot lots of celebrities. (No we didn’t see any this time lol).

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Runyon is such a beautiful place to go to get a little exercise in. LA is great because you are still in a city but can be immersed in nature in just a few minutes.

Also, if you are looking for a place to get a good view of LA…Runyon is the place 🙂

 

My Little Dumpling ♡

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Vic took me to the cutest Dim Sum Restaurant. The photos speak for itself.

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This is the perfect place to go for an intimate dinner with drinks and plates to share with friends.

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We later had gelato at Gelateria Uli, it is walking distance from My Little Dumpling. So if you are looking for a good gelateria with unique flavors this is the place to go. I had the thai iced tea and lavender.

I met with so many other friends that I didn’t get to take any photos with or of 😦

During this trip I felt really loved and made so many great memories.

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Thankful for life, my friends, for Peri Chan, for being able to travel, to make new experiences and also for you. Thank you for reading this blog post all the way through.♡

 What places do you recommend I go the next time I am in LA?

Let me know 🙂

With lots and lots and lots of love,

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Noble Originals ♡

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As I was scheming through the internet I was lucky enough to find this skin care product line called Noble Originals. The name Noble Originals is actually named after a beautiful pony named Noble!!! Isn’t that adorable?! What sets Noble Originals apart from any skin care line is that all of their products are vegan! YES, vegan. They avoid using preservatives, artificial fillers, or synthetic fragrances when they make their products.

As you can see in the picture above I received three of their products. The lemongrass body butter, Vanilla Lip Balm Chapstick, and the Oatmeal bath bar.

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Right as a opened the box I couldn’t help but be so excited!!

The same night I tried the lemongrass body butter after taking a shower. I would recommend to put around a quarter size on your palm and just lather the body butter all over your (dry) skin. After a few minutes I could already feel my skin feeling so soft! The scent was also amazing because I love the smell of lemongrass. The lemongrass body butter contains shea butter from a woman’s co-operative in Africa. How cool is that!!

Later I tried the  Vanilla Lip balm and thought, wow this is going to be my favorite product from Noble Originals. I have tried many chapsticks but for some reason it felt as though this chapstick lasted longer and when I licked my lips to taste it (yes i tasted it haha) I literally did not taste any type of artificial flavor or chemicals! haha I was really checking to see if they were staying to their mission.

Yes, they really are  staying true to their mission. 

Last I tried the Oatmeal bath bar and that is when I knew I would want to purchase this product over and over and over again. The oatmeal bath bar was by far my favorite!!! I felt an instant change to my skin after I used this product. You could really notice that their were essential oils in this bar. This bath bar also contains shea butter from a woman’s co-operative in Africa. So cool!!

I love the mission of Noble Originals and I hope to continue using their products. Their products are well made and really affordable for its value. If you are interested in more of their products you can check out their website here-

 http://www.nobleoriginals.com/

For a discount  you can use the code “CULTURAGIUSTA” for 15% off any order over $20.

 

Photos taken by Felipe Maldonado

Let me know what you try out 🙂

with so much love,

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My day in NYC ♡

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I arrived to NYC last night and have had a wonderful day in the big apple so far.

IMG_1285I finally got to go to the Butcher’s Daughter! A juice bar/ cafe that I have been wanting to go to for a while now…..mmm doesn’t the food look amazing?!

The Butcher’s Daughter is strictly vegetarian and non dairy.

Most of their items are vegan and gluten free!

IMG_1281My brother and I enjoying the delicious juices from the Butcher’s Daughter. I got the waterflower juice and my brother Andre got the yellow juice.

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We later went to Dominque Ansel Bakery where I indulged in a frozen smore!

(yes that is marshmallow on my mouth,

I actually did not realize that until now HAHA)

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The frozen marshmallow is a roasted marshmallow with ICE CREAM INSIDE!!!

AHHHHHHHH. This was the bomb.

I love you I love you I love you New York.

with so much love,

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Homemade Acai Bowl Recipe

Homemade Acai Bowl Recipe

Hello Everyone,

This morning my lovely mama shared with me her homemade Acai Bowl recipe. For those of you who do not know what an Acai Bowl is, it is a typical brazillian dish made from Acai palm fruit. Acai is pronounced (ah-sah-EE), the Acai fruit is filled with great antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fats. It is said that Acai benefits includes fat burning, slow aging, and also helps lower high cholesterol. (so its great for people who are wanting to eat healthy and wanting to lose weight). The Acai Bowl has so many benefits, and its so tasty as well I thought it would be great to share with you guys our homemade recipe, so here it is!

Things you will need:
Kiwi
Blueberries
Strawberries
Banana
Crushed Multi Grain Cereal
Raw Gluten Free Oats
Chia Seeds
Coconut Milk
Acai Juice

For those of you who do not know what Chia Seeds are, I have placed a photo below. 

Chia Seeds can be used for various foods & recipes, some of the benefits of the Chia Seeds are they contain omega 3 fatty acids, contains lots of calcium, contains protein, helps fight belly fat, and also helps to boost your metabolism. 

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we used the “original” flavor of the Acai Juice like the photo represented below

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ps. you can choose any type of fruit/fruits you’d like, these are just a few that we preferred for our Acai Bowl.

pss. I am not a cook or a recipe writer, and did not take exact measurements for everything,
but the key to good food is making it with love (right?! 😉 ) haha so please bare with me.

Step One: First begin by putting the chia seeds and oats in the bowl and pour the coconut milk in as well. I’m not sure what the measurements are but make sure that the coconut milk soaks the oats and chia seeds (don’t let the oats & chia seeds float lol). Depending on how much oats and chia seeds you put in, place the bowl in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes (basically leave in microwave until they look fully cooked).

Step Two: Take out the bowl from the microwave and let the bowl cool for another 2-3 minutes. During this time you can begin cutting your fruits. In this bowl we used 1 Strawberry, 1/2 Kiwi, 1/2 Banana, and a small handful of blueberries and crushed multi grain cereal.

Step Three: Stir the oats and chia seeds until you see that the substance of the oats and chia seeds have become thick.

Step Four: Pour the Acai Juice over the oats and Chia Seeds, If you are wanting to have a very
sweet Acai Bowl pour a lot in but if you are just wanting a hint of sweetness pour just a little
bit in. (So detailed & helpful ? haha) After you pour the Acai Juice, make sure you stir your bowl again.

Step Five: Place the toppings (your fruits & grains) however you like on top, and TADA you have finished making your Acai Bowl.

Step Six: Now you can enjoy your healthy, sweet, and tasty Acai Bowl 🙂

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There are so many ingredients you can add to your Acai Bowl, get creative with it and have fun making it your own

If you tried making this please send me pictures of what your Acai Bowl looked like, I would love to see them:)

With Love,

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