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Thanksgiving is just days away (cannot believe it), and whether you’re hosting or bringing a side dish, you probably have to take at least a few dietary restrictions into consideration when preparing your dishes. I’m participating in our second annual “Friendsgiving”, a popular holiday trend where you essentially re-create Thanksgiving before or right after the holiday, but with your B.F.F.s. With diets and allergies ranging from vegetarian to vegan, from paleo to gluten-free and dairy-free, it can be hard to accommodate everyone. Or for some, your cooking struggles might stem from not being able to really throw together anything more than a great PB&J sandwich. For others, it may entail wanting to get SO creative that you don’t really know where to start. Well, I’m giving you some alternative recipes that are sure to please for different diets, cooking proficiency (or lack there of), and are sure to impress any crowd this Thanksgiving! Sweet Potato Casserole with…

If you know me well, I am a former Diet Coke addict. Don’t get me wrong, I still indulge from time to time (don’t dare offer me a Diet Pepsi, though a Diet Dr. Pepper even trumps my DC craving), but as I’ve focused more and more on healthy eating and habits over the years, my cravings for carbonation have been satisfied with unsweetened (but flavored) sparkling water. I’ve dabbled around with different brands, and I am always excited to find new ones. That’s why I was so excited when I received the opportunity to work with Spindrift® sparkling water. One of the things I love most about the refreshing and bubbly water is that they are made with real fruit, from local farms (“farm to bubble” as they like to say). I thought this map on their website was super cute, to show where their fruit comes from – from citrus to…

I post about all types of sweets and treats, including some local South Florida favorites such as The Salty Donut, Mojo Donuts, and Cream (which I actually visited for the first time in San Francisco over a year ago).  And now, I’m going to be firing up my tastebuds for the second annual Donuts! festival, here in Miami. The event is going to be held on Thursday, March 30 at the popular Wynwood venue, MAPS Backlot, where donut-lovers citywide will unite to indulge in some of the best that South Florida has to offer. Some of the confirmed vendors will include Circus Eats, Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Mojo Doughnuts, and YoNutz – Gourmet Donuts and Ice Cream, Jupiter Donuts, The One Donut Company, and Crave Clean, as well as beverage sponsors Concrete Beach Brewery, Voss, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Nespresso. The festival was created as a passion project by local PR agency, Vine Communications,…

I had such a fun day today eating and wandering with Barcelona blogger Nathalie from Cocoa and Buttons. We had lunch at Flax & Kale, an adorable and trendy organic/vegetarian restaurant here in Barcelona that I’ve been dying to try, and it definitely lived up to the hype! I got the Raw Superbowl, a newer menu item. It’s a salad with leafy greens, two types of hummus, zucchini tagliatelle with a turmeric pesto, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes with basil, red cabbage sauerkraut, and sprouts. It was SO delicious! Nathalie got the Supertagliatelle with spirulina, diced salmon, kale pesto and parmesan. We sat upstairs on the outdoor terrace, but the interior decor is also amazing – including their bathroom! (I’m linking similar off the shoulder tops in this blog post.) After Flax & Kale, we headed to La Boqueria in the Gothic Quarter area. It’s a huge open air market with fresh fruits,…

What I love so much about Los Angeles is the accommodating food choices that fit my healthy lifestyle. It’s never a question as to whether or not a coffee shop has dairy milk alternatives or treats with non-refined sugar. It’s so easy to find fresh, good-for-you food, which is what I am all about (of course, with the occasional indulgent treat!). My friend and I had crafted a list of coffee shops and restaurants ahead of time, and we were able to successfully visit a lot of the places we were excited about. Of course, there are so many more I want to visit, which just means another trip to LA in my future! Here are some of the highlights of my food adventures… After our long flight, we definitely needed some caffeine and a snack before our bike ride along Hermosa/Manhattan Beach. We Yelped to find the closest cute coffee…

I’m back from another trip to NYC. I went up for a childhood friend’s wedding, so I was able to spend the weekend in NYC before heading to New Jersey on Sunday for the wedding festivities. The weekend was jam packed with a trip to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the One World Trade Observatory, meetups with friends, and a peek backstage at the Hervé Léger NYFW show, all before heading to celebrate a Valentine’s Day wedding. The wedding reception was at the glamorous Nanina’s in the Park, where we spent the night dancing under the stunning chandeliers, and indulging in the outrageous amount of food and cocktails. The next day was followed by a little snowstorm to send me back to Florida (luckily without any major flight delays). The temperatures for my time in New York were planned to hit a MAJOR low (that Saturday, the low was 1 degree. ONE.), so…