Coconut Coladas

Happy Summer! (insert emoticon of sun) I’ve been going kinda emoticon crazy on Instagram lately. I’m so excited for these warm nights, eating dinner outside, drinking cocktails with friends, and sharing some of my favorite summer recipes.
My friends at Veev sent me a bottle of their new Vita Frute cocktail to try out. This coconut colada flavor is made with coconut water and pineapple juice already mixed in with their Veev Acai spirit, and it’s under 125 calories per serving. Basically you can just add ice and enjoy! But you must know me by now. I like to “shake things up,” so I made a couple summer cocktails to pair with their coconut colada.
I love pina coladas so when I got this bottle I immediately started thinking of relaxing on the beach and cocktails that I would like to enjoy while on vacation. I created a Lime & Kiwi cocktail and a Lava Flow (which is pina colada with strawberry sauce). I also tried to keep the calories low by using real fruits and a coconut milk beverage instead of coconut cream which is typically used in pina coladas.  You can find the coconut milk beverage next to the soy milk and almond milk in your grocery store.
Lime & Kiwi Coconut Colada
4 oz Veev Coconut Colada
1 kiwi, scooped 
juice of 1 lime
3 Tbs simple syrup 
ice
 
Blend the lime juice, kiwi fruit and simple syrup in a blender. Pour into a glass filled with ice. Top off with Veev Coconut Colada and stir.
 
Strawberry & Coconut Colada (or Lava Flow Colada)
4 oz Veev Coconut Colada
4 oz coconut milk beverage
strawberries with tops removed
3 Tbs simple syrup
ice
 
Blend the strawberries with 4 oz of coconut milk beverage and simple syrup. Pour into a glass filled with ice. Top off with Veev Coconut Colada and stir.
 
Simple Syrup
4 Tbs white sugar
4 Tbs hot water
 
Dissolve the sugar in the hot water. There is a little extra so you can add more syrup to your drinks to taste.
 
How are you spending your summer? This was not a paid sponsorship so you can trust that all these ideas are my own =) Show me your coconut colada creations by tagging #crazy4coconutcolada
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LA Guide: Doughnuts

Today is National Doughnut Day! So I’ve rounded my go-tos for some of my favorite doughnut spots in LA. I’m a classic, chocolate doughnut lover but I really love any kind of fried dough (I mean, who doesn’t?) Where are you going to celebrate National Doughnut Day?

1. Olympic Doughnuts #14 // A classic donut shop that is open 24 hrs. They’re doughnuts are fresh and satisfy your sweet tooth without being overly sweet.
2337 E 4th St Los Angeles, CA 90033 (323) 263-2365

 

2. Frances Bakery & Coffee // I wouldn’t really consider this a donut shop but I can’t help but love their specialty, the Frances Donut. Tip: ask if they have the strawberry flavor. They slice it in half and fill it with fresh strawberries. Yum!
404 E 2nd St Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 680-4899

3. Umami Arts District // Guess what? Umami has doughnut ice cream sandwiches! This one was an apple fritter with vanilla bean ice cream, but they also have a bacon doughnut with maple ice cream. NOM!
738 E 3rd St Lo Angeles, CA 90013 (323) 263-8626

4. Donut Snob // Gourmet doughnuts made with the finest ingredients like Madagascar Bourbon vanilla and chocolate ganache made from Belgian chocolate. Seriously amazing creations like the “Campfire” pictured above, think, the best s’more you’ve ever had.
Deliveries only. Los Angeles, CA (213) 373-4898

5. DK’s Donuts and Bakery // If  you are looking for variety, this is the place to go. They’ve got raised donuts, baked donuts, bear claws, O-nuts, filled donuts, you name it!
614 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 829-2512

6. Cafe Dulce // They’ve got some unique flavors. I specifically like their spirulina churro which is not a churro like you would think, it’s round, fluffy, chewy and covered in sugar. But spirulina is a seaweed that’s a superfood so it’s healthy, right?
134 Japanese Village Plaza Los Angeles, CA (213) 346-9910

Honorable Mentions:
Donut Friend // Custom made-to-order donuts with lots of vegan options. Just tell them what you want in and on top of your doughnut and your wish is their command!
517 York Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90065 (213) 955-6191

The Donut Man // I would drive out of the way just to get a strawberry stuffed doughnut when they are in season.
915 E Route 66 Glendora, CA 91740 (626) 335-9111

Building the Perfect Slider

I’d like to show you how to build the perfect slider (or burger) that highlights all the great ingredients within this amazing sandwich.
Too many times I get the patty on top of the vegetables or the condiments in the middle of the ingredients that it just becomes a sloppy mess halfway through the burger.
Allow me to share with you my OCD-ness into how to build a perfect slider. With summer BBQs fast approaching, you too can share your knowledge at the grill into how to stack your ingredients and why you shouldn’t put the mayo on top of the patty.
I like to add veggies into the ground meat of my burger patties: carrots, celery, and onions. They add more flavor as well as keep the patty moist while cooking. I toss the veggies into the food processor and chop them well. Then mix in the ground meat. Add an egg to keep your ground meat held together while it cooks. Season with salt and pepper. I always taste test my patties before I cook them by just making a small meatball and cooking that first. Tasting it and then adjusting my seasoning accordingly.
The Art of the Stack:
The patty should be at the bottom as it is the heaviest ingredient. You want your burger bottom heavy. The ketchup at the base sticks the patty to the bottom bun as well as seasons your burger. If you like melted cheese on your patty, that can also act like a glue to hold your veggies still.
The next ingredient to go directly on top of the hot patty is your tomato. This is heavier than the onions (remember, think bottom heavy). Onions should go on top of the tomato. Note, that if you decide to go with grilled onions, then that should be directly on top of your hot patty as it also is hot.
Think of your lettuce and mayo as the most temperamental ingredients. If you place the lettuce (or in this case I used spinach) directly on top of the burger they wilt. Same with the mayo as it doesn’t do well in warm temperatures. The onions and tomato make a good barrier against the heat of the patty. Finally, the mayo holds your lettuce leaves in place.

Chia Seed Tapioca

chia-tapioca-pudding

I’m a big fan of chia seeds. I began to fall in love with them while I was pregnant and wanted the benefits that these little powerfoods hold. They are rich in omega-3 fats (good for brain development), high in fiber (good for regularity), a good source of protein (for rapid cell regeneration), and high in antioxidants (for fighting off bad cells). I put them in my morning oatmeal, smoothies, granola, and salad dressings.

I found some chia pudding recipes and tried them but I didn’t like the globb-y consistency so I adjusted the recipes a few times and came out with this!  The texture is more consistent and is very similar to tapioca. Enjoy!

Chia Seed Tapioca
Ingredients:
1/4 cup dry chia seeds
1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice) 
1 Tbs honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
a splash of extra almond milk to top
fruits or nuts to top (optional)

Soak the chia in 1 cup milk, honey, and vanilla extract for at least 4 hours. Mix every couple hours.

When the chia has absorbed all the milk, you can now serve it with a splash of extra milk and toppings of your choice.  I like to add the splash at the end to create a smoother consistency. 

Share your chia tapioca with me on Instagram by tagging #feedmysole

Toast and Coffee

I love coffee meetings. I’ll take any excuse to have a meeting at a coffee shop. Especially if that coffee shop specializes in jam. I came to Sqirl recently with fellow food and fashion blogger Luci of Luci’s Morsels, and of course, we had a little photo shoot.

Sqirl makes their jams from scratch and can take up to 3 days to make! They then naturally preserve them in copper pots made by a local coppersmith. Jam built this house. Not to mention, they have amazing, seasonal dishes that rotate daily. Now they are offering jam classes! Sign me up!

blouse: Target Style // ponte leggings: Uniqlo // bag: Kate Spade // jewelry: Leola Lace // watch: Michael Kors // boots: Coach
(323) 284-8147

Closet Essentials: Outerwear


I thought I would share some essential pieces that every girl should have in her wardrobe. In this Closet Essentials post, I want to share must-have outerwear. I love the look of layering with jackets and coats so it was difficult picking out just a few items that I thought were necessary. What type of jacket/coat do you think is essential?
1. Parka – For chilly days, this coat is perfect to keep you warm and works with any casual outfit.
2. Leather Jacket – Add a little edge to your outfit by topping it off with a bit of leather.
3. Hoodie – A must-have for everyone. Who doesn’t love a good hoodie?
4. Chunky Knit – The comfy-coziness of this sweater makes you want to live in it everyday.
5. The Boyfriend Blazer – Dress up your outfit without feeling too stiff and stuffy. The boyfriend version is a little more relaxed than the career blazer
6. The Trench Coat – A classic. Change it up by choosing one with a vibrant color or a pattern.

Mini Pizza Bar

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superbowl-pizzas
The Super Bowl is right around the corner. I’m not a big sportsfan but I am a big foodfan and anywhere there is food and a party I am there! I created these super easy pizzas for hosts with little time. You could even have your guests put on their own toppings and pop these into the toaster oven. Just prep all the items and create a pizza bar.

If you are making a big batch, heat the oven to 400º F. Bake for 10 mins or until the cheese is nice and melty. For smaller DIY portions, I like to use the toaster oven set at the same temperature and people can just set the timer when they pop theirs in.

You can get very creative with the toppings but I kept mine simple. Here’s what I used.

Ingredients:
low calorie sandwich rounds (you can also use English muffins or pita bread)
marinara sauce from a jar
sliced tomatoes
sliced red onion
pepperoni
oregano
parmesan cheese

For a pizza bar, set up all the ingredients for the guests in different containers so they can easily choose what they like. I would include a few different cheeses like mozzarella, parmesan, and even goat cheese. A cream sauce would be a fun twist paired with the traditional marinara. Several meats like pepperoni, salami, shredded chicken, bacon, and prosciutto are good toppings. I love a good veggie pizza so include some vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and herbs.

This is a fun meal even if you aren’t cheering for a team. Kids will love it and you will too! Which team are you cheering for?