12 Days of Christmas Day 3- Christmas Treats

‘Tis the season of yummy treats and full bellies! Today’s post is my top 10 Christmas treats. Happy eating:)

Candy Cane Hershey Kisses

https://www.amazon.com/KISSES-Candy-Chocolates-Flavored-White/dp/B00BTWIIG6/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1508989431&sr=8-1&keywords=peppermint+hershey+kisses

 

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Chilled Iced Coffee (Bottle)

https://www.target.com/p/starbucks-peppermint-mocha-chilled-espresso-coffee-beverage-40-fl-oz-bottle/-/A-15847568

 

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares

https://www.amazon.com/Ghirardelli-Limited-Peppermint-Bark-20-99/dp/B00CPZW2BI/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1508989568&sr=1-3&keywords=ghirardelli%2Bpeppermint%2Bbark&th=1

 

Stumptown Cold Brew Winter Cheer

https://www.target.com/p/stumptown-cold-brew-with-milk-winter-cheer-carton-16oz/-/A-52934430

 

Peppermint Oreos

https://www.amazon.com/Peppermint-Chocolate-Sandwich-Cookies-LIMITED/dp/B01M354I3B/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1508989611&sr=1-1&keywords=peppermint+oreos

 

Starbucks Holiday Classic Hot Chocolate

https://www.amazon.com/Starbucks-Holiday-Classic-Cocoa-Ounce/dp/B01M0JYAH3/ref=sr_1_12_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1508989837&sr=1-12&keywords=hot+chocolate+christmas

 

Nutter Butter Reindeer

Favorite recipe: http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2013/12/nutter-butter-reindeer-handmade-in.html

 

Christmas Puppy Chow

Favorite recipe: https://www.tastemade.com/shows/sweet-af/reindeer-chow-muddy-buddies

 

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Favorite recipe: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-christmas-sugar-cookie-cutouts/a1830449-487e-4c7f-882c-48ac06d83a91

 

Brownie Christmas Trees

Favorite Recipe: https://lilluna.com/easy-brownie-christmas-trees/

 

and last, but not least (my favorite and a classic!)…

Spangler’s Peppermint Candy Canes

https://www.amazon.com/Peppermint-Candy-Canes-18-boxes/dp/B00IEGNPTA/ref=sr_1_6_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1509043696&sr=1-6&keywords=candy%2Bcanes&th=1

 

 

 

Food Adventures #4

Photogenic Tonkotsu ramen from Ramen of York in Eagle Rock. Definitely been missing ramen a lot lately, and this hit the spot!

http://www.ramenofyork.com/

Taco everyday, right?! Fried fish taco from Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock.

http://www.cacaodeli.com/

Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Cheesecake Factory lunch done right. Chicken tortilla salad, tomato, mozzarella and basil flatbread and crab bites.

… but also leave room for dessert;) It is CHEESECAKE factory after all.

https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/

AMAZING dinner before a night out at Taste on Melrose. Super cute setting, perfect for date night (or a girls night). We ordered the papaya Kobe meatballs, truffle fries, truffle and mushrrom mac&cheese and Korean sweet potato wedges. Everything was so good, highly recommend!

http://ilovetaste.com/app/taste_melrose/

Food Adventures #3- Fall Break Finds

Celebrated National Taco Day with some fish and shrimp tacos at Senor Fish. 

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 Not exactly Singapore Dim Sum, but pretty close! This was soy sauce noodles and carrot cake from Lunasia Dim Sum House.

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Crab dip, stuffed mushrooms and a blue cheese burger for brunch in Santa Monica at Plan Check (and me trying the crab dip! Plot twist: it was AMAZING!)

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Mussels in a red curry sauce, grilled octopus with chorizo and dressed lobster roll with mac and cheese at Blue Plate in Santa Monica.

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Fruit bowl, bloody mary (for my dad:) and fried chicken with biscuits and gravy for lunch in Beverly Hills (living the high life!) at Market Provisions. 

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One last dinner for the break, and of course it had to be Asian. Korean BBQ in Korea Town at Chosun Galbee. 

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Food Adventures #2- LA Eats

The original “charburger” from The Habit. (https://www.habitburger.com/)

Poke from The Poke Dot. Shrimp and tuna with a mix of the cilantro twist and spicy mayo sauce. (http://pokedotlove.com/)

My go-to summer breakfast from Starbucks. Peach infused white iced tea with egg white bites. (https://www.starbucks.com/)

Warm asian chicken salad from Bardot. (http://bardotrestaurant.com/)

Super delicious and healthy lunch from Lemonade (our favorite location is the Lemonade at Fashion Island). (http://www.lemonadela.com/)

Fish and shrimp tacos from Senor Fish in Eagle Rock. (http://www.xn--seorfish-e3a.com/)

Tsukemen ramen from Tatsunoya in Pasadena. (https://www.tatsunoyausa.net/)

Delicious Greek/Middle Eastern dinner from Cafe Santorini in Pasadena. (http://cafesantorini.com/)

Compassionfruit donut from Donut Friend in Eagle Rock. (http://donutfriend.com/wp3/)

How to throw the BEST luau party

It’s finally finally FINALLY summer, which means time for endless pool parties and celebrations. My birthday just happens to be at the very beginning of summer (may 29th), and this year I also graduated from high school, so there was a lot to celebrate. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do to celebrate everything in the midst of tons of craziness. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m in love with anything tropical, pineapple, or beach themed, so I thought that a luau party would be the perfect fit. I also decided to have my party during the day because we all want to be super tanned during the summer…don’t we? Are you planning on having a pool party/luau party anytime soon and are looking for some inspiration? Here is exactly what I did to throw mine and how you can plan yours! I’ll also link all the stores I bought from below.

Decorations:

Like I said, I’m obsessed with anything tropical (especially pineapples), so I already had tons of decorations. I used wood pineapple cutouts in multiple colors, a blue pineapple lamp, a “welcome to paradise” sign, and tons and tons of leis. I also had these pastel colored paper streamers that I hung up around a super cute “happy birthday” banner. For the cutlery, I found orange and pink flamingo stirrers from Flying Tiger in Tokyo, as well as some flamingo straws.

Food and Drinks:

Of course my parties have to include lot’s of good food, but since it was brunch, I kept it fairly light. We have cut watermelon and grapes, mini egg frittatas with lot’s of veggies, pasta salad, pineapple grilled chicken and of course funfetti cake (my favorite!!). The pineapple chicken was great and added another tropical layer to the party. To make it: marinate chicken breasts in pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, hot sauce and lime, then grill for 3 minutes on each side. For the drinks, we made mojitos and pineapple juice and malibu… and we had a bottle of rose. Tip: If you are having a party by the pool, avoid glass by getting plastic champagne glasses from the dollar store.

Clothing:

Because I knew we were going to be taking lot’s of photos, I chose my outfit very carefully. I ended up going with my black Cotton On bikini top with my hot pink Hollister bottoms. And on top of that I wore my O’Neill high-waisted shorts with a blue-purple Brandy Melville crop top. My friends came dressed similarly with a lot of them wearing cute cover-ups or sun dresses.

Photo Booth:

There was no way my party was happening without a DIY photo booth, so that’s exactly what I did. I found a blank wall by our pool and decked it out. We hung the “happy birthday” banner with the colorful streamers around it. When taking pictures, we put on leis and used the pineapples and other decorations as props. I had also found a blackboard in my room, so I decided to use it. When each of my friends and I took a photo, we used the blackboard to write a word that described us or the way we first met. All of those photos turned out being really cute!

If you’re planning on throwing a party or celebration soon, I highly suggest doing something like this! Here are all the links, and happy celebrating!

My Pinterest Luau Board: https://www.pinterest.com/aimefukada/luauu/

Hollister: https://www.hollisterco.com

Cotton On: http://cottonon.com/US/

Cotton On Body: http://cottonon.com/US/shop-by-brand/cotton-on-body/

Typo: http://cottonon.com/MY/shop-by-brand/typo/

Flying Tiger: https://flyingtiger.com/

O’Neill: http://us.oneill.com/

Brandy Melville: https://www.brandymelvilleusa.com/

#fitgirllife: Healthy Snacks

One of the things I’m asked a lot is how I snack. People tend to think of snacking as a bad thing; chips, chocolate bars and cookies. However, I think snacking is the key to eating clean. If you cut back your main meal portions, you can fill up with healthy snacks between instead. This keeps you from overeating and from limiting spikes in your sugar level. Snacks don’t have to be unhealthy, in fact there are so many ways that you can make snacking healthy and fun! Here are some of my favorite healthy snacks:

  1. Cuckoo for Coconuts Trail Mix (Trader Joe’s): This trail mix is my current favorite snack. It comes in small snack sized bags, so it’s already portioned for you. It has toasted almonds, coconut praline cashews, coconut dark chocolate cups and toasted coconut. It really satisfies a sweet tooth and is super filling for such a small amount. (https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Cuckoo-Coconut-Individual/dp/B01N1UFCKN)
  2. Mamma Chia: These chia squeeze drinks come in all sorts of flavors and are super easy to grab on the go. They will fill you up and can even go in place of breakfast (especially if you’re in a rush). (https://www.amazon.com/Mamma-Chia-Squeeze-Vitality-Blackberry/dp/B00DOO7AY8/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1493189084&sr=1-3&keywords=mamma%2Bchia&th=1)
  3. Fresh popcorn: For some reason it took me 17 years to realize that instead of buying super salty popcorn from a box, I can buy a bag of kernels (which is cheaper btw) and pop them myself. My favorite flavorings are coconut oil and a little bit of honey, or chili powder, garlic powder and a little bit of salt. (https://www.amazon.com/Jolly-Time-Yellow-Popcorn-Kernels/dp/B0077USTMM/ref=sr_1_14_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1493189159&sr=1-14&keywords=popcorn+kernels)
  4. Peanut butter on… EVERYTHING: Peanut butter is one of those foods that seem to go with literally anything. Carrot sticks, crackers, apple slices, rice crackers, everything! Peanut butter is super filling and also filled with tons of protein, so I usually just have 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with one of the things listed above and I’m set for a good 2 hours. (https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Unsalted-Unblanched-Peanuts/dp/B00I4FAPPS/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1493189192&sr=1-1&keywords=trader+joe%27s+peanut+butter)
  5. Leftovers: Believe it or not, sometimes leftovers make the best snacks. We usually always have some leftover pasta, chicken, rice or beef, so I just go to the fridge to portion out a little to eat as a snack. You don’t need a big amount, you just need a little to go a long way.

What are your healthy snacks? Comment them down below to share:)

Bacon-Ranch Meatballs- Recipe

This recipe may not be the healthiest, but it’s awesome if you’re looking for hearty comfort food!

Ingredients (Serves 4):

400 grams ground lean beef

4 slices of bacon, grilled and cut into bits

1 stalk spring onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 egg

1 packet ranch seasoning

3 tbs. ketchup

2 tbs. hot sauce (I like Frank’s)

1 tbs. soy sauce

pepper, to taste

1 cup tomato sauce

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Mix the ground beef, bacon bits, spring onions, and garlic in a bowl.
  2. Add the egg, ranch seasoning, ketchup, hot sauce, soy sauce and pepper and mix well until combined.
  3. Make into balls and line on a lightly sprayed tray.
  4. Put pan onto medium heat and start to cook the meatballs. Once you flip them over, add the tomato sauce and cheese and cover for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
  5. Recommended: Serve hot with good bread:)