Avocado Toast by Superba Food and Bread | Venice, CA | Review

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A picture of avocado toast is uploaded to instagram every second. I don’t even need a statistic to support that claim, I feel pretty confident declaring it as fact right here on my blog. However, should you feel the need to fact check me, which I would totally understand- you can. My obsession with avocado toast started about three years ago, right around the time I got instagram (coincidence- I think not)  but only recently have I made it my responsibility to YOU, my readers, to test out every piece of avocado toast available in Los Angeles and report back. First up is the Toasty Avocado Toast from Superba Food and Bread. It comes on a crunchy piece of white toast, with pickeled fresno, radish sprouts and avocados. At $8 a piece its not a cheap treat, but it really is fantastic. It might be one of the best pieces I’ve had so far. The texture of the sprouts and cruncy toast really pop against the creamy avocado, and sweet cilantro. The pickled frenso adds just enough acidity to round out the flavor and you have one helluva bite. If find yourself in Venice around brunch time- by all means check it out. And treat yourself to one of their micheladas if its available.  xo

Cara

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The Best Way to Cook Rice

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Rice is rice is rice except when you take a couple extra steps to elevate it – then it’s something else. Generally, I see rice as a good base to build upon in recipes. It will be “insert something fancy” served on a bed of rice. The only time rice is really the star is if it is fried and from your favorite chinese take out (which I love).  But I have cooked rice 4 times in the last week, making it a different way each time, and many more times over the course of my life. Making rice with only water won’t cut it anymore- it just won’t, trust me. I feel like I have finally found the best way to make rice so that it really is an equal star in whatever dish you are serving it with. Literally, I ate almost all the rice for the recipe below and I absolutely have a rice food baby. #worthit

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Mediterranean Spiced & Grilled Vegetable Rice Bowls with Avocado – Vegan, Gluten Free

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Today I came across an article about Michael Pollans new book, Second Nature . The book explores the lesson we can learn about life through gardening and cooking our own food. His approach to industrial farming, food, and health goes far deeper then just providing sustenance, it transends the human need to eat into something that I can only describe as spiritual. When I was cooking this meal I was thinking about where my ingredients came from, how they were grown, the enviormental impact and the nourishment it would provide my body. It was a really beautiful reminder about the moral aspect of eating, and the cause and effect that our choices have. 

So on to the bowl of goodness- This dish is relatively quick, satisfying and full of flavor. I absolutely love brown rice with a little (vegan) butter, garlic and fresh herbs- It really takes the rice to the next level so I highly encourage you to make the rice a little fancy. The spice rub for the vegetables would also be delicious on tofu (or meat if you are a meat eater), and had I had some in the fridge at the time I most certainly would have marinated the tofu, put it on skewers and tossed it on the grill. My trick for grilling tofu is to fold your pieces up in paper towl to remove as much moisture as possible before grilling- it really makes for a firmer piece of tofu.

 
If you can — grill everything, but this would be just as good prepared on the stove, or baked in the oven. Enjoy!
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Build Your Own Avocado Toast Bar

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If you follow me on instagram then it will be of no surpise to you how much I love avocado toast.  I do not post it everytime I eat it and I still end up posting it atleast one a week. There love affair is real. Over this past weekend I hosted a 27th birthday party for myself and thought that a build your own avocado toast bar would be perfect. Everyone loves getting to make things just the way they like them and toast is no exception! The party was potluck style and most everyone prepared their meal at the house that I was borrowing for the day- it was really aweosme. I included my favorite items like organic tomatoes, cucumber, hummus, basil, green onions, pickled red onions (not pictured), whole wheat sour dough toast and avocados, of course. It was easy, delicious and really me. I loved it.

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Peanut Butter Coconut Donuts – Gluten Free, Vegan

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Back in 2013 I traveled to Thailand for two weeks and I still find myself inspired by the different flavors of food that I tried. The country and the people were as coloful as their dishes and the firey flavor of some spicy concoctions resembled the spirit, and architecture of the buildings. Bursting red roofs of the Wats, and the prestine gold statues of buddhas or dragons that lined the streets are a constant reminder of the spirit of Thailand. It is truly a stunning place. 

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Vegan Rice and Vegetable Soup – Recipe Feature!

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Its sunny in California, but I know it is cold, cloudy and snowing somewhere so if you are in that somewhere then this reicpe is for you! I am sending warm sunshine vibes into your kitchen via this easy and deliciousRice and Vegetable Soup.

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I am so excited and truly humbled whenever a recipe of mine is featured, I still pinch myself and get butterflies in my stomach. The recipe for this soup can be found on The Empowered Womens Channel today! I want to send a huge Thank you to Bo, and the team for everything that you do and the message that you send to women everywhere!  


xoxo
Cara

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Favorite Finds at the Natural Products Expo West

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A couple weeks back, as many of you might know, I went to the Natural Products Expo West in Anahiem. It is at the convention center, right near Disneyland, and it was the largest show to date. With over 1 million square feet of show floor, it is enourmous and the likelyhood of seeing everything is slim. Granted, I walked around the Expo salivating over all the new products and chatting with health nuts about their creations and the purpose they served. It is hard not to walk away from this event bursting with inspiration from the energy and excitment that we all share for healthy, wholesome food. This industry might not be growing as fast as cannabis, but as more and more people are becoming aware of the toxic ingredients in most foods in the supermarket, the demand for simpler, healthier food is increasing.  I am so excited to share with you what I discovered and what I love from the show with full disclosure: no one is paying me to write about them- I truly loved these products and the people who created them.

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DIY Wall Hanging – Live Wild and Free with Spiritual Kindling

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It must have been two or three months ago by now. It was a Sunday morning and I was heading to the farmers market alone on a rainy and cold day in Los Angeles when I stopped at this booth that had piles of the most beautiful warpped items.  As I approached I could smell the scent of sweet herbs, and rich wood. I learned that they were “bundles composed of healing woods, and herbs to be used to set spiritual intenions or for special occasion blessings.” 

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5 Tips to Start your Freelance Career or Break into a Creative Field

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Breaking into a creative field is tough- theres no doubt about it. Whether you are a photographer, writer, designer, animator or blogger, it can be hard to get your work out there in a saturated and noisy industry. But it is possible and the internet has made it easier than ever. Over the last 6 months, I started freelancing on the side for the experience, and exposure. It hasn’t always been easy balanacing a full time job, and a blog, but I am learning what works and what doesn’t. Below are 5 tips to help you break into a creative field and grow your freelance business.

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