What Happens When You Start Your Day With Lemon Water?

Lemon Water Caras Kitchen

During the month of January I decided to start my day with a glass of lemon water before having my coffee. Like many people, I begin my day with a good old cup o’ joe. I am one of those people who has very little interest in even entertaining the idea of giving up coffee so this was not what this experiment was about. There are several benefits of drinking lemon water including the following:

  1. It Aids in Digestion: acid helps breakdown food hence there being so much in our bellies naturally but as we age we produce less of it so lemon water may help.
  2. Helps get you Hydrated: many of us dont get enough water as is so having a glass first thing in the morning starts you off on the right foot.
  3. Prevents Oxidation: lemons contain phytonutrients that protect out body against disease. These substances have antioxidant properties for the body.
  4. Vitamin C Boost: vitamin C helps protect us from cell damage and repair injury aside from giving us a immunity boost.

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Savor Dining- Comtemplative Gastronomy Pop Up Dinner Recap

vegan coconut cake with almond, cocoa and edible flowers.

Something unique is happening in a mid-century style apartment complex tucked away in Scottsdales trendy Old Town neighborhood: A mindfulness based dining experience with ingredient driven cuisine called Savor Dining. This is not your typical pop-up and it couldn’t be more distinct from the club scene only a couple miles away blasting obnoxious music with too much bass (no offense if you like that part of town, its just not for this girl). Background tunes were by the like of Martin Denny and Bela Bartok, and yet somehow the event did not feel uptight or bougy rather it was evident that every detail was thought out and executed with care.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico (Vegan) Food & Travel Diary

On the south east side of the Carribean between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Carribean Sea lies an island that is 100 miles long and 35 miles across. When you land in Puerto Rico and walk out of the terminal the last place you might think you are is in the United States, but in 1898 after the Spanish-American war we appropriated Puerto Rico under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. Now Puerto Ricans are natural born citizens of the United States. On the island they take US dollars and more people here speak perfect english than in Los Angeles (at least that was our experience). As a US Citizen, this is a fantastic place to visit. There are no customs lines to go through at the airport and a passport is not needed to travel to this colorful, richly cultured and majestic place.

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Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

Rachel Brathen, Yoga Girl

Its hard not to love this girl. She is pouring out positivity and inspiration every single day on her instagram and has a huge radiant smile that is so inviting. Rachel Brathen, also known as @Yoga_Girl, has some of the most heartfealt and real captions on social media sharing thoughtful and motivational blurbs for living a life you love. Her first book, Yoga Girl, is part life story and part beginners guide to practicing yoga.

Although there is nothing in her book so profound that I haven’t already heard it somewhere else, her outpour of love can’t help but put you in a great mood. Each morning over the last week or so I would wake up, work out, and read a chapter of her book over a cup of coffee before heading to work and it really set the tone for an amazing day.

Filling out each chapter is a vegan recipe or two, pictures of yoga poses to try and what she calls loving insights which are short little wisdoms to take without you. And pictures, and pictures and more pictures of Rachel. It will not take you long to read because of every other page is a bright colorful photo from the tropical places where Rachel has lived or traveled to.

If you are feeling like you could use some inspiration in your life, then look no further than her book. Its an easy and enjoyable read. And a great way to start the day.

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


Superba Michelata