How are you holding up? Things have been crazy around the world, considering what’s going on. If you’re like me, a person who loves to go to the gym, you miss it very much. To keep me busy and active, I’ve decided to get into home workouts; below are some of the workouts I’ve enjoyed doing since the quarantine.
I don’t do them all everyday, but I do switch it up every other day.
Your girl finally got the opportunity to experience her first SOBEWFF! Thanks to my incredible boss, I had the opportunity to participate in Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village, and Bacardi’s Beach Carnival hosted by Andrew Zimmern.
It was such an overwhelming but great experience. There were so many great restaurants and alcohol vendors; all of my favs had the longest lines of life, so I wasn’t able to taste what they were showcasing, but I knew it was amazing.
What I learned:
-Pace yourself. Get some food in your system first and then make your way around the alcohol vendors (don’t get drunk too fast). Apparently, there were more alcohol than food this year… hmmm
-Attend the event an hour or two before it ends, the lines will be way shorter
-Wear tennis shoes instead of sandals or flats… Your feet will thank you
-The less you bring the better (bring the essentials like ID and credit cards). When the event is ending, vendors give out a bunch of goodies!
Overall, I recommend attending SOBE at least once, you won’t regret it and you will be able to say, ‘Been there, done that’.
It was one of those days where my sushi cravings kicked in; so on Saturday, I decided to visit Shokudo By World Resources Cafe in Little Haiti and have lunch; when I walked into the Japanese restaurant, I was taken aback by the calm atmosphere.
First up was the Crunchy Sushi with crispy rice, spicy tuna, and truffle eel sauce, and the Crispy Wonton Roll with garlic aioli, tuna, cucumber, scallions, shisho, crunch, and avocado top.
Then, we indulged in the Mango Roll with salmon, fresh mango, tempura flakes, cream cheese, avocado, and soy paper, and the Crab Fried Rice with lump blue crab, avocado, tomato [there was too much tomato] , scallion, and an egg.
Finally, we ended our meal with Strawberry Mochi and the Oreo Sushi Roll.
New Year, New Me, the saying everyone swears by once the New Year comes around.
For the past two years, I’ve been on a lifestyle change, eating better, body positivity, and overall being happy with the woman I am. With that being said, I’ve become a total fitness junkie and have tried a bunch of pre-workouts, didn’t like the majority of them because if the constant jitters, but I landed upon a game-changer, Celsius Live Fit Energy Drink.
I haven’t seen much of a change; Celsius does claim to boost your metabolism and burn body fat during and after your workout.
I am hooked on this drink and have it before every workout. The best thing is NO JITTERS! so you can drink it whenever and however you want. It comes in many flavors and even offers a sparkling selection.
I’ve been skeptical about ordering from the fashion site because it literally seems too good to be true, so many options for an affordable price? Like c’mon, so I decided to see what Kathy Buccio’s hype is about and placed an order.
What I purchased: two dresses in a size medium [fingers crossed I got the right size] which took about a week and two days to arrive
The polka dot dress was slightly big, but the yellow dress fits perfectly. The material doesn’t feel cheap [from what I purchased] and you have to realize, you pay for what you get.
Would I order again? Yes!
If you’re on a budget, then ball out! You can still look like a million bucks without having to spend it.
I’ll take any excuse to go shopping! Valentine’s Day is a few days away, and I decided to attend my first ever Markets for Makers pop-up – Valentine’s edition.
Markets for Makers is a carefully curated market, only allowing unique makers to participate. The Market is held at the Moore building every year [from my understanding] and has over 50+ makers which include:
Bailey’s (tasty Valentines inspired treats)
The Wanderlust Bazaar (I got the cutest pleaded pants from them)
Badass Mom Wine (non-alcoholic wine, I got the rosé)
Earth Sense (they have wearable candles)
Tickets are inexpensive, general admin costs $7, while VIP cost $20. General admin gets you- a black tote, free bailey’s treat, free DIY bracelet, and re-entry for the weekend. VIP gets you entry into the market an hour before general admin, VIP discounts, special edition upgraded tote, and drink ticket to the bar.
There are four floors [whew] and all the makers were fantastic, friendly and welcoming. In my opinion, makers on the fourth floor didn’t receive as much foot traffic as the other floors because that’s four flights of stairs and who wants to do that? On top of that the makers were having trouble when it came to payment (maybe because of the wifi connection?), but if you’re looking to shop small/local, I recommend visiting Markets for Makers, especially since they have the cutest photo walls and DIY projects.
I had the opportunity to dine at Balloo last Friday; the small and intimate restaurant is created by chef Timon Ballo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill.
First, the restaurant is located in a place you’d never guess, inside the Ingraham Building in Downtown Miami, second, there is 21 seats available with seven tables, third, the food is absolutely AMAZING!
The menu ranges from small, medium, large, and sides
For starters, we enjoyed the roasted carrot and pickled curry cauliflower, and the garahm masala crispy potato
*my favorite was the garahm masala crispy potato
For entree, we indulged in the roasted curry calabaza, burnt cabbage, bacon & egg fried rice (vegetarian). The roasted curry calabaza was the center of attention for the night.
We went on to order the Singaporean style dry shrimp & crab tteok bokki and the Thai curry snapper with a side of creamy coconut lime rice
Paired with a bottle of Sancerre
I definitely recommend Balloo for those looking to indulge in a home-cooked meal in an intimate setting.