• Recipe: Kristen's Go To Green Smoothie

    Happy Friday everyone!

     Today we are sharing a green smoothie recipe with you! Kristen makes this almost every morning. Green Smoothies are a great way to start your day! They are quick and are super healthy! (Depending what you put in them!)  We love smoothies because you can throw anything (well almost!) in the blender and have a filling “meal.” The problem we’ve noticed and have heard is that people have a hard time masking the taste of the leafy greens. This recipe promises to do just that! It’s nutrious and sweet! Try trading this one day for your breakfast, or even as an afternoon snack!

    Kristen’s Go To Green Smoothie

    You will need…

    • 1 banana
    • 2 Stalks of Kale (remove leaves from the stems)
    • 1 generous handful of Spinach
    • 1 small handful (palm size) of blueberries
    • 1-2 spoonfuls of ground Flaxseed
    • 2 spoonfuls of Hemp Protein Powder (This is optional, we think it adds great flavor to the smoothie in addition to the protein but the smoothie will still have a great taste if you choose to not use this ingredient.)
    • ½ cup of Orange Juice
    • ½ cup of water
    • 3 large ice cubes

     

    Let’s make this baby!

    • Start with putting your banana in followed by the leafy greens and the rest of the ingredients!
    • Blend and Enjoy!

    **Note**

    • If you don’t have orange juice you can always cut up a large orange (We prefer Valencia oranges.) and replace the ½ cup of orange juice with more water.
    • If you want extra sweetness or an additional flavor, you can add a ½ of a peach.
    • If you find your smoothie is coming out more liquidy and you want a thicker consistency you can add more leafy greens!
    • Another option is adding a spoonful of tahini. You can use this instead of the protein powder or in addition to. This will also make your smoothie thicker.

     

     

  • Restaurant Review: Edendale

    Good Morning Food Lovers!

     If you’ve started planning your weekend already and you’re looking for a place to have dinner with co-workers, a great place for a date or somewhere to bring your friends who are visiting from out of town, we’ve got the perfect spot for you!

    This weeks’ restaurant review is of Edendale in Silverlake, CA.  We recently discovered this restaurant and fell in love instantly! Before Edendale became Edendale it was the Los Angeles Fire Department Station 57. They’ve even kept their logo that of the fire departments badge for station 57. In 2002 the station was converted to the restaurant.  (Little known fact: Echo Park was originally called Edendale.)

    We can almost guarantee that you will fall in love with this restaurant too!

     2838 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039

    (323) 666-2000

    http://theedendale.com

    First Impression:  Love at first sight! Very cute and romantic! They have a great atmosphere there! Outdoor seating in the front, a beautiful long bar, and lots of other nooks and crannies for mingling.

    Taste: Amazing! We had the Grilled Cheese Sandy, the Ahi Tartare appetizer, along with a side of Sautéed Kale. What makes the grilled cheese sandwich so unique and yummy is the option to have either gouda, fontina, gorgonzola or cheddar cheese.  They serve this classic with a tomato and chutney dip giving a delicious spin on a childhood favorite! The Ahi Tartare is on a whole other level! Definitely recommend trying this if you’re a fish/Ahi lover! They serve this beautiful dish with guacamole, red peppers, daikon sprouts and crispy wonton noodles. They top this dish off with a house-made citrus soy dressing, which really adds to the overall flavor of this dish. The side of Sautéed Kale is also amazing! Very flavorful but not super greasy. The portions of the sides are pretty generous. We have dined here since our review and have ordered a meal entirely of just sides. (They are all delicious!) What we’ve also noticed is that the food is consistently good here! Another major plus for this place!

    Décor: The décor is vintage and mainly dark woods. The lighting is dim creating a romantic atmosphere. Keeping the original floor plan of the firehouse, they use the main entrances to combine the outdoor patio and bar area. Indoors, connected to the bar is an enclosed dining room with plenty of seating for large or small parties. In the back, we fell in love with the outdoor patio and old school photo booth.

    Price: A little pricey but it’s worth it for the quality of food you get! The Ahi Tartare is $14, Grilled Cheese Sandy is $12 and a side of Sautéed Kale is $5.

    Service: Really good! Our waitress checked on us constantly but not to the point where we felt rushed or annoyed, just really great service! Speaking of feeling rushed, another nice thing is even after you have finished dinner you can sit and talk and they don’t kick you out. You can totally take your time and mingle with your friends.

    Ambiance: Warm and intimate. In the front they have seating for the bar and restaurant outside. At night the bar scene takes over and floods throughout all the areas of the bar. They have a lot of different options of where to sit which is really nice!

    Overall: Awesome! A really great place to go out to eat! Great food and great atmosphere!

    Rating: 5/5!