review: coconut water purity

I have a renewed obsession with coconut water.

But this isn’t any old coconut water. It’s Yoga Earth Coconut Water Purity which is a coconut water powder that comes in an individual serving making it portable without a need to refrigerate! (I don’t know about you but coconut water needs to be ice-cold!)

Mainly I drink it after a hot yoga class and I can tell how much it helps me re-hydrate. When I don’t drink coconut water, I’m really thirsty the rest of the day. When I drink a coconut water after class my thirst levels are normal. That is my scientific study. :)

Love:

  • that it is portable – I’ve been taking it to yoga to drink after class
  • it goes through airport security, so I was able to stay hydrated during holiday travel
  • the flavor – it is incredible!
  • that the strength can be altered depending on your preference

Wish:

  • it was sold in stores! Right now, it can be purchased online or at various yoga studios

sriracha popcorn

I’ve been trying to think of a way to combine popcorn and sriracha (my two favorites!) for one ridiculous snack. Don’t ask me why I never thought to google it – it just never occured to me. (This has sadly been like a year in the making.)

When the idea finally came to me, I realized how silly I had been! This was so simple, so not profound, so….right in front of my face, why hadn’t I thought of this before?!

I didn’t beat myself up too much, afterall, I had a new obsession to get working on. I rarely eat plain popcorn anymore. It’s most likely dusted with truffle salt, or malt vinegar salt, possibly bacon salt but never plain – and never with butter. (I pop with oil so it’s not necessary) When the thought of melted butter + sriracha drizzled over popcorn finally made it to my mind?

My new life began.

And yes, it is pretty much amazing.

Simply pop popcorn, melt butter and stir in desired amount of sriracha. I love spice so I do a ratio of about 1:1.

What do you put on your popcorn?

in my cupboard: burrata cheese

Burrata cheese is quickly rising to the top of my “Favorite Cheese List” – and I mean quickly. This was only my third time having it, which may seem a bit premature but it is deeeelish! My first experience was at Mozza Mia and then most recently at my cousins house in LA. I’m obsessed.

Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture. It is usually served fresh, at room temperature. The name “burrata” means “buttered” in Italian.  (Source)

It’s creamy, soft and totally melts in your mouth. Simple is best – some olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper with toasted crostini is all it really needs. I served it alongside some Italian cured meats as well.

I tried two versions – a $5 Trader Joe’s version and a $15 version from Surdyk’s (local cheese shop) and I really think it is worth the extra $10 – so buy high quality if available. With that said the TJ’s Burrata was very good as well so it is a great choice for budget shoppers. They were also a bit different. The Trader Joe’s Burrata had a formed outer shell, with a soft, runny center (doesn’t it look like a poached egg?) and the other version was very soft throughout, and didn’t have two separate textures.

review: garlic gold balsamic dressing

I’ve heard a number of great things about Garlic Gold and with a combo of garlic and olive oil I’m not sure how you could go wrong. My life wouldn’t be complete with out the two. Honestly.

If my memory serves me, I tried this years ago at the first Natural Products Expo I attended – I think we used some of their garlic oil and garlic nuggets along with our bread to sample…bread + olive oil + garlic nuggets?! We were a popular booth. :)

Fast forward a few years, and many expos later, Garlic Gold is everywhere in the blog world and I’ve yet to hear a bad thing! When they contacted me about doing a review, you can bet I said yes!

I tried the Balsamic Dressing which is amazing – so flavorful and made with real ingredients that I would make dressing with. I just don’t always have the time. :) The dressing is infused with that garlic flavor that I so adore. I can’t wait to try the Meyer Lemon Dressing, I’m sure it will be a lovely addition to summer salads!

You can order Garlic Gold here.  Have you tried it? What should I order besides the Meyer Lemon Dressing?