In honor of National Kale Day, I’m sharing my favorite kale tip…and that is to MASSAGE kale (salad).

As we’ve heard way too many times before, kale is SO good for you and one of the top superfoods. The taste of raw kale? Not so much. Here are some tips to indulge in kale’s superfood greatness AND enjoy its taste.

My favorite ways to have kale are:

  1. Sauteed with garlic
  2. In a juice/smoothie
  3. Massaged in a salad 

{ Kale Salad Tip } The key to perfecting a kale salad is to massage it. Literally take your hands, give the leaves a rubdown and let it soak in the dressing. The result? The lemon and olive oil will turn the kale into a prettier and tastier leaf — a softer texture and the kale will be infused with lemony deliciousness.


I like massaging raw kale with this easy 4 ingredient dressing.

Honey Dijon Salad Dressing Recipe

Whisk together two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, half a lemon, one tablespoon dijon mustard, and a teaspoon of honey or agave.

Have any fav kale recipes? Tweet me or share in the comments below.




Wow, Mother Nature! Fall is officially here. With a new season, comes new seasonal foods and drinks. Eating with the seasons is so much more nutritious, delicious and better for our environment. I know Fall has only been here for about a week, but here’s what I’ve been up to and some fresh fall foods I’ve been loving this season.

1. Scarpetta Philadelphia

Scarpetta officially opened in Philadelphia on Sept. 28th! The philosophy of Scarpetta’s kitchen is to create bold flavors with seasonal, fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Last week, a few PHLBloggers and I attended their preview and cocktail party, so we had the chance to taste a few drinks and signature dishes. I reccomend their Raw Yellow Tail Crudo. As for drinks, my go-to cocktail that night was the San Remo — a delightful mix of bourbon, sweet vermouth, campari, elderflower and citrus.

img_1801{ San Remo. a Scarpetta Signature Cocktail: bourbon, sweet vermouth, campari, elderflower and citrus }
img_1800{ When you go to Scarpetta, you haveee to check out all the marble in the bathroom. Here’s a mandatory mirror selfie with Sarah of }

2. Tria’s Happy Hour

From now through Thanksgiving, Tria‘s having a fall themed happy hour — Harvest Happy Hour. This includes orange wine! It was my first time having orange wine and it made me feel so festive and seasonal. No, it doesn’t taste like orange, nor is it made from oranges. It’s made from a white wine grape. Orange wine reminds me of a refreshing, dry white wine. I’m confused by my tastebuds. I’ve been reading more about orange wines. Others say the texture and taste is more like a red wine because of the tannins. I don’t know!? I’m not a sommelier, it’s just yummy.


3. Vedge

I’ve been wanting to go to Vedge for years! I finally went and I’m obsessed. My favorite dish on their menu is called Fancy Radishes. I’ve been stalking their Instagram page and from the looks of it, their radish choices for this dish change with the seasons.img_1766

4. Wellnest 14 Day Fall Reset Cleanse

Over the summer, I traveled a LOT. When I’m traveling, it’s obvious I’m going to try a ton of local foods I can’t get in Philadelphia (case-in-point: that time I ate 8 In-N-Out Grilled Cheeses in 8 days).

Anyway, I’ve overindulged and I’m in need of a reset. I chose to do Wellnest’s Fall Reset Cleanse because it’s a healthy food based cleanse, so unlike most cleanses I’ll be eating the whole time and I won’t feel starved.

Wellnest’s cleanse is a vegan cleanse. When I say vegan, I’m not talking about nasty fake meat. A lot of meat substitutes are HIGHLY processed aka you might as well eat bologne. So, what can you eat? The cleanse encourages you to eat fresh, wholesome and seasonal foods. This cleanse is led by certified holistic health coach, Leslie Neri and “uses supplements and intensely nutritious foods to clear out environmental toxins and the negative effects of processed foods from your system (during the first week) and rebuild a healthy you from the inside out (during the second week).”


{ I’ll post more about this cleanse on Instagram. I start Sunday! }

What fall foods are you loving this season? Share in the comments below!


I’m really into flower prints. Not the whole old granny tablecloth/blanket type of flower print. But DAISY PRINTS. Specifically daisy prints on plain black backgrounds. It’s superrrr retro. I got mine a few years ago, forgot about it and then found it while packing for this trip. Convenient, right?

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Last month I went back to California to visit my family and friends. Here are some photos of my Bay Area to Los Angeles road trip (seriously one of my most memorable trips). And of course, I’m wearing a daisy print dress ;).

My cousin and her husband took us sailing on their boat! We sailed from Sausalito to San Francisco. If you look closely, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge!

image I had to stop by the Madonna Inn. It was such a weird, quirky and pink place. I have to admit, the setting totally matched my whole retro themed outfit.

imageSpotted this cute little squirrel near Big Sur!

We drove along the Pacific Coast Highway and stopped by a tonnnnn of spots. It took us 11 hours to get to LA (normal drive would’ve taken 5-6 hours). I loved how the freeway had so many pull over spots so you can see the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Not sure exactly where I took this photo, but it ended up being one of my favorites. image One thing I miss about living in California? In-N-Out. I always order a grilled cheese with grilled onions and well done fries. SO. GOOD. During my trip, I ate there every single day. That’s 8 burgers. I’m a firm believer that vacations = treat myself to whatever I want to eat time!


We went to Morro Bay to check out that giant rock. We also got a bit hungry so we got clam chowder bowls — a foodie road trip MUST.

What did you do this summer? Share in the comments below!


I loveeeee fruit. It’s nature’s candy with a ton of vitamins. Ever get tempted to feed your dog human food? I do. Alllll the time. But, I’ve learned that some fruits are super nutritious for dogs.

When I first started looking for healthy fruit for pups, I looked at dog treats that contain fruit. After that, I started looking into fresh fruit. Maddie has eaten treats with coconut, cranberries, mangos and apples. All of these have vitamins and antioxidants to keep her healthy.

As for fresh fruit, I like giving Maddie small bits of fresh mango, peaches (no pits!) and apples (no seeds!). These fruits have fiber and various vitamins. The apple slices are even good for keeping her pearly whites clean. I think the key to this is balance. I never give her more than two pieces.


If you’re not sure what type of fresh fruit to give your dog, ask your vet. Or, start by choosing a dog treat that contains fruit.

Science Diet’s Fruity Snacks with Cranberries and Oatmeal are Maddie’s new favorite treat. She goes crazy for these fruity treats. They’re little biscuits made with real fruit — healthy, all-natural ingredients and no corn, no artificial colors or flavors. My fav thing about these treats? They contain FLAXSEED to support healthy fur and skin.

Find Science Diet’s Fruity Snacks here.


All opinions are my own. sponsored this post in exchange for an honest review.


I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but when I’m craving sweets…I really crave them. Sakara Life Matcha Balls are a sweet treat that take my cravings away. Plus, it contains antioxidants and a lot of plantbased protein.

The antioxidants come from the matcha. Since you’re consuming the actual leaf, matcha has way more antioxidants than green tea. It also has caffeine, but won’t give you a coffee caffeine crash. Learn more about matcha here or here.

The protein comes from the raw cashews (~5g/0z) and Philosophie Green Dream Protein Powder (10 g/tbsp) — not in Sakara’s recipe…but I sprinkle Philosophie on almost everything, and hemp seeds (10 g/tbsp). That’s a LOT of protein, right?


{ Recipe } Sakara Life’s Raw Matcha Energy Balls


1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted (soak in water for ~1 hour if overly dry)
1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
1 TBSP extra-virgin coconut oil
2 TBSP organic maple syrup
1 TBSP matcha powder
3 TBSP shredded coconut
2 TBSP hemp seeds

Optional: I like to add 1 TBSP Philosophie Green Dream

  • Blend all the ingredients above until coarsely smooth. The ingredients should start sticking together, sort of like a cookie dough texture. Roll into balls.


1/2 cup shredded coconut
2-3 tsp matcha powder
3 TBSP goji berries, coarsely chopped

  • Combine coating ingredients on a plate. Gently roll the balls o to the plate to coat the outside.

Recipe adapted from Sakara Life

I store these matcha balls in the fridge. They taste extra yummy when chilled!

Have any favorite sweet treats? Share in the comments below!

xx Melissa