Hola! Como Estas? My fam and I headed to Puerto Vallarta last month and I wanted to share some of my favorite places. I’ve been going to PV for a few years now, but this was my first time going with a toddler so my activities changed a bit. There was still tequila, just not as much ; ) Below are some pics and my recommendations whether you’re traveling with kids or not. Enjoy.
For a beautiful (more touristy) beach side dinner head to La Palapa. Great food, good vibes and an unbeatable view!
For something super kid friendly and very lively (and not so touristy) check out PiPi’s. They have exceptional service, big portions of yummy food and live entertainment.
Cafe Des Artistes is romantic and beautiful, but not-so kid friendly.
Walk around the Art’s district and pop into some of the cool galleries.
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens was such a treat that I’m dedicating a separate post just for that. Check back again soon to see those pics!
Walk on the Malecon and see all the wild street performers. If you are traveling with kids, definitely rent one of those little remote control cars for a few minutes. Your kid will be in heaven!
For an unique, non touristy experience, check out Hotel Conchas Chinas. You can reserve a room from the hotel or rent from an owner. Many of the places (like the one pictured with a private pool) are listed on AirBnB.
*The bottom 4 pics were shot by my awesome dad, Mansur Kiadeh.
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The Lobster in Santa Monica is a Pescatarian’s dream. (Pescatarian is not a religion fyi!) I’ve been coming to this historic beach side staple for a few years now. In fact it was one of the first restaurants I went to with my now husband. I’ve always been a fan, but lately they’ve done some super sexy renovations and added some delicious new things to the menu. I enjoyed a massive lunch the other day… okay, maybe I went a little wild- but it was to die for. Excellent work Chef! Can we say location location location? Hello perfection. It’s on the beach overlooking the iconic Santa Monica Pier and stunning Pacific Ocean. This is a great place to bring out of town friends and family, it’s perfect for date night, or a beautiful lunch with girlfriends. Basically, just go there if you want a lux beach side experience, extremely fresh seafood and an incredibly friendly staff. (Hi Lobster Lynne!)
They also offer happy hour M-F from 4:30pm-6:30pm & Brunch on Sunday’s until 2:30pm
New Zealand King Salmon Sashimi, Avocado Horseradish Puree, Ponzu & Coleman Farms Radish Salad
Japanese Hamachi Sashimi, Jalapeño, Lime & Cilantro Salsa with Flowers
Peruvian Scallop, Yuzukosho Vinaigrette with Poblano Peppers, Sweet Onions, Tomato & Chili Oil
Oyster with Spicy Tomato-soy salsa
Schaner Farms Tahitian Squash Soup
Pumpkin Seeds, Vadouvan & Yogurt
American Lobster Salad
Avocado, Little Gem Lettuce, Schaner’s Citrus Vinaigrette & Crispy Leeks
Sauteed Blue King Prawns
Brandy, Garlic, Shallots, Italian Herbs & Shrimp Butter with Toasted Ciabatta
Seared Rare Yellowfin Tuna
Charred Leek Vinaigrette, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Taggiasca Olives & Garlic Chips with Horseradish Crushed Potatoes
Shortbread Crumbs & Torched Merengue
Warm Chocolate Pudding
Caramel Corn & Vanilla Ice Cream
Are you drooling yet!?!
Where to stay: I LOVED my experience at The Grand America. It’s a luxury hotel walking distance from downtown. They have a fantastic spa where I received a TWO HOUR massage. (#Heaven) There are multiple dining options in the hotel, including a lobby bar with live music on the weekends. (Yes, you can drink booze in Salt Lake!) They also have a toy store, pool, gym and even a French Patisserie.
Where to eat/drink: I had a few meals at the Grand America but I also wanted to explore the city. The Copper Onion came highly recommended for brunch. My girls and I had a great time there. We also LOVED the speakeasy inside Bodega. (aka The Rest) That was by far my favorite place. Definitely check it out if you find yourself in Salt Lake. Tons of people told me to eat at Red Iguana and sadly I didn’t get a chance to. Next time!
What to do: Other than the staring at the stunning mountains, one of the main attractions is the Mormon Temple/Temple Square. The building itself is beautiful from the outside. Because it is considered a sacred church you must be a member to go inside. City Creek Mall is a few blocks away and requires no membership! It’s a nice indoor/outdoor shopping center with great retailers and restaurants.
Watch my Salt Lake City video below!
My love for the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts continues to grow. The hotel chain is known around the world for being super lux and having exceptional service. But, what you may not know about the Four Seasons is how kid friendly they are. Idris has now stayed at three FS properties (Santa Barbara, Paris and Westlake Village). I’m constantly blown away by their attention to detail for their youngest guests. This holiday season my fam and I were invited to experience the Let It Snow event at the FS Westlake. In typical Four Seasons fashion it was glam, family friendly and so fun. Idris had the opportunity to dance under the “snow” with Minions, eat popcorn, hang with Santa, ride a train and decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus. Michael and I enjoyed wine while all this was happening, so it was a win win! We also experienced the Italian dinner at Mercato and the character breakfast the following morning. So fun! (Idris went CRAZY with excitement when he met the Minions!) You can see the full list of Let It Snow activities by clicking here.
This year give your favorite people a Four Seasons Giftcard so they can pamper themselves in the spa, enjoy fancy cocktails, dinner or a lux night out at any FS location around the world.
On the latest episode of My Dancing Kitchen I created 3 Vegan Holiday treats that are perfect gifts for the special people in your life. I also paired the goodies with adorable, festive Holiday Cards from Hallmark. Click the picture below to see me in action!
The first recipe was Maple Chili popcorn that I got from MyRecipes.com. I substituted coconut oil for butter to keep it vegan. I loooove the way it turned out.
The Rice Crispy Treats were from Detoxinista. I also want to experiment with Vegan marshmallows next time. Last, but not least my Roasted Rosemary nuts. This dish was inspired by Meg from What’s Up Moms.
Let me know if you try any of them. Have a beautiful day!
Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone! Tis the season for holiday parties and fancy events. Need a little makeup inspiration!?! I got you boo! Below are two EASY makeup tutorials that will be perfect for any festive soiree. I know this time of year is filled with photo taking and making tons of memories. With these looks you’ll definitely be the belle of the ball. The first tutorial is a fresh faced look with a bold lip and pops of shimmer sprinkled throughout. The second is an fun emerald smokey eye with a soft lip. Both looks are universal and will look fabulous on anyone. Promise. Go out and rock them you cuties! Click the pictures below to see the full tutorials or head to the Eco Tools YouTube channel.
P.S. I used all Eco Tools brushes to create both these looks.
Happy Friday! As some of you know I have a new YouTube series called My Dancing Kitchen where I create easy, healthy, mostly vegan dishes and of course, bust out dance moves. My latest recipe would be the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table-it’s bursting with Fall flavors and totally guilt free. Watch the episode below to see how I create my Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Salad. Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you can be notified when new videos go live. Click the photo to watch!
Here is the ingredient list:
1 Cup Roasted and Diced Sweet Potatoes
Arugula (as much as you want!)
1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
1 Cup Pomegranate
1/2 cup Chopped Pistachios
1 Tbsp Agave
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp White Wine Vinger
A few tablespoons Olive Oil
1-2 Cloves Raw Garlic
1 Small Raw Shallot
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mix everything together and enjoy!
Hey LA fams! Looking for something fun and festive to do with your kiddos this Holiday Season!?! Me too. I typically head up to the Bay Area to ring in the holidays, but this year we’re shaking it up and I’m staying right here in La La Land. I’ve been researching the best activities to get into the spirit and I think I’ve found the perfect one. Four Seasons Westlake is celebrating like nowhere else. They have an incredible Winter Wonderland package that includes a variety of fabulous adventures for you and your little ones. We’ll be heading to the property in December to see first hand how fun it can be to celebrate the holidays in LA. I know my son is going to freak out with happiness when he meets all the elves and plays in the fake snow. Ready for some good news!?! Four Seasons Westlake is currently doing an Instagram contest where you can have the chance to win a giftcard to use on their property! Click here to see the details on how to enter.
*Photo Credit: @LittleMissMomma (Ashley Stock)
Last week I attended a seriously fun event at Fleurish in Brentwood. Chic mamas and their adorable kids gathered together to create some fall flower magic. What is Fleurish you ask? It’s the first ever design-it-yourself flower bar. They have a DIY station, offer floral classes, private parties and of course you can purchase some stunning arrangements. The space is open, bright and immediately made me happy. Upon arrival I was greeted by their friendly staff and encouraged to take a seat and start learning how to make a beautiful fall inspired arrangement. Disclaimer-I’m not crafty or good at making pretty pinterest worthy things, but with the guidance of the expert team, I had a gorgeous arrangement to take home. With the holidays quickly approaching, this could be the perfect gift to give someone. Visit their website to learn more about this fabulous place.
*Photos courtesy of Jessica Elizabeth