I've been crazy busy the past few weeks and majorly slacking on the kitchen concoctions. This past weekend, I had some girlfriends over to put the finishing touches on some wedding invitations I designed- so I took the opportunity to create something using almost everything that came in my Farm Fresh to You CSA box. The answer, tacos. I roasted up all of the veggies, made a slaw topping with the raw ingredients, wrapped it up in a tortilla and called it a taco. Anything goes when it comes to tacos, in my opinion, and I was able to use everything in my box without wasting a bit! Perfection. 

Taco Meat:

3 beets (cubed)

2 sweet potatoes (cubed)

2 apples (cubed)

1/4 cup coconut flakes

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbs cumin

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tbsp cayenne

Salt & pepper to taste (always)

Combine all ingredients, mix together, and put on a baking sheet. Roast in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes (depending on your oven).

 

Slaw:

1/2 head of red cabbage (shredded)

2 kiwis (cubed)

1 orange (cubed)

1 jalapeno

1/2 tbsp cumin

1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes

Combine all the ingredients, let sit for an hour before serving so cabbage gets tender. 

 

Toppings: (optional)

Avocado

Lime

Greek Yogurt/Sour Cream

Greens

Top that taco off with whatever goodness you desire.

 

 

You can feel free to sub out fruits and veggies with whatever you have available. Anything it goes when it comes to these 'everything but the kitchen sink csa tacos'!

 

Will you give these a try? Comment below!

 

xo, 

Lindsey

 

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Spring is definitely yummy. I’ve been getting my weekly CSA box and visiting the Farmers Market from time to time and seeing all the fresh produce makes me happy. My favorite treat that’s been making an appearance in my box for the last few weeks has got to be blood orange, or asparagus... Hmmm. Luckily, I don't have to decide- I eat it all. 

Eating what's in season is a really good way to guarantee you're eating what's fresh, and in turn, doing the best job at nourishing your body. I read recently that it doesn't matter what you eat, as long as 50% of it is fruit and veggie based. I think that's a good way of looking at it to make sure you're getting your daily dose of vitamins- though in my opinion- it's always about balance. 

what's in season this spring:

blood oranges 

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asparagus

beets

fennel

frisee

kiwi

avocado

What are some of your favorite spring fruits & veggies?! Comment below!

xo, 

Lindsey

 

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We took our favorite flats our for lunch. Guess the style name & where we are in a comment below for your chance to win a free pair of spring flats!! Hint: we're not too far from the office!

xo, 

Lindsey

Those are the lovely Demure

Those are the lovely Demure flats and you are on Abbot-Kinney Boulevard in Venice, in Los Angeles!
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p.s I <3 that mural!

p.s I <3 that mural!
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Gjelina restaurant on Abbot-Kinney Boulevard in Venice, in Los Angeles is the place the shoes are the Nice flats :)
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Life is busy. Life is fast. Life is just plain crazy. So I say this: get away. No, not run away. Get away just for a little while. Whatever it takes to bring you back to a state of sanity. Because I don't know about you, but sometimes my brain and emotions and even my body can only handle so much. Though working out or even talking on the phone can release stress for me, but sometimes the best way is to just be. To find a quiet place away and just breathe in the fresh air and not think. I know, that's a hard thing to do. To find a quiet place. To find fresh air. And lastly, to not think. But it's possible and often times more necessary for ourselves than we realize. If you can't doing this on a daily basis, try to find some time during your weekend to just be outdoors. It doesn't have to be a beach. It can be a local park or playground. Swing on a swing or sit on a park bench. Don't play with your phone. Don't even bring a book. Just be.  Did you know that when people are on lunch breaks and still browsing their phones or even reading a magazine, that's not a break for them mentally? Their brain is still being stimulated so you don't recharge like you think you really would. So this post is different than most posts I've written, but I think it's a reminder that we all need especially in this fast-paced world that we live in where it's always GO! GO! GO! When sometimes all we need is the permission to STOP.

Thanks for having me, Blowfish Shoes! Much Love, Ilene (aka illy) of Much Love, illy

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Hi Ladies, 

Let's talk about dealbreakers. You know, those peeves and irks you just can't let go of... We all have them. Some shallow, others not, but all very much important. The goal of finding a mate, is sticking withthem for a long time- so if there's something you can't stand... it's best to avoid it. Keep looking, because your perfect dealbreaker-free man is out there somewhere!

Here are some of my dealbreakers: 

White sock & dress shoes. I had a piano teacher growing up that did this all the time and it drove me crazy even at 8 years young. It's something I just don't think I'll be able to let go of. Dealbreaker!

Cats. I understand there's a lot of cat lovers out there, but I'm not one of them. Too much hair, and the whole poop inside deal makes me incredibly uncomfortable.

Too much hair gel. While this might seem shallow, any guy using loads of gel is caring too vain for me. I like a man who can look just as good with a full beard or a clean shave.

Gym rat. I like my men active, but when I see signs of gym rat, I run. It's all about balance for me and dating a gym rat would really shame me out of too many girl scout cookies- I can't be having that.

Smart cars. I'm sorry, but they're just too small for a real man. 

What are some of your personal dealbreakers? Comment below!

xo, 

Lindsey

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Shop the look, here.

If you have the ability to receive packages at home, you're into saving money, spending less time shopping and never running out of floss again, ever, then stop what you're doing and take notes if your memory lacks tact.

Amazon Subscribe & Save, topped that off with a Prime account and your life will never be the same again. No longer do I find myself anxiously wandering around Target for fear of the truth that awaits me at the checkout line. In fact, I rarely run errands at all these days. You are reading this correctly. Toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, spatula, desk chair, tampons, saran wrap, cacao nibs, hemp hearts, cotton balls. I have all of you, most of you a year's supply, and you were a fraction of the price had I not decided to lounge at home and let you plop upon my welcome mat before battling traffic, crowds, technically challenged self checkout stations, parking lots, screaming children, traffic lights and wasted minutes... Nope, curse you errands! 

In all seriousness though, ordering my household goods online gives me time to evaluate the purchases in calm environment and avoid impulse buys. Plus, the hermit in me loves that I don't have to leave my house. Free 2 day shipping. No minimum purchase. I feel like I'm cheating on life sometimes. And there's so much more. I'll touch on some of the ways I recycle the boxes and packing paper another time. 

Are you sold? Amazon Prime for life, and that is all.

 

xo, Lindsey

 

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Pssst! (It's Lindsey) Introducing our newest guest blogger, STEVE! We're working on getting his bio together, but here's his first post for now! Say hi with a comment!

Last week I stumbled upon Madrid’s famous Mercado de San Miguel. Packed with people and colorful, fresh cuisine, it’s one of the city’s most popular hangouts for foodies like me. Offering a spread of more than 30 gourmet vendors, the market is the perfect place for the indecisive eater - you can choose nearly any food you desire! Plus, mixing and matching is highly encouraged. 

From the moment I walked inside, the smell of the freshly prepared Spanish cuisine was enough to make me want to eat everything I could get my hands on. And, as an American, I was desperate to try (and love!) each Spanish delicacy before my time in Spain ran out. Though ordering in Spanish was a bit difficult (read: VERY difficult), I tried my best to get by on a little Spanish and a LOT of nervous smiles. And in the end, I think I lucked out! I set myself up with a glass of sangria, a tapas-style serving of chicken paella and a mountain of burrata cheese. The perfect start to an afternoon. 

Spaniards will come to Mercado de San Miguel for hours with friends – to grab a bite to eat, to chat, to enjoy life, even to buy produce. And I started thinking that maybe we can take a page out of their book. We, too, can learn to love markets and food halls as much as they do!

So my advice for now is to do as the Spaniards do: stop for a while and take a walk through your nearest food hall or famers market. Take a few hours to drink, eat and laugh with your friends while spending a day getting lost in food. You’ll be amazed at what you will discover. 

And if you can’t make the trek to Madrid for some authentic sangria and paella, don’t fret! Here are some great markets that you can check out closer to home: 

Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco – situated along the banks of the San Francisco Bay, this sprawling waterfront market has its fair share of chowders, coffees and wines to keep you warm on chilly San Francisco nights. 

Chelsea Market, New York City – just steps away from the Big Apple’s famous High Line, the Chelsea Market offers more than 35 vendors serving gourmet treats from around the world. Yum! 

Farmers Market at The Grove, Los Angeles – located in the heart of Los Angeles, this colorful outdoor food hall has been a tinseltown staple since 1934. You can find all kinds of homemade, farm fresh delicacies here from potatoes to pastries, so choose wisely! And the best part of the market for Angelenos? Free parking with validation, of course.

Pike Place Market, Seattle – If the freshest seafood and veggies are what you seek, then Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the place for you! No doubt you’ve already seen its famous exterior in photos and movies.

Chicago French Market, Chicago – head on over to the Chicago French Market for a sampling of the some of the best cheeses and wines that the windy city has to offer. This indoor mecca even has Paris-inspired street signs!

Do you love food halls as much as I do? Any cool markets that I missed? Comment below! 

Cheers!

Steve

 

Great Piece Steve! Everyone should take more time when they have it to enjoy fresh and local cuisines. I personally fell in love with the farmer's market it Portland. It's perfect in summer for some tasty bites and a leisurely stroll. London's Borough Market is also quite diverse in it's offerings and has a cool international vibe.
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Happy Friday everyone!

Here's a roundup of our favorites from the week:

This looks like a great idea:

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Karen found this nail art inspiration and got something similar done for her trip to Vegas this weekend:

We caught this sweet moment last Sunday:

Honestly Yum is right:

Getting really excited about new sandals:

 

It's Friday- so we decided to go on a little field trip and we packed our favorite spring flat, GLO. First person to comment with the intersection where we were wins a free pair!

 

What's the weather like where you are? Any good plans for the weekend?

xo,

Lindsey 

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So I already admitted I tried out the whole online dating thing. I dabbled in Tindr for just a moment, but the majority of my dates I landed on the infamous, OkCupid. My beef with online dating is it's really quite hard to tell from an online profile and small sampling of old photographs just how this person translates in person. Also, impossible to determine intentions.

I've never go on a date thinking, wow you sound awful; that makes no sense. It's always, wow you did a great job at making yourself sound awesome, but what are you really like

 

Here's 5 kinds of guys you'll find online: 

 

The guy who's way too interested. Clearly, this guy is new to OkCupid because on the first date he's talking about future plans while staring deep into your eyes with a wide-eyed grin. He has an idealistic and completely unrealistic vision of meeting a nice girl online, going steady and living happily ever after. He hasn't yet realized you're not that nice and it's not that easy; anyone using online dating for more than 5 minutes has their guards up, expectations lowered and that enthusiasm is long gone.

 

The guy who takes ridiculously good pictures, but in real life he's cross-eyed and balding. This is the worst feeling. I'd like to think I'm not very shallow and really value killer personality, honesty, kindness, and of course, hilarious jokes above rock hard abs and twinkle teeth, but I also need to want to kiss you. That's part of the whole dating thing, or so I pray. 

 

The guy who will never make you laugh, but you will laugh at. This is the guy you meet and think, ok, you look like your pictures, normal, not getting the urge to run, so you sit down. Then you attempt to spark conversation and you're instantly so bored you're looking for a second drink before you've ordered the first. Nothing this man says will strike a chord, until you leave and call your girlfriend. And then every thing he wore, said, and fumbled through, you will both find hilarious as you laugh about the awfulness that was and is thankfully, over now.

 

The guy who doesn't drink. Well, in my case, you'll never actually meet this one. You start texting to arrange a meeting place and he puts in a request for tea time, you think... no wine, no whisky? This cannot happen. I'm looking for a mate so I don't have to continue drinking alone. 

 

The guy who can't kiss. Yes, this still happens post middle school. I don't understand- just be prepared. All I know for sure is if the kissing isn't good, just stop. Do not press go, do not move to second base, because if the kiss is bad, it will all be bad. Trust me here; this theory's been tested and proven.

 

Have you tried out online dating? What kinds of blokes have you crossed paths with? Funny, frank and heartwarming stories welcome!

 

xo, 

Lindsey

 

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Hey Ladies,

It's Friday! Holy smokes, it sure took it's sweet time. Tuesday felt like the day that never ended, but all in all, it's been a pretty great week. The sun's been shining bright in SoCal and I've been able to rock our new sandals, so that's amazing. Pretty incredible what the ability to wear open-toed shoes in February can do to a person... I'm so sorry to all of you still stuck in the polar vortex, buried under snow and slush. Uck, slush. Come visit us in Los Angeles before you turn into polar bears!!

Here's some things that made my week:

As I mentioned, sandals. These puppies just arrived and I'm obsessed. Super comfortable and very stylish, in my opinion. Because I'm all about style, I am a lady. ;)

This soup looks SO TASTY!!! Is there anything I love more than cumin & cauliflower? O yes, that in soup form. I can't wait to make this!

After getting inspired blogging for Blowfish and interacting with our lovely bloggers, I got inspired to start my own and it went live this week! I'm most definitley very excited and feeling accomplished. So check it out!

Also this ring. Because who doesn't need a gold-plated shark tooth ring?

What are your favorite moments from the week? Post a pic on instagram with #blowfishfridaylove & we'll pick a winner on Monday!!! Winner gets a free pair of sandals to get you ready for Spring!! :)

xo, 

Lindsey

 

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