cucumber & lime honey water

Have a spa moment at home with this refreshing cucumber & lime honey water! The trick to is combine the honey with some hot water in advance to get the honey to integrate quickly into the drink without you breaking a sweat stirring or shaking.

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Ingredients:

  • lime (lime wedges optional for garnish)
  • cucumber slices
  • honey
  • water

Directions:

  1. Melt as much honey as desired into some hot water.
  2. Combine the hot water with cold water.
  3. Add the cucumber slices (as many as you want to taste!) and squeeze the lime juice into the water.
  4. Let chill in the refrigerator for ~1 hour or overnight and enjoy!

banana bread

Baking is a great way to take a break from studying and fill up your home with that home-sweet-home comforting banana bread smell~ Plus, it’s a little reward to yourself that you can look forward to after powering through that extra hour!   Continue reading

dragonfruit banana smoothie

Dragonfruit, also known as pitaya, is a beautiful & tropical fruit that has amazing health benefits! It is amazing for your digestive system (you’ll see what I mean after having some) and is packed with antioxidants. I have several sitting in my refrigerator at the moment thanks to my mom, so I’ve decided to try one of them in a smoothie!

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coca-cola float anyone?

For some reason, I prefer coca-cola floats to root beer floats. Probably because I never grew up with root beer, or really, any soda for that matter. There were few occasions when we had soda in the house, and they’re usually leftovers from some party or other. The first time I made this recipe was way back when, when I was in 5th grade. I remember really wanting to try a root beer float because my friends back then were talking about it during lunch time. But there wasn’t any vanilla ice-cream or root beer soda in the house when I got home. All we had was cookies ‘n’ cream ice-cream and coca-cola… I thought, “why not?”

To this day, this is still one of my favorite treats:

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lemon, cucumbers & pomegranate seeds detox water

Good morning! Started off the day by making a quick lemon, cucumbers & pomegranate seeds detox water. I used one small lemon, which I sliced into coins. Lemon juice is known to help stimulate and regulate the digestive track, helping it to flush out toxins. Furthermore, it is high in vitamin C! Next, I used a cucumber that was about 4 inches long, cutting that into coins as well. Cucumber contains citrulline, which is an amino acid that aids the liver and kidneys in removing ammonia. Cucumber is also full of vitamins A, K and calcium! Lastly, my favorite is the pomegranate seeds. I just scooped in half a cup of them to the water. Pomegranate is amazing because it boosts your immune system, lowers your blood pressure, is high in fiber and helps keep your skin youthful – all while tasting amazing!

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cronuts & cookie shots @ Dominique Ansel

Addiction? Possibly. Somehow I ended up waiting in a line outside of Dominique Ansel Bakery… again. This month’s Cronut flavor is Sweet Clementine Ricotta and it was delicious! A little bit on the Cronut:

The Makings of the Cronut™ Pastry…
Taking 2 months and more than 10 recipes, Chef Dominique Ansel’s creation is not to be mistaken as simply croissant dough that has been fried. Made with a laminated dough which has been likened to a croissant (but uses a proprietary recipe), the Cronut™ pastry is first proofed and then fried in grapeseed oil at a specific temperature. Once cooked, each Cronut™ pastry is flavored in three ways: 1. rolled in sugar; 2. filled with cream; and 3. topped with glaze. The Cronut™ pastries are made fresh daily, and completely done in house. The entire process takes up to 3 days.

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Bosie Tea Parlor

There’s nothing like afternoon tea with the besties ❤

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Located on Morton, just south of bustling Bleecker Street in West Village, Bosie Tea Parlor beckons city-dwellers with its atmosphere of serenity and just enough energy. Here you’ll find a selection of over 100 hand-sourced and blended fine loose leaf teas developed by our resident Tea Master Kiley Holliday, along with world-class pastry and macarons hand-crafted by our third-generation French Pasty Chef, Damien Herrgott.

Beyond the unparalleled teas, pastries, and macarons, Bosie also offers a select savory menu using only the freshest ingredients, carefully sourced and largely organic.

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sweetness @ Dominique Ansel

What better way to spend a beautiful Friday afternoon than to wander around SoHo before dropping in to Dominique Ansel’s Bakery on Spring Street for a sweet treat! Dominque Ansel is the famous creator of the Cronut (a croissant-doughnut hybrid – yum~) that comes out in a new flavor every month. But because it was already the afternoon, all the Cronuts were sold out by then. So instead, we had the Frozen S’more and Orange Pistachio Bostock.

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