- June 22, 2017 -


This time on The True Spoon Travels I’m recapping my experience at Miraval Life in Balance Spa at The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. I can get so caught up in the L A hustle that I sometimes forget about the vast and varied landscape that is California. There are so many quaint towns, incredible mountains, and gorgeous beaches just a few hours from my driveway. Nate and I love a good staycation, it’s so fun to get away with minimal travel time. This past weekend we had the opportunity of visiting The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, boy was it beautiful. I’m admittedly a little spoiled when it comes to beaches, when you call Hawaii your second home it’s hard to enjoy the sand at Venice beach.lol This trip was my first time visiting Dana Point and I was so pleasantly surprised by the natural beauty and serene ambiance. We were floored by the open and expansive lobby that allowed for a picturesque ocean view as we checked into the hotel. The Monarch Beach Resort is the pinnacle of beachside luxury and tranquil vibes. In addition to our stay at the beautiful resort, I was there to enjoy all of the wellness action at The Miraval Life in Balance Spa located in the hotel. Miraval offers a range of high end spa services, fitness classes, meditation sessions, and has an adorable on site cafe with kumquat trees growing on the patio. Miraval offers an 80 minute facial featuring my favorite organic skincare line from Malibu, OSEA. I use OSEA, the plant based Patagonian seaweed based skincare line on the daily. I am in love with their clean, high quality products and how hydrated they leave my skin.
An 80 minute facial is the ultimate luxury and I couldn’t wait for my day of pampering. After check in, we got settled in our room and hit the terrace bar for a few bites and some Italian Pinot Grigio before heading to bed for a restful nights sleep. In the morning Nate an I headed to the Miraval cafe for tea before my facial. The Miraval tea experience was delightful, we were greeted with glasses of prosecco and noshed on mini bites. Our server Flora was so sweet and hospitable, she served us each two varieties of organic tea and even brought us fresh kumquats from the trees outside. After tea I made my way to the treatment area of the spa for my OSEA Facial. The interior of the spa had every amenity one could dream of including healthy snacks like dried nectarines and spiced cashews, I’m always the most impressed by snacks if you couldn’t already tell. My Estitician Denise escorted me to my tranquil treatment room, she was the epitome of serene, her calming voice soothed me before my facial even began. She explained that she was going to be preforming an 80 minute facial including crystal therapy, hot stone massage, and a seaweed mask in addition to the application of almost every OSEA product in her arsenal. My facial was the dreamiest 80 minutes of my life and I left the spa with the glowyist completion and complete zen vibes. My favorite part about the OSEA products other than the fact that they have the best ingredients on earth, is the the heavenly smell! I met up with Nate by the pool after my facial and we enjoyed a fun day Of lounging and taking in the breathtaking view of Monarch Beach. We spent the entire rest of the day enjoying the pool, with lots of sunscreen of course! The next day I made sure to pick a fitness offering from the Miraval spa, I signed up for morning beach yoga. I met my instructor and one other hotel guest at the spa at 8 am and we were whisked down to the beach by the cutest woodie styled golf cart cruiser. I was led through an hour of vinyasa on the beach, literally the best possible way to start the day. I achieved the ultimate sense of calm post shavasana and carried it with me through the rest of my staycation. I had the most luxurious and relaxing weekend, I would recommended the Miraval spa experience to anyone that is in need of some True R and R. The 80 minute OSEA facial is essential if you make your way to the property! I’m so happy to be able to offer you the chance to win an escape to Miraval Monarch Beach Resort! One lucky winner will receive an At-Home Spa Set ($150 value) from OSEA Malibu, and a OSEA spa treatment + a private Aerial Yoga session from Miraval Monarch Beach Resort! Details of the giveaway will be posted on my instagram shortly and the giveaway will be active until 2pm PST on 6/29/17 Good luck friends!

Yours truly,
Celeste


- June 20, 2017 -


The nationwide heatwave is making me wanna eat this Spicy crusted tofu with Thai slaw from the comfort of the interior of my fridge. On these hot summer days I crave crunchy, spicy, and vibrant veggie forward dishes. I created this recipe because it’s perfect to satiate those summer cravings and you can make a double batch to keep in the fridge all week to avoid the heat of the kitchen. I’ve been making a huge effort to make all of my meals at home to cut costs and keep my food quality up! If I’m preparing for my week, I find it super easy to eat boat loads of organic local veggies. If I don’t prep I’m left hungry and looking for a quick and m less healthy hungar life boat. When I eat lots of green veggies my digestion is fantastic and I feel phenomenal. Getting all that veggie fiber prevents belly bloat and constipation keeping me feeling bikini ready all summer long!! See you on the gram friends, stay cool.

Yours truly,
Celeste

Spicy crusted tofu with Thai slaw and a 7 minute egg
Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
7 minute egg
2 eggs

Thai slaw
1 limes, juiced
3 cups of cabbage, sliced thin
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 jalapeño, sliced thin
3 small carrots, sliced thin
1 cup of green beans, sliced on the bias
2 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
1 generous pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of ginger, grated
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 of an orange, juiced
1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Spicy crusted tofu
1 block of extra firm tofu, cut into 5 slices
1 bag of Harvest Snaps tomato basil lentil bean crisps
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

RECIPE
1. Heat a pot with 6 cups of water to a rolling boil and put the eggs in the water, boil for 7 minutes, promptly remove eggs from water and dunk them into an ice bath
2. Add all Thai slaw to a large bowl and stir until well combined, set in the fridge to chill
3. Pat tofu slices dry with a paper towel, set aside
4. Add Harvest Snaps, cayenne, and nutritional yeast to a food processor and blend until powdered
5. Pour food processor contents onto a plate and individually pat all sides of the tofu slices until they are coated in the powder
6. Heat a man to medium and coat with sesame oil
7. Cook tofu slices for 7 minutes on each side until crispy
8. Peel shell off of eggs, tear in half, set aside
9. Serve Thai slaw into a bowl, top with tofu slices and egg

Truly enjoy


- June 12, 2017 -

The True Spoon eats: Red Herring

Dining is all about the experience, the meal is just one aspect of the celebratory event. The vibe I get when entering a restaurant sets the tone for how much I’m going to enjoy my food. A beautiful ambiance and a warm staff will keep me coming back time and time again. Right before I left for Europe I had the pleasure of eating at Red Herring, the vibey-ist date spot in Eagle Rock. I was immediately enamored by the unique vintage inspired decor and warm greetings I received. My blogger babe friend Courtney and I were whisked to the light filled upstairs dining room, cocktails from the happy hour menu were promptly served. I ordered the paramour, a delightful twist on the classic aperol spritz. I love a good short menu and Red Herring has the perfect curated menu offering up all of their hits. I always trend towards the healthier menu offerings, Courtney on the other hand knows how to indulge a little and order the more scrumptious offerings. The menu catered to both of our tastes and we ordered a mix of fresh veggie dishes and hearty rich dishes. My absolute favorite dish was the English pea salad with a charred ginger vinaigrette. Courtney and I left dinner with full bellies and warm hearts. I’m dying to go back and try their brunch, see you there!

Red Herring 1661 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041


- June 10, 2017 -

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and my new obsession is this totally nuts protein bar recipe. if you like peanut butter you have to try these babies! I’m trying to avoid preservatives and make my own organic snacks, so these bars are perfect. I hope you fall in love with these peanut butter babies as much as I do.

Yours truly,

Celeste

Totally nuts protein bars

INGREDIENTS

Bar
2 cups peanut butter protein powder
Half a cup full fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons almond butter
A fourth of a cup coconut oil, melted

Topping
1/2 a cup toasted flaked coconut
1/2 a cup toasted peanuts, chopped
1 tablespoon Maldon salt

RECIPE
1. Cover a 9X9 baking pan in waxed paper, set aside
2. mix bar ingredients in a large bowl until smooth
3. Fill waxed paper pan with bar ingredients and pat down with spatula until evenly distributed
4. Evenly distribute toppings and lightly press into the bar layer
5. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes and slice into squares
6. Truly enjoy


- June 6, 2017 -

I’m acclimating back to life in LA after the most amazing trip to Europe by getting back in the kitchen. The thing that struck me most about the French cuisine was the fresh seasonal produce that graced every dish. I wanted to create my own seasonal recipe inspired by the delicious cuisine I ate in France and I came up with this healthy ranch pizza. This “pizza” recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and stocked with organic seasonsal produce. I hope you enjoy this fresh spring recipe.

 

Healthy ranch pizza

INGREDIENTS

Cauliflower ranch crust:

1 1/2-2 heads of cauliflower, finely grated
1/2 cup of Harvest Snaps wasabi ranch pea crisps, smashed
1 egg
1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted (additional 1 teaspoon to grease baking sheet)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Spring pea cashew cheese:

2 cups cashews, soaked overnight
1/2 cup cashew soaking water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
One clove of garlic
1 cup frozen peas
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons fresh dill
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon tahini

Toppings:
1/2 cup of Harvest Snaps wasabi ranch pea crisps, smashed
1/2 of a small yellow zucchini, sliced thin
1/2 a cup of snap peas, sliced into segments
1 small ear of roasted corn, kernels cut off the cob
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

RECIPE

Cauliflower ranch crust

1. Preheat oven to 450°F, Line a baking sheet with wax paper and grease with coconut oil Set aside.
2. Place finely grated cauliflower (about 4 cups) to a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 7 minutes, set aside to cool for 5 minutes
3. Place the microwaved cauliflower in a nut bag and squeeze as much liquid out of the cauliflower as possible (wear dishwashing gloves if cauliflower is too hot for your hands)
4. Add drained cauliflower and the rest of the cauliflower crust ingredients to a medium bowl and stir until well combined
5. Spread cauliflower mixture onto the lined baking sheet and shape into 1 pizza crust sized round, bake at 400 for 20 minutes
6. After 20 minutes remove crust from oven, set aside to cool for 15 minutes

Spring pea cashew cheese

1. add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth (about 1 minute)

Toppings

1. Sprinkle all toppings evenly over pizza

Truly enjoy


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