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PlaceInvaders: Los Angeles' Secret Pop-Up Dinner Series


Last week I was a guest at a secret pop-up brunch hosted by PlaceInvaders. I’ve only heard of these secret pop-up events so this was my first time attending something like this. Each venue is unique and in inconspicuous locations. Their most recent Los Angeles gathering in a beautiful Art District Walk-up in Downtown Los Angeles. We sat at a long gorgeous dining table in a room decorated with worldly trinkets and art. 


When I arrived everyone was really friendly and it was easy to connect with people throughout the dinner. The whole event has a really intimate feel – as if this were happening in your very own dining room. Everything is made from scratch and served in courses. Your glass is never left empty!

HERE IS HOW THE DINNER WAS COURSED OUT:

Chilled Santa Barbara Spot Prawn - Yuzu, Baby Celery, Buckwheat Pancake
Fingerling Potatoes - Spring Garlic, Labneh, Trout Roe
Sugar Snap Peas and Baby Turnips - Smoked Pork Broth, Crispy Wakame
Strip Steak & Egg - Tomatillo Romesco, Pepitas, Cotija
Toasted Rice Pain Perdu - Sesame Brittle, Strawberry, Milk Bread

Fingerling Potatoes - Spring Garlic, Labneh, Trout Roe

Sugar Snap Peas and Baby Turnips - Smoked Pork Broth, Crispy Wakame

Strip Steak & Egg - Tomatillo Romesco, Pepitas, Cotija

Toasted Rice Pain Perdu - Sesame Brittle, Strawberry, Milk Bread

PlaceInvaders is a new concept that began popping up in NYC around 2 years ago. Since, the founders, Hagan Blount and Katie Smith Adair have traveled the country hosting private dinners and brunches exclusively for the pleasure of sharing the love of food, drinks and connecting with one another.

How do you get invited to PlaceInvaders? Their calendar is scheduled through the summer with several stops around the U.S. including Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit and New York.  Tickets range between $100-$150. To reserve a seat at the table here


Follow PlaceInvaders on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/placeinvaders/

Easy Breakfast In 1 Minute with Zen Breakfast Blend | Facebook Live Demo



On our last Daisi Jo Reviews Live segment on Facebook, I featured a new product from Mind Body Foods called Zen Breakfast Blend. It's a vegan and gluten-free smoothie that combines real nut & seeds such as flax & chia seeds with plant-based proteins and is every bit as addicting as they said it would be!

It's summer time and not only do we tend to look for healthier, lighter ways to eat but we also look for quicker ways to prepare our meals so that we have more time to enjoy the beautiful weather. I've found a new fast & nutritious breakfast that gives you the energy you need in the morning to start your day. 

Zen Breakfast Blend comes in two flavors, Chocolate Cherry Almond and Chocolate Blueberry Walnut. To make a Zen Breakfast Blend smoothie, it only takes adding your favorite milk whether that be soy, cows milk, coconut milk or a nut-based milk such as almond milk. A lot of people like to add even more flavor and nutrition by adding a banana (which is one of my morning favorites)! 

Now I know you're probably wondering how long it takes to make one of these smoothies.  As the title of this blog says, It actually only takes 1 minute to blend - and you're good to go! A Zen Breakfast Blend smoothie has 400 calories on average. Many people have suggested that it's kept them full throughout the day. In my experience, it's definitely kept me full through lunch time.

During my last Facebook Livecast, I prepared my Zen Breakfast Blend Smoothie to demonstrate how easy it is to make.  Here is a recap of the video including Q&A's from viewers. 



Tune in every Wednesday at 12NOON PST, on 
http://www.Facebook.com/DaisiJoReviews for more live videos.  
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and http://www.instagram.com/daisijoreviewsfood

If you're an Influencer and you would like to sample Zen Breakfast Blend for your channel or blog, contact us at http://www.brazeninfluencers.com/zen-breakfast-blend or 
email us at hey@brazeninfluencers.com and we'll send you a smoothie pack!


Genial Day Unboxing & Review: Do Period Panties Work?


Hello, Beautiful People…Well, Ladies!

Genial Day the makers of organic menstrual napkins, sent me a box of their new product, Eivi - organic cotton period panties. If you remember, I did a post and video about menstrual cups about a year ago,https://youtu.be/1PE8jiu-vhw

My periods have always been a struggle to deal with. Either it’s heavy, late, both or light and sometimes a no show. There are so many factors that go into determining whether Aunt Flow is going to be pleasant when she comes to visit but one thing that helps make her visit more enjoyable is the choice in products we choose.
          


In my humble opinion, it’s far overdue that women be fully informed and empowered regarding options for taking care of their periods. So when Genial Day asked me if I would accept a sample box of their products along with their new product, Eivi; I did my homework!

Before now, I wasn’t too familiar with Genial Day products. They’ve been around for about 10 years producing a line of organic sanitary napkins. Recently Genial Day has released a new line of organic cotton period panties to add to their brand of products.




What I find to be most impressive about these panties is the hidden pocket layer to fold the wings of the pad into, keeping them in place through almost any activity. I did an unboxing video of the package Genial Day sent me of all their products and I’m really excited to share it with you below! In this video, I show you what the organic cotton period panties and pads look like. Check it out and let me know what you think!


I received a sample of Genial Day products for review purposes.

What To Wear For New Years Eve | Lookbook December 2016


Whether you're staying in or going out, New Year’s Eve is all about the details! From planning the festivities, making transportation arrangements to keeping those glasses topped off through midnight, you shouldn’t have to fret over your NYE outfit at the last minute.

So here is my 2016 New Years Eve Outfit guide! In this video I feature classic style ideas from staying cozy by the fireplace, spending time with the family, a quiet dinner for two or a glamorous night out on the town. 

Blue Evening Gown with Gold Belt


Burgundy Jumper with wool fur vest

Green Embellished Tunic Dress

Green off the Shoulder Wrap Dress


Red Pants & Matching Crop Top


Red Jumper with Black Blazer








Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread Holiday Recipe from Raw Spice Bar

This month RawSpiceBar sent me a curated spice kit featuring exotic flavors like Unpumpkin Pie Spice made of Ginger, Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black Peppercorns, Star Anise, Spices.

If you’re the adventurous type in the kitchen then you'll appreciate RawSpiceBar. RawSpiceBar is an inexpensive way to get creative in the kitchen without forking over your whole paycheck. Each month they send you a kit of fresh spices paired with global recipes! Oh, did I mention that they are curated by chefs specifically selected from cultures that inspired the spice blends?

This month RawSpiceBar sent me a curated spice kit featuring exotic flavors like Unpumpkin Pie Spice made of Ginger, Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black Peppercorns, Star Anise, Spices.

2 recipes were included as guides for how to use this spice kit, Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread, and Baked Pumpkin Donuts. I opted to make the Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread because it seems a lot more manageable since I don’t have a doughnut pan (I've always been intimidated by making donuts)!

          

The ingredients for the Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread  calls for:

- RawSpiceBar’s Unpumpkin Pie Spice (no added salt, pepper, MSG, flour, rice, or sugar as filler.)
- 2 Cups Cornmeal Mix - http://amzn.to/2i6c3wy
- 2 tbs Sugar - http://amzn.to/2iCK7xo
- 1 1/2 pounds Sweet Potatoes, Cooked & mashed - http://amzn.to/2iCVHs1
- 1 tsp Baking Soda - http://amzn.to/2icItTZ
- 2 Cups Plain, nonfat yogurt - http://amzn.to/2iCL48D
- 1oz Butter - http://amzn.to/2iCLbB5
- Salt, to taste

I was honestly a little confused with the sweet potatoes but followed the directions as given with one caveat that I didn’t use a cast-iron skillet. In its place, I opted for a traditional baking pan. Everything mixed well but during the baking process, I found that the cornbread needed extra time in the oven. So I kept in there for another 30 minutes with my total baking time coming in around 65 minutes. This could have been due to the replacement of the cast-iron skillet with a baking pan.

The end result came out great! This was a timely treat during the holiday season. We’ve enjoyed this recipe paired with eggs over easy and a few slices of avocado making it a light, healthy breakfast yet festive enough for the holiday season. 
I opted to make the Pumpkin Spiced Cornbread because it seems a lot more manageable since I don’t have a doughnut pan (I've always been intimidated by making donuts)!

Overall I think RawSpiceBar is a super affordable investment for families that like to switch it up in the kitchen. If you’re worried that 3 spice kits won’t get you through the month, RawSpiceBar also offers individual spice kits on the site, allowing you to select your favorites every time. The also keep a selection of recipes available to you on their site for free so if you loose you from a previous kit, it will always be there for you at RawSpiceBar.com

I’m looking forward to trying some of the other recipes and kits that RawSpiceBar sent me! I’ll post updates if I come across something spectacular!


xxx for now! 


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