Cheers! A Tequila Worth Toasting To!

 Photo By Zachary Smith

Photo By Zachary Smith

Sipping on an herb infused cocktail is one of my favorite treats. Like the food I eat, I am a strong believer that the alcohol I drink should also be high in quality and void of chemicals or additives. Having always enjoyed a simple tequila with sparkling water and muddled citrus, I thought I was knocking it out of the park. That is until one day I discovered that my favorite commercial brands were adding fillers and finishing agents to their tequilas. Companies do this because they believe their customers are looking for the same color, consistency and taste each time they purchase the brand. In order to appease their consumers, they add artificial flavors. Another sneaky trick is tequila brands will add caramel coloring to darken the color to give the appearance of aging. 

I thought my sugar-free margarita days were over until I met Blake Landis, one of the founding members of Angelisco Tequila. First off, Blake is one of the most warm and delightful people you will ever meet. My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Blake's restaurant Cinco experiencing what pure tequila is all about. 

While sipping on a delicious, naturally sweetened margarita Blake whipped up for me, I learned all about the ‘One-Percent Rule.' Blake explained that it is legal for companies to add one percent of total volume, on additives of: caramel color, oak extract, glycerin and "sugar-based syrup" (like agave nectar), but not only from agave. While one percent might seem small, it can change the taste by adding unnatural sweetness to your tequila and unnecessary chemicals into your body.

Angelisco Tequila is created in the picturesque highlands of Jalisco, Mexico located in the heart of the “Golden Triangle” of Los Altos. "The high elevation with its hot days and cool nights, and the deep red, iron rich, clay soils cause the agaves to struggle, lengthening their life cycle and complexity.  Angelisco’s tequilas are single-estate grown, 100% blue weber agave sourced from the Aceves family fields in the “Golden Triangle” of Los Altos (the Highlands) of Jalisco. Piñas (hearts of agave) are steam cooked for 24 hours, followed by a 72 hour open-air fermentation, double distilled in stainless steel pot still with copper components.  There are no additives or finishing agents." 

Learning about where my food and drinks come from is really important to me. While shopping at my local farmers market, I have come to know the growers personally and I can now say the same for my tequila. Blake showed me photos of his agave plants on his phone, hosted our own personal tequila tasting and taught me how to make a margarita. Most importantly,  I got to see how much love and consciousness Blake and his co- owners put into their brand with the intent of making clean and affordable tequila for their customers.   

If you love a tasty tequila then I full heartedly recommend you give Angelisco Tequila a try!  #eatcuteapproved 

 

 

 

Adaptogen Paradise at Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs

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Upon walking into Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs, visitors are delighted with bright splashes of color against the pristine white walls and glass cases filled with rainbow colored elixirs. This magical place is not to be mistaken for another LA juice shop, but is much more. Owner Jack Latner 's imaginative shop offers adaptogen packed superfood blended tonics, treats and elixirs. Some of my favorites include The Greenhouse Chip made with almond milk, cashew milk, peppermint oil, cacao nibs, barley grass, wheat grass, oat grass, maca, eleuthero, astragalus, cordyceps, tocos, cacao butter, coconut oil, and lakanto. Let's just say it taste like a mint chocolate chip milkshake that just happens to contain healing ancient herbs that have been used for centuries all over the world. I also love their Blue Light Rain blended tonic that is a striking shade of blue due to an essential ingredient called Blue Majik. Blue Majik is an extract of spirulina that contains phycocyanin and is rich in protein, zinc, copper, manganese and B vitamins. If you are a lover of horchata,  this blended tonic is a must. 

Apart from all their tasty refreshments and treats, I also love their super- mushroom blends. These blends come in cute jars you can buy and take home to make your own adapatogenic creations. Each blend addresses specific needs and wellness goals. Mushroommunity aids in vitality and has helped me fight off oncoming colds. Thunderstruck provides an abundance of natural energy and goes great in homemade energy bites. Destiny Unbound helps improve cognitive function and can get your creative juices flowing. Mellow Mood is the perfect addition to a bedtime tea or in a smoothie on a cozy Sunday. Sunshine Daydream stimulates creativity and sexual healing. Lastly, Forever Young is a blend is filled with beautifying herbs like pearl powder, schissandra and goji berries to help clear your complexion and give you a radiant glow. I highly recommend purchasing a few of these powders and adding them to your meals or teas to reap all the benefits these powerful herbs have to offer. 

Whether you are an LA local or visiting from out of town Lifehouse Tonics and Elixirs is definitely worth a visit. There is always something new to try and the owner and his staff are incredibly knowledgeable about all the herbs and mushrooms in their products. Lifehouse Tonic + Elixirs is #eatcuteapproved! 

Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs

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7515 Sunset Blvd, Los Angles CA
M-Sa 8am -7pm, Su 8am-5pm

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10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA
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Cute Skin with Boss Babe Kasey Boone of Glow Skincare

Since my teens I have been on a quest to achieve flawless and glowing skin. While diet, lifestyle and gut health play a major role in the quality of your skin, home care and creating a simple beauty routine is also key. To unlock the secrets of perfect skin, I spent an afternoon with my new friend Kasey Boone, owner and head esthetician at Glow Skincare in Toluca Lake, where she spoiled me with a yummy goji berry face mask, hydrodermabrasion and shared tips and tricks on how she gets her glowy complexion. 

Meet Kasey Boone

Kasey Boone, Owner and head esthetician of Glow Skincare has been treating clients for 12 years and has owned Glow Skincare for the past 7. " She was a dancer, inspired to be a make-up artist turned esthetician" who has always loved everything beauty. Now skin and Glow are her True Passion. She specializes in Hydrodermabrasion, Peels, Microchanneling , Customized facials, organic spray tans and more! Kasey has appeared on BRAVOS Real House Wives of Beverly Hillsand TruTVs Upscale with Prentice Penny.

Cute Skincare 

Eat Cute: What is your skincare routine?

Kasey: I cleanse daily with a moisturizing cleanser, firming serum, hylaronic acid moisturizer and antioxidant SPF during the day. Retinol, vitamin C and more hylaronic acid moisturizer at night with opti crystal eye cream!

Eat Cute: What is the biggest mistake you see your clients make when it comes to skincare?

Kasey: I see a few very common things. Over exfoliating or under exfoliating, it’s really a delicate  balance

Eat Cute: What are some simple skincare tips/ tricks people can incorporate at home? 

Kasey: Don’t pick, always wash your face, but don’t over wash. Make sure you are hydrating with a water based moisturizer

Eat Cute: What are your favorite products you think everyone should have? 

Kasey: Serum 16(retinol) pure C (vitamin c) opti crystal (best eye cream) water melon sleeping mask 

Eat Cute: What are the benefits of a goji berry mask? 

Kasey: Protect, hydrate and brighten. Aid in healing , fight free radicals, encourage collagen production and cool down the skin.

Cute Tip: Visit Kasey at Glow Skincare and ask for their goji berry face mask! I also love their organic spray tans if you want to achieve a golden tan without damaging your skin by laying in the sun. 

4 Ways Tongue Scraping Can Change Your Life!

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While strolling down the isles of your local health food store, you may have passed a small section of natural dental care. Undoubtably in this section you will find a U shaped tool known as a tongue scraper. While this tool looks pretty basic, it can unlock the key to deep cleansing and detoxification. Upon waking, scrape your tongue before drinking your morning glass of water to avoid the swallowing of bacteria and toxins. Scrape your tongue, then brush your teeth and then you can have your morning water.

Cute Scraping! 
1. Take the scraper and place at the back of the tongue.
2. Gently glide forward, scraping off the film
3. Rinse and repeat 5 times.
4. Sterilize your scraper with rubbing alcohol after each use

Check out all the incredible benefits of daily tongue scraping. 

1. Improves Breath
Whether you are waking up next to a loved one or having some one on one cuddle time with yourself bad breath is no fun. You might notice a white or yellow film on your tongue. This is the bacteria that feeds on left over food particles and dead cells. Yuck! You will be immediately amazed by how clean your breath will be simply by scraping your tongue each morning. 

2. Removes Toxins and Bacteria  
While you think brushing your tongue is just as good as scraping, it unfortunately doesn't work. Tooth brushes are not designed for surfaces like a tongue that are spongy and flexible. By scraping off the bacteria you will help create a healthy balance of bacteria in your mouth and prevent and overgrowth. 

3. Improves Digestion
When it comes to health and vitality digestion is EVERYTHING! We want to be able to eat foods that nourish our body, mind and spirit! Digestion has a massive effect on energy, cleansing, mental health, skin, hair and more! By enhancing your digestion you can help you body release toxins. Digestion begins in the mouth with enzymes that help you break down your food. By removing the bacteria you are improving your sense of taste and therefore enhancing your enzyme production. 

4. Improves Taste
You would be surprised how you taste buds will change by scraping your tongue daily. It's like cleaning your glasses and suddenly you can see! Your taste buds will awaken and food will taste better! 

This is the one I got and it's awesome! Getting a copper scraper is advised since copper is anti-microbial and helps regulate fungi.