Super Bowl 2013 Survival Skills (for all of us who don’t care)

The Super Bowl.  Yes…I bet you never thought that you’d read about such an event on THIS blog, right?  Well there comes a time when you (and I) have to accept that the Super Bowl is an event that you can’t avoid, especially if you have a boyfriend, husband or even a ton of guy friends.  Here’s my cheat sheet to surviving the most boring day of the year:

1. Learn which teams are playing.  You don’t need to know details, just learn their names, colors and what city/state they’re from.  This year, it’s the San Francisco (California!) 49ers versus the Baltimore (Maryland) Ravens.  San Fran is red and gold and the Ravens are a purplish blue and black.  Check.

2. Find a good cocktail that you can drink for the whole game.
 Belvedere Vodka created a delicious concoction called “The Big Easy,” obviously named after New Orleans (where the SB is taking place) and I’m way into it.

  • 1.5 oz. Belvedere Citrus
  • 3/4 oz. Canton ginger liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Apple cider top
  • Shake and strain citrus, lemon juice and Canton into a highball filled with cubed ice
  • Garnish with a lemon slice

3. Accessorize with “your” team’s colors.  Now, I don’t have a team, per se, but since I live in California, I feel the need to support the 49ers.  And luckily for me, I have a TON of red and gold but if you don’t, try just throwing on some gold bracelets and earrings.  Easy.

4. Find some (somewhat) healthy food to eat.
 Aside from Halloween, I can’t really think of another day where you might possibly eat more junk food.  Not that I don’t LOVE fried wings and nachos, but ya know…we gotta keep it in CHECK.  Here a few great, healthy recipes that I found on various sites:

Lemon Drop Chicken Wings

Roasted Tomato Hummus

Zucchini French Fries

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Pepper

Kim Kardashian Hosts Midori Makeover Parlour

As much as you probably hate to admit it, the Kardashian empire is totally fascinating.  Admit it.  Kim has managed to, as Kanye puts it via song, become a “superstar from a home movie” so yeah, I’ll go and watch her host a beauty event for charity.  On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian hosted the Midori Makeover Parlour at the chic Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica.  Dressed in a plunging green velvet Gucci dress and gold Tom Ford stilettos, Kim spent the evening hanging out with her mom, Kris, and mingling with partygoers. Guests received custom couture manicures inspired by Midori cocktails, including the Midori & Ginger Glitterbomb, and hair styling while enjoying Midori cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 

It’s a sweet, sweet life for those Kardashians…but what’s Kim’s best beauty secret?  Taking care of herself.  She is “always excercising, washing off her makeup before bed, etc.” the reality star said.  She even woke up early on the day of the event to squeeze in a workout with her trainer, Gunner Peterson, before leaving again this morning to head to Philly.

Happy National Tequila Day!

In my experience, you’re either a rum/gin person or a tequila/vodka person, and I’m definitely the latter.  Today is national tequila day so naturally, I plan on going home, going to the gym and topping off my night with a quick tequila shot.  But just in case you’re not as gross as I am (you’re probably not), I wanted to share my favorite Margarita mixer, Refine Mixers.  It’s zero calories so you just add the tequila and that’s the only calories that you intake…usually less than 100 calories, depending on the tequila and how much you put in.

My latest trick: add in some jalapeno slices!  This tip comes courtesy of my friend Jen, who is a master chef (in my opinion, at least) and is jalapeno-obsessed.  Note, this tip is NOT for people who don’t like spice in their life.

For even more tequila cocktail recipes, check out this LA Times article and have a fab national tequila day!

Cocktail Alert: Belvedere District 12

Today is the official day!  The Hunger Games is out in theaters and boy, am I excited to not be at any movie theater today.  In honor of the talked-about movie, Belvedere has created a “District 12” cocktail (and enough for a party!) that is pretty delicious.

Belvedere District 12

  • 10 oz. Belvedere Pink Grapefruit vodka
  • 15 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 3.5 oz. Aperol
  • 5 oz. orange juice
  • a dash of bitters
  • Add all ingredients into a pitcher and garnish with orange slices and lemons


Cocktail Alert: Belvedere Vodka Cookies n’ Cream Milkshake

Cookies n’ cream is hands down my absolute favorite ice cream and since Belvedere is one of my favorite vodkas, I honestly can’t think of anything better than this recipe.

  • 1.5 oz. Belvedere vodka
  • 2 Oreo cookies
  • 0.5 oz. coffee liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Blend with a scoop of crushed ice and pour into a milkshake glass



Cocktail Alert: Cranberry Daiquiri

Spring is practically here and I’m totally into this fun cocktail, created by Stephanie Sanders, the corporate mixologist for NINETHIRTY and The Backyard Restaurants at W Los Angeles in Westwood.

Cranberry Daiquiri

  • 2 oz. mount gay
  • 1 oz. elderflower syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • muddled tarragon
  • combine in a shaker and strain into a rocks glass with shaved ice
  • garnish with a lime wheel and tarragon sprig





Happy National Margarita Day!

I hosted an event a few weeks back with Refine Mixers and let me tell you, I am obsessed with their ZERO calorie Margarita Mix (and no, they are not paying me to say that).  In honor of National Margarita Day (yes, this is a real thing), here are two yum recipes…both under 100 calories and delicious.

Classic Margarita

  • 2 parts Refine Margarita Mix
  • 1 part tequilla
  • Pour into ice filled, salt-rimmed glass
  • Garnish with lime wedge


Strawberry Basil Margarita

  • 2 strawberries
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 1.5 oz. Espolon silver tequila
  • 2 oz. Refine Margarita Mix
  • .5 oz. Refine Mojito Mix