Food is obviously a passion of mine and Shay’s - I am constantly at farmers markets, watching cooking shows, or hanging out with other foodies to discover anything new that is food related.
Introducing: Fermented Veg - best known as kimchi (from Korea) and even more commonly, sauerkraut (from Germany). Directly translated, sauerkraut means “sour cabbage” - which is exactly what it is. The sour flavor is a result from the lactic acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage. Cabbage is the main veg used in kimchi and sauerkraut but a variety of veggies are being used for this exceptional power condiment!
In addition to a tasty sour & salty condiment for meals, the list of health benefits is long - here are some below:
- It is extremely high in vitamins C, B, and K
- Low in calories
- High in calcium and magnesium
- Very good source of dietary fiber
- Also a good source of folate, iron, potassium, copper and manganese
- Also contains live lactobacilli and beneficial microbes and is rich in enzymes.
- High in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, both associated with preserving ocular health
How to Use it
So after reading all of this amazing information on fermented veg - I am assuming you want to know how you can use it in your meals? I have actually used fermented veg in or on most things but below are my top uses:
- Eggs - Scramble up a a few eggs, toss a little green salad together dressed with some olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper and garnish with a healthy spoonful of my favorite “Four Thieves” fermented veg (pic below).
- Sandwiches - Take two pieces or whole wheat sourdough, your choice of cheese, turkey, lettuce, mayo and some fermented veg and enjoy one of the best sandwiches you will ever eat.
- Fish - In a saucepan with a touch of oil, sauté a filet of talapia or sole with some onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Keep over the heat until the fish and onions are cooked through. Serve with a big farmers market salad and top the fish with some of the fermented veg…UNREAL! (Recipe to follow soon).
- Sausage - In a bun or on a plate with some mustard and a healthy helping of fermented veg - spice up it up with some kimchi for a bit of heat.
- Salad - Throw the fermented veg on top of any green salad, tuna salad, egg slad, chicken salad…you name it!
Where to buy?
I must admit I am definitely a brand loyalist. I have tried every single one out there and micro craft food artisans Brassica & Brine have taken the cake.
Made out of Los Angeles, CA they have won several awards and run a sustainable and local company - We are big fans over at ShayMitchell.com!
They also have three killer flavors: The Original, Kimchi Karma and my favorite “Four Thieves” (that is spiced with sage, thyme, rosemary and lavender).
Some additional brands that are also great are:
I hope you try this healthy power condiment and we will post recipes to follow next week!
I became one of the 2 million daily Tinder users after living in LA for four months. For those who don’t know, Tinder for most people is as a dating app organized by your physical proximity to fellow users. Others, however, would describe it as, “the most entertaining thing to happen to them in 2013/2014.” I may be the only person to fall into that latter category but I’m not swaying. Regardless, its model follows the original “hot or not” concept. See a cute guy? Hit the heart icon or “swipe right.” See someone that looks like he emerged from the depths of God knows where? Give him an ‘X’. If cupid strikes and you have a mutual attraction, “You Have A Match” which enables you to chat in a text box. A few photos, brief explanation, and possible love interest? How could things go wrong?
The true question is: “How could things go right?” with this Go Fish-style dating game. Because although Tinder enthusiasts and optimists claim it’s, “basically the same as approaching someone in a bar!” that statement would mean I had willingly found myself in every sleazy club, dive bar, strip joint, anime convention, USC frat party, surfing competition, heavy metal concert, taxi backseat, Coachella tent, hipster coffee shop, D list actor audition, shady restaurant kitchen, and motel lobby that Los Angeles has to offer.
Tinder is not your cool neighborhood bar unless your favorite watering hole is the godforsaken DMV.
That being said, this app has brought the world’s best people watching to our fingertips. And if all goes “well” (I’ll use that term loosely), you can avoid the crowds of screaming people at your local bar/government branch, sit back, and enjoy the show. Tinder hosts people from every walk of life attempting to put their best foot forward; that’s what makes the strangeness of the Tinder community all the more baffling. Here we go:
In sum, Los Angeles Tinder is a graveyard for mediocre acting/modeling head shots. But when I’m not sifting through wannabe Pitts and Depps, here’s what I see:
- The Extreme and Outdoorsy: Cue skydiving, cliff jumping, surfing, snorkeling, skiing, hiking, marathon running, hunting, weight lifting, fishing, body building, etc.
- The Sensitive: Pets, babies, children, some dude tenderly holding Grandma’s hand, etc. My favorite is when someone shamelessly adds an adorable golden retriever puppy to help get them laid. Jonathan, you’re not even in the photo! That’s just a cute dog! It might not even be yours! Cut it out!
- The Selfie Pro: The best is when six photos of the guy’s iPhone blocks 75% of his face. I also love selfies taken in cars. It’s as if they checked their rearview mirror and thought, “Whoa, whoa, whoa! I look good. Right here, right now. At this red light. Gotta take advantage and snap this.”
- TheShirtless: No explanation necessary.
- The Vague Group Shots: Oh, you and your twenty identical best friends went to Vegas together? Hope you’re one of the ten on the left half of the photo.
- The Confusing: …
- The Weapons: Why so many guns and knives? I really want
The “About Me” Section:
- Statement of Height: Where is the rule mandating these guys have to tell me their height upfront? Who cares if you’re “six foot three on a good day?” I’m more concerned about whether or not you’re a serial killer.
- Statement of Interests: ”Music, movies, friends, beer.” Way to isolate yourself from the crowds, buddy! We must really be soul mates if you like those four things. How do you feel about food?
- Strange Disclaimers: I always laugh when it says: “Those kids in my pics aren’t mine, they’re my niece and nephew.” It’s even funnier when the guy writes, “niece.” and leaves it at that.
- Lots of Emojis: …
- Bizarre Statements: These crack me up. Why do you feel called to write “recovering asshole” under your picture? “Self-proclaimed bacon enthusiast” / “If you hate Southern people then definitely swipe right so I can tell you to go screw yourself” / “Swag king” / “International playa” / “Here’s my Instagram. I definitely won’t follow you back.”
And we can’t forget the top four Hall of Famers:
- "Looking for my Tinderella"
- "Shiver me tinders"
- "I thought this was an App to buy firewood." (I have to admit I thought that was funny.)
- “Do you believe in love at first swipe?”
The “Chat” Box:
If you share an attraction with someone, your finger accidentally hit the wrong button, or your were drunk Tindering again, you wind up in the highly anticipated chat box. This place is a scary blank slate. How will you proceed? Luckily for us girls, the guys typically initiate.
- The Bold: One guy recently wrote, “you dtf” before anything else. He didn’t even have the decency to add a question mark! (What a tragic day in age where that is my takeaway.)
- The Boring: I can only answer so many mundane questions. No, I’m not from Los Angeles. Yes, I like dogs. Yes, I went to college. My favorite color?! Really?
- The Bizarre: How did these guys slip through to this stage? Who knows. (See below ACTUAL messages from my experience).
Moral of the Story?: