This salad is so delicious and so easy to make. It stores well in the fridge, and makes a great snack or side dish.
Every morning, while in Con Dao, I have been drinking cucumber and lime juice. It is so refreshing and really cools me off! I will continue to make this juice combination on my own for the summer:
- 1 large cucumber - 1/2 or a whole lime peeled (depending how limey you like it)
The weather here has been SO hot. If I am outside for a long period of time I can only stand it if I am in the shade, ocean or the pool.
Con Dao is a small island off Vietnam. It is very tropical and there are a lot of mosquitos!!! The mosquitos seem to love me as I have had about 20 "kisses" already and my camera man maybe only about 5?? Bahhh
The food is so fresh and delicious! I am really enjoying all the exotic fruit! My favorites are the mangos (sooooo good and meaty here!!!!), drinking fresh coconut juice, and something called mango steen! They are not too sweet and just a little sour. I have never seen or heard of mango steen before coming to Vietnam.
Can you name all the fruit above???
The Vietnamese diet is mainly some form of rice, vegetables and some type of meat or fish. I have never eaten so much rice in my life! Everyday, without fail, I have been eating rice! They also use a lot of lemongrass for things like seasoning dishes, scents for soap, massage oils, candles, insect repellant... pretty much everything. Good thing I like the smell...phew. Actually, check out the picture above of the fresh green coconut. The green straw that is stuck inside is a lemongrass straw!!!
I was able to film a short arms and abs video for you. Enjoy!!
We only have a couple more days here until our trip is over! Ok now I am off for some dinner.... (probably rice!)
I went a little crazy at Whole Foods today. Usually I go food shopping 2 times a week and grab a few things here and there. But today I did it ALL in one shot. When I started putting my groceries on the conveyor belt (?) the Whole Foods employee asked if I wanted delivery. Delivery? UMM YES please! It was PERFECT. I walked home, without my groceries, and Whole foods arrived at my apartment just 30 minutes after me! The delivery charge for me was $5, it depends on where you live and/or how much money you spend. The charge was worth it for me because I would have paid more for a cab ride home with my groceries. Check out their delivery fees here.
My groceries arrived neatly packed and I couldn't believe how simple and painless the process was. The only thing I took home with me was my fresh ground almond butter. I was craving an almond butter apple sandwich on Ezekiel bread, and I did not want to wait for that to be delivered!
Two large bags and 1 small bag arrived. The small bag consisted of my frozen items.
I bought 10 ripe vine tomatoes for a tomato soup that I am making (actually right now.) I will post tomorrow and give you the recipe.
An inside scoop into Sweat With Lauren Hefez's grocery bag! AND I call the first food item cabbage about 100X's it is actually cauliflower. WOOPS!
I currently have an obssesion with beats! Fresh are the best, but "ready to eat" steamed and pealed beats are pretty darn good too. Find them at Trader Joes. No dressing needed; they have so much flavor on their own. I cut up Persian cucumbers (my favorite) , added goat cheese and beats.