Blackout Bandits Rx Smoothie

Today is my hubby’s birthday and though it’s Wednesday we live in a city that should be famed for its craft cocktails and artisan eats, so of course a delicious and indulgent celebration with friends is in the books for tonight. However the downside is work/ life Thursday morning. That’s why today’s foodie post is inspired by post birthday festivities, brunches and evenings out. Blackout Bandits Rx Smoothie is a great; rehydrate, get your life together and eliminate those toxins concoction. So the next time your feeling down and out seize the day with papaya, pineapple, coconut water and spinach, yum.

Papaya: has digestive enzymes to help process and clean all the poison you consumed.
Coconut water: has the hydration and electrolytes you need.
Pineapple: has bromeliad which is know for reducing inflammation and shorten recovery time following plastic surgery, among other things.
Spinach: alkalizes the body.

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Kobe Kale Salad

I jokingly dubbed this salad recipe “Kobe Kale Salad” because it requires the chef to massage the dressing into the kale leaves much like the preparation in Kobe beef, however, unlike the Japanese steak , this dressing is not made up of sake [I’m sorry].

This is a great salad to prep at the beginning of the week [or day] and munch on through out since the kale leaves don’t lose their crunch.

 

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Chili & Lime Mango on a Stick

Tropical temperatures of summer call for tropical treats and outdoor festivities. Taking inspiration from the south this easy and fun-to-eat mango treat will please just about any age range, and it’s good for you too! Mangos provide many health benefits including lower cholesterol, eye health and clear skin [see 10 Health Benefits of Mangos] . I recently discovered this mango on a stick snack at a local outdoor market. Adding a little spice to the typical sliced mango routine the receipe calls for chili powder, lime and salt. I used Pink Himalayan salt in instead of table salt because the Pink Himalayan salt doesn’t contain any additives or chemicals and provides the body with many minerals lost though out the day, especial in the summer heat. [ see more on Pink Himalayan Salt Benefits]

Enjoy!

 

 

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Drexel House, Houston Decor

Drexel House is a welcomed addition to the Houston food scene. Since discovering it, everyone that visits me in Houston gets treated to what has become my favorite cafe and restaurant. The lunch menu offers a delicious range of Italian inspired fare “from unique panini’s and sandwiches to kraft nepolitana pizzas. The dinner menu provides a contrast to their daytime menu, from braised lamb shanks, to charred octopus, to a mole accented filet”. Drexel recently added a brunch menu for the weekend and other than the mimosas, their “three little pigs” breakfast sandwich has become a favorite.

Decor wise I love the neutral white, beige and light grey tones. The entirety of the dining area is surrounded by windows allowing a great light to flow in and the feel that you are dining outside on the patio while still enjoying the cool AC inside [when summer hits Houston, thats a big plus]. One wall is is a giant chalkboard displaying the entire menu and the marble counter bar is perfect for grabbing one of their delicious Illy coffees and almond croissant.

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Located 3974 Westheimer Road in Houston, TX. Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. For more information or to place an order, please call 832-323-6451

Photography by Daniel Colvin Photography