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How Cannabis Can Enhance Wellness and Mindfulness

Yoga has been in my life for as long as I can remember, but the relationship I’ve had with my practice has changed drastically over the last couple years. The biggest change was in my outlook. Yoga once was just a form of exercise for me, but has become an integral part of my self-care routine, and necessary for remaining sane among the craziness of life.

If one were to look at a timeline, they’d notice this change coincidentally occurred when I moved from DC to California, transitioning from a land with strict limitations surrounding cannabis to the new frontier in the industry – I said goodbye to the days of having to text an unreliable “dealer” to replenish my stash, and hello to the concept of a med card and plenty of dispensaries within a 2-mile vicinity.

I would be lying if I said the ease of acquiring cannabis didn’t impact the frequency with which I consumed it. Who’d blame me? But I found these moments becoming less about “indulging” and the East Coast guilt surrounding it (yeah, I’m making that a thing), and more about mental health and getting in tune with myself.

I initiated a little case study as I first started out in the land of legal cannabis. Some days I’d take a hit or two before my yoga class, and some days I’d go without. I noticed a stark difference between the two: on days I’d consume, I got far deeper into my practice, was more regulated with my breathing, and less inhibited to try poses, even if they were typically out of my comfort zone. I felt alive during my practice instead of counting down the minutes until my workout was over.

Experiencing yoga in this way, without the barriers of hyper awareness and self doubt, gave me such a different experience that it was worth noting – and repeating. And now that recreational cannabis is legalized in the state of California for adults, there are tons of product options to incorporate into your routine. One of the most interesting brands I’ve come across is Dosist, which I found at Blüm Dispensary.

 

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Dosist calls themselves “the first complete solution in cannabis,” and I agree that they’ve made a revolutionary product. The brand has created a vape of sorts that gives out consistent “doses” each time. To be specific, the user inhales for about 4-5 seconds and then will feel a vibration from the pen, noting the completion of a dose. They have six different pens, with each eliciting a different vibe or feeling: bliss, sleep, calm, relief, arouse, and passion.

Dosist uses varying ratios of THC to CBD, along with culinary grade terpenes to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) inside each of us to achieve the “mood” associated with each pen. For example, the “Calm” pen is a 1:10 THC to CBD ratio, and contains terpenes like limonene, known to relieve stress and anxiety, and myrcene, known for its muscle relaxing properties. The “Relief” pen is a 10:1 THC to CBD ratio, and contains terpenes like terpinolene, known for its relaxing properties, and beta-caryophyllene, which is said to lower inflammation and reduce pain.

These effects are just a couple examples of the benefits cannabis has had on my yoga practice. Let’s be real – yoga is deeply rooted in flow and movement and some positions seem like part of a contortionist act, so it’s important for the body to be in a malleable state to achieve certain postures. Relieving the body of stress or inflammation can loosen your muscles, allowing you to get deeper into poses with less discomfort.

The usage of terpenes is also beneficial to us when in food, not just with cannabis. At a recent wellness event with Dosist at ESO Live Well, a nutritionist-curated menu featured build-your-own avocado toast, fresh berries, and egg frittatas. Avocados contain the terpene myrcene, and raspberries contain the terpene limonene, two terpenes also found in the Dosist “Calm” pen. Consuming terpene-rich foods can nourish the body and accentuate your practice, too, especially when in tandem with their counterparts found in cannabis.

Products like Dosist that blend together the plant medicine of cannabis with terpene “therapy” take the guesswork out of self care, and empower users seeking to control their mood and outlook. When trying a new product, consistency is key to understanding its effects and properly managing your dosing for next time. Keep track of how you feel in a journal to decide what the perfect dose for you might be and most importantly, have fun while doing it!

 

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  • This content was created in partnership with Blüm.
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, you must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found.
  • Do not over consume any drug or controlled substance, even if it is legal to do so. Always use good judgment when consuming marijuana, and do so responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair your judgment and the ability to operate kitchen appliances and engage in sports or other physical activities.
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How Incorporating More Aphrodisiacs Into Your Diet Can Improve Your Health

If you’ve heard the term “aphrodisiac” explained within the realm of food, chances are it was an article that came out around Valentine’s Day helping you plan the sexiest meal to get you and your partner in the mood before the romantic “afterparty.” But what if I told you that incorporating aphrodisiacs into your diet consistently can positively affect your health and relationships overall, in addition to strengthening your performance in the bedroom?

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At a recent educational offering at transformative music festival Lightning in a Bottle, famed raw chocolate aphrodisiac wizard Jacqui Lalita shed light on the fact that many of the foods we consider aphrodisiacs are adaptogens, as well. For those who might not have heard the term, an adaptogen is a food that helps your body adapt to stress or adverse scenarios. 

Consumption of certain adaptogens can cause reactions like increased blood flow, increased brain focus & output of serotonin, increased oxygen in the blood, and more. Coincidentally, these effects are also known to help prepare and assist our sexual organs for the tryst in the bedroom. 

In Lalita’s session, she educated us on mushrooms like Lion’s Mane and chaga, which are known to increase brain focus and immunity, respectively. She also shared the magic of He Shou Wu, which promotes longevity and youthfulness, and even went as far to share a personal testimony of the impact of these herbs on her life.

“My dad had esophagus cancer a few years ago and it was really bad,” Lalita explained. “He was in a feeding tube for six months, and it really seemed like he was dying. He couldn’t eat for six months, he lost weight, was passing out… So I shipped some reishi power and moringa powder and I had him mix it with water and pour it in his feeding tube. He started getting strength and feeling better and he came out of malnourishment, and that became known as his daughter’s magic powders in the hospital.”

Outside of potential health benefits, adaptogens and aphrodisiacs have been known to enhance personal relationships and interaction as well, and not just ones rooted in intimacy. Chefs Michael Montano and Monique Benabou, founders of When Chefs Talk Dirty, held a seminar at Lightning in a Bottle entitled “Four Course Foreplay,” where they taught how to make a sensual three-course-meal for your significant other. But it’s not just about the sexy time. 

Benabou states, “When we do our pop-up supper club, people are asked to use their hands instead of utensils… which [taps] into something primitive and rooted. That paired with different spices that get certain endorphins running opens up such good conversation.”

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In this way, adaptogens and aphrodisiacs can also serve as a way to open yourself to social interaction without involving alcohol, the traditional “social lubricant.” This certainly was the case at Lightning in a Bottle, where the crowd huddled inside the Learning Kitchen tent was ready to devour and learn about a cooled melon & coconut lemongrass soup, which packs a hard punch of adaptogenic power.

The base of the soup consisted of cantaloupe and watermelon, which are full of niacin, potassium and Vitamin A, known to boost fertility, and was accented by spicy jalapeño to increase blood flow. At the end of the day, this all really boils down to the idea of treating food as fuel, honoring plants like mushrooms and cacao that have crazy benefits for us, and overall building the foundation for a healthier life. 

As Jaqui Lalita accurately sums up, “I truly believe that food is medicine. I think that going forward, this is becoming more and more obvious, people are realizing the connection between what they put in and how they feel. And I think that with diabetes and obesity and cancer and all these things just rising, people are starting to see actually: transition to a cleaner diet and getting off processed food, GMO food, stranger than science fiction food.”

You can learn more about Lightning In A Bottle and their educational offerings here.

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How To Transform Your Favorite Cannabis Edibles Into Easy No-Bake Desserts

Cannabis edibles have been around for ages, but their purpose and design have shifted greatly since they were first adopted by the greenery-loving generation that came before us. Plus, the legalization of cannabis in California – and other states – paved the way for a massive influx of new products on the market, edibles being one of the categories that expanded the most.

While anyone can argue both the pros and cons of legalization, this product development in the realm of edibles has done a great job at conquering one of the biggest fears behind the treats: overdosing. Current recreational laws in California require edibles to not exceed 10mg per serving or 100mg per package, in addition to mandating regular potency testing, taking much of the guesswork out of consuming.

Since consumers now have a better understanding of the amount of cannabis they should be consuming per edible product/package, we can take it even further and treat edibles more like an ingredient. That’s right, it’s time to hop in the kitchen and let your imagination run wild, like a true FOODBEAST!

Here are five no-bake desserts we made using cannabis products from our go-to spot, Blüm dispensary.

1. Peppermint Almond Joy

Ingredients
12 Kiva Peppermint Pattie Terra Bites
1 cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup coconut butter, melted
½ teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)

Servings: 6
Serving size: 1 bar
THC per serving: 10mg

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Time: 50 minutes to 1 hour 5 minutes

Directions

1. Place Kiva Bites in one bowl, and chocolate chips in another. Melt both in the microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted, stirring in between. Mix both chocolates together. The Kiva Bites become more like a paste when melted because of the filling, so use a small whisk to incorporate the two. If you want more of a minty taste, whisk in the peppermint extract.

2. Using a spoon or pastry brush, spread chocolate on bottom and sides of candy mold. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, or until chocolate is set.

3. Fill candy molds with melted coconut butter. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes, or until coconut butter is somewhat hardened but still soft. Place two almonds in the coconut butter, just like an Almond Joy. Put back in the freezer for 15-20 more minutes, or until coconut butter is set and almonds are secure.

4. Cover frozen coconut butter and almonds with the remaining melted chocolate. Place back in the freezer to set. Store in the fridge or freezer and let thaw for 5-10 minutes before eating.

2. Edible Cookie Dough

Ingredients
⅓ cup sugar
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
½ cup almond butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
½ bar Bhang chocolate, chopped

Servings: 5
Serving size: 1 scoop
THC per serving: 10mg

Total Time: 10 minutes

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and coconut oil. Add almond butter and mix again. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract and whisk again until fully incorporated.

2. Mix in almond flour and coconut flour. Add in chopped chocolate. If you want more chocolate without the added THC, chop up some of your favorite bar and add it to the mix!

3. Enjoy alone or with your favorite toppings! Suggestions include chocolate granola butter, almond butter, chocolate sauce. Store in the fridge!

3. Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients
Big Pete’s Cookies
Your favorite ice cream
Your favorite decorations
Dark chocolate and/or white chocolate

Servings: as many as you want!
THC per serving: 20 mg (10mg per cookie)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 20-30 minutes
Total Time: 30-40 minutes

Directions

1. Grab two Big Pete’s cookies and your favorite ice cream. Scoop one mini scoop of ice cream onto a cookie. Take the other cookie and place it on top. Roll the ice cream sandwich in

2. your favorite mix in. We used sprinkles and mini chocolate chips.

3. Place mini ice cream sandwiches in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to set. While they are chilling, melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted, stirring in between. Drizzle chocolate over frozen mini ice cream sandwiches. Let chill in the freezer until ready to eat.

4. Gummy Fruit Pops

Ingredients
Fruit of choice – we used kiwi and strawberry
Liquid of choice – we used aloe juice and coconut water, but you can use soda or any juice
Smokiez Gummiez

Servings: 10
Serving size: 1 popsicle
THC per serving: ~ 20mg

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 5-6 ½ hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes to 6 hours 5 minutes

Directions

1. Place fresh fruit in a blender and mix until there are no chunks. Pour a 1-2 inch layer of the fruit puree into the popsicle molds. Freeze for 2-3 hours, or until solid.

2. Once the fruit is solid, add your liquid into the popsicle molds and place back into the freezer for around 1-1 ½ hours. The goal is for the liquid to be mostly frozen, but not fully solid so you can insert your gummies.

3. While your popsicles are freezing, take fun cookie cutters and cut designs out of your Smokiez Gummiez. This is totally optional, but very fun! Please note, if you DON’T cut the shapes out of the gummies, the total THC per serving will increase.

4. Once gummies are cut into shapes, use a toothpick to gently insert the gummies into your semi-frozen popsicles. I added a bit of chopped fresh fruit here, too.

5. Freeze popsicles for another 2-3 hours until frozen solid. Serve!

5. Mocha Chia Pudding

Ingredients
1 bottle Therapy Tonics Semi-Sweet Cannabis Espresso
½ cup coconut cream
Just under 1 cup milk of choice (can also do more milk and omit coconut cream)
Maple syrup, to taste
Vanilla extract
Cinnamon
Sea salt
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup chia seeds

Servings: 5
THC per serving: 11mg

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 3-4 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 10 minutes

Directions

1. In a quart-sized jar, combine Therapy Tonics Cannabis Espresso, coconut cream, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt. Apply the lid and shake until the mixture is smooth and fully incorporated.

2. Gently stir cocoa powder into liquid mixture and shake again. Add your chia seeds and stir one last time. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, until the chia seeds have absorbed the pudding mixture.

3. Serve in a glass layered with fresh whipped cream and topped with your favorite garnishes! We did chocolate curls and chocolate covered strawberries.

 

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Disclaimers:

  • Edibles contain THC but because it passes through your stomach & intestines to get into your bloodstream, you may not feel the effects for between .5 to 4 hours. So, don’t overconsume these tasty treats in search of a buzz. Do not exceed the recommended serving or you may end up with far more THC in your system hitting you all at once, which can be unexpected, disorienting and dangerous.
  • Desserts should be bomb, and these are, but we all have a tendency to overindulge when it comes to the sweet stuff. Take your time and savor these badass desserts; you will not only savor them more but the experience will be more enjoyable because you will avoid a cascade of THC hitting you all at once because you snarfed down the entire plate in like two seconds. Be safe. Be smart. Enjoy.
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, it is illegal in other states. You must be aware of whether your state allows marijuana use of any kind, and follow the law in your state.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found.
  • Do not over consume any drug or controlled substance, even if it is legal to do so and always read the label or recipe to make sure you are not consuming more than the recommended serving size, or quantity of products or ingredients containing THC. Always use good judgment when consuming marijuana or other products containing THC and do so responsibly.
  • Marijuana and THC can impair your judgment and the ability to operate kitchen appliances and other machinery. The events portrayed in this article occurred under the supervision of individuals not under the influence of any controlled substances. Do Not Try To Make These Recipes While Intoxicated or Under the Influence of any Drug including THC or Marijuana – You Might Hurt Yourself or Someone Else!

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The 3 Best Ways To Eat Vegemite, As Told By Aussie Electronic Trio RÜFÜS DU SOL

Despite being the average Aussie’s obsession, Vegemite has always been met with some apprehension in the United States. Its dark and inky color seems to confuse people, the viscous texture can be a lot if overdone, and most of all, no one stateside quite knows the perfect way to consume it.

For those wondering, the main flavor profile and color of Vegemite comes from brewer’s yeast. This gives the spread its malty taste that’s high in umami, which could be one of the reasons the spread has been considered “overpowering” at times.

But even with some mixed feelings on the spread here in the United States, there’s no denying there is a right and wrong way to use the condiment. We sat down with Aussie electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL at Coachella to get their perspective on this enigmatic spread, as well as some suggestions on how anyone can fall in love with its savory flavor.

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First of all, if you haven’t heard of RÜFÜS DU SOL yet, you’ll probably be hearing about them pretty soon. The electronic trio from Australia composed of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt, made their debut at Coachella and on the Jimmy Kimmel show all in one week earlier this month, and will be continuing their worldwide tour this summer to additional festivals like Lollapalooza and sold out major venues like the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The trio typically lives a pretty healthy lifestyle, and actually snacked on Sweetfin poke bowls and Matchabar lattes while we chatted, but when the topic of Vegemite came up as part of a fun game of “Smash or Pass: Food Edition,” the whole group lit up. Tyrone was our player for Smash or Pass, and gave an overwhelming “Smash” when asked about Vegemite.

I wanted to dig a little deeper and see what Vegemite actually tastes like, since I’ve never tried it. Tyrone linked it to soy sauce, which makes a lot of sense. “You know soy sauce that you might have with rice, that adds kind of a salty flavor? I’d say Vegemite is just like that but people tend to over use it if they’re just trying it for the first time,” he acknowledged.

The key to this spread? MODERATION! Keep that in mind when trying out these top three ways to eat Vegemite, as told by Tyrone, Jon, and James of RÜFÜS DU SOL:

1. Vegemite & Butter

“A huge yes. I love it. If you’re going to eat Vegemite, you need it on toast, you need to have hot toast, then you apply quite a lot of butter. It softens the blow of the saltiness and tastes really good,” gushed Tyrone.

Step 1: Douse your toast in butter. Step 2: Scrape on a tad bit of Vegemite. Step 3: Enjoy the salty and savory symphony of flavors in your mouth.

 

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2. Tiger Toast

“You can also do a thing called Tiger Toast where you have the Vegemite which is a black color and then you get strips of cheese. Also softens the blow,” advised James.

Now THIS is a fun toast to make. Add a nice scrape (not slather!) of Vegemite and then top with a few cheese slices. The dairy from the cheese does a great job of subduing the rich taste.

3. Vegemite & Avocado Toast

“Avocado instead of butter as well. That’s ‘next level.’”

Who doesn’t love ‘next level’ toast? We’re here for the creamy and salty duo that is avocado and Vegemite.

To learn more about RÜFÜS DU SOL, visit their website or listen to their music here.

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11 Indulgent Vegan Eats Even A Meat-Lover Can Appreciate

I love meat as much as the next carnivore, but I’ve recently discovered a new guilty pleasure: indulgent vegan food. Skeptical? I was at first, too, but hear me out for a sec. When I eat vegan I’m not munching on just lettuce and nuts and seeds. I prefer to go all out with whatever my cravings are telling me — in vegan form — because, I’m not gonna lie, I feel less guilty.

We can go on and on debating whether vegan food is actually better for you another time, but I’m here today to tell you about some beautiful, gut-busting vegan food I experienced at Eat Drink Vegan a few weeks ago.

Eat Drink Vegan started back in 2009 as a tiny fest in The Roxy Theater parking lot for likeminded vegans, and has grown to one of the largest vegan food and beer festivals in the country. I’m not joking when I say there were hundreds of food vendors, over 10,000 attendees, and vendors from around the world. Forget about the food for a sec and you can also call Eat Drink Vegan one of the largest craft beer festivals in the United States.

Drawing vendors from Minnesota, New York City, and even multiple from London, Eat Drink Vegan really opened my eyes to how vegans get down ‘n dirty with rich, cheat day-esque food. Here are 11 memorable items I tried, from hot dogs to nachos, and even CBD DESSERTS!

1. Vegan Sumo Dog from Sumo Dog

This thing’s got pickled peppers, wasabi relish, spicy mayo, teriyaki sauce, minced onion, furikake, kizami nori. All the flavors of Sumo Dog’s namesake, without the meat.

2. The Veggie Shack from Shake Shack

The Veggie Shack has black beans, brown rice and roasted beets and topped with provolone cheese, lettuce, onions, pickles, and vegan mustard mayo. Shake Shack is pretty new to the Veggie Burger game, but this crispy beet-based burg is nothing to scoff at.

3. Veggie Garden Dumplings from Ms Chi Cafe

Owned by Top Chef finalist Shirley Chung, these sautéed kale, caramelized onion, and edamame dumplings hit the spot.

4. Latke Poutine from Berben & Wolff’s

Fried potato latkes, vegan gravy, green onions. This dish took poutine to the NEXT LEVEL and I loved every bite.

5. Allllll the Kombucha from GTS Kombucha

I’m obsessed with kombucha, and there’s nothing better than seeing what’s up GTS Kombucha’s sleeve. Tried several new flavors including one inspired by Pinot Noir!

6. Vegan Egg Taco from Just Egg

Vegan egg replacement “Just Egg” is made from mung beans and cooks in a way that makes it look just liked a scrambled egg. Served with potatoes, salsa, and red cabbage in a corn tortilla, it was freaky how these looked, tasted, and felt just like real eggs.

7. Country Fried Steak Double Down from Herbivorous Butcher

Modeled after the infamous KFC heart attack dish, this Double Down is completely vegan. The crispy breaded “steak” provides the perfect vessel for rich gravy and yumminess in between. Herbivorous Butcher came all the way from Minnesota for the event! Definitely share with a friend, because each bite is heavyyyy.

8. CBD Blue Majik Blondie Sundae from Charlie’s Brownies

What a beauty. This is a CBD vanilla blondie donut with Blue Majik Icing, vanilla ice cream, coconut Blue Majik sauce, hemp seeds, and goji berries. Gotta love how the CBD frenzy is catching on!

9. Munchie Matcha & Strawberry Coconut Scoops from After’s Ice Cream

Rich matcha and fruity strawberry pair together for a cone with double the flavor. This was the first time I’d tried vegan ice cream from After’s, and it was DELICIOUS. Each scoop was flavorful, but not too sweet. Definitely would come back for more.

10. Barbacoa Nachos from Cena Vegan

Just imagine tearing into this jackfruit barbacoa simmered in rich adobo with onion on corn chips with refried beans, Pico de gallo, and cashew chipotle crema. Hands down my FAVORITE item. I could eat these every damn day.

11. Vegan Double Decker Donut Burger by Modern Times Dankness Dojo

This dish is insaneeee. Modern Times created a beer with a strawberry Donut Friend donut. Then, Donut Friend took the donut beer and made a beer donut out of it. FINALLY, Modern Times Dankness Dojo made an epic vegan donut burger with the beer donut as the bun! Whoah, that was a lot.

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What You Should Be Eating At L.A.’s New Restaurant Inside ‘The Belasco,’ Les Coulisses

The historical Belasco Theater is still to this day one of the most premier nightlife destinations in a city teeming with concert halls. The vibe at The Belasco radiates the mere definition of ‘hip’, and their new restaurant Les Coulisses is no exception.

The FOODBEAST crew had the opportunity to dine at Les Coulisses fairly soon after its opening – which is definitely one of the biggest perks of the job.

If there’s one thing you should know, it’s that a meal at Les Coulisses is designed to stick with you. When you walk in it seems like a normal, upscale restaurant, but about halfway through your meal, it’ll hit you – this place is fantastic.

From creating a menu that’s meant to be a hit among the most contrasting eaters to the attention to detail and exquisite plating consistent throughout each course, Les Coulisses has really done it right.

Here are some must-haves at LA’s hottest new restaurant.

1. Crostini Board

The Crostini Board will be the hit of the party. It’s hard not to love a plate of freshly baked crostini topped with all the flavor combinations under the sun. My favorite had to have been the one pictured – luscious burrata topped with roasted tomato and basil.

Others in the group flocked to the rendition with Serrano ham, melon, lardo, chicken liver mousse, and figs, and I certainly don’t blame them for it.

2. Crispy Octopus

This ain’t your average calamari, friends. First off, each piece of octopus was meaty and delicious, not fried to a crisp like it’s served more often than not.

This octopus was tender and artful, and served alongside vibrant flavors provided by fingerling potatoes, celery, tarragon, and a blood orange gastrique. The hearty octopus was balanced nicely by the starchy potatoes and pop of acid from the orange.

3. Moroccan Spiced Chicken Tagine

If your tastebuds weren’t awake yet by this point in the meal for some unknown reason, your first bite of this tagine will do the trick.

Think juicy chicken, tangy spiced apricots, aromatic chickpeas, creamy sunchokes, and almonds for some crunch. To describe this dish as well-balanced would still be an understatement.

4. Oxtail Agnolotti

These agnolotti are like little clouds of air. It’s apparent after one nibble this pasta is homemade and fresh. Each bite is filled with rich oxtail that’s complimented by some tart Granny Smith apples, slightly sweet butternut squash, and a luscious oxtail jus.

5. Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

It wouldn’t be a FOODBEAST dinner if there wasn’t dessert involved. Not gonna lie, we ordered one of everything, but this was the sweet that really stood out.

This chocolate hazelnut torte was the epitome of rich decadence. Considering its components – chocolate cake, Nutella mousse, créme fraiche, and ice cream – this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. 10/10 best dessert I’d had in a minute.

Next time you’re looking for a spot in DTLA to grab a bite before a night out – or a show at The Belasco – look no further than Les Coulisses.

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17 Of The Most Popular Starbucks Frapps Around the World

There’s certainly been a lot of buzz about Starbucks this past year with their unicorn drinks and other wacky creations. The bright colors are fun and all – maybe not for your GI tract – but there are some quality drinks on the menu even without the gimmicks. Unfortunately, a lot the bomb options aren’t available in the United States yet, but we had to tease you a little bit. Here are some of the most popular Starbucks Frappuccinos from around the world, so book your tickets now.

American Cherry Pie

Kind of ironic the American Cherry Pie Frappuccino isn’t sold in America. You gotta go to Japan to get your fix.

Sunshine Mandarin Mango Tea

Japan and Korea really know how to sell a Frapp that’ll get you in the mood for summer.

Irish Cream Coffee Pudding

Sunny days in Frappuccino Land = Lazy days by the beach with our trusty heat-proof spray. 🌞#IrishCreamCoffeePudding

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Irish coffee pudding is a classic dessert. Thanks for bringing it to life in liquid form, Starbucks… at least in Singapore and Thailand.

Mango Creme

It’s National Best Friends Day! Enjoy buy one get one free on our Mango and Raspberry Frappuccinos.

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Yooo, New Zealand has the hookup on the mango creme Frappuccinos. America needs to get on board with these tropical drinks.

Popzel Coffee

Popcorn + Pretzel = ❤ #starbucksph #frappuccino

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This drink is straight up genius. Caramel popcorn and salted caramel all in one glass? You can find it at Starbucks stores in Singapore, the Philippines, Taipei, and other locations in the Asia Pacific region.

Neapolitan

We are layering up for Autumn 🍂

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Combining vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and Neapolitan ice cream is the best of all worlds. Thank God Starbucks New Zealand put it in a glass for all the eager folks out there.

Bubble Gum

Besides its adorable pink hue, this bubble gum Frapp, found at Starbucks locations in Poland, is Bubbalicious.

Matcha Earl Grey Jelly

The world seems to be very on board with the whole matcha trend, but only Starbucks locations in Thailand, Hong Kong, and other locations in Asia Pacific mixed it with Earl Grey to make a true masterpiece.

Banana Split Mocha

Ah, the classic banana split. It has a feeling of nostalgia you just can’t shake. If you travel to the Philippines, you get to inhale it in liquid form.

Choux Creme

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If you’ve ever had a profiterole or a cream puff, you know the glory that is the choux filling inside. South Korea has a new choux creme Frapp that channels all those desserts we know and love.

Strawberry Ribbon Chip

Starbucks really got on the strawberry bandwagon this year. In New Zealand they sell this strawberry ribbon chip drink with milk chocolate sauce, java chips, and a strawberry drizzle, which is basically the edgier sister drink to the strawberries and cream Frappe.

Green Tea Strawberry Blossom

Based on the obsession with matcha and strawberry, it was only natural to combine the two. You can hop over to the Phillippines for this green tea strawberry blossom Frapp.

Chocolate Chip Creme

This drink might seem super simple, but chocolate chip creme is a welcome return to the basics. Check it at Starbucks locations abroad, including the U.K. and Thailand.

Raspberry Ripple 

Pink, pink, and more pink seems to be Starbucks’ new motto. This Raspberry Ripple Frapp found in the United Kingdom is a perfect example.

Cookies and Cream

Cookies and cream is debatably the best milkshake flavor in the world, so it has to be the best Frappuccino flavor, amirite? Thanks, Mexico for pulling through on this one.

Ferrero Rocher

Ferrero Rochers are some of the dopest chocolates in existence. Bless you, United Kingdom, for making this savage Frapp including some classy chocolates.

Coconut Strawberry Bliss

We’re gettin’ tropical up in here. When Starbucks put coconut milk on the menu we all rejoiced. Now they have this coconut strawberry bliss concoction in Indonesia and Thailand. Get on board, America.

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12 Restaurants Around the World to Try Before You Die

While most people travel to see the wonders of the world, we go mostly for the food. After all, it’s a pretty great way to experience the culture of an unfamiliar land. But since this world is so large and diverse, it’s hard to decide where to focus your culinary efforts, especially when abroad. Since we always have your back, here’s our list of restaurants around the world you (and your stomach) need to visit.

Osteria del Matto // Spoleto, Italy

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Hidden in the hills of Spoleto, Italy is a tiny restaurant called Osteria del Matto, which translates to something along the lines of “restaurant of the madman.” This is fitting, as there isn’t really a menu – the food served is just whatever the chef feels like making that day. Chances are this will involve several staple items founds in the Umbrian region, or fried ricotta cheese, because it’s just that delicious.

Cafe du Monde // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Cafe du Monde is one of the OG beignet establishments in the Big Easy. Chances are you’ve heard of it, but if not, you need to get your behind to New Orleans, stat. These fluffy balls of fried dough doused with as much powdered sugar your little heart desires is a sight to be tasted and relished for all of eternity. You might have to wait in line for a bit, but it’s worth it – we promise.

The French Laundry // Yountville, California, USA

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Thomas Keller is one of the most influential chefs on the planet today, and The French Laundry is his primary brainchild. Located in Yountville, California in the midst of Napa Valley, this restaurant has more accolades than we can even recount in one sitting. This six-hour meal incorporating the most pristine produce California has to offer is something everyone should experience in their lifetime.  

Sukiyabashi Jiro // Tokyo, Japan

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When a restaurant is awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide, you know it’s pretty legit. In fact, former President Obama dined there and apparently said, “That’s some good sushi right there,” as he walked out. The main perks of dining at this restaurant are some of the most noteworthy sushi dishes on the planet, prepared by Chef Jiro. Yeah, that Chef Jiro from the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Need we say more?

Joe’s Kansas City BBQ // Kansas City, Kansas, USA

There seems to be an ongoing barbecue dispute throughout the United States, and it totally depends on where you’re from. North Carolina? You’re probably down for whole hog, smoked BBQ. Texas? You’re all about the brisket, hot link, and sauce. But no matter what kind of BBQ tickles your fancy, it’s hard to deny the luscious goodness of ribs and burnt ends from Joe’s Kansas City BBQ. Folks come from near and far for this crack in the form of meat, and we don’t blame them. As a matter of fact, everyone’s favorite globetrotting foodie authority, Anthony Bourdain, named Joe’s as one of the 13 places one needs to eat at before they die.

Le Jules Verne // Paris, France

#lejulesverne #paris French cuisine and views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower. #travelerreviews #заметки_путешественника

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There are plenty of incredible chefs that have come from France, but Alain Ducasse tops the list. For God’s sake, the man has 21 Michelin stars. He’s basically a saint. And one of Ducasse’s most stunning restaurants is Le Jules Verne, which is literally located on top of the Eiffel Tower. With the scenery and Ducasse’s food combined, an experience at this place will cost you at least $200, but it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Fat Rice // Chicago, Illinois, USA

Finally got the namesake food here! So happy to share it with my friends!

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Run by Adrienne Lo and Abe Conlon, Fat Rice is a must-visit in the Windy City. The restaurant serves food native to the island of Macau, which is a happy fusion between Chinese and Portuguese flavors. Their signature dish is the Fat Rice, also called Arroz Gordo, featuring sofrito, chorizo, salted duck, char siu pork, curry chicken thighs, linguiça sausage, prawns, steamed clams, tea eggs, chicken fat-fried croutons, olives, and pickled chillies. Basically, you better come to this place hungry.

Thanasis // Athens, Greece

Athens is gorgeous and full of history, which means it can be a pretty touristy place. We all know touristy cities can get a bad rap for food, but this is Greece, so obviously this doesn’t hold true. Is there even such a thing as bad Greek food? With plenty of options to choose from in the city, it’s hard to narrow down the best, but we’ve found it in Thanasis. Make sure you order their signature dish, μερίδα κεπμαπ, which is basically a meaty and delicious kabob of your dreams.

Arepa Zone // Washington, D.C., USA

At Tastemade, we’re all aboard the food truck bandwagon and if there’s one city in the country that excels in this area, it’s our Nation’s Capitol. Arepa Zone is without a doubt, one of the finest road warriors, and with one bite of their delicious arepas, you’d be crazy not to agree. The truck (well, now they have a brick-and-mortar location in Union Market) serves the Venezuelan version of this famous street snack, which involves a griddled corn cake stuffed with chicken, beef or pork.

Abou el Sid // Cairo, Egypt

At this establishment, you can find traditional Egyptian cuisine, including various tajines, like veal and pearl onion, and molokheya stew with chicken, rabbit, or meatballs. If you’re feeling daring, Abou el Sid also sells stuffed pigeon. This place seems to have it all!

Pig & Khao // New York, New York, USA

There are tons of places worth visiting in New York City. It’s basically a culinary wonderland. And we could have pointed you in the direction of Katz’s Delicatessen or Le Bernardin, but we wanted to mix things up a bit. Pig & Khao, located in the Lower East Side, serves food that is a beautiful amalgam of some of our favorite Southeast Asian flavors, including Thai and Filipino. Once you take part in some of their staples like the Sizzling Sisig, Grilled Pork Jowl, or Pork Belly Adobo, you’ll thank us.

Strut & Cluck // London, United Kingdom

#onthetable: Yesterday’s lunch @strutandcluck was seriously impressive, I’d go back and order everything all over again. 🦃🍴

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Turkey is generally is a “bleh” protein because most people don’t really know how to prepare it. Strut & Cluck, located in the Spitalfields neighborhood of London, is an exception to this rule. This place produces delicious bird influenced by Eastern Mediterranean flavors, with menu items like juicy lettuce cups with smoky harissa and hand-pulled turkey shawarma with dates and pine nuts. Turns out all turkey needs is some good ‘ol TLC.