Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BioHack Your Life with The 6th annual Biohacking Conference and Upgrade Experience at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel


BioHack Your Life with The 6th annual Biohacking Conference and Upgrade Experience at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel

By Omid Vojdani, Health and Wellness Editor, Edible Skinny

A few years back, I had the experience of a lifetime when I visited the flagship Upgrade Labs, the brainchild of Bulletproof founder, Dave Asprey, and the world's first Biohacking Health and Fitness facility, in Santa Monica, CA.  Amanda McVey, the VP of Upgrade Labs, and her expert team there treated me to almost every ‘biohack’ they had at their disposal so I could have the full experience of being upgraded by the cutting edge tech they had. After almost 4 hours I left with a level of energy that I can only describe as feeling like superman, but also a paradigm shifting sense of what is possible in the realms of human performance and health.

Since that experience, I dove head first into the world of biohacking in an attempt to feel that level of bionic energy as my new normal. Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof, and a celebrity in the biohacking space, defines biohacking as “changing the environment outside of you and inside of you so you have full control of your biology, to allow you to upgrade your body, mind, and your life.” For example, most people know that when we get outside into nature and expose ourselves to healthy amounts of sunshine, we feel great and have replenished our vitamin D levels. Biohackers take that bit of knowledge and will use red light devices indoors to get all the same benefits (and then some) without having to leave the house. If I can get all the health benefits and save time and energy, I can use that savings for other things.

That is why I’m so excited about the 6th annual Biohacking Conference and Upgrade Experience that is taking place from April 5th through the 7th at the iconic Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel. Being in the health and wellness space myself, I knew a lot of the science of what I was going to go through at Labs years ago, but as they say, “words don’t change people, experiences do.” This is a chance for up to 1,200 people to experience the upper levels of human performance, and redefine what they want ‘normal health’ to mean.

This year, CEO Martin Tobias says, “We’ve totally overhauled this experience, making it more intimate and more interactive for attendees. People will walk away feeling better, looking better, and empowered and informed to live better.” Attendees will be treated to an Upgrade Labs approved menu of food prepared by the head chef and staff of the Beverly Hills Hilton, and if you choose to stay at the Hilton itself, in-room biohacks tailored towards combating the wear and tear of travel will be available. I’m looking forward to using the breath-EZ again; a little device that mists structured water that we breathe in to help restructure our cells from the inside out.

The speakers this year include, of course, Dave Asprey (the father of biohacking), as well as Arianna Huffington, Jim Kwik, Paralympian Amy Purdy, Dr Joseph Mercola, and many more. I’m most impressed with the wide variety of speaker topics this year, ranging from stem cells to the power of human connection to meditation and even spiritual awakening. I’m personally looking forward to Naveen Jain giving his talk about what he and his team are learning over at his gut microbiome company Viome. They’ve been collecting samples for years now, and I’d love to see the trends they’re discovering between our health and our gut bacteria.

I’m also looking forward to the tech playground this year more than others. Previously, there were almost too many venders and toys to play with, and I was left with the homework of trying to figure out which red light therapy company I wanted to go with. This year, the Upgrade Labs team has hand selected the best of the best in each category to be present aiming to create a much more streamlined experience for attendees to play with. Be sure to find the ‘cheat machine’ if you want to feel what a weightlifting workout SHOULD feel like.

My 4 hour upgrade experience left my life changed for the better; from making my workouts much more efficient, to improving my meditation game, to even redirecting my attention from what I thought was knee pain to instead focus on my lower back and kidneys. I can’t even imagine the changes that I’ll be able to make with 3 whole days of immersive biohacking and the new tools I’ll learn from speakers at the top of their industries. More importantly, I’m looking forward to shattering the upper limits of what my health can be.

If you’re interested in going to the event, purchase your tickets soon at  https://xp.upgradelabs.com/page/1375153/register, as space is limited and filling up fast. If you can’t make it, I highly recommend making a visit to either of the Upgrade Labs locations and treating yourself to the upgrade experience.

Omid Vojdani is the founder of Succeed With Omid, a program of complete personalized mind body health specializing in wellness, injury rehab, and relationship management. For more information check out succeedwithomid.com

Thursday, February 14, 2019

LOVE in all forms at the AVNS at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

LOVE in all forms at the AVNS at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny

Relax, it’s just sex…

Edible Skinny was lucky enough to attend (along with 50,000 other people) the AVN Novelty Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino a few weeks ago.  There surrounded by dozens of Fleshlight displays (if you’re unsure what this is, we recommend researching it while not at work…), we were reminded how the entire porn industry is about listening to your philosophical inner compass.

Let me explain…..

The AVN Novelty Expo is the Adult Entertainment Industry's premiere B2B event.  The AVN Novelty Expo brings together the latest and greatest items from a wide range of cutting edge companies such as toys, lingerie, lotions, sex furniture, and other novelty items.  More than 500 of the hottest stars from the adult industry were in attendance, priming themselves for the AVN Awards on Saturday night aka the "Oscars of Porn” where former stripper Cardi performed (two weeks before her Grammy win of Best Rap Album).

While there we saw it all!  And were reminded how one of the most AMAZING aspects at AVN weekend is how it embraces LOVE in all forms.  From Oculus Rifts based virtual reality porn to high class sex dolls to The Lair, an interactive playspace where you can absolutely come as you are, the AVNs scream “you just do you.” 

A template that can definitely be applied more in the real world!

The AWESOME thing about the porn industry is they don’t judge, they embrace.  Ever heard of Rule 34 of the Internet?  Whatever weird kinky porn you try to create in your mind, it already exists.  And with the limitlessness of human ingenuity, let’s just say Westworld is closer than you think! ;-) 

In the last twenty years the internet (whose bandwidth was built on early 90s nerds looking for porn...) has evolved into a LIKE culture.  Something that has brought us together as humans, but has also separated us from our philosophical inner compass.  Most of us now look to our Likes and Followers to tell us who were are. 

But not the porn industry.  Instead they say bring it!  Because Rule 34 is inexhaustible in their minds!

So let’s all be a little bit more like the porn industry and embrace LOVE in all forms!  In doing so, we’ll be taking the philosophical and moral high grounds, plus it’s a Hell of a lot more fun! ;-)

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com

Thursday, February 7, 2019

There Are Never Enough I LOVE YOUs: A Valentine's Day Product Guide

There Are Never Enough I LOVE YOUs: A Valentine's Day Product Guide

By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny

“There are never enough I LOVE YOUs.”
--Lenny Bruce, Comedian


Lenny Bruce said it ABSOLUTE BEST!  Because the most important part of Valentine’s Day are the I LOVE YOUs.  The I LOVE YOUs to your significant other(s), your family, your pets, and MOST ESPECIALLY to yourself.  Now, I could write another two intro paragraphs for this Valentine’s Day Product Guide, but really all I want to do is keep mentioning FAB LOVE quotes.  You see some GREAT people said it much much better than me!  ;-)

But before we get to the quotes… if you’re still looking for some FUN and FLIRTY V-Day gifts to augment your I LOVE YOUs, below are 5 suggestions that we here at Edible Skinny ABSOLUTELY ADORE!!!

FAB Quote #1:
“Some LOVE stories aren’t epic novels some are short stories, but that doesn’t make them any less filled with LOVE.”
--Carrie Bradshaw

FAB Quote #2:
“Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes.  There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.”
--Henry Kissinger

FAB Quote #3:
“All you need is LOVE. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
--Charles Schultz

Here’s to life being delicious, all your moments being postcard worthy, and I LOVE YOUs all the time! ;-)

DEMETER FRAGRANCE KITTEN FUR
Everyone LOVES Kittens!  But unfortunately certain boyfriends are allergic (I’m talking to you Matt Bourquardez!) or your apartment doesn’t allow them.  Luckily Demeter has captured a fragrance that truly purrrrrrrs.  After 15 years of effort, this New York based fragrance company has created the olfactory essence of a baby cat aka “kitten.”  All the warmth, powdery softness, and comfort of that purrfect spot, just behind a kitten's neck.  So grab a bottle of Demeter’s Kitten Fur and leave the Benadryl behind! ;-)
https://demeterfragrance.com/

MILK + HONEY LIP DUO
The best way to have a two hour kissing session is to have kissable lips.  Enter Milk + Honey, a Austin based handmade beauty product line that is toxin-free, organic, and plant-based.  Their Lip Duo (containing their Lip Polish and Lip Butter) is the perfect pair to prep for puckering up!  Made from Vanilla, Cardamom, Blood Orange, and Lemongrass, the Lip Polish buffs away dryness and provides a soft canvas for any lip color.  Finish your mouth prep with their Lip Butter for a silky pout with a delicate, natural shine.  The perfect solution for hours and hours of smooching!
https://milkandhoney.com/

THE AIRHOOK
This is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for the Techie traveler in your life looking for more airline seat space.  The Airhook is a revolutionary two-in-one solution for airplane travel: a stable drink holder and a secure mount for an electronics device.  Designed to elevate the level of comfort and convenience for airplane travelers, allowing for maximum legroom, The Airhook uses the tray table in its vertical locked position as an anchor, rather than horizontally as a platform. Travelers no longer need to sacrifice space with the folding down trays!   Something a certain 6’3” foot boyfriend would have definitely appreciated on our 10-hour flight to Amsterdam last year! ;-)
https://theairhook.com/

PLUSONE VIBRATING RING
What Valentine’s Day is complete without a bit of SEXY SEXY time?  Now there’s tons of sex toys on the market but the cool thing about plusOne, a collection of adult pleasure products for quality-seeking yet budget-minded customers, is that they’re taking adult playtime into the mainstream marketplace.  That’s right you no longer need to procure your toys at a scuzzy roadside jerk hut (or the Internet)...  Since hitting the shelves in early-October, the brand has already sold nearly a quarter of a million devices in the U.S in big-box retailers such as Walmart and Amazon.  Our favorite is their Vibrating Ring: the snug-fitting ring that enhances his size while adding sensual vibrations for both partners.  The inviting (not scary at all) plusOne ring is made of super stretchy body safe silicone and has 10 vibration settings.  Portable and discreet, it’s perfect for precise stimulation.  And the fully waterproof ring is perfect for play in the bath or shower.  So let the games begin!
https://myplusone.com/

MARLEY UPRISE
Music is one of those universal presents, the ultimate gift of changing one’s good vibrations to even better good vibrations.  The House of Marley Uprise are Bluetooth wireless sports earphones that gives you the ability to make those Beach Boys sounds mobile.  Made of natural wood fiber and recycled PP composite the earphones have an 8-hour battery life (unlike some wireless headphones that die after 2 hours…) and a travel case made from recycled water bottles.  They’re also SUPER DUPER quick charging (which is A BIG DEAL when you realize you didn’t charge them and you want to go to the gym right now...).  Uprise even has a travel case made from recycled water bottles.  So get ready for those Good Vibrations that you need for your marathon training to be more mobile! ;-)
https://www.thehouseofmarley.com/

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy.  She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com







Monday, February 4, 2019

Underground Vibes with No/Me at LA's Black Rabbit Rose and Madame Siam Sideshow Emporium

Last week Edible Skinny was lucky enough to drop by Houston Hospitality’s Black Rabbit Rose to check out Republic Records up-and-coming alt-pop singer-songwriter No/Me showcase her new album!

Named one of the Best Bars in LA by Vice, the fraternal twins’ magic-themed speakeasy (they are REALLY into speakeasies!) Black Rabbit Rose, features a short and sweet craft cocktail list with a stage that features rising pop stars, contortionists and illusionists, and burlesque shows.  (Oh and sometimes it’s also a Thai restaurant...).  While there I sipped on a Dark Arts cocktail (Lemongrass Vodka, Lime, Aloe, and Activated Charcoal), afterwards I was ready to join team Slytherin!

Songs played during No/Me’s half hour-ish set included her first dropped single: Consistent, a track that was inspired by No/Me’s recent attempt at online dating.  Her lyrics are a checklist of issues: she’s a skeptic, a cynic, a neurotic, a narcissistic, and a freak who’s “got the best intentions.”  Consistent is also featured on the recently announced FIFA 19 soundtrack, among the likes of Childish Gambino, Gorillaz, Logic, Billie Eilish and more.  No/Me’s vocal vibe is breathy raspiness with a WAHLOP of emotionality in every lyric delivered.  While studying at UCLA, No/Me double majored in musicology and music industry, while balancing nighttime gigs with her previous rock band.  Another breakout song was Savior, “Fuck the fairytales and your princess dreams.  I’m gonna give you hell like a killer queen.”  And with more FAB performances like this No/Me is definitely on her way to being a killer queen. 
 
After the performance it was time to sneak into another Houston space: Madame Siam Sideshow Emporium, the adjoining speakeasy (like I said…) whose theme focuses on the classic American traveling carnival, by way of the Donald Trump Silk Road.  With a secret door backdoor gum-ball machine entrance, there’s a something for every carney lover out there: a ball toss at Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, an in house Tarot Card Reader, ironic gum-ball options (such as “Pretty Fly For a White Guy”), and corndogs being slung from a chuck wagon.

Here’s to life being delicious, all your moments being postcard worthy, and being a killer queen at a Houston speakeasy! ;-)




Thursday, January 31, 2019

Servino - Dionysian Italian Cuisine in the NorCal Seaside Hamlet of Tiburon


Servino - Dionysian Italian Cuisine in the NorCal Seaside Hamlet of Tiburon


By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny


The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again.

--George Miller



Sometimes you go to a big town, just to go to a small town.  Or at least that’s what happened when Edible Skinny spent Martin Luther King weekend in San Francisco.  While in SanFran the Thomas Gals checked out the quaint by way of classy Tiburon.  With a current population of 8,600 people the town of Tiburon runs at an undemanding pace.  Located just north of San Francisco, in Marin County, California it is accessible by ferry from downtown San Francisco, as well as by car from Highway 101.  The city's name derives from the Spanish word tiburón, which means shark (inspired by the prevalence of locally native leopard sharks in the surrounding waters). 

Tiburon's Main Street has been preserved as it was when the town was a Gold Rush train town and lumber yard. The scenic "Ark Row" shops are actually housed in turn of the century boat houses that were converted into homes and shops when the lagoon between the Tiburon peninsula and the neighboring island of Belvedere was filled in.  It’s a great place to wander and find a vista meal, which is how Kelly and I ended up at local watering hole Servino!  This dockside restaurant and bar is owned by Angelo Servino, the Dionysus of Tiburon. (Aptly nicknamed after Warren Buffet, the Oracle of Omaha, dined in his restaurant twice in one week… once with Bill Gates). 



It was a warm January day, so Kelly and I chose to enjoy an al fresca meal watching the local ferries glide to and from San Francisco.  But just in case, the restaurant houses stacks of blankets for those who get chilly billy.  Claudia our server, and also a manager at the restaurant for the six years, gave us the skinny on the establishment.  Servino been in business 40 years.  Starting on Ark Row, and then moving into its current waterside space 20 years ago.



Claudia suggested we start with a white wine and chose a glass of the 2017 Erste + Neue, a Sauvignon Blanc from Sudtirol - Alto Adige, for us.  The wine’s name translates to “fresh and new.”  It originated from the Sudtirol - Alto Adige region of Italy, an Austro-Italian wine region noted for the distinct Austrian influences on the wine industry due to the region's long history under the rule of Austria-Hungary and Holy Roman Empires.  This Sauv. Blanc was perfect for a bright winter day, after the rain.  We savored each unique sip with a with throw draped over our shoulder and boats quietly bobbing the sun.  And because we were hungry (when are we not?), we paired it with some scrumptious Oysters Marin Miyagi from Tomales Bay.  Ginormous and full of creaminess, Kelly was in Oyster Heaven!!!



We chased our shellfish with cheese (how Italian of us!): Buratta and Culatello from Salumeria Biellese with green garnish.  Kelly and I agreed it was the best version of this AMAZINGLY creamy snot nose cheese we’d ever had!!!  And because we felt obliged to eat something healthy we added something green. Our salad included Baby Beets, Pistachios, Pickled Red Onion, and Arugula.  It tasted like spring, balanced with a tad of bacchanal: Goat Cheese from Cypress Grove in Humboldt.  One of the reason everything tasted so FAB was because Servino crafts their dishes with as many local and organic food sources as possible…. Really everything we commented on was raised or grown right around the corner from where we dining! ;-)


And nothing is better to soak in a stunning view than a little privacy!  Upstairs Servino has an events space perfect for a corporate meeting or intimate weddings.  The space, complete with outside deck and lounge area, overlooks the twinkling San Francisco skyline and sailboats leaning towards the sea.  This seaside gem is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable night, be it birthday or business.


But back to the food and wine!  Up next was a glass of the Rosé Linbrandi Curonian Rosé of Gaglioppo - Calabria.  Crisp with a hint of sweet, it was your epitome of Rosé Everyday!  We paired this with Servino’s signature dish: Zappa di Pesce, their version of Fisherman’s Stew.  An amalgamation of Clams, Mussels, Calamari, Fish of Day, Shrimp, and San Mariano tomatoes.  Kelly noted the sizable nature of the mussels only to discover (wait for it...) they were sourced less than an hour away in Monterey....



It was then on to large dramatic wines (this restaurant is owned by the Dionysus of Tiburon!!!).  We chose a glass of the 2013 Romeo Cellars Semprini Vive “Old Vine” Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa.  FUN FACT: the Romeo Family are personally friends with Angelo Servino. 

And because we were at an Italian restaurant we had to get a pizza.  We decided to split the pie down the middle with two of Servino’s specialities: half Funghi, half Zucca.  The Zucca was healthier comprised of Butternut Squash, Potatoes, Mozzarella, Arugula, and Shaved Parmesan. It was full of fresh fall tastes, earthy with a little bit of cream; the perfect cold weather snack for someone looking for a bite with autumnal flare.  The Funghi was more Dionysus decadent made of Mozzarella Cheese, Crimini, Baby Shiitake, Thyme, and White Truffle Oil.  It was the perfect hearty winter pizza.  “It far exceeded my expectations,” chirped Kelly between munches. 
 


And finally we came to Kelly’s 3 favorite food groups: wine, coffee, and dessert.  We swished more Romero Cellars wine, sipped on frothy cappuccinos, and savored a decadent flourless chocolate cake (made in-house by an aptly named chef called Leonardo).  Topped with fresh made Whipped Cream, Hazelnuts, Chocolate drizzle with a side of Silvered Strawberries this dessert was big on taste, rich and robust, but not on size.  This double decadence brought us straight back to the street of Florence. 

Here’s edible adventures, postcard views, and life being (fresh) and delicious


Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com









Thursday, January 24, 2019

How Heaven Must Look at Night - A Evening of Art and Culture in Las Vegas

Burlesque Dancer Darby Fox Posing with Mowgli The Dinosaur

How Heaven Must Look at Night - A Evening of Art and Culture in Las Vegas


By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny


“Las Vegas looks the way you’d imagine heaven must look at night.”
--Chuck Palahniuk, in “Invisible Monsters”


Even though Edible Skinny spends quite a good amount in the desert oasis of Las Vegas (this is due to the fact that  my official residence is here (when not on the road...)), I sometimes forget to cover the blooming cultural scene in my City of Lights!  


So because the Glitter Gulch deserves to be trophied as much as any other city out there, here’s some AWESOME art and culture (and non-gaming) ways to experience the CREATIVITY that Sin City has to offer! 


FIRST FRIDAY LAS VEGAS
On the first Friday of January, we started our night of CREATIVITY at one of Las Vegas’ largest community events: First Friday Las Vegas.  This outdoor art party is an ever growing community festival in Downtown Las Vegas fostering creativity and culture.  This artist inspired event strives to constantly and emphatically seek, discover, inspire, and explore creativity in all its forms. 

Featuring art, music, food, and much more; you never know what’s going to happen at a night at First Friday.  You could see a street artist spray paint his next masterpiece, perhaps watch the event get live streamed from Jimmy Kimmel Live (who’s original hometown in Sin City), or even meet Mowgli the Dinosaur, a giant 10 foot T. Rex bedazzled with 150,000 rhinestones by BlingOSaurus!
https://ffflv.org/

FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY

After our fill of the DTLV art scene it was off to check out FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, a hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends.  This show celebrates the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan!  It’s a seemingly typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride with an iconic haircut enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear!  Definitely not Cirque du Soleil, this production arrived at the D Las Vegas via an extended run in the New York Off Broadway scene at St. Luke’s Theatre. 

The musical features the six main characters from the cast: Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, and Monica (who was played by standout Erin Baltsar).  The delightfully naughty new confection recreates our favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends (will they won’t they kiss moments, tons of coffee consumed, pivoting, and (of course) a turkey on Monica’s head) through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp.  We laughed!  We cried!  We Unagi-ed!
https://www.thed.com/

CULTURE & CANNABIS LAS VEGAS
We then ended the night with some art and sticky!  Culture & Cannabis Las Vegas is a celebration of the bridge between intertwining world of marijuana and art!  This is one of those underground events that is so hip they don’t have a website, just an Instagram page…  Located at CMXX event space in the 18b Art District, the night involves a slew of up and coming hip hop acts, a fashion show by Omni Models, DJs, and up to 40 cannabis art, non-profit, ancillary, and apparel brands.  Just note, that Culture & Cannabis does not promote the open consumption of cannabis as Social Use is still illegal in Nevada (though it is coming soon real real soon)!!!
https://www.instagram.com/cultureandcannabislasvegas

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com





Thursday, January 17, 2019

24 Hours in The Big Peach - A Quick Getaway to ATL

By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny

A little over a month ago Edible Skinny headed to Atlanta for the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival (Kelly Grace Thomas and mine script MAGIC LITTLE PILLS was an official SELECTION at this year’s winter festival!!!)!  So naturally while hobnobbing it at the Atlanta film scene (there’s a reason the city is called Hollywood of the South) I decided Edible Skinny should experience all that the city of Atlanta had to offer for 24 hours! ;-)

Hot’ Lanta it wasn’t... With lots of winter rain happening this trip, there were copious amounts of coffee consumed just too keep warm.  But still I got my travel on, exploring the City Too Busy To Hate!  Which BTWs is another one of the city of Atlanta’s nicknames along with: The A, The ATL, City of Trees, The Empire City of the South, Dogwood City, The Big Peach.

So here’s life being delicious, all your moments being postcard worthy, and living it up in The Big Peach!
 

THE DANCING GOATS BAR MIDTOWN
Coffee, coffee, and more coffee!!!  Keeping warm meant imbibing loads of caffeine (making it VERY similar to Edible Skinny’s trips to another film festival in Park City, Utah... the Sundance Film Festival...), thus my first stop after hopping off the MARTA (Atlanta’s version of a Metro) was The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Midtown. 
This cafe is actually owned by the coffee company Batdorf & Bronson, so (naturally) they use Batdorf & Bronson coffee beans (which are killer)!  The brand started in Olympia, WA (where there are 5 cafes) before emigrating to Atlanta (where there are 3 cafes).  With over thirty years, roasting exceptional coffee, their cup of Joe is exceptionally perky.  These cafe locations are named after Batdorf & Bronson’s signature coffee: The Dancing Goats, which flavoring is bold and toasty with hints of chocolate, spice.  And so I grabbed a Café Au Lait and headed on a walk around the city!  Basking in the glory of classic Tudor Revival mansions (the Margaret Mitchell House was around the corner) contrasted with the rainbow colors of the city’s gay district. 
https://www.batdorfcoffee.com/

ATLANTA COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL
And then it was ready for my screenplay close up, at the screening and after party at the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema!  As mentioned before Kelly Grace Thomas and mine script MAGIC LITTLE PILLS was an official SELECTION at this year’s winter festival!!!  Magic Little Pills: a comedy about life, love and vitamin pyramid schemes!!
Running for the last four years, the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival is a unique forum for comedy filmmakers and television producers to showcase their creative works in Atlanta, Georgia (aka Hollywood of the South).  The Atlanta Comedy Film Festival showcases short comedy films, web series, funny music videos, and commercials from all over the world.
Post screening, the awards ceremony took place at Apres Diem to recognize the best of the best filmmakers for their creative work.  The vibe was a relaxed yet sophisticated take on the European style of dining with kickass cocktails.  I sipped on a Midnight Kiss (Prosecco, Saint Germain & Splash of Cranberry) while cheering on my fellow comedians!
https://info.filmfestivalcircuit.com/blog/atlanta-comedy-film-festival-2018

HOT JAMS SWING
Most times when I write a travel article, I only mention the highlights; editing out the snafus that can occur through truly experiencing a city for the first time.  The missed last train of the night (which happened in Amsterdam last year...) to the time you arrive at a restaurant someone recommended only discover it has since closed.  Life isn’t perfect, and neither is travel. 
So on that Sunday in Atlanta, most of my evening was spent getting ready and traveling to Hot Jams Swing, one of the hottest weekly dance events in Atlanta.  The jamming event takes place on Monday Nights at Ambient+Studios.  There you’ll find people of all ages and abilities dancing to swing era jams played by local DJs or even a live band.  As the review said on Yelp, “Swing - the way grandma used to make it.  The location is a tad off of the beaten path, but all you have to do is follow the music to find this often packed but always inviting dance hall.  If you've never danced before worry not, there is always a free lesson before the start of the dance and there are plenty of friendly folks willing to show you a step or two.”
This event sounded like AN ABSOLUTE BLAST and thus I was raring to dance my booty off that night.  But it was only after I arrived at Ambient+Studios that I discovered that although this dance event is one of the hottest events on Monday nights, not a thing happens on Sunday when you get your days mixed up.  But as they say, “it’s the journey, not the destination.”
But just you bet, next time we’re in ATL (on a Monday) this will be my ABSOLUTE JAM!!!
https://www.hotjamatlanta.com/

DRIP

Regardless of last night’s missed connections, the next day began with some more caffeine.  This time courtesy of Drip located in Hapeville (which is home to the very first Chick-fil-A and has a ton of AMAZING murals throughout the town),  This coffee spot has all the fixings for a Silverlake hipster hangout: cool colorings, sleek modern design, FREE WiFi, and reclaimed wood accents. 
I ordered a Clever Drip (similar to a pour over, but the coffee sits longer before being dumped all at once, resulting in a strong cup of Joe).  Hello New Discovery!!!  The method crafted a delicate flavor profile allowing the fruitiness of this light roast Ethiopian blend to shine.  It was the perfect start to my second day of exploring ATLA!
https://www.dripatlanta.com/

DUA PHO
I swear I’m the only person who travels to Atlanta forgoes BBQ for coffee and ethnic food… but with all of the December rain Pho sounded like the perfect pick me up.  Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup has been pouring authentic Pho and other great Vietnamese dishes to GSU students and downtown businesses for years!  As I approached a line spilled into the sidewalk; you know a place is good if the queue goes past the door frame!  With four locations in the ATL area, these are the Vietnamese dishes that keep Atlanta locals always coming back.  A fast casual concept it still took 20 minutes for my meal after ordering.  But when it arrived: Heaven in a bowl!!!  Absolutely worth the wait!  Open everyday except Sunday (because this is the South…).
http://www.yougotpho.com/

LAND OF THOUSAND HILLS COFFEE
And what was this trip if not one more coffee shop!  Turns out I saved the best for last at the Land of Thousand Hills Coffee.  Located in the Flatiron Building aka FlatironCity, Atlanta's oldest skyscraper established in 1897.  The building was dubbed The Flatiron Building because of its narrow triangular iron like shape.  It has sister buildings in New York City and Toronto.  FlatironCity is now home to Microsoft Innovation Center, Women’s Entrepreneurship Institute, 20+ entrepreneurs and startups.  (It is also across the street from Woodruff Park which has the most AWESOME children’s playground shaped like the city’s airport code). 
With a motto of Drink Coffee. Do Good. Land of Thousand Hills Coffee embraces the concept of quality coffee, with a conscience.  Specialty coffee makes up only 10% of the industry, and Land of Thousand Hills Coffee is consistently placed above that in the top 5%.  I opted for the off menu Duane (suggested by a VERY HELPFUL barista): crafted of Brown sugar, Vanilla, and Cinnamon.  It was like my taste buds were swing dancing in Bob Ross’ fluffy little clouds!  Yummm (with 3 Ms!!!)!!! 
https://landofathousandhills.com/

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com
By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny


Friday, January 11, 2019

Not-So-Dry January with Humphry Slocombe’s Hot Toddy Glenlivet Ice Cream Sundae

Not-So-Dry January with Humphry Slocombe’s Hot Toddy Glenlivet Ice Cream Sundae

By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny

“Hot Toddies are the only good thing about winter.”
--HuffPost

Say hello to a not-so-dry-frozen Californian January with Humphry Slocombe, the chef-driven, badass ice cream shop on Abbott Kinney.  This Friday, January 11th (aka National Hot Toddy Day) Humphry will be offering complimentary Hot Toddy Sundaes as well as artisan cocktails from The Glenlivet from 6pm-10pm at the Venice location.  It’s like biting into a boozey snowman (in the best way possible)!!!

Let’s get straight to the pint!!! Humphry Slocombe has partnered with renowned Scotch whiskey brand The Glenlivet to create a specialty flavor, The Glenlivet, made with 12-year malt scotch and the Hot Toddy Sundae, a specialty sundae featuring The Glenlivet flavor and clove caramel topped with candied lemon. Can we say Holey Super Foodie Batman?!?

Welcome to a bizarre, delicious, frozen universe… with flavors such as “Here’s Your Damn Strawberry,” “Elvis (the Fat Years),” and McEvoy Olive Oil, this is not your plain vanilla ice cream shop.  It began in December 2008 when Jake Godby & Sean Vahe opened the first shop of this San Francisco based ice cream company.  Servers Christopher and London informed me that the Abbot Kinney location is their fourth (and first non-Bay based) location.

Since then everyone loves to ask “Which partner is Humphry and which one is Slocombe?”  The answer is neither.  Inspired by their love of British comedy, Humphry Slocombe is named after the two lead characters (Mr. Humphries and Mrs. Slocombe) from the fabulous 1970’s sitcom “Are You Being Served?”  They even keep the official “Are You Being Served” book in their Mission Shop to show anyone who’s never heard of the show…just ask!

So looking for the perfect excuse for boozy winter ice cream,, head over to their Abbot Kinney haven for some FREE frozen Toddies from 6-10pm!!!

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com












Monday, January 7, 2019

Life is Sweet in Napa Valley with Yo el Rey Roasting Organic Coffee

Life is Sweet in Napa Valley with Yo el Rey Roasting Organic Coffee

By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny
The next day we rose with the sun to experience all that Calistoga had to offer… but first our JAVA FIX at Yo el Rey Roasting Organic Coffee!!!  A SUPER COOL space right in the middle of Calistoga, Yo el Rey Roasting Organic Coffee is a small coffee spot filled with colorful art, kitschy vintage furniture, and handwritten poetry all over the walls.  This is perfect caffeine cove to clear your mind of all that Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir or to wind down after an afternoon of window shopping in Calistoga.

Kelly and I deemed it an extremely solid java spot!  Yo el Rey Roasting Organic Coffee was voted best cafe/coffeehouse in Napa County and best Wifi Hotspot in the Valley as a whole (a very important aspect after a day of places with no service...).  Their commitment to superior quality, organically farmed coffee has allowed them to become organic, California-Green Certified, and Napa County-Green Certified.

Focusing on espresso and pour over drinks, their coffee blend is a nice medium roast of beans chosen by and roasted by the owner personally right in the middle of the floor using a chromed out Diedrich Roaster.  Be sure to get the honey vanilla latte, it's the signature drink of the place: rich, satisfyingly and not too sweet! ;-)

So here’s to life being delicious, all your moments being postcard worthy, and follow your dreams…and drink up bitches!!!


Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com