Wednesday, December 27, 2017

DAOU Vineyards and Winery - ES DOES PASO ROBLE

After the charming sidetracking of our olive oil adventure we then continued on our tasting at the gorgeous DAOU Vineyards and Winery.  

The French brothers of Georges and Daniel Daou grew up drinking wine at every family meal.  This day in/day out ritual compelled them to fall in love with the communal aspects of wine.  Years later after brothers had immigrated to California and made their mark in computerizing hospital records, they decided to revisit this love.  The brothers flew to Napa, explored Temecula, in the end they spent seven year circumnavigating California for the perfect spot for their winery.   The place they eventually staked their flag was the ideal expression of terroir, with the soil of Boudreaux France but the climate of Napa.  And so in 2008, they settled on top of the DAOU Mountain in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles with a vision is to make California “first-growth” wine, fulfilling the district’s destiny as the world’s next benchmark for Bordeaux varieties.  Every year the winery holds a grand ball with themes such as The Great Gatsby and James Bond celebrating their luck in finding the perfect place for their wine adventure.   
Everything at DAOU is done the classic French way, no additives, no filtering, no clarifiers, no watering of the grapes.  “We are purist, we want to focus on the wine,” states Daniel Dou.  “I try and make wine by what I’m trying to express.”  One of Daniel’s favorite wines, a Soul of A Lion was named after the title of his father’s memoirs.  This primarily Cabernet based wine, is a swirling adventure of vanilla and blackberries.  It the perfect glass to enjoy on their tasting room’s patio or lawn terrace, overlooking the vineyards with panoramic views at an elevation of 2,200 feet.  It like DAOU’s other wines, was a smashing success receiving a 96 from Wine Advocate.  

The DAOU brothers founded the Paso Robles Cab Collective, a consortium of wineries in the Paso area helping to uplift the region as a whole.  “You don't make a region with one winery,” notes Daniel.   “Wineries, we’re shy but we need to work together.”  His philosophy, don’t compete with Napa, instead celebrate the specialness of the Paso Robles area.  “With that I believe we can go toe to toe with Napa.”  

Saturday, December 23, 2017

TWAS the Last Weeks of Shopping PART TWO

'Twas the last days of shopping and all through the land,

There were people purchasing for friends, family, and their assistants de right-hand.

So we made a list of some of Edible Skinny's favorites for under the tree!

They're presents perfect, much more practical than the proverbially requested pony! ;-)

For The Lazy One in Your Life
Davines Hair Refresher
This dry cleansing mist is the perfect excuse to sleep in. A dry shampoo that offers a touch of hold, Davines Hair Refresher, brings hair back to life fostering the right amount of lift and texture. Complete with odor neutralizing particles this simple solution give your locks that freshly showered scent while refreshing style. Davines Hair Refresher is the ultimate time saver, taking you from greasy to glam in just a few seconds.
Available at for $28.50.

For The Budding Steven Spielberg -
Parrot Bebop 2 Power – FPV Pack
Let the world be your cinema with the Parrot Bebop 2 Power – FPV Pack! This is the perfect gift for the Budding Steven Spielberg. With more than 60 minutes battery life (2 batteries) of flight time per charge and a range of up to 2 km with the WiFi HD 720p transmission system and the Parrot Skycontroller 2, you can push the limits of your aerial exploration. Experience no limits, time belongs to you!
Available at for $599.9

For Those Looking To Embrace The Jet Setter Beauty
Eleni and Chris Anti-Aging Night Cream
Let's celebrate the Holidays with looking great for year's to come! Hydrating and anti-aging night cream rich in antioxidants with a rich but still light texture, which quickly absorbs into the skin. The Scandinavian beauty company Eleni & Chris (named for mother-daughter creators) their Anti-Aging Night Cream, provides a Scandinavian glow by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This night cream regenerates and restores by providing deep moisture and volume overnight for more youthful, healthier skin. Here's to being forever young!
Available at for $106

For the Veteran Looking to Spark One Up in Celebration
Warfighter Tobacco
The Nebraska based Warfighter Tobacco Company is dedicated to Warfighters, America, and Cigars. Owned and operated by combat Veterans, their philosophy is that warfighting is tough work and throughout history, at the end of the mission, when one of our members goes down, or it is time to celebrate victory, the warfighter has done so with a cigar in hand. So support the cause! Their Smok'n Gear Combo Pack includes: the ultra-versatile Smok'n Gear, 4 Cigars in your choice of Robusto or Toro, Firebird Lighter Firebird Guillotine Cutter, and a Full sized Boveda 60 G 72%. So embrace your inner Warfighter!
Available at for $129.99

For the Starlet in the Making... PART TWO
Deck of Scarlet
The makeup subscription service Deck of Scarlet just launched another makeup palette just in time for the holiday season! All the products you need to create multiple makeup looks in one palette. Deck of Scarlet delivers a different makeup palette to your door every other month that was crafted in collaboration with a popular YouTuber. Each cruelty free, paraben free palette comes with eight or nine makeup products and YouTube tutorials to see each palette's range! And 'tis always the season to party with Edition No. 5 full of pinks and golds that allows for both fun and stunning!
Available at for $29.95

For the Cannabis Connoisseur Counting Down to January 1st
The Emerald Dames of Sin City Cannabis Charity Pinup Calendar
On January 1st Recreational Cannabis commences in California. And there's no better way to celebrate with The Emerald Dames of Sin City Charity Cannabis Calendar. A “joint collaboration” between The Green Light District and Dope Foto that was designed to bring the Las Vegas Cannabis Community together. 10% of sales of this calendar will benefit the award winning Cannabis non-profit Grow For Vets! Grow For Vets has given $1.6 million dollars in Marijuana to Veterans to combat PTSD and TBI. So let's celebrate 420 and 710 every month!
Available at for $10

For January 1st Dieter
The MasterBlaster
Hello to a flawless body 2018! The ultimate advanced tool by Ashley Black,creator of the FasciaBlaster. We here at Edible Skinny, are obsessed with this spider webbing that keeps your brain in your skull, your muscle in line, and your organs where their supposed to be. Fascia is the head-to-toe, fingertip-to-fingertip, inside-to-out connective tissue. Black's newest product, the MasterBlaster, combines the detailed approach of the FaceBlaster (small claws) with the leverage and reach of the original FasciaBlaster (a sizable rod length). So grab one and start blasting into a better body in 2018!
Available at for $124.99

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Twas the Last Weeks of Shopping PART ONE

Twas the Last Weeks of Shopping: A Holiday Gift Guide For World Domination... PART ONE
By Kat Thomas

‘Twas the last weeks of shopping and all through the land,

There were people purchasing for friends, family, and their assistants de right-hand.

So we made a list of some of Edible Skinny’s favorites for under the tree!

They're presents perfect; much more practical than that proverbially requested pony. ;-)

For Anyone Wanting to Shine Just a Bit Brighter
SAND & SKY – Purifying Pink Clay Mask
Give your skin a winter holiday with Australian skincare SAND & SKY.  Created with a unique blend of ingredients from the purest and untouched lands of Down Under, including Australian Pink Clay.  Detoxify and brighten, not only will your pores be less visible, but the clay mask also gives an immediate glow to your skin after the first use.  This was the best mud mask Edible Skinny has ever used!
It was also the most taunt mud mask we’ve ever used, with our entire face being locked into a detoxifying shell.  And the numbers back it up, after one use 92% of customers saw immediate results, 83% agreed their skin was visibly cleansed.
SAND & SKY Brilliant Skin is available at for $49.90.

For the All Day Hiker to All Night Sunset Blvd Partier
Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter for Body, Face, and Hair
The perfect product to take those dry winter blues away!  Dive into moisture with this luxurious three-in-one.  The perfect pampering for whatever needs repair, Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter, with its light scent and rich moisture will have you radiating from head to toe.  Perfect for travel this dynamite do-it-all is made with 98% natural derived ingredients including organic Carthame oil.  Davines Authentic Replenishing Butter gave us shiner hair and had us feeling baby soft. Treat every part of you this holiday season!
Available at for $38.50.
For the Starlet in the Making...
MODA Mythical 6 Pro Makeup Brushes 6pc Star Travel Kit
Mythical and magic these shiny pink, brushes pack some major unicorn sparkle!  With wet/dry application and a waterproof metallic handle putting on makeup has never been so fun!
MODA Brushes were created by parent company Royal & Langnickel, the leading paint brush company on the art market. These professional brushes take key learnings from their heritage and apply these details to make them some of the best on the market with 36 types of brushes. From product development to manufacturing and distribution, MODA’s vertical silo allows them to pass on an affordable price to their clients.
100% vegan and soft as cotton candy clouds the MODA Mythical Travel Kit includes brushes for: precision, powder, complexion, crease, shader and single liner. Plus they come with a sparkle zip pouch that shimmers so bright, it will never get lost at bottom of your bag. These brushes offer a light touch, perfect for a natural look. Affordable and fun, they give you an excuse to sparkle every day of the week!
Available at

For Those Jealous of Their Toddlers Complexion
Ceramiracle's First Light The Serum
The secret to radiant baby soft skin!  Eugene He, founder of Ceramiracle, has been fascinated by the question of youthful skin since he was young.  After a ton of research, he found that the Vernix Caseos, a thick, wax-like substance that covers babies for weeks before birth, acts as a baby’s “first beauty product,” as it covers, moisturizes, and protects the baby’s delicate skin. After two years of tireless work, Eugene created the perfect formula: a plant-derived alternative with all the beneficial properties of the Vernix Caseosa.
Unlike many products on the market, First Light The Serum doesn’t just sit on top of the skin.  It instead, works with your skin to strengthen its natural barrier and restore its softness and smoothness.  Fortified with botanical extracts of Wakame cell culture, White Lupin Seed, and Phytoceramides, now the womb won’t be the only place you can get baby-soft, radiant skin.
Available at for $89.00

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rice To Meet You! Meet OTORO, the Mirage’s Japanese Robata Grill & Sushi

Rice To Meet You!  Meet OTORO, the Mirage’s Japanese Robata Grill & Sushi
By Kat Thomas

Sake it to me! Edible Skinny was lucky enough to recently experience the newest restaurant at the Mirage, the Japanese inspired OTORO Robata Grill & Sushi.  

If Udon know them yet, you will soon! (Don’t diss the food puns I’m on a roll…)  The restaurant’ moniker is derived from, which is named after the most desired part of the tuna belly that usually doesn't get a price on any sushi house menus. And it’s one that fits, from the sizzle and aroma of the Robata Grill to the freshest sushi and specialty rolls to an impressive menu of sharing-style platters.
Are those chopsticks? Or are you just happy sashimi.  OTORO is a space of multiple options.  From an extensive cocktail area to a sushi bar where you can pull up and watch chefs handcraft rolls with the freshest ingredients while working their magic to a private room gold adorned dining room for that intimate meal.  My dining companion, Miss Julia Reed Nichols, and I started the night with OTORO’s Grapefruit Three Way, the most popular cocktail on their menu.  Comprised of Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, Fresh Grapefruit, and Fresh Lime Sour this drink was the right amount of pucker worthy tastiness.

From there we began our dining experience with a Calamari appetizer. Artfully marinated and served in fine strips the dish was an intimate experience of taste.  We contrasted this round of seafood with some farm, sampling their veggie options. The delectable Baby Artichoke from the Robata Bar, complimented with Lemon Aioli was uber fresh and absolutely tasty! We topped this with some Garlic Edamame (made of garlic, chili pepper, and soy sauce) which was deliciously reliable (and super FAB the next day)! Thank you very Mochi!
We then shifted our focus to sushi, noshing on some of OTORO’s specialty sushi rolls. 
First up was the Tiger Roll an amalgamation of Shrimp Tempura, Snow Crab, and Spicy Tuna.  This was followed by a Philadelphia Roll consisting of Scottish Salmon, Avocado, and Cream Cheese.  This roll had none of the heaviness normally found in this combo, instead the result was light as a creamy delicious cloud. 

It was then time for the main courses! We commenced with the Black Cod Robata, the most popular dish on their menu. Delightfully delicate, it was like eating newly fallen snow.  This was followed by Tempura Udon with a Soy Broth vase, Assorted Veggies and Shrimp Tempura.  A classic dish done right. This was paired with OTORO’s flavorful chicken dish the Katsu Rice Bowl. Encompassing a super moist Chicken Breast, Truffle Fried Rice, Asparagus, Mushrooms, and topped with a fried egg.  It was the perfect luxury fried rice dish (a statement I never thought I’d write). This dish is so tasty you’ll have to control your tempura you can’t have it every night!
To finish off the meal we delighted in the whimsical Pineapple Snow. This Pineapple upside-down cake dessert with pineapple shaved ice, vanilla bean gelato and vanilla sauce. This dish, which serves 2, has a dramatic table side pour over that is not to be missed!

So if you’re looking for the taste of Japan in Vegas swing on over to OTORO.  You’ll love it Roe much! ;-)

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