Edible Skinny was lucky enough to spend 8 days in The Netherlands.
Between the canals of Amsterdam and the windmills of the North Sea,
we discovered this country far and wide. And while on our trek of
this Dutch wonderland, we utilized our time as kickass reporters to
test out some travel items, Welcome to: “Let's Getaway: Dutch
Edition Travel Product Review.” So Cheers to exploring the globe!
Or as they say in The Netherlands... Proost!
je! On our way to discovering Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (aka the
Kingdom of the Low Countries), we decided to learn some of the
language basics. Enter online language course Babbel... the
comprehensive learning system combines effective education methods
with state-of-the-art technology. This isn't just about listening,
interactive online courses improve your grammar through playing with
your computer's microphone. Within days our vocabulary and and
pronunciation skills were amped up to 11. Which was about the number
of words we remembered when we got over to the Netherlands. But Hey,
we said them like an authentic Hollander! ;-)
sucks to get sick when your traveling, and unfortunately this
happened to Matt on our trip... Luckily we had some Olbas Oil on
hand to speed up the process of healing. Originating in Basel,
Switzerland over 100 years ago, Olbas Oil is a blend of six essential
oils made from healing herbs. These kickass oils are pure plant
remedies (some of the nature's secret weapons in maintaining
wellness). Olbas contains essential oils of peppermint (aromatic
stimulant), eucalyptus (promotes oxygen absorption), cajeput (sinus
soothing), wintergreen (warm soothing effect when used in massage),
juniper (stimulated metabolism), and clove (strong stimulating
aromatic). Since Kat didn't succumb to the sniffles, we deemed this
the “good stuff” to prevent and protect yourself from those
common cold breeding airplanes!
LIVED in Cotopaxi’s Kusa Hybrid Jacket while in chilly Amsterdam...
And not just because it’s made with llama-fleece (cause who
doesn’t LOVE some llama LOVE...). This Hybrid features some SUPER
technical things like 20D ripstopnylon fabric, which is finished with
a DWR to create a light, durable, water-resistant outer shell. And
below this technology Cotopaxi has applied their unique llama-fleece
insulation to keep you nice and warm when the mercury dips. Plus
it’s a Do-Goodery company! Cotopaxi designates 2% of their revenue
to help alleviate poverty around the world. Their products are
guaranteed to last 61 years, the average lifespan of a person living
in the developing world! So stay European warm in Llama style!!!
BAG WAS A LIFESAVER! The Moshi Tego Sling Messenger blends
functionality with a sleek Asian minimalist design. The Tego was
PERFECT for biking the streets of Amsterdam. The cross body
messenger, is wearable on the left or right shoulder, features a
quick-release strap for easy access, and an ActiveStrap for added
stability on the move. Smart yet refined, each bag in the Tego
series is constructed with concealed rear zippers for added security
when we hit the streets of Europe. Crafted from a lightweight and
durable fabric, this messenger bag is cut-proof and weather-resistant
to keep your belongings secure and dry. Plus it's SUPER DUPER
sophisticated looking making you look like you're wearing a bag from
the FUTURE! ;-)
is life hacking at its best! This lightweight collapsible water
bottle can roll up to the size of an orange when your done using it!
The bottle loops around your wrist for easy carry or attaches to your
bag for quick access. Nomader is rated for temperatures of below 4
degrees to 248 degrees, making it safe to use for boiling water, hot
beverages, and frozen margarita drinks. This space saving water
bottle is perfect a post TSA filler up!!!
your a fan of Edible Skinny, you know we are FANS of Ashley Black’s
FasciaBlaster®!!! So we were delighted to test drive the
FaceBlaster™ while voyaging in the North Sea. The FaceBlaster™ is
a completely new fascia straightening design with 3 tiny, dainty
claws that employ the same benefits of the FasciaBlaster® for
smaller, delicate areas. It was specifically designed for the face
and can help release tension, fascial adhesions, and tightness
between the smallest joints and bones in the hands, feet, and neck.
So for anyone with tight necks from carrying bags (READ US) or have
TMG for stressing over delayed flights (also READ US): THIS IS THE
PRODUCT FOR YOU!!!
This anti wrinkle button down has the ability for any traveler to go
from Backpacker to Business Casual in 5 minutes! Ministry of Supply
interviewed dozens of women to understand their clothing
demands...they then went to into the laboratory and got to work. The
result is their Easier Than Silk Shirt: machine washable,
wrinkle-resistant, and as flexible as Kayne West's politics... ;-)
with soul! When walking upon cobble-stoned streets, taking care of
your toesies and feetsies becomes a priority! But Hallelujah, Soul
Insole’s minimalist and flexible design works with your shoes, not
against them. The biomechanically designed shape of the Soul Insole
effectively redistributes pressure evenly across the foot to relieve
pressure from the heel and forefoot. An arch booster that can be
added to a full length insole or placed in any shoe. Soul Insole
uses the medial wall and existing structure of the shoe to increase
support to your arch (which means it will feel different in each
shoes). Soul Insole prevents overpronation while training the foot
to maintain proper alignment and gait, helping to relieve symptoms of
Plantar Fascitis. Hip Hip Hooray for feetsies so happy they can
dance the night away!!!
been disheveled again! The TravelWise 5 Piece Packing Cube Set is a
travel essential that allows clothes to stay folded and neat when
packed in their own "small drawers". These cubes have been
featured on PopSugar, Marriot Traveler, and Reader's Digest and are
FANTASTIC for staying organized. Constructed of lightweight, durable
nylon, these multi-sized cubes compartmentalize similar items such as
shirts, pants, swimsuits and electronic accessories to streamline
packing. They are FAB for staying organized on both short and long
trips and help travelers avoid over packing. The open mesh top makes
searching for misplaced items a thing of the past. Travelwise is
available in nine colors (including PINK)! Each set includes 1
small, 2 medium, and 2 large cubes to organize different sized items
were our GO-TO bars on this trip. Many protein bars on the market
are a blend of sugar, more sugar, and artificial ingredients. Not
KIND, this 12g of protein bar comes primarily from nuts such as whole
peanuts, almonds, and soy. For that long train ride from Amsterdam
to Eemshaven (8 hours) their Double Dark Chocolate Nut Bar was
PERFECT solution to tiding us over!
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
Bourquardez is a Writer for Edible Skinny. He has traveled the globe
and rarely sees his house.
SoCal-ing It Up with the Conejo Valley
By Kat Thomas
Editor in Chief, Edible Skinny
A few weeks ago Edible Skinny was lucky
to spend a few days exploring Conejo Valley for a Father/Daughter
Getaway. Now we (sheepishly) admit up until this time we had only
driven through this area of SoCal on our way to more “well know”
(READ: overcrowded) vacation destinations. But with a few days of
R&R on the docket, we decided to catch a break in Conejo Valley.
Known as a home away from home, Conejo
Valley is located less than 30 minutes from the beaches of Malibu and
45 minutes from Los Angeles. It's the ultimate drivable daytrip!
It's all the fun of Santa Barbara or Paso Robles, yet none of the
crowding of nearby destinations.
Conejo Valley is a multifaceted
gemstone full of majestic views for hiking (or just enjoying while
sipping a glass of wine), eclectic dining venues for the foodies
(minus spending 30 minutes in line parking your car), and boisterous
breweries to have a good fun time (perfect for Pappa Thomas)! So
here's a few experiences we had while discovering Conejo Valley!
BTWs: in case you were wondering
(because we were) Conejo means “Rabbit” in Spanish! ;-)
The first stop on our visit to Conejo
Valley was the brewery and showroom, 14 Cannons in Westlake Village.
Constructed in 2017, 14 Cannons produces beer by award winning brewer
Nic Bortolin while also showcasing the industry’s leading vendors.
Full of “Independent Spirit,” the name 14 Cannons is a tribute to
the owner Marshall Haraden's great, great, great, great uncle,
Jonathan Haraden who captained the American war ship Tyrannicide in
1777. The ship was part of the Massachusetts State Navy fleet and
was infamously armed with 14 Cannons. This spot was the perfect
place to christen the weekend! In between games of Skeeball (a Ab
Fab favorite of the New Jersey native Thomas Gals), we sipped on some
Bestlake Blonde (their version of a Blonde Style Ale that is perfect
for 365 days of Sunshine) and Peanut Butter Cup Dessert Ale (a Sweet
Stout that reminds you of the day after Halloween).
Lure Fish House It
was then off to Lure Fish House, a restaurant that was recommended to
us by three separate Locals! East coast class with a relaxed
California vibe, Lure Fish House featured fresh and sustainable
seafood right from the ocean. Lure prints their menus daily to
reflect availability and guarantee freshness. With four locations
(including the Thousand Oaks space we dined at), it featured a full
bar with specialty cocktails along with an oyster bar serving
mollusks galore! While there we ordered multiple bottles of Wente
Chardonnay, which paired perfectly with our seafood smorgasbord of
Calamari, Fanny Bay Oysters, and 3-lb Lobster we dined on!
Westlake Brew Co.
After the rocking meal we had a Lure
Fish House, it was off for some live music at the Westlake Brew Co.,
aptly names as they were also in Westlake Village! ;-) With live
music every Friday and Saturday night, the brewery offered libations
for those looking for live music and the craft beer culture in a
modern warehouse location. Their philosophy: to always be in pursuit
of something better. Something they must be doing pretty well as the
packed space had the ultimate good night vibe with cover band jams,
shuffleboard games, and craft beer suds.
That night we settled our sleepyheads
at the fantastic Marriott Courtyard Thousand Oaks. The newly
renovated Courtyard by Marriott Thousand Oaks, CA hotel is
TripAdvisor Award of Excellence winner. It's located off US-101 for
super duper easy access. Their spacious lobby, which includes media
pods and a full bar, was the perfect place for people to chill on a
Friday night (it was definitely kicking when we returned from
Westlake Brew Co. around midnight). And unlike Los Angeles hotels
parking was included. The Marriott Courtyard Thousand Oaks' outdoor
heated pool and spa, surrounded by lush landscaping, were perfect for
hours of entertainment Saturday morning. There's nothing Pappa
Thomas enjoys more in hanging out in a hot tub while playing tunes on
the speakers. Needless to say they were, extremely accommodating...
it's definitely a hotel that allows you to have fun and doesn't get
in your way!
After a delightful nights rest, we were
ready to hit the deck for Day Two of Visit Conejo. We were off to
experience a bit of American history at the renowned Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. The Ronald Reagan Presidential
Library and Museum is one of Conejo Valley's most unique and
treasured attractions. Located in nearby Simi Valley, visitors can
step aboard Air Force One used during Reagan’s presidency and view
an exact replica of the White House Oval Office.
Perched on a mountaintop with sweeping
views of Conejo Valley, the Library's 300 acre site, represents the
"shining city on a hill" often referenced by President
Reagan. Air Force One, a 2700 Boeing 706, guards a 65-foot window
with views as expansive as the legacy of this eight term president.
The plane was the official travel of seven US Presidents - Nixon,
Ford, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush. The Reagan
Library received 27000 in a decommissioning ceremony on September 8.
2001 at the San Bernardino International Airport. It was
disassembled over a nine-week period by nine-person crew from The
Boeing Company into the following sections fuselage, tail,
stabilizers, engines, main landing gear, and wings. It is now
celebrated at the Gipper's library as a monument to the location that
also serves as the final resting place of the nation's 40th
Along with taking a fabulous tour of
Air Force One (a favorite of Pappa Thomas) exhibits are presented at
the library throughout the year, their newest arrival and only
Southern California stop: Genghis Khan! The Genghis Khan exhibit
showcased hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire,
the largest collection ever to tour. The one-of-a-kind exhibit
portrayed Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror in history
as he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than Julius
Caesar or Alexander the Great.
Finney's Crafthouse &Kitchen Our final meal of this fabulous two day
Father/Daughter Getaway was at Finney's Crafthouse & Kitchen in
Westlake Village (and coming soon to Santa Barbara!). With a slogan
of “Craft Beer Spoken Here,” the combination of chef-inspired
food and their craft bar makes the space an inviting gastropub that
attracts guests of all types, especially the locals. It's the
perfect place for day drinking on a Sunday or a afternoon Saturday
date night. Offering 30 craft beers on draft, a full bar featuring
hand-crafted cocktails, fine California wines, and a menu to die for
(Get the Bacon Blue Burger: Roquefort, onion strings, bacon,
house-made BBQ and a pretzel bun – Super Duper Yummm!). Keeping it
fresh, flavorful and at times, unexpected, Finney's Crafthouse &
Kitchen hit it out of the park!
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