Monday, May 21, 2018

A DTLA Adventure with Bulletproof Café and King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

A DTLA Adventure with Bulletproof Café and King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
By Kat Thomas

Last week Edible Skinny was lucky enough to experience at day in Downtown Los Angeles at the Bulletproof Café and King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at California Science Center

The day started with some DTLA butter coffee at Bulletproof Café in the Arts District!  Similar to it’s Santa Monica location this coffee shop a unique café and restaurant experience, complete with everything to biohack your way to higher performance!  This tech friendly stylish space offers coffee drinks with added grass-fed butter or oils that aim to boost energy.  While there we grabbed some Vanilla Lattes comprised of Espresso, Steamed Coconut Milk, Brain Octane, Grass-Fed Butter, and Vanilla Max.  The result: a brain that was running on full throttle!

With our brains buzzing, it was then off to the California Science Center to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb!  King Tut: Treasure of the Golden Pharaoh, is the largest King Tut exhibit that has ever toured!  Organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the management company IMG, the new exhibition has about triple the number of objects that have previously toured, many leaving Egypt for the first time, along with advanced display technology and new science about King Tut's life, health, death and lineage.  In curating new material for the exhibit, organizers said they aimed for intimate objects like the gold sandals on the mummy's feet when it was discovered, and a pair of worn linen gloves he may have used in real life.  As Steve Martin would say, “How'd you get so funky?  Did you do the monkey?”

So make sure to check out the Treasure of the Golden Pharaoh while it’s in LA as it bound to be the last time!  The exhibition will appear in 10 cities internationally over seven years, then the objects will go to the still-under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where they will remain permanently.

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, May 16, 2018

Vegas Uncork'd - Burgers and Beats with Black Tap

On Saturday night Edible Skinny kicked it late night at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer for a night of burgers, beats, and of course, shakes during Vegas Uncork'd

Attendees sampled mouthwatering Black Tap Las Vegas snacks, burgers, and signature cocktails with a live DJ spinning tunes to keep the vibes pumping.  Chef/Owner Joe Isidori was master of ceremonies at chow time!  Samplings included Zesty Cheese Queso and Chips, Shrimp Tempura with Sweet Chili Lime, The All American Burger comprised of Prime Beef, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, American Cheese & Special Sauce, and (my Fav) The Greg Norman composed of Wagyu Beef, House Buttermilk, Dill, Blue Cheese, and Truffle Mayo.  Can we say Yummm (with 3 Ms)!

The Sweetest Thing!!!  The highlight on this party was the "one-time-only opportunity" to create your very own CrazyShake milkshake.  With a curated list of specialty “Vegas Uncork’d” ingredients, guests were able to let their imagination and taste buds go wild with a custom shake. 

And Hello Bell Biv DeVoe!  There was also a lip-sync battle where guests could wow the crowds with their favorite 80s pop and 90s hip hop.  You can see Matt in action on the last photo of pack!

Here's to Life Being Delicious, all your Moments Being Postcard Worthy, and creating your very own CrazyShake!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Vegas Uncork'd - The Grand Tasting

Last Friday night Edible Skinny was lucky enough to visit Caesars Palace for Vegas Uncork'd: The Grand Tasting at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. 
This is Vegas Uncork'd's BIG EVENT!  The 12th annual Grand Tasting gave guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to taste a staggering variety of the world’s most coveted dishes from the most famous restaurants around the globe, while rubbing elbows with their favorite chefs. 
The Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis was home for the evening to more than 2,500 festival-goers who sampled signature dishes prepared by 50+ award-winning chefs and sipped on samplings of 100 of the best wines from around the world.  It was an Epicurean Bacchanalia!

Some of our favorites included:
  • Yucatan Chicken Taco with Pumpkin Seed Cilantro Pesto & Pickled Red Onion Slaw from Mesa Grill 
  • Umami Quail with Jalapeno Dressing from Nobu Restaurant & Lounge.
  •  The Bam Bam Shake from Black Tap.  A Fruity Pebble Shake comprised of Vanilla Frosted Rim with Fruity Pebbles, Topped with a Fruity Pebbles Rice Krispy Treat, Strawberry Pop-Tart, Laffy Taffy, Whipped Cream, & a Cherry on top!
Here's to Life Being Delicious, all your Moments Being Postcard Worthy, and Epicurean Bacchanalias!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Vegas Uncork'd Saber Off with Masaharu Morimoto

Edible Skinny was lucky enough to attend 12th annual Vegas Uncork'd Saber Off.  Hosted by Bon Appétit Magazine presented by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Southern Glazers NV of Nevada. 

The festivities began with a pop as some of the biggest names in the culinary world united in Las Vegas for a weekend of festivities at Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, MGM Resorts' The Park, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas.  Joined by more than 20 legendary chefs including Guy Savoy, Shawn McClain, Timon Balloo and Stephen Hopcraft, chef Masaharu Morimoto ceremoniously sabered a bottle of Prosecco (after quite a few attempts) at The Park, MGM Resorts International's outdoor dining and entertainment district.

Check out our photos below!


Fit For A Queen - A Mother's Day Product Review Guide

A Mother's Day Product Review Guide for Moms Everywhere — Fit For A Queen
Moms are like buttons-they hold everything together. --Unknown

With the BIG M-DAY on Sunday we here at Edible Skinny thought we'd celebrate your number one FAN in style. So here's a couple of suggestions for that last minute gift, because Life doesn't come with a manual, it comes with a mother! ;-)

For the Glam Mom - FOREO LUNA GO
Every Mom wants to look their Best-est! Well let her embrace flawlessly beautiful skin with the FOREO Luna Go. This facial cleansing brush combines T-Sonic cleansing and anti-aging technology in a device no larger than a cotton pad. The newest, and smallest, addition to the Foreo family the Luna Go is 100% waterproof with a sealed charging port so you can use in bath or shower. It fits in a makeup bag seamlessly. Perfect for traveling, as it takes up just about ZERO room in a suitcase (perfect since it's filled with everyone's overflow items....)

For the Techie Mom - Skyroam Solis
Give Mom the gift of WiFi, virtually anywhere! The Skyroam Solis is a dual 4G LTE global WiFi hotspot and power bank. With instant access to secure, unlimited data in more than 110 countries (THAT'S RIGHT I JUST WROTE 110 COUNTRIES),, it offers the convenience of going from one country to another without configuring local SIMs, updating plans, incurring roaming charges or overage fees, shareable on up to five devices simultaneously. Skyroam products seamlessly connects users with mobile WiFi on the go through its proprietary global WiFi network powered by patented virtual SIM (vSIM) technology. It satisfies the most significant needs of travelers with super fast LTE speeds, long-lasting battery, and mobile charging that will keep users powered up all day long.

For the Active Mom (Part 1) - BUFF Headband
No Mom like flyaways in her face at yoga class. Enter BUFF Headbands which offers technical headwear for yogis, runners, and Lightning In A Bottle Attendees. COOLMAX PRO quick-dry fabric wicks away moisture and blocks UV rays and helps you keep cool as Vanilla Ice serving ice cream! ;-)

For the Active Mom (Part 2) - 5.11 Cascadia Windbreaker Jacket
After traveling to Amsterdam and back I can accurately say the Cascadia Windbreaker Jacket is the perfect lightweight, go-anywhere piece. AND you can pack into its own pockets making it easy to take on any adventure! Perfect for those days when the wind and temperatures can change in minutes (READ The North Sea). The Cascadia features venting just behind the shoulders and a durable polyester fabric with a DWR finish, along with two-way YKK®-zippered front hand pockets that are perfect for essentials like your keys, phone, or Skyroam Solis so your phone's never below 30% battery!
For the Protein Shaker Mom - BlenderBottle

Radian's BlenderBottle is all about the shaking, to the point of T Swift status! These bottles are constantly voted the best protein shaker cups for a reason. Their premium materials, leak-proof seal, and superior mixing regularly bring praise from the likes of Men's Fitness, Self Magazine, ESPN W, professional sports teams, and many others. The superior mixing of the BlenderBall is due in large part to its free flowing, "springy" nature; unlike stationary mesh grates or other in-lid elements, the BlenderBall whips around inside the bottle as you shake, bouncing off both the top and bottom and working against the liquids. No batteries, no cord, no hassle. The density of the stainless steel and the tried-and-true whisk design allow it to literally cut through powders and liquids. Double-wall vacuum insulation keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours. So shake it off!!!

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, May 9, 2018

Discovering the Other Side of The Red Light District: Amsterdam Exposed by David Wienir

Discovering the Other Side of The Red Light District: Amsterdam Exposed by David Wienir
By Kat Thomas

As you'll see from this interview, timing is everything in life. And so it was absolutely fitting that within hours of heading to Amsterdam for the first time, I sat down to interview David Wienir for his upcoming book: Amsterdam Exposed.

Welcome to an intimate look at the world's oldest profession! Wienir's latest book, Amsterdam Exposed: An American's Journey into The Red Light District, is an original and provocative travel memoir detailing his time in Amsterdam as an exchange student from Berkeley Law in the late 90's. Amsterdam Exposed tells the true one-of-a-kind story of an innocent exchange student who moves to Amsterdam hoping to write a book about The Red Light District and everything that ensues. While abroad Wienir befriends a prostitute named Emma, forever reshaping both of their perspectives on intimacy, commerce, sexuality, one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, and the women who work there.

David Wienir is a business affairs executive at United Talent Agency and entertainment law instructor at UCLA Extension. Before UTA, he practiced law at two of the top entertainment law firms where he represented clients such as Steven Spielberg and Madonna. His previous books include Last Time: Labour's Lessons from the Sixties (co-authored with a Member of Parliament at the age of 23), The Diversity Hoax: Law Students Report from Berkeley (afterword by Dennis Prager), and Making It on Broadway: Actors' Tales of Climbing to the Top (foreword by Jason Alexander). Educated at Columbia, Oxford, The LSE, Berkeley Law, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, David is married to Dr. Dina, a pioneer of the medical cannabis movement and the inspiration for the Nancy Botwin character in the show Weeds.

How did you get into this story?
I was on this path to being a lawyer, but I've always been artistic. Yet, I never thought about being an author till I became one. I studied Philosophy as an undergrad, so I'm a searcher. I'm looking for answers to questions. I think sometimes as an author you get tapped. You become a vehicle for sharing a story or conveying a message or opening up a world because you're uniquely situated to do so.
Ironically yesterday, I found the journal of the first time I backpacked through Amsterdam at age 20. It was kind of devastating to see how threatened I was by the space; what my preconceived notions were about that world. My first time there, Amsterdam was a place that when I got there I wanted nothing to do with it. I remember bragging in my journal to myself, how I went to these coffee shops and only drank that coffee and let everyone else smoke "the weed" because that wasn't the world I was brought up in. Fast forward my first year of law school where, I went to the Mustang Ranch briefly. There I spent a few hours just talking with one of the woman who worked there. That encounter really changed my understanding of prostitution. It dawned on me, she's really she's no different than I am. These are issues we're entrenched in. It took me time to to figure it all out, which I think shows there's hope for all of us.
And I think that's one of the major premises of the book. We often hear about women who are prostitutes and we want to label them. We want to judge them. We want to turn them into these two-dimensional beings and stick them on the lower tiers of society so we can be superior to them. I think that's one of the main problems when it comes to prostitution. We're not going to change industry, it's the world's oldest profession, but we can do a whole lot better as a society to recognize them as human beings.

What's one of the preconceived notions of The Red Light District you'd like to change?
Often it doesn't have to do with sex. Yet because people perceive that it's all about sex, they see it as such a threatening world. This book is surprisingly provocative by showing innocence in this space. It's challenging by talking about the the place sexuality holds in people's lives. Prostitution in Amsterdam has gone on for hundreds of years, but there's only been a couple little pamphlets and guidebooks written about The Red Light District. It's almost like they're completely forgotten the women working there. I think most people look at The Red Light District as either hating it as this evil thing or they romanticize it. The thing that I think is probably the most threatening about this book, and the thing that I'm the most proud of, is how non-judgmental the book is towards the concept of The Red Light District and prostitution.
How has The Red District changed since you were there?
It's a very different Amsterdam than was in this book. Today, the District is fighting for its survival. It's the subject that people are really wrestling with. When I was there in 1999 there were 520 windows in Amsterdam, as of 2016 there were 324. That's a 25% reduction. In Arnhem, where Emma started, their Red Light District used to have 300 windows when I was there, now it no longer even exists.

What do you think is the bigger perspective of this book?
The fact that we had a human connection in a place where that wasn't permitted, that really took me off guard. To be able to build trust with one of these women in the windows is unheard of, it doesn't happen.
At the end of book I reference the idea from Eastern culture called "The Red Thread of Fate," which is the idea that this energy connects two people together. They are meant to be in each others life for a reason and change each other for the better. It was something that was definitely there. The way I connected with Emma was I bought all these flowers and presented them to her. In that moment, almost with a sense of desperation, I felt I had to give them to her. I needed to change her day, to brighten it just a bit. I remember that moment like it was yesterday. It lead to something pretty spectacular and I hope that that moment is inspiring. Not just to people who go to The District, but to human interaction overall.

What do you make of the fact that you didn't write this book for 20 years?
This book for me is about providing voices to the women in the windows, but even so it took me a long time to get to be able to do so. It was about getting to a point where I was able to share myself.
Early in my career I was working at a big formal international firm. This was followed by working at the two top talent boutiques representing Madonna and Steven Spielberg. That was an environment where I felt I would be judged. It wasn't until I got married a couple of years ago that I could fully put myself in the book and realize it was as much about my transformation as it was about Emma's. I really acknowledge my wife for allowing me, and pushing me, to finally embrace this story.

What do you think this book says about sexuality?
It's not a sanitized book. Sex is a very taboo subject; it's a world that most people don't want you talking about it. It's obviously respectful, but I didn't let the PC culture make me write a PC book about a non-PC world.
It's not a scientific book, it's about opening up a world and telling one tale behind one of those windows. Even though I have a background in public policy from the London School of Economics, this book is not trying to be social science. I'm not trying to speak for every women in Amsterdam who works in a window, as I shouldn't.
At the end of the day, it's a sweet simple platonic love story between a 26 year old law student and an Amsterdam prostitute.

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