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It’s All About The Pizza

I have been a pizza lover ever since I was a little girl and learned to appreciate all the different types and styles at a young age. Thick crust, thin crust, round, square, cheese, no cheese…there are so many ways to make a pizza! I have gone through many phases of favorites in my life and these days I feel like you can’t go wrong with a good margherita. Sometimes I jazz mine up with raw garlic and or black olives but the same 3 classic toppings always remain the same. Cheese, sauce and basil. The secret is to only use the best ingredients you can find like Rustic Crust Ready-Made Crust (they have 9 delicious crusts to choose from including a Gluten Free and my favorite Crispy Thin Crust) and their Pizza Sauce that is all natural. Its a great base to start with and then you can get as creative as you want with the toppings. I recently whipped up this margherita and it was dee-lish!

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That was sooooo easy and so tasty!

You can find everything you need from Rustic Crust here!

If you need some pizza inspiration here is a list by The Daily Meal of their top 101 pizza joints in the US! I have been to #4 and #6 and can say that they are both amazing and have inspired me in the kitchen!

Rank
Name of Pizzeria
Type of Pizza
Place
1
Frank Pepe’s
White Clam
New Haven, Connecticut
2
Di Fara
Classic Round Pie
Brooklyn, New York
3
Roberta’s
Margherita
Brooklyn, New York
4
Pizzeria Mozza
Squash blossoms, tomato, burrata mozzarella, tomato sauce
Los Angeles, California
5
Sally’s Apizza
Tomato Pie
New Haven, Connecticut
6
Flour + Water
Margherita
San Francisco, California
7
Louie and Ernie’s
Sausage Pie
Bronx, New York
8
Buddy’s Pizza
Motor City
Detroit, Michigan
9
CoalFire Pizza
Margherita
Chicago, Illinois
10
Joe’s
Cheese
New York, New York
11
Pizzeria Bianco
Margherita
Phoenix, Arizona
12
Papa’s Tomato Pies
Sausage
Robbinsville, New Jersey
13
Modern Apizza
Italian Bomb
New Haven, Connecticut
14
Totonno’s
Margherita
Brooklyn, New York
15
Pequod’s
Deep Dish with sausage and pepperoni
Chicago, Illinois
16
Patsy’s
Cheese
New York, New York
17
Gino’s East
Cheese Deep Dish
Chicago, Illinois
18
Co.
Popeye
New York, New York
19
Motorino
Brussels Sprout
New York, New York
20
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Margherita
San Francisco, California
21
Paulie Gee’s
Regina
Brooklyn, New York
22
John’s of Bleecker Street
“The Boom Pie”
New York, New York
23
Grimaldi’s
Pepperoni
Brooklyn, New York
24
Kesté
Kesté
New York, New York
25
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Chicago Classic
Chicago, Illinois
26
Antico Pizza Napoletana
Pepperoni
Atlanta, Georgia
27
Apizza Scholls
Apizza Amore
Portland, Oregon
28
Lucali
Pepperoni
Brooklyn, New York
29
Una Pizza Napoletana
Margherita
San Francisco, California
30
Lombardi’s
Pepperoni
New York, New York
31
Lorenzo’a and Sons
Cheese Pie
New York, New York
32
Al Forno
Margherita
Woodinville, Washington
33
2Amy’s
2amys
Washington, D.C.
34
Pizzeria Delfina
Salsiccia Pizza
San Francisco, California
35
Denino’s
Sausage
Staten Island, New York
36
Santarpio’s
Mozzarella, Sausage, Garlic
Boston, Massachusetts
37
Umberto’s Pizzaeria & Restaurant
Grandma Pie
New Hyde Park, New York
38
Pete’s New haven Style Apizza
New Haven
Washington, D.C.
39
Delorenzo’s Tomato Pies
Tomato Pie
Robbinsville, New Jersey
40
Gjelina
Lamb Sausage
Los Angeles, California
41
Rubirosa Ristorante
Vodka
New York, New York
42
Emily
The Classic
Brooklyn, New York
43
Sotto
Margherita
Los Angeles, California
44
Pizza Domenica
Calabrese
New Orleans, Louisiana
45
Varasano’s
Nana
Atlanta, Georgia
46
Serious Pie
Sweet fennel sausage, roasted pepper, provolone
Seattle, Washington
47
Providence Coal Fired Pizza
Rocket
Providence, Rhode Island
48
Galleria Umberto
Cheese Pie
Boston, Massachusetts
49
Harry’s Pizzeria
Shortrib
Miami, Florida
50
Pizzeria Paradiso
Bottarga
Washington, D.C.
51
Colony Pizza
Sausage Pie
Stamford, Connecticut
52
Regina Pizzeria
Giambatta
Boston, Massachusetts
53
Gino’s of Long Beach
Special Pizza
Long Beach, New York
54
The Cheeseboard
Changes daily
Berkeley, California
55
Coppa
Salsiccia
Boston, Massachusetts
56
Lee’s Tavern
White Clam Pie
Staten Island, New York
57
Zuppardi’s
Special
West Haven, Connecticut
58
Matchbox
Fire & Smoke
Washington, D.C
59
Hog & Hominy
The Prewitt
Memphis, Tennessee
60
Pizzeria Lola
Korean BBQ
Minneapolis, Minnesota
61
Bru Room at Bar
Mashed potato and bacon
New Haven, Connecticut
62
Pizzaiolo
Rapini and housemade sausage
Oakland, California
63
The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria
White pizza
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
64
Ken’s Artisan Pizza
Margherita
Portland, Oregon
65
Home Slice Pizza
Pepperoni and Mushroom
Austin, Texas
66
Osteria
Parma
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
67
Domenick & Pia’s
Pepperoni
Waterbury, Connecticut
68
Pizzeria Uno
“Numero Uno”
Chicago, Illinois
69
Double Mountain Brewery
Asparagus Pie
Hood River, Oregon
70
Barone’s Famous Italian Restaurant
Frank’s Special Pizza
Los Angeles, California
71
Metro Pizza
Milano
Las Vegas, Nevada
72
Brooklyn’s Pizza
Cheese and Tomato
Hackensack, New Jersey
73
Pizza Rock
Margherita
Las Vegas, Nevada
74
Ernesto’s
Ernesto
Boston, Massachusetts
75
Ernie’s Pizzeria
Plain Pie
New Haven, Connecticut
76
Area 4
Clam & Bacon
Cambridge, Massachusetts
77
Pizza Moto
Margherita
Brooklyn, New York
78
Amore Pizza
Plain Cheese Pie
Flushing, Queens
79
Punch Neapolitan Pizza
Margherita
St. Paul Minnesota
80
Otto Pizza
Mashed potato, bacon and scallion
Portland, Maine
81
Pi
The Delmar
St. Louis, Missouri
82
Star Tavern Pizzeria
Thin Crust
Orange, New Jersey
83
Pizzeria Beddia
Tomato, mozzarella, old gold age cheese, extra virgin olive oil
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
84
Roseland Apizza
Plain Pie
Derby, Connecticut
85
Sal’s Pizza
Sicilian
Mamaroneck, New York
86
Margot’s
Margot-rita
Brooklyn, New York
87
New Park Pizza
Cheese
Howard Beach, Queens
88
Pizzeria Vetri
Tonno
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
89
Tarry Lodge
Goat Cheese
Port Chester, New York
90
Pizza Man
Pizza Man Special
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
91
Zaffiro’s Pizza
EBF “Everything But Fish”
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
92
Cane Rosso
Zoli
Dallas, Texas
93
The Backspace
Pepperoni Americano
Austin, Texas
94
Pizza Delicious
Cheese
New Orleans, Louisiana
95
Pizzeria Locale
Funghi
Boulder, Colorado
96
Micucci’s Grocery
Sicilian Slab
Portland, Maine
97
Tony’s Place
Tomato Pie
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
98
Artichoke Basille
Artichoke Slice
New York, New York
99
Piece
Pepperoni and banana peppers
Chicago, Illinois
100
800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
Margherita
Los Angeles, California
101
Ghigiarelli’s
Red
Old Forge, Pennsylvania

Have you been to any of these and if so, what do you think?

 

Health and Beauty Tips

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Mango is a beauty fruit, containing more than 20 different vitamins and minerals, including several nutrients that stand out when it comes to skin health: vitamin C, vitamin A (or beta carotene) and folate.
Vitamin C supports many different functions in the skin, including collagen formation, regeneration and wound repair. One cup of mango delivers a whopping 100% of the daily requirement for this important antioxidant. Vitamin C intake also has been associated with improved appearance of aging skin. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in a study involving 4,025 middle-aged women, researchers found that higher intakes of vitamin C were associated with lower prevalence of wrinkled appearance, dryness associated with aging and skin thinning.
Beta carotene is an antioxidant pigment that the body converts to vitamin A. Mangos deliver 35 percent of the daily vitamin A requirement in the form of beta carotene. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that lower levels of vitamin A in the diet have been associated with a wrinkled appearance. In addition, a number of studies in the same journal have shown that an elevated intake of carotenoids, such as beta carotene, may provide protection from sunlight, lessening sunburn.
Folate supports many different processes within the body. One cup of mango contains 20 percent of the daily requirements for this B vitamin. A study by researchers from the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control, The University of Arizona Cancer Center and Dermatology Professionals Incorporated, suggests that some of these may have an important impact on the maintenance and function of healthy skin and that exposure to UV radiation can break down folate, resulting in lower levels in the skin.
Mango Facial
¼ cup of ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon extra virgin avocado oil
In a blender or food processor, puree all of the ingredients together. Rub mixture on face and leave on for 10 minutes or until dried.
Mango Tip: Use this as a base for other beauty applications: add a cup of brown sugar and a tablespoon of culinary lavender for a perfect body scrub or add ¼ cup more extra virgin avocado oil to create a moisturizing hair mask.
Brought to you by the wonderful people at The National Mango Board.

Say Goodbye to Dandruff Naturally with a Raw Honey Hair Mask

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Why It Works: Raw honey is naturally moisturizing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, and conducive to healing. This mask is super hydrating, so it’s a great option in the summer when the source of your dandruff is an overly dry, irritated scalp.

How To Use It: Mix two tablespoons coconut or olive oil with 1 tablespoon honey and heat in the microwave for a few seconds until warm enough to spread easily. Massage the mixture onto your scalp, then cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse well, and enjoy not just a soothed, flake-free scalp, but gorgeously soft, shiny hair as a result.

Recipe from Youbeauty expert Julie Ricevuto.

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Amanda Foti, Registered Dietitian at Selvera, shares her top 5 foods for a GLOW like you’ve never seen before!

Walnuts — full of healthy fats and vitamin E
Water — Skin needs to stay hydrated in order to glow, so raise a glass pronto!
Berries — The antioxidants help rid your body of impurities!
Watermelon — The high water content, plus lycopene, helps protect skin cells from free radical damage.
Avocado — Not only loaded with healthy fats, but also contains vitamin E, which protects your skin from oxidative damage, and vitamin C that helps rebuild collagen. Even better, pair avocado with carotenoid-rich veggies, like carrots, to absorb this vitamin A or retinoid precursor, which has been shown to smooth roughness.

 

Soak Soothe Heal

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This book Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts & Scrubs is awesome! There are 300 natural bath recipes that will elevate your soak and help relieve common ailments such as allergies, stress, acne, dry skin and more! The first bath recipe I tried was the Aquarius Meditation Soak and it is wonderful. If I do take a bath its usually on a Saturday night after a long work week but somehow this recipe appealed to me in the morning. I have had 2 of these baths in the morning this week and I would of thought it would of put me back to sleep but as relaxing as it is, it was the perfect way to start my day. I might actually start getting up early to do this more often. I can’t wait to try some of the others!

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When gathering the ingredients for this recipe I found a bucket of Dead Sea Salts at Whole Foods for $22 and the Neroli Oil was $40. I was shocked at how expensive they were but after taking the bath it was worth it and these items will last a long time. I could only find lavender epsom salts at my local drugstore but I figured it was ok since there is lavender oil in the recipe. I couldn’t find rose oil so I substituted with rose water that I keep in my fridge to use as a refreshing toner in the summer. I had the lavender oil and baking soda. I think I will look online for ingredients and oils for some of the other recipes.

Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts, & Scrubs is $14.95

 

Del Real Foods Fight for Flavor

On November 2nd Wade and I celebrated Dia de los Muertos with Del Real Foods  at their Fight for Flavor event and watched 5 local chefs battle it out for the title of LA’s Favorite Chef! It was such a festive night of food, face painting and fun!

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We got our faces painted by the talented makeup artist Tanya of Party Face Magic!

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The 5 chefs and host News Anchor José A. Ronstadt.

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My favorite and the WINNER by Chef Esdras Ochoa of Mexicali Taco & Co. Fettuccine A La Mexicana with Del Real Carnitas. Delicious and so unique! I had never had anything like it.

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Chef Aaron J. Perez of Vaka Burgers came in a close 2nd for me with his Del Real Carnitas Banh Mi. I love how he mixed cultures.

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Chef Natalie Curie of El Coraloense won me over for 3rd place with her Creamed Del Real Shredded Chicken Sope with Chipotlé Consommé. I am a sucker for pickled onions so that did it for me right there.

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Chef Gina Galvan of Chomp Chomp Nation did an Asian Pork Tostada with Del Real Carnitas. Unfortunately the chip had gone a bit stale but the overall flavor was good. 4th place for me.

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Chef David Moreno of Komodo Food did a Rope Vieja with Del Real Shredded Beef. This dish took 5th place for me because it lacked flavor and presentation. I much prefer my husbands Mexican Lasagna!

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The AMAZING DESSERT TABLE! Anything you could possibly imagine was there for the taking!

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The winner…Chef Esdras Ochoa! “What a humbling and amazing experience to be on deck with such talented chefs from the L.A scene,” said Chef Ochoa. “Every single one of them was a winner from the start. This win goes out to the amazing people of the crowd that were present and to my family & friends. Thank you, Del Real Foods, for one heck of a ride!”

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Me and Lucho! I think he had a sweet spot for me…

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The Del Real Foods Fight for Flavor was held at SmogShoppe, a special events venue on La Cienega Blvd. I love how the whole building is covered in succulents. I have driven my dozens of times and never knew what it was!

 

Friday Faves

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Happy Friday! It’s still convertible and flip flop weather here in Southern California and this pic makes me happy. It feels fun, calm, free and PINK…which brings me to my hair. I dyed it pink again and I have realized that I feel my best, most confident self with this hair. I think I’ll keep it for awhile. This week has been super busy and I can’t wait to unwind this weekend and get organized for the holidays. We are spending Thanksgiving with my in-laws and some of our favorite foodie friends. What are you up to and how are you spending the holiday? Here are some of my favorite things this week…

* I’m not usually the type to get excited over slippers but these Geluxury Slippers are awesome! Not only do they have a cushy, squishy SmartGel insole but they are infused with 7 botanical oils to rejuvenate your feet while you wear them AND they come in leopard print.  Brilliant! Perfect for the holidays!

* Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving and the idea of a “stuffing muffin” sounds delicious! Crusty on top and moist on the bottom…yes please! I have to try that this year!

* The Artisanal LA Holiday City Mart will be in Old Pasadena on Saturday Dec. 6th from 11am-10pm! The perfect place to start your holiday shopping!

* Luxury brand Burberry is now open on Rodeo Dr. and looks gorgeous! I love visiting high end stores for inspiration!

* Surface Curls Smoothing Cream is a fantastic new product that allows you to quickly blow out curls into a sleek, smooth style without needing a flat iron. It is vegan, sulfate & paraben free with ingredients that actually nourish the hair. I even put a little bit in my hair and let it air dry and it enhanced my natural curl and kept the frizz under control. And it smells good too!

* I am on week 3 of the latest 21 day meditation from Oprah and Deepak and it is the perfect way to start the day. It is life changing and I don’t want it to end!

* I have always been interested in herbal medicine and healthy living and recently got a copy of Ayurvedic Herbs. It’s like the bible of natural healing. 476 pages of enlightening information on the practical use of Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine. I can’t wait to dive in!

Cheers to a magical weekend!

 

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