Venice celebrates Festa del Redentore with fireworks, food and church services


The next place I’ve chosen to write about is Venice, Italy. The famous city surrounded by water recently celebrated the Festa del Redentore (Festival of the Redeemer) on July 19 and 20.

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Meet Healthy Junk owner and Vegan Faire creator Lynda Santos


In 2012, California native Lynda Santos opened her restaurant Healthy Junk. Located in the heart of downtown Anaheim, California the restaurant serves up healthy, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Lynda will soon share her love for all things vegan outside her restaurant with the Vegan Faire.

On  Saturday, July 26 from noon – 6 p.m., in the Center Street Promenade in Anaheim, you can explore all vegan food, live workshops and enjoy live music at the Vegan Faire. You can even join in the fun as faire attendees attempt to make the longest line of people in the warrior two yoga pose.

Below, Lynda shares with us what it was like transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, opening a restaurant and organizing the upcoming Vegan Faire.

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Tasty Cherry Crostini Recipe for cherry season

I was at Whole Foods last week and they were offering up different recipes from local food bloggers using fresh cherries to promote their 5th annual cherry fest. Basically, they were having a giant sale on cherries. I decided to pick out my favorite recipe and make it at home.

The standout recipe to me was the cherry crostini from Over the Top Kid. Once my cherries were ready it was very simple to put together.

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Chocolate and Cold Brew Coffee Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream Frosting Recipe


For my birthday, which is today, my sister gifted me with this awesome apron. It perfectly combines two of my favorite things – photography and baking! If you like the apron you can find it on Etsy from the seller Boojiboo.

I wanted to make something special to christen the apron and I remembered that I just bought the cutest cupcake kit from Urbanic Paper Boutique in the Abbot Kinney shopping area of Venice, California over the weekend.

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Dole Pineapple Shrimp Ceviche Recipe from Tortilla Jo’s

Dole-Days-Of-Summer-Hawaiian-Nights-Downtown-Disney3Here is the pineapple shrimp ceviche as served at Tortilla Jo’s. 

This past Friday, I experienced Dole Days of Summer at Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, California. The event offers entertainment and new menu items throughout the area with Dole pineapple. The one dish I was most looking forward to trying was the Pineapple Shrimp Ceviche from Tortilla Jo’s.
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