It’s just around the corner! You know what I’m talking about…swim suit season.
You may have seen a couple instagrams of my new obsession: acai bowls! A friend of mine took me to a tea bar in NW Portland and we ordered these bowls. I was instantly hooked. I wasn’t keen on the price tag. If I remember correctly, my bowl was about $10. I wanted to keep eating these delicious bowls, but I knew I could recreate them at home.
Now here is the other thing I love about acai bowls, it’s art. I started cruising the internet/pinterest for recipes and I found that the acai bowls are a craft. They are intended to be beautiful.
Next, I picked out some of my favorite fruits, granolas, seeds etc for my toppings. Then to make smoothie/fro yo I needed a blender + acai smoothie pack and a banana (recipe details will be below)
I got my bowl together and started decorating! It was so fun. The best part, it tastes amazing! If you make an acai bowl, tag me in your photo. I’d love to see other people’s creations as well.
Here is the recipe!
For the base:
1 acai smoothie pack (can be found at Fred Meyer, Whole Foods, New Seasons etc)
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup of your favorite frozen berry ( I did blueberries here )
1/2 cup of liquid ( I chose water, but you could use juice, coconut water)
1 T of nut butter (this is optional, I kept it out, but I saw this added to many recipes online)
Blend under smooth, should be a smoothie consistency.
Pour into a big bowl!
Get your topping out and start decorating.
Above I used: fresh strawberries, granola, dried coconut flakes, mango, chia seeds, and frozen blueberries.
Other topping ideas: kiwi, chocolate chip/cocoa nibs, raspberries, blackberries
You really can use whatever suits you!
As you may remember, I did a post on TOAST 2015. An event with loads of Oregon spirits for tasting and purchase. Kristi and I attended the event and had a BLAST. We were blown away by the innovation and imagination of these artisans. There were many spirits which tasted like teas, berries, smoke etc that blew us away. We found a couple new favorite products which now live on our bar cart.
I will say my favorite booth was Raft Syrups. I’ve met the wonderful ladies behind Raft before, so it was such a pleasure to see them at Toast. The cocktails they were mixing up were amazing. Kristi and I wanted to go back for seconds. We ended up buying some syrups as well. Such an outstanding product!
Big round of applause for all the exhibitors. I was so impressed.
In life I’ve learned people handle stress, sadness, anger very differently. I need to surround myself with people who will make me laugh. I’ve heard echoed with most of the people in my life, times are hard! Being an adult isn’t all it was cracked up to be. Work is stressful, relationships are work in and of themselves. It doesn’t end.
My cure? A Friday night out with my friends. That’s just how this night played out. We actually were trying to get into a different restaurant but the wait was insane. We ended up walking in Saucebox.
I have been here before, but I forgot how much I like it. For dinner we had the pupu platter (and not because we just wanted to say the name) and then I had the steamed crab buns. They also have an extensive drink menu. We all had a couple drinks, but I ordered the lychee martini and I loved it! (Saucebox also has a KILLER happy hour. Worth checking out)
After dinner we walked over to Pepe le Moko. This place gets a lot of hype in PDX. Do I think the cocktails were fantastic? Yes. I was shocked at the traditional list of cocktails. None the less, great night cap. I’m a whisky girl, so I ordered an Old Fashioned. (shocking)
Regardless of where we ended up, I went home from dinner feeling so much better. My heart was full again. For those couple hours my friends sheltered me from the craziness of life and picked me back up to start the fight all over again. For that I am always thankful.
(Excuse my grainy iphone photos. Camera was out of batteries!)