The Best Barware for Making Cocktails at Home

Making cocktails at home doesn’t have to be complicated, but we can all aspire to more than dumping margarita mix in a blender. If you’ve caught the craft cocktail bug and want to make elegant drinks for yourselves and friends (because friends will start knocking on your door), it’s time to consider your tools.

A week ago we were given a SHISHOOK Premium Set Cocktail Shaker to test for free, and realized that you don't have to spend too much money to get a great quality cocktail shaker.

The company only uses the highest quality materials approved by the – FDA and it really shows!

The SHIKSHOOK Premium Set includes:

Cocktail Shaker : 

Cocktail shaker 25 oz with built-in strainer

The Deluxe Three Piece (also called Cobbler) Shaker Deluxe has a couple notable differences than the standard 3 piece variety. The top strainer section fits over the tin, which combined withe ornamental ridge allows for a bit more grip in use and separation.

The cap fits snug on top to prevent spillage.

Duble Jigger:

Jiggers are important for every bar to keep on hand, and bar managers and owners love having their staff use them for inventory control. Professional mixologists also understand how important accurate measure is when mixing ingredients in cocktails and highballs, and beginning or home bartenders rely on them for getting correct measurements for new recipes. Made of easy-to-clean stainless steel. Standard sizes are included here, and each feature two measuring amounts.

And 2 pourers: 

The SHIKSHOOK pourers has gained recognition and is now preferred by many professional bartenders around the world. One of its best features, by all other comparisons, is its high quality stainless steel construction.

 

SHIKSHOOK manufactures its products so that clients will benefit from a product quality and long-lasting, Therefore they commit themselves to a lifetime warranty on their products. Their products are dishwasher safe and have lifetime warranty.

 

It's perfect for partying with friends and making delicious mimosas or mojitos.

If you want more info, make sure you visit their site: http://shikshook.com/products/

Tempo Urban Kitchen - A real foodie paradise in Brea California

Brea, California is now home to the fabulous Tempo Urban Kitchen, a Chef-driven, farm-to-table dining experience different than anything else you've tried before.  From the freshest ingredients, to unique dishes and a beautiful location, this restaurant will give you everything your heart desires con un tempo especial.

Tempo Urban Kitchen was created by restaurant veteran Jorge Cueva, who has opened many different restaurants across the country. His story is truly inspiring. He went from  busboy to business owner, and worked every position in the restaurant industry.  Tempo Urban Kitchen is his baby. He created this restaurant out of passion for delicious food and outstanding hospitality and it really shows. 

I was lucky to be a part of a tasting event and this is what I learned:

Chef Chris, Chef Charlie & Chef Salvador Carrillo rule the house

Chef Chris, Chef Charlie & Chef Salvador Carrillo rule the house

Jorge Cuevas made sure to bring only but the BEST CHEFS from California and México to his restaurants and the results are epic. 

The team está conformado by award winning Chef Chris Tzorin, Chef Charlie  and Chef Sal Carrillo. Salvador Carrillo is Tempo's Executive Chef.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that such a young Chef has made it to the culinary big league. Chef Salvador Carrillo started cooking with his grandma when he was very little and used to help her in a small restaurant during the weekends while growing up, an experience that made him fall in love with food. He decided to specializes in Mexican gastronomy as well as very intricate molecular gastronomy techniques (his food is AMAZING!), and has won many awards including second place in the national competition “Cocinero del Año 2014”.

 

Chef Salvador Carrillo

Chef Salvador Carrillo

Chef Salvador Carrillo was kind enough to share with us his passions and food techniques at Tempo's kitchen. 

Cool facts about him:

1. I learned that he recently visited my beloved Venezuela a couple of months ago and he loved it

2. He was wearing a Leones del Caracas cap and it made my day! (as you know, Los Leones are my team and Venezuelan traces in the world are hard to find).

3. He has a very colorful tattoo of Cacao. One of my fav things on earth (Venezuelan cacao is the best in the world if you didn't know ;) and we do have the best chocolate too)

All of those things made the evening even more special for me. I was kinda bias, but hey! to be fair... all 3 chefs were outstanding! Chef Chris Tzorin was super friendly and his food was BOMB and Chef Charlie can cook pork belly like no one else can! Even the bartender was amazing. As you can see in the picture below he delighted us with Mango Serrano Margaritas and THE BEST Old Fashioned I've ever had in my life.

Mango Serrano Margaritas

Mango Serrano Margaritas

Once all the introductions and the kitchen tour were over, we were given our drinks and a plate to eat! The plate was made out of wood and had all the sauces we will need to eat with our 4 course meal.

The first course was Grilled Octopus with a hint of Chipotle Aioli goodness. 

I was a little afraid to try it at first, not because I didn't trust Chef Chris, but because I've never had Octopus in my life. I've always avoided eating it and the idea of tasting tentacles gave me chills...But I decided to give this a try and O-M-G! I got the chills big time but in a good way! The octopus was cooked to perfection and I enjoyed every bite of it.

Grilled Octopus with a hint of Chipotle Aioli goodness

Grilled Octopus with a hint of Chipotle Aioli goodness

The second course was Asian inspired pork belly.

Pork belly is a boneless cut of fatty meat from the belly of a pig. It is very popular in East Asian, European and North American cuisine but not so much in Venezuela so I have never had a chance to try it until tonight and I was mesmerized by it's yummyness.

This particular meat melts in your mouth like butter. It is crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside, and it was paired with rolls of mango and some sort of super delicious tortilla cream.

Pork Belly

Pork Belly

The third course was a short rib! I looove meat, so I was very excited to try this dish and it didn't disappoint!

The short rib was cooked to perfection, topped with vegetarian caviar (AKA mustard seeds) and paired with pickled carrots wrapped in prosciutto with a sauce that was so good I can't even describe. 

 

The short rib

The short rib

Last but not least, was the 4th course... ¡El postre!

The talented Chefs prepared a table side ice cream with a nitrogen technique that blew our tastebuds away!

Some people said it was made with Vanilla and a hint of Ginger, but to me, it tasted like Crème Brulee so I will go with that ;). I also topped it with a drop of my old Fashioned drink and Voilá... perfection happened. 

If I wasn't trying to be healthy, I would have probably eaten a couple of cones.

Chef Chris and Chef Sal preparing the Ice cream 

Chef Chris and Chef Sal preparing the Ice cream 

To add some extra fun to the mix, Chef Chris put nitrogen in our waters and it was great to try something new ( even if it was only water and some frosty ice on top).

Nitrogen + Water

Nitrogen + Water

The evening was truly an amazing one. We got to not only taste beautifully made food, but we also had a chance to see all our blogger and influencer friends and catch up on life.

If you, or anyone you know are trying to find a spot to go to on a date night or a girls night out, Tempo Urban Kitchen is your to go place ;). I promise you will have an amazing time.

Gigasavvy friends and family

Gigasavvy friends and family

Follow all the talented Chefs on Twitter:

Chef Chris Tzorin @ChrisTzorin

Chef Sal Carrillo @Chavacheff

Chef Charlie @ChefCharlyUrban

And visit www.TempoUrbanKitchen.com to learn more about this restaurant.

 

Disclaimer: I was invited by Gigasavvy to a media tasting, and the food was provided at no cost in exchange of my honest opinion.

Getting my teeth beautiful and white with #DrWhitening

A week ago I was given a pretty cool product to try for free called Dr.Whitening. It's the Worlds First Nano Whitening Brush and I immediately was excited to try it.

As a working mom, I always have to make sure I take care of myself, and keeping my teeth white has always been important.  

 

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My teeth are originally pretty white so I wasn't sure if this would work on me, but after only one use I noticed that some of the light stains were removed. You can see the difference on the picture below.

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The kit brings two blue holders with the whitening strips and some strips to use as replacements.


I'm excited to continue to use it and see how much more white my teeth can get. I want pearl white teeth.

For more info visit: http://www.drwhitening.net

The day I fell in love with Eyelash extensions!

I was recently invited to check out the new Amazing Lash studio in Chino, CA and the experience was absolutely wonderful.  

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I have lived an eyelash obsessed life for as long as I can remember. Having beautiful lashes has always been my goal, and even tho my lashes are pretty long, I love wearing falsies as often as I can.

For as much as I love long lashes, I was always afraid that extensions would make my eyelashes fall and that they might make my eyelids heave or itchy, but now that I got them I wonder... Why did I want so long to get them?!

It's interesting to think that the tiny hairs that happen to grow out of my eyelids make such a difference in my appearance, my confidence, and subsequently, my daily life.

It might even sound a bit crazy, but having longer lashes can make such a big impact, so when I got invited to check out this magical place called Amazing Lash Studio where lashes are their specialty I didn't think about it twice.

On the evening of my appointment I was a little nervous. I had read a few crazy stories about the procedure. But, I walked in and was immediately put at ease. The place was spectacular and the staff super friendly.

 I was scheduled to get a full set of lash extensions (which can take up to 90) and while I wanted for my appointment I got a glass of champaign and chocolate strawberries.

The vibes at Amazing Lash Studio were calm and all around really nice. They welcomed me and took me to my private room where I even had blankets to cover in case it got cold.

The salon offers 4 different type of lashes, but the lash expert suggested that I got the "cute look" for a fuller more dramatic set of lashes. The procedure didn't feel like anything. It didn't hurt, it wasn't uncomfortable, and all the questions that I had were answered by the lash expert who was always nice and friendly. All I had to do is lie down with my eyes closed for an hour and a half and boy it was worth it! 

Once finished, I had fluttery, customized lashes that lined my lids in the most gorgeous way ( see picture below for before and after). I was also surprised at how natural they looked. I snapped a few selfies and headed back home.

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For the next few days, I felt amazing and I still do. I love the fact that I don't have to wear so much makeup to work anymore. It saves me a lot of time in the mornings, I just have to wake up, brush them out, and be on my way.

The lash expert warned me not to wear mascara and to avoid getting them wet as much as possible, so I have been very careful about it. I stopped wearing eye makeup all together as to not mess with the glue or the look of my new lashes. 

I'm really excited to wear them until they fall, they really make a big difference in the way my eyes look and I love it. 

If you are thinking about trying them out, you totally should. I'm sure you will love them as much as I do.  

If if you want to learn more visit: www.amazinglashstudio.com

 

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Cool Fitness Apps you will love!

Hoy en día there’s an app para todo, whether you are looking for a calorie counter or a playlist to keep you energized during your workouts. El problema es el siguiente…. How do you determine which app is good? or,  which is totally worth your money and space on your phone?

I absolutely love fitness apps and I have downloaded many of them to my smartphone, so I want to share with you 4 that I have really enjoyed (in no particular order).

 

Nike+Training Club

 

 

Esta es la manera más fácil de sentirte en control de tu destino fitness. This cool app offers more than 100 workouts created by Nike trainers for people of all fitness levels. Select your specific fitness goal (get lean, get toned, get strong, etc) and find easy-to-follow workout plans.

Each individual workout comes with  video tutorials, incluso los principiantes pueden seguirlos. (Free; iOS and Android)

 

Fitstar Personal Trainer

 

 

Si no quieres gastar dinero pagando por un entrenador personal, this app is for you!

FitStar personal trainer determines your needs and fitness level by asking you a  set of questions after every workout. That way every workout is challenging but doesn’t leave you exhausted. The program’s offerings are a good fit for beginner to fitness fanatics and it was created by former NFL star Tony Gonzalez. (Free; iOS)

Runtastic Six Pack App

 

Getting six pack abs isn’t easy (trust me, I have tried to get one for years!). But strengthening your core has become easier, thanks to Runtastic Six Pack. This app allows you to pick a personal trainer and shows you  Slo-mo videos that will help you learn each exercise right the first time around so you avoid getting injured. Oh! and it comes in English and Español 😉 (Free; iOS and Android)

Sworkit

 


Si eres una #LatinaGeek ocupada, and you have no time to go to the gym.. you are going to love this app.

Sworkit is designed with busy people in mind with high intensity workouts that you can make as short as 5 minutes and as long as an hour. Choose the style of exercise you’re looking for (strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching) and discover dozens of different workouts (Free; iOS and Android)

Hatch'Em Eggs Make the perfect gift for your children

There is something absolutely amazing about dinosaurs, they were big, scary, and strong and ruled the world for thousands of year until they became extinct. These are for sure some of the biggest reasons why so many kids LOVE them, especially those with vivid imaginations.

With the premier of successful movies such as Jurassic World, it’s impossible for the kids not to catch the “dinosaur fever”, and for us as parents, it’s always very rewarding to be able to provide our children with fun experiences that can enlighten their imaginations and have their own fun times with these dangerous reptiles.

A little ago, I was approached to try the Hatch ‘Ems Dinosaurs eggs by Animal Planet and I fell in love immediately! This toy is not only great for boys but also for girls. There are 2 different series and each of them has 3 colorful eggs that you can hatch and grow 3 different dinosaurs… Your kids not only get to play with them but also this is a ludic game, they get to learn about this ancient creatures while having fun.

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What did we love the most about Hatch'Ems eggs?

The thing that we loved the most about this toy is that is very easy to use and very safe for kids,  they are very colorful ( you get blue, green and even pink dinosaurs!), and on top of that they motivate kids to learn about these creatures. I'm BIG on ludic games

Each Dinosaur comes with an Animal Fact Card that will teach your kids cool things about each species.

How do you use them?

The Hatch'Ems eggs are very easy to use and perfect for the summer as it involves water and you could hatch them outside in your backyard.

What you will need: 

1.  Cups

2.Water

3. Your hatch'em Eggs

And this is how the magic happens:

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The eggshells will start cracking in one or two days, and as days go by, the dinosaurs will grow and grow until they are ready for the kids to play with them. It's recommended that you change the water every day to support your pet's growth.

Once hatched, your kids can keep their dinosaurs in water up to three weeks for continued growth, but if they are want, they can just grab them and start playing. 

If you love animals, you should check out their other sets!

Animal Planet also has sets with safari, rainforest, and sea creatures themes. And  the coolest part is that the purchase of this product benefits the partners of R.O.A.R., a project to help make the world a better place for animals.

Do you want to buy the Hatch'Ems Eggs?

Hatch ‘Ems are available for purchase on their website and Amazon. Make sure to pick up a pack or two for your child, we promise he/she will love'Em! 

 

Love what you do & feel proud of who you are!

Did you know that I absolutely LOVE Running? And I'm SO proud to be a runner!

Running keeps me healthy, not only my body but also my mind.

Running gives me power, positive energy and tons of amazing feelings I can't explain.

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