Beauty, Fashion Files, My Big Important Opinions

What is Olaplex and Does It Work? Review + Instructions

July 27, 2016


By now you’ve probably seen enough instagrams of long, shining hair dyed any number of beautiful colors partly attributed to a product called Olaplex. I’m constantly looking for the miracle product that will give me strong, frizz free hair; moroccan oil? My hair laughs. Coconut oil? A modest effort. Every deep conditioner under the sun? Small changes that still leave me feeling guilty every time I dare to think of the next color I might dye my hair. 

Olaplex is a league apart from these remedies though. Chemist Craig Hawker’s only contribution to the beauty world, Olaplex was developed in one night after consulting with beauty industry entrepreneur Dean Christal and basically, if your stylist isn’t using Olaplex, it’s time to break up. 

Some Examples Of Magic Made With Olaplex (all by the amazing biancacolours)



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When used in salons, Olaplex is a two part system that minimizes breakage when coloring hair by fusing the broken bonds that result from coloring back together. The first step in the process, No. 1, is mixed with the color that will be applied to hair. After rinsing the color out, No.2 is left on for at least 10 minutes to do added damage control.

Your hair is partly made up of disulfide bonds. Hair coloring and heat styling can break these disulfide bonds, resulting in the brittle, weak hair we try to avoid. Olaplex works by creating new disulfide links between two separated sulfurs, resulting in hair that appears as though it was never damaged (rather, that it’s disulfide bonds were never broken). LabMuffin broke down the science of Olaplex perfectly if you’re craving a more in depth explanation.

How To Use It At Home

Olaplex No.3 is sold as an at home version of No. 2. The only difference between them is potency; No. 2 is a 15% concentrate while No. 3 is 12.5%. Naturally I had to go big or go home, so I got my hands on No.2 and gave it a try. To use both No.2 or No.3, shampoo your hair as normal and then towel dry it well. Take the product and comb it through your hair, making sure to spread it throughout your strands generously. Leave it on for at least an hour; two hours if your hair is particularly damaged. Rinse the treatment out and shampoo and condition as usual. You’ll notice immediately how silky your hair feels as you rinse Olaplex out.

Is It Worth It?

Hell yes. I immediately saw a difference in my hair; it was shinier and felt smoother but there was no residue or heaviness left behind. My hair is past the middle of my back and I had about 3/4 of the bottle left after one use, so I find it definitely worth the price. Olaplex truly is the miracle product we’ve been looking for.

Scoop up Olaplex No. 3 or No. 2 and let me know how it works for you!


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Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask // Cucumber Tonic Mask Review

May 17, 2016

Mario Badescu MaskI’ve been wanting to get my hands on some of the face masks from the Mario Badescu line and finally found the right opportunity during Ulta Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty sale, where I happily scooped up two masks at a comfortingly discounted price. The packaging is minimal with a very dermatologist grade style of labelling, similar to Kiehl’s. The top stays on tight, so no worrying about spills if you toss it in your luggage. 

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Cucumber Tonic Mask

The first mask I tried and also the first of any Mario Badescu products was the Cucumber Tonic Mask.

Peeling back the seal, the first thing that strikes me is how liquid-y the mask is; it swirls around in the jar and could easily be poured out like a milkshake, a notable difference from the usual paste like masks I’ve encountered.

The scent is gentle but still fragrant, smelling more like a spa than cucumbers. You don’t need a lot of the product to throughly cover your face, so don’t be put off by the small sized jar. Within 5 minutes of applying the mask, you’ll feel it satisfyingly tightening on your skin. This Mario Badescu mask is made with cucumber extract to calm sensitive skin and clay, which is great for absorbing oil and keeping pores clear. Everyone should have a reliable go-to clay based mask in their arsenal.

The application instructions state you should apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave it on for 15-20 minutes, 2-3 times a week. I apply it for 20 minutes, twice a week and my skin has been relatively clear since I’ve been using it. As with most skin care products, it’s hard to get a true sense of how useful a product is without using it for several months while not changing anything about your skin care routine, diet and location, as all these affect your skin. But a great sign is that I haven’t had any breakouts while using it.

 Rating: ✯✯✯✯ (4/5)

Healing And Soothing Mask

mario badescu maskThis Healing And Soothing Mask from Mario Badescu is great if your skin gets irritated or dry. The oatmeal in this mask helps to calm and heal skin while also moisturizing. There’s no noticeable scent that accompanies the mask, so if you prefer less fragrant products this would be more your style. The consistency of this mask is much more creamy and thick than the Cucumber Tonic Mask, though I found I needed a little more product to actually cover my face with it than I did using the other mask. There’s no tingling or tightening that follows application of the Healing And Soothing Mask, you’re more likely to forget you have it on once it dries.

I leave this mask on for 20 minutes and use it about 1-2 times a week. The Mario Badescu Healing And Soothing Mask definitely leaves your skin feeling moisturized and calmed. However, this mask is straight up difficult to take off, as it doesn’t just wash off. You really have to scrub it off with the help of a cleanser or use a wash cloth. I avoid products that more easily leave residue because it doesn’t matter how many miracles a mask works if it stays on your skin and clogs your pores. While I enjoy other aspects of this mask, I won’t be purchasing it again until Mario Badescu re-works their formula to make it less difficult to wash off.

Rating: ✯✯ (2/5)

 You can grab the Healing And Soothing Mask plus the Cucumber Tonic Mask from Amazon.

I’m really excited to try out more products from the Mario Badescu line because I’m fairly impressed so far. What the Healing And Soothing Mask lacks, the Cucumber Tonic Mask really made up for. Have any of you tried their masks before? Let me know how their products have worked for you or if you’re thinking about giving them a try soon in the comments!


Foodophiles, Recipes

The Best, Most Simple, Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

November 24, 2015

sweet potato casseroleThis is one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes ever. Sweet potato casserole is simple, practically already vegan and tastes like a cinnamon sugar cloud. It’s the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or even just satisfying a sweet tooth on a random Tuesday night. Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Casserole

The Best, Most Simple Sweet Potato Casserole
Serves 11
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 5 large sweet potatoes
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/4 cup vegan butter
  6. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 5 tablespoons soy milk (or nondairy milk of your choice)
  8. 1 bag (10.5 ounces) vegan mini-marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees and set your largest pot with water to boil.
  2. Shave and cube the sweet potatoes, adding them to the pot all at once.
  3. Cook the sweet potatoes til easily pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes.
  4. Drain water and place the pot back on the stove on low heat.
  5. Add butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg and soy milk.
  6. Mash the mixture as you would normal mashed potatoes, adding up to 6 tablespoons of milk to smooth the mixture.
  7. Spoon the contents into the dish you intend to bake in. Smooth the mixture, making sure the middle isn't higher than the sides.
  8. Top the sweet potatoes with mini-marshmallows. They don't have to be heavily layered, so adjust the amount to your liking.
  9. Bake til the marshmallows are lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes, taking care to not let the edges blacken.
  1. Serve with a dash of cinnamon!
Luna Gemme
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Isn’t this recipe unbelievably simple? I’ve seen versions of  the sweet potato casserole recipe calling for eggs and double the amount of butter, but this dish really doesn’t require that much excess to create a creamy and sweet consistency. By using soy milk and vegan butter, you’ve got a vegan friendly, healthier and well balanced dish.

This is also a great recipe to customize with spices – change the amount of vanilla extract, nutmeg or cinnamon to reflect your own taste. Sweet potato casserole is just one of those foods that makes you stop a second and reflect on how truly wonderful food can be.


Fashion Files, Wanderlust

Caribbean Classic

November 17, 2015

Maxi Skirt

I had to sneak one more photoshoot into my time in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico because this beautiful city left such an impact on me. Maxi Skirtmaxi skirtmaxi skirtmaxi skirtMaxi SkirtMaxi SkirtMaxi SkirtFashion Blogmaxi skirtmaxi skirtmaxi skirt

Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico – This is my second post from Viejo San Juan, but I’m no less in love with this city. It’s a different kind of vacation when you visit a place that shares aspects of your own culture. I felt right at home with my cafecito and ocean views. It’s funny to think that such a beautiful and unique place is no more than 3 hours away from my home; it’s true that adventure doesn’t always have to be found on the other side of the world.

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Lip color – Maybelline in Red Revival

As a shorty, wearing clothing like long skirts and even jeans is always a process. I had to have this skirt tailored, but it fit beautifully afterwards. I always try to pair my long pieces with any shoe that has at least a small heel. How do you like to style your longer clothing? Share your short girl hacks in the comments!


Foodophiles, Recipes

Caramel Drizzled Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

November 10, 2015


pumpkin spice frappuccinoI’ve seen too many jokes about girls liking pumpkin spice lattes (as if other beverages are more serious some how) so naturally I had to fully embrace pumpkin spice with a new, extravagant recipe. Enter the caramel drizzled pumpkin spice frappuccino. Because if men are making fun of women for liking it – it’s probably awesome. pumpkin spice frappuccino

Pumpkin is an amazing food. You can turn it into so many different dishes and they’re all wonderful. It’s even got plenty of health benefits. This isn’t a health conscious recipe but it is vegan and that always helps. This caramel pumpkin spice frappuccino recipe is definitely for those looking to indulge in some serious fall flavor.pumpkin spice frappuccino

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
Serves 2
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  2. 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  3. 2 1/2 tablespoons honey (or sweetener of your choice)
  4. 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  5. 1 cup cashew milk (or milk of your choice)
  6. Non-dairy whipped cream for topping
  7. Cinnamon for garnish
For Caramel
  1. 1⁄8 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  2. 1⁄8 cup sugar
  3. 1 pinch salt
  4. 1⁄8 cup coconut cream
  5. 1/2 tablespoon vegan butter
  1. Mix your milk of choice, pumpkin puree, honey, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice evenly in a bowl.
  2. Pour mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze.
  3. While your pumpkin ice cubes freeze, add the sugar, butter, salt, and coconut cream to a pot on medium-low heat to create your caramel topping.
  4. Stir gently until sugar is melted and mixture begins to thicken, about 7 minutes.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool, then store it in the fridge until you're ready to use it.
  6. When your pumpkin ice cubes are frozen, add 1 cup chilled coffee and 10 pumpkin ice cubes in a blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use espresso or a colada like I did, but if the amount of coffee you add is less than one cup, make up the difference with additional milk.
  7. Taste test what you've got and add more pumpkin pie spice or sweetener if you want a spicier or sweeter drink.
  8. Pour out your beverage and top with whipped cream, cinnamon and drizzled caramel for serving.
Luna Gemme
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Let me know how this recipe turned out for you! I love finding delicious drinks to dress up my coffee with and this recipe is bursting with fall flavor. I gave this drink a Cuban twist by using a colada instead of just regular chilled coffee and it came out perfect, so feel free to experiment. And if some dudebro thinks your amazing pumpkin spice frappuccino is silly, just tell him bacon is overrated.


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How To Make The Perfect Flower Arrangement

October 9, 2015

how to make a flower arrangementflower arrangementsArranging flowers probably seems very simple and straightforward. But, like most things that we never think about until actually trying to do them ourselves, it’s a bit more complicated than it looks. how to make a flower arrangementWhy even bother making your own bouquet though? While a painting that depicts a vase of flowers can be world famous, the vase of flowers itself is fleeting and doesn’t get much lasting attention…but that doesn’t mean it’s not art too. Flower arrangements take into consideration many of the things a painting does; color, texture, mood and so on. It’s one of the least expensive and time consuming ways to express yourself creatively, plus you get a gorgeous result to display in your home afterwards. You even might find that it’s a peaceful break from the day, almost meditative. Either way, you should always have fresh flowers at home and I’m going to show you how to make a flower arrangement that will transform your home into a dreamy château from a vintage film. flower arrangementflower arrangements1.Work with color. The colors you choose, whether you’re going for a monochromatic, colorful or subtle arrangement, will set the tone for your finished piece. Consider the mood for your arrangement – earthy tones for fall, a classic all white bouquet or a bright mix for spring? Pick a theme and start from there. flower arrangements2. Length and volume. The length you cut your flowers, the volume you create and where you create it will impact your arrangement as much if not more than the colors you pick. Just be vigilant of your scissors here because things can get ugly. As a general rule, you want your filler plants to be thick and the shortest length, while your flowers should peek out from just above the greenery. The flip side of this crucial part in the process is that it’s also where you can get very creative.flower arrangements3. Not every arrangement needs flowers. A more woodsy bouquet can be made sans flowers. Look for something different to add a touch of color, like the Hypericum layered throughout this arrangement.flower arrangements4. Choose your layers. Find something like Eucalyptus or Leatherleaf to work with at the base of your arrangement. Then pick out a second plant to add sparingly throughout the arrangement, something like Baby’s-Breath or Hypericon. This adds depth and makes your finished piece look more complete.flower arrangements5. Find the right vase. If you’re going for an elegant look, a taller vase will give you that, while a shorter vase, or the mason jar I used for one arrangement, will give off a more understated, effortless beauty. flower arrangementsflower arrangement5. Don’t forget to look around your own yard to add a personal touch. If you have a garden or backyard, check around for something to add a little local beauty to your arrangement. But make sure you don’t accidentally try to arrange poison ivy. Just saying. flower arrangementsflower arrangements

My mom has always had fresh cut flowers in our home. It’s a simple addition to any room but it makes a huge difference. There’s something so classy and full of joie de vivre in stopping by the flower vendor on your way home from work. Yeah you’re supposed to stop and smell the flowers, but why not go a step further and bring them home with you?


Foodophiles, Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread

October 1, 2015

Monkey Bread RecipeThis recipe is perfect for those who want a simple, but satisfying sweet tooth fix. I’ve put a fall flavor twist on the typical monkey bread recipe and made it vegan – both easy additions that step this recipe up a bit. Monkey Bread RecipeThough I can’t recall seeing monkey bread offered at any Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners, I’m convinced this recipe would be a great addition. And honestly, who ever complains about adding another dessert to the table? Monkey Bread Recipe Monkey Bread Recipe

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread
The perfect anytime dessert dressed up in seasonal flavors
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup + 1 separated tbsp granulated sugar
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 packet (1/4 ounce) of active dry yeast
  5. 1 cup cashew milk (or soy, almond)
  6. 2 tbsp butter (I use Earth Balance)
  7. 1/3 cup warm water
Cinnamon & Sugar Coating
  1. 2 tsp cinnamon
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup butter (Earth Balance again)
Apple Cinnamon Caramel
  1. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/4 cup butter
  4. 2 cups apple cider
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 3 tbsp full fat coconut cream
  7. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  1. Heat the milk, 1/4 cup of sugar, salt and butter together in a saucepan and warm on low til butter melts. Remove from heat and let cool til warm.
  2. Combine warm water, 1 tbsp of sugar and yeast. Stir momentarily and then set aside for 10 minutes. The yeast should double in size. If not, restart and be sure to have the water at a warm temperature.
  3. Now merge together the melted butter mixture and yeast mixture. Mix for 1 minute and then add 2 cups of flour. Mix for about 2 minutes and then add remaining flour. Mix completely and then remove dough to a floured surface.
  4. Knead the dough for about 2 minutes by hand. Add flour if you find it's too sticky. Grease a bowl and roll it around inside to ensure no parts will stick to the bowl. Cover with a cloth and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.
  5. Before the dough finishes rising, prepare the cinnamon and sugar coating by melting the butter into one bowl and combining the sugar and cinnamon in another.
  6. Begin making the apple cinnamon caramel by boiling the apple cider until half is left. Stir in the coconut cream, butter, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  7. Cook for 9-10 minutes until you get a dark brown color, then let it cool for about 5 minutes. Afterwards pour a little less than half the mixture into the prepared Bundt pan.
  8. Now lay the risen dough on a floured surface and flatten it into a square. Cut the dough into 1 inch by 1 inch pieces.
  9. Mold each piece into a ball and dip in butter, then roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Layer pieces evenly throughout the Bundt pan. Pour half of the remaining caramel mixture into the pan when you've just passed half full. Leave the rest for extra garnish if desired.
  10. Cover with a cloth once more and let the dough rise for 40 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is golden-brown in color.
  12. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes, then invert the pan onto a platter.
  1. The apple cinnamon caramel recipe makes a little more than needed, but some people have more of a sweet tooth than others. This recipe doesn't use all the caramel in baking, but leaves some aside for use as a drizzled garnish if desired.
Luna Gemme

Monkey Bread RecipeFlatten the dough out by hand into a square shape.
Monkey Bread RecipeCut it into four smaller squares equal in size. 
Monkey Bread RecipeThen measure out pieces about 1 inch by 1 inch and cut along the lines you created. Monkey Bread Recipe Monkey Bread RecipeFlipping anything made inside a Bundt pan is always kind of stressful, but with this recipe the apple cinnamon caramel helps to keep it all together. I chose not to grease the pan I baked it in and had no problems flipping it and getting it out. Monkey Bread RecipeMonkey Bread RecipeI never knew about this recipe until a friend of mine randomly decided to make it with me. Pretty much anything made with cinnamon becomes an instant obsession of mine and I was in love. If you’re needing a quicker monkey bread fix, try a recipe that uses pre-made dough, then add the apple cinnamon caramel. Let me know how this recipe worked for you and if you’ll be trying it out for the holidays!


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How To Create Bohemian Decor For Your Bedroom In 6 Steps

September 24, 2015

bohemian decorBohemian inspired bedroom decor can be gorgeous, comforting and creative; however it’s more complicated than just throwing up a mash of colors, patterns and dream catchers. With a cohesive plan, bohemian decor can transform a bedroom into a unique oasis. Today on I’m showing you how to create the type of timeless bohemian decor that will turn your bedroom into the creative and cozy hideaway you’re looking for.

bohemian decorbohemian decor1) Color is an integral aspect of creating your bohemian haven. It’s important to choose a cohesive color scheme to avoid a rainbow effect. Though you can easily do an all white room, you can also pick a neutral color plus an accent color and several different shades of it to work with. bohemian decorbohemian decor2) For a bohemian bedroom you’ll want to create an effortlessly luxurious yet casually comfortable atmosphere, and this is done best by layering different fabrics throughout your space. Start with your bed; choose your duvet, with either an intricate pattern or decorative design, and then pick out a throw blanket to lay across the bed. You can also add a simple canopy if you have the space. Now move to the floor; find an area rug that will tie the room together and prevent things from looking too random. Another opportunity to add fabric to your room is a window; find some unique curtains like this, this or these to hang over any windows. And is bohemian decor really bohemian without a tapestry?bohemian decorbohemian decor3) Lighting isn’t the most fun aspect of decor at first thought, but there are so many ways to light your room and it’s one of the most significant changes you can make. Bohemian decor requires intricate lighting; think flickering candles of different sizes dotting the room, leaving a warm glow. Of course you’re not going to want to light 20 candles every time you walk into your room, so look for antiquated or unconventional pieces that will give the same result. Lantern style lamps and string lights like this, this or this will give your room that perfect diffused glow. But definitely incorporate some candles! bohemian decorbohemian decor4) Bohemian decor wouldn’t be complete without a little green. I’ll list a few specific plants that will take your decor to the next level, hopefully you can find them in your area and if not, you’ll know what plant type to substitute with. A Cat Palm or two will help transform your room into an oasis, plus they’re pretty easy to care for. A climbing vine plant like Philodendron and Pothos gives a sense of movement to the decor. Now just add a flowering plant like Peace Lily or Phalaenopsis Orchid for a pop of color. Make sure your plant’s home is as lovely as yours – try out a planter like this and this or a hanging plant holder like this. However, if you’re wanted for the murder of a few plants like myself, try getting several gorgeous vases and invest in a few bouquets of cut flowers or make some terrariums with succulents – the only plants I’ve never actually killed. bohemian decorbohemian decor5) Details are where bohemian decor shines. Just one rule here; leave no surface bare. The great part about choosing a bohemian decor style is that you can decorate with basically anything – beads, feathers, dried plants – anything goes. Here are some pieces to get your started: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)bohemian decorbohemian decor6) This is the part where bohemian decor can lose it’s focus and become cluttered; patterns are both essential and challenging to incorporate. You’ll want to work with several distinct patterns to give the sense of movement and layers that is central to bohemian decor. A tip to simplify your life when adding patterns; let your pieces share at least one color and attempt to stay in the same pattern family (geometric, paisley, etc). bohemian decorbohemian decorBonus: If you have the space, a floor sitting area is a fun and extra cozy addition to any space. Just get some different color floor pillows, place them over a rug or throw blanket and add a lamp and stack of books on the floor beside it. Or if you’d rather stay off the ground, a swing chair or even a hammock would make a wonderful focal piece in your bohemian bedroom. bohemian decorRemember, the goal is to keep it timeless, cozy and eclectic. Trends like using the slur gypsy, religious deities and symbols as part of bohemian decor are insensitive and aren’t what bohemian decor is about. Implementing any of these 6 steps will bring about a significant change in your decor. Make sure to infuse your own personal style into your decorating to make your bedroom the unique and creative space you want! Let me know what changes you’ll be making first and what you love about bohemian decor.


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Island Goddess

September 10, 2015

Romper FashionBringing my island girl roots to center stage with this look.
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The Caribbean island of Dominica – as much as I adore the fall (it’s even my birthday season) I’m always a little sad to see summer come to an end. I’ve been staying in the Caribbean for the last 2 months, so I definitely got a memorable summer. As a Cuban-American, it’s important to me to represent my Latina heritage; one way I do so is by letting my thick natural curls be free, and yes, a little wild too. I had damaged my hair so much when I was younger by trying to wear it straight every day. Now I’m learning that my voluminous curls are unique to my identity, so I try to cut back on the heat styling and embrace them. So with my hair doing it’s thing, I threw in some classic hoop earrings to finish off this very Summer Island Goddess look.

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What unique parts of yourself are you learning to love? Let me know in the comments and share some of your favorite summer goddess style tips!


Foodophiles, My Big Important Opinions

Kebab Indian Restaurant in Miami – Review

September 3, 2015

Miami in RestaurantMy version of comfort food is Indian cuisine that I don’t have to cook myself for a change. While Miami is a budding foodie haven, sit down Indian restaurants are not yet in abundance so I was thrilled to drive by Kebab Indian Restaurant and add it to my list of places to check out. A rarity in Miami, this spot has been around for over a quarter of a century, first opened 1976.Miami RestaurantMiami RestaurantThis is one restaurant in Miami you can feel comfortable eating at while wearing flip flops. While it’s a casual atmosphere, Kebab Indian Restaurant would still be a chill place for a family dinner. Opting only for older Indian songs played at a low volume, this place doesn’t push an overly stimulated atmosphere. Their decor is not overbearing but it also leaves a little to be desired.Miami RestaurantMiami RestaurantMiami RestaurantMiami RestaurantI’m all about the appetizer menu and so is Kebab Indian Restaurant. There’s a large, varied selection and vegans or vegetarians can easily eat well here. I went with vegetable samosas (how could you not?) and bhujia, which are spiced vegetable fritters. While the bhujia was underwhelming, the samosas were perfectly cooked to give them a crunchy, flaky exterior.
Of course the first thing I ordered when I stepped in the door was a cup of masala chai, but sadly I think this restaurant has curbed the spice of their dishes to fit the palate of their usual customer base. This isn’t really a bad thing if you prefer less spicy dishes or don’t usually eat Indian food, though you can probably just ask them beforehand to spice your food up.Miami RestaurantMiami Restaurant Miami RestaurantThe goal is to always order enough food to fill the entire table, which is never hard to do at a restaurant in Miami. I made sure it happened by ordering coconut vegetable curry with a side of vegetable rice plus aloo naan (bread stuffed with spiced potatoes) and my boyfriend had malai kofta which came with a side of rice. My dish was a little less flavorful than what I expected, but it was good and filling nonetheless. Both of our curries came in awesome portions and the aloo naan was soft and addicting. 

Recommended Dishes

  • Aloo Naan
  • Vegetable Samosa
  • Mushroom Bhajj
  • Malai Kofta
  • Gulab Jamun (little puffs of heaven really)

Miami RestaurantMiami RestaurantCan I just do dessert reviews? My favorite part of the meal is whatever comes from the dessert menu and Kebab Indian Restaurant delivered on the sweets. The kulfi (Indian ice cream) was traditional and great, but the gulab jamun was out of this world amazing. Sure, I’m probably completely biased because I really love this dish to begin with…but this restaurant served them with just the right sweetness and a soft, crisp but spongy texture that is so central to gulab jamun. If you’ve never actually had this dish, gulab jamun is a juicy, deep fried pastry with honey syrup and rosewater. It’s time to stop depriving yourself!Restaurant in Miami

✯✯✯ (3/5)

This is the type of restaurant you will leave satisfied from. It’s not overly decorated, there aren’t any fusion/novelty dishes but the food is good, the portions are large and it’s priced fairly. If you’ve yet to try Indian cuisine, this is the perfect restaurant in Miami to get acquainted with its goodness. If you regularly eat Indian dishes like me though, you’ll find their food lacking in the robust flavor we’re accustomed to. The service here was what good service should be – friendly, helpful waitstaff who are attentive. Kebab Indian Restaurant also does take out, which I’ll drive out of my way for on certain lazy occasions, but like I said, this is the best comfort food there is.