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The Best of 2017

Just a taste of what you’ll find in 2017’s travels

Another year, another move. This time, the year was split between LA (Pasadena) and Phoenix (Scottsdale). While LA is certainly more of a melting pot of cultures, Phoenix certainly has its fair share of good food driven by transplants from all over the country, if not the world. And what year would be complete without a bit of travel as well? As is usual, I’m keeping the travel out of the Best of, but you can see it all here (including some amazing food from a trip to Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan). So without further adieu, bring on 2017.

Popping in Some Melt It!

Because, you know, bacon.

Melt It! in Pasadena refers to itself as “A Grilled Cheese Co.” I’m not sure what else would have been expected from a place called Melt It! (except maybe like fondue or a ton of patty melt options, which are basically just grilled cheeses with burgers in them anyway), but I was eager to see what kind of twists this place would make on the old standby.

Gourmet but not at The Stand

Burger. Fries.

Restaurants come and restaurants go. But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a restaurant come and go as fast as TLT in Pasadena’s Playhouse District. Fortunately, there was almost no delay in replacing it with The Stand, a burger concept that already had a few locations around LA and Orange County. The burger options were pretty unique and at a reasonable price, so I had a hard time choosing.

Flat Chicken at Hot Star

Object in photo is larger than it appears.

When I found out that a Taiwanese fried chicken place had opened next door to my office, I knew I had to stop by, especially because I would soon be paying a visit to Taiwan. It’s called Hot Star, and for some reason it specializes in flattening the fried chicken to make it look massive. I don’t know if this is meant to make it taste or look better, but I was ready to find out.

Back in Black at Constance Perry’s

Black as night.

Hotels aren’t exactly known for their food. Yet, there has been a trend to try to get better restaurants into hotels and I give those hotels major props for trying. In Pasadena the dusitD2 Constance Hotel has a spot called Constance Perry’s. It’s kind of Asian, kind of American, but definitely not fusion because those dishes kind of stand out on their own.

Masters of Taste 2017

Slightly different angle than the one I had for the 2004 Rose Bowl Game…

Ah, the fabled Rose Bowl. Host of UCLA football games, THE Rose Bowl, a monthly flea market and now the annual Masters of Taste. As a blogger extraordinaire, I was invited to cover the event, which took place on May 7th and I found it a much easier way to set foot on the Rose Bowl field than winning the Big Ten Championship (and some might say it was much harder than winning the Pac-12 Championship, huzzah!). Food and drink vendors appeared from all over LA to help bring in money for Union Station Homeless Services. It’s a good cause, and surely the now two-year old event is doing a much better job of drawing in money than the annual gala did before it. But enough, let’s talk food.

Morning Glory at The Original Tops

Classic!
Classic!

The Original Tops is a classic countertop-style diner in Pasadena that would probably evoke nostalgic memories if you were from the area. As someone who is not from Pasadena, I at least get excited over the prospect of a new burger spot, especially a no-frills type of place that has stood the test of time like The Original Tops.

Seasonally Delicious at The Eatery

How amusing.
How amusing.

The Eatery in Pasadena is undoubtedly one of the city’s hidden gems. It’s off the beaten path and in a building that seems much more likely to house a Mexican grocery store than a fancy restaurant (in fact it does share the building with such a store). But once inside the candles, dim lighting and intimate ambiance scream non-pretentious fanciness. Of course, none of this would matter to me if the food didn’t satisfy my unvegan desires.

The Best of 2016

Amazing Benefits of Vegan CBD Gummies

Vegan CBD gummies are seen as a store of essential nutrients. Their natural composition with side-effect-free nature has made them a hit in the recreation market. Moreover, individuals across the USA are switching to CBD products, particularly gummies, as health supplements due to their therapeutic properties. Despite the rising popularity of CBD products like gummies, people still lack proper knowledge regarding the health benefits of vegan CBD items. For example, consumers still assume that these supplements are only restricted to calm the mind and body. However, there are so many health benefits of such bioactive CBD compounds. This is the principal difference between cbd and cbn.
So, let’s get started to know more about the marvellous benefits of vegan CBD gummies.

Top Health Benefits of Vegan CBD Gummies

Relieves Chronic Pain

Vegan CBD has two major features. First, they contain analgesic properties while they are anti-inflammatory as well. Due to these two powerful properties, vegan CBD gummies are believed to reduce chronic pain. Primarily, vegan CBD gummies alter the brain’s ability to process pain signals. So, psychologically, this aids patients to gain the physical and mental strength to defeat chronic pain. So, CBD-infused gummies can be a cure for chronic pain.

Helps in Treating Insomnia

Many times, people feel stressed or get restless due to work pressure or any other social issue. Stress or restlessness normally leads to peak insomnia. In such cases, a dose of vegan and mind-relaxing CBD gummy can help in calming the mind. Sleep is an antidote for insomnia. So, if a person keeps stress or anxiety away from his system, he ultimately makes a place for sound sleep. Moreover, you can also get support from medical practitioners who support the use of CBD gummy within a prescribed limit.

Aids in Weight Management

A person can use CBD for both weight gain and weight loss. By reducing nausea, some enzymes in gummies act as appetite stimulators. The appetite stimulation proves beneficial in weight gain for individuals with loss of appetite. Similarly, CBD gummies are believed to have the potential to boost metabolism. This helps in improving weight gain. However, there is a need for further research to understand the complete impacts of CBD on appetite, as it seems to vary. Several factors can influence hunger during the intake of CBD, which includes genetics.

Promotes Calmness and Relaxation

Sometimes daily life routine wears down and high-stress levels become a major factor behind this. Thus, chewing vegan CBD gummies can help overcome your stress. You can unwind by consuming CBD gummies for at least a couple of hours before going to sleep for optimal results.

Provide Much-needed Antioxidants

The composition of natural ingredients is a hallmark of vegan CBD gummies. Manufacturers use ingredients like turmeric (a high antioxidant ingredient) in preparing CBD gummies. Antioxidants help in boosting the immune system and improve the body’s natural defence mechanism against oxidative stress. Moreover, antioxidants are also renowned to reduce inflammation in the body. It may also help to relieve cramps, pain, and other discomforts. So, CBD and antioxidants make a perfect combination in the form of vegan CBD gummies.

Last Word

There are numerous benefits associated with CBD-infused gummies. However, if you are thinking about consuming vegan CBD gummies, make sure to consult an expert before consuming them as they are not a medical alternative. Last but not least, buy CBD gummies from a company with a proven track record just like milk of the gods. Milk of the Gods’ vegan CBD gummies is the perfect CBD supplement with all the benefits of CBD you need.