Seedy Soba Noodles with Asian Herbs

I’m sort of mesmerized by how DJ Khaled keeps dropping fire singles what seems like every other week. He’s been around forever (remember We Takin’ Over??), and I feel like people used to hate on his cheesy “hip hop,” but all of a sudden he’s making bangers with everyone and their mother, including Beyoncé and Jay, Bieber, Calvin Harris, and Rihanna.These days, if I’m walking down the street, “subtly” shoulder bopping to the opening of an unfamiliar jam on Spotify’s Top Hits, I expect that the familiar sound of Khaled screaming, “DJ KHALED!! Anotha one! Anotha one!” is sure to follow. His hit rate is undeniably impressive, and as far as the “self love” movement goes, Khaled is absolutely slaying. Regardless of whether you dig the music, you kinda have to respect his game, and we could all likely benefit from...
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Casual Friday: Turmeric Mango Sunrise Pops

TGICasual Friday, friends and lovahhhs!! I’m about to hop a plane to Maine for four glorious days, so let’s get down to business, shall we? Festive summer treats first, then we waste time on the Internets.As you may know, I spend the majority of my time trying to stop sweating and researching things that will make me smarter and prettier. So, I’d like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the great Liz Moody for answering my sweaty, superfood prayers with her new book Glow Pops. This masterpiece is filled with creative, drool-worthy recipes for all manner of nutrient-dense popsicles that will make you GLOW from the inside out. Just to whet your appetite, examples include Mexican Hot Chocolate, Olive Oil Chocolate Rosemary, Mango Chile, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Ginger, and my personal favorite, Turmeric Mango Sunrise (currently...
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Spicy Mango-Avocado Poké Lettuce Wraps

When I started planning the #dudediettour, I had grand plans to do some serious culinary adventuring in each of the cities on my agenda.I envisioned taking myself on romantic solo dates all over the country (à la Paris circa 2010), sipping cocktails and sampling the best local fare, which I’d have discovered via extensive research/thoughtful recommendations from my trusty Internet friends. Perhaps I’d take selfies at notes on my favorite spots and compile them into a list to share here. Working title: Serena eats America! (I’d come up with a sexier/less alarming title later.) So fun and useful!!NOPE.Long story short, my “on the road” dining fantasy turned out to be just that…a fantasy. I quickly discovered that constant travel is pretty exhausting [insert “duh” emoji], and the last thing I wanted to do after wrapping an event...
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The Ultimate Fourth Of July Roundup

 Fourth of July looms large on the rosé-hued horizon, and I can’t WAIT. Per tradition, my roommate and I will be celebrating in my favorite place (aka Maine, Maine, Maiiiiiine) with some of my favorite people doing all of my favorite things. Mountains will be climbed, naps will be taken, lobsters will be eaten, and 2017’s #dudedietbathseries will be kicked off in style. I can practically smell the pine trees as I type…Not gonna lie, the 4th falling on a Tuesday throws me for a tiny loop, but I assume we’re all on the same page about having ourselves a little four-day weekend? Cool. Given that we’ll be stretching our freedom fiestas over the course of 96 hours (sadly had to do that math twice in my head), I figured everyone could use a little extra recipe inspiration for...
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Spicy Cherry Bourbon Lemonade

One of my soft goals for 2017 was to “celebrate more.” Big things, yes—my roommate and I are really throwing down this year re: mawwiage, after all—but the littler things too.Truth be told, I’ve never been the best at impromptu life celebrations. (This anxiety queen is better at sweating rather than fêting the small stuff.) But I do think they’re both important and extremely underrated, and I’m very grateful to a friend who recently reminded me of this. She’s been working on a giant, two-year project for months now, and when I asked how it was going, her response was, “Great! Lots of bumps in the road, and I’m exhausted, but we’re always passing these little milestones, and the constant celebrations have kept me motivated. There’s been a lot of champagne!”I won’t go full hearts and rainbows...
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Summer Vegetable Quinoa Bake

I have no clue why I bother making an editorial calendar.Before we go any further, if you’re picturing some sort of fancy, meticulously organized, color-coordinated wall calendar…stop it. My “editorial calendar” is a plain old Google cal in which I write the names of recipes (and sometimes a quick note on their inspiration) that I’m planning to post on specific dates. I try to have everything “booked” 1-2 months out, but like I said, I’m not sure why because I never stick to it. Ever.For example, last week I had “Crispy Strawberry Oatmeal Cakes—childhood strawberry deprivation bc eczema” scheduled on Tuesday, and “Shrimp Burrito Bowls—talk about all the burritos you ate after that weird hip hop class in college” on Thursday. I opened my calendar Monday morning, saw my plans, and thought, “NOPE. Do not want. Let’s do Read More >>

Domesticate ME!’s 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide for Badass Dads

Father’s Day looms large on the horizon (T-10 days, people), and if you’re anything like me, you may still be on the hunt for the perfect present for the dad(s) in your life.I know this holiday isn't really about presents, but that doesn’t mean that dads don’t deserve a little something cool in addition to the love, free hug coupons, and QT you’ll most likely be showering them with next Sunday. In the hope of making shopping a teensy bit less stressful this year (I can’t be the only one with a dad that’s impossible to buy for??!), I’ve rounded up some awesome food, booze, and chilling-related gift ideas for badass dads below.And because I love you, I’m also doing a little Father’s Day GIVEAWAY! Scroll to the bottom of the post for entry details.To state the obvious: The above pic is not...
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Steak and Egg Sliders with Herbed Avocado Spread

I’m not really a breakfast sandwich person. I obviously enjoy them (I’m a human being), but they’re not necessarily something I make for myself or order at restaurants on the reg. At home, I’m proud to be a #basic smoothie/avocado toast devotee, and when I’m out, I tend to gravitate toward creative eggs or the occasional ricotta pancake.Truth be told, the only time I really crave a breakfast sando is when I’ve had seven one too many cocktails—in which case, I require a bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel from Murray’s. With ketchup. Preferably delivered to me on the couch by a sweat suit-clad roommate with a Gatorade spritz (mix equal parts of your favorite color Gatorade and club soda and serve over crushed ice) and an extra side bagel. No loud noises or sudden movements, please and thank...
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The Dude Diet: Merchandise is HERE!

SURPRISE, DUDES!!This is a big day for yours truly and The Dude Diet at large because the very first round of exclusive DD merchandise has officially dropped, and I am Logan-style PSYCHED about it.I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I didn’t always want to be a weird blog lady. As a kid, I wanted to be a fashion designer. (Honestly, I wanted to be Britney Spears, but designer was my “realistic” back up career.) But then I slowly came to realize that designing required certain skills, namely drawing and sewing, and I was simply too busy doing karate, styling my pixie cut, and watching Dawson’s Creek to hone said skills in my adolescence. And so my design dreams were cast aside.Until now.Thanks to the Internet and my fabulous partners at...
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Casual Friday: Rosé Spritzers

Heyo, friends! We’re getting casual a day early because I’m dropping something badass here on Friday, and I’d hate to deprive you of these festive rosé spritzers and your monthly Internet nonsense. Let’s do this.I’ve had a soft spot for wine spritzers for as long as I can remember. I’m particularly fond of them during the summer months, and I tend to order them at weddings, as they are both refreshing and a responsible choice for sustained boozing. Win-win.Sadly, spritzers have always gotten a bad rap—dismissed by many a wine and cocktail snob aficionado as “déclassé”—but WHATEVER. Spritzers, especially the creative ones, are straight up delightful, and I advocate their inclusion in a well-rounded cocktail repertoire.I’m obviously not above a glass of plain old iced wine and club soda, but the addition of a little liqueur and some fresh “floaters” like fruit,...
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