Iced Coffee 5 Ways

Iced Coffee 5 Ways @runwaychef I used to think I was an iced coffee addict….until I met this girl. This girl is the true definition of an iced coffee addict. She would definitely drink me under the table if the drink of choice was iced coffee. Compared to her, I’m simply an iced coffee drinker, not an addict. But nonetheless, I still love my iced coffee. This past summer I decided to experiment and switch up my daily cold brew in a few new ways. Below are my 5 favorites-

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Coffee Granita @runwaychef Iced Coffee Granita// Use a ratio of 4 parts cold-brew coffee concentrate to 1 part condensed milk (i.e. to make this batch I used 2 cups of coffee and 1/2 a cup of condensed milk). Whisk together until well combined and there are no clumps of condensed milk left. Pour into a medium-sized baking dish and freeze until solid, about 2 hours. Scrape with a fork and serve. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month.

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Coffee Granita @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Vietnamese Ice Coffee @runwaychef Vietnamese Iced Coffee// Use a ratio of 1 part condensed milk + 2 parts coffee. Pour condensed milk into the bottom of a glass (I like to use a mason jar) then top with hot coffee. Stir to combine (if you’re using a mason jar put the lid on then shake). Top with ice and serve.

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Vietnamese Ice Coffee @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee & cream ice cubes @runwaychef Coffee & Cream Ice Cubes// Freeze coffee into one ice cube tray then fill another tray with either cream, milk, coconut or almond milk or a mixture of any of those and freeze until set. Add a few to a glass of cold brew. 

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee & cream ice cubes @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee over ice cream @runwaychef Coffee Affogato// Add a scoop or two of ice cream to a serving bowl or glass. Top with cold brew coffee.

Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee over ice cream @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- coffee over ice cream @runwaychef Iced Coffee 5 Ways- Cappuccino Popsicles @runwaychef Cappuccino Popsicles// Layer cream (or a milk mixture) with coffee and freeze. Get the full directions on how to make these here.

Cappuccino Popsicles @runwaychef

Orangeberry Smoothie + Florida OJ Tailgate Party

Orangeberry Smoothie via @runwaychef #breakfast #healthy #fruit I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Florida Department of Citrus. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Growing up, I’d watch everyone in my family start their morning with a glass of orange juice. At the time, pulp wasn’t quite my thing, so my Mom would sneak my OJ (always 100% Florida) to me in the form of a fruit smoothie, and boy am I glad she did. Do you know how much vitamin C is in just one 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida Orange Juice? Let me tell you…it’s a lot, as in ‘more than 100% of your daily value’ a lot. It also counts as one serving of fruit, serves as a good source of folate, thiamin and potassium, and is free of sodium, cholesterol, fat, and, something that is hard to find in most juices today, it is free of added sugar. Obviously I wisened up and now drink loads of OJ (pulp, no pulp, I’ll drink it all), but I still love adding it to my morning smoothies, and even more so, I love cooking with it (one of my favorite things to do is add it it to pork chops with apples and onions). The Florida Department of Citrus is working to help people (like my 5-year-old pulp hating self) to understand just how wonderful, healthy, delicious, and versatile Florida OJ is and I’ve teamed up with them to help them spread the message.

In honor of working with FDOC I wanted to share the recipe for their Orangeberry Smoothie, along with the healthy adjustments I make to it when I’m drinking it as my morning smoothie.

orange juice smoothie via @runwaychef

Orangeberry Smoothie
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  1. 4 ounces Florida orange juice
  2. 1/4 cup fresh Florida strawberries, sliced (I also like using a mix of berries, including blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries)
  3. 1 frozen banana
  1. In a blender combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve.
  1. To make this a more decadent treat for dessert add a 1/2 cup of ice cream (or frozen non-dairy product for vegans) in place of the frozen banana, and also add in 1 cup of ice.
Adapted from Florida Orange Juice
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OJ also makes a splash when added to sauces, salad dressings, and even soups. With tailgating season coming up, there will also be plenty of opportunities for you to sneak some healthy OJ into all those game time apps. And speaking of game time, Florida OJ is throwing a tailgating event in New York City on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Come check it out! Special guest and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews will stop by to share her top tailgating tips. You can find out all the deets and RSVP here. Not going to be in the area? Follow along on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as I share live updates from the event with the hashtags #OJTailgate and #OJSelfie. Also make sure you’re following Florida Orange Juice on Twitter and Facebook for more event fun, OJ facts, and recipe ideas.

I’d love to know, what’s your favorite way to have orange juice?

An Italian in Mexico Cocktail

An Italian in Mexico- a San Pellegrino Cocktail by @runwaychef Today is your lucky day! Why you ask? Well, for starters, it’s Friday, and who isn’t excited about that? Secondly, you’re getting a double dose of me today, because two posts is always better than one. Third, and most importantly, I made you a cocktail recipe, and well, there’s pretty much nothing better than a cocktail on a Friday, am I right or am I right? The best part is that this cocktail was an “off the menu” inspired concoction based on my “off the menu” experience at last week’s S.Pellegrino event. I’ll be sharing all the pictures and details (including how you can win a “Live Off the Menu” experience) from the event in today’s 2nd post (update: now live here). In the mean time, I suggest you mix up one of these refreshing cocktails…..and then mix up another one to drink while you read my second post. Don’t worry….I won’t tell anyone you’re drinking before noon!

P.S. Mr. RC, aka cocktail mixer extraordinaire, gets the credit for concocting this San Pellegrino cocktail along with its clever name!

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  1. 2 ounces of tequila
  2. 1 ounce of Triple-Sec
  3. 1/2 a can of San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (Blood Orange)
  4. 1 orange peel, twisted
  5. Smoked paprika, cinnamon & chili powder ( about 1/2 tsp. of each; for glass rims)
  1. Pour the tequila and Triple-Sec into a shaker of ice and chill for about 5 minutes.
  2. Garnish the rim of a serving glass with the paprika, cinnamon and chili powder mixture.
  3. Pour chilled liquor into the glass. Then top off with the San Pellegrino fruit beverage. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and serve.
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Healthy Living- Detox Water

Detox Water As promised, I wanted to share more about my skin routine and the different things I do to keep it healthy in the most natural and organic way possible. While I will eventually get to what I put ‘on’ my skin, I think it is more important to start with what you put ‘in’ your skin, as I believe true beauty comes from within (both physically and emotionally). There are two parts to what I put into my body for healthy skin: vitamins (which we will discuss later) and detox waters. Two out of three of these detox drinks use water and simple house hold items. In fact, they seem so simple you might even wonder if they make a difference. I’ve done plenty of research over the years and have pulled some facts together so you can make your own educated decision, but in my opinion detox water definitely makes a difference.

Lemon Detox Water

Lemon Water 

8 ounces of water + Juice of half of lemon (can be diluted more to suit your tastes)

Every morning I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, and then grab a glass of lemon water. Every.single.morning. My skin has started to glow just a little bit more, and I’ve noticed my morning breathe growing fainter and fainter. Here are some other benefits:

  • Packed with vitamin C, citric acid, potassium (nourishes brain and nerve cells as well as your heart), calcium, phosphorus, magnesium
  • Lemon juice in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning helps flush out toxins and replenishes body salts (also good after a workout)
  • Aids in the production of bile and digestive juices which aids in your digestion and also relieves indigestion symptoms
  • Enhances enzyme function which stimulates your liver and aids in cleansing your system
  • Helps prevent wrinkles and acne and promotes clear skin
  • The pectin fiber in lemon is beneficial for colon health as well as an appetite suppressant thus helping you lose weight
  • Lemon is a powerful antibacterial and helps aid against the common cold as well as the growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and disease
  • Gives you an energy boost which is helpful for those trying to cut caffeine
  • Maintains healthy eyes and fights against eye health problems
  • It balances and maintains healthy pH levels in your body
  • Dissolves uric acids which helps reduce pain and inflammation in your joints and knees 

Please note: One side effect of lemon water can be its harsh effect on your teeth enamel. It is recommended that you brush your teeth prior to drinking lemon water and then do not brush again until at least 3 hours after. You can also swish plain water around your mouth after drinking your lemon water. You can read more about the benefits of lemon detox water here and here.

Apple Cider Vinegar detox water

Vinegar Water

8 ounces of water + 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (make sure it is unfiltered)


8 ounces of seltzer water + 1 tablespoon of vinegar + a splash of juice (typically cranberry juice…you want some that is 100% juice with nothing added)

The benefits of drinking vinegar water are similar to lemon water. It’s great for detoxing and it’s also high in potassium. I find that drinking vinegar detox water helps me to stay detoxed and debloated. Some other benefits include:

  • Apple cider vinegar has all the same benefits that apples do, meaning it is packed with enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, beta carotene, calcium, iron, pectin, silicon and potassium.
  • It helps keep blood pressure low
  • It can aid in the prevention of colon cancer
  • Apple cider vinegar helps lower glucose levels which in turn can help with diabetes
  • It also aids with weight loss by acting as an appetite suppressant, reducing water retention, increase metabolism, and helping with digestion

Please note: To receive these benefits you must use apple cider vinegar that is raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, made from organic apples, and includes something about ‘the mother’ (aka the translucent film floating around in the vinegar) on the label. The brand I like to use is Bragg’s, which you can find online, at Whole Foods, or any other health store or specialty market. You can read more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar detox water here.

Dermal Health Detox water

Herb Pharm Dermal Health Drops 

8 ounces of water + 1 dropper of Dermal Health, 3x a day

While this compound is also great for detoxing your system and keeping your liver clean, its primary focus is detoxing the skin to help aid in relief of skin diseases such eczema, psoriasis, and acne. I have been drinking leon and vinegar water for years, but this detox solution is a recent recommendation. It was recommended to me by the lady who runs the herb shop in our neighborhood, and while it didn’t clear up my skin issues, I have noticed a big difference. Here are the ingredients found in this compound as well as links to pages with each of their benefits:

  • Burdock Seed: here and here
  • Stinging Nettle Seed: here
  • Sarsaparilla Root: here
  • Yellow Dock Root: here
  • Spilanthes Flowering Herb: here
  • Ginger Rhizome: here

Please note: This is by far the most expensive detox drink on the list and also probably the hardest to come by. The flavor is also not the most pleasant. 

*Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. These are simply things that have worked for me, my research on them, and my observations of how they have worked. Please consult your physician with any questions*

3×3 Food- Watermelon Drinks {Watermelon Granita Cocktail}

3x3 Food- Watermelon Drinks {Watermelon Granita Cocktail} On a hot, steamy night (or day, for that matter), I can never decide if I want to cool down with fresh fruit, a cocktail, or a frozen treat. I realized this dilemma was getting a bit out of hand when it would take me 30+ minutes to make a decision (um, hi warm drink, melted ice cream, and ruined evening), so, like most of normal society, I started combining fruit, cocktail, and frozen treat in one. First, there were these margaritas. Then recently I created these vodka-drenched granita sno-cone-wannabe drinks. Oh. Yes. I. Did. They pretty much rock my hot and humid summer world. Now my only dilemma will be deciding which of these 3 watermelon drinks I will be enjoying next. Luci’s sangria looks so refreshing (and healthy, because, I mean duh, it has fruit in it!), but I can never say no to a mojito and Grace’s recipe sure is calling my name. My solution to this dilemma? Give me all the watermelon drinks!

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Watermelon Granita Cocktail w/ Vodka
A cool summer treat turned into a light and refreshing watermelon cocktail
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For the granita
  1. 6 cups of watermelon cubes
  2. 1/3 cup condensed milk
  3. Juice of 2 limes
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of salt
For the cocktail
  1. 2 ounces of vodka
  2. 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  3. Juice of 4 limes
  4. 2 tablespoons spearmint or mint, chopped
  5. Club soda
  1. To make the granita: In a blender, puree the watermelon, condensed milk, salt, and juice of 2 limes. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a 10x7 (you can also use a bigger or smaller pan, depending on how quickly you want it to freeze) and place it in the freezer for at least 4 hours. The condensed milk will keep it from becoming too hard so there is no need to scrape it with a fork every so often. Simply scrape the granita once it is all frozen.
  3. To assemble the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker combine the vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and mint. Shake to combine. Pour into 2 serving glasses. Top with 2 scoops of watermelon granita, then finish with a splash of club soda. Drink immediately.
  1. The drink portion of this recipe makes enough for 2 cocktails, however, the granita recipe makes enough for 4-6 cocktails (deepening on how much taste testing you do on the side!).
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