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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summer Checklist Featuring V8+HYDRATE

Summer Checklist Featuring V8+Hydrate

We're officially in the first week of summer! Since I live in Tucson, our "summer" temperatures started a bit sooner so I was able to create a pool checklist. Anytime I go to the pool in the 100+ degree weather, it's usually a process. I need to make sure I'm properly equipped with all of the must-haves. So what are they?

1. V8+HYDRATE
I make it a priority to stay hydrated at part of my healthy lifestyle. With V8 +HYDRATE®, I receive natural electrolytes from vegetables to quickly replenish fluids and nutrients. There's one serving of vegetables and no sugar (which means no bloating) per drink. The Strawberry Cucumber is my go-to and you can find it at Walmart.

2. Sunscreen
While I enjoy being out in the sun, I find it important to cover up my skin with the proper protection against UV rays. I especially lather sunscreen over my face, neck and decollete to prevent sunspots on those areas. The Neutrogena sunscreen is my staple.

3. Straw Hat
To supplement my sunscreen, you will most likely see me wearing a wide-brim hat to further cover my face. I am especially fold of straw hats because they're great for outdoor weather and heat. Pictured is a hat from Forever 21.

4. Sunglasses
The eye area is delicate and the most sensitive. I wish I took better care of this area when I was younger, but now I'm working to prevent what's already been done by wearing sunglasses. It's important to wear sunglasses that will specifically block the harmful rays from the sun.

5. Bold Swimsuit
What can I say, I like to make a statement! A bold-colored swimsuit is always my pick. Plus, a bright color adds to the ambiance of the sunny, blue sky. This year, I've been all about one pieces but I would say wear what you feel best in and rock it!

6. Straw Bag
Don't forget to get a matching straw bag for your pool day! I prefer straw because it holds up better against dirt versus clothe totes. This particular one I found in Chichén Itzá during my bachelorette a few years ago.

7. Notepad and Pen
I absolutely love to write ideas down! I'm constantly thinking of new strategies for Happily Pink or of long-term goals.

This is a sponsored post by V8. All opinions are my own.

Summer Checklist Featuring V8+Hydrate

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain presented their chefs with the opportunity to showcase their technical skills and creativity through the Masters of the Craft, a Marriott-based volunteer competition.

Executive Pastry Chef Daniel Mangione and newly-appointed Executive Chef Emily Dillport invited me to participate as one of three judges for the event! As you can imagine, I was excited to see the culinary team in action. I had the privilege to judge alongside Janos Wilder, Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails restaurateur and James Beard Award recipient, and Ken Harvey, Executive Chef of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

The Competition
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Seven chefs competed for their chance to advance to the regional level. Each brought forward their passion and specialties to craft and plate a dish in 30 minutes. Additionally, competitors were required to integrate the secret ingredient of buffalo tenderloin into their creations. The Chefs were judged and scored in the following sections: presentation, creativity, taste and showmanship.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
After the timer started, the chefs setup their cooking stations and received five minutes to pick out their ingredients from the pantry! In five-minute waves, the chefs had 30 minutes to prepare and present the buffalo tenderloin in three tastings and a full-size portion.

Meet the Chefs
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft


Chef Jason Peller
Senior Chef de Partie of Banquets
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Chef Jason was the first chef to present his dish and knew immediately what he wanted to make when he found out buffalo tenderloin was the secret ingredient.

Chef Devin Pinto
Executive Sous Chef
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Chef Devin created a buffalo tartare served with a caper-whipped cream.

Chef Alejandro Mancillas
Senior Chef de Partie of Ignite
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Chef Alejandro crafted a green mole to pair with his seared buffalo tenderloin.

Chef Diego Lopez
Lead Cook, Caytons
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Chef Diego incorporated his Peruvian heritage into his plate. He also utilized jalapeños as an alternative for chili paste.

Chef Quinn Bullard
Chef de Partie of Turquesa
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Chef Quinn used coconut milk and chili to create a chili-coconut sauce as the main flavors because he favors sweet and savory combinations. Additionally, his buffalo tenderloin was served with a hash.

Chef Paul Byungho Chung
Chef de Partie of Garde Manger
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Chef Paul's buffalo tenderloin creation focused on his specialty: Asian cuisine. Fish sauce and soy sauce were of few of the flavors he used.

Chef Christian Dyson
Chef de Partie of Caytons
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Chef Christian improvised upon hearing the mystery ingredient. After cutting the meat into medallions, he lightly seared the meat.

Judging
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
Before the plating began, I walked around the cooking stations to observe their thought process. Passion was present in all seven judges! I could ask one chef a question in the middle of his cooking and he would respond back with an eloquent answer.

The Final Results
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft
As a judging panel, we selected Chef Christian Dyson as the winner for the 2019 Masters of the Craft competition! The talent of the Dove Mountain team was apparent, I recognized and loved how each chef created something unique and in his own style. All plates were beautiful and well-balanced in flavor, but what impressed me most was their passion!

I appreciated the opportunity to judge such an engaging event with one of my favorite places in Tucson. Good luck to Chef Christian Dyson as he competes against Marriott chefs at regionals!

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