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Easy and Delicious Nutella MilkshakeThere are days when you come home from work and all you want in life is a chocolatey milkshake. I was having one of those days yesterday.

When it comes to my other cravings (Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Chipotle and Smoothie King’s Angel Food smoothie), I rarely ever have the stuff on hand, and always have to make a special trip to take care of it. Fortunately, there was no need for that nonsense this time around. As it so happens, milk, ice cream and Nutella are among my most essential kitchen staples and I’m never without them. And just like that, I whipped up a delicious Nutella Milkshake that I had no choice but to share. Guys, I think I’ve found our new best friend. 


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Hot Water & Lemon Benefits
I’m switching things up a bit for this latest Thirsty Thursday post. Instead of sharing the usual decadent drink recipe (like the Orange Creamsicle Milkshake from a couple weeks back, or this Honey-Banana Milkshake from way way back), I thought I’d take a break and go the complete opposite direction by sharing why hot water and lemon are now part of my morning routine. The short version of the story: it’s good for you. The longer version goes something like this:

Keeping it Regular
Sorry, I went there, but this way we get the unpleasantness out of the way early. Not only is hot water great for the aforementioned reason, it helps with digestion, detoxing the body, and has been shown to break down fats. Amen to that. 

Speeds up Metabolism
On that same note, a glass of hot water and lemon in the morning helps jump start your metabolism for the rest of the day. I can use all the help I can get in that department. 

Clears Skin
Hydration is key to good, clear skin, but more than that hot water and lemon help bring down any redness or inflammation. 

Vitamin C
Likely the most obvious of the citrus water’s benefits, but it’s not to be overlooked. Vitamin C does good things for your immune system, so do what you can to get your fill. 

Easy as Can Be
This last reason is perhaps the most crucial. Good habits can be hard to pick up, so when an easy one comes along, I feel like I have no choice but to adopt it. Hot water and lemon is about as easy as it gets. Get the kettle going as soon as you wake up, get your hot water from the break room at work, and use juice from a real lemon slice or a bottle. Mix it all up, let it cool a bit before gulping it down, and you’re done.

As you can see, there are quite a few reasons why I now swear by this stuff every morning. After reading this, I hope you’ll consider doing the same, swapping your first-thing-in-the-morning cup of coffee for some best-thing hot water and lemon. Cheers, friends!

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Pineapple Coconut Lime Cooler
When Megan was in town a couple of weekends back, we enjoyed meals at some of my usual places, but also made a point of stopping in the Dupont Circle Ping Pong location for a light meal before she made her way back to Connecticut. I’m a bit of a dim sum traditionalist, preferring strictly Cantonese-speaking servers and the push-cart delivery method, but Ping Pong’s been a great stand-in since DC’s real-deal Chinese options are practically nonexistent. What Ping Pong lacks in authenticity it makes up for in its delicious alcohol-free beverage options. Too many restaurants and bars neglect to create drinks for us non-boozers, but I digress. The thing about dim sum, which literally translates to “drink tea,” is that hot tea is just about all that’s offered. Luckily, Ping Pong breaks that rule and boasts a delicious pineapple coconut cooler that was so darn good, I had to recreate it immediately. The good news is that it’s delicious at home too, the better news is that it’s incredibly easy to make. Here’s how I did it.


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Orange Creamsicle Milkshake | fortune goodies
My dear Brian is a good sport. He understands how much I love this blog of mine and puts up with me when I’m neglecting him to work on it, and tries his best not to look embarrassed when he waits for me to finish taking pictures at every meal. That’s love.

Like me, he’ll eat just about anything and rarely makes special food requests, but when he does, like he did with these Orange Creamsicle Milkshakes, I know to answer the call. He deserves it. Plus, these were incredibly easy to make, so I was more than happy to oblige. 


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Homemade Orange Julius

I’m in New York for a hot-minute for a work-related thing. I’m not here long enough to do any sightseeing (I haven’t been to the Met in years), but always have time for a good meal with old friends, which is exactly what I did last night with Rohini and Rachel at The Smith Midtown (so good). Both live here (Rohini only for a few more days), and both are friends of mine from middle school and high school, back when I was at Park Meadows Mall every other day. 

It was on these too-frequent trips to the mall that Rohini and I would stop by the food court for a medium Orange Julius. We were never without it. Today’s Thirsty Thursday is in her honor, and guess what, Orange Julius is surprisingly easy to make at home, surprisingly authentic-tasting too. I try not to think about all of the money we could have saved. I’d be rich.


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Watermelon Juice | fortune goodies

Hello hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, because I certainly did. Brian’s parents and sister were in town and we had a great time taking them to some of our favorite restaurants (check out my DC food guide here) and out to beautiful Lake Anna to visit with his aunt and uncle. Brian says his favorite time of year is the July 4th weekend, and I might have to agree with him. It doesn’t get much better than hot dogs, hamburgers, fireworks and watermelon.

Lots and lots of watermelon. Harris Teeter was having a sale so Brian and I each bought a big watermelon and managed to eat and drink our way through both of them, thanks in large part to this recipe for Watermelon Juice. So what I have for you today is a Thirsty Thursday post on a Monday. I’m doing things a little out of order this week, because why not? But really, it’s because I couldn’t get my ice-cream making act together and had to shuffle things around a bit. Check back on Thursday for Nutella Ice Cream. Yep, that’s right. Nutella. 

To the matter at hand, follow these easy steps to change up your watermelon consumption pattern. 


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