BEST Watermelon Margarita at Cha-cha's Latin Kitchen

The BEST watermelon margarita EVER at Cha-cha’s Latin Kitchen!  Go get one now!  All of their signature cocktails look amazing made with fresh ingredients; but our server enthusiastically recommended the Watermelon Margarita as her absolute favorite drink.  Don’t you guys love servers with opinions and good knowledge of the menu?  I do!  And she did not steer us wrong!  This was hands down the most delicious watermelon margarita ever!  I am usually a straight forward margarita gal, Cadillac or skinny margarita, on rocks.  I hate the syrupy store bought sour mixes that give a margarita that artificial flavor, and the fruity ones are usually the worst offenders made with prepackaged fruit juice or nectar.  But a well made margarita is a thing of beauty!  You can try to avoid bad margaritas by asking just a few questions.  I usually ask if the sour mix is house made, and if the mix is freshly squeezed lime/lemon/orange juices.  If ordering a fruity mix, is it freshly blended real fruit?  

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how to get your kid into acting

So now you have been schlepping your kid to class for several weeks, and they are still motivated and excited to move forward.  Now what?  Tune in to the second episode for advice on the next steps!  We discuss why it is so important to reevaluating your family’s priorities and commitment as the next big step.  MaryAnne gives some helpful tips for those long drives to LA.  You may be asking again, why drive to LA….

So then we also talk about networking.  You will meet parents who are in the daily trenches.  Chat it up folks!  Meeting and talking to other people can only open doors.  You will be surprised at how generous others can be with information and contacts, it really doesn’t hurt to try.  And networking is definitely one of the advantages to driving all the way to LA for these classes.

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Darcie Roberts

MaryAnne and I are so lucky to have such wonderful, talented, smart artists and entrepreneurs in our lives.  We want to share all these fabulous women with everyone!  For our first Woman Crush Wednesday, we are spotlighting Darcie Roberts!  We can personally and enthusiastically recommend Darcie!  Sonali has taken voice lessons from her, and she is a patient and wonderful teacher.  And now she is sharing her talents by offering  a summer workshop for musical theatre.  We are so lucky to have this resource right here in Orange County.  Although this is a musical theatre workshop, we think it would benefit any kiddo interested in show biz.

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Thai Mango and Sticky Rice
Easy Rice Cooker Mango and Sticky Rice
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sweet rice, soaked over night, or at least 4 hours
  2. 4+ Mangoes - as many as you want
  3. 2 cans full fat coconut milk (Chao Koh, Mae Ploy, or Trader Joes are my favorite)
  4. Any sugar (white or brown is fine) or maple syrup
  5. A couple of Tbs. of sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Soak the sweet rice over night, or at least 4 hours. This will help make it glutinous/sticky. Rinse well with fresh water. Add water up to the line in rice cooker depending on cups of rice. Cook in rice cooker on sweet rice setting. In the meantime, heat coconut milk on low heat, avoid boiling. Add sugar or maple syrup for desired sweetness. Peel and cut mangoes into bite size pieces. Toast sesame seeds in small pan until golden; be careful, seeds can burn quickly. Once rice is done, serve while warm, drizzle with sweetened coconut milk, layer mangos on top, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Notes
  1. Sorry folks, I don't know how to do sticky rice the old fashioned way, the way my dad used to do it on the stove, which involves cheese cloth, a steamer, and a spray bottle. Nope. This version is done in a rice cooker. Much less intimidating and accessible.
  2. As you've probably noticed, I make suggestions on different quantities, depending on how much you want to make. Adjust amount of sugar, mangoes, and/or coconut milk when serving depending on your taste!
Purple Ways http://www.purpleways.com/

Cumin Spiced Okra with Olive Oil Fried Egg
The most delicious cumin spiced okra topped with olive oil friend egg
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
For Okra
  1. 1 tb. canola oil
  2. 1/4-1/2 of onion thinly sliced
  3. 1 lb. fresh okra rinsed and dried completely
  4. salt to taste
  5. 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  6. 1/2-1 tsp. chopped green chili such as jalapeño (opt.)
  7. 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  8. 1 small tomato diced
  9. 1 tsp. ground cumin
  10. a squeeze of lemon
For Friend Egg
  1. Small nonstick pan
  2. 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil (enough to fill pan with about 1/2 inch oil
  3. fresh eggs
For Okra
  1. Rinse okra well and dry completely. Slice okra. To reduce some of the slime from okra, either dry sliced okra in refrigerator overnight in single layer, or microwave in single layer for 1 minute. Heat oil on medium heat then fry sliced onion until translucent. Add okra, pinch of salt, chili, garlic, and cumin seeds. Saute for a couple of minutes, add chopped tomatoes. Saute briefly, then sprinkle on ground cumin and squeeze lemon over dish. Mix and serve.
For Friend Egg
  1. Cook one egg at a time. Heat olive oil on medium to medium high heat until oil is hot. Carefully crack and slide egg into hot oil. Let egg fry until the edges get nice and crisp. Carefully spoon hot oil over egg if you like it a bit more cooked. Remove from pan with a slotted spatula when yolk reaches desired doneness. Serve with okra. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you are unsure about okra, trust me, this recipe will change your mind! I love this with a fried egg, and olive oil fried egg, in my opinion, is the most delicious! Also very good without egg, and served with hot naan bread.
Purple Ways http://www.purpleways.com/