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Tastebud Worthy Recipe: Coco-Melon Drink

At one of my family get togethers, I was sitting at the table talking to an aunt and we came up with this light and refreshing drink! Who doesn’t love watermelon or coconut juice? I poured a glass of coconut juice into a cup and my aunt had a bowl of watermelon in front of her. I took a couple chunks and dropped it in to my cup. My aunt suggested I add a few mint leaves. I added a few ice cubes on top, and the Coco-Melon drink was born! Just in time for those July 4th barbecues!


  • 4 spoonfuls of watermelon
  • 3 mint leaves (Rip them once. You want a little mint flavor… it isn’t a mojito)
  • 1 can of coconut juice
  • 1 shot of light rum or vodka (optional)
  • Handful of ice cubes


Break up the watermelon in the glass, add the mint, and if you want, a shot of light rum or vodka. Fill the rest of the glass with ice cubes and pour the coconut juice over. Give it a couple of stirs and enjoy!

Taste Bud Worthy Recipe: Red Velvet Strawberry Coconut Trifle Cake

I look forward to the holidays for only one thing: food!

I have been making this Red Velvet Trifle cake for my holiday get-togethers for a few years now and it is always a hit. I got the recipe from this website and tweaked it a little bit. Follow the recipe, but just the cake part.

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 oz red food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

You will also need:

  • 1 large bag of shaved coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 2 containers of fresh cut strawberries (or one 1 lb. bag of frozen strawberries work fine, just thaw them the night before)
  •  1 16 oz container of whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350º.

Prepare three 8″ round cake pans with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, beat eggs, butter and sugar until creamy. Add cocoa and food coloring. Mix until well combined.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternating with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla.

In a small bowl, combine soda and vinegar and add to batter. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tests done. Allow cakes to cool completely.

Toast the shaved coconut in the oven on a baking sheet until it is light brown. It’s okay if not all the pieces are toasted. Let that cool completely.

Preparing the cake

Cut the cake into one inch squares and layer it in a trifle bowl starting with the cake, then the whipped cream, strawberries, and toasted coconut, and repeat. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Side note: the supermarket ran out of red food coloring so I used green food coloring instead. It looks great with the red strawberries. I call it the “The Grinch Velvet Cake”.

If you decide to try out this recipe, let me know how your cake came out. Happy holidays!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

I flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a destination wedding and stayed at El San Juan Resort & Casino which was where the wedding was held. As soon as I arrived, I hit up the pool, the beach, and Old San Juan. The architecture of the buildings were gorgeous and so colorful and the cobblestone roads gave it such an old school vibe. While exploring we stumbled upon a lady at a table selling her art work made of cardboard. I was so impressed by her work I purchased a cardboard keyholder for my new home and my friend bought a pretty cardboard flower.

Since it was my first night in San Juan, you know I had to party. My friends and I hit up Brava Nightclub right in our hotel. The line is usually out the door, but guests staying in the hotel do not have to wait in line or pay a cover, so that was a plus. And I may or may not have hit up the strip club after Brava. 😉

Since I partied my ass off the night before, I needed to rehydrate my body. Right behind the hotel on the beach was a food cart that sold pinchos and fresh coconuts. The coconut juice gave me LIFE.

I slipped in to my beautiful Vince Camuto dress for the wedding. With the heat and humidity at 6:00 pm in the Carribbean, wearing a long dress was sort of a bad idea. I like to dance so I was always on the dance floor and everyone, including myself, stepped all over the dress. Nonetheless, I had such a great time with my friends. The wedding was so pretty, the music was on point, and the open bar is always a good idea.

The next day my girl friend and I met up with some of our other friends, who also attending the wedding, at Ocean Park. They were hanging out with their local friends and invited us to the beach. I love being touristy but I also love doing what the locals do. I even got a ride on a moped. We went to dinner at La Jaquita Baya and let me tell you, every single dish we tried was so delicious! I did not get to take pictures of all the foods because we were so hungry. My absolute favorites were the fried shark, whole red snapper, and pork belly mofungo.