Vegan Collagen Facial Serum is a game-changer for a more desirable, younger-looking skin

I’ve recently discovered on Tik Tok, a vegan serum that seems to be known for achieving a better-looking skin. Usually, serums can be quite expensive, and we might not know what type of ingredients it could have. However, Truly Beauty has this anti-aging Vegan Collagen Facial Serum that works wonders! I bought mine at Ulta for $35 or you can also purchase it on their website at Trulybeauty.com

After only 2 weeks, I’ve seen an improvement of a tighter, glowy, and clear skin. I was worried, at first, about using a serum and how it would react to my skin. My skin is a combination of oily and dryness. Nevertheless, with their fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and Vitamin C boost ingredients, there were no harmful reactions. 

How to Apply

After washing your face, before applying moisturizer, with only 2-3 drops you can apply it to your face. I usually place the drops on both my cheeks and my forehead. I then start massaging my skin in an upward motion, and down my neck. After spreading it, I pat down with my fingers to really get it on my whole face. Lastly, I put on my moisturizer to finish off. 

Should You Buy It?

If you want to have younger-looking skin, then yes! It’s never too late to start on a skincare routine that works best for you. Although this serum might not work best for everyone, there are always others that can help based on your skin type. You also don’t have to be a girl to care about your skin, anyone can care about feeling good about themselves. I recommend this serum and would definitely buy it again once I finish it. I may not be Skin Care by Hyram, but take my word for it! 

Written By: Ariadna Rodriguez

Photo By: Ariadna Rodriguez



Mike on the Mic with Go Green Save Green

Environmental Instagram (IG) educator Go Green Save Green from Los Angeles, California, joins KCR’s Mike Stark LIVE in the KCR studio. To discuss the Climate Crisis, Recycling, what college students and others can do to help reduce the climate crisis, and greenwashing.

We kicked off our conversation with Ariel Maldonado; who runs Go Green Save Green. The first topic is the beginning. Why start the account? How’s the account different from other environmental awareness accounts?

Ariel shared with us that she was procrastinating for finals. It was 11:00 pm and feeling stressed about the climate crisis. She was discussing the problem with her friends and felt people were not listening. She decided to create an Instagram account to share information about the issue. Content on the account isn’t headlines. She publishes entire articles, relatable memes, infographics, cartoons, and more. No prior knowledge is needed to understand the account. Anyone and everyone can jump right in.

Ariel shared throughout the interview, which you can listen in its entirety here. Tips about how we can make small lifestyle changes at home and school that can go a long way to help the environment. These small lifestyle changes will not make you feel overwhelmed or add to your already busy schedule. She warned us to be mindful of companies that use greenwashing to take advantage of the climate crisis.

Screenshot of a picture of GoGreenSaveGreen founder, Ariel Maldonado, boyfriend Martin Hernandez, and KCR’s Mike Stark. | Screenshot taken from @GoGreenSaveGreen Instagram

In concluding our interview; ariel’s hope is that people can leave the account feeling more educated. There are a ton of resources on the account at your disposal to use; like a ethical shopping site. To purchase earth-friendly products; at a low price. You can follow Ariel’s Go Green Save Green account on Instagram @GoGreenSaveGreen.

Full Interview with Go Green Save Green on SoundCloud. Audio provided by Mike Stark.
Written By: Mike Stark

FoodieBooty: Death Metal & Vegan Kabobs at Kindred

What’s up lil’ snacks? This is FoodieBooty and for this week’s post, I treated myself — Goth style — at San Diego’s renowned vegan bar, Kindred.

Midterms have fallen upon SDSU and if any of you know what that means, you know I’ve been in pain. The horror of the past week has called for a meal so delicious and decadent that it would make me forget all about the trauma also known as midterm season. So with this cause in mind, I chose to taste KINDRED in South Park because I knew it was going to be bomb and because google defines it as a “Whimsical, eccentric space for contemporary vegan fare & drinks complemented by death-metal tunes”, and that’s just too good for a romantic like me to ignore.

The first thought as you walk into the restaurant is that you’re in the wrong place. When I think of a vegan restaurant I think micro-greens, Bob Marley, some random people doing yoga poses outside the window, and advertisements for mindfulness by the cashiers. KINDRED is none of these things.

KINDRED is more like the vegan cousin who moved to New York to be a poet but then failed, became an alcoholic, dabbled in hardcore drugs, and touched rock bottom until he was saved by discovering the wonders of death metal, seitan, and cats as pets.

KINDRED is edgy, dark, and just like Google says, “whimsical.” It has beautiful granite tables and a granite bar perfectly complemented by dim lighting and an elegant ceiling filled with tiny mirrors. As soon as I walked in I felt Tim Burton/witchcraft/Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets vibes that I had never experienced in relation to food. I was excited to try the food and even more excited to try the drinks!!! So lemme dig in here and tell you what I thought.

The Drinks

Something funny about KINDRED is that there are more pages in the menu dedicated to drinks than to food. They take their alcohol very seriously, and it shows. I ordered a drink called “Horrorchata” because I was feeling sweet and the Mexican inside was begging for it.

It was a concoction made with bourbon, brandy, biscotti liqueur, forbidden rice horchata, and mole bitters. Granted, apart from the horchata, I have no idea what half of these ingredients are or what they are meant to bring to the table but, I can tell you that this drink was seriously delicious. It is not for the lighthearted (or lightweights teehee) because upon the first sip this drink deep throats you with bourbon. But as it sits in your mouth it becomes sweet, creamy, cinnamon-y and slightly bitter. What gives the horror to the chata is the dark tint added to the drink which is usually white but it honestly could be the hangover a day later if you drink more than 2 of these with your dinner.

The other drink shown in the picture is the one my Old-Fashion, whiskey-loving sister ordered and it was a specialty drink not on the menu. I thought I would hate it because I usually hate the taste of whiskey, but combined with lime and the other special KINDRED juju, it was pretty tasty with just enough sweetness and hints of wood.

The Main Squeeze: The Starters

Now let me talk about what I really went to KINDRED for. It all started with the puffs… The beautiful, buttery, amazing puffs…

The dish is called “Herb Puffs” and they’re what I wanna float away in when my spirit makes its way to wherever it ends up going. I ordered them because according to my sister, it was the most hyped menu item when she looked up KINDRED and let me tell you: THE HYPE IS SO LIVED UP TO, IT DIED AND THESE HERB PUFFS RESUSCITATED IT!

I expected little fluffy bread balls with some kind of special butter but these extraordinary mini croissants were what I received. The plate comes with about 8 puffs dressed in butter and herbs, and they are accompanied by a vibrant spicy mayo. Taking a bite out of this puff is like biting a buttery, savory, crunchy cloud, and when dipped in the tangy spicy mayo, the fat in the puff is perfectly balanced and they practically become crack. If you order anything from here, please do me a favor and just order the puffs.

The next dish we ordered was the “Skewers” of chargrilled seitan (veggie protein) bathed in chimichurri, horseradish aioli, and harissa. This dish was the most dynamic and interestingly flavorful from the bunch we ordered.

The seitan was beautifully tender on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside. It tasted smokey and peppery and the 3 sauces were the perfect complement to it. The chimichurri was zingy, the aioli was creamy, and the harissa had a sensual bite to it. Although two of the sauces were cream-based, the dish itself did not sit too heavy on the palate or stomach. The dish comes with three skewers and it is so good I could have honestly called it a day after this dish.

Moving on: The Entrees

We ordered two entrees. A sandwich called, “The Dip” and a dish called “Soul Crush”. The sandwich had shaved peppered seitan, grilled peppers and onions, lemon cilantro garlic butter, tapioca mozzarella, porcini mushroom Au Jus (the dipping juice), and potato chips on the side. This sandwich is a play on the french dip sandwich made famous by Los Angeles. Kindred’s version is a hot sandwich that is meant to be dipped in the savory mushroom Au jus with a baby soft bun, thin slices of seitan and perfectly melted mozzarella. This sandwich was perfect. It hit all the notes of salty, sweet, savory, fatty, and umami, and in terms of textures, it was a dream. With the tender seitan, the juicy juice, the crunchy sauteed onions, the melty cheese, and the unbelievably crispy potato chips, the sandwich was truly da bomb.

The “Soul Crush” on the other hand was the first thing I disliked about KINDRED. It is described as one of the most ordered items, composed of cornmeal-crusted gardein, parsnip potato mash, broccolini, creamy cashew beer mac, and tomato lemongrass veloute. The plate itself looked beautiful but once I got to tasting, the dish was not as beautiful as it looked.

The chicken had a gorgeous crust to it that was crunchy and very well seasoned. But, the chicken patty inside the crust was actually pretty bland and the mac and cheese under it was creamy and spicy but not flavorful. The broccolini were cooked in al dente heaven with a tart vinaigrette enveloping its charred leaves and were the tastiest part of the dish. The parsnip potato mash was very smooth and buttery but it had a flowery aftertaste to it that was somewhat unpleasant. The tomato lemongrass veloute was very tasty and had a smooth texture to it. The only drawback from the sauce was that it came in a little tub on the side, and since it made the dish come together the small amount included was not enough to save the dish. I don’t want to make it seem like it was inedible because it wasn’t! But, it was the first dish from the ones we ordered that did not blow my taste buds away through its components or cohesion.

The Belle of the Ball? Dessert.

My sister and I ordered the brownie because of course.

I was craving a rich, fudgy, warm brownie that would sink my worries with the depths of cocoa and fudge. With its description as a TCHO chocolate brownie, with a blood orange-red wine gastrique and pistachio cacao nib bark, I thought that would be exactly what I would get. However, what I got was very different. An itty bitty brownie arrived sitting on a violent yet poetic splatter of red wine reduction with some shards of bark on the top and sprawled around.

Surprisingly, the good parts of this dish were everything but the brownie itself… The gastrique was perfectly acidic and bright with the citric notes of the blood orange wonderfully balanced with the taste of wine. The pistachio cacao nib bark was superb! It was slightly salty, nutty, and super dark chocolate-y, so if you are more of a die-hard hershey’s lover then you probably would not like it. But for those with a love for chocolate as dark as their twisted souls (like me), this bark would be the highlight of the dish.

Now for what I didn’t like. The brownie was very similar in size to one of those mini brownies they sell at Costco. It was the skinny version of the dessert I thought it would be. The taste itself was good at first but as I chewed more the taste of the chocolate became synthetic and reminded me of what play-doh smells like. It was not a spit-out meal but it wasn’t very pleasant either. The texture was fudgy on the inside and had a nice crust but it didn’t have the taste to back it up. I decided to just skip the brownie and have the delish pistachio bark with the wine gastrique and that was delicious on its own. I’m thinking it might have been an off batch since everything else was almost perfect but I would still recommend skipping the brownie if you want something with more umph!

Final Booty Points

Oh KINDRED, I love you so. Your service is so fast, welcoming, and accommodating. Your design is so edgy and unique, it makes me feel edgy and unique just for being there. Your merch bar including sick T-shirts, bandanas, pins, and stickers, is sooo cool. Your food is majestic (specially the puffs and skewers, the soul food and brownie not so much)! Your drinks are as powerful as they are innovative. And your interpretation of veganism is magnificently opposite to whatever anyone thinks of veganism.

The only thing I might deduct points on would be on the price since my bill came out to $84.35 bucks…. However, I did order almost everything on the menu so I still think it’s pretty affordable for a nice night out if you only get a drink and some starters.

Out of 5 points, I give KINDRED a nice and even 4.2. For the mix of the experience, taste, and textures. I strongly recommend bringing someone on a hot date at night, or a cute lively date when they have brunch on the weekends. The pancakes look BOMB.

Until next time,
FoodieBooty

Foodie Booty: Pilot

Hello, lil’ snacks! This is FoodieBooty and this week’s topic is all about the primordially sweet, secondarily spicy, sometimes umami, but never ever salty: me!

Before you say anything, I am aware that this is a food blog and even though I consider myself a full royal meal, there’s no chance you’re eating me so why should you care? I’ll tell you why.

After this post, each one of my posts will include an intensely passionate and honest critique of whatever restaurant/cafe/bar/etc., summons my attention and saliva (with nudes of the food included). But for today’s post, I just wanted you to know who I am in terms of life, taste, and general vibes, and how all of that translates into this food blog. 

My name will remain confidential because I think that’s pretty cool. You will know me as FoodieBooty just like you know Batman, Prince, and El Buki. A concealed entity whose identity is as cool and mysterious as their work. Just instead of saving cities or changing the music world forever, I will eat my way through the cities of San Diego and Tijuana, and write all about it on this blog! Pretty heroic, I know.

Anyways, more about me. I am originally from Tijuana, Mexico and only live in San Diego when I have to go back to studying business and environment at San Diego State University. I grew up in a mustard yellow Mexican house, in which food was a member of the family. As a kid, I was taught to see food as an expression of the soul which symbolizes love, unity, and vitality. When I think of food, I think of rose colored first loves, belly-aching laughs, and those sweet memories we always seem to remember in a fog of fuzz and idealism.

In shorter words, when I think of I think of the best parts of being human. As you can probably tell, I can talk and write about food full-on Neruda style but that is just because I think there’s nothing better than to feel love and give love through it. But as an end to my soliloquy, I will say that the main purpose of this blog is both for me to have an outlet for this borderline psychotic love for food and hopefully to send all you lil’ snacks to some bomb, tasty places you’ll never forget!

I will go to both bougie and not so bougie places, both hyped and non-hyped places. I will try to hit all the categories, genres, and textures, all while sharing my honest and sometimes eccentric opinions, which you might not agree with all of the time. But if you don’t agree, food debate is one of my favorite activities in the world so please do not hesitate in leaving comments on why you think I’m wrong or other places you think I should try!

So enough about me! Check out the next post to see what I think about South Park’s goth-y vegan restaurant/bar with very strong cat-owner vibes.

Welcome to the juicy and ethnically diverse booty that is Foodie Booty!

Written by: Foodie Booty