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SS Eats: Choolaah

Sharing yet another fabulous food adventure with you guys today on SS.  If you follow me on IG + watch my instastories, you've probably already seen my coverage on Choolaah...BUT just in case you missed it and don't know what they're all about, they're a fabulous fine-casual Indian restaurant that just opened in Fairfax, VA's Mosaic District.  
I can't even begin to tell you guys how much I loved this restaurant!  I'm so beyond impressed with their entire operation.  Their food is a-MA-zing, and their decor is unique, fun, and impeccably clean. Justin aka DCFoodPorn - did I mention that my friends are all really ridiculously good-looking - and I got to watch the chefs in action, and it was super cool.  They made fresh naan and tandoori chicken right before our eyes!
See?  The naan making process begins...
They stick the naan to the sides of the tandoori oven to cook 'em...
...and whip them out after a few minutes after they're cooked to perfection.
A shot of their amazingly delish chicken cooking.
A slew of incredibly nomtastic bowls for your viewing pleasure!  Choolaah has these awesome build-a-bowl BBQ meals that appeal to pretty much everyone.  Whether you're a vegetarian or whatevs, you'll be more than satisfied with whatever grub you get here.  I got a chicken tikka masala bowl with brown rice + wheat naan.  The chicken and rice come separately with the curry on the side so you control how much or little you have.  

The other curry options are as follow:  chickpea masala, black lentil, yellow lentil or veggie masala. In addition to chicken, they offer 5 other proteins:  lamb, salmon, paneer cheese, veggie croquette, and tofu + veggie.
Paneer cheese + veggies? Um, I think yes.
A shot of their samosa chaat.  So. Freaking. Tasty!  They're topped with chickpea masala and drizzled with yogurt, sweet & tangy sauces with savory crispy noodles.
Mmm, why is lamb so good?
Now, in addition to these yummy bowls, they also sell different salads, lettuce wraps, naan wraps, and biryanis.  I've tried both the chicken + veggie biryani, and they are ridiculous in the best way possible.  I'm talking about a serious flavor explosion in your mouth!  Trust me, you'll be blown away.  Andddd while you're at it, get a mango lassi and choolaah chai.  Both of them are straight up amazeballs.  OH, and I almost forgot about dessert.  I didn't have a chance to try the kulfi, but their chocolate truffles are to DIE for!  Rich, creamy morsels of goodness that'll have you salivating for days on end.  

One last thing before I leave y'all.  Remember to take full advantage of their kickass sauce station. Like all their food here, their sauces pack serious flavor.  I tried their mint yogurt sauce, their choolaah fire sauce, and their choolaah lava sauce and loved each and every one of them!

A huge thanks to Choolaah for having me and the wonderful DCFoodporn.

January Workout Playlist: The KPOP Edition

Alright everyone, I'm beyond pumped to share my January workout playlist with you guys.  Today's post is all about korean pop!  I've been into it for quite some time, but more so when I was younger.  I still think old school kpop is superior - think Fly to the Sky, Shinhwa, SES, and Drunken Tiger.  I may be biased though because I've never been into the whole cutesy girl group thing...even though I secretly indulge from time to time, ha.

My current fave kpop group by far is 2NE1.  Their music is SO freaking cool, and I really like the whole image + vibe they got going on - if you watch their videos, you'll see exactly what I mean. Their group consists of 4 members, but CL (aka Chaelin) dominates IMO.  She actually has a bit of a career in the US, too.  She works with Skrillex and Diplo fairly often, and I believe she's managed by Scooter Braun (aka Justin Bieber's manager).  Hopefully she'll make it here because 2NE1 broke up earlier this year - she did resign with YG as a solo artist though so that should be cool.

ANYWHO, I hope you guys enjoy today's playlist!  Let me know what theme I should tackle next in the comment section below.  Also, I'm always looking for new tunes to sweat to, so if you have recommendations, definitely let me know!

Lost in a Sea of Green

So beyond excited to tell you guys all about my new boots today on SS!  I don't know if you all remember, but a while back, I partnered up with Two Perfect Souls for a fab giveaway.  One super lucky winner won custom shoes of their choice (!!!) I ordered a pair for myself, and I honestly couldn't be more impressed.  I was kind of skeptical when I sent Evelyn, the lovely owner, my measurements, but I'm a believer.  Custom shoes are now a luxury I'm more than willing to pay for! Not only are these boots super stylish, they're ridiculously comfortable.   Made of suede + leather, they're perfect for cold weather!  Do yourself a favor and invest in a pair ASAP.
Now, let's talk about my new Gentle Fawn dress.  I got this baby in the mail recently, and it's the ultimate transitional piece.  For those of you interested, it's currently on sale for $60 (!!!) - also available in coral. 
Get your layer game on in the winter to style a fashionable look that withstands the cold!  I'm not wearing tights or leggings here because I'm a crazy person (apparently), but you definitely should if it's cold out.  It'll create the illusion of longer legs anyway so it's a definite win-win. 
A close up shot of the back for you guys!
Other fabulous mini-dresses that I'm currently lusting for (all under $50):
A photo of the vintage Bally bag I told you guys about in my designer bag roundup!
Dress: c/o Gentle Fawn ($60) || Duster:  Sosie (similar) || Shoes:  c/o Two Perfect Souls || Bag:  vintage Bally || Necklace: c/o JWholesale
Shot by the wonderful Sung Shin.