La Brasa- to know it is to ❤️ it

Tucked down low next to the towering new FDA building on Parklawn Drive sits an unpretentious Latin American restaurant you’re sure to love!

Seriously, if you know it, you LOVE it!

steak      shrimp

There is not one item on the menu that has been questionable.  Mike and I visit frequently and order something different each time.  Last night we went pescatarian/vegetarian and La Brasa did not disappoint.  Mike ordered the shrimp fajitas sizzling hot on arrival and I had the veggy chimichanga. We skipped the wine but they do have a nice selection at reasonable prices.

This restaurant is a perfect date spot, friends outing, or family gathering place! La Brasa covers all the bases with its wide variety of menu options- all at a fair price.  The classic Peruvian chicken meals with two sides start at just $7.50 and you can’t beat that.

This would be my order recommendation for dinner for two:

Chips and Salsa – that’s a given COMPLIMENTARY

  • Gambas al Ajillo – shrimp sauteed in garlic and olive oil $10.95
  • Brasa Salad (add chicken or steak) -Mixed greens, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, hearts of palm, avocado, and red onions. $9.50
  • Masitas de Puerco – Cuban style morsels of pork, topped with sautéed onions. Served with jasmine rice, black beans and plantains. $14.95
  • tip: ask for the homemade green hot sauce, put it on everything!

Actually, you’d probably want to order another entree if you aren’t in the salad mood.  I’m making myself so hungry!

The environment is friendly and relaxed.  La Brasa is a family owned restaurant and you get all the feels each time you visit for dinner, or for lunch!

What are some of your favorites at La Brasa?  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…xoxo


*La Brasa is located at 12401 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852


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Imagine minus 220 degrees.  Go outside and think…10x colder than this!

My recent visit to Thrive CryoStudio gave me the opportunity to experience these frigid temps all for the sake of trying something new.  I first heard about whole-body cryotherapy on the show Shark Tank.  Shortly after, I came across Thrive’s Instagram page filled with photos and videos of people freezing themselves in a stand up tube. Enticing, right?

Well, wait a minute, because before I went I read up about the benefits of subjecting myself to this process.  These benefits included decreased inflammation for fitness, faster recovery time from surgery, and alleviated symptoms of anxiety and depression [see the full list on their website].  One session might not produce these exact results but I will tell you about the 3 minutes I endured and the after effects throughout the day.

Brandon, the owner, and Lauren who also works there, explained the steps and prepared me for the next few minutes of my day.  Lauren took my blood pressure first and that’s when I became a little nervous.  She left the room and I stripped down to well…nothing.  No no, you must wear gloves and socks but women can go commando and men must wear a little something “down there”!  I put a robe on and Lauren came back into the room and guided me into the tube where I removed it.  The machine was not even on and I was chilled (aka naked and afraid).

She fired up the cryosauna and instructed me to turn a quarter of the way around every 45 seconds as liquid nitrogen filled the chamber.  I felt ummm COLD!  At one point my legs were shaking and at another I was feeling warmer despite the temperature decreasing.  It was a dry cold and then it was over [full video on Instagram]. I got my robe and immediately felt relieved.  I was warming up and back in my clothes.  When I exited the room, Brandon was there and asked me how I felt.  Brain freeze came to mind because I didn’t feel much different other than being not cold.

As I was leaving, another client was coming for a session dressed in full on business attire. You can go in, do your thing, and carry on with your day.  This is not a messy process and if the benefits are there, this is very easy to fit into your day/week/month.

As I was driving home, I had a calming feeling over my entire body and cruised along in a relaxed state.  Periodically throughout the day I felt this same sensation and attributed it directly to cryotherapy.  I even slept better that night.  I’m sure the experience for each person will be different.  And more than one session could, of course, produce different results.  But I’ll be going back soon!

Have you been to cryotherapy before or thinking of going? Tell me your thoughts! I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time…xoxo


Thrive CryStudio is located at 5801 Fishers Lane Unit 116  (Inside Symmetry Salon Studios)
Rockville, MD, 20852

If you want to try it, schedule your appointment here. They have new client specials too!



Went to the Barre @ 6am 

BEEP BEEP BEEP!!  Up and at em for my first Pure Barre class at 5:45AM.  I was excited to see what it was all about and if I would feel like a Ballerina! I’ve been into yoga for years and have been going to the gym more often so I wasn’t super nervous about trying something new in the fitness department. My expectation was to get a decent workout and learn something new.

1801 Chapman Ave, Rockville 20852

Arriving at the studio, the instructor Jasmine greeted me and had me fill out the standard paperwork and sign a waiver.  Easy peasy! Socks are required-I purchased their brand of sticky socks because I forgot to bring my own. There were about 10 other ladies of all shapes, sizes, and ages taking class.  We started with a pretty intense warm up of arm raises, high knees and push ups. Jasmine set us up with our props (light hand weights, a small rubber ball, and a couple linked stretchy bands). My blood was pumping and I was ready to plie!


The room in the studio is completely carpeted and lined from floor to ceiling with mirrors. Socks on carpet was a nice change from my (and everyone else’s) usual bare feet in yoga.  As you would imagine, there is a wood bar attached to the mirror around 3 walls of the room just like ballet. On the bar is where I could really tell that this form of exercise requires technique and precision. Jasmine gave cues for small movements with our legs as we held onto the bar on our tippy toes. Left side then right side with floor exercises in between sets.

Okay, stop.  Can you do me a favor right now?  Go stand next to a table, a desk or a counter top.  Place your hand on it, bring your heels together, fan your feet out and lift as high as you can on your toes. Now, straighten your posture, tuck in your pelvis and bend your knees as much as you possibly can. Hold just that and move up and down just a bit bending at your knees.  I claim no responsibility for any tumbles that may occur! That was just moments of the hour long work out we had that day.


I completely misjudged what I was in for and I’m sorry. This post was originally going up yesterday but it’s okay it’s here today because I can surely feel the affects of class on my ENTIRE body.  I have soreness in muscles I didn’t even realize we used. Don’t get me wrong, this is good soreness. Not the kind where your legs collapse and you almost fall down the stairs! I feel good. No, I feel great!

Put simply-go take a class.  First one is $15 and they also have package specials.  See if you can catch a class with Jasmine Altamirano. She has a sweet disposition and was helpful in guiding me and the other students through the exercises.  Instructors are so important to your experience!

I’d love to hear from you! Please tell me about your experience at Pure Barre.           Rockville studios-Twinbrook and  King Farm

Until next time…xoxo



Pure Barre Instructor Jasmine Altamirano

Sticky Socks