Cosmopolitan – Diddy Style


A couple Saturdays ago, I hung out with my friend Amanda. She works for an entertainment show and one of the recent guests was Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy aka Diddy. Based from my title, I think we all can guess which “aka” is my personal fave. While on the show, Diddy spoke about a variety of things including (the most obvious connection to this post) Ciroc Vodka, of which he is the spokesman for. Now if you don’t already know, Ciroq is made from grapes, which makes it 100% safe for any gluten-intolerant folks. There’s been recent news actually saying all hard alcohol is safe regardless of what grain it’s made from but more on that later. For now, we focus on Ciroc, Diddy, and Cosmos.

It was the recent presence of Diddy in my friend’s life that inspired me to whip up a few tasty Cosmos with Ciroq Vodka for our pre-drink drinks. The secret to a perfect Cosmo is making it strong but not having it taste like it’s strong.  It should be a really nice shade of pink, not red.

In preparation for my friends arrival, I put on Diddy’s classic 1997 album, No Way Out. (No, I didn’t). Then, I set up all my supplies for easy fixin’.



  • Ciroc Vodka
  • Contreau – Orange Liqueur
  • Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail Juice
  • Lemon or Lime for Garnish – I prefer Lemon but I wouldn’t turn down a Lime


  • Martini Shaker, maybe like one of these from Target
  • If you don’t have a Jigger, which I don’t at the moment. You can always use a regular ol’Shot Glass – 1 & 1/2 ounce like THIS
  • Martini Glasses – I like freeze to mine beforehand.


  • 2 shots Cirqoq Vodka
  • 2 shots Cranberry (maybe more like 1 and 1/2)
  • 1/2 shot Contreau
  • Add all ingredients along with plenty of ice into the shaker and SHAKE! Then, pour into the glass and add a slivered wedge of the lemon for garnish.


Body Con dress from


Now for your viewing pleasure, in case you haven’t already seen any of these. Diddy’s commercials for Ciroq are HILARIOUS. Here’s my favorite!

Words to live by ladies in regards to your footwear courtesy of Diddy.


Weekend Sailing Trip – Gluten-free? Totally.

So, last weekend I went on a sailing trip to Catalina Island, which is right off the coast of Southern California. This was my first time really being on a boat for an extended period of time, so admittedly I was a little nervous. It’s sort of like the most extreme dinner party ever when it comes to eating what other people prepare for you. Fortunately, though the host couple, the ones who actually knew what they were doing sailing wise, were super considerate when sending out the “Meal Assignment” email before the trip to the group and mentioned that there would be a Gluten-Free person in their midst.

Lindsay, the lady half of the host couple, brought along some Udi’s bread. Now how thoughtful is that? And, this is a somewhat shameful moment in my gluten-free life, but I actually hadn’t ever had it. I’m sure all you new gluten-free eaters out there know ALL about it, though and if you don’t well now you know. Udi bread is delicious.

I actually gave up on gluten-free bread YEARS ago. It’s just not that tasty. Plus, it’s kind of fattening for something that isn’t that tasty, so I found alternatives that suited my taste buds which we’ll talk about in my next post. For now, though I just want to repeat that I am now a reformed eater of gluten-free bread, specifically Udi’s.

On another note, the weekend sailing was amazing. My group left on Friday morning, but I had to work so I joined them via the Catalina Express from San Pedro in the evening. While waiting to board, I got my mini-vacay started off right with a glass of Murphy-Goode Chardonnay, which was perfect for the hot September evening.

Once it was time to board, I hopped on the fairy and enjoyed the sun setting behind these massive transformer looking things.

When I arrived to the boat, I was greeted with smiles and a yummy bowl of Chicken Chili (gluten-free), of course.  After dinner and a couple more glasses of wine, we all hit the hay for a big day of sailing, swimming, snorkeling, and eating the next day. Udi’s Bread aside, the trick to eating on this trip was sticking to simple meals like scrambled eggs for breakfast, meats & cheeses for lunch, and 1 pot type meals for dinner.  It was a beautiful time. Yummy food, good company, and stunning scenery!