Blow Dry Bar and the “World’s Best Chicken”?

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend! This weekend was a very special one as we had a fun family event celebration- but more on that in another post. In prepping for the event, my mom and I decided to visit the new blow-out bar in Walnut Creek- BDB.  If you’ve never been to a blow-out bar, basically the premise is this: for a set amount of money (usually around $35) stylists will wash your hair and blow dry/curl/straighten it in a desired style! They have been popping up all over the country and I was excited to give it a try. Side note: This particular blow dry bar was started by two 22 and 23 year-old girls in the bay area… Jeez, do I feel like I’m behind here!

Upon arrival we were greeted with mimosas which are a fantastic first step in my book. We were then were instructed to fill out a card with what we were looking for, and our hair type and texture. Here’s the weird thing about my hair: it is very curly and I straighten it every day which works fine but on the odd occasion that I want to curl it with a curling iron- the curl does not stay! Unfortunately, that very thing happened this weekend after my blow-out. But at least it looked like this for a little while…

All in all, it was a great experience at BDB and I will definitely be back. The stylists are able to complete blowouts super quickly and for only $35, it would be fun to do before a night out. My only suggestion would be to really know what you want going in to your appointment as they don’t have a hair menu as some other blow dry bars do and it can be difficult to describe your vision to your stylist without images.

And on a completely unrelated note, last night I made dinner using a Pinterest find. I’ve mentioned before that I usually cook only vegetarian foods. You see, my lovely best friend scared me in college because she never trusted the chicken from restaurants, fearing it was undercooked. As it turns out, this rubbed off on me when it came to cooking meat and I was always too nervous to give it a try. But last night that all changed. Finding chicken breast in the fridge, I knew it was time to give it a go. The other day I saw a recipe on Pinterest claiming to be “The World’s Best Chicken” which I thought boded well for my first chicken cooking attempt. The ingredients are super simple (dijon mustard, maple syrup, salt & pepper and red wine vinegar, though I used white since it was what I had on hand.)

After pouring the mixture over the chicken breasts, I put it in the oven and got to work on the rest of dinner. To avoid my usual uncooked fear, I decided to use a meat thermometer, which might be my new favorite tool. For once, I was able to see clearly when it got to 165 degrees, without even having to prematurely cut into it. When it came out, it looked a little like this…

“World’s best chicken”, tri-color quinoa, and roasted veggies

I think it’s because I used whole grain dijon mustard, but my chicken definitely didn’t look like Rachel’s finished product. But despite that fact, I thought the chicken was delicious. It was super quick and easy to make and the chicken was moist and flavorful. It does taste sweet with a fairly strong mustard flavor though, so it might not be for everyone. I’ll definitely make it again and it’s a great recipe to have on hand. I wouldn’t say it was the world’s best (that award goes to the amazing chicken marsala from Carmines in NYC) but it was a great dinner and the perfect way to end a fun weekend.

Questions:

-Have you been to a blow-dry bar?

-If you started your own business, what would it be?

-Do you make any Pinterest recipes?

 

Comments

  1. I’ve never been to a blow-dry bar before, but it definitely sounds like one awesome experience! However, considering the fact that I barely have a handful of hair on my head, I don’t know how successful a blow out would look on me ;) haha

  2. Going to a BDB before a big night out (like a wedding or big date) would be great. It would be worth the $$$ to not have to worry about doing your own hair if you were having a bad hair day. Your hair came out super cute!

  3. I love cooking with mustard. So much flavor and so easy! I have never cooked/baked anything from Pinterest, mostly because I have lots of ‘starred’ recipes to try out from blogs…

    aww your hair looks great! i think blow out places seem really fun but i’ve never been to one!

  4. Chelsea Eats Treats says:

    I’ve never heard of a blow dry bar before but it’s a great idea! Your hair looked great!! :)

  5. If I started my own business it would be some sort of wellness center – workouts for everyone, nutrition counseling. Absolutely nothing to do with my career! Haha.

  6. “World’s Best Chicken” is quite an enticing endorsement! ;) Even though it might not be THE actual best, the combination of dijon mustard and maple syrup sounds delicious. With such a short ingredient list, how can I *not* give this a try? Oh, and by the way, a Carmine’s opened in DC recently, but I have yet to go. It sounds like chicken marsala is the “must order” item!

    Your mother-daughter blow dry date sounds like it was so much fun! Mimosas are the best way to start any beauty treatment; my nail salon offers them free on Sunday, so that’s usually when I try to go (along with everyone else, haha). I LOVE the finished look–so pretty! Okay, so we really are the same person, especially when it comes to hair! Mine is naturally curly too; I always straighten it; and when I want to curl it with a curling iron, it never holds! So ironic, right? I’ve never been to a blow dry bar, but I’d love to go!

    My dream business would be a nutrition counseling and health coaching practice that also offers cooking classes for children and adults. I’m hoping that someday I’ll be able to make this dream come to fruition! I’ve also always thought it would be fun to open an ice cream shop that specializes in coconut milk ice cream! I’ve never seen a business like this, and given the popularity of coconut milk ice cream, I think it might be pretty successful! xoxoxo <3

  7. Gorgeous hair! I think this would be good for a big night out or something of the like. Plus anywhere that greets you with a mimosa is a winner in my opinion :)

  8. I love your hair in this post! I’ve only ever been to a blow bar by mistake. I thought it was a hair salon and asked if I could get my hair trimmed. It was awkward to say the least. Ever since I’ve been somewhat intimidated to go to one but I have a wedding coming up and I’m thinking I’ll try it. Thanks for the tip!

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