Serene Cienfuegos Cuba

Cienfuegos is about 150 miles southeast of Havana, approximately 3 hours by car. The main highway between the cities is in decent condition and since most locals don't have cars, there's no traffic. Living in LA, that was a real treat for me. The only real traffic you may encounter is the 4-legged variety. We had one stand off with a horse, but it didn't last long. Do pack your own snacks and water as the drive isn't exactly chock 'o block with 7-11 type convenient stores, but there are a few open-air spots to pull over for a bathroom and casual bite.

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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.

Creamy Vegan Artichoke Soup

I don't use a lot of gadgets in my kitchen. In fact, if I could choose only one appliance to use in my cooking, I'd pick my Vitamix high speed blender. I use my blender almost everyday. I make green smoothies in it, nut butters, dairy free cream sauces and so much more. So you can imagine my excitement when Melissa's Produce invited me to meet the biggest blender aficionado in the cooking world, Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl. I got to sample new recipes from her latest book, The Perfect Blend, and then I came home and tried out her recipe for a creamy vegan artichoke soup. Spoiler alert: it's pretty fantastic.

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Kelly Page

I'm a food fanatic who makes healthy whole food recipes, reviews the latest Los Angeles restaurants, appreciates fine wine and cocktails, and travels to experience different cultures and cuisines.