Yesssssss. We booked our trip to Costa Rica! I told you earlier this week that this year was going to be all about travel and I wasn’t lying. As soon as an amazing reader emailed me to tell me about a cool place I might like in Costa Rica, we said f*ck it, and just booked it! We’ll figure out the other details later. For now, we have a trip booked to force us to go on vacation. I asked Brian if we could book another trip for earlier in the year and he told me to pump the breaks. So I’ll just book some trip with my girlfriends instead. I have Austin then Vegas coming up and I still need to book a trip to Portland and Washington.

Ew, it’s suppose to snow in Colorado this weekend. Colorado, I hate you right now. I have new dresses to wear and you’re REALLY CRAMPING MY STYLE!

PaleOMG Spicy Candied Salmon Salad with Ginger Honey Dressing

So you guys, I’m mad at myself. I had braces for a year back in middle school. I wore my retainer for years and also had a metal retainer glued into my bottom teeth. But 4 years ago when I first started dating Brian, my bottom retainer broke and fell out then I stopped wearing my nightly retainer because I was spending the night at his house and not wanting the slurp my spit filled retainer in right before we went to sleep. So you know what happened? My teeth moved. Who woulda thought? So now my teeth keep moving (I can seriously feel them moving together) and I’m not happy with it. And I think I’m ready to get Invisalign. But not that actual brand, trying to find someone who will do the off brand that’s way cheaper. It’s just crazy how expensive it is no matter what brand you use. Why did I have to stop wearing my retainer like a real d*ck!?

Have any of you guys had to do this? I had a friend who did it this year and said it was totally worth it. I just know my teeth will keep moving and get worse over time so I might as well deal with the issue now and fix it before all the money my parents spent on braces goes completely to waste.

PaleOMG Spicy Candied Salmon Salad with Ginger Honey Dressing

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Spicy Candied Salmon Salad with Ginger Honey Dressing

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  • Yield: 4 1x



For the dressing

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or coconut vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper

For the salad

  • head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 23 mandarin oranges, peeled
  • 1 package of cole slaw mix (carrots, red cabbage, green cabbage)
  • 23 green onions, chopped
  • sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

For the salmon

  • 1 pound salmon, cut into 4 filets
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Place all ingredients for the dressing in a jar, close and shake well. Place in the fridge while you finish the rest of the salad.
  3. Add all ingredients for the salad in a large serving bowl then set aside.
  4. Lastly, mix together sriracha and honey. Place salmon filets on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Then use a brush to brush on the sriracha/honey mixture onto all the filets. Place in oven to bake for 8-10 minutes (this will depend on the thickness of your filets) to cook until medium.
  5. To make salad: pour dressing onto salad (whatever amount you prefer) and toss, top with salmon, green onions, sliced almonds and black sesame seeds. Easy as that!

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  1. Kelly says:

    I am 32 and need invisalign! I suck for not wearing my retainers after high school. What area of Costa Rica are you going to? I am going with my husband and 2 sons in July- we are so excited!

    1. juli says:

      manuel antonio!

  2. Emily says:

    Yes! This happened to me and I ended up with Clear Correct (similar to Invisalign) and regular braces on the bottom. It is definitely worth it and trust me….I will never go more than one night without the retainer! My teeth want to move every night dammit!!! I say go for it!

  3. Katrin says:

    So, this question may be a little unrelated to your wonderful recipe here, okay, totally unrelated but I was not sure where to ask this question. I have been seeing a lot about drinking bone broth as a supplement lately. What are your thoughts on bone broth-beneficial or not really?

    1. juli says:

      i like the idea! i haven’t done it myself but it’s a great idea!

  4. Emily says:

    Hi Juli-

    We are thinking of going to Costa Rica, too – wondering if you might share the recommended location? I’ve never been.

    Thanks and love your blog! I was in Denver this week for work and was thinking of you, ha! 🙂


    1. juli says:

      i went (and am going back) to manuel antonio! playa hermosa is awesome too!

  5. Maeve says:

    Hi! Longtime reader first time commentor! Some thoughts on Invisalign from 8-weeks in :

    1) Hope you’re not a snacker. This has quickly turned me into a 3-square meals person since you have to take them out and clean them and then floss and brush after every meal. it can be SO annoying BUT my teeth are always super clean

    2) Definitely talk to your dentist about Full vs Partial cases and what’s included in each
    I have a “full” case- meaning that it requires more than 10 trays (@ 2 weeks per tray) to get my teeth straight, Make sure to ask your dentist about full and “accelerated” cases because there are different results and different terms with each, For example: an accelerated case with my Dentist was $3k and wouldnt get my teeth totally straight (i never had braces). a Full case was $6k (seems like other people paid 5, but i live in NYC and my dentist is in my office building at Rockefeller Center so the premium is annoying but understandable). However, with the Full case, i’m guaranteed to be happy with my results for 5 years. That means as many trays as i want (so when i reach the end of my prescribed 18 trays if im still not happy, BOOM, more trays) as well as if i forgot to wear my nighttime trays and my teeth moved…..i have 5 years of touch up trays if necessary (sounds like you could have used this). It’s my understanding that the partial case does not come with these guarantees.
    2a) Find out what additional little bonuses your dentist will give you for a full case- they might include free cleanings during the treatment timeframe, free whitening gels (the best way to whiten is with custom trays and invisilign is …..a custom tray!) and other bonuses

    3) since you dont have dental insurance, i recommend negotiating your $ amount. my dental insurance covered exactly $0 of my treatment, but i did two things: 1. Maxed out this years FSA (or HSA if you have it) to pay for the first $2500 of it and 2) negotiated that i will pay the last $2500 of it on the first day of 2017 (so i can use next year’s FSA) so that totally $5000 of the cost is coming from pre-tax money, making it essentially $3500 of my “real” income (30% tax rate assumed on the $5000 pretax payment). The last grand i am paying in quarterly payments throughout the duration of the treatment.

    Hope that’s helpful!

  6. Kaitlin says:

    Juli, I made this salad last night for dinner and it was KILLER. My fiance and I both loved it! The whole thing came together super quickly and was just perfect for eating outside on our patio. We have leftover salmon, but between the two of us, we ate the entire salad because that dressing is so damn good. Whoops. BTW I seriously adore your snaps and your outfit posts and your precious dog. You are wonderful!

  7. Ellie says:

    I made this last night. Sweet and spicy!! Loved the dressing. Thanks for another wonderful recipe.

  8. Tiffany says:

    So I am not a salmon fan, BUT I do love all of the recipes that you create. So I decided to try salmon (again). Oh my gosh, my boyfriend and I LOVED it. Thank you!

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! glad to hear it!