Posted on Leave a comment

Shayda Torabi, Restart CBD Co-Founder Speaks at USA CBD Expo in Miami, Florida

Shayda Torabi Speaker USA CBD Expo in Miami Florida August 4, 2019

Building and Marketing a CBD Brand in an Unregulated Market, Speaker Shayda Torabi
USA CBD Expo, Miami Florida, August 4, 2019
Shayda Torabi, Featured Speaker

Shayda Torabi - Co-Founder of Restart CBD Speaker USA CBD Convention Miami Florida, August 2019

Shayda Torabi has been called one of the most influential Women in WordPress and now she’s one of the women leading the cannabis reformation conversation in Austin. She’s currently the Co-Founder of RESTART CBD, a THC free CBD wellness company. And has formerly held marketing positions at WP Engine and WebDevStudios.

Additionally, she runs an Austin based travel and lifestyle blog called “With Shayda” which has afforded her opportunities to work with brands ranging from Texas Monthly and SoulCycle to The Westin. When she’s not busy looking for the best vegan ice cream on the road, you can find her in her hometown of Austin, Texas pursuing her passions for fitness, wellness, and self care.

Posted on

Popular Austin Blogger Sisters Fight the CBD Mystery at Their Family Cannabis Shop

RESTART CBD Aims to be a Place for Healthy Learning

They say never to go into business with your family, but sisters Sydney and Shayda Torabi are proving that notion wrong. The Torabi sisters are the founders and owners of RESTART CBD, which claims to be Austin’s first locally handcrafted organic CBD wellness brand.

RESTART aims to be a safe space to ask questions, get educated and discover how CBD products can fit into your life.

The Torabi sisters pursued other careers before opening RESTART at 2521 Rutland Drive. Shayda was working in web development and expanding her ever-popular blog and Instagram, With Shayda,. Sydney was pursuing work as a nutritionist and working as an Under Armour sponsored athlete and fitness trainer while having a popular Instagram and blog in her own right.

Cannabis and related products have been a significant part of the Torabis’ home life. Beyond just the two sisters, the whole family was deeply interested in the medicinal and healing properties of CBD. Shayda was injured in a car accident that left her with two fractures in her pelvis, and after almost a year of traditional recovery methods, she was still in chronic pain.

“As the story goes, I found incredible recovery through consuming high doses of CBD based products,” Shayda Torabi says. “Within three weeks I found myself able to find relief from the pain.”

And after seeing the benefits of CBD in her own life, Shayda was inspired to join forces with her sister Sydney to answer questions those curious about CBD have. The sisters understand that the market is very unregulated right now — and that it can be a scary place for unsure consumers.

“We happily serve baby boomers, millennials, veterans, professional athletes, medical professionals,” Shayda says. “And the reality is no matter what age you are, what background you have, pain is universal.”

Maintaining access to high quality CBD is all about putting quality plant-based medicine in the hands of the people, according to Shayda.

RESTART CBD originally launched with tinctures, but what really sets the sisters’ brand apart is the launch of an isolate based CBD oil, which is void of other cannabinoids (like THC), making them flavorless and extremely effective.

From there, the store expanded into pet products, topicals and edibles. And, the Torabi sisters commitment to quality means that none of their products have additives, preservatives, or flavorings.

“CBD is a personal journey, everyone’s body is going to respond to CBD at a different milligram,” Shayda says. “So we really just want people to feel confident in making decisions for themselves.”

The Torabi sisters are committed to educating consumers on the trendy ingredient they’re putting in their body, which can now be found in soda, candy, and even cookies. They encourage carefully reading ingredient labels, and considering how much CBD is in the bottle, the size of the bottle and the ingredients listed.

RESTART CBD is located at 2521 Rutland Drive, Suite 150A in North Burnet, Austin.

View article on papercitymag.com

Posted on

DO512: What to Eat in Austin on 420

DO512: What to Eat in Austin on 420

For some reason, we’ve noticed that people tend to feel more hungry than usual on April 20th.

We’re not clear on the science involved in this mysterious increase in appetite, but we went ahead and made a list of some tasty spots in Austin for you to wander into when your stomach starts growling. Our friends atIndependence Brewing Co. helped us round up some of the most cheesy, decadent eats your tummy desires. Let this list serve as your road map for 4/20, and may the munchies you seek be found.

Need help getting your mind right for a 4/20 munch-a-thon? Crack open a Stash IPA and check out our list of Smoke Shops in Austin… or read about Chill CBD Spots to get mellow.


PHOTO CREDIT: TORYCH’S TACOS FACEBOOK

Torchy’s Tacos 

Various Locations
WHAT TO MUNCH ON: Fried Avocado Tacos…

And get a big Queso with it. Dip the tacos in the Queso, dude. If anyone gives you a weird look just be content with the fact that you’re the genius who is enjoying your meal more than anyone else in the restaurant. Also, you’re probably just imagining that people are looking at you.

_______________________________

PHOTO VIA RESTART CBD

Garbo’s Restaurant

14735 Bratton Ln

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: Cheesy CBD Lobster Fries

Looking to get your mind right and make your tummy happy all at once? Two of our favorite Austin establishments, Garbo’s and Restart CBD, have joined forces this 4/20, and you’re gonna want what they have to offer. Let this sink in: Cheesy CBD Lobster Fries. Garbo’s famous buttery lobster over hot fries, topped with a cheesy CBD-infused sauce, bacon, scallions, and Flaming Hot Cheetos. This next-level item is only available on 4/20, so get your butt over to the brick and mortar Garbo’s and try it while you can!

Looking for more CBD eats? Blenders & Bowls has a fabulously fresh smoothie bowl made with mango, banana, pineapple, and spinach. Topped with hemp granola and infused with Restart CBD, this 4/20 friendly healthy snack is available at any of their three locations around Austin.

603 Barton Springs Rd 

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Butterscotch Milkshake

Sandy’s is famous for their burgers, but that’s not why we’ve included them in this list. We’re recommending you get into your zen state and then order the Butterscotch Milkshake. You can then email us a quick thank you for the suggestion.

_________________________________

PHOTO CREDIT: ROGER HO

Habanero Cafe

501 W. Oltorf St

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Deep-fried Habanero Burrito

Buckle up, y’all. This burrito is not for the faint of heart. Seriously… it’s deep-fried. The crispy-on-the-outside, melty-on-the inside goodness of the Habanero Burrito is a can’t-miss for anyone who calls themselves a burrito aficionado. (Pro-Tip: This place is cash-only, but there is an ATM by the door).

Star Seeds 

3101 N. I-35

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Eye Opener

The great thing about Star Seeds is that you can wander in at any old time of the day and get some killer breakfast. Because your vision may be a bit cloudy, go ahead and order the Eye Opener. It’s two biscuits, piled high with scrambled eggs & gravy.

Gourdough’s Public Diner

2700 S. Lamar

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Ron Burgundy

The menu at Gourdough’s sounds like the kind of thing some spaced-out, hungry undergrad would imagine while laying on the sticky carpet of his dorm room. The Ron Burgundy is a doughnut burger w/ bacon, fried egg, cheese, guacamole, tomato, and mayo. 

_____________________________

 

EastSide Tavern 

1510 E. Cesar Chavez

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Heartstopper Burger

There’s a classic paradox that runs rampant throughout human history: we chase the unconquerable. Captain Ahab had his white whale. King Arthur had the Holy Grail. Tom always had Jerry. EastSide Tavern, a newer and very delicious establishment in Austin’s restaurant scene, has created the unconquerable burger. Aptly called the Heartstopper, this sandwich is not for the faint of heart. Intimidating and gargantuan, the burger is topped with brisket, pulled pork, sausage, bacon, jalapeño, onion, and queso. While it’s probably smart to split this bad boy with a friend or maybe five, we won’t stop you from trying to conquer this mammoth by yourself. Beware: those who journey into the land of the Heartstopper rarely live to tell the tale.

Burro Cheese Kitchen

1221 S. Congress Ave

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Waylon & Willie

It’s a grilled cheese sandwich, on weed. Their bread is filled with stout-soaked Redneck cheddar and Gruyere, plus caramelized onion, pepperoncini, and spicy maple bacon.

Big Top Candy Shop

1706 S. Congress Ave

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: Grab a plastic bag and go buck wild, kiddo.

Be the proverbial kid in a candy shop. Relive that scene from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and try not to think about how weird that Tim Burton remake was.

____________________________

 

 

Flyrite

2129 E 7th St.

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Cowboy

Like delicious fried chicken, Sriracha-infused mayo, tallboys of Austin Eastciders Cider (and Lonestar!), and ice cream shakes? Thought so. Flyrite is one of Austin’s best places to munch on some fried chicken and ice cream, a perfect location to cure your 4/20 munchies. Be sure to try The Cowboy, their spicy crispy chicken sandwich topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, fresh jalapeños and Hoss Sauce.

Amy’s Ice Creams

1012 W. 6th St

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Ice Cream Sundae

Load that bad boy up with anything and everything Amy’s has available as a topping. All of it. Fulfill your destiny of becoming Mayor of Ice Cream Mountain. You’re unstoppable now. But really, Amy’s Ice Creams Sundae is pure bliss.

____________________________

PHOTO CREDIT: VIA313.COM

Via 313 Pizzeria

Various Locations

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Cadillac

Your taste buds will be singin’ happy songs at this Detroit-style pizzeria. Any pizza on the Via 313 menu is a deep-dish slice of heaven, but The Cadillac is especially noteworthy – it comes topped with fig preserves, prosciutto di parma, Gorgonzola, and a heavenly balsamic glaze.

Holy Roller

509 Rio Grande St

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: Trash Fries

Don’t let the name fool you; Holy Roller’s Trash Fries are a true national treasure. They come topped with green chili, a sunny egg, sour cream, corn, lime, cotija, jalapeño, and cilantro. They’re a little spicy, a little messy, and hella tasty. The chill punk-diner vibe of Holy Roller is sure to keep your mellow un-harshed, too.

__________________________

PHOTO CREDIT: YELP

Churro Co.

1906 S 1st St

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Wake-n-Bake

Churros are pretty good without toppings; you know, it’s hard to go wrong with a lightly fried, crispy, warm, cinnamon sugar-coated stick of dough. At Churro Co., you can get all kinds of dank additions to the good ol’ churro. In the spirit of 4/20, we’re recommending the Wake-n-Bake, a pair of churros topped with rum pecan sauce, espresso whipped cream, frozen banana slices, and waffle crumbs.

888 Pan Asian Restaurant

2400 E Oltorf St

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: Crispy Pad Thai

The servings at 888 are gigantic enough to sate your most voracious munchies, especially if you start with some egg rolls. The Crispy Pad Thai is a unique take on everyone’s favorite Thai dish, with satisfyingly crunchy noodles. 888 is open late, so you can try it for your fourth meal of 4/20; or stop by between 11 am and 2 pm for the lunch buffet to sample a little (or a lot) of everything.

____________________________

PHOTO CREDIT: PHIL’S ICEHOUSE

Phil’s Icehouse

Various Locations

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Crestview Burger

Before you get your dessert on at Amy’s Ice Cream, grab a hefty burger from their other business, Phil’s Icehouse. Named in memory of Amy’s Ice Cream’s business partner, Phil’s Icehouse is a classic burger joint with diner-style vibes. Try out the Crestview Burger, loaded with chili and topped with a toasted jalapeño cheese bun. Order a side of the sweet potato fries if you’re still feeling hungry.

Bao’d Up

1911 Aldrich Street

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: Brisket Bun

4/20 is the perfect time for carb-loading. At Bao’d Up, their variety of bao will leave you wanting more, but probably too full to continue. The warm, soft buns can be filled with your choice of juicy pork, good ‘ole Texas BBQ, or a veggie option. We prefer the Brisket Bun, a mouthwatering combo of softness and melt in your mouth goodness.

____________________________

PHOTO CREDIT: @STEPHALUNA

Chi’lantro

Various Locations

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: Kimchi Fries

Cheesy fries loaded with toppings are great, but what if they were even more delicious? Chi’lantro’s kimchi fries are a combination of two great late-night eats: loaded fries and Korean food. Topped with caramelized kimchi, Sriracha, onions, cilantro, magic sauce and enough cheese to cover every fry, you’ll dream about this one for a while.

Rosita’s Al Pastor Food Truck

1911 E Riverside Dr

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The Gringa

There’s nothing better than late-night tacos. Luckily, Rosita’s Al Pastor has a food truck serving up al pastor-style tacos until the wee hours of 3 am. The Gringa has everything you need: a freshly-made flour tortilla, buttery meat and melted queso blanco.

____________________________

PHOTO CREDIT: HUT’S HAMBURGERS

Hut’s Hamburgers

807 West 6th Street

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: Fudge Brownie

You might be partaking in…another brownie this 4/20, but the fudge brownie at Austin staple Hut’s Hamburgers is TO DIE FOR. Topped with a heaping of whipped cream and Ghirardelli chocolate sprinkled on top, this fudge brownie ain’t nothing to laugh at. If you want it to be even more decadent, order a side of vanilla ice cream for the full malt-shop experience.


Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop

1905 S 1st St

2406 Manor Rd Suite B

WHAT TO MUNCH ON: The award-winning carrot cake cupcake

You might think carrot cake is the most boring-old-lady of all cupcake flavors, the oatmeal raisin cookie of the cupcake world…well, we’ve got news for you. The carrot cake cupcake at Sugar Mama’s is anything but ordinary. It’s uber-moist and topped with sweet, buttery cream cheese frosting. This bakery’s menu is always full of surprises, rotating by weekday and season through next-level options like French Toast and Honey Baklava.

_____________________

OTHER GREAT SPOTS FOR A 4/20 MEAL:

24 Diner

600 N Lamar Blvd

Sno-Beach

412 Sterzing St

3402 Guadalupe St

Luke’s Inside Out

1109 S. Lamar Blvd

Juan in a Million

2300 E Cesar Chavez St

Posted on

Austin 360: Where to find CBD-infused drinks, food in Austin for 4/20

Restart CBD on the Menu in Austin

Austin 360: Where to find CBD-infused drinks, food in Austin for 4/20

CBD — or cannabidiol, the cannabis derivative that advocates say helps you feel better without actually getting you high — is starting to show up everywhere, even on days that aren’t the stoner-designated holiday of 4/20.

Plenty of Austin spots are toasting to the day this weekend with related events and products (North by Northwest, for instance, will have a CBD-infused IPA tapping at 4:20 p.m. tomorrow), although locals can find CBD on a more regular basis, too. Shops now carry CBD oils and balms for you to take home. But if you want to ease into its herbaceous flavor via infusions in drinks and food, some local cafes and restaurants have begun to incorporate CBD into their offerings.

Here’s a handful of places to go this weekend and beyond to try the cure-all that people are calling CBD.

Blenders and Bowls, multiple locations. The local purveyors of healthy smoothies and açaí bowls introduced a spring menu this month that includes the apparently already popular Restart CBD green smoothie bowl, which uses CBD oil made by an Austin company, Restart CBD, owned by sisters Shayda and Sydney Torabi.

Cosmic Coffee & Craft Beer, 121 Pickle Rd. Caffeine to perk you up and CBD to keep you calm? It’s a combination that seems to work like magic. Cosmic’s cold-brew cans containing CBD oil ran out quickly, just a few days before 4/20, but the South Austin hangout has promised that another batch of the strong and creamy liquid is in production.

Cuvee Coffee, 2000 E. Sixth St. One of Austin’s most well-known coffee brands has long been canning cold-brew on nitro, but last year, it introduced a version with 10 mg. of hemp oil after founder Mike McKim discovered its benefits. The oil is odorless and water-soluble and has no flavor when combined with coffee, according to Cuvee.

Flamingo Hemp, 515 E. Sixth St. One of your best bets to try CBD in a range of food items is via this new store within music venue Flamingo Cantina. Flamingo Hemp opened in March with a variety of CBD-infused baked goods, as well as coffee that can have optional CBD drops added to it. Here, you can find everything from muffins to gingerbread lollipops that have between 10 to 25 mg of CBD per serving.

Prohibition Creamery, 1407 E. Seventh St. The combination cocktail bar and ice cream parlor has a CBD-infused ice cream — red velvet swirled with cream cheese frosting — on the menu that’s turning into an extra big treat on 4/20. Tomorrow, you can order the Dazed and Confused cone for $8 featuring the CBD ice cream, whipped cream and Valrhona chocolate sauce in a red velvet waffle cone. Yes, CBD’s herbaceous flavor comes through in the dessert, but it’s miraculously tasty.

RELATED: East Austin CBD store planning custom ‘perfumery’ later this year

Wild Chix & Waffles, 7714 Burnet Rd. The gluten-free restaurant goes all out for 4/20 tomorrow with a full range of CBD cocktails — such as Martha’s Stewart Key Lime Pie with tequila, Paula’s Texas Orange, fresh-squeezed lime and coconut cream — and depending upon how they’re received, some or all of them just might become permanent fixtures on the menu. Wild Chix will also have sparkling CBD water from NoCo Chico always on draft.