Changing It Up

Hello my sweet friends!

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I just wanted to chit chat with you guys about some things…

First, I haven’t been feeling the most inspired or excited about blogging *gasp! I remember when I started I was so excited and nervous and it was just a fun, creative outlet. Don’t get me wrong…it still is, but I also feel like I’ve hit a wall.

I want to be consistent in my blogging and if I’ve always let you guys know if anything changes with my usual MWF so this is me letting you know 🙂 I think I need a change so I am going to start posting Mondays and Thursdays.

Secondly, I still LOVE food and I can talk about food to anybody for hours and be perfectly content. Sorry to all my dear friends who listen to me ramble on about the chewiness of a cookie for an hour, but I will probably continue to do that on this blog-lucky you guys 😉

I will also continue to talk about anything else that makes me happy including, but not limited to healthy, exercise, day in the life, beauty, skin care, and fashion (post coming Thursday #plug)!

Third, thank you to those of you who read, like, and comment. It means a lot! Big huge internet hugs

What I Do…

Good morning friends! I wanted to name this post What I Do When I am Broken Down, Exhausted, and Need Some TLC, but I did not because that is one long title and nobody got time for that 😉

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But here is what I do when I am all of those things and feel like a pile of poop.

I let myself linger over coffee. Coffee is one of the first things I do in the morning, but most mornings I am taking it down like someone is going to snatch my cup away. When I’m off from work and I have no where to be I take my sweet time…

After the coffee I workout. At the gym or at home I get my heart rate up and enjoy the endorphins. It’s not always jumping around and squats. When I feel super beat I just stretch myself out and enjoy warming up my muscles.

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I take the time to make myself some yummy, wholesome, nutritious meals. Not that I don’t have nutrient dense meals at work, but I always feel rushed. When I eat at work it’s for energy and sustenance. When I get to cook and eat at home it’s for those things, but enjoyment as well.

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I take the time to clean up my act. I love cleaning up my brows or doing a face mask. Basically, anything that makes me feel like a human again.

This may go into that previous category, but I love doing my nails. There is something soothing about prepping and painting them. I also like that every time I look and see my nails it makes me happy to see the color.

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I also enjoy watching YouTube. I binge on a lot of it throughout the day while I am cooking, working out, doing my nails, etc. I like having some background noise and sometimes I learn a thing or two whether it’s about cooking, beauty, health or just find some inspiration.

What do you guys do when you need a pick me up? Let me know in the comments!

 

Hollywood Bowl with John Williams

We have some pretty spectacular friends who offered us tickets to see John Williams conduct and how could we say no?!

We were trying to figure out dinner plans and we ended up deciding on dinner there. Dinner was a pleasant surprise and our musical evening was pretty spectacular.

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It was so cool to hear the music we hear on Star Wars and other movies played live. Steven Spielberg came around and showed us what a difference having music in a scene makes. It’s something I don’t think about often, but after this experience I will paying closer attention to how music in a scene makes me feel.

But before all of that, there was dinner 🙂

We had salads…it was fresh and bright. The quinoa and lentils brought in some heartiness.

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B had short ribs which were fall off the bone tender. Seriously. You didn’t need a knife.

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I had chicken that had some seriously crispy skin. It was also massive!

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We shared some dessert. A chocolate torte and lemon bar. The torte was rich and deep in chocolatey flavor while the lemon bar was bright and fresh.

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Between the company, the food, and John Williams it was a pretty incredible evening. It was a great way to spend a Sunday night!

I hope you are all having a lovely week and I will see you Friday!

Kickin KAsian

I’ve never thought about doing or going to a crab boil and I have no idea why! The other week the idea struck me and it seemed like a fun little experience so we looked up some places.

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We decided on Kickin KAsian! Honestly, I am a bad, bad foodie because I’ve never opened crab and had no idea what to expect.

We got seated and got our bibs and ordered…

We got shrimp with mushroom and quail eggs (also never had quail eggs)

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We seasoned them medium spicy (not that spicy, would go spicy next time) and got their KAsian seasoning on one (cajun spice mix) and Garlic KAsian (cajun with garlic) on the other.

They brought us scissors and a cracking device. The shrimp was easy enough to peel, but the crab was sometimes a stickler.

We would have been okay with spicier seasoning, but otherwise the shrimp and crab were both delicious choices.

The quail eggs were like miniature versions of chicken eggs. Be cautious of the mushrooms though because they get super juicy and will squirt if you bite into it…definitely a one mouthful and be done kind of thing.

This was a very interesting experience all together…it gets pretty messy, but at the end of all the work you get some yummy chunks of seafood so I can’t complain!

We ended our night with SomiSomi! Ube flavored soft serve with nutella coated taiyaki and oreo crumble…NOMS!

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Have you guys ever been to a crab boil type place? What did you think?

Lunch with an Ocean View

Lunch with a view? Yes please!

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I don’t know why, but I’m a little skeptical of ocean side eateries. The views are gorgeous, but I never feel like the food would be spectacular. Malibu Farm Pier Cafe changed all of that for me.

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They have gorgeous ocean views and pretty amazing food…sadly I didn’t get a proper pic of the views, but I got plenty of the food 😉

We were both pretty tired and hungry by the time we got to Malibu and we were ready to eat. We were a little worried when we saw the line, but we got seated pretty quickly since it was just the hubs and I.

We immediately skimmed the menu and placed our orders. Everything sounded delicious, but we went for the nicoise salad and a steak sandwich.

We had never had a nicoise salad and loved all the components. The fresh salad greens were coated in the perfect amount of creamy dressing. The green beans were crisp and sweet while the potatoes were soft and added a nice carby-ness to the dish. The tomatoes were juicy and the eggs added an extra layer of creaminess. The olives balanced everything out by adding a pop of brininess. The salmon was perfectly cooked-crispy outside and tender, flaky inside.

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This was possibly THE best salad I had ever had. I love having little samplings of things (as you may all know) and this was just that. That being said, it was a pretty humongous salad with a pretty hefty piece of salmon.

The steak in the sandwich was cooked beautifully, the slaw added some freshness and a little bit of sweetness, and the bread did a great job of holding everything together and not getting soggy.

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We wanted to try their ice-cream for dessert, but a lot of the flavors we wanted to try were out so we decided to go for some chia pudding instead. It was made with coconut milk and topped with slices of banana and powdered sugar.

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It was cool, creamy, and sweet way to end our gorgeous meal!

If you’re ever in Malibu I would highly recommend Malibu Farm Pier Cafe for a sweet lunch spot and if you’re not tell me about some of your favorite hidden lunch gems in the comments below!

 

An Interesting Read

I found this article, read it, and loved it. It also made me chuckle out loud. For those reasons I wanted to share it with you and I hope you will read it, love it, and let out a chuckle or two yourself 🙂

Check out The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right.

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Afterwards, talk to me in the comments and tell me what you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Do you follow a specific diet-paleo, vegan, dessert-first?

Industry Cafe and Jazz

As much as we love revisiting our favorite food spots we also love finding new food to experience. Living in LA makes it pretty easy to have those foodie experiences. I feel so spoiled to live in a city where you can find pretty much whatever type of food you are looking for with a simple visit to Yelp.

That being said, I have no idea why it took us this long to try Ethiopian food. I feel like we’ve been meaning to for years now, but it just never happened. One Friday night we found a spot and made the leap.

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Industry Cafe and Jazz seemed like a great idea-the reviews were great, the food looked delish, AND there was jazz! What more could you want?

When we got there the band was getting ready and we got seated immediately. It’s a small space, but it was filled with talking and laughter. It would be a great place to bring a group of friends.

The menu was small which I liked because it makes it a bit easier to choose. We went with the Lamb Tibsi and Doro Wat. For our sides we got collard greens and red lentils.

The Lamb Tibsi was spicy and filled with chunks of lamb, while the Doro Wat was slightly sweet from the cooked down onions. The chicken leg in the Doro Wat was tender and flavorful and the hard boiled egg had taken in some flavor from the rich onion sauce.

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I believe the collard greens were steamed or sautéed, but still had a nice bite which was a good contrast to the lentils. Speaking of, the lentils were soft and almost creamy in texture. It was warm and had a slight sweetness which balanced the spicy lamb.

It was all served on a big piece of Injira that soaked up all the flavors. The Injira was very interesting and unlike any other bread/pancake/carb I have ever had. It was spongy and soft. It had this sour flavor that was definitely not unpleasant. I had a friend describe the taste as similar to sourdough bread.

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We were also brought a small basket filled with more Injira to eat our food with. You do eat with your hands and I will say that despite washing my hands multiple times they smelled like the spices from the food. Being Indian, my hands smelling like food doesn’t bother me, but I wanted to put it out there just in case…

Everyone was so friendly and helpful in navigating through the menu. The food and the music really made for a lovely night and it’s an experience I am glad to have had.

Obviously dessert is always on our list of plans and after all the flavorful spices I needed something cool, creamy, and mild (cool and creamy-what’s new?).

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Magnolia Bakery was pretty close so we dropped in so I could get a fix of their banana pudding. I know they have other flavors of their banana pudding, but my go to is the original. I had a few bites and saved the rest for later.

Hubby ended up getting frozen yogurt and we wrapped up our night by walking around WeHo while he ate his dessert. It was a pretty great ending to a fun little date night 🙂

Have you guys had Ethiopian food? What did you think?? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Workout Favorites

Happy FRIDAYYY!! Today I wanted to share with you a few workout things I have been loving 🙂

The first is Pilates…I’ve been really loving incorporating Pilates movements into my strength training. Whether I’m at home or at the gym these movements help target muscles I don’t normally use if I’m just strength training or doing cardio.

I actually took a couple of Pilates classes while I was in college and really loved it. It really warms up my muscles and feels like a good warm hug. I’ve been loving it and if you wanna try it out just hit up YouTube and put in “Pilates Workout.” You’ll find a workout you will love!

The next thing is this new resistance band I got from Amazon. It’s from the brand Ethereal Gym. It’s a fabric type resistance band and man has it amped up my home workouts. I still have my elastic bands, but I’ve been feeling the burn with this guy.

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Going back to the Pilates-this band helps increase difficulty on some of those movements. I will say it’s a good idea to build up to this band if you are just starting to use resistance in your workouts.

Another “workout” type activity I have been loving is walking on the beach. It’s been hella hot in LA and especially in the Valley so hiking has been out of the question for me, but I do miss it. We’ve been loving going to the beach because it tends to be a little cooler by the water so we’ve been taking some strolls on the sand.

This is great because it is cooler by the water so I don’t feel overheated and cranky, I love walks, and walking in soft sand uses more energy since you’re trying to stabilize yourself.

The last item on this list is this massage roller device that looks like a scary torture contraption. I had received this back in March (I think?) in my Fab Fit Fun box. I used it for a little while then, but recently I’ve been interchanging it with my foam roller.

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It’s been a great tool to roll on my legs after leg day. I feel like it goes deeper than my foam roller and does a great job at targeting my tensed up muscles.

 

Beach Day and BBQ

We had been trying to plan a beach day for a while now so when opportunity struck we took it and headed out to the beach.

We worked out in the morning so I grabbed a green juice to tide me over till I could have a late(r) breakfast/brunch. I would say that this breakfast burrito from The Country Kitchen in Malibu was well worth it.

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It was basic-eggs, cheese, potato and salsa, but all the elements came together to create a tasty burrito.

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B had made what he likes to call “broccamole” for our little beach picnic. It’s essentially broccoli mixed in with mashed avocado and he adds in different things for protein and today it was rotisserie chicken.

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We brought some grapes so we both munched on those while we sat around enjoying the warm sand and the cool ocean air.

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We eventually left the beach and ran around for a while before heading home to figure out dinner. I guess we didn’t have enough BBQ in Missouri because we ended up finding a BBQ place (Rosie’s) to pick up some chicken and ribs.

The chicken was really great-sweet, savory, and tender.

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The ribs were just okay and I probably wouldn’t get them again.

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We also got a little bit of mac and cheese to try-this was delicious and I would recommend getting this and the chicken if nothing else.

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It was quite the day and we were both wiped by the time we went to bed! Till next time friends!

Full Day of Eats

Welcome back to another FDOE. This is from a busy Friday filled with errands and running around but ended with movie night and quality time with bae 🙂

I started my morning off with a yummy breakfast burrito! I don’t have a lot of time to make myself breakfast on days I work so on days I’m off I really enjoy taking my time to make a good one–recently it’s been these burritos!

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I ran around for some errands and by the time I got home it was almost 2pm so I threw together this delicious salad. It had all the leftover baby kale, sesame seeds, goat cheese, and some rotisserie chicken. Unpictured are the plantains I had on the side and the super sweet, juicy nectarine I had for dessert.

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Once the hubs got home we made plans for dinner and a movie. We went to Marilyn’s Mediterranean Kitchen. The hubs LOVED this place and I thought it was pretty excellent too.

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We got a chicken shawarma plate and a kuftah kebab plate. They came with two sides of our choice so I picked hummus and rice and the hubs picked veggies and baba ghanoush.

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Everything was delicious! Hubby’s favorite was the kuftah kebab and I couldn’t get enough of the hummus. The service was really great and everyone was so friendly and helpful.

They were so nice and found out that it was our first time and gave us a tiramisu. It was so good and such a perfect ending to our meal!

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We headed out to watch The Spy Who Dumped Me and I thought it was great. I was almost in tears laughing, but I may have been the only one. The hubs thought it was a good movie, but nothing to write home about.

That concludes my FDOE! I hope you guys enjoyed the post!

Have you guys seen The Spy Who Dumped Me? What did you think?