Oh the food we will eat…The State

During our move in week in order to get some sanity we decided to do a little date night. We went and saw a movie and happened to make in time for the happy hour menu (which is apparently all day on Monday).

It was such a beautiful day we decided to sit outside and take in the weather. After perusing the menu we decided on the Brussels sprouts, short rib tacos, and a burger.

I really loved the Brussels-the crispy, crunchy, charred pieces are always my favorite and that dollop of goat cheese on top rounded it all out and added that much needed creamy tang.

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The husband really loved the short rib tacos. Besides looking beautiful (those colors!) these were meaty and fresh and crunchy and wonderful!

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The burger was a wonderful cheeseburger of sorts and it did end up falling apart towards the end, but it was worth the mess. The salad on the side was really pretty and a good standard salad-nothing to write home about!

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We headed out for frozen yogurt after this, but really enjoyed our experience at The State. Since our whole order was off the happy hour menu the whole thing ended up being under $30? That’s a pretty cheap date night πŸ™‚

What’s your favorite date night spot?

What we’ve been doing and eating

It feels nice to be somewhat settled in and writing once again! We have finally moved into San Bernardino County and managed to somewhat organize ourselves and our lives.

Once we got everything situated into where we think we would like it we also started tackling alllllll the address changes with all the people. You guys-someone needs to invent a one stop shop way of doing this! It’s crazy how many people you have to call and how many websites you must visit to change your address.

Throughout all of the craziness we did manage to workout first thing every morning just to help the endorphins start flowing and get us both in a good head space to tackle whatever the day had in store!

During this time the cooking was minimal, but we did go out and get some fruit and snacky veggies (baby carrots).

We’ve also been trying to get a lay of the land through the food that is around us so we’ve had some fails and wins-some I took pictures of and some I did not.

My hubby loved these donuts and I thought they were mediocre…

You guys are going to think I’m nuts, but since moving here I have discovered Denny’s. I’m not crazy, but I am obsessed with their veggie egg white skillet. Only, I get it with poached eggs and it is so freaking good! I wish I had gotten a better picture, but such is life when you’re post-gym hangry πŸ˜€

I also got these strawberry pancake puppies from there because again #hangry and they smelled and tasted like heaven. I could only manage to eat one, but that one was so good I ate another. I saved the rest and tried them later that night and you guys-still incredible!

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Another day’s bagel-I love a good everything bagel with lox and cream cheese. This one had tomatoes, onions, and capers too!

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We went to Berries for frozen yogurt. They don’t have too many flavors, but they will take whichever flavor of yogurt you pick and smash/mix in any add-ins. It’s very similar to Marble Slab or Cold Stone, but with frozen yogurt. We picked a vanilla base with strawberries and chocolate chips. Since it was frozen yogurt it got melty pretty fast, but man was it yummy!

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We’ve been trying out a local cake place and so far it’s been kind of a hit and miss situation. One we loved and some others not so much…

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We went to Waba for a healthier fare and enjoyed our bowls! I was so full after this because I literally inhaled it down-totally worth it!

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One particular day we headed back to LA and I had “snacks” in the form of tacos from Tocaya.Β After anything savory I immediately need sweet and so we stopped at Eataly and picked up these adorable treats!

I’m cutting myself off there and hope you guys are having a great start to the week!

 

 

Makin’ Moves

Good morning lovely peeps and Happy 4th of July!!

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I’m writing this post as I sit amongst my sea of boxes…you guys, messes drive me crazy and having stuff everywhere right now is causing me to feel a little out of place. We are in the process of moving over to the new place and getting settled in. As much as I would love to continue to have posts up and ready it’s a bit much for the moment so I may disappear for a week or two, but promise to be back soon!

Wish us luck and sanity as we get situated and find our routines once again!

Until then, much love and huge hugs!

Working out and staying sane

Hello Friends!

The craziness continues to run rampant in our household as we have both finished up our last weeks at work, worked on packing and trying to keep the house clean for showings simultaneously, and move!

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I wanted to talk to you guys about what keeps me sane during these crazy times. Besides my amazing husband, family and friends; taking 40 to 60 minutes to workout has helped keep me physically and mentally together.

I think I took for granted exactly what some form of exercising does until our recent TX trip. We didn’t try to find a gym and because of humidity were unable to walk or hike as much as we normally would have.

When we came back and started returning to the gym and home workouts I just felt lighter and in a better head space.

Working out is basically like eating or breathing in our house so we really don’t think about it or what it’s doing for us until we stop.

There are so many benefits to being active- both physical and mental. I don’t talk about it on this blog as much as I do about food, but it brings me just as much happiness.

I always preach that you don’t need to go to a gym and do “exercises” to be healthy. You simply need to be active in whatever way brings you happiness. Dancing, walking, barre, sports-it all gets the blood flowing and the endorphins going. Sooooo if you don’t already I highly encourage you to get some movement into your day!

After all, couldn’t we all use more endorphins? I think so!

Thanks for reading my random ramblings you guys! I hope you are all having a great week!!

Restaurants Re-Visited

No matter how many times I say or write “we will be back” it seems like an impossible feat in LA. There are a few places that we do go back to often and you guys know because the food keeps reappearing on posts, but here are a few restaurants that we “re-visited” in anticipation of leaving LA and also because they are just so darn delicious!

Claudine’s is a place we’ve come to 4 or 5 times after discovering it. I absolutely love that they have some fun unique items on their menu. They literally have something for everyone whether you are looking for something healthier or a little indulgent-they have you covered!

Great White is a spot we visited over a year ago and it’s probably one of hubs favorite places because of their breakfast burrito. We re-visited and got the same things-breakfast burrito and chicken sandwich. The fries are nothing to laugh at either. Two words to describe the food? Messy and delicious!

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Mendocino has some yummy sandwiches and our first love was the Study of Heat. We love going back quite possibly due to nostalgia. We are always looking for spots where they can open closer to us, but until then we are willing to make the drive or take a quick lunch detour upon spotting one πŸ˜‰

What are restaurants you make the effort to re-visit? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

Oh the food we will eat…Bestia

Hubs and I love a good date night and it’s even better when things just fall into place. I had bought tickets for this musical comedy show at Second City and we were figuring out when and where to do dinner.

Somehow hubs was able to secure a reservation for 2 at 10pm. I don’t know if that sounds crazy, but this place is hard to get a table at. I had also had this place bookmarked for a while and so dinner at 10pm sounded like a fantastic idea πŸ˜‰

Despite having reservations we still waited about half an hour, but there was seating outside with heaters so we were perfectly content (albeit a little starved).

When we finally got seated we looked over the menu and and decided pretty quickly! We decided to start with the smoked chicken liver pate and bone marrow that came with pasta.

While waiting for our food we took in the ambiance. It’s a very LA place…the music is loud, the decor is industrial hipster vibes. You’re yelling the whole time because you can’t hear each other even though you’re sitting next to each other…this can be fun sometimes, but this night I just wanted to have a conversation and break bread without breaking my eardrums!

Now the apps…

I was a leeeetttle bit worried about the chicken liver pate because I am not a chicken liver person or any liver really. This ended up being absolutely fine and hubby really enjoyed it. It arrived with warm bread and let’s be honest…you can spread anything on warm bread and it’s fantastic. It also came with a little side of bbq sauce and you were supposed to spread some pate and spread some bbq sauce and eat! It paired pretty nicely-the umami with the slightly sweet and tangy.

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The bone marrow dish came with a real bone and the lovely lady that brought it over scraped it out table side over this delicious pasta. This was my favorite dish of the night! The pasta was perfectly cooked and the flavors were savory and oh so good.

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For our main we ordered the margherita pizza (between San Diego and here, we were on a kick). This wasn’t the best margh I have ever had by any means, but I don’t think Bestia is the place to come for pizza. If I ever got a do over I would go with one of the other entrees.

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If you’re ever in LA and looking for a “nicer” place with that expensive hipster vibe this would be your jam!

Have you been to Bestia? What did you think?

 

San Diego Round 2

I don’t know if you guys remember/know, but I had made a trip to sunny SD in April for a leadership conference. It’s a 3 part conference and part 2 was in June.

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My view from the conference

Hubs and I drove up there Tuesday and had some delicious eats and treats when I wasn’t at the conference.

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For lunch before the conference we went to Big Thyme and ordered a reuben sandwich and salad to share. The hubs loved this salad so much that he ended up going back the next day and getting one for lunch!

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Yes, that is watermelon in our salad and it was actually pretty wonderful! I’m not a big fan of fruit in my salads, but maybe I am??

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Night one, some friends, the hubs, and I went to Barbusa. I was hungry and luckily were able to get seated immediately. We ordered some apps to share: arancini, cheese bread, and burrata.

The hubs and I shared a salad and this salmon dish!

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Afterwards we walked around Little Italy and fell in love with the delicious smells of pizza and pasta and the sweet stores that lined the streets.

I’m guessing we must have been on an Italian food kick because for dinner the next night we went to Isola Pizza Bar. Obviously we had to get the margherita pizza, but for our apps we got the shrimp and polenta along with a roasted veggie dish that was listed under the salads.

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I was intrigued by the dessert menu and while hubs got gelato I got a tiramisu…it was pretty delicious!

After a morning of conferencing the next day we drove home. It was a fun trip and even though I didn’t get too many pictures of everything seeing the ones I did take gives me the warm fuzzies πŸ™‚

I hope you all have such a great weekend! We have family coming in today for some fun celebrations this weekend and I am so looking forward to it!

What’s your favorite Italian food? Have you been to Little Italy in SD?

What I Eat in a Day

Welcome to another What I Eat in a Day πŸ™‚ This is one from during the week. I tend to eat “cleaner” during the week and save my sweets and stuff for the weekend. I don’t do it on purpose and if I end up eating a cookie during the week it’s no biggie, but in my life it just works out that way and I’m pretty happy with it!

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, potatoes, kale, tomatoes and a couple of pieces of smoked salmon. I’ve been hungrier recently so consciously adding a little extra protein here and there has been helping keep me fuller for a little longer!

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Lunch: Grilled chicken and cheese sammy on a protein bagel with kale and tomatoes, potatoes. I love to use up whatever veggies I make or have throughout the day. It saves me time and no waste!

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Dinner: Barilla protein pasta with sauce and cheese and roasted broccoli

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Dessert: Chocolate covered almonds. O.M.G are these so good and addictive! It’s great for that post dinner sweet tooth or if you need a chocolate fix.

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What’s been on your plate this week? Do your food choices change between weekday and weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Austin

Good morning people!

I hope you are all having a lovely day/week/month! I wanted to share with you guys our Austin trip. I didn’t end up taking many pictures so I am able to get 4ish days in Austin into one blog post πŸ™‚

We had decided to do this Austin trip because we wanted to check out the area and see if it’s somewhere we would settle down at. After a series of unfortunate/stressful events we are seeing it as signs from God that Austin is not the place for us!

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We had coffee and snacks at the airport, but I only got the coffee

Even though it’s not the place for us to stay forever (I’ll never say never so who knows), it is the place for BBQ and tacos. So after getting our rental car and dropping of bags at our AirBnB we headed to Terry Black’s for brisket.

We’ve heard that Texas is “cow country” and they have the best brisket in all the land. After having Terry Black’s I do agree…

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We also ended up getting this massive rib which ended up being my favorite part of the meal along with cornbread and green beans. All I can say is that all of the food was delicious. I highly recommend!

We came around 3/4pm and it was great timing because the line was short. The next time I turned around to look at the line we had gotten our food and were in the process of finding a table. Let me tell you that line was out the door!

The next day we headed into Dallas to meet up with B’s little brother and his GF. While waiting for them we (read: I) found myself getting a little hungry so we stopped by Malai. They gave us complimentary sticky rice with this eggplant sauce and we ordered the tuna spring rolls.

The tuna was seared rare and the rolls were so light and fresh! Perfect for a warm day!

We ended up getting tacos with them at Velvet taco, but I wanted to be present and involved and got 0 pictures!

Dinner that night was kind of a fail. The hubs and I were super excited about Austin Taco Project-they had such great reviews on Yelp, but the food was not great.

The next day we started off fresh at First Watch. When we lived in Oklahoma we used to go here somewhat often and sadly there’s not one in CA so we had to have it while we were in TX.

I ordered a garden hash with eggs over easy! I had no idea it would come with fruit and buttered toast (it had been that long since we had been). This hash is something I would absolutely get again if we had a First Watch next to us.

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B got their breakfast protein (power?) wrap and it came with some fruit too. Win for us!!

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We didn’t end up eating lunch since we had a somewhat late breakfast. We hit up a couple of malls and watched Ma before heading to dinner at Bun Belly. We were initially thinking pizza, but the pizza place ended up being too far from our post dinner plans so we switched it up a bit and boy are we glad!

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We ordered the beef belly, the soft-shell crab, and a vegetarian one with eggplant. We also got some shrimp spring rolls to start!

The shrimp spring roll was delicious! It was light and the paired so well with their warm peanut sauce. I have never had warm peanut sauce with the cool spring roll, but wowza was it amazing!

The baos were so yummy too. The bun was so soft and fluffy and the fillings were so flavorful. I loved the contrast in textures with the crab and vegetarian one, but my favorite was the beef belly πŸ˜‹

What I failed to mention was that before dinner we had stopped by Uncle Nicky’s and grabbed a cruller. This was one of the things I had seen on Insta before Austin and pretty much knew I needed to try before leaving. After dinner we headed back to the car and ate this and it was honestly so delicious and sweet and light. I was sad we didn’t have another!

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We walked around till the improv show we had bought tickets for and that pretty much concludes our last full day in Austin.

We woke up the next morning pretty excited to be coming back home. We had already decided on Torchy’s for breakfast tacos before heading to the airport so that’s what we did.

These tacos were really good, but the one I always love is The Wrangler (I think that’s the brisket one).

We had some time to kill so we mosied around the area before heading to return our rental and get on our flight.

That concludes our Austin trip! I am honestly so glad we visited Austin and if you’ve never been I think you should. Besides having great tacos and brisket they have some lovely people and it’s worth it to go for just that.

Have you been to Austin? What’s your favorite taco/bbq spot?

 

Roses and Thorns

Helloooo…

The title of the post might not make much sense unless you’ve done roses and thorns. It’s basically where you talk about your rose (highlights, a good thing that happened) and your thorn (downer of your day).

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This is not a particularly juicy post, but I do find it therapeutic to sometimes get out onto paper/blog what’s running through my head.

On Thursday I have my Austin post scheduled and it’s not the most complete overview of our trip in Austin because 1) that trip was rough 2) I’ve been trying to take a breather from taking pictures of everything.

After the NY posts I hit a wall-like a major wall. I did not want to write another post or take another picture so I tried to not force it and only took pics of what I wanted when I wanted. It was great, but I do have some regrets because some great fun was had and some delicious food eaten.

Giving myself that time though made me realize why I started doing this in the first place and helped me realize how much I do love and enjoy it.

During the Austin post I don’t talk much about the “series of unfortunate events” as I think of it in my head. Mostly because I think Austin is a great city and just because we aren’t meant to be there means absolutely nothing.

The series of unfortunate events include, but are not limited to our house being in escrow when we left LA and the buyer pulling out and my dad being in the hospital. The cherry on top was returning to LA, sitting in 1 hour and 40 minutes of traffic with a pretty bad uber driver. The sprinkles on the frosting had to be being locked out of our house with our luggage because during a showing or inspection the lock we had taped over to prevent someone from locking was locked.

You guys, that’s not even all of it, but I think burdening you with that is more than enough.

All of that being said I am so grateful to be back at home, to have a great real estate agent who I know is handling things, secured an apartment for our next move to San Bernardino county, knowing my dad is going to be okay, and having a pretty great husband to help carry the load.

If you managed to get through this post I appreciate you sticking around and just know that I do have a delicious Austin post coming up Thursday so do come back to check that out πŸ˜‰

Have a great week my sweets!