Weekends Before Social Distancing :)

I thought it would be nice to look back on the good ol’ days that were filled with friends, food, and fun…gosh you guys I do love a good alliteration πŸ™‚

This particular weekend recap is from a while ago so pleaaase enjoy the post and continue to stay at home and Facetime!

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We’ve always been big into including workouts and plenty of activity just to help balance out some of the goodies we eat during the weekends. We started Friday off with a good workout and a walk to Starbucks for breakfast.

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We always love their spinach egg white feta wrap, turkey bacon and cheddar and egg English muffin, and the egg white sous vide. It was a really great breakfast! There was a farmer’s market so after breakfast we walked around and bought some mandarins and oranges.

We had a fun little dinner at King’s Fish House. We somehow ended up getting full of apps and their delicious sourdough bread and that was totally fine!

We ended up walking home as rain started sprinkling down and had some dessert at home. We’ve both been enjoying having more fruit and I am so excited for summer fruit season!

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We watched The Stranger-you guys we literally watched every single episode in this one night. It was so good!

Saturday included another workout and we ended up heading to the mall to find some work shoes for me. We found some good options, but ultimately decided to find some online.

We did find a kiosk selling these marshmallow treats and we had to try them! They ended up being just okay, but I am happy to have tried them.

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We hung out with some friends Saturday night. Our initial plan was sushi, but there was an hour to 90 minute wait and we were not about that. We left and went to a food market and tried out the wing spot-Fire Wings.

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I loved doing this because we got to try a bunch of different flavors and my absolute favorite out of all of this was the seasoned fries and the Thai chili wings. You guys these were some crispy wings! I cannot wait to go back and see if the quality stands and try more flavors!

We kept Sunday pretty chill. Instead of a workout we went on a walk and picked up some last minute groceries.

We caught up on stuff and got ready for the week ahead. After wrapping up laundry we went and walked to pick up dinner and dessert.

We’ve been loving the larger pizzas from Blaze so we ordered a couple (one for today and one for the week).

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I got some mini cupcakes from Baked and I am so sad to report that three out of four of these cupcakes were “meh.” They seemed almost dry? The dulce de leche was still so good though πŸ™‚

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We consumed more fruit and went for another walk before settling in to chill out for the night.

Let me know what your current weekends are looking like in the comments below!

 

Not Breakfast Foods for Breakfast

I feel like at this point in my life I will eat any type of food for any meal. I find myself craving sushi for breakfast sometimes.

Since 2020 has started I have been eating a bunch of random things for breakfast.

Pizza is something I have had for breakfast many times. It feels like a complete meal-carbs, protein, fats. This particular day we had gone out to Huntington and revisited Zero Zero pizza. It was so yummy!

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There was another day I had dumplings and baby carrots. I woke up craving something savory. I had no eggs so I opened the freezer thinking I will just have pancakes, but spotted the frozen potstickers from Trader Joe’s.

I had a few left and they had been in there for a minute. I figured they sound good right now so why not??

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After the gym one morning In n’ Out sounded particularly good. I got a cheeseburger animal style and had my leftover salad. It’s all about balance, right?! 😁

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Now that I have shared some of my odd breakfast decisions, tell me some of yours! Do you crave non-breakfast items in the morning? Let’s talk in the comments! Till next time!

The new norm

Hello Friends,

So I haven’t actually written up a post in a minute because I had some that I had scheduled earlier. I have a couple of more scheduled posts that will be coming out, but I wanted to interrupt because there’s so much craziness happening in the world right now.

The hubs and I both work in healthcare so we have continued to go to work. I’ve only ever worked inside of a hospital (never a clinic or any other facility) and we are always taught to be flexible and keep moving along with change. The virus is definitely sharpening that skill in all of us.

In terms of day to day life we have been having way more meals at home. We’ll order out a couple of times a week just to change it up and not go completely crazy. We are also super lucky to live within walking distance of a couple of grocery stores so we can get our exercise when we have to get more groceries.

Speaking of exercise-that’s been a big change too. I love my workouts at home but I love switching it up with the gym. Since our gym has been shut down I’ve been trying to doing my HIIT sessions and tried to go for a jog today. Sadly running is always lousy for me with flat feet and shin splints so I need to figure something out.

I do think I will be making the most of the free workouts on YouTube and including some yoga for a little change up. We have been trying to get in some walks-again for sanity and fresh air.

There’s so much unknown and so we’ve been trying to keep somewhat of a routine and maintain our home as a safe and positive place for us to retreat to.

I am sending all of you guys so much love and hugs and positivity during these uncertain times. Please let me know what you’ve been up to and how you’re handling the changes?

I know together we can do this! Till next time friends!

Sonoratown and Somisomi

Remember that post I shared with you guys about Worth It? That show on YouTube that goes to different restaurants to try a food at three different price points?

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Well, they tried tacos and since then Sonoratown has been on our mind. They kept talking about how amazing the flour tortillas were and I just knew me+Sonoratown=match made in heaven.

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When we arrived there was a line and initially it didn’t seem to be moving but we managed to get through the line and order all in about 30 minutes.

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After that wait we basically ordered one of everything on the menu.

We got two tacos-a chicken and beef, a shredded beef chivichanga (mini burrito), a chicken burrito, and a tostada.

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They gave us salsa to go with it all and we both loved the red. It was fresh and bright with a good bit of spice.

Out of the food I loved everything. The tostada was my favorite along with the tacos and chivichanga. The burrito was good and ended up being the hubby’s favorite.

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I am oh so happy we got to try this spot out!

Afterwards we needed something sweet so we paid the meter and headed to Little Tokyo to find some dessert.

Somisomi met all our requirements so we stopped in and hubs got the milk softserve and I got matcha. Normally we get them in the taiyaki cones but this time we switched it up a bit.

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We ordered the softserve in cups and got the taiyaki on the side filled with nutella.

We had a few bites of our softserve before the piping hot taiyaki came out. Oh.em.gee. My life has been changed. This is definitely the way to do it!

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The hot, chewy taiyaki dipped into the cold, cresmy softserve is the best mixing of temps and textures 🀀

It was a pretty fantastic way to spend the day!

Have you had taiyaki? What did you think?

Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Sunday Funday

I woke up one Sunday not feeling my best, but we got up and got ready to hit the gym.

While having coffee I mentioned how the grey day outside reminded me of a day we went to get Sidecar and how good that sounded…

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Next thing we know we ditched the gym and planned a little 45 minute drive to hit up the closest Sidecar 😁 I mean, do I have the bestest husband ever or is he the bestest husband ever?

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When we arrived there was a line, but it moved quickly and pretty soon we were in and smelling the goodness.

We decided to get six donuts: the blueberry champagne, Saigon cinnamon, butter and salt, butterscotch crunch, a glazed yeast, and a birthday cake.

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As much as we wanted to dive face first into these bad boys we had a little self control and made a stop at Shirley’s to get a bagel.

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We had never heard of Shirley’s but there was a line so we figured it’s probably pretty good. We ordered an everything bagel with cream cheese.

If I am being completely honest this was totally okay. Nothing magical about it, but the blueberry champagne doughnut we had after…holy moly deliciousness.

It was soft and sweet and creamy! I loved it so much!

We found this cool little mall and did some walking around before heading back home.

We dropped by Sprout’s and had to try the Terra sweet potato chips Hunida had mentioned and totally loved them. They were crunchy and perfectly salty, a great Sunday snack!

We had initially planned on having pizza for dinner but with the grey weather and me feeling under the weather we decided on pho!

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We got the rare beef and it was really good and so flavorful! I definitely did not finish mine but made a valiant effort.

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Dessert was our Sidecar doughnuts and I can’t began to tell you how good their doughnuts are. My favorites were the blueberry champagne, glazed yeast, butter and salt and the birthday cake.

So basically all of them…πŸ˜‚

Our dinner was basically a linner of sorts so we had some more dessert in the form of a fruit platter.

We had never had star fruit and decided to try it out. The one we had was crunchy like an apple but didn’t have much flavor.

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That concludes our full day of eating on this fun Sunday!

What’s your favorite way to doctor up pho? I love all of the things and a good amount of sriracha.

Let’s chat pho and doughnuts in the comments below 😊

Boobs and Bras: Pepper vs Third Love

This post is all about bras sooo this is your “if you don’t care about bras or boobs please go read one of my other posts :)” warning.

For those who are sticking around let’s talk boobs. I realized a few weeks ago that bras are something I wear on a daily basis and don’t enjoy. In fact taking it off is quite possibly one of the best feelings! For something I wear on a day to day basis it seemed kinda silly that I hadn’t taken the time or energy to invest in a good one.

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I am a part of the itty bitty titty committee and the bras I currently own have straps that fall, cups that gape, and, as small as I am on top, underwire that is tight and leaves marks.

Instead of researching and never taking the leap I decided to check out Pepper and Third Love. They had both popped up on my IG feed and I had saved them to “check out later.” Later was now and I was determined.

I ordered Pepper first. Their site was great about how to measure yourself to find your right size. They only have a few styles of bras and I was recommended the All You Bra in 32B. Because of the questions they asked on measurement I felt pretty confident that this fit should be correct. The cost was $49.

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Third Love’s questions were not so much numerical but about a bra that you already own and what the fit is like. I got matched with a 32A for their bra and was recommended the 24/7 Classic Contour Plunge. I didn’t feel as confident about the sizing here, but took the plunge 😏 anyway. The cost was $68.

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Third Love is operated in a city pretty close to us so I received my package the next day. This was very exciting! I did have a hard time swallowing the price. I tried it on and found it to be comfortable and fit pretty well, but was it $68 worth of fitting well and comfortable?

I felt torn, but ultimately decided to return the bra. The bra was good, but I could not justify having to buy another one for $68. What’s the point of having one good bra?

I recieved Pepper a few days later. The fit was good. Nothing felt super tight, the straps didn’t fall. It was comfortable and I didn’t feel like I was tugging and pulling all day. $49 isn’t a cheap bra by any means, but I decided to keep it.

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I am thinking about getting another bra from Pepper, but I may try out some less expensive brands while I look into the wear and tear of Pepper.

With all that being said I did return my Third Love bra and ran into some issues. The return process is supposed to be easy, but after submitting my email and answering a couple of questions online I was told it would take 30 minutes to receive my return label.

I thought that was odd because I’ve done returns with other companies and it’s super quick to get a return label. I’m talking immediate, but I moved on with my day and still did not receive my return label. I used the chat option online (they don’t have a phone number) and had great customer service. She immediately send me a link to my return label.

I returned it that day to FedEx because I had no time later in the week. I got a receipt and later on the following week I checked to see where my package was because I had not received any emails regarding my return. I saw that they had received it on Tuesday. I decided to wait until the following week to contact if I hadn’t heard anything.

While on break at work the following Tuesday I decided I should look into it. I started a chat and was told that she could see my refund had not been issued and she would do it immediately. I got an email stating that my issue has been refunded. She told me it would take 2-3 business days for it to reflect on my credit card statement.

I am impressed with the service when I go out of my way to reach out to them. It did leave a bad taste in my mouth that I had to take a few extra steps to finish my return. I don’t think I’ve had a company not let me know about when my return was received. It just seems like a nice thing to do?

First world problems, right? Let me know what you guys think about it?

Also let me know if you have ever tried Third Love or Pepper and what you thought? Are you interested in trying out either brand? Let me know!

Oh the food we will eat…Catch LA

Catch LA has never been one of those spots that’s been on my radar. I’m an avid Yelp user and am super blessed to live around so much good food! There are so many spots that are 4.5 stars with hundreds if not thousands of reviews. It’s insane!

Catch LA is 3.5 stars which is good and it’s a super popular Insta spot in LA. It’s one of those places you go to “see and be seen.” It’s super LA in vibe-music, loud chatter, dim lighting, eclectic decor. It’s cute!

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It was explained to us that the menu was meant for sharing but if we wanted to do larger individual dishes the “Big Fish” or “Big Meat” menu would be the way to go. We opted to go the sharing route so we could try a few of their popular things.

We ordered five items: Catch Ceviche, Truffle Sashimi, Crunchy Rice Cake, Cod Lettuce Wraps, and Lobster Mac and Cheese.

The first dish that came out was the truffle sashimi. Tuna, hamachi, chili ponzu, caviar, and black truffle came together to create the most delectable bite. This was almost melt in your mouth-so buttery! This was one of the group’s favorites!

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The ceviche was a combination of Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, shrimp, and scallops with mango and blood orange ponzu. It was fresh and bright and enjoyable. I don’t know if this is a dish I think you need to order, but it was good.

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Hubby enjoyed the cod lettuce wraps, but I thought they were kinda bland? These came with bourbon miso, kataifi, and shitake mushrooms. The fish was well cooked but that’s all I could say about this one. If you come here I would skip this one…

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Now, the lobster mac and cheese. OH.EM.GEE. The lobster mac and cheese. It was not super ooey gooey cheesy, but it had the best savory umami flavor and it held up well to the lobster. It was hardy and delicious! You should absolutely get this πŸ™‚

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The last dish to come out was the crunchy rice cake with tuna tartare and wasabi tobiko. I love a good crunchy rice cake and this dish ended up being the favorite of the night. The crispy rice cake, the mildly spiced fish…please get this. 3/3 of us said this was our favorite dish of the night!

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We did get dessert and decided to go for the most popular and probably Insta-worthy? The Hit Me Chocolate Cake. Liquid Klondike, roasted white chocolate ice-cream, brownie, and devil’s food. It’s called “Hit Me” because you have to hit the “Klondike” bar with your spoon to crack it open. It was a deliciously chocolatey but not overly chocolatey dish. I think chocolate lovers and chocolate likers will both enjoy this dish immensely. I would recommend this to add to your list of “do get.”

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Three of the five dishes were incredible. That’s a pretty good amount I think? In terms of service I don’t have much to say because it was just okay. There was no Republique type of attentiveness or attention to detail, but it wasn’t bad either.

I really enjoyed our time at Catch LA. I think a big part of that had to do with being there with people I enjoy. I do think there are better foodie spots to explore, but it is super popular and Instagramable.

Talk to me in the comments and let me know if you’ve been to Catch LA? Did you like it? Thanks for reading and I’ll see you Thursday!

 

Vacation Recap

Happy Thursday!

It might be a good idea for you guys to grab a snack and sit down for this post because it may run a little long. I’m going to try to recap a whole week into one “quick-ish” post πŸ˜€

Our vacation started with a drive out to Phoenix. It ended up being a quick drive with just one pit stop for gas, bathroom, and breakfast. We kept it pretty chill the day we arrived and explored the area we were staying as well as an outdoor mall.

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There was a vegan festival going on so that was our plan for dinner but sadly it ended at 5pm and we missed it. We ended up going to Old Town Scottsdale to try to find some dinner. It being dinner time and the weather being nice the wait everywhere was pretty crazy. After much craziness we put our names down at Rehab Burger and walked around.

We grabbed some apps/snacks from another restaurant to hold us over. Nothing super exciting. Hummus/pita and chips/salsa held us over until we were finally called to our table.

This burger place was FANTASTIC. You must check it out if you’re in the area. The hubs and I shared a poblano burger without the cheese and just a basic cheeseburger and both were fantastic. I can’t tell you how much I couldn’t stop talking about this place. It was absolutely worth the wait!

The next day hub’s cousin had planned a day in Sedona which is 90ish minutes away from Phoenix. Sedona was so gorgeous and freezing! We explored a church and some areas with these cute local stores. While there we found some treats to try and shared this frozen chocolate covered cheesecake.

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We grabbed some apps at a local vegan place before heading back home.

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That night the fam surprised me with an ice-cream cake and singing! I died! It was so sweet (the singing and the cake) πŸ™‚

Monday March 2nd we woke up and had our last workout in Phoenix before showering and getting ready to head back to good ol’ California. Our drive, thankfully again, was not bad and we made it home around 3/4pm. This was basically a good recovery day. We threw in laundry from the trip and got a few groceries, a Red Box, and picked up the Habit for dinner.

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Tuesday March 3rd we worked out and headed to Disneyland! You guys after living in SoCal for 3.5 years we still had never been and I was SO excited. I think we got there around 2pm and left around 8:30pm. A lot of walking but we are totally all about that.

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To say it was magical would be an understatement. I think we were both overwhelmed by all of the things. After entering the park we realized a parade was about to start so had to stop and see that. We also stopped and got some refreshments-a turkey leg and a churro. After a few rides we got some of the Mickey beignets! Everything was delicious!

We were so exhausted by the time we left but had a ton of fun!

Wednesday March 4th we headed to Disney’s Adventure Land. This day didn’t go as well sadly…once we arrived I saw that they had this crazy water ride that was just about to open as we were walking up. I didn’t realize how wet we would get and we hopped on and got completely soaked. The rest of our time was spend with completely soaked shoes and socks. We were so cold after the sunset and miserable! We did see Frozen and walked around, but couldn’t handle it anymore and left after a few hours.

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Thursday March 5th was the birthday and I wanted to keep it pretty chill after all the go, go, go! I opened up presents from the hubs and that night I wanted some wings so we went to Fire Wings. They were delicious!

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Friday March 6th we ran some errands and headed out to LA to have dinner with a friend from out of town. She wanted to check out Catch LA! The place was so gorgeous! The food was super tasty and I can’t wait to share more about it on a later post πŸ˜‰

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Saturday March 7th we went for a hike and finished up some grocery shopping for the upcoming week. We stayed closer to home and had AYCE sushi at Sushi Martini for dinner with a friend!

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We did stop by Cheesecake for the chocolate tower truffle cake and the chocolate fudge cake. They got the order wrong and gave us a fudge cake and a lemon mascarpone cake but no chocolate tower. Hubby went back to return the lemon mascarpone and they ended up letting him keep it and gave him the correct chocolate tower truffle cake (our fave)!

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On Sunday I had some vacation blues but kept it going by getting in a workout and getting ready for the week. We also filed our taxes on our own for the first time…whaaat?? Major adulting happening over here you guys!

Anyways I really hope you all had a lovely week and that you’re as excited about the weekend as I am! Now that I have run down my vacay week, let me know what your weekend plans are?

I’ll see you sweets on Monday!

Birthday Gifts

Aaand we are back from vacation and back at it at work but I thought it would be fun to share what hubby got me for my birthday.Β He is extremely sweet and thoughtful and attentive and he did a great job with these gifts!

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I adore See’s Candy and I cannot get enough of their chocolatey goodies. Have you guys ever had some good chocolate and then had a butterfinger or something? I’ve done that with See’s and let me tell you-you can taste the quality! I’ll step off my soap box, but B made me a box of my favorite chocolates. They were fantastic!

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I know I wrote a post on some workout leggings I got last year from Old Navy. I talked about how great they were and it didn’t make sense for me to get Lululemon. All that being said B had gotten me a pair of Lululemon’s in 2015 and they are still going strong. The quality is that great. When we stopped into a store I mentioned that I thought a pair of leggings were cute and how nice the color was. Welp, he got them for me and they are so stinkin’ cute!

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The last thing(s) he got me were these perfumes from Dossier. I had seen quite a few ads on my Insta about them. I checked it out and they were supposed to inspirations of higher end perfume but sold at a much lower price point. There was a quiz to take to figure out which perfume is for you. Hubby took this quiz 5 times as me to figure out what they recommended and ended up ordering me Fresh Floral 2, Floral 2, and Oriental 2. You guys know how much I love floral so I was surprised that I enjoyed the Oriental 2 perfume so much. It may be my favorite?!

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I will definitely be doing a little review post on the leggings and perfume in a month or two. Let me know below what you think of any of these items? Have you tried Dossier? What did you think?

 

 

Vacations and Adventures

Hello lovely people!

I am scheduling in this post because I am currently in the process of doing a staycation and enjoying my week off! I will not lie to you…I don’t know how many pictures I’ve taken or how much food I’ve eaten, but I will share what I did very soon!

By very soon I mean I’m hoping it’ll happen in the next couple of weeks. Iiiiif it doesn’t don’t hate me πŸ™‚

We did a little mini trip to AZ during the beginning of the week and enjoyed some time at Disneyland (our first time!) during the second part.

What have you guys been up to during this first week in March? Also is anybody ready to spring forward this weekend?!

All the best and see you next time!