Lubbock and Houston

During this whole trip we didn’t stay at a single place for more than a night. Even if we spend a couple of days in the same city we were hopping houses, hotels, and air bNb’s. It was crazy!

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Because of that I didn’t get too much from Lubbock. We made it there around evening time from Austin and had enough time to shower and get ready for a dinner.

We went to a Cajun restaurant called Razoos, I think. I got a po’ boy with tilapia and the hubby got a salad. I didn’t take any pics since it was a part of B’s interview process.ย 

You guys by the time we left the restaurant it was SO cold! We stopped by Target to grab a few things and rushed home. The next day we could see snow flurries! We were not prepared for the cold!

The hubs dropped me off at Starbucks and he went to his interview. I ordered a tea and a little while later got their egg sous vide and an everything bagel.ย 

It was my first time trying the “egg bites” and it was pretty good! They were soft and fluffy on the inside (almost souflee like?) and the outside was a little crispy which I loved. Besides eating I was able to schedule some blog posts and catch up on reading some of your posts…it was quite productive!

Once the hubby got done we had a very long drive ahead of us to Houston. We drove and drove and ended up stopping for some Taco Bell. We finally made it to our air bNb and it was so cute!

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The couple that greeted us were so friendly and I loved our room! It was beach themed and cozy.ย We knocked out as soon as our head hit the pillow ๐Ÿ™‚

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The next morning we packed up and headed out to meet up with some family. I was starving so we stopped to grab a Banh Mi for me. I know it’s a weird thing to have for breakfast, but nothing else sounded good. Honestly I would have had the pho, but it is not great car food.

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We met up with fam at a place they suggested called, Snooze! Can you believe it? I didn’t realize Snooze was a chain, but it’s also in Houston! I was still full from my sandwich so I ordered the OMG french toast, fruit, and coffee. I only had a piece of the french toast and shared it with everyone else!

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The hubby got a protein packed bowl which looked and tasted amaze! I tried a couple of bites ๐Ÿ™‚

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We visited some more family before heading out again to check into our hotel. We got stuck in some traffic, but made it safe and sound.

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I went and worked out a bit and then we got Chipotle for dinner. How pretty is that tree that was around Chipotle! They had a bunch decorated and it looked so beautiful and festive!

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We both got bowls and it was warm and delicious and totally filling. Noms! We packed up as much as we could since we needed to head out after hubby’s interview the next morning.

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While hubs headed to his interview I decided to workout again in the hotel gym. Afterwards I headed to breakfast at the hotel lobby/restaurant area. I didn’t get a pic before I started eating, but I had a piece of veggie frittata, lots of servings of fruit, and some potatoes.ย 

I decided to check out the waffle maker and made my own waffle. It was so fluffy and crispy and absolute perfection. I also have some fruit hidden under there ๐Ÿ˜€

Once the interview was over we drove over to the airport to return our car and head back to LA.

I hadn’t had lunch and hubby needed a snack so I got a sandwich from Which Wich and he got a spinach feta egg white wrap from Starbucks. The sammy was wheat with turkey, cheddar, ‘cado, onion, lettuce, and tomato.

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It was YUM! We had some time before our flight so we wandered around the airport looking at the stores and our options for dinner. When it was almost time to head on we grabbed some dinner from Panda Express for our flight.

 

It was delicious and the only pic I have is terrible since it was so dark! We made it back home pretty late and ended up sleeping within an hour of arriving. We were both beat!ย 

It was a really great trip! Till next time!

 

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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!

 

Workout Favorites

Happy FRIDAYYY!! Today I wanted to share with you a few workout things I have been loving ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

What you eat after you climb rocks

Okay so maybe this is more of a what I eat after I climb rocks, but maybe you eat these things too after climbing rocks?!?

We recently did another indoor rock climbing situation. To be honest, I don’t think it’s for me…we did auto belay and once I climbed up I had a hard time letting go of the wall so I could be dropped down. That being said I’m still quite eager to go sky diving some day ๐Ÿ˜€

After all that we decided to grab some food and found Surf n’ Turf Tacos where they specialize in all things taco.

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Chips and self serve salsa for the win! The chips were warm which made me very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Chicken and chicken were our tacos of choice which came with chicken, cilantro, onion, and chili sauce. The tacos were fresh and super savory. They had this cheese layer on the bottom of the tortilla which held everything together.

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We did opt for a seafood burrito to share. We ended up getting the mahi mahi burrito which came with rice, beans, cheese, onions, cilantro, and baja sauce.

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I wasn’t sure how I would feel about having fish and cheese together, but the burrito ended up being really delicious. The beans, rice and cheese combined to make a creamy texture which was broken up by the chunks of mahi mahi.

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It was very filling, but we always have room for dessert ๐Ÿ˜€

There was a Rita’s close by and some mango Italian ice with a dollop of soft serve sounded like a great way to end the afternoon. It was perfection!

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I am a little curious now, what do you guys eat after you go rock climbing?

ABJ Greek Yogurt

It’s been hot here in beautiful LA, but on one particular hot day a hot breakfast did not sound appetizing.

I dreamed this up while at the gym and made it a reality once I got home. It was seriously one of the best bowls of yogurt I have ever had.

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I used plain fat free Greek yogurt because that’s what I had, TJ’s almond butter, and TJ’s blueberry preserves, with some Sprout’s bulk bin granola (chocolate hazelnut flavor) to make this.

It had good protein from the yogurt and AB, the preserves and granola gave me some carbs to pep me up post workout, and the AB and granola had some fat to help satiate and leave me full and satisfied!

I was a little weary about putting nut butter in yogurt. I don’t know why, but it never sounded like a good idea until this day. I guess hunger fuels delicious creations ๐Ÿ˜‰

Is it hot where you live? Have you been changing up your meal routines?! Let me know in the comments!

More Eating (SF Part 4)

Thanks for coming back for Part 4 of our SF trip! This will be the last post…I promise ๐Ÿ™‚ Grab some tea and lets get started!

After Alcatraz we took the ferry back and I was ready for some food! We went to Boudin which is famous for their sourdough bread.

They make all kinds of fun shaped sourdough bread, but we went for a turkey and havarti sandwich on sourdough (duh!) and tomato soup in a sourdough bread bowl.

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The sandwich tasted SO delicious to me, but the hubs said it may have been because I was SO hungry. I loved the soup too, but I don’t think I am a bread bowl gal which seems crazy since I LOVE bread.

We walked some more after lunch to find dessert and we hit up not one, but two spots!

The first being Trish’s Mini Donuts who has these mini donuts sprinkled with sugar-they were hot and fresh and yummy!

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The second was a cookie dough place called Doughp. We had been wanting to try out a cookie dough place and now seemed like the perfect time since it was in walking distance. We got the PB cookie dough and put sprinkles and PB sauce on it.

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It was also really good! If you love cookie dough then check it out!!

We kept walking and stumbled into these guys…

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After this we perused some of the stores on the Pier and then kept walking. We went to find other touristy things to do and ended up walking up a very steep hill to get to one particular tourist destination.

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Lombard Street!

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I know this isn’t the best pic of it, but it’s this cool super curvy street that also happens to be really beautiful.

You guys, we were plain worn out after all this walking. We walked back to our cars and decided to go to a comedy show so we could finally just chill!

Since we had some time to kill we did the rest of our sight seeing in the comfort of our car until it was showtime. I really enjoyed the comedy show and it was a really good break for our tired legs!

Dinner ended up being late and I had been feeling kind of sick so we went for ramen at Marufuku. We ended up getting takoyaki for our app and two bowls of chicken ramen.

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The hubs and I got the same thing, but he got the fancier version with a whole piece of chicken on the side!

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I don’t know if you can guess what we had after dinner? If you guessed Fenton’s you would be so right. I got the same blueberry cheesecake flavor that I fell in love with that first night.

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We went back to our AirBNB and crashed so hard that night!

We had so much fun in SF and I hope you guys get to visit if you haven’t had the chance! Let me know if you have been to any of these places and what you thought or if there are any places we missed that we should check out or our next trip.

See you Friday!

To Prison We Went (SF Part 3)

If you’ve stuck along this far on my SF posts I appreciate it! There will be a SF Part 4 on Wednesday because after typing up this post I noticed how long it was and decided to make it two smaller posts. Let’s jump into it!

We started our morning pretty early and went to grab coffee and split some sort of breakfast. We came to a spot pretty close to our AirBNB and had a couple of almond milk lattes. These were yummy!

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Upon perusing the menu we decided to split an egg and cheese sammich which ended up being a little dry, but made the hunger bug go away so I can’t complain…

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The reason we were having small breakfasts was so we could go and check out Donut Savant. We had read many good things and wanted to eat all of the donuts (per usu).

We ended up with half a dozen:ย 1 regular glazed cronut,ย 1 cinnamon sugar cronut,ย 1 mini chocolate glaze cronut,ย 1 mini maple cronut, 1 mini maple pecan cake donut, andย 1 coconut cake donut.

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They were simple and delicious!

After this we drove to our next adventure, but since we had some time before it we parked and perused the pier and Ghirardelli Square. We did end up getting some chocolates for munching on later…how could we not?

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After all this walking we walked some more to get to our ferry that was going to be taking us to Alcatraz!

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If you ever go to SF I think this is something touristy and fun that I would recommend. Wear comfortable shoes because there are stairs and some up hill and down hill walking.

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We got headphones that led us through the tour which was great because you learned some things and since everyone started it at different times you had time to look at all the things.

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The tour was really interesting and really brought the place to life. I seriously couldn’t recommend it enough!

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We enjoyed it so much we end up getting this cup as a souvenir so we could remember our time at Alcatraz!

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That’s where I will be ending this post, but stay tuned for the next one to find out what happens after Alcatraz ๐Ÿ™‚

See you lovelies Wednesday!

The Day Continues (SF Part 2)

If you haven’t read SF Part 1 feel free to click the link and read it now and we will wait while you catch up!

All caught up? Great! While we roamed through Golden Gate Park we made some plans for the evening. We decided to finally leave the park and head to see some other sights.

 

The Sutro Baths were another thing we missed last time so we went to find them and find them we did!

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Don’t let this picture fool you…it may look calm and serene, but it was windy AF. We did walk those ledges and the wind kept trying to blow us off, but the views were worth it!

After the bath ruins we were pretty tuckered out since we had hiked and walked and nearly died at the hand of the winds. We got in the car and headed to see the Golden Gate Bridge!

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I can’t even describe the bridge to you, but it’s a pretty cool experience. It’s touristy, but it’s an experience that I am glad to have had.

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After all the miles we had on our feet we decided to go and grab some dinner. Our friends had recommended this place to us because they wanted us to try Chicago style pizza and Zachary’s is the place to get it in North Cal.

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I couldn’t agree more!

The restaurant itself is really cool with fun art pieces all centered around their pizza and when we got there it was filled with people and the delicious smell only pizza can have!

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We ordered a small mushroom and spinach pizza and I thought we could finish it easily. HAH! I got through barely a slice and maybe a quarter before calling it quits.

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The crust is really crispy, but I guess it needs to be to hold up to all the layers. The sauce was the star here! It was really savory and sweet and flavorful. There was a ton of cheese ย that was super stringy and could build you a bridge from LA to SF if needed. The mushrooms and spinach added a nice textural difference.

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When you put that first forkful into your pizza hole you get one hot, delicious bite. That being said I love NY style pizza and even after having this I would choose the NY stuff. I liked this a lot, but it felt more like a pizza lasagna situation than pizza?!

I’m still planning on having Chicago style pizza in Chicago before I make any rash decisions ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you know us you know that dessert ensued shortly after! We hit up Fenton’sย for some ice-cream. I went for the blueberry cheesecake while the hubs got a chocolate peanut butter something or other. The blueberry cheesecake was a dream! The ice-cream itself was so super duper creamy and the bites of blueberry broke up the creaminess and gave a fresh fruity flavor.

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This was a pretty hefty scoop, but I had already taken some bites.

The evening plans I alluded to earlier were to watch Deadpool 2. We love watching movies and what better time than after a long day of traveling and sight-seeing? We picked a random theater and when we walked into our movie this is what we saw.

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This is seriously one of the prettiest theaters I have ever watched a movie in! I loved all the architectural details and even the curtains were so beautifully beaded. After the movie I can tell you that we went back to the AirBNB and crashed hard!

We were beat!

On Monday I will be back with another SF post so I will see you lovelies then! Have a great weekend!!

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Hello San Francisco or SF Part 1

We had been to SF before and were a bit overwhelmed and underwhelmed all at the same time. When talking to friends we discovered we had missed a LOT and so we knew we had to return. With somewhat of an itinerary in mind this time we planned out our trip (hubby planned our trip and I nodded a lot)!

We left home bleary eyed and bushy tailed as the sun was beginning to rise! I need coffee so I had taken the time to have a cup before leaving, but did not have breakfast. Seeing as how I need to be eating all the time we made a stop and got some breakfast from McDonald’s ๐Ÿ˜€

We both got the egg white and turkey sausage bowl which comes with parmesan cheese, a wilted kale/spinach mix, and some fresh chopped tomatoes. Again, not big into egg whites, but I really enjoyed this bowl.

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The turkey sausage had a good savory bite to it which went well with the mellowness of the egg white. The tomatoes and parmesan added some flavor and bite to the dish while the spinach and kale added some moisture. All of it came to create a TASTY bowl that had macros AND micros which is always a win for me!

Just in case we didn’t have enough micros we had packed some carrots to munch on so we had these with our breakfast bowls ๐Ÿ™‚

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We also shared this delicious fruit and yogurt parfait because who doesn’t like dessert with every meal? Besides #roadtrip.

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Our first stop was Redwood Forest for some light hiking. After being in the car for 5.5 hours it felt AMAZING to stretch our legs and breathe in the woodsy scent of all the trees. ย There was a park and lots of picnicking areas-very family friendly!

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After getting our circulation flowing we decided to head to our AirBNB. We’ve stayed at many AirBNB’s and this one was a real winner! Everything was clean and fresh and looked super comfy (it was!).

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We checked in, freshened up, put our stuff away and headed out to our next adventure. We headed to Lou’s Cafe to grab some sandwiches and picnic at a park. We got the Hot Pastrami and Pesto Chicken. All the gourmet sandwiches are dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onions and jalapeรฑo spread besides having their own special ingredients.

The Pesto Chicken was simple, but tasty with avocado, American cheese, pesto aioli, and chicken breast on a roll. This didn’t taste super pesto-y to me, but the flavors worked well together. The bread was kinda crusty on the outside and chewy inside so it made a good vessel.

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The Hot Pastrami was the favorite out of the 2. It had pastrami (duh), cheddar cheese, Lou’s sauce (Idk what this is), on a Dutch Crunch roll. The meat was super tender and there was creaminess from the sauce and cheese and freshness from the lettuce, tomato, etc. The bread added on another layer of texture by being crustier than the bread for the Pesto Chicken. It was SO. SO. GOOD.

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We ate our sandwiches at Golden Gate Park near the Conservatory of Flowers building and had apples we had brought from home for our dessert!

After our lunch we perused our way through the park and saw some beautiful roses in the rose garden. I honestly couldn’t help, but take some pictures of these roses. In person they were much larger and fluffier and more vibrant and as much as I knew a picture couldn’t do it justice I couldn’t help myself-they were that beautiful.

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We continued to walk through the park and came across a lake (we love any walk involving a water scene) and ended up spending a very long time walking around it. To be fair it was a pretty massive lake and there was a lot to see.

This waterfall being one of those things. It was so cool because there were stairs leading all the way up the waterfall so you could actually see each part of the waterfall!

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These duckies were the other thing I couldn’t help gushing over. I mean, how cute are they??!!

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Okay, friends my initial plan was to make this post into 2 parts, but seeing as how long this has already been I may have to make into 3 (possibly 4) posts. Stay tuned for the next post to read about what we did after our long walk in the park!

Have you guys been to SF? What are your favorite spots??