Carmel Valley

The hubs and I had a staycation recently, but he planned a surprise getaway for us during the start of our week.

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We drove up the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to head to Carmel Valley and do a couple of hikes along the way. Sadly for us, due to the rain, we didn’t get to do one of the hikes. The other one was short and sweet, but absolutely breathtaking.

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That picture definitely does not do it any justice, but the rain definitely added to the beauty and our sense of adventure.

After getting lost along a dirt path and finally finding our way out and back on a nice paved road we arrived at our AirBnB. This place was like a woodsy cabin and all around us was this gorgeous greenery.

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It was all windows so we had some beautiful views. There was a television and we were super grateful for the heater inside because it was chilly!

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After unloading our things we decided to head out and explore the town a bit. We explored the shops a little and ran into some local places. We found a little shop that had some of the best spreads, dips, and caramel sauces. The great thing was we were able to sample everything 🙂

After a long drive and munching on very few snacks we were ready for an early dinner. We found out that a pizza place we bookmarked was within walking distance of where we already were. Dontchya just love it when things work out like that?

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We moseyed on over to Little Napoli where they were pretty full with people. We decided we didn’t want to wait and grabbed a couple of seats by the bar. They had the best pictures on Yelp of this delicious garlic bread-we had to have it.

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We also ordered the burrata which came with some roasted red peppers. I won’t lie I thought the burrata would come with crostini or something to eat it with, but it didn’t so we just used our garlic bread. Is it a thing to just eat burrata by the forkful??

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We nibbled (who am I kidding, we scarfed down) on our apps and perused the menu to figure out which pizza to order. We settled on their version of a margh (surprise, surprise!).

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The pizza was Neapolitan style and it had a crispy crust and gooey cheese. The billowy edges of the pizza and bubbly cheese are always my favorite parts. We weren’t able to finish all of it and took the rest back to the AirBnB for later.

We ended up spending the rest of the night watching The Innocent Man on Netflix until we fell asleep. It was a pretty fantastic first day! I’ll see you Thursday for our SF adventures 🙂

Have you been to Carmel Valley or Carmel by the Sea?

 

Full Day of Eating

It’s my first Full Day of Eating post in 2019 and I am here for it!

I love starting my day off with a yummy  breakfast so today it was a bowl of greens, grape tomatoes, potatoes, and eggs! Noms!!

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I’ve been having breakfast later which means later lunch. The only problem with that is during the work week we have earlier dinner so a big lunch means I don’t want to have dinner. My solution? Have a smaller/snackier lunch. I’m happy with that and you guys know I LOVE having little bit of everything so this is perfect!

I decided on a half grilled cheese, greens, tomatoes and a little bit of golden lentil soup from Amy’s.

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The other trend you may notice is that I tend to eat the same veggies with most meals. This is because there’s only two of us and I hate buying a bunch of produce and throwing it away because I didn’t have time to use it. To avoid this I will buy a few different veggies and use them up throughout the week.

I’ve also been buying frozen bell peppers to add to eggs and frozen breakfast potatoes because it keeps pretty well and sometimes it’s even a little less expensive.

For dinner we ended up going to an AYCE sushi place called Hikari. It’s actually pretty close to the other AYCE  sushi place we went to, Maru. This place was delicious, but we still prefer Maru.

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Hunida’s blogs have me on a sushi kick!

Hikari also gave us complimentary green tea ice-cream at the end of our meal. It was sweet and had a very mild green tea flavor!

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We came home after this and relaxed until it was time for bed 🙂 what have you been eating? Do you have a favorite AYCE sushi place?

 

Sushi Date Night

It’s been a minute since we’ve had a proper date night so we decided that we were long overdue! We picked Maru Sushi Bar simply because they had 4.5 stars and great reviews on Yelp.

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We ordered a few of their different specialty rolls and enjoyed all of them! The only one I was a little iffy on was the roll topped with eel and avocado, but even that was good. I enjoy spicier, more savory flavors and tend not to like sweeter teriyaki type sauces so that may have something to do with it.

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This Oh! Baby Roll was our favorite roll of the night I think. It was different and I loved that it was spicy crab and scallop mix, avocado, and sprouts wrapped in a piece of tuna. Craving this all over again!

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The quality of the fish could be noticed in the sashimi we ordered. The tuna with the roasted brussels sprout was surprising and odd. I believe the other was yellowtail with jalapeño and cilantro. The yellowtail was my favorite out of the two.

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We also got a tuna rice cake which is unpictured, but we both LOVED. The crispy texture of the rice really did a great job contrasting with the avocado and spicy tuna.

We will definitely be going back at some point to try out more of their rolls!

I had made brownies and added in some Reese’s PB cups for dessert. I had thought ahead and bought vanilla ice-cream to top it off 🙂

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We ended our night nice and cozy with our brownie creation and some Narcos Mexico…pretty darn perfect!

What’s your favorite type of sushi roll? Or are you a sashimi person? Have you seen Narcos? Let’s chat in the comments 🙂

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?

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!