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!

 

Austin

Our drive from OKC to San Antonio was a long one, but lucky for us Austin is pretty close to San Antonio so it was a quick trip!

We made it to our adorable airBnB and settled in while waiting for B’s brother to arrive from OKC.

We had made plans to hang out with him while we were in Austin. Once he got there we (I) decided tacos were much needed.

We headed to Juan in a Million. We were all starving, but once seated we were greeted with tortilla chips and salsa. The hubs ordered some guac too! We annihilated one basket and she came back with another.

I had to stop eating the chips because our tacos started coming out. I was expecting smaller sizes of tacos, but these were pretty big. Eyes>stomach ๐Ÿ˜…

I don’t remember which ones we got, but they were all pretty good!

We ended up walking around the area for a bit. They had a lot of little art galleries set up so it was really cool!

We were pretty ready for dessert by this point. I wanted to check out Shipley’s so we went. It was really late in the day so they didn’t have much. I ended up grabbing a glazed to try and it was simply okay.

We were told that they do hot glazed in the morning and I imagine that is way better!

We dropped into Amy’s for some ice-cream. Their Mexican vanilla is very popular and I can see why. It’s so flavorful!

I ended up getting the Oreo which is their Mexican Vanilla with crushed up Oreo. It was fantastic!

We left and walked around a mall until our improv show. We also checked out downtown and some other popular areas.

Austin is so beautiful! I love the neon signs and string lights that are at every restaurant and bar!

After the improv show we grabbed pizza at Homeslice! This place was so cute, but dimly lit.

Each of the menus had a different meme on the front. I thought they were fun!

You guys, it was a cold night and hot pizza definitely hit the spot.

I don’t think any of us could imagine walking out again to find dessert so we had chocolate chip cookies and milk at Homeslice too ๐Ÿ˜‹

These cookies were fat and chewy, but would have been over the top if they had been just a little warm.

I fell asleep in the car on our way back to the airBnB. We crashed so hard once our head hit the pillows.

Our next stop was Lubbock so we got up and grabbed some gas, coffee, and Torchy’s for me before heading out.

I got the breakfast one with brisket in it…the Wrangler I think. I promise this tasted better than it looked!

I will see you guys Thursday with the next leg of our trip!

Have you been to Austin? What did you think?

Fish 101

I wasn’t sure about writing this post because to be completely honest I did not have a meal at Fish 101. I was pretty full from brunch, but I am always down for a foodie adventure! This place has 4.5 stars and 902 reviews on Yelp…I needed to go.

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We went with a large group of friends and there was a good variety of options to choose from. They had everything from poke (which hubby got) to fish and chips (which a couple of our friends got.

The poke I had a couple of bites of and it was really delicious and flavorful. I liked that the fish tasted fresh and that the sauce on top let the fish shine through.

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Our friends that got fish and chips seemed to really enjoy it and thought it nice and flaky. Other friends got shrimp tacos which looked crunchy and fresh. One friend got the burrito and man was it massive! She shared it with her hubby and she was still full.

If we every go back I will for sure save some room for this place, but it was too good of a spot to not tell you about. I totally loved the rustic vibes in there and it was filled with people!

Let me know if you have been here and what you thought!

Snooze

We were in Carlsbad with some friends a few weeks ago and hubby had a meeting to be at so myself and friends went to brunch. We ended up going to Snooze in San Diego-it was a 30ish minute drive from where we were, but it was worth every minute.

I was craving something sweet and lucky for me they had some great options to pick from. A friend and I split the pancake sampler and a OMG french toast.

For our pancake sampler we got their Smashin’ Pumpkin, Blueberry Danish, and their pancake of the day which was an apple/caramel situation.

The OMG french toast was incredible. It was a brioche bread filled with mascarpone and topped with vanilla creme, salted caramel, strawberries and toasted coconut. We left off the caramel on this one, but didn’t miss it one bit. It was sweet and the toasted coconut added lovely texture to the soft, pillowy french toast.

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The Smashin’ Pumpkin was the favorite in the pancakes, but all of the pancakes were fluffy and delicious. I wouldn’t recommend the Blueberry Danish-it was the least favorite and I do love bluebs an awful lot. I think if I hadn’t had the other two pancakes I would have liked the blueberry one more, but in comparison not that great!

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Our other friend got a savory dish and loved it too! This place has amazing reviews on Yelp and it was true to it’s ratings. We actually had to wait an hour before getting seated, but I would still come back because I thought the food was that good!

If you ever come to San Diego you need to stop by for brunch!

 

Vegas

A few weeks ago we went to Vegas for a quick little trip. I have very little to say other than Vegas is gorgeous and we definitely need to go back for longer than 24 hours next time so we can take it all in!

Since I have such few words here’s a little photo recap ๐Ÿ˜„

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Earl of Sandwich

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Chai tea with almond milk from Cuppa

We perused the beautiful indoor garden area at the Bellagio

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This sleeping fairy really spoke to me for some reason…

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We checked into the Encore. THE nicest hotel I have ever stayed in. SO gorgeous.

Lunch at El Segundo Sol started with chips, salsa, and unpictured is a big bowl of guac!

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Tacos for the win…always!

Dessert always.

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Dressed and dapper ๐Ÿ™‚

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Delicious dinner that started off with this salad that was almost too gorgeous to eat. Sadly the picture does it no justice.

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Steak, shrimp, and potato gratin

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Dessert-what a dessert! Chocolate mousse, peanuts, and that white chocolate shell on top? It had a gold flake in it.

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It was a whirlwind of a day and it’s something I will always treasure especially since I got to do it with my best human. Love you babe!

Full Day of Eating on a Saturday

I am so excited to bring you guys along for a FDOE! This particular Saturday was especially delicious and filled with a lot of yummy treats ๐Ÿ˜!

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We started our day with a late brunch from Wake and Late. I got a carne asada, egg, cheese, avocado, pickled jalapeรฑo and potato burrito while the hubby got a egg white, spinach, pickled jalapeรฑo, onions, avocado, and red pepper burrito. They also grill the burrito after to make it nice and crunchy!

We both enjoyed our very filling burritos and needed something sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ we ended up sharing this nutella macaron from a random French bakery.

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We ended up going to Century City Mall to find a suit for hubby and while there we noticed that 85ยฐ Bakery was open. I could not not check it out you guys. That would have been a major food blogger sin, right?

I knew you would understand!

We got the honey cake, coconut roll, and milk bun. Nothing was super sweet, but everything was delicious! If you have one of these around I would definitely recommend checking it out.

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We didn’t eat it all and saved some for dinner dessert ๐Ÿ˜‰

We walked around the mall for a little while longer and then left. I was super tired and the hubs was too, I think, so we both napped. I honestly have no idea how long we were out for, but it wasn’t more than an hour?!

For dinner we had decided on wings from Big Al’s Pizzeria. We headed on over because it’s a little over an hour from where we live. I’m definitely glad we went when we did because it was packed in there, it took about an hour to get our food, and another hour to get back home with it.

We ended up getting the buffalo, the dragon, and the Jamaican. The dragon was the spiciest and the most flavorful. The Jamaican was sweet and sticky. The buffalo was a really rounded buffalo flavor-not too vinegary or too spicy.

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We really enjoyed the wings, but as always needed dessert. We snacked on chocolates, the rest of our 85ยฐ Bakery, and some grapes because #health.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this somewhat long post. Thanks for sticking around to read it all! I hope you’re having a great start to the week!!

Recent Eats

Hey sweet people!

I am excited to share with you some meals I have on my phone that I haven’t shared in any of the other blog posts. These are meals I probably captured with the intention of having a full day of eating, but it didn’t happen #badfoodblogger

We had some delicious sushi at Sushi Enya with some friends. Sadly, we only got pics of a couple of rolls and these were actually captured by hubby I think. After this we were so busy eating and talking that few pictures were taken. Oops!

One Sunday after a mediocre brunch we decided to cook at home. We thought about it and decided on steak and cauli. The hubs made a gorgeous steak and I roasted up the cauliflower for a pretty simple but tasty dish!

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I usually prefer a savory breakfast, but always need something sweet after–usually fruit. I decided to skip breakfast dessert and just have something sweet for breakfast by way of these gluten free banana pancakes. I know I’ve posted about these and they are quick, yummy, and filling.

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This delicious looking salmon was our dinner one weeknight that I was off. It was a fun dish to create and lovely to look at too!

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We did go back to Malibu Farm Pier Cafe and get some brunch which was a little underwhelming compared to their lunch, but I was too hungry to go anywhere else. I got this salmon hash dish and hubby got an open brussels sprout omelette.

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Those are all the random dishes I have for today! I’m sure I will have more in the coming weeks ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fantastic Thursday!

 

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

 

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 sautรฉed, 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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