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!

 

Tocaya

Tocaya describes themselves as “modern organic Mexican cuisine” and I can say I agree. They use organic ingredients to create a twist on Mexcian flavors. However you spin it I can say the food is delicious!

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This was our first trip to Tocaya and it included a bowl, a couple of tacos, and a couple of sides. We had to at least get through part of the menu!

We got two delicious tacos: a Barrio Style and the other Baja Chipotle.

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The Barrio Style came with roasted tomato salsa, avocado, red onion, and cilantro. We picked beef picadillo and jalapeño jack for our protein and queso.

The Baja Chipotle came with cabbage, sweet chipotle sauce, vegan chipotle crema, and cilantro. We picked sea bass and got the cheese (I can’t remember which) on the side.

Both tacos were super flavorful and bright, but the winner for both of us was the Baja Chipotle. The sea bass was beautifully seasoned and it paired well with the other flavors in the taco.

We picked two sides to go with our tacos: the roasted cauliflower and the Barrio Fruit bowl. The cauliflower tasted like curried cauliflower and it was good, but not amazing. The fruit bowl was seasoned with lime and chili and was super bright, but I was hoping for sweeter fruit?! Both sides were good, but I would definitely check out some of the other sides next time.

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The bowl we went for was the Fajita Del Rey which came with sautéed poblano peppers and onions, Spanish rice, black beans, vegan chipotle crema, guac, and pico de gallo. We picked chicken tinga as our protein and got the queso fresco on the side. I LOVED this bowl and would honestly get it again.

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It had some spice and planty of creaminess from the guac and crema to cool it down. Each component was delicious on it’s own, but even better when mixed together. The chicken was the star in this bowl-it was warm and shredded and perfectly cooked.

Post dinner I still needed something sweet so we stopped by a macaron place and I got an almond and passion fruit macaron. Looking at these I feel like I need a couple more right now!

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So yummy!

Have you been to Tocaya? What did you think?

 

Recent Dessert Faves

Let me make this super duper clear people these are not all of my favorite desserts. THAT would take a book and nobody got time for that…

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While recently drooling over some food porn on my phone I couldn’t get dessert outta my head and now that I am typing this I am panicking thinking about all the delicious desserts I am about to miss because I have no recent pics….let’s take some deeeeeeeeep breaths iin and ouut phewwww

Okay let’s get on with the yumminess

This matcha soft serve from Tea Master is everything. The creamy texture and the potent matcha flavor combine to create this cool, light, and irresistible creation.

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Donuts from SK Donuts make me super happy. Donuts from Sidecar also make me happy, but I have no recent pictures. Major takeaway? I love donuts.

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This next one might not be technically a dessert, BUT it is sweet. I love pan fried plantains especially the perfectly ripened ones because they tend to be sweeter. It’s slightly crisp on the outside and sweet and soft on the inside. I would eat these all day!

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We’ve already talked about Somi Somi in a previous post so I won’t bore you with details, but if you haven’t tried this then what are you doing??

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Happy Days Cafe makes a mean churro, but did you know they make churro donuts coated in chocolate and sprinkles and you can add cookies n’ cream ice-cream to the side? Also, whipped cream.

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Tell me about your favorite desserts or if you’re like me and change your mind every minute what is/are your current favorite dessert(s)! Pleeeeaseeee and thank you 🙂

 

An update and review

I don’t know if you guys remember my FabFitFun unboxing, but in that box contained a base coat. I think it was priced at $16 and it just seemed a little pricey.

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Since then I have tried the polish many a time underneath my own polishes. Here’s what I have found:

1. It looks really pretty on your nails all on it’s own. It’s shiny and smooth and makes your nails look perfect and healthy.

2. That being said-I think it does actually help keep your nails strong. I’ve always noticed that after I put polish on my nails peel and break easily, but with this my nails stay healthy.

3. Thing three is that it actually extends the life of my polish. I had this Essie polish that I loved the color of, but it would chip so quickly! With this as the base coat it lasts for a good four days at the least before chipping.

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I really have loved this polish and when you think about it how many bottles of polish do we actually get through? I feel like they last forever so maybe $16 isn’t that crazy? I don’t know…what do you guys think?!

Share your thoughts down below!