Oh the food we will eat…The State

During our move in week in order to get some sanity we decided to do a little date night. We went and saw a movie and happened to make in time for the happy hour menu (which is apparently all day on Monday).

It was such a beautiful day we decided to sit outside and take in the weather. After perusing the menu we decided on the Brussels sprouts, short rib tacos, and a burger.

I really loved the Brussels-the crispy, crunchy, charred pieces are always my favorite and that dollop of goat cheese on top rounded it all out and added that much needed creamy tang.

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The husband really loved the short rib tacos. Besides looking beautiful (those colors!) these were meaty and fresh and crunchy and wonderful!

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The burger was a wonderful cheeseburger of sorts and it did end up falling apart towards the end, but it was worth the mess. The salad on the side was really pretty and a good standard salad-nothing to write home about!

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We headed out for frozen yogurt after this, but really enjoyed our experience at The State. Since our whole order was off the happy hour menu the whole thing ended up being under $30? That’s a pretty cheap date night 🙂

What’s your favorite date night spot?

Cookie Jar

Okay, so we don’t have a cookie jar, but if we did it would be overflowing. Unintentionally, we went on a cookie adventure of sorts these past couple of months. It was all kicked off by hubby ordering cookies from PDX Cookie Co.

It was Valentine’s, he knows I (we) love cookies so it was super sweet and so were the cookies 😉

After ordering cookies from 4 different companies I thought it would be fun to come and share with your our favorites and lesser favorites.

PDX cookies were incredible-straight from the tupperware container they were send in they were super good. Warmed up even better! honestly could not tell you which flavors we had because hubby ordered them. There were 12 cookies, 2 of each flavor and was about $47 after tax and shipping. Despite being filled with candies, cookies, and other goodies the cookie base was still delicious. The texture had crunchy edges and a soft and chewy interior. I know I preferred the chocolatey and peanut buttery ones, but the hubby did love the pink ones filled with frosted animal cookies and other deliciousness.

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After reading a cookie box review online I ordered Bang Cookies. The writer of that review said that the salted chocolate chip cookies at Bang were better than Levain’s. I ordered 2 salted chocolate chip, PBJ, kitchen sink, white chocolate mac, and double chocolate. This was definitely the best in terms of pricing. At the time if you got 6 cookies you got free shipping. I paid the least for Bang Cookies out of the companies we tried-I believe the total was $27 or $28. In terms of taste, I have not had Levain yet, but these salted chocolate chip cookies were incredible. They were chewy and melty (we warmed them in the microwave) and incredible! All the cookies were amazing, but the chocolate chip were my hands down winner!

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I ordered Big Fat Cookie after reading the same review page. These were the #1 best cookies on her page. Price wise these were around $32 after shipping and tax. These cookies were big and fat and filled with all the goods. I ordered Nuckin’ Futz which all had peanut butter of some sorts whether through reeses or pb chips. There were 4 cookies in a pack and they were heavy 6oz cookies. These were good, but I don’t think these were the best. It’s a cookie (good) filled with delicious candies and chocolates (good), but I didn’t have that eye roll to the back of my head moment with these. Maybe I’m crazy?

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The last cookie company we tried was Fat and Weird Cookie Co. These may have been the most expensive per cookie, but we were intrigued. If you’re curious they were around $25 for 3 cookies. I know hubby had a hard time even being able to order because they would sell out so quickly! Needless to say we felt pretty accomplished when we finally placed an order!

When the cookies came I will not lie we were a little disappointed by the size. I’m not sure if you can tell, but these were the smallest cookies of the four. In terms of taste they were subpar even if you don’t take price into consideration. When you do consider price these were a fail!

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If you were to try any of these cookie companies I would recommend PDX and/or Bang. I thought they were equally delicious in different ways. PDX had interesting mix-ins and were a nice chewy, fat cookie. Bang cookies felt like a classic cookie in terms of appearance (still chewy and thick) and taste. In terms of pricing I do think it’s an experience situation and not every week/month type thing. I also think these would be great gifts if you know a cookie lover!

Let me know if you guys have ever tried any of these cookies and what you thought OR if you’ve had other cookies shipped to you which ones you love.

Sun Basket

Happy Monday Morning!

I hope you’re having a great start to your week! I wanted to share with you a recent meal subscription we decided to try. We had some time off and thought it would be fun to not just eat out, but also get back in the kitchen and make some tasty meals.

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I did some research and found that Sun Basket was one we hadn’t tried and their meals looked delicious! We ordered recipes for 2 people for 3 times a week. For our first box we picked a Mongolian Beef and Spinach, Steak with Mushroom Pan Sauce and Brussels, and a Salmon and Eggplant dish.

We came home Monday to find our box waiting for us at the front door and were so excited to dive in. We decided to make the Mongolian Beef dish that night. This was a super quick and easy meal to make. It was flavorful-I loved the gingery, garlicy beef paired with the fluffy rice and wilted spinach. We added in the roasted broccoli for some extra nutrition. This was our favorite meal out of the box!

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The very next day we decided to go ahead and try the Steak with Mushroom Pan Sauce. Again, it was a 20 minute meal-super quick and came together very easily with 2 people in the kitchen. Even if it was just one person in the kitchen this would be super quick.

We had never made a pan sauce and we ended up loving the mushroom one paired with the steak. Everything was cooked and seasoned so well! Loved this meal!

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Our third was the salmon and eggplant dish. Sadly, I think our eggplant may have gone bad by this time, but it was not our favorite dish. Maybe it was because we like a good pan sear on our seafood? I’m not sure, but the flavors didn’t seem to go well together. Everyone has different tastes and so you may love it if you love saucier fish dishes, but for us not a winner…

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Hubby said at the end of our cooking adventure that this may have been his favorite meal subscription box. I may have to agree! It had fun flavors and things we wouldn’t think about throwing together.

Have you tried Sun Basket? What did you think?

 

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!