A Century City Adventure

When we lived in the Valley we loved heading into LA and walking around Century City. To this day it is my favorite mall and since moving out of the Valley and LA we hadn’t really visited in a while.

We changed all that and made a little date night adventure out of it. After the somewhat long drive into the city we needed a little snack to power us through so we stopped by Shake Shack and tried their Chicken Shack and got some fries. I loved the dilly flavor and the green pickles in this chicken sandwich-I would get it again! The fries are always a win because they remind me of childhood. I love how crispy they are!

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While walking around we spotted Randy’s and got donuts to share because what is an adventure without donuts? These donuts were so good and had some substance to them while being so soft and pillowy and melt in your mouth!

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We had meant to do some shopping, but totally got side tracked by some of the new spots that had opened up. There was toffee shop that opened up and were sampling their goods. We tried a sample of the almond toffee and their toffee popcorn-both sweet and yummy!

While passing by we saw another place sampling cheese tarts and after having a sample we had to get a couple to have. We decided on the almond and strawberry and both were so GOOD!

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We actually had the tarts with some coffee (I had an espresso and hubs had iced coffee) from La Colombe. It’s our favorite coffee place-they literally have some of the smoothest tasting coffee I have ever had!

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After Century City we went to the Grove and walked around until we were ready to visit our last two spots and head back home! It’s kind of a tradition for us to go to Vito’s Pizza and SK Donuts, but recently Alcove (for cake) has been added to that list so that is what we did and how we ended our night!

Vito’s is hands down the best NY style pizza place we’ve found in Southern California and I will always encourage anyone that is craving a NY slice and living in LA to try it out.

That’s where I’ll leave this post! Until next time friends!!

Have a great weekend!

Trader Joe’s Treats Review

We absolutely love Trader Joe’s all year round but the seasonal stuff really gets us giddy. I cannot tell you how many videos I’ve watched and blog posts I’ve read hauling and reviewing Trader Joe’s goodies this season-it’s definitely been an obsession.

Over Thanksgiving break we had hauled quite a few goodies from Trader Joe’s to try out for ourselves and since I love posts like these I figured I would share our thoughts 🙂

Jumping into our first item are the Apple Cider Cake Donuts. These were coated in cinnamon sugar on the outside which would lead you to believe they may fall in the too sweet category, but these were very mild in sweetness. In terms of texture this fell on the dryer side of things, but not in an unpleasant way. I wasn’t reaching for water with every bite, but maybe every few bites? We really enjoyed these, but I don’t think they would be a staple in our house.

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The Danish Kringle in almond was something we had no idea what to expect. I knew it was a pastry and people absolutely love it, but we aren’t big pastry people (usually). THIS though was fantastic. The almond paste filling was super nice if you enjoy the flavor-if you don’t then stay away! I will also say this was SUPER sweet between the filling and the icing on top. We tried warming a piece in the microwave and in the toaster oven. The toaster oven definitely had the better texture, but be careful because the icing becomes super hot super fast.

Steering away from the sweets for a minute to check out these Cornbread Poppers. These were filled with pepperjack cheese and serrano chilis, but they are by no means spicy in any way. The outside was a cornbread with the inside filling being a gooey cheese, but when I got these I had assumed it would be a cornbread ball that had cheese and serrano chilis mixed in. Because it wasn’t that I think I was a bit disappointed, but overall these were pretty yummy.

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The Soft Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are something we had been eying for a long time. I had one cookie from this and hubby finished the pack so it’s probably safe to say I thought they were fine and he LOVED them. These are super peanut-buttery in flavor and the chocolate chips felt a bit like an afterthought. If you love peanut butter cookies you will definitely enjoy these!

Staying in the cookie category this next purchase was an impulse buy. We were in line waiting to check out when we saw the customer next to us had these in her basket. Thank God TJ’s isn’t a big store because I was able to speed walk there and back in good time to check out. All that being said, these were a fail for us. I am not a big fan of crispy cookies and that is what all of these were. In my head I was imagining a variety of butter cookies, but I definitely should have looked at the images a bit closer. As I always say after one of these incidents, “at least now we know!”

The last item are these Ridge Cut Potato Chips with Horseradish and Chive. These were nice and crunchy, but not as crunchy as a kettle chip. In terms of flavor they are very similar to a sour cream and onion with a hint of horseradish. I feel like horseradish lovers and those who aren’t horseradish fans would enjoy these. I know hubby thought these were just okay, but I’ll probably have some with sandwiches and finish off the bag. The combination of us not buying chips often enough and there being a large amount of chips in the world to try I can say safely we probably won’t be rebuying these.

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If you stuck it out this long thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! I know all these items weren’t seasonal, but what are some of your current favorite Trader Joe’s goodies (seasonal or not)?

Have a great week and happy Monday!

Can’t get enough

I have quite a few things that I can’t just seem to get enough of and I thought it would be fun to share!

Good Bones on HGTV and The Office. The first is pretty self explanatory…I love a good HGTV show. The second I never thought I would be as enthralled as I am-it’s just cringe worthy hilarity at it’s best!

These Takis and baby carrots. The combo of the spicy limey chip with the crisp, sweetness of a fresh carrot-I can’t get enough. It’s a little odd, but trust me!

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Hubby-made burgers. This man can make a mean burger and I am drooling just thinking about this one. Also shout to hubs for this incredible photo! Any photos you see on this blog and think, “man that’s a good photo” was probably taken by the man, the myth, the legend-my husband! Thanks babe!

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I needed a new phone case and saw an ad on Insta…funny how that works. I checked it out and fell in love with this case by Casely. They have a great selection of cases for both and Android and Apple users. After having this case for a little bit I can say I still love it!

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I’ve always loved pizza, but recently my love feels like it’s gone to another level. I can eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and be perfectly content. Recently, the addition of all the veggies is all I want for a good delicious meal!

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Salmon is another thing I’ve always enjoyed, but recently find myself salivating at the thought of it. I’m not particularly craving any other seafood, but give some baked salmon and veggies for dinner and I am a happy girl 🙂

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What’s some stuff you can’t seem to get enough of?

Cookies and Closings

The week of October 13th was an exciting one to say the least! It was a busy and odd week that kinda ran together and felt super long at the same time. To sum it up there were cookies and we (finally!) closed on selling our house!!

We tried a new make your own pizza place on Wednesday called Pizza Press. It was delicious, but I would pick Blaze any day of the week!

On Thursday came some cookies we ordered! We had to try out some of Bang Cookies new flavors (and some oldies, but goodies). We waited till the weekend to try them, but they were delicious none the less. We wanted to try all the flavors so we only ate half each and froze the other half.

Thursday is also the day we got the text confirming that we had finished the process of selling our house! It was a very bittersweet moment. We obviously had loved our little home in the Valley and put a lot of effort into making it go from house to home, but we were very happy and relieved to have finished the selling process.

This was the first home we bought together and boy did we learn so much! It was quite the journey ❤️

I was also working Thursday and Friday so it was a bit of a blur!

Our weekend was kicked off on Saturday with a workout and breakfast at Denny’s. We both ordered the same veggie sizzlin’ skillets. and shared half of a pumpkin crackle cookie.

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We walked around and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and walked into a Barnes and Noble. I headed into my favorite section which happened to have some really interesting and funny finds.

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I also noted this book that I want to buy at some point!

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We also did some grocery shopping so our Sunday selves would thank us 🙂

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After dropping off groceries and dropping in some laundry we headed out for a nice walk and some caffeine.

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When we came back we went to TJ Maxx and got this gorgeous, fluffy blanket from TJ Maxx and some fun wrapping paper from Target!

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By the time we came back we were in much need of a snack so I had some TJ’s Harvest Chili and sourdough toast. We may or may not have had half of this cinnamon whiskey crackle…by “we may” I mean we definitely did.

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I finished up laundry while hubs wrapped up a present and we enjoyed some In n’ Out and more cookies for dinner!

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I don’t know about you, but that is a pretty productive week for us! I hope you guys are having a great start to your weeks and I would love to know what you’ve been up to-let’s talk in the comments!

Loving

I remember when I used to do these posts weekly, but I feel like I enjoy doing them more spread apart because there are more things to include by the time I get to writing one up!

I have recently found some things that I am kinda in love with and wanted to share with you guys.

These pumpkin spice madeline cookies are so yummy that I in fact did buy them twice! They are on the sweeter side of things with a nice flavoring of pumpkin spice, but the thing that does me in is the texture. I love that cakey cookie for this particular cookie-it works so well!

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I don’t know what it is about fall, but it makes me want all the popcorn and although both of these are good I would take the kettle corn over the candy corn flavored popcorn. This Good and Gather brand is from Target and I think it’s new. I’ve been loving their sparkling water too!

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I’ve been loving this nail trend where you have different colors, but they all tend to be from the same family. I wanted to try it out and decided to give it a shot myself. I looked at all my polishes and lined them up and put them on-this is what I got! I kinda love it!

Lindt has been my favorite chocolate for a while now, but I think this might beat it just by a hair. Ritter Sport is creamy and smooth and I love these mini versions. The minis are in breakable squares too and the perfect little after dinner treat!

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I’ve always loved a good Bath and Body candle and still get their emails and eagerly await sales to stock up on wallflowers and candles. I especially love a good fall candle and had been waiting for a good time to snatch one up for a minute now when we decided to just check out Pier 1-simply to walk around, not buy anything. We both love looking at furniture and figuring out our styles, but when we walked in we immediately saw candles and they were 2 for $20 and these were bigger than the Bath and Body. I took a sniff and fell in love-needless to say we bought a candle for winter time and fall. They also too some percent off so we ended up walking away with 2 candles for $15! Definitely a favorite!

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I think these are all my favorites for now! What are your current favorites?

Comfort food and cozy vibes

I don’t know if it’s because the temps got slightly cooler here or what, but we’ve been eating some serious comfort foods and so I have some fun random pictures to share with you guys.

After looking high and low for a bagel place here we have finally maybe found one! I really wanted a bagel one Saturday and after a nice long hike we found one at 42nd Street Bagel Cafe. I got the super onion bagel with lox (they were out of the everything bagel 😦 ). This bagel reminded me so much of a NY bagel-it was chewy with a dense crumb and I would definitely come back and get some Sunday morning bagels!

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This was a big comfort food night at Yard House. We ordered what felt like everything-the chicken lettuce wraps, buffalo cauliflower, roasted Brussel sprouts and potatoes, cheeseburger, and the truffle fries.

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My favorite thing here had to be the lettuce wraps and they were so delicious that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them-so much so that I am making shrimp lettuce wraps tonight!

We grabbed some sweet treats from Sprout’s and some of these were good and others not so much. The glazed lemon cookie was a not favorite. The glaze was so sweet and didn’t pair well with the lemon cookie. The rest were actually pretty yummy!

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In order to balance out all the comfort food I went to Panera and ordered a Mediterranean grain bowl. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. The rice, chicken, hummus, and all the fresh ingredients were really delicious! I would get this again without the dollop of yogurt on the side.

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I ordered this fish dish from Luna Modern Mexican Grill when I went out to lunch with the girls. It was pretty, but not the best thing I’ve ever had…

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Of course, we love sweets a lot in this house and whether that’s cookies or ice-cream we’ve been eating it all!

Have you guys been feeling the need for comfort food recently? How are the temps where you’re living?

Snacks I do like

After my post on snacks that failed me I felt a little bad…well bad enough to show you guys that there are some snacks I really like.

Some of these are old and have been in previous favorite posts and some are new, but they are all delicious to me.

These plantain chips are an old favorite…I feel like I’ve loved these for years now. They are crunchy and savory and I would pick these over potato chips for snacking. I do try to pair them along with something a little more filling like baby carrots since I could mindlessly eat the bag otherwise!

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I love these little granola bites. They say each pouch has the same nutrients has a serving of vegetables, but I like them because when I need something sweet but also a little more nutritious these fit the bill.

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Almonds are a great nut and have some protein, fat, and just taste delicious when roasted and salted. I like these particular ones from Trader Joes. They are so easy to stash in my bag or take in the car to prevent any hangry episodes.

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Speaking of Trader Joes, I discovered these grapes while doing some grocery shopping. They were sampling them and I was intrigued by the shape. I adored them because they were sweet and had to get some! Definitely a fun fruit to try out and we ate them up pretty quickly!

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I know I’ve talked about Mary’s Crackers, but these everything seasoning ones are new to me and I really enjoyed them. I love the garlicky flavor that it has and pairs well with any hummus. I haven’t tried it with cheese yet, but I’m sure it would be delicious…now that I say that a cheese board with these crackers seems like an incredible idea!

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This savory Tex-Mex trail mix from Target is not a new favorite, but I recently repurchased and remembered how much I enjoyed these last year. I don’t need to tell you guys how fun it is to eat trail mix-the different textures and flavors prevent boredom so a pretty great snack for me.

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What are some of your favorite snacks? Anything new you’ve discovered? Let me know in the comments!

 

Loving

I have some very random things that I have been loving recently and some of them were inspired by some of my favorite blogs to read!

We are always running out to buy cards for birthdays, anniversaries, etc and recently through Mackenzie I discovered you could buy some gorgeous cards from Amazon. I took the leap and got a variety box of birthday cards and am absolutely obsessed with them! They are each a different design and are absolutely beautiful!

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I have a love/like relationship with this next item. I can’t quite decide how I feel about these cotton candy grapes. I can’t seem to eat a whole bunch of them in one sitting like I can most fruit, but at the same time they taste so good and do a great job at curbing my sweet tooth.

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Blaze Pizza is such a great option for a quick, yummy pie that has a great chewy crust and bubbly cheese. I always forget how much I love this pizza until I have it again and then I am obsessed all over again.

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I love a good french fry, but honestly I don’t always feel so great after eating them so when I discovered carrot fries on Carly’s blog I was super excited. I love roasting them up with some salt, pep, and chili powder. Hubby loves them more than sweet potato fries and that’s a big win in our house!

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We recently got Hulu and I have been binging on everything especially some HGTV. I used to love watching Fixer Upper, but at this point I’ve seen all the episodes and needed another bingeworthy HGTV show and found it with Good Bones. I love this mom and daughter duo!

I’m not big into energy drinks but this Alani Nu Hawaiian shaved ice is so yummy! I could kinda go for one right now…

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I could probably go on for days, but I will cut it off there and see you guys Monday! Have a lovely rest of the week and let me know what shows you’ve been binging in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Snack Fails

Happy Monday my people!

I am usually a pretty optimistic person and tryy to find the brighter side of things and as much as I don’t like starting the week with a “negative” post I thought this would be a fun one.

I don’t want you guys to make the same snacking mistakes I did and recently I’ve had quite a few fails!

The first and saddest are these Annie’s Crispy Snack Bars. They are supposed to be a “healthier” (read:cleaner) version of the beloved Rice Krispie treats, but alas they are not the same and I am not a fan. These seem almost too sweet and definitely don’t have that same vanilla marshmallow flavor as the other guy…if you have ever had a Rice Krispie treat and loved it-don’t bother with these.

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I actually don’t even have these in my house anymore because I took them to work and let everyone else eat them. The Bear Naked Peanut Butter and Honey granola bites…dry as the desert. I could only eat 2 at a time because it took so long to just chew one of these down!

I really enjoyed Vegan Rob’s Cauliflower Puffs so I was certain I would enjoy the Brussels Sprouts Puffs. I wasn’t exactly wrong, but I wasn’t 100% right either. They are enjoyable for a puff, but honestly I’d rather just eat Hippeas than these. I was hoping for a Brussels sprouts flavor and there is zilch. There’s nothing bad about them, but I would not repurchase because there are other puffs that I enjoy eating more…

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This next item is technically breakfast, but it could be a snack?! I enjoyed the Kodiak Cakes Pancakes so much I thought I would enjoy the waffles. One-hundo percento wrong! These are dry and lack flavor and I will definitely be finishing the box, but I will never get these again!

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I don’t want you guys to worry that I will be throwing all this stuff out because I won’t. I’ll take the Annie’s to work and have my work buddies give them a shot and the puffs and the waffles I’ll finish up myself. I always feel really proud of myself when I buy something I don’t like and still get through it-I think that’s a part of #adulting.

I hope you enjoyed this post and please let me know if you’ve tried any of these items and what you thought?! I would love to hear if you loved them or disliked them or even what snacks have failed you…let’s chat in the comments 🙂

Till next time!

Labor Day Weekend

The only thing I love more than a good relaxing weekend is a good relaxing weekend of good eats!

I actually have some eats from the week mixed in because good food is good food no matter when you eat it. Also, I think my brain is tired so forgive me if I say some off the wall things in this post 🙂

On Tuesday I had this simple breakfast of egg frittata from Trader Joes, a waffle and some blackberries. The egg frittata has been compared to the Starbuck’s sous vide egg bites, but this was not my favorite on it’s own. I did put it in a tortilla later in the week with some cheese and enjoyed it MUCH more that way.

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For dinner that night we had some leftover ground beef so hubby whipped up some burgers and we are still on the carrot fries kick!

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Fast forward to Thursday night our Gobble box arrived. Since we both had work and hubs actually had to work late we made a dish from the box on Friday night: Souvlaki marinated salmon…I’ll do a whole post about this later on this week!

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Saturday morning included workouts and grocery shopping! I was starving and decided to pick up a turkey pesto sandwich from Sprout’s. Sometimes a sandwich and some potato chips just hits the spot and it deffo did…noms! I was only able to eat half the sammie and half the chips before I was full.

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We made an early dinner (linner, really) of the baked eggs in channa masala from Gobble before hubby had to head out to a work thing. I ended up hanging out and binging on all the reality TV on Hulu.

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It was a little past 10:30pm when he was heading home and I was feeling the hungers again and Blaze sounded like a great idea so we picked me up a simple pie. I ate the whole things minus 2 slices. The hubs ate one of those….

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I ate the last slice with some tomatoes the next day (banana for dessert)!

Sunday was our first full day off together so we made the most of it and headed to Santa Monica. I really wanted Sidecar Doughnuts and went for their yeast glazed doughnut. They are just so good! You can’t go wrong with this place.

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We were both pretty tired as we walked around so we decided to grab a snack. I’m normally not an energy drink person, but I just felt like the day called for it. I saw this Alani Nu in Hawaiian shaved ice and felt like it sounded so incredible. The hubs found some gummies.

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The energy drink was DELISH! LOVED IT! The gummies were not great, BUT hubby totally enjoyed them. He loved them so much he bought a few more the next day!

We picked up a few baked goods and headed home to make some burgers (we have a serious problem with burgers).

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Burgers-delicious! Sadly dessert did not go as well…we had stopped by Milk Bar and Alcove. The cookie and birthday cake truffles from Milk Bar were good, but for whatever reason the cakes from Alcove were not.

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Alcove has been our go to cake spot and we were a bit bummed, but what is a girl to do?

The next day we did some more grocery shopping for the week and made our last Gobble dinner. It was a honey harissa shrimp dish!

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We finished up any left over dessert and called it a weekend!

How was your LDW? Let me know in the comments what you guys did!