Meals and snacks

Happy Thursday my friends!

I mentioned a few posts ago that I’ve been in a more snacky mood recently which has been fun, but I’ve also had to reign it in to make sure I get my colors and protein.

To be completely honest I probably do a pretty okay job at getting in my protein, but I do what I can and don’t stress too much about it. I’m great at eating veggies and fruit so the colors part is a little easier for me ๐Ÿ™‚

This was a yummy breakfast one day when I wanted something simple. I did eat half a plate of spinach before this while deciding on what to make for breakfast! Eggs, sourdough toast, and tomatoes noms!

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Boom Chicka Pop has my heart with this sweet and salty kettle corn. I LOVE this stuff and have gone through more bags then I can count. If you haven’t tried it, you absolutely need to! It is crack!

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We had lunch out one day and I got Panera’s pick two while the hubby got a bowl from Cava. I picked the chicken frontega and cobb salad and both were yummy. I definitely did not finish everything and had leftover salad later that day as a snack ๐Ÿ™‚

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Okay, so I constantly hear about these Mary’s crackers and I always go back and forth about trying them because to be completely honest I don’t know how I feel about paying $5 for a box of crackers! Recently, though I have been huge into cheese and crackers (going back to the snacking) and have been loving trying new ones out. These were on sale for $3 so I figured I would give them a shot and boy am I glad I did! They are nutty and crunchy and so good!

I’ve been eating them with guac, cheddar, brie, hummus, and just straight outta the box. They are so yummy!

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Speaking of brie (and cheese and crackers), I’ve been loving these little individual brie bites from TJ’s. I like that they are portioned out and easy to eat. They are super creamy and delicious!

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This meal is a perfect example of my recent snacky meals. I could eat this and then have grapes for dessert and be perfectly content. I want to say I would be content forever, but we all know that, that would be a BIG lie and I will be onto something else right after this post comes out ๐Ÿ˜…

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This next item could be a snack or a dessert or your snacky dessert? I don’t know, but it is pretty darn good! These are a Costco find-Greek yogurt bars coated in dark chocolate. The chocolate is actually really creamy and not bitter like in most dark chocolate. The yogurt part inside is like the texture of soft ice-cream, but thicker. It is a little tart, but enjoyable. They go in your fridge so the texture stays consistent!

Both hubs and I have both been enjoying these. They are pretty small, but I am good with half of one usually. Right now, I prefer the vanilla over the strawberry, but that will probably change soon!

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This post has been long enough I think so I will cut it off there! I will see you lovelies Monday with another post, but meanwhile let me know what your favorite snacks are and if you’re eating has changed in the New ย Year. Till next time!

 

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!!

Snacks I’ve been loving

The snacks I love change a lot, not because I stop loving something but because I find something else or my cravings change.

During the summer I love fresh fruits and cold, crisp veggies while fall and winter I prefer warmer more comforting things like hot cocoa or a small bowl of soup.

Recently my snacks have been leaning more towards the sweet side since my cravings have been more on the sweet side.

I’ve been eating fruits like grapes, berries, and these yummy figs. I love the crunch of the seeds that are inside and the beautiful mild sweet flavor.

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Dark chocolate almonds help satiate my sweet tooth and keep me full a little longer with a little protein punch.

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This last item is more of a dessert snack (whatever that means). I found these wafer cookies at Eataly and they were on sale. I got a vanilla and hazelnut flavor-LOVE both. They are light not overly sweet.

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Are you a snacker? What’s your favorite thing to munch on?

Random Foods I’m Loving

I’ve been loving a lot lately and I know from this blog you know how much I love food so here are some foods I’ve been really enjoying!

These snap pea crisps are light, crunchy and delicious. I like that they have a little bit of protein in them and they really satisfy my crunch tooth ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Speaking of crunchy things these plantain chips are not filled with protein, but they are savory and delicious. These have been my favorite flavor recently!

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This jackfruit curry from Trader Joe’s has been hitting the spot when I need a meal I don’t need to think about. It is spicy and flavorful!

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I just can’t seem to get enough of s’mores this summer and so I keep eating them and eating them…

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Last, but not least the roasted potatoes from TJ’s has been my go to for breakfasts. I’ve been making breakfast burritos every morning and these are the perfect addition to them!

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Obviously this isn’t all the food I’ve been eating or enjoying, but these are some of my more recent favorite finds (minus the s’mores) so I wanted to share! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what foods you’ve been enjoying this summer!

 

Astro’s Doughnuts

You guys know I’ve been on a little bit of a doughnut kick recently and so I felt like I needed to post about Astro’s. Also, it’s July 4th and what’s more American than some fried deliciousness??

Astro’s serves doughnuts AND fried chicken…um what? Where have you been my whole life??

We came here one morning and skipped the fried chicken this time and stuck with the doughnuts. We ended up with this delicious box of (from top left to right) strawberry rhubarb, cherry pie, PBJ and the bottom row (left to right) is creme brรปlรฉe, vanilla glazed, and birthday cake.

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The strawberry rhubarb and vanilla glaze were both really chewy, soft doughnuts. The vanilla glaze was sweet, mild, and mellow while the strawberry rhubarb had a zing from the strawberry glaze.

The cherry pie had some crunch from the sugar sprinkles on the outside and the filling was tangy and slightly sweet. Just like cherry pie!

The PBJ tasted exactly like a PBJ, but it was probably my least favorite because the jelly filling had made it a little soggy blargh!

The birthday cake was our only cake doughnut and it was a chocolate base. This tasted like a really yummy, rich chocolate cake. It was soft and the cake was slightly sweet, but the glaze is what really sugared it up! The bit of frosting piped in the middle was a perfect texture contrast since it was light and fluffy while the doughnut was pretty dense.

Do you have Astro’s in your state? What’s your favorite doughnut from them??

Weekend

I LOVE weekends especially when the hubs and I are off together! We always get into some shenanigans and eat some fun things!

Here’s a weekend recap:

We started Saturday with a workout and brunch! Brunch included breakfast burritos (veggie and hot link-hot link was the fave)

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and shared a donut all from Cofax

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We ended up walking around the area for a while and checked out some fun shops and ran into this cool huge tree–this pic isn’t doing justice to how big it really was.

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After all that walking I was craving some ice-cream and this place really hit the spot!

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Since brunch was so late we didn’t have too much of an appetite by the time it was dinner so we had a meal of bread, butter, brie, and olives. I was floored my husband was down to have this as a meal…but I think he enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

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We ended up catching a comedy show at the Comedy Store! The hubs is a fan of Chris D’elia and that’s the main reason we picked this specific show.

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We ended up staying up pretty late and so we got kind of a late start Sunday morning. We woke up and went to workout.

Post workout we grabbed McDonald’s. I can’t tell you how long it’s been since we’ve had Mickey D’s, but I will say the fries are still bomb!

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Post Mickey D’s we went for a nice hike. It was such a gorgeous day and we wanted to be as active as possible!

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Look at us looking our best! HA!

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That’s my “I’m on top of the world” pose

The hike was also to prepare us for these donuts from DK Donuts…

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We picked up some groceries and drove home to chill and relax before the work week! I cannot remember to save my life what we ended up eating that night, but I’m gonna say it was something low-key.

What did you guys do this weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

Maui Day 2

Day 2 in Maui we decided to kick things off with coffee and a workout! Maui Coffee Roasters was honestly one of my most favorite cups of coffee while we were there. It was smooth and potent!

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Voted the best coffee on Maui? I think so!

I also loved that almond milk was available at every shop no matter how small. They had it out with their sugars and creamers so you could help yourself!

We worked out at the Y in Kahalui if you were curious. We called to see how much the cost would be and they were so nice that they said they would give us a free 3 day trial. It was a great place to go and get in a quick workout.

Trust me, we needed some serious physical activity considering how much food we were eating/planning on eating!

After our workout we were starving (by we I mean “I was starving”) so we decided on Tin Roof. Tin Roof is this tiny restaurant that serves up Hawaiian comfort food. They are quick and efficient which is great because this place was poppin’ and as I mentioned before it’s small so it gets crowded quick!

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We got the Mochiko Chicken and Chop Steak both topped with a 1 minute egg.

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The Mochiko Chicken was the sweeter of the two and the hubs loved it!

The Chop Steak was savory and delicious and my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

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We had some fails after this because there was a farmer’s market we wanted to go to, but you had to pay .50 cents to get in and we had no change and no cash. It was going to close soon so we decided to keep on keepin’ on.

Next we wanted to check out Donut Dynamite, but they had sold out and closed as well. We were super disappointed (but no worries because we did make it there)!

We instead went to Kumu Farms and got pineapple, passionfruit, and a young coconut to drink.

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Next to Kumu Farms was another store and we ended up getting coconut candy, salt water taffy, and this delicious bar. I don’t remember what it was called, but it had macadamia nuts, chocolate, and other goodness!

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Home Maid Bakery was our next stop for some malasadas. We got one plain and one filled! Both were covered in sugar causing quite the delicious mess.

We were both tired and in need of naps and showers so we drove home and got cleaned up for a romantic night at Mama’s Fish House!

I’m actually going to wrap this post up here and make Mama’s Fish House a post all on it’s own because it hands down deserves it.

I’ll see you guys at Mama’s on Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜‰ till then hugs and love!

Oh the food we will eat…Cheesetella

Cheesecake is delicious. Cheesetella Cheesecake? Unbelievable.

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Before getting started I’m linking a YouTube video about Cheesetella and the types of cake they make.

Cheesetella is a cute little shop located in the food court of the Korea Town Plaza. They have the nicest people who take time to explain their cakes and answer any questions you may have.

We went specifically for the cheesecake and ended up leaving with more than just the cheesecake…what’s new?

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Opening the box was the biggest surprise because we were expecting slices of cake, but ended up basically getting two whole cakes. It was one of the best surprises!

Now on to the cakes!

This cheesecake is slightly sweet with a light and fluffy texture. It is the most wonderful experience.

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Their Creamtella is two fluffy sponge cakes layered ย with luscious cream. It is the best kind of sandwich situation!

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Whether you like cheesecake or not, whether you have a sweet tooth or not you should try out Cheesetella! Their cakes make a nice sweet treat or perfect ending to any meal ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know if you have tried out Cheesetella in the comments below!

Vegetarian FDOE

I may have said this before but I love reading/watching full day of eating blogs/vlogs. They are just fun and it always gives me ideas for meals!

I had no idea that this was going to be a vegetarian post to be completely honest, but this is a pretty typical day of eating for me when I am at home.

For breakfast I made some yummy tacos with roasted potatoes, eggs, and salsa. Side spinach always!

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Lunch was this nommy grilled cheese on sourdough. I actually ended up eating spinach straight outta the bag while this was cooking because I was so hungry so don’t be alarmed by the lack of green ๐Ÿ™‚

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When it’s winter you will find us snacking on cuties because they are in fact cute and also delicious!

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Dinner was most delicious with this mashup of Gardein multigrain ‘chicken’ strips, Brazilian cheese bread, baby carrots, and of course spinach! I had some guac on the side for dipping…

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Dessert was this flan that the hubs surprised me with! It was from a local Mexican grocery store and man was it good.

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I love reading FDOE, but what do you guys enjoy reading? Let me know!

 

November Eats Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of November Eats. If you haven’t checked out Part 1 yet feel free to check it out before reading this post!

Now on to the food:

Leo and Lily’s has been a favorite brunch spot for as long as I can remember and this sandwich was just everything! So. Good.

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Bibi Sara and MOD Pizza came together to create this meal. We got a chicken and beef kabob from Bibi Sara and a make your own pizza from MOD.

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The Stand had one of the best grilled chicken sandwiches and the fries were pretty bomb too ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re super excited to go back and check out more including some sweet potato fries we spotted.

PSY Street Kitchen has friendly service and tasty food. This delicious spread included a burger and another chicken sandwich.

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Dough Girl was a new discovery so we went halfsies-one side cheese and one side mobster which featured lobster bisque sauce with tiger shrimp.

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Mendocino Farms is a great lunch spot and an even better afternoon date spot ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Porto’s guava pastry and tres leches cake is something special. The guava and cheese pastry has that wonderful bright guava flavor. The tres leches is moist (sorry!) and sweet but not too sweet!

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November was the month for sandwiches, burgers, and pizza for us, but really what month isn’t? We’ve definitely covered a lot of ground food-wise in the last month and we’re pretty proud ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you guys have enjoyed our November Eats! Let me know what new places you have tried or want to try in the comments below. Till next time friends!