Homecation

During this trip I meant to take all of the pictures, but I ended up taking very few. To be completely honest it was just so nice to be around family and be in the moment that I completely forgot about taking any.

Needless to say it was so lovely hanging out with family and sadly it all went by so quickly.

Here are a few that the hubs and I did manage to snap:

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Eileen’s: Sugar cookie with a nice layer of blue frosting

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More treats

After working out one day we were so hungry we stopped by Qdoba and tried some of their tacos. They were really good!

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Krispy Kreme

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Home cooking…noms!

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Cupcakes for all the celebrations we missed

B and I shared the tacos and the burger in the next picture. This was a lunch outing with the fam!

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Hummus and pita

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Chicken shwerma platter

We ate, we laughed, and we created some new memories! It was definitely a trip to remember!

Oh the food we will eat…Mesa Verde

On the way back from San Fran we decided to stop in Santa Barbara for a quick bite. We had heard a lot of good things about Mesa Verde and were ready to try it out! I can happily say we left with only good things to say 🙂

We split the street taco, which housed black bean, jackfruit ‘chorizo’, blueberry salsa, caramelized onions, tomato, sumac, and a jalapeno onion slaw.

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The owner also brought out baklava with vanilla ice-cream which was just the perfect ending to our delicious meal.

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I’m pretty positive everything here is vegan so if you are looking for a yummy vegan option this is something to add to your list.

If you’ve been here let me know what you think or if you have other favorite vegan restaurants let me know about those too!

San Francisco

On sudden whim we decided to take a mini trip to San Francisco. The hubs had some time off and it seemed like the perfect time to explore more of California.

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Off we went on our little road trip! We stayed in a little Air BNB in Oakland and took the bridge to explore San Fran.

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Our first meal: Philly Cheesesteak

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Green tea, red bean, and blueberry mocha (blueberry was my fave)

We also had tacos from Nick’s Crispy Tacos. We had a chicken, a steak, and the one on the right is a fish taco done Nick’s way. Basically this means guac, cheese, and I think there was a crispy shell inside of a soft shell. Whatever was in there, it was definitely the best out of the three!

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Baked Bear: Salted Caramel ice-cream on top of a warm brownie (cookies were okay)

This pizza was our second dinner…yes, we did have second dinner and we are proud of it!

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Slice of cheese from Golden Boy Pizza

We did a TON of walking here and if you don’t know there are a lot of hills so a majority of the time we were going up and down. It was a really good way to get in some exercise and actually see everything around you. Besides, I’m pretty sure the walking negates all the delicious eats 😉

Hope you enjoyed this post! Until next time!!

Current Favorite Discoveries

Okay I know I kind of mentioned these two places in passing on Monday, but I had to go into more detail. I felt like not doing so would be a major fail on my part as a dessert lover.

Let’s start with Bo Nuage. We initially went here in search of treats to take back home, but discovered possibly one of our favorite treats-cloud cakes. They were these incredibly light meringues covered in cream covered in chocolate ribbons.

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We bought three of the mini: peanut butter, nutella, and passion fruit. The peanut butter and passion fruit actually ended up being my favorites.

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They have a ton of other flavors and also carry other treats like macarons and beautifully colored meringues.

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The next place is no joke. With over a thousand Yelp reviews and 4.5 stars this place takes cookies seriously! Milk Jar cookies are some of the best I have ever had. Looking at the puffy cookies I was worried about texture. I am a true chewy cookie lover and these were absolute perfection. Chewy and filled with chocolate in every bite.

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We shared a chocolate chip and a white chocolate macadamia. I am looking forward to trying the snickerdoodle on our next trip!

Oh the food we will eat…Blu Jam Cafe

I feel like I’ve been talking about brunch a lot on this blog, but can you blame me?? I mean it’s like the best meal…seriously, THE best (besides dessert)!

On my quest for the best brunch spot we found Blu Jam Café. I was most excited about the crunchy French toast I had heard so much about, but felt torn once I saw the menu.

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Luckily our sweet waitress offered us complimentary French toast since it was our first visit so I ended up getting the Spicy Vegan Tex-Mex Tofu Hash.

The combination of sautéed tofu, black beans, onion, chipotle, cilantro, grilled potatoes, tomatoes, salsa fresca, and avocado was unbeatable. It was spicy and savory. The potatoes had a nice crunch, but still had a fluffiness on the inside.

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It came with tortillas so you could make your own breakfast tacos! Breakfast tacos people!!

The French toast was the Maui French Toast and it was pretty delicious too! It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The caramelized bananas that were on it were so buttery and well, perfectly caramelized.

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Normally, I would say I can’t wait to go back and try more, but honestly I just want to go back and have the SAME thing. That hash was just that good!

If you ever get the chance please go and let me know what you get, you know, just in case I never get to trying the rest of the menu…

Pre-Homecation Eats and Treats

We had a fun little time trying out some new places (and working on cleaning out our fridge) before our trip. Here is a recap via pictures!

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Mushroom burger from Eureka

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Salad that had pop rocks…whaaat?!?

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Breakfast burrito…per usual

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“Cloud cakes” from Bo Nuage…these were ridiculously amazing

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Checking out candy from a Swedish candy shop

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Reuben from the farmer’s market at the Grove

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Chocolate chip cookie from Milk Jar (we also got a white chocolate mac)

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Our 2nd attempt at homemade pizza!

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Homemade cheeseburgers with beet salad

I really tried to narrow it down to a few pictures to prevent this from being a huge post, but I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

Brunch With A Friend

One of my most favorite things is coming together with people you love and when that includes food…well, I’m as happy as a clam! One particular Sunday all the stars aligned and we were able to make it to brunch with a friend from college.

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Omelette with turkey sausage, spinach and mushrooms. Mozz on the side and hash browns in the back

The food was good, but the company was better! It’s always lovely to catch up and reminisce and laugh. Laughter is very important to me. In fact, I would say it’s even more important than food (GASP!). You lovelies know how much I like my food so that’s saying a lot.

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Onion bagel with cream cheese

This meal filled all my happy buckets to the brim. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a morning 🙂

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Waffle with PB, nutella, bananas, and whipped cream. Syrup on the side

What fills your happiness bucket?

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the very sweet, Ciarra Lorren. You all know I am a big foodie, but I don’t know if you know I am also very girly. I love reading and seeing all the fashion posts that this girl puts up! You could say it feeds the girl in me haha…no? just me?!

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Okay on we go with the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Nominate other bloggers
  3. Link the nominees and inform them of their nomination
  4. Share 7 facts about yourself.

And my nominees are…drumroll please…

  • All Day I Eat
  • Life Experiment Blog
  • Ministry of Curry
  • The Bellezza Corner
  • Four Hungry Fizzles
  • Diana’s Healthy Living
  • Cooking Without Limits
  • How To Get Things Done in 10 Ways

My 7 Things:

  1. I have a hard time picking one of anything. I am absolutely, positively no good at picking favorite colors or answering questions like “If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life…” These are considered serious panic inducing moments for me. I will probably respond with 10 different answers and hope you don’t notice.
  2. I am not tech savvy and my fix to all problems is to turn off and turn back on. If that doesn’t work than I am usually at a loss as to what to do and will quickly text my husband or ask google.
  3. I love rainy days. The grayer and the rainier the better! It makes me want tea and grilled cheese and sweaters…but I guess I kind of always want those things so…
  4. I am terrible with directions. I could probably get lost coming home…thank God for GPS!
  5. If I could only take one thing to a deserted island I would take my husband. He is one of those people who could build a boat out of tree bark or something so we could get back. Also, I love the guy
  6. I eat cereal more often at bedtime than at breakfast time…anybody else do this?
  7. My thought process can start off in one place and end in a totally different place. If I try to back track to figure out what I was trying to say in the first place I will find out I have forgotten completely.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Happy Wednesday!!

 

Blogger Recognition Award

Patrick, over at All Day I Eat, kindly nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I love reading about his adventures and recipes…all of which leave me drooling at my laptop screen. Thanks Patrick for nominating me!

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Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their profile.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

My blog came about in September of 2016. I had wanted to start a blog for a long time and just kept making excuses until I had none. I realized there was never going to be a perfect time so I put on my big girl pants and started typing!

I am a new blogger so I’m not sure how much good advice I have. My only advice is to make sure you love what you are doing. If you don’t enjoy it then it becomes another chore and, trust me friends, nobody wants that!

My nominees are:

  • Fox on an Island
  • The Static Food Bin
  • The Healthiest Me
  • Become Betty
  • CiarraLorren
  • BeaFree
  • Me, Myself, and Everything Else
  • Brookes Bakes Blog

I just want to say thank you to everyone who takes some time out of their day to read my blog. I really appreciate it! Love you guys!!

Homecation

B and I are super excited and feeling extra blessed because we have been able to get some time off together to go home and visit our families!! I cannot express our enthusiasm through any amount of words, but we are bursting at the seams!

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The last time we were at the airport (Canada Trip)

There were issues lining up our vacation times and there was a moment where I didn’t think this trip would happen. Welp, I am happy to say I was very wrong 🙂

I want to take the time to savor every moment I can with our families and so that means a little break from the blog. Seriously, it’s miniscule…you won’t even miss me! No blog on Friday, but come Monday we are up and running again!

I can’t wait to come back and share our adventures and eats with you guys! Love and hugs!