Let’s Talk Collagen

I recently decided to do a thing. I decided to start taking collagen…

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I feel like collagen has been everywhere recently kinda like coconut oil had been and after doing some research I thought it would be a good supplement to include in my diet. Let me tell you why!

1.I can almost guarantee I am not getting enough from food sources. I don’t drink bone broth, eat enough meat, or gelatin to help me in any way.

2.Collagen is great for bone strength. Again I don’t drink milk (dairy) and I have a small frame and my momma has osteopenia-this girl doesn’t have time for that low bone density life.

3.I love skin care, but I don’t want to use 30 products to “stop the aging process.” Collagen can help with fine lines and helps keep your skin youthful.

4.Along with skin benefits it is great for nails and hair. I feel like I’ve been shedding like nobody’s business so maybe this will help!

5.I have cellulite-it’s an annoying part of womanhood, but what can you do? Take some collagen apparently πŸ™‚

Now, this is why I started taking collagen, but we will see if it’s effective. I just started taking it, but I can keep you guys posted on if I notice any changes.

The one that I take is the one pictured above and it says you can mix it with water or OJ. I highly suggest you do NOT mix it with water-I tried and it was gross.

The OJ suggestion is because apparently Vitamin C helps with the absorption of collagen.Β The way I have been using it is by mixing it in with my morning coffee. It becomes tasteless and all I can taste is my delicious cup of joe.

Have you guys used collagen? What do you think? Have you seen any improvements?

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Brunch at Ingo’s

My belief is that if you want to catch up with a friend it is best to do it with food and if it can be at brunch time that would be optimal πŸ˜€

Needless to say that this moment came to fruition so off to brunch we went at Ingo’s.

Our friend got a scramble and we shared the eggs benny and shakshuka.

We opted for crab with our eggs benny and it was rich, creamy and delicious.

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Shakshuka is a tomato based egg dish and was bright and flavorful.

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Post brunch we were needing something sweet to balance all those savory flavors so we decided to go to Sidecar.

I love Sidecar and I think they have some of the most delicious donuts ever.

We ended up with a box of 4: original glazed, old fashioned, Mexican hot chocolate, and a churro donut.

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The original glazed was fluffy and soft and melt in your mouth, the old fashioned had a good nutmeg flavor, but my favorite was the churro. The hubs loved the Mexican hot chocolate!

 

When in Hollywood…

Do the Hollywood Hike?!?!? Or maybe it was when in Hollywood eat some Japanese pancakes? No? Just me?!

We woke up bright and early to do the Hollywood Hike which despite lack of motivation at the beginning ended up being quite rewarding. It’s a steady up hill climb, but nothing crazy.

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After having hiked we build up a nice appetite and found a sweet little brunch spot at WKNDR.

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We ordered the chicken sandwich, like we do.

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Then we ordered the Japanese pancakes and my life was changed.

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The chicken sandwich was a good chicken sandwich-crispy chicken, soft bread, etc. But the pancakes were literally like eating cake. It was moist and once drizzled with syrup they were sweet and amazing!

Post brunch dessert ended up being a walk with some fruit cart fruit. It was tangy and salty and sweet-a perfect little ending to a sweet little brunch πŸ™‚

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Have you tried Japanese pancakes? What did you think??

The Tale of Bay Cities

I don’t know how, but we had somehow managed to not visit the Getty Villa in our nearly two years of living in LA.

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We finally made it!

It is so beautiful-the architecture, the art, the garden. It’s seriously worth the visit if you are in LA.

We walked around taking in the art and the sunshine until we were tired and hungry. This is where Bay Cities came to save the day!

Bay Cities is an Italian deli and grocery store. We were here for the sandwiches!

We got the reuben with corned beef and the tri tip.Β The sandwiches were delicious (messy, but delicious) and the baguette holding it all together was dreamy.

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We also had to get chips on the side because #childhood

And these rainbow cookies because it was bae’s childhood

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Since we were so close we stopped by the Grove and had a donut. A sprinkled chocolate glazed donut to be exact.

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How could we not?

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Do you have a favorite local sandwich place?

 

Old Navy Haul

We workout and hike and pretty active for the most part, but I never really think twice about what I throw on to go to the gym. It had been a while since I bought some new workout clothes so during a recent sale I hit up Old Navy.

I like Old Navy workout stuff because it’s comfy, but durable. There are some pieces that are not squat proof, but a LOT are so you have options! I only get leggings that I can squat in with no worries so if you’re the same these are all safe options.

Let’s jump into the haul!

I needed a basic pair of black leggings. I don’t know how I had no black athletic leggings, but I didn’t. These aren’t fun or exciting, just a staple I had been missing.

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I do have quite a few gray leggings, but I liked the mesh detail and the texture on the leg. These also felt a bit thicker so I thought they would be great for the colder months πŸ™‚

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This tank ended up being like 5 bucks. It was cute and pink and light!

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This sports bra was just another basic that I wanted/needed…nothing exciting here!

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These leggings were nice because I liked that it had some fun print on it, but since it was in a neutral color it makes it easier to wear.

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I loved this tank because it was soft and grey and I live in soft and grey. I liked the gold lettering because it added a little splash of bling without blinging you out!

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I was so torn about these leggings because I wasn’t sure how often I would wear them. They are beautiful and fun so I ended up leaving with them!

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Oh, I also got the sports bra to match πŸ˜€

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Where is your go to place for workout clothes? Let me know!

Superheros and Pasta

We decided to turn a random Thursday into a fun little date night!

We decided to catch up with the rest of the world and finally watch Black Panther. This movie gave me all the feels-I was stressed, teary, and I had chills every other scene. It was ridiculous, but I loved it and so did the hubs. We could not stop talking about it!

Another thing we had been talking about wanting to do for a while was eat at Eataly. Eataly is located inside of a mall and is known for having all things Italian. Breads, cheeses, meats, pastas, sweets and to top it off they have quite a few restaurants.

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We wanted to go to La Pizza and La Pasta. The plan was initially pizza (we love our pizza), but after getting there we decided we HAD to try a pasta dish.

We aren’t big pasta people. I love carbs, but I don’t usually crave a pasta dish. My carb of choice is usually bread based :D. BUT seeing the wafting bowls of pasta go by we couldn’t resist!

We did get the margherita pizza and the pasta dish we picked was the tagliatelle that was tomato based and had brisket.

The margherita was amazing-the crust was fluffy and chewy and beautiful.

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The pasta was perfectly sauced and the brisket was fall apart tender. It came together so perfectly-it was our favorite of the two!

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If you haven’t been you gotta go and you have to have the tagliatelle with brisket! It is seriously a dish fit for a superhero πŸ˜‰

Let me know in the comments below if you are a bread person, a pasta person or if I made you choose you could possibly combust from having to decide…

 

Picnic on the Beach

We visited Redondo Beach (my first time) and we decided to do a little picnic so we stopped and picked up some sandwiches on the way there.

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We went to Yo-Way. This place has 5 stars with over 500 reviews…um, yes please! We ended up getting the Blazin’ Cajun (turkey) and Poppin’ Pastrami.

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Here is a close up of Blazin’ Cajun

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Now the Poppin’ Pastrami

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Both were AMAZING, but humongous. We also had some chips and iced-tea πŸ™‚

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On our way back to the car we stopped and couldn’t resist getting a churro! Sweet ending to a sweet day!

A Delicious Weekend

Here is a weekend recap with food (so basically, the best weekend recap)!

Tacos from a taco truck! The chicken was our fave…

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Lobster nachos from Lobsterdamus! Noms!

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Tried an arepa (this one had chicken salad)

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Middle Eastern flavored burrito

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Donuts because how could we not?

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Sponge cake filled with cream from JJ’s. We went for the mango cake mochi thing, but they had none 😦

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Burgers…if we had pizza we may have hit all our major food groups! Darn!

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What did you eat this weekend?

 

 

Ready to Weekend

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You guys! It’s been a heck of a week and I am ready to simmer down and enjoy the weekend.Β I am looking forward to hikes, movies, and you better believe some good ol’ s’mores!

Since it will be Cinco De Mayo there may be tacos involved too! Who knows? I guess we’ll find out Monday πŸ˜‰

What are your weekend plans?

Meatless Wednesday

We hadn’t been to Veggie Grill in a minute, but we stopped in to try the spring menu and went a little gaga over how yummy it was!

After the many fried chicken sandwiches how could we not try their version of the Nashville hot chicken sandwich? Between two sesame buns was the chickin’ patty, Nashville hot sauce, cole slaw, charred scallion ranch, and bread and butter pickles.

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This was not that spicy, but flavorful. I loved the crisp factor! I would give this a 5/5!

We also got the Wunderbrat which is a bratwurst from Beyond Meat. It had good snap and flavor! I would get this over a real hot dog any day! It came with a side of cabbage, spicy mustard, and cheese sauce. We added the cabbage and spicy mustard (plus ketchup), but neither of us were fans of the cheese sauce. Shmurp!

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I would also give this a 5/5 πŸ™‚

Have you tried Veggie Grill’s spring menu?

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