Tuesday, May 16, 2017

140.4...Blog Break

As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been posting as much lately. Honestly, we’ve been traveling a ton and life has just been way too busy to keep up with my blog. I’d like to get back to posting on a more regular basis, but for now, I need to take a break. I can’t leave you with just that so I thought I’d share some photos from the cooking class I went to today with Phillis Carey at the La Jolla Community Center. 

The class today was “Spring Italian Dining”. Our appetizer recipe was Shrimp Bruschetta:

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The shrimp mixture was so delicious! It would be perfect on pasta too!

We did enjoy a cocktail….Limoncello Prosecco Sparkler:

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Might be a new favorite! So refreshing. 

Our main plate had three different recipes:

Porchetta-Style Stuffed Pork Tenderloins

Porcini and Button Mushroom Risotto

Haricot Vert in Arugula Salsa Verde

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While they were all fabulous, the risotto stole the show! It’s a winner for sure!

Dessert was Caprese Chocolate Almond Torta:

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So yummy…tasted like a candy bar!! 

So there you have it. I will be back, hopefully soon! Stay tuned!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

139.6...Killer Time Change

On our last night in Kauai, we went back to Kalypso for dinner. This time I ordered the Fresh Fish Burger which I really enjoyed!

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For dessert, we got the kids the Chocolate Lava Cake again which they loved. I managed to only have one bite.

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I was saving myself for Pink’s Creamery across the street. I could always smell waffle cones baking from their store and had to try it!

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I cannot remember the exact name of the flavor I chose but I know I picked it because of al the fudge sauce running through it. It was delicious! Great ice cream!

Wednesday’s breakfast was scrambled eggs with salami and cheese:

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We packed up and headed to the airport. We decided to stop at Duke’s since it was close to the airport. I brought some Cholula from our house with me. No restaurant on the island seemed to have it so I finally figured out to bring it with us.

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We all shared nachos to start. The Cholula was a great addition. 

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It was an even better addition to my Fish Tacos:

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They were really good!! 

Of course we had to have a Hula Pie for dessert!

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A perfect last meal in Hawaii! 

On the plane I had a cheese plate for dinner. It was actually a decent one. We got home at 2:00AM. 

By Thursday morning, the time change had really messed with us. I think I woke up around 10:00AM, my kids around noon. Going that direction is really rough!

Breakfast was my old usual. I really missed it.

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I went to the gym, ran errands and stopped at Green Spot Salad Company for lunch. Sesame Ginger Ahi Bowl:

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And, yes, I brought my own Sriracha. 

For dinner I made One-Pot Cheesy Italian Pasta and Chicken:

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As well as a Caesar salad:

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Friday’s breakfast:

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I went to the gym, came home to get laundry started. Lunch was tuna salad, pickles and crackers:

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We went to my son’s basketball game, then off to the Padres baseball game. I stopped at Wonderland Ocean Pub for some tuna poke:

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It was good but small. I ended up snacking off of other’s plates. 

Saturday’s breakfast was toast with peanut butter. 

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I hit the gym and came home to get stuff done around the house. Lunch was a tuna melt and pickles: 

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To celebrate my son’s birthday, we took him, a friend and my daughter go cart racing. They had a blast! For dinner we went to Buca di Beppo. We shared a Caesar Salad:

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And our favorite dish there:

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Spicy Chicken Rigatoni! 

Sunday’s breakfast:

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I went to Orange Theory and came home for lunch. Tuna salad on a green salad:

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For dinner, we took some friends to Burger Night at our club. 

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My standard lettuce-wrapped turkey burger with onions, tomatoes, jalapeƱos, chipotle aioli and sweet potato fries. Seriously one of my favorite meals. I love ending the weekend with Burger Night!

Monday. It was rough waking up early. Really rough. I still don’t feel like I’m back on California time. 

Breakfast:

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I took the kids to school, then hit the gym. 

I went to an appointment, then met some friends for lunch at Sushi on the Rock. I shared the usual with Alicia:

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Sunkist and Nighthawk Rolls:

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I went to my son’s school baseball game then home finally for dinner. I reheated leftover One-Pot Cheesy Italian Pasta and Chicken and made a Caesar salad:

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That was about all I had in me today. Two weeks off from my normal routine makes a regular Monday hard!

How do you deal with adjusting to time changes when traveling? 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Going Out With A Bang

Saturday night in Kauai we went to Postcards Cafe for dinner. It was a fail. As soon as we arrived we were told that the service would be slow because it seemed they were under-staffed. That’s fine. But the food was terrible. I don’t mind waiting if the food is good but waiting for over-priced mediocre food is not my jam.

I ordered the Wasabi Crusted Ahi (Hawaiian tuna with mirin sake beurre blanc, rice and veggies):

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There was too much gorpy sauce under the breading on the tuna and the sauce was weird. Thank goodness for the veggies. They were edible. No one liked their food in my family. My poor husband, who doesn’t eat seafood, was stuck with a vegetarian entree that he hated. There was no chicken or steak on the menu. Fail.

Sunday’s breakfast was scrambled eggs and toast:

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We are super lazy over here in Kauai. We chill at our house, hang out on our patio, read, play games and tons of ping-pong. We have a family tournament about every hour. 

Sunday was also my son’s 12th birthday. He went golfing with my husband in the morning then we went to lunch at Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine. It’s located in this open shopping area and is an order-at-the-window kind of place with picnic benches all around. I ordered the Fish Burrito. 

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I had to tear it open to see which one was the fish burrito and which one was the carne asada burrito for my husband. Again, no fish. I thought the burrito was really good. They had a self-serve salsa bar with some pretty good salsas, including one super hot one which I liked. A winning meal in Kauai!

For dinner my son wanted to go back to Gourmet Mediterranean. He really liked their burger and it was his birthday so away we went. Since I didn’t like my food last time, I definitely wanted to try something different. My husband and I shared the Caesar Salad:

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Way too much dressing. It would have been good otherwise. We also shared the Linguine Bolognese (beef and lamb bolognese sauce over linguine noodles, finished with parmesan cheese and served with crostinis):

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This was pretty good. I’d order that again. 

Yesterday I decided to get a bit of a workout in. I did a 35 minute tabata workout in our back yard over looking the ocean. It pretty hard! There’s no gym around where we are staying and the roads are super narrow, complete with one-lane bridges so running outside isn’t an option. I’m looking forward to getting back to the gym!

Yesterday’s breakfast was scrambled eggs with salami and cheese:

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We decided to go a bit further out for lunch at ate at The St. Regis Princeville Resort at ate at the Nalu Kai Grill & Bar. I ordered the Traditional Poke Bowl (ahi tuna served with brown rice, spicy sauce, shoyu and topped with nori furikake):

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With some Sriracha on the side, it was pretty tasty!! 

For dinner we went to Kalypso. We all shared the Macho Nachos but with everything on the side so my kids could eat it too. 

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I kind of liked building each nacho bite myself. 

My entree was the Ahi with Stuffed Shrimp:

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Not the best but not the worst. I’d probably order something else next time.

We shared two desserts. Lava Cake:

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Mud Pie:

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Both were delicious and finished in about two minutes.

Today’s breakfast: 

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Today is our last full day here as we leave tomorrow. We decided to go out with a bang. We took a Zipline adventure tour complete with off roading with Princeville Ranch Adventures

The off-roading vehicles were a blast!

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We rode for about 5 miles to our zipline. 

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My kids and I had never gone zip-lining so we were nervous but excited! 

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So much fun!!!!

We hiked down to our lunch spot were we made our own sandwiches. My phone was buried in my backpack so no picture.

Then it was time to off-road back!

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My son declared it the most fun thing he’s ever done. :) 

See ya back in San Diego!

Have you ever been zip-lining?

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