Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Chargers Celebration

What a weekend!!! Insane amounts of fun AND we walked away with an incredible victory after one of the best Charger's games I've ever seen! 

We arrived Friday morning and our group was bused to Levi's Stadium for a private tour. 

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Such an incredible, well-thought out stadium. High-tech, sustainable, no detail was missed.

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Even their cheerleaders get their own fancy space:

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After our tour, we went to Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak & Pub for our group lunch. Their was a delicious buffet of different sandwiches and salads.

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After lunch, we quickly walked through the 49ers museum. 

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The Superbowl trophies were definitely my favorite. 

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We boarded the bus and headed into San Francisco to check into our hotel, The Clift Hotel. My husband and I had the luxury of taking a nap before getting ready for dinner with some friends at George's. 

My meal started with the Crudo of Albacore Tuna.

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Followed by Mint Spaghetti alla Chitarra (Abacore Tuna Meatballs, Sofritto Tomato Sauce, Pecorino Romano):

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The pasta was pretty darn good.

My husband and I shared the Apple Pie Sundae for dessert:

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Eh. I wasn't a fan. The ice cream was strange and the apples were in these tiny little pieces….just tasted strange to me. 

We slept in on Saturday morning then headed down the street to Taylor's Street Coffee Shop. The place was tiny and the long was long so I knew it had to be good. I was not disappointed. 

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Norweigian Benedict with Hash Browns. Un-real. You know what was even better? Their "Millionaire's Bacon":

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The bacon was cooked with brown sugar, syrup and cayenne pepper. It melts in your mouth. For real.

After breakfast we boarded our bus to Levi Stadium for the Chargers vs. 49ers game. 

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We went straight to the Red Zone Rally and enjoyed a fun tailgate complete with all sorts of tailgate type food. For me, the winner was the hot wings. Not as good as the ones I make, but they did the job.

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Dessert was cookies and brownies. 

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Our group was able to go onto the field for the warm ups. 

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Then it was game time!!! 

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It started off rough. We were down 21-0. But in the end, we beat the 49ers 88-35 in overtime! It might possibly be the best Chargers (or any other team for that matter) game I've ever seen! The Chargers crowd was going nuts! 

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We just kept looking at each other like, "did that just happen!?!"

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Unreal. Seriously.

We boarded the bus and headed back to San Francisco. We were hungry so we grabbed some pizza slices before heading to bed. 

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This morning I had a Cascadian Farm protein bar before we headed off to the airport for home. 

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We had plenty of time at the airport so we were able to sit down to breakfast. 

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Nothing like a good bloody mary to get your Sunday started. 

I ordered an egg, chorizo and cheese panini. I gave the chips to my husband. Somehow they didn't seem appropriate for breakfast. 

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 After a quick flight, we are finally home! What a great weekend! Way to go Chargers!

Did your team(s) come out victorious this weekend?

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Friday, December 19, 2014

145.2…Birthday Celebrations

An amazing event happened this week.  

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My birthday! If you know me, you know I love my birthday. I mean love. I try to make it a birthday celebration all December and frankly, I think I do a very nice job. 

Monday night, my husband took me out to celebrate (my actual birthday was on Tuesday) at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. My birthday meal started with a Wedge Salad:

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That was followed by the Spicy Lobster:

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Then the star of the show: the Filet Mignon:

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Shrimp:

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Creamed Spinach:

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Asparagus:

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And let's not forget about dessert, shall we?

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Amazing. One of my favorite all-time meals.

My birthday breakfast on Tuesday morning was a fried egg sandwich.

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I took the kids to school, went to a performance for my daughter's class, then met my husband and I friend for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. I had the soup, salad, sandwich combo. Tortilla soup, mixed green salad and chicken salad sandwich.

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We did a little shopping then I picked the kids up from school.

Not only was Tuesday my birthday, but it was also the first night of Hanukkah. We went to a friend's house to celebrate. There was an amazing spread of food and fabulous decorations. I ended up bringing one of my favorite salads, Tomato Feta Salad

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A bit of everything: 

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Donuts for dessert:

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Yes, please. 

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A pretty awesome birthday, if you ask me!! 

Breakfast Wednesday morning was a tiny bit of  Honey Nut Cheerios and almond milk.

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After I dropped the kiddos off, I met my friends at Morada Restaurant at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for my birthday breakfast. Let the celebrations continue!

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I ordered the Crab Eggs Benedict with Blood Orange Hollandaise: 

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If I could have licked my plate I would have. 

Check out my birthday card:

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Do my friends know me, or what!?!

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What a great way to start your day! :)

The rest of the day was spent doing errands and laundry. After I picked the kids up from school, I made dinner. I found Hanukkah shaped pasta so we had that for dinner.

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I had leftover Tomato Feta Salad so we had that as well.

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Breakfast yesterday morning was scrambled egg beaters, salsa and Jack cheese.

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I took my daughter to school (son stayed home sick). My son loves Taco Bell so I picked that up for lunch for him. I couldn't let him eat alone so I had to have some too. :) Soft taco supremes and a bean burrito:

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Last night I went to meet some friends at Cathi's before we headed out to my birthday dinner. Yep. I told you I keep the celebrations going strong.

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We headed over to Davanti for dinner. 

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We shared several insanely fabulous appetizers. Ricotta & Honeycomb:

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Roasted Campari Tomato, Burrata, Basil Pesto & Tuscan Toast:

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Pecorino Romano, Olive Oil & Lemon:

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White Anchovies, Celery, Pecorino Romano & Leccini Olives:

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Cacio E Pepe (spaghetti, pecorino, black pepper):

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For my entree I ordered the Bistecca con Cipolline e Funghi (grilled and sliced flat iron steak, potato, oyster mushroom, roasted cipollini, salsa verde):

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My birthday dessert was a wonderful Torta al Limone (whipped mascarpone, St. Germain, lady fingers, lemon curd & blueberries):

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 We also ordered the Torta al Carmello (brown butter blondie, maple gelato, carmel sauce, Marcona almonds):

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This might be one of the best desserts I've ever had. I love Davanti. Another awesome birthday event!

 Do you enjoy celebrating your birthday?

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