Wednesday, March 29, 2017

136.4...Crazy Week

It definitely has been a busy week so far. We got back Sunday night from Deer Valley. As much as I dislike ski trips and being in the cold weather, it turned out to be a really relaxing trip.

While my husband and kids were skiing Saturday, I had lunch at our hotel, Stein Eriksen Lodge.  I had the Ahi & Avocado Chopped Salad (hardboiled egg, garden vegetables, avocado vinaigrette):

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It was excellent! I really enjoyed it. 

I had worked out earlier that morning so I felt like I earned some late afternoon delights:

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For dinner we went to Squatters. I had the Ground Ahi Burger (orca bay yellowfin tuna ground with fresh herbs and spices, with pico de gallo, cilantro cabbage, avocado and wasabi aioli) and a salad:

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I ordered this the last time I ate there, and enjoyed it equally this time.

We all went to the breakfast buffet Sunday morning. I had the same thing as the day before: toast with Dijon mustard, lox, cucumbers and tomatoes. 

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Along with their yummy maple bacon! They also had chilaquiles with poached eggs!

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Such a great breakfast!

Everyone skied for a bit, then we packed up and headed towards the airport. We stopped at Main Street Pizza & Noodle for lunch. My husband and I shared the Santa Fe Salad (mixed greens, black beans, baby corn, avocado, onions, salsa and tortilla strips):

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As well as the Santa Fe Chicken Pizza (grilled chicken breast marinated in lime and herbs with red onions, mozzarella cheese, fresh cilantro and a side of salsa, sour cream and guacamole):

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I thought the salad was just ok but the pizza was delicious!

We flew back to San Diego and picked up Milton’s for dinner. I had the Milton’s Chopped Salad:

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I wasn’t super hungry so I ate about a quarter of it and saved it for later.

Ah Monday morning. How I despise you. At least I have my usual breakfast to look forward to.

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After I took the kids to school, I went to the gym, then my nail appointment then it was home for lunch. I ate the rest of my salad.

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That evening, we met Asaf & Yamia for dinner at Market. They took us out to celebrate my belated 40th birthday. I love how my birthday celebrations never end!

 My fabulous meal started with Tuna Tartare:

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It was light and delicious. My entree was the Cod with Ramen Noodles:

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Another winner!! The cod was perfectly tender.

For dessert we ordered the Chocolate-Butterscotch Tasting (warm chocolate soufflé cake, butterscotch custard, malted chocolate ice cream, pretzel crunch):

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Heaven. The pretzel crunch on the ice cream was the best part.

I also enjoyed a special birthday treat:

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Let the celebrations never end! ;)

Tuesday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I met my husband and some friends and we hit the road for Palm Desert. I’m excited to announce that we are now the proud owner of a home there! My mom lives there so this is really exciting. We met up with her and checked out the house. 

Lunch was at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Fresh Agave. I had one of their kick-a** margaritas (you only need one!) and their table-side guacamole. 

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I ordered the Camerones Diablos and boy was it spicy!

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Holy cow. I rarely say something is too spicy but that almost was!

After lunch, we headed straight back home for my son’s school baseball game. Right after that, I quickly got dressed and headed to Pamela’s house for Bunco. She had a St. Patrick’s Day theme and everyone had to wear some sort of combination of green, wine and gold. 

We enjoyed some appetizers before dinner. 

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There were two different types of salads, chicken pot pie, Brussels sprouts, Irish soda bread and other goodies. 

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Everything was really good especially the chicken pot pie. I can’t remember the last time I had that.

Dessert was especially yummy:

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It was a rich chocolate tort with caramel filling. Worth the calories for sure!

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Thanks Pamela for a great evening!! 

Today’s breakfast:

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I took the kids to school, then off to the gym. I came home to get some stuff done, then went out to run errands. I stopped for lunch at The Green Spot Salad Company and had my favorite Ginger Ahi Bowl:

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I came home to this special surprise from my friend Stacy:

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Yummy #MG40 cupcakes from Sprinkles! She definitely knows the way to my heart!

Cupcakes or cake? Cupcakes all the way!!! 

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

134.4...From One Extreme to Another

Wednesday’s breakfast was the usual:

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I took the kids to school, then got ready for a women’s event that I was on the committee for. The event had a delicious brunch: omelet bar, bagels, salad, fruit and more. 

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Really good!

I went to my son’s school baseball game then came home. Dinner was simply pasta and salad. Trying to ease myself slowly back into cooking.

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Thursday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to the gym. I ran some errands and stopped at Napizza for lunch. Greek Quinoa Salad:

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Love.

I packed up and we picked up the kids from school and headed to the airport. Our next destination: Deer Valley, Utah! From hot weather in Cabo, to snow in Utah. Talk about extremes!

I ate some peanuts on the plane but by the time we arrived at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, I was hungry. We had a quick dinner before heading to bed. 

French onion soup:

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Yesterday I got ready for the day with my special sweatshirt meant for our annual family ski trips.

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Yeah. Snow and I don’t mix. The kids and my husband took off for the slopes while I enjoyed a leisurely buffet breakfast.

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I caught up on email and eventually went to the gym for a 30 minute treadmill run. Normally I run longer but I didn’t realize how hard it is to run at higher elevations. Now I know why boxers train at high altitudes. It was HARD. 

Afterwards I ate an apple and this bar that they had in the gym:

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I came back to the room to enjoy our view:

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I definitely earned this:

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For dinner, we went to Vinto Pizzeria. We shared the Baked Goat Cheese (mixed with pesto, roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, and parmesan, served with grilled flatbread):

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This was delicious!!! This easily could have been my dinner.

I ordered the Chicken Piccata. 

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It was just ok. The funny thing is is that we were told to go to this restaurant because the pizza was really good but no one ordered pizza. Lol. Will have to go back and try the pizza for sure.

We did try their homemade gelato. My husband and I shared the Highwest Stracciatella:

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It wasn’t your average stracciatella, it hit a bit of whiskey in it! It was delicious! 

This morning it was back to the breakfast buffet. 

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The bacon is cooked with maple syrup and might be the best bacon I’ve ever had!

More of it was necessary with my piece of Rice Krispy French Toast. :)

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I’m definitely off to the gym now! No running for me though! ;)

Do high altitudes affect you? I’ve never had this problem before but it’s getting me good this time!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

MG40 - My 40th Birthday in Cabo

After a year of planning, my 40th birthday party in Cabo finally arrived, and in a flash, it was over. I spent the four days truly absorbing every fabulous moment with my closest friends. It was the best weekend of my life and I brought home memories that will last forever. I have over 1,000 photos to cherish and I will share a few of my favorites with you.

 

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A few of us came in on Wednesday to get everything set up and get settled.

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We had a delicious dinner at Nick San at the Palmilla, followed by dancing at Mandala. 

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Thursday we relaxed by the pool before the rest of the party arrived.

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That afternoon we had a welcome reception by the pool complete with mariachi band and David, my fabulous DJ for the weekend. 

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The party moved to the beach for dinner, karaoke and dancing.

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We also had an amazing fire dancing show!

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Day one was done and it was time to having some more fun on Friday!

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Friday evening, we boarded a bus and headed to Esperanza for dinner in one of the most beautiful restaurants ever!

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Saturday the fun continued all day….

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My favorite picture ever:

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Saturday night was the “White Night” complete with an 80’s cover band.

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We shut the books on #MG40 with a spectacular fire works show while the band played my favorite all-time song: Don’t Stop Believing by Journey.

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Epic. Thank you to all who helped make my birthday party so special. Here’s to next year? ;)

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