150.8...Escaping, Celebrating and Traveling

On Saturday night in Palm Desert we went to Mikado at the JW Marriott for dinner. My meal started with the usual Japanese salad:

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Followed by steak, fried rice and veggies. 

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Sunday’s breakfast:

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We got packed up and went to lunch at Armando’s Dakota Bar & Grill  before heading back to San Diego. We shared chips and guacamole.

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I ordered the fish tacos which is what I usually get there but they were awful. Dry and boring. Boo!! 

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For dinner we all went over to Joe and Alicia’s. Alicia made spaghetti, meat sauce and salad. Yum!

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Monday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school I went to the gym to meet with my trainer, then took my dog to the vet for a checkup. I picked up my son’s Bar Mitzvah invitations and put them in the mail. It’s really happening now!! ;)

I stopped for lunch at Chipotle and had a steak bowl. 

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I ran some more errands then picked up the kids from school.

That evening I met one of my PTO groups and Brainy Actz for an Escape Room activity. I had never done one of those before and it was fun!! 

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We had dinner afterwards at Karl Strauss. I ordered the Ginger Crusted Salmon (sustainably-farmed Norwegian salmon topped with ginger-panko crust, sautéed spinach and red onion, avocado, steamed broccoli and firecracker sauce on the side):

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It was really delicious!

Tuesday’s breakfast:

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After I dropped the kids off I went to spin class, then a cooking class taught by Phillis Carey. The class was “Wine Country Cooking”. The first recipe was Warm Asparagus and Bacon Toast with Roasted Red Pepper-Shallot Vinaigrette:

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The vinaigrette was outstanding. Loved this.

Next up was a cocktail! Passion Fruit Aperol Prosecco Spritz:

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I was worried it would be too sweet but it wasn’t. Very refreshing!

Next up was Cioppino Seafood Stew with Gremolata Toasts:

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This was really good! Loved dunking the toast in the broth.

The next plate had two different recipes:

Fresh Herb Crusted Filet Mignon with Horseradish Hollandaise

Roasted Carrots, Potatoes, Radishes and Snap Peas with Herbs and White Balsamic Vinegar

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Really enjoyed everything. But the fun part was trying roasted radishes! They were delicious!!! 

Dessert was Darkest Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Glaze:

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So rich and fudgey! Yum!

Last night I met some friends at Piacere Mio to celebrate Cathi’s birthday. We shared a couple of appetizers. 

Brie alla Milanese (deep fried brie cheese on marinara sauce, topped with shaved parmesan cheese and bacon):

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Fried brie!?! So good!

Prosciutto e Burrata (sliced Parma prosciutto and burrata cheese):

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This was good too!

For my entree, I ordered my favorite dish there: Pappardelle Wild Boar (large flat pasta noodles tossed with slowly cooked wild boar ragu):

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Fabulous, as usual! 

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Happy Birthday Cathi!!!

This morning’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to get a spray tan because I’m leaving for Cabo tomorrow (!!) and need a tan BADLY. 

Lunch was sushi I picked up at the grocery store:

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I need to get my laundry done and get all packed up. Vacation here I come!

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  1. We did that same escape room with my work. We made it out with lots of hints. That cooking class food looks sooooo good!


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