149.4...Bar Mitzvah In The Books

After about a year of planning, my son’s Bar Mitzvah was over in a flash. The party went off without a hitch but most importantly, I was so proud of my son. He nailed it. All his hard work paid off and he, although super nervous, breezed through the services without a stumble. I’ll rewind to last week and share what few photos I have so far. I can’t wait to get the professional photographs back so I can share them here.

Obviously I’m super behind in posting so I’m going to split up the posts so they are not a mile long!

Last Tuesday the 17th was book club at Perla’s house. We discussed the book, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee which I loved. I enjoyed all the yummy snacks that Perla had out. 

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On Wednesday the 18th we were up super early for a ceremony at the temple that was part of the bar mitzvah preparations. Afterwards, we went out to breakfast at Snooze with my mother in law and her husband who were in town. 

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I had an egg white omelet with cheddar cheese, onions and jalapeños with sliced tomatoes and flour tortillas. 

I got my hair done then had sushi at a little place around the corner. Totally blanking on the name although the sushi was good!

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That afternoon was a bit crazy. My son had a baseball game which ran super late. I had to race home to get his basketball jersey for his other game that night. We only had time for a quick dinner at Taco Bell. 

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Taco Supreme and a Bean Burrito. Definitely not complaining. I love me some Taco Bell.  

Thursday the 19th's breakfast:

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I dropped the kids at school, got my nails done, then to another appointment. I grabbed a cheese plate from Starbucks because I didn’t have time for much else for lunch.

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I came home to meet Alicia. She was helping me get all the Bar Mitzvah party favors for the kids in our cars to take to Coasterra.

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We got it all to fit. 

For dinner we reheated some Bucca di Beppo leftovers. 

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Spicy Chicken Rigatoni and Mozzarella Sticks. 

Friday the 20th's breakfast:

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We got all dressed up and headed to the temple for family photographs and the Bar Mitzvah rehearsal. 

We got Ototo Sushi for lunch. 

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My mom came into town and we hung out at the house until it was time to head to Davanti Enoteca for our Friday Night Dinner with the entire family. Everything was served family style and was delicious!

Focaccia di Recco (Ligurian flatbread, soft cow’s cheese, honeycomb):

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This is my absolute favorite thing on the menu.

Bruschette:

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D.O.C Pizza (tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil):

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We also had a couple other dishes that missed my camera.

Dessert:

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After dinner, we went to services at the temple, then came home and called it a night.

Saturday the 21st’s breakfast:

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We got all dressed up and headed off to the temple for my son’s Bar Mitzvah services. It was such a beautiful service and my son knocked it out of the park. All his hard work paid off and he sailed through it effortlessly. 

After services, we enjoyed a luncheon at the temple with our family and friends. We came home and relaxed a bit before getting ready for the big party at Coasterra! I don’t have any of the professional photos yet but I can share a few that were sent to me by friends. 

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I still can’t believe it’s all over. What a night! I think the kids and adults all had a ball….I know I did!

We had brunch with the family at Pacific Coast Grill on Sunday the 22nd. The appetizers were served family style. We had fries, a veggie roll, chips and guacamole. 

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The Caesar salads came out next. 

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Then there were several choices for the main entree. I chose the Short Rib Chilaquiles which were excellent. 

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Don’t forget dessert!

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Seriously delicious! After brunch, everyone headed out and that was a wrap on the Bar Mitzvah.

For dinner we went over to Alicia and Joe’s for pizza. 

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Perfect way to end the amazing weekend!

Last Monday’s breakfast: 

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I took the kids to school then met my trainer at the gym. 

I took the dogs for a vet appointment then ran errands. I met Alicia for lunch at Ototo Sushi. 

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Dinner was tacos. Easy and good!

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Tuesday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school I went to spin class at the gym. Then it was a Phillis Carey cooking class. The class was “Low Carb Cooking”.

The first recipe was Caprese Zoodle Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Salami Crisps:

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Really yummy!! 

The second dish was Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Sausage Sauce and Spinach Ricotta Cheese:

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So hearty and filling…you don’t even miss the lasagna noodles!

Next up was Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Shrimp with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach:

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The sauce on this was outstanding! 

The next recipe was Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese with Bacon:

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Another winner! Loved this!

Dessert was Cream Cheese Crepes with Strawberries, Creme Fraiche and Shaved Chocolate:

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The crepes were made out of cream cheese and eggs and that’s it! Yum!!

Dinner was spaghetti. So unimaginative. 

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Wednesday’s breakfast:

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I took the kids to school and went to an appointment. I spent the day getting set up for my Swap Party that night.  Lunch was leftover pizza and salad. 

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That’s where I’ll leave you for now. More to come!

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