Autumn solstice is officially here this week! Of course, we have our classic Bay Area September where it is hot as balls. It is a little difficult to "get into the spirit" with this shiz. And this crazy weather always happens when you least expect it. Last week it was foggy and chilly in the morning, I was wearing a scarf, even took my boots out, and BAM. Sunday it was like 98 degrees. Um, what. Can we get some balance here, please?Read More
Happy September friends! So who is pulling out their big fuzzy boots and running to Starbucks for a PSL? Is that happening yet? Let's not let that happen yet. We still have three whole, amazing, incredible weeks of summer left! Don't get me wrong, I am excited for pumpkin everything, thick hearty soups, scarves, and warm cups of bourbon in my hand, but let's not rush that - pllllease. Thanks. Because I still want to celebrate grill season a bit longer. And there is still a boat load of summer veggies that need to be consumed until you are sick of them (that's nature's perfect timing by the way). Let's keep it going.Read More
We started August our jet setting to Europe. That took the first two weeks of the month for us and it was more than amazing. I'm rounding up my trips in separate posts. Check out London here...Rome and Venice will be sooooooon!
Other than those trips - August was good! Here's a little bit of the rest of the month in some photos and words.Read More
So I may have mentioned, gloated, bragged, shouted from the roof tops, that we went on an epic vacation a few weeks ago. My first ever BIG trip out of the country. I've gone on cruises with my parents to Mexico when I was a kiddo, but for some reason, I never felt like that counted. This counted. I got my passport stamped and it was so exciting!!! We had tons of fun and since this space is where I share my everyday life and adventures, it is surely a place where I plan to share my trips. I am going to break it up into parts so I don't blast you with 300 photos at once and this post is all about London!Read More
I revamped this post from my old blog as I realized it wasn't linked on this one! I am such a big advocate for meal planning, prepping, and organizing and I basically I think it is the keys to LIFE. Even after doing meal planning for the past few years, I still get comments all the time about my organized lunches and healthy packed snacks with people saying “You’re so healthy…” “How do you have time to make your lunches?” “You eat so well.”
My answer is pretty simple. I plan.Read More
You guys, I am back from a two week vacation and feeling it. I mean...feeling it. The whole vacation feels a little foggy; like it happened months ago! Did I really just go across the county to the land of my people? To Italy? Really? That's not something I do. But it IS. And I DID! And friends, it was everything I thought it would be. I am still going through all my photos looking back at my experience. Reliving the sites. The colors. The coffee. The gelato. Nothing short of amazing, of course. But this jet lag stuff. I never knew it was a real thing until this trip. That shit don't lie. We got back late Saturday (a week ago Saturday) and I didn't get a full night's sleep until Thursday. Ugh. I was seriously waking up at 3am. Wide awake. At least the Olympics were on so I could catch up. But it was rough!
With the jet lag, comes the struggles of getting back to "normal." Back to my routine. My life. Working, cooking, exercise, specifically marathon training and by the end of the trip, honestly, I was ready to restart my routine. But part of my just wants to relax at a cafe and people watch all day with a pastry and full fat cappuccino in my hand. That's what the weekend is for maybe? I can see it now...(15lbs+ by Christmas too).
Any way, getting back into it with the jet lag thing has been challenge. I've been incredibly tired. Like eggs for dinner several times last week because I was too tired to cook sorta tired. But this week is a new week and I am doing much better. And my body has been itching to eat all things green. Don't get me wrong, I ate a lot of fresh foods while on vacation, but nothing to the caliber I'm used to. So when I got home, I quickly logged into my Farm Fresh to You account to order my weekly produce and I stocked up!!
I was stoked to see shishito peppers were on the list this week too. I had a bag before I left for vaca, but gave them away because I wasn't going to eat them in time before we left. So this time, I was on it! I first tried these last year and let me tell you, these peppers are little summer jewels. They are so simple and perfect to munch on while cooking or a great side dish for Taco Tuesday. If you have a hot pan or a grill, or even a hot oven, you can make these puppies. They aren't spicy - don't worry. Maybe 1 in 10 have a little heat, but nothing you can't handle. Top them with flaky sea salt and you will devour this bowl of veggies in no time.
So grab about a pound of these babies, fire up your grill, heat up your oven to around 425 degrees (you brave soul), or fire up the skillet. Toss these peppers in a good bit of olive oil and let them roast, blister, and char just enough. This should take maybe 10 minutes on the grill or skillet, maybe 15 in the oven. Then top them with some flaky salt and get to munching.
And there you have it. A bowl of veggies just for you. This should snap me out of the "eat all the gelato in Italy" phase of life right now? A nice little reset.
During the International Food Blogging Conference (IFBC) this year in Sacramento, Morgan and I decided to not stay at the host hotel and take our chances on an Air BnB close by instead. We figured we could save a good chunk of money and it would help get us away from the hotel a little bit more, eat some of the local food, and give us a chance to do a little walking to balance all the food. The actually Air BnB - not so great. Think of this: 100 degree weather outside and a tiny window unit AC on the inside that was probably installed the year I was born. It was a super cute place, but not in the heat. We made the best of it though and I have to say our goals were attained! We walked a ton (which helped settle the amounts of food we were consuming) and got to try some really great places around the area.Read More