Throwback Thursday: San Diego

For Adam’s 31st birthday he requested a trip “somewhere warm”. If I had my way, we would’ve gone to Fiji. But since he likes “shorter” flights, I chose the furthest one possible… California. I researched the places with the best food, must-do’s and must-see’s and ended up planning a trip to San Diego and L.A. I have an entire itinerary (literally breakfast/lunch/dinner/activities planned) so if you ever need that, just e-mail me! For now, I’ve summed up our favorite places from San Diego below.

We tried to stay on the East Coast time as much as possible so waking up to the sunrise was easy.

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We stayed at the Catamaran Resort and Spa which was right on the “beach”. I wouldn’t exactly call it a beach even though it had sand and water but I noticed a lot of the beaches in the San Diego area were different from what we see on the East Coast. We grabbed an acai bowl from Juice Kaboose (SO GOOD) and headed to our first stop,  hiking at Torrey Pines. This trail for us was very easy but it had really amazing views!

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After hiking we quickly changed into our bathing suits and put our name down on the waiting list at the restaurant, Poseidon in Del Mar. The beaches in Del Mar were all wet sand which made it a bit awkward to lay out so we took a walk along the water before they called us to let us know our table was ready.

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We had one of the best seats in the house! We decided to eat light and ordered a Thai Salad and Fish Tacos to save room for our dinner later on. The food was excellent and the view was even better.

Dinner reservations took us into the gaslamp district which I assume is San Diego’s “downtown”. I had read great things about Searsucker (Brian Malarkey from Top Chef is the chef) and we couldn’t wait to try it all!

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and…we did. From top to bottom — Spicy shrimp and grits, chimichurri steak, cheddar croissants, pretzel crusted salmon, jalapeño chorizo corn off the cob (melt in your mouth) and the s’mores bar.  10003452_933084585889_707331379_n

Phenomenal.

The next morning brought us to The Mission, which we ended up eating at twice during our stay. They had a ton of options and San Diego does not cheap out on portions, that’s for sure.

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I had the green tea latte and that huge platter on the bottom which was papas con chorizo. Adam ordered the gluten-free french toast and you would’ve never guessed it was Gluten Free. We headed to La Jolla to walk around shops and see the stinky seals beach.

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The seals were stinkier than you can imagine but it was still a cool experience. Dinner was at C-Level, another amazing restaurant with ridiculous views. We sat outside and listened to the steel drum singer while the sun set over the skyline.

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As usual, we ordered a ton of food but all of the walking we did every day made up for those extra calories.

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From top to bottom – Seared Ahi Stack (crab, ahi tuna, avocado/mango salsa, caviar, plantain chips), Lobster and Fontina BLT sandwich, Peanut Butter brownie sundae with butterscotch fudge and bruleed bananas, oysters and butternut squash gratin.

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This is getting kind of long… so part 2 of San Diego next week. Happy Thursday!

 

 

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Breakfast in Newport, RI

Have you ever been to Newport, RI? Let me tell you about the food… We didn’t have ONE bad meal while we were there. Granted I did a ton of research on the places we went ahead of time, I was extremely impressed!

The first breakfast place we went was Corner Cafe.

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We arrived at 7am on a Friday morning and this place was packed. We waited 5 minutes and got a seat near the window.

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After browsing the menu for  a few minutes, we finally made a choice. I went with the vegetable egg white omelet topped with avocado and a whole wheat pancake that I topped with fresh fruit.

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Everything was SO fresh and mmmmm worthy. Nothing was greasy and I would think about driving to Newport just to have this breakfast again. Too much, no?

Adam went big and ordered  The BEAST which was 2 eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, sausage and pancakes.

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Can we talk about these home fries?? No joke, the most amazing potato I’ve ever had in my life. They must be cooked in bacon grease! We decided to go back on our last day of the trip because I NEEDED these potatoes again. This time I ordered their special of the day: Whole Wheat French Toast w/ Cinnamon Yogurt and Fresh Fruit.

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Casual, yet gourmet. Another winner in my book!

Adam ordered the Dodgy Bob omelette (chorizo, onions, mushrooms, peppers, pepperjack & and hollandaise w/ toast & potatoes).

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It’s clear why this place is “famous for breakfast”. Most of the restaurants in Newport were pricey, but Corner Cafe was very affordable. Everything is fresh with a homemade taste and we were never disappointed. If there is a wait, it’s well worth it… This is by far one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Newport, and ironically…the cheapest.

If you’re hungover and in the mood for a greasy quick breakfast, Peaceable Market is for you… We had a little way too much fun at the wedding the night before and could barely walk ourselves around to find a Gatorade. Luckily, we stumbled upon a place where we saw a lot of college kids going in and out of…that definitely means good hangover food.

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Can you guess which one is mine??

Stanton Social

Friday night Adam took me into the city to celebrate my new job & our 6 month wedding anniversary! I chose Stanton Social because it’s been on my foodie bucket list for a while now!

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We made the reservation 3 weeks in advance and were a bit annoyed when they sat us in the very front of the restaurant, next to the door and squished at a table with 2 other couples. The dining lounge was clearly the place to be, but luckily the food made up for it!

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Say hello to my cute little date!

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We ordered a TON of different items but since the food is served tapas style it ended up being just enough.

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Crab Cake “Corn Dogs” — Since I’m a Maryland girl, you know I love my crab cakes! These weren’t lump crab but they were still very tasty. I loved the corn breading and the remoulade it was served in. It had the perfect kick.

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The Ahi Tuna tataki was our favorite dish (out of the 8!) of the night. The tuna was seared to perfection, the wonton stayed crispy despite the dollop of sauce and fresno chili topped it off with just enough spiciness.

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Shrimp & Grits was our next choice and can you believe I’ve never tried grits!? These grits were so cheesy and they were topped with two pieces of jumbo shrimp. The creole sauce that was poured on top of the duo was slurp-worthy.

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OK – The reason I even knew about this place was because the food network stars RAVE about the french onion soup dumplings on the show “the best thing I’ve ever ate”. They weren’t kidding when they said these are amazing! They come out super hot so you need to let them cool for a good 10 minutes but it’s well worth the wait. You get all of the taste in one cheesy bite!

4I ordered the Sriracha Pea Crusted Salmon for my “main course”. These were still technically tapas but i could only finish half since we had the 4 appetizers prior. The salmon came with an asian pesto & soba noodle-beet salad. I was expecting the soba salad to be warm but it was cold. I’m not really a cold noodle fan but it paired with the spicy salmon quite well.

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Adam ordered the cuban spiced glazed ribs for his main course and they were fall off the bone. The ribs had a mango and chipotle glaze and Adam said they were one of the best ribs he’s ever had.

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As you know, we aren’t ones to pass up dessert so when the waitress asked if we saved room we grabbed the menus from her hand. Technically these desserts are to share, but we couldn’t help but order our own. Everything else leading up to this had been so great, we knew we’d want to try more than one!

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I chose the s’mores creme brulee. I wasn’t expecting it to come out in 3 mini dishes but I wasn’t complaining — I think this is the most perfect creme brulee I’ve EVER had.

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Adam went the healthier route and chose the blueberry olive oil cake with blueberry compote and greek yogurt ice cream. The cake tasted a lot like a muffin and the ice cream was a bit melted but he still cleared the plate!

I absolutely recommend Stanton Social to anyone who loves food (but ask that they don’t seat you up front!) and can’t wait to try it’s sister restaurant, Beauty & Essex soon!

Other Things to do in Palm Beach, Florida

 

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Catch a sunrise on Juno Pier (my dad’s favorite)

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Can’t beat the view.

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Get the potatoes at Palm Beach Cafe. BEST I’ve ever had.

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Visit Worth Ave.

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Get the stuffed french toast at Sara’s Kitchen

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Go for a run (gotta work off that french toast)

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Enjoy fresh lunches at the pool

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Try something new (falafel wrap)

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Get a tan.

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Go to the Garden’s Mall when you’re too burnt to lay out anymore.

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Get Breakfast in Bed (egg whites, goat cheese, spinach, roasted red peppers and chilis on naan bread)

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Spend time with your loved ones.

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especially your favorite one ❤

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Catch a sunset.

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Have lunch at one of the coolest spots ever

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Eat as much avocado as you can.

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Play Golf

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Take walks on the beach.

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and of course, relax and get a spa treatment… You deserve it.

**For other restaurants we visited see 1, 2 & 3**

Sogo

Saturday started off very slowly. I headed out for a 5 mile run around 10 am and it was already 50 degrees! The run went by really fast and I was proud of myself for keeping an 8 minute pace.

After napping and making lunch we headed out to check out new mattresses. You know, adult things.

 I fell in love with this tempur-pedic and refused to get off of it when Adam told me we couldn’t afford the $5500 price tag. Ugh, why does he have to be so responsible!?

 

Until we meet again, my love.

After mattress “shopping” we headed to dinner with the in-laws at Sogo in Denville.

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The front room was sushi-only and the back room served Hibachi! Since we just had Hibachi 4 days ago, we stuck to the sushi area!

Adam and I split the Sesame Crusted Tuna salad as an appetizer. The wasabi dressing gave it a nice kick!

We deemed this the best appetizer salad we’ve ever experienced. For dinner I ordered 3 brown rice rolls – spicy tuna, spicy shrimp with avocado and tuna with shrimp & cucumber.

All of the sushi was very fresh and the rice was different from any other place I’ve had. Anyone know what type this was? My eyes were a little bigger than my stomach, because I only finished about 2 of the rolls. Husband to the rescue!

We saved room to make a quick pit stop at my favorite place.

Yogurtland! In my bowl (on the right): Pumpkin Pie/Cinnamon Graham Cracker Swirl with cheesecake bites, frosted animal cookies, white chocolate chips & Peppermint Hot Cocoa with snow caps & rainbow sprinkles.

 I always leave room for dessert!

Question: What is your favorite topping for fro-yo?

30 days of thanks – Day 7 – Thankful for whoever invented Frozen Yogurt with a toppings bar. I love you.

George & Martha’s

Friday night we headed out to dinner in Morristown, NJ with the in-laws. It was a long week and we were ready for some comfort food!

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The restaurant we picked was George and Marthas and when we walked in the bar scene was poppin’!

Even though we had a reservation we had to wait a while to be seated. I think everyone was stir-crazy from being in the house so long and stayed a tad longer than usual. The wait gave me time to explore and I thought the place was very cozy and cute. I’d definitely come back again!

 As soon as we sat down pumpkin beers, red wine and spinach and artichoke dip were ordered.

The dip was served with homemade potato chips that could’ve used more salt, in my opinion. But still very tasty!

For dinner I ordered seared ahi tuna with sticky rice and wasabi sauce. I absolutely love this dish but always have a problem searing it like this at home. The outside is always warm but the inside cold – so when i get the chance to order it, I jump on it.

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I rarely never pass up dessert at a restaurant so we went with the hot chocolate chip cookie served with vanilla ice cream.

Yes, it was as good as it looks.

My fitness has slacked this week and after this dinner it looks like I’m going to need a good long run….on Monday!

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend 🙂

30 days of thanks – Day 2 – I am thankful for my grandma. She always knows the right thing to say and make me feel at ease no matter what situation I’m in. She taught me how to bake, keeps our family sane and even though she’s always busy..shes never too busy to give me some of her time.