Of course, Washington would land with the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich. This infographic is pretty tiny, so make sure you click the photo above for a more enlarged version.
Or you can click here.
I feel quite fortunate to be able to work with a company that can afford to take all of us on a three day retreat away from the office and off to Monterey. It was my first time visiting the area and it was absolutely gorgeous. California, in general is so pretty. We stayed in Pacific Grove at Asilomar just steps away from the beach and it was amazing. I’m actually including six pictures in this post today, but with a trip as wonderful as this one, does anyone really care to count? I was hoping to catch the sunset on my last night there and unfortunately missed it. That didn’t stop me from running as fast as I could down to the beach though to finish watching the sun go down.
Our company had the option of participating in several activities like hiking, biking, and kayaking. Since I had never gone before, I felt like I had to take advantage of the opportunity. It was pretty strenuous on the arms, but completely worth it having the chance to kayak right next to sea otters and dolphins!
Just me and my favorite boys hangin’ in the “Splash Zone” at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
The view from the Aquarium and the same place that I kayaked to the day before
So I’ve been on an oyster craving lately if you haven’t noticed. I’m basically obsessed and can’t get enough. I went to the same restaurant in Monterey TWICE while I was there for an order of oysters with two different groups of people. Thanks for keepin’ it real fresh Fish Hopper.
This trip wouldn’t be complete without a selfie Snapchat on our way back to the Peninsula.
For the past three weeks, I have been traveling up a storm to Salt Lake City to San Diego to Monterey. I’m happy to announce that I will finally get a chance to stay at home this upcoming weekend. Thank goodness. I can’t tell you how many bags of peanuts and pretzels I have collected from traveling on Southwest. Are they trying to make us all suffer from thirst? I’ve never been thrown so much salt on one flight. While I don’t prefer those types of snacks, I have traveled on other airlines that have provided me with better food options. I will never forget the time that I had the best lime cookies I have ever tasted on JetBlue. Every now and then I decide to do a search for them online and find myself getting nowhere.
Just kidding, I found out they are discontinued.
Travel and Leisure recently compiled a list of 17 of the best snacks found while flying and…we’re hungry. Naturally.
I promise this is the last San Diego post Yow Yow! will see from my vacay, but I am pretty excited to see it stretch out three posts! I don’t think we could’ve finished this series off without a food post, don’t you agree?
When it comes to sushi in California, I am pretty picky. In my eyes, nothing can compare to Seattle. The great thing about my friend Ashley is that we always seem to be on the same page for just about everything. Right off the plane, she asked me what I had wanted to eat and we were in agreement: sushi. It was the meal we loved and ate the most together back in Seattle so it seemed fitting. We went to Harney Sushi located in Old Town San Diego, which was surprising to me because that area is mostly known for their Mexican food. We ordered a lunch combo which gave up three pieces of Nigiri shown above, a bowl of hot Yakisoba and a roll for the both of us to share.
The Capitol Hill that I had the opportunity to experience back in college is not the Capitol Hill it is today. When I first learned about the closing of the pizza place in my university’s neighborhood, I was instantly reminded of that Boy Meets World episode where Cory returns to his hometown to find that the restaurant he frequented – Chubbie’s – had undergone a complete renovation. It wasn’t the same and in a weird way it completely turned pirate themed. Piecora’s was a huge part of the Seattle University community. We always worked with them for events and they were so happy to work with us! I could always count on them for a slice of their amazing veggie pizza, salad, and spumoni. I still remember a night in college where I had given up on studying and dragged my then roommate – Anna with me so that I could get my fix.
Piecora’s has decided to sell to a developer – Equity Residential for $10.29 million. It’s interesting because Equity is one of the largest owners of apartments and was my home for two years. Piecora’s has been living at their E Madison location for 30 years and will close for good on Tuesday, April 15th.
I’m really going to miss this place.
I always feel like I’m hungriest when I’m feeling sick and when I’m sick I have cravings for things that may not necessarily help in getting me better. After all, who wants to be chugging on liquid soup all day long. However, if anyone knows me at all, you know that I never ever get sick of eating sushi and could probably eat it several times a week. In fact, I have. Can someone let me know if a shrimp tempura roll is the cure for a sore throat? I have an inkling that it is.
We’re starting to inch even closer to summer here in Northern California and for some reason it’s this time of the year that I find myself craving desserts more. I stumbled across the S’mores hack yesterday to add roasted strawberries to the mix and I’m pretty confident that it won’t end with a bad result. Strawberries, after all, are one of the most perfect summer fruits and adding that sweet and sour taste to a classic summertime treat seems like a good idea.
Check out the recipe here.
1. We kicked off the weekend with a company celebration and a whole lot of love! Drinks and snacks at Reposado in Palo Alto was an event not to be missed. I’m personally pretty fond of the red and white sangria.
2. We missed brunch on Saturday and instead opted for a late lunch at Cascal on Castro Street in Mountain View. I’d never eaten here before, but have received countless recommendations to go here because of their tapas. Since I get bored of food easily, small bites go over well with me. I ordered the corn soup and scallops. The corn soup pictured above isn’t what I actually ordered because I had forgotten to take a picture. All you have to know is that it was the sweetest and best tasting corn soup that I have ever had. I can say this because I’ve sampled many. In tis case though, I really wish I would’ve gone for the bowl – the cup was just too little!
3. Sheila hosted a housewarming party at her new humble abode yesterday where she crafted up a storm of goodies including homemade chocolate ice cream and cookies and cream marshmallows.
4. I got made fun of this weekend for the job I did on my nails. I actually hate getting them done so I prefer to do them myself, but that usually means that they end up getting chipped within 5 minutes, have bubbles forming underneath the polish, and get onto my skin. I found myself in a Rite Aid a couple of weeks ago picking up other things, but out of the corner of my eye, felt the urge to purchase myself a bottle of Essie. Jackson’s hand is just here for the cameo.
5. After the housewarming, we decided to stop by West Elm. I wasn’t in dire need of anything, but there was no way I could walk out of the store without purchasing something. I snagged myself another pillow and pillowcase along with two extra towels to add to my collection. You can never have enough? I’m also not very good at taking care of succulents so I made sure not to buy one from my home, but they still looked good enough for a photo.
I’ve been on a mission to try out all of the brunch places in South Bay and as I started to look over the list of places I’ve been and places I still need to go, I’m realizing that the list is dwindling. Pretty soon, we’re going to have to venture up to the city for brunch and I’m not quite sure if I”m desperate enough for that yet.
Yesterday, we hit up Calafia Cafe in Palo Alto within the Town & Country shopping complex. Yes, we did make a stop at Tin Pot afterwards. I chose this place because not only was it rated pretty well on Yelp, but I wanted to find something on the menu that fit the likings for all of the people I was with. Tommy prefers sweet breakfasts so something along the lines of chocolate chip pancakes or french toast. Richard usually likes something that’s Mexican-inspired or with meat, but yesterday he just got a standard breakfast. And I prefer omelettes or scrambles. I ventured out just a bit yesterday and went for the Croque Madame. As some of you have seen on the blog before, I only order the Croque Madame at Cafe Presse back in Seattle, but after having the one yesterday, I would say that they rival pretty close to each other. The only thing I wish would have been different is to have the egg over-easy like it mentioned in the menu description. It was over-medium – which is still fine, I just like to have the egg run over the entire sandwich. The sandwich was also made with french toast bread, which gave it that fluffy taste.
The full description of my Croque Madame:
Zoe’s black forest ham and Swiss on pan de mie french toast,
farm fresh sunny-side up egg, organic field greens and
honey mustard vinaigrette
I typically don’t like dressing with mustard in it, but the taste wasn’t as overpowering and the salad was just perfectly dressed.
I would definitely return back to Cafe Calafia! In fact, I think we’re going back next week to try another brunch place within the complex.
Think you’ve got it all figured out as a “foodie?” Yelp, just released their list of 100 Best Places to Eat and yes, I’m hungry and yep, I’m up for the challenge. It’s easy to select a food spot based off of the reviews found on Yelp, but for this list, their engineers and went through all of their data to come up with the best list. We don’t like to argue against numbers. Additionally, the list “takes into account both ratings and amount of reviews to showcase places that are both popular and delicious.” Here are the top 10 to kick things off:
1. Da Poke Shack (Kailua-Kona, HI)
2. Paseo (Seattle, WA)
3. Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ (Kansas City, KS)
4. The Cinnamon Snail (New York, NY)
5. Porto’s Bakery (Burbank, CA)
6. Dametra Cafe (Carmel by the Sea, CA)
7. Alinea (Chicago, IL)
8. Franklin Barbecue (Austin, TX)
9. Gary Danko (San Francisco, CA)
10. Joe’s Falafel (Los Angeles, CA)
HOORAY – Paseo’s at number 2! I’ve never actually eaten there, but everyone that has ever eaten there has told me that is the absolute best.
It’s pretty rare for me to eat breakfast outside of the office during the work week, but this morning I woke up with a very intense craving for a Tomato and Cheese Square (formerly called croissant) from Starbucks. Back in Seattle, I used to have this for breakfast once a week. It’s basically having a slice of pizza in the morning, which is not the worst thing in the world, right? I feel silly for saying that I want breakfast from Starbucks since it’s not something they specialize in, but the sweetness of the sauce and the flaky pastry are enough to get my mouth watering. My former roommate Heather is a Starbucks employee and when the company announced their collaboration with La Boulange, she mentioned to me that she had the opportunity to sample a lot of the food items before they were released. The reason why the squares are so tasty is because they include a hint of wine in them. Yum. I’m forgoing the coffee this morning and picking up myself a square.
It’s just not even possible to go hungry when you are living in a city like San Francisco. I’m constantly surrounded by exciting restaurants and new dishes that I can’t wait to try. For the past several weeks, I’ve been eating out like it’s my job and I’m not hating it. This morning, my favorite designers Henry and Richard whisked me out to Serpentine in the Dogpatch. At 10:30, we had beaten the brunch rush that would soon come. I ordered the Savory Bread Pudding (pictured above) -
leeks – eggplant – fennel – cauliflower – carrots -
rutabaga & turnip, served with mixed greens
I’m not sure if it was that I felt like I wanted something healthy this morning to eat or if it was because I thought it would be easy on my stomach after a night out in the city, but it was perfect. The vegetables were so flavorful and the mixed greens on the side reminded me of the mixed greens at Skillet Diner in Seattle that I would always get with the Daily Scramble. The Bread Pudding may seem small, but this dish is HEAVY. It’s all mixed in with pieces of bread, cream, and cheese and it is perfection. I probably would’ve eaten more had I been feeling a little bit better this morning, but for what it was, I really enjoyed it. Worried that the dish itself might not be enough initially, I decided to order a side of eggs over medium to top it off.
Growing up in Seattle, Mexican food was just never high up on my radar. Pacific Northwest born and raised, I was very partial to seafood, but I’m quickly learning by living here in the Bay that Mexican food is everywhere. I have a coworker that tells me he pretty much spends all of his weekends eating it.
While we were in Oakland for the Mayer Hawthorne concert, I wanted to try and make a day trip out of it, but traffic is never on my side. I also realized that for some extraordinary restaurants here in the Bay you have to make some severe reservations – something that I NEVER did in Seattle. Not wanting to miss any part of our show and the opening acts (Hello, Quadron!) Ashli and I decided to check out a taco joint recommended to us by a friend of hers. Xolo was a little hard to spot since there wasn’t a noticeable sign, but it was so so good! If I’m ever going to the Fox Theater again in the future, Xolo will be my place to grab a bite.
I ordered the Pollo tacos - grilled achiote marinated chicken thighs, avocado salsa, pickled red onions, cilantro. Just two will do the job. And Ashli ordered horchata, which I tried for the first time and thought was amazing.
It’s their first ever! Shocking, right? It’s also really very adorable.