I think I should leave a suitcase permanently packed. I was in Chicago three weekends ago, then Orange County the weekend after that, and now I’m back in Orange County again, leaving for Ireland tomorrow with mum, then to Paris and back to OC for Thanksgiving… that’s a lot of flying in a short period of time!!
I do want to make sure I give you a recap from my first trip down here, especially since I may go radio silent on you all for the next couple of weeks…. I’ll try to check in as much as possible though!
In regards to traveling… my ipad (thanks D, best pressie ever!) saves my life when it comes to flying. I no longer have to cart around books & magazines as I always have something to read digitally now… how good do these sausage burgers look btw?
and, although off-season, I love the idea of grilled fruit bruschetta
(ipad had to be put away at this point…
but Southwest’s magazine is always really good to read)
So, when mum picked me up we headed to 118 Degrees for lunch…
…aaaaand, I was tricked. She told me we were going to a new “healthy, organic” restaurant. Sounds good, right? Well little did I know but I was being treated to a raw lunch… the funny thing is I didn’t even realize it until after we finished our meal, ha! Obviously I was having a blonde moment, since the name of the restaurant is the maximum degrees you can cook raw food to…. helllooooo, earth to niki. It was surprisingly good though. I really was quite pleasantly surprised with our choices… like the cucumber salad with corn, quinoa, tahini cheese with lemon vinaigrette.
(avocado saves raw food btw)
The mole enchilada was pretty good as well… spicy tomato coconut wraps with mole chipotle cheese, marinated Spanish squash, carrots, avocado, spicy enchilada sauce and salsa. The cheese is not really cheese though… they make it out of nuts, herbs & seeds. Honestly I wasn’t able to figure out where it was in the wrap, but the concept is interesting.
We also had a couple of bites of their apple pie… it was okay, but we both felt it would have been greatly improved if it was heated above 118 degrees. But then it would no longer be considered raw, ah well.
Final verdict on raw food? I’m glad we tried 118 Degrees but raw food is not for me. Well, not unless it is served along side a juicy steak!
The next day we were running errands in Laguna so we popped by our longtime favorite, Cafe Zinc, for lunch. We originally were going to grab sandwiches to-go, but since it wasn’t busy we decided to sit and stay.
Funny how such yummy food comes out of such a tiny kitchen… and it’s all vegetarian! omg, geez you are going to think we are health nuts… raw food one day, then vegetarian food the next!! And we had green drinks that mum juiced in the car!
fennel salad, egg salad, beet salad w/ greens & a side of brie
they also have a great takeout marketwith lots of yummy to-go itemsand desserts
and really fabulous cakes if you are not in the mood to bake
well, slightly kidding
and I drove a golf cart for the first time in my life…
it’s really not hard, see… I can even take pictures of the Ni(c)ki’s
sorry, what happens in palm springs, stays in palm springs
Mum & I were able to meet our friend Cheryl for lunch at Marche Moderne, one of our absolute favorite spots to eat.
I had the potato leek soup to start
the knife is a bit scary, but the burger looked delicious
I had a beet salad with burrata and a fancy goat cheese panna cotta
mum had the skate wing
On our last night we ate in… of course we had to have our favorite salad.
D was in town as well for the SC game so he was able to join as well!
as well as some filet mignon and new york strips
we also lit up the halloween decorations… spoooooky
The next morning we had a couple of boiled eggs with soldiers before hopping on our flight.
During the week that I was back in SF Starbucks came out with their red cups… how are we back in holiday cup season already!?
I went for a windy run down by Crissy Field
battled a sand storm
my chives regrew after I killed them
helicopters hovered overhead because of Occupy SF
crosswalk signs were damaged, I assume by Occupy SF protestors…
(thankfully the SF protests are nothing like what is happening over in Oakland)
I became obsessed with a new song
organized my closet… yay for hangers that match!
we drank one of our Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant Wine Club wines…
see, I’m practicing my French!
and went on a date w D to Terzo
So now I’m leaving again… I’m not sure what my internet situation will be yet, but I will try and check in as much as possible! I’m so excited to see all my family in Ireland, and then top it all off with three days in Paris… I can’t wait to share it with you all. See you in a few!
sunrise from SFO, out the window of the plane