SoCal

re-wear vibes

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So dilemma, you’re invited to a wedding and you want to look fab. You’ve had a baby less than a year ago and want jaws to drop. You are looking for a pastel shade. You don’t want to spend over 100 dollars. You guys. This was very complicated for me. I ordered and returned dresses which is completely out of character for me. I had such a hard time narrowing down the dress. I hated the thought of spending a lot of money on a dress I would either have to sell or because I’m lazy [and VarageSale terrified me] probably never wear again… So it was like well I love this dress, but re-wear is pretty much zero. Enter the dress above. It was on sale for 100$ even on Revolve, free shipping. Boom. Have you ever had that shopping moment where you have been struggling to even spend 30 bucks on something and then you see the bright shining unicorn you’ve been looking for all along and you just click add to cart and check out within seconds. Yeah, that was purchase. When it came in the mail, I almost cried of joy. It was the best possible outcome. It’s beautiful light fabric will work perfectly for a SoCal summer wedding paired with fab sandals, some statement jewels, and a diva clutch. And it will also rock as a day dress in the insane Florida heat with birks, chill jewels, and my favorite diaper bag of all times…

Basically, they all lived happily ever after. The end.

[Note: I’m looking to find this exact dress in stock. I didn’t think when I started this post 2 months ago that it would be sold out everywhere. I’ll keep you posted]

FACT

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetI miss home. Really wishing I was back in Cali

Half Way

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Well, we’ve made it to the half way point and I feel decidedly more pregnant with baby number two. Things hurt faster, you pop faster, it’s just as crazy and unique as the first go around. But this time I have a major pregnancy goal. Buy less than 10 pieces of clothing. And have them all be amazingly glorious and things I could easily wear not pregnant with little to no alteration. So far I’ve bought this amazing dress from Hatch and a [soon to be photographed] tank dress from my sister’s shop. It’s still on the cooler side here in Florida, but soon enough it will be relentlessly hot and I will want to be as close to nekkid as I can get. Hatch Collection is the the chicest maternity wear that I’ve ever come across and while it costs a pretty penny, in my opinion, it’s more than worth it! I’ll keep you posted on my quest to purchase zero pieces of pregnancy gear, save bigger underwear for my widening hips. It’s a sad truth. I’ve accepted it. I’m moving on. In my big girl panties.

Fare Thee Well

IMG_1467 copyI really can’t even believe it… We are no longer residents of SoCal. I’m in a haze of denial that we won’t soon be returning to Sunny Cali back to our church, our friends, and our lives. We had our sweet baby boy while living here and leaving has hit me hard, I’m saying goodbye to the most wonderful hello I’ve ever experienced. I mostly eat chocolate while crying in bed, I may or may not be clothed, but that’s neither here nor there… We are currently in a state of homelessness while we wait to close on our first house and that’s making things a little harder to digest. I feel a bit lost.

I know this is the best thing for our family and I AM excited, but I’m finding myself needing to lean a bit more on God as he guides us through this transition. I hope I can remain open to new friendships and a new season of life. It’s just when you have had it so good, it’s hard to see better.

I can’t believe how lucky I have been to meet and know the beautiful people I call friends. Some of the most caring and giving souls I’ve ever met. Thank you. To all of the amazing friends that in their own way changed my life. Made me better. Made me stronger. Made me funnier. Made me happier. Made me, Me.

Thanks Boos.

Blissful Baby, Take 2

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Well, the Captain’s done it again. We are so excited to be growing our little family, and yes, it was on purpose! Arriving August 2016. Stay tuned to watch me get chunky!

All things San Diego, Part II

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetSo here it is folks… My giant list of all things food in San Diego! The Captain and I are passionate about food and we pride ourselves on being the people you text when you are looking for a new spot to eat! Note: I should say I am a vegan, so every single restaurant on the list, while it might not be a vegan establishment, does offer vegan options! But I assure you, this is not just a list for veggies!!! In fact, out of the 26 spots listed, only 5 are entirely vegan or plant based! Meat eaters, rejoice! I have been compiling this list for weeks!! I am actually salivating after editing this post… I need some tacos… or noodles… or pizza… or falafel… or sheesh, I don’t know, for love of GOD GET ME SOME FOOD!

FullSizeRender_1 copyBest Coffee Drinks: Cafe Gratitude

Weird answer, I know, but the coffee beverages at CG are among the most original and delicious I’ve ever tried. Their Mocha!? Shut. Your. Face. Their teas and other libations are equally tasty!!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBest Breakfast: Coffee Cup

Not only is the best breakfast in San Diego, but also my favorite restaurant. The rosemary potatoes will change your life. I order the Papas Loco, no diary, add tofu, with corn tortillas. EVERY. TIME. I ate here the day I went into labor and I’m pretty sure it was the jalapeños that did the trick… We eat here… A LOT. Needless to say, the servers have my order memorized and I love them and I will miss them.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBest Pancakes: Moncai Vegan

These pancakes will change your life. Change it. The Captain stands firm that these are the BEST pancakes he’s ever eaten in his life!! HIS ENTIRE LIFE!!! You non-vegans will be like WHAT THE HELL!?! I don’t know how it’s possible to get such giant, fluffy pancakes with no milk or eggs… I don’t know how the chef does it, but he does and it is spectacular.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBest Vegan Breakfast: OB’s People Co-op

Not only is this the best value in town, these biscuits and gravy are the things dreams are made of! With an entirely vegetarian market beneath, this small kitchen whips up some tasty and simple food that will leave you satisfied and happy! I wish I lived closer to it because I would eat there daily… seriously, I’d do it.

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Best Sushi: Ebisu Sushi Lounge

I love this place. We found this when we first moved out because they had a small, but interesting vegan sushi list, but we quickly became regulars. Their fish is always fresh and prepared in unique ways! The place is rarely packed, but always buzzing and they serve food way past your bed time. [special shout out to Little Tokyo in Carmel Mountain, this place makes me happy. Nothing super special, but it’s yummy]

Best Cocktails: WhisknLadle

Fancy and unique cocktails in a fancy and unique setting. Boom.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBest Chinese: Golden City

So after years of looking for a decent Chinese restaurant we stumbled upon Golden City and it is authentic and delish! With a completely separate veggie menu, it was a clear winner for me! Their salted garlic string beans are a thing of beauty!! Note: the portions are MASSIVE and definitely for sharing!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBest Döner: The Kebab Shop

Now, maybe you are thinking, come again!?! But if you have never had a döner you are in for quite a thrill! It’s like a Mediterranean burrito and it tastes like heaven! I order the falafel döner, no garlic sauce, add spicy hummus, add fries or rice depending on my mood. The wrap is soft, almost like a thin naan bread… It is delicious! There are now locations all over San Diego, so no excuses get thee to The Kebab Shop!

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetBest Salad: NaPizza

The superfood me salad with tahini dressing is literally a thing of the gods!! Their pizza and [always vegan] soup are both magic, but I don’t stray from my favorite salad! With locations in Little Italy, Hillcrest, and 4S you are covered!

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Best Healthy Eats: Tie Cafe Gratitude and Trilogy Sanctuary

Cafe Gratitude makes the list twice. I’ve eaten at the LA eatery a handful of times and at the recently opened San Diego locale 23,293,090 times. Slight exeggeration. I love love love everything on the menu. It’s vegan plant based goodness and I’m gonna miss them like WHOA. And then there’s Trilogy, a newer find, located in La Jolla on a rooftop with angels and fairies. OR flying aerobatic yogis. Close enough. The menu is small, but heavenly. I love their buckwheat crepes and the nachos!! OH THE NACHOS!!! Both of these spots are winners, for vegans and non-vegans alike!

Best Thai: Amarin Thai

My buddy Christina took me to this restaurant years ago and I fell… hard. Their Tom Yum Soup is AMAZING. They have an entire separate veggie menu that’s even fish sauce free! And good news North County, Siam Nara in Mira Mesa and Nok in Scripps Ranch are pretty much the same menu from owner Suree! Winning.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset[Top to bottom: salad pizza from Luigis and a vegan pie from SDBC]

Best Pizza: Tie Pizzeria Luigi and San Diego Brewing Company

So Luigi’s was an early find, after watching a San Diego episode of triple D Guy Fieri swore he’d eat it off of a flip flop, we had to try it. To my delight, I found out that they will sub vegan cheese and even make vegan calzones. The calzones are AH-mazing. But even more surprising is their cheese-less salad pizza. This pizza is the bomb. And dude, all of their cheesy pizzas look amazing!! Oh, oh and when I was very pregnant and wanted to get another slice, the so sweet pizza maker gave me a slice on the house. Two thumbs up. A more recent find is San Diego Brewing! This spot has a crazy amount of vegan offerings along side all of your typical pub grub. They have vegan hot wings AND vegan pizza!!! Who knew!? It is the lightest crust and I just can’t say enough good things. The marinara is delish and the toppings are fresh. It’s so yummy.

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Best Italian: Bencotto

Yummy, fresh Italian food in the chicest building. I love this place. Their arrabbiata sauce and zucchini soup really make me happy. A newbie that I’ve only tried twice is Civico1845, but it is really shaping up to be a winner! An entire authentic vegan menu, um dreams coming true.

Best Indian: Delhi Kitchen 

This is a hole in the wall if ever there was one, but Delhi Kitchen in Carmel Mountain is a killer find! It’s super inexpensive and the family who runs it is so nice!! Their Chana Masala is spicy, full of flavor, and oh-so-good.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBest Ramen: Underbelly

Holy. Giant. Bowls. of. Soup. Batman. This spot is legit. They now have 2 locations, but if you can try out the original in Lil Italy it is totally worth it for the experience. The veggie ramen with truffle oil is lip smacking good!

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetBest Tacos: Don Carlos Taco Shop

One of the first joints we found when arriving in San Diego. Don Carlos is a hole in the wall if ever there was one! The owner is full of personality and with a tag line like “what would Jesus eat?” this place has to rock! And with multiple vegan options this joint is sure to please. We used to pick up food and bring it to the cliffs and watch the sunset with the rich people! Highly suggest it!!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBest Frozen Yogurt: Paradise Yogurt

Best vegan yogurt ever!!! They always have at least 2 vegan flavors and it constantly rotates. Their toppings are genius and they have the chillest employees. Love this spot.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBest Vegan Junk Food: Veggie Grill

The Buffalo Bomber has comforted me many, many a night… or day… or mid-morning. I ate here, nearly, twice a week when I was pregnant. The whole menu is awesome. And I’m gonna tell you right now, you will be surprised that vegan “chicken” tastes, well, pretty much like chicken!

Best Spot for a Group who can’t Decide: True Foods

This is the perfect restaurant for a group of folks who just can’t get their shit together. It’s deceptively healthy, but will please a variety of palates! You can get a bison burger, a seasonal squash pizza[amazing], or [my favorite] the Mediterranean chopped salad. There’s an option for the gluten intolerant, vegan, or meat eater in your group. And on top of all of those reasons, simply put, it’s a delish and thoughtful menu!

Best Meal with a View: Cordiano Winery

Our amazing neighbors suggested this spot a few years ago and we have been frequent visitors ever since. It’s nestled atop some impressive hills in Escondido, but you feel like you are in another world. The Italian owners are the sweetest and their pizza is out of control yummy! The wine is okay, but what you are really there for is the view! I could have sat there for hours!

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I love this spot in Cardiff. It’s the utmost in chill dining spots! We love to go for breakfast and I just love all of their healthy options and there is nothing that can beat the view!!

Best Date Night Spot: Alexanders on 30th

Now there isn’t much for a vegan to eat, but the few dishes you can have are totally delish and worth it for the wonderful and sexy atmosphere! It just feels… romantic!? The truffle mac n cheese is a favorite among my friends!

Best Brewery: Ballast Point

We’ve been to a few breweries and this is both mine and The Captain’s favorite. It’s not as touristy as Stone, but is on the larger scale. But with a super tasty menu, DELICIOUS beer, and a beautiful locale. It’s a winner.