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Friday, October 10, 2014

Feel Something

Isn't it amazing how music can make you feel something? I mean really feel something. A memory or smell you haven't thought about in years, the excitement and nerves you felt while walking down the aisle to your future husband, feeling awkward at senior prom, or even sitting in the back seat as a little girl and listening to your sing "Yesterday" by the Beatles. Oh and then the feeling you get when you're able to buy your mom tickets to see Paul McCartney, and you both sit together and sing. Aaahh, #unreal

Oh music, I love it so so much.

Not that the pictures in this post have anything to do with that, but I'm not really in the habit of taking out my phone/camera when I go see shows. I would rather enjoy the music and feel whatever it  makes me feel. Happiness, nostalgic, sad, or just straight up lucky to be standing there and feeling something.

I also saw Chromeo Wednesday night and they were sooooo AWESOME. They put on such a great show. :) If you ever have the chance to see them DO IT!

Happy Weekend Friends

Happy Weekend Friends :) 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hukilau Lanai

While in Kauai Nadav and I decided to treat ourselves to a fancy schmancy dinner (honeymoon splurges ya know =P) at a restaurant every local we met recommended to us. My advice? If every local you meet on vacation tells you to check out the same restaurant you make sure you go.

But I digress, we listened to those locals and made reservations at Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa. Hukilau Lanai prides itself on using fresh fish and local produce, and it shows in the quality and taste of their food. Every single course of the $50 5 course menu with wine pairings was phenomenal! I know, I know $50 per person isn't cheap but I think it's a good value for a 5 course meal with wine pairings. :)

Hukilau Lanai was seriously out of this world delicious, and we were that "just right" kinda tipsy by the end of our dinner. Perfection.

If you're in Kauai you HAVE to try Hukilau Lanai, you'll love it!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kauai Day 6: Secret Beach, Anini Beach, and the Wailua River State Park

I know, I know.. I totally lagged on finishing blogging about our Kauai trip, but let's start daydreaming go back to day 6.

It was a beach beach beach, and some more beach kinda day. I guess that's the kinda thing you do in Kauai, right? ;) It was also the day we had the very best meal of our trip, but more on that later.

We started our morning on the North Shore and headed to Secret's Beach. An absolutely stunning beach that really looks like it belongs in the movies. It's beauty just unreal. Park near the houses that are right by the path that takes you down to the beach. Expect to hike about 10 minutes downhill until you see what really looks like paradise. Spend a few hours, relax, and enjoy the beauty. We didn't snorkel at Secrets, but saved that for our next stop along the way.

Ohhh stay off these rocks you mean? Woops. 

After a few hours living our honeymoon dreams at Secrets we started craving a good snorkeling session. We had heard some good things about the snorkeling at Anini Beach Park and decided to head north and give it a try. The beach wasn't the most beautiful but the water was calm and we saw a ton of sea turtles. If you have the time check it out, if not.. you're probably better off checking out other beaches on Kauai. ;)

 Next up, we drove south and made a little pit stop at Wailua River State Park. The area is so green, and straight up looks like like a scene out of Jurassic Park, or maybe it really is a scene out of Jurassic Park considering the movie was filmed on Kauai. ;) Either way, the Wailua River State Park is filled with secret little streams and paths, definitely worth a little detour.

We spent the next few hours enjoying the yummiest meal at Hukilau Lanai, but more on that later. If you are going to Kauai make sure you hit up Halekai Lanai it's SO GOOD.

Friday, October 3, 2014


So uhh, guess I'm catching up on posting all those wedding photos. ;) Here's another one by oh so awesome Orange Owl Photography.

Ah weekend you have arrived and it feels oh so good.
Wishing you a restful, reflective, and straight up good weekend with the people that matter most.

And if you observe Yom Kippur like me, wishing you an easy fast, shana tovah. Let's hope for a year filled with peace, health, love, happiness, and lots of adventure. :)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Happy List

Photo by the amazing Orange Owl Photo :)
1. Seeing Paul McCartney last weekend. The Beatles are basically my very favorite band, and watching Paul McCartney perform is probably one of the coolest things I've ever done. #Thankful
2. Photos from our wedding, engagement session, and Europe trip that are finally printed and ready to be framed. It's the little things ya know?
3. Long, lazy dinners with great friends.
4. The kids I work with, and their ability to keep me silly.
5. The relationship I have with my mom and how it's changed over the past year. Sometime over the past year we really became good friends. I'm so grateful.
6. Thinking about the past year. The very good, the bad, and the hopes for the next year. Reflecting is oh so good  for the soul.
7. Nadav's laugh, it also keeps me silly.
8. Pilates, and how it's changed my body. Seriously, I am 30 years old and somehow just figured out that I am supposed to activate my lower back and stomach muscles when standing and sitting up straight. Psh, the things pilates has taught me.
9. The show, "The League". I know I know, it's an old show, but we just recently started watching it on Netflix and I flipping love it. I can't remember the last time I laughed so much while watching a show.... especially a show about a fantasy football team. It's good ladies, it's reallll good.
10. The people in my life who keep me grounded and love me. You know love is what makes the word go round... or something ;)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bertrand at Mister A's

San Diego Restaurant Week, is you know, one of my favorite things.. ever.
I love love love to eat good food, and San Diego Restaurant Week makes good (pricier) food a whole lot more affordable.

*For the record I thoroughly enjoy a cheap, hole in the wall Mexican restaurant just as much as I enjoy a fancier restaurant, but hey it's fun to switch things up here and there. Did I mention that I love restaurant week? ;)

But I digress, Last weekend Nadav and I were lucky enough to enjoy the most delicious restaurant week meal with two great friends at Bertrand at Mister A's in Banker's Hill. The food was excellent and, the wine pairings just added to the fun. Mister A's is located on the top floor of a high rise building and overlooks Downtown San Diego and the harbor. The views are incredible, I definitely recommend reserving a table outside right around sunset.

For the first course: scallops and wild Alaskan tuna tartare. Soooooo good

I ordered the braised lamb osso busco and it was delicious. To be honest I'm not a huge red meat fan, but the waiter recommended it and I went for it. I didn't regret it ;)

Ehh.. sorry for the lack of better food photos. In all of my foodie excitement I managed to leave my fancy camera in the car, and it was too dark to get better foods with my point and shoot camera when it was time to eat our entrees and dessert. I promise though, the food was delish.

Good news: restaurant week was extended until October 3. You can still go enjoy a 3 course meal at Bertrand and Mister A's for $45. Dooooo it!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's Just Too Hot

San Diegans are not used to heat and humidity. Ughh humidity. A lot of us don't have air conditioning because there's usually no need for it, but about 2 weeks ago it was so hot in Southern California that we all wanted to vomit, spend the entire day at the pool, cough up the money for air conditioning couldn't deal. I know, I know I sound very spoiled but I swear, living in San Diego kinda sets you up for that kinda thing.

On one such freakishly hot day, Nadav and I had elaborate plans to go surfing on the way to Orange County to visit my parents, but we made a little detour and ended up at Disneyland. Surree, we'll go on a ride or two, it will be wayyy too hot to stay any longer than that.

Wrong-O friends. Wrong-O.

It was so flipping hot that California Adventures and Disneyland were almost empty and it was fabulous. We spent the entire day at California Adventures, walked onto most rides, and welp went on the log ride a few times.

Okayyyy and prior to that wonderful day I had actually sweet talked my way out of riding the Tower of Terror. "No no.. the line is just way too long, let's go get a margarita instead," was one of my best lines. Unfortunately we had no such excuse that day and we made it on the Tower of Terror. I am kind of a baby when it comes to heights, but I loooooooved the Tower of Terror. Seriously, how could I have avoided it all this time. It is now officially one of my very  favorite rides at Disneyland. If you're planning a trip to California Adventures make sure you go on Tower of Terror it is AWESOME.

There's even a winery at California Adventures. Sigghh I love it.

Oh you know, just rocking heart sunglasses over my eyeglasses. Nothing know here, carry on.

We stopped in at California Adventure's Wine Country Trattoria's bar and lounge for dinner. We both ordered a wine flight and shared a couple of appetizers. It was our first time there and we really enjoyed it. :) 

The entrance to Disneyland during Halloween time is so so good.

Oh Disneyland you make me feel like a little kid again. ;)


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