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Friday, November 30, 2012

Oh Cheeseballs

Truth. I have a slight allergy to cheese. It's not terrible, but it's not a good thing so I try to avoid cheese in most situations. However, I will make exceptions when a certain food covered in melting cheese is that good.... 
Big Kahuna's in Pacific Beach has cheese balls that are that good.
They are oily, cheesy, and delishhhh

Big Kahuna's serves their cheese balls with Ranch dressing. I usually skip the Ranch and order a side of marinara saurce, but Nadav loves the ranch. Besides the extreme healthiness that is their =P bread balls Big Kahuna's serves huge servings of ridiculously good Hawaiian food.

Their portions are so huge that we usually split an entree. I'm a big fan of their Hawaiian plates, and really love the teriyaki chicken, the spicy aki, and the grilled mahi-mahi. The macaroni salad is gooood too.

Although I've never been there for brunch, I have heard that they serve 99 cent mimosas, an obvious win.
If you're ever in the PB area, and craving a break from the beach and/or a drunk Sunday Funday (lets be honest that's what most people in PB), head to Big Kahuna's for some yummy Hawaiian food. You will thank me. ;)

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Hope you have a sweet sweet weekend
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter, The San Diego Way.

Freezing my SoCal butt off in Lake Tahoe a few years ago
+ Go ice skating on the beachfront ice skating rink at the Hotel Del Coronado. The very best part? A portion of each ticket purchased will go to the Make A Wish Foundation! Sweet right? :-)
+ Light the Hanukkah candles every single night of Hanukkah
+ Grab some hot chocolate and take a night time walk (or 3 night time walks) around Balboa Island to see the Christmas lights reflecting on the water. They are my absolute favorite and are so worth the trip up from OC. (Mom, Dad smile...you know my main reason for coming to OC is to see you, but the Balboa Island Christmas lights are an added bonus =P)
+ Play in the (fake) snow at Sea World.. hey when you live in San Diego you can't be too picky about the realness of the "snow" you play in. =P
+ Play in some real snow
+ Pick a particularly warm day and lay out at the beach. ;) Have I mentioned I love San Diego hehe
+ Decorate for Hanukkah. Yup there will be multiple menorahs, dreidels, and Hanukkah gelt around these parts.
+ Taking time to be thankful and appreciate my 2 weeks off of work
+ Read 3 books
+ Spend more time cuddling on the couch with my man and a good book... or the TV =P
+ Go snowboarding, and try to avoid breaking my tail bone again any bones.
+ Celebrate Hanukkah with my family
+ Make a gingerbread house that actually stays upright. I know, I know I'm Jewish and didn't grow up making gingerbread houses, but there's gotta be some secret trick I never learned. How do you keep those babies from falling over??
+ Take time to exercise at least 4 times a week
+ Visit Candy Cane Lane in Poway. I may or may not be reallly picky about Christmas lights , but Candy Cane Lane has the best Christmas light display in all of San Diego.

What's on your winter to do list? 

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Have a great day friends
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

On Dolphin Day

On the third day of our vacation the stars aligned, the sea parted and a miracle was had.
Well not really, but dolphin day had arrived and one of my ultimate dreams came true. =P
**Cue eye rolling** I know I know...

Naturally, I took many photos because that's what bloggers do so I could remember the day forever.
Just in case you're curious.. Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples, Top (old): American Apparel, Shorts (old): Joe's Jeans
We took a boat from Cancun to Dolpin Discovery, which is on the island of Isla Mujeres. On the boat I wore my sunglasses over my eyeglasses (what's new?), Nadav's nephew looked really serious, and I was really concerned that the girl sitting next to me was going to get sick... all over me.
Not to worry, the girl ended up moving inside the ship, I hope she was ok ;)

Nadav and I were feeling extra nice even if I was feeling a teensy bit impatient, but that's neither here nor there hehe so we waited an extra hour before our dolphin swim and babysat Nadav's ridiculously cute nephew while his parents' and grandparents swam with dolphins. 

Our turn finally arrived and I did about 30 happy dances while waiting to get in the water. Dolphins really are amazing animals and now I just want to work at Sea World as a dolphin trainer. =P So much for my occupational therapy masters degree... Mom, Dad calm down. I'm only kidding (kinda)

After my dreams came true the dolphin swim came to an end we headed back to our hotel, and I couldn't help but take some of photos of the beauty that is Cancun, Mexico.  

I hope you find the strength within yourself to make all your dreams come true, even the maybe not so serious dreams like swimming with dolphins. ;)

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Guess what?! This month I'm Jigsaw London's Blogger of the Moment. I am so so excited to be featured on their site! Click here to see my favorite Jigsaw London pieces and here to read my feature. Thanks Jigsaw!

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Just a little note to my San Diego readers.
 Mog + Rue, an awesome San Diego boutique is hosting a party to celebrate their 6th birthday. Stop by tomorrow, Thursday November 29, for complimentary manicures, hors d'oeuvres,  raffles, a little shopping and lots of fun. You can check out the invitation here. If you're interested in attending make sure you RSVP and say I sent you. :)   
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wanna Win Some Ad Space?

Hi Friends, 
I have good news for you today! Bekuh of Secondhand Sundays and I have a pretty sweet giveaway to share with you! We have teamed up for a joint ad space giveaway. I think December is the perfect time to promote your blog or business, so scroll down and enter to win a large ad space on our blogs! But first, meet Bekuh!

Hi there LA&B readers, my name is Bekuh and I'm the blogger/creative type behind the blog Secondhand Sundays. Secondhand Sundays is a lifestyle blog that focuses on living a simple life filled with the pretty, delicious, and handmade. I love to share tidbits of daily life with my sweet husband and rambunctious pup, DIY projectsrecipes, and fashion. I truly believe there's nothing better in life than a cozy night in with the one you love, hot coffee, and a cute dog. I'd love to have you visit and be a friend. -Bekuh

Bekuh is AWESOME and I know you will love her blog. Her quirky and creative ways are contagious :)

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Good Luck Friends :)

And just in case you're interested, go here to learn more about advertising on my site.
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Around These Parts

This was not the first holiday that my family and Nadav's family have spent together, but it was the first Thanksgiving we have spent together. We gathered at my parents' house and my mom made a ridiculously good meal. Thanksgiving dinner ended up being so so nice, and I just really felt thankful the entire time. 

Thankful that our families were together, 
thankful that we were all enjoying ourselves, 
thankful for our families, 
and man thankful that I was home enjoying my mom's cooking. There's just nothing like it

My mom is a pretty incredible host, and she loves decorating for the holidays.

Taken when my mom kicked us out she she could "get things done" on a before Thanksgiving dinner walk

What we saw when we returned home from our pre-dinner banishment walk

We were all so busy eating and chatting during dinner that I forgot to take any family photos. Here's the only one we took before we sat down to eat.

Thanksgiving break was fantastic, untilll Friday evening when we realized every single one of us had caught a horrendous case of the stomach flu from Nadav's nephew. Wamp wamp, and yes that would be the THIRD time I have had the stomach flu in less than 6 months. Shenans I tell you, shenans. ;)

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with your families.
I'm really looking forward to a sweet holiday season :)
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Today.


Today (and everyday) I am thankful for...
+ Peace
+ The safety and health of my family and friends, especially in Israel
+ My family
+ Nadav, and the love that we share
+ Our home, and all the ways we are learning to make it our own.
+ The first Thanksgiving dinner my family and Nadav's family will spend together
+ Seeing my brother for the first time since August
+ Thanksgiving and the way it brings families together
+ All of YOU.
+ Chocolate chips in a huge Costco bag when I get a craving for sweets at the end of a day ;)
+ San Diego.
+ Always, always looking forward to going back to San Diego, even after an incredible vacation
+ A job that is fulfilling
+ Boot camp, and the strong bonds I share with my boot camp friends
+ My health, and the ability to kick butt at boot camp
+ Blogging, and how it has changed my life in so many way
+ The passion Nadav and I share for traveling
+ The memories I have made and the lessons I have learned since last Thanksgiving. Growth is always something to be thankful for.

Thank you again for coming here to read these words of mine. 

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Happy Happy Thanksgiving
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cancun, In Photos & Words.

In Photos.

1. View from our hotel room balcony
2. My daily breakfast, an egg white omelette with tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms and some fruit on the side. I like to start my day with a healthy breakfast ;)
3. Stealing kisses at Chichen Itza
4. On the dock awaiting to board the boat to Isla Mujueres

5. Pool time
6. Uhm... skulls?
7. Just pretty things
8. Our peeps.

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In Words.
Cancun was wonderful. It was so so nice to get away to such a beautiful place and spend time bonding with Nadav's family, especially his nephew. I'm obsessed with the kid and I am really looking forward to seeing him tomorrow evening at our Thanksgiving meal. 
Each day of our trip was packed with fun activities, and we all came back exhausted and needing a vacation from our vacation. ;) We stayed at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun. The resort itself was beautiful, and I was impressed with the restaurant, bartenders, and cleaning staff. That being said, I wouldn't recommend the resort to any of you. I try to keep negative stuff off of this blog, but if you are curious as to why I wouldn't recommend the resort email me and I'll let you know. ;)

I'm a lucky girl!
Happy Thanksgiving Eve My Friends
Thanks for coming here each day and reading my words
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Perks.

There are many perks to being Nadav's girlfriend.
+ He's my best friend
+ He's nice to look at
+ He is way too computer smart, seriously you have no idea.
+ He always lets me pick where we go out to dinner because I am most definitely the picky one

And last week I was introduced to the newest perk...
His brother now flies for Virgin America. **Happy Dance Happy Dance**

The ladies.. Me, Nadav's sister in law, and his mom

All of our bags. Ya so we just had a couple....



How cute are the Virgin Airlines in flight napkins? It's the little things that get you when you're drinking free mixed drinks on a sweet airplane ya know? ;)

Worst plane ride everrr. Can you tell how unhappy we look? hehehe. PS Nadav's eyes shrink when he drinks =P



Trust me when I say that Virgin Airlines is the ishhhhhhhhh.
But seriously. What other airline plays Lady Gaga "Just Dance" at their check-in desks???! I'm obsessed.

Every single seat on each of their planes is leather and really comfy. They also have tons of in-flight movie/tv options, and I did a serious happy dance when I realized that Moonrise Kingdom was offered.

Truth, the flight attendants were extra nice to us, but I have never felt so comfortable and relaxed on an airplane. If you ever get the chance to fly with Virgin Airlines doooooooooo it.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

So This Happened.

Another huge item checked off of the the bucket list!
Pretty sweet right? =P

In other news, Cancun was so so wonderful, but I have a serious case of vacation hangover. You know that day after you get back from an awesome vacation, and all of your clothes are still in your suitcase and it's obvious that you should really be doing some laundry or grocery shopping. Maybe just get off of the couch?
Ya not happening. 

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In all seriousness I missed this little blog of mine and all of you! So happy to be back in this space
I'll have lots more to sure about my trip this week because really, I took way too many photos to keep them all to myself. 

Hope you have a great week!
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup



While I'm away I asked some of my favorite ladies to keep you entertained. Next up, Erika

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Hi I'm Erika.


 I blog at about inspiring things and sell my handmade totes, clutches and wristlets.

And I'm here to talk about cooking. Why? Because Tammy just recently admitted that she has never made soup. And as a fanatical soup lover, I thought that it was a terrible, awful thing that she had never done it.
Not only is soup delicious-- it's really easy to make. Really easy. 


So I'm sharing a SUPER simple recipe with her and you guys, her readers, while she enjoys the beaches of Mexico. 


Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Quinoa (altered from recipe found here)

ingredients:
2 medium sweet potatoes1/2 white onion, diced2 carrots, sliced 2 teaspoons cumin 2 stalks of celery, sliced1 large garlic clove, diced3 tablespoons olive oil, divided1 cup cooked quinoa3 cups chicken or veggie broth1/4 cup wateroptional: 2 teaspoons tapatio sauce optional: 4 strips of bacon, crumbled

directions

1. Peel and dice your sweet potatoes and place them and the carrots on a cooking sheet. Drizzle with 1 table spoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside.
2. Heat remaining olive oil in large pot on medium high. Add sliced onion and cook until translucent.
3. Add diced garlic, cumin and celery. Stir while cooking for 1 minute.
4. Add roasted carrots and potatoes. Cook for 4 minutes.
5. Add broth and water. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat and cook on medium low until carrots and potatoes are tender.
6. Using an immersion blender or in batches using a blender, puree the soup. The husband doesn't like perfectly smooth soups, so I usually leave a few chunks. Feel free to do the same.
7. Stir in quinoa and tapatio sauce.8. Top with crumbled bacon.Serve with parmesan cheese toast. Delish.




Thanks for letting me stop by Tammy! I hope you (and others) try this recipe. :) Oh, and have a Corona on the beach for me. 

and if you want to see more of me,  I can be found on the Internet on my blog, in my shop or at 140 characters on Twitter as @rougeandwhimsy. Want more soup recipes? They're all here on my Pinterest board!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fall Inspiration

Amanda is an amazing cook and I am so happy she's here today to share some of her favorite Fall recipes.

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Hi there! I'm Amanda, a Californian blogging all the way from Okinawa, Japan where I get to call home for a few years. It is such a blessing to live in a culture that celebrates good, natural food. My husband and I thought we understood the importance of eating locally and seasonally, but never as much as learning it from Okinawans who have one of the healthiest diets in the world. I love to cook beautiful meals with fresh ingredients... and satisfy my crazy sweet tooth too! Here are a couple of my favorite Fall dishes I've created so far this season. Thanks for having me, Tammy, and to all of you for being foodies with me this morning!


 Off The Vine Tomato Soup & Gouda Brie Arugula Grilled Cheese // recipe 
Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto with Fresh Rosemary // recipe

Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter, Rosemary & Thyme // recipe

Ginger Molasses Cookies with Fruit Sorbet // recipe

Cinnamon & Spice Pumpkin Pancakes & Homemade Whipped Cream // recipe

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

24 Hours In San Diego

While I'm busy having too much fun in Cancun I asked some of my favorite blogger to entertain you. Allie is here today to take you on a 24 hour tour of my very favorite city.


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Hi lovely Lemons, Avocados, and the Bay readers! I'm Allie and I blog over at Beauty and the Feast! Come on over and say hello... it'll make my day. I'm thrilled that Tammy asked me to be here with you all while she's having the time of her life in Mexico! Tammy and I met through the blogosphere but since we're both in San Diego, we've met several times and... well... the rest is history. She's basically my blog guru. Anyways! Today I'm going to share with you some of my favorite things to do in San Diego. So without further adieu... if you're ever in San Diego and have at least 24 hours...


8:00 a.m. Cowles Mountain: Begin your day with a vigorous hike up Cowles Mountain. Bring plenty of water and your A-game; it isn't easy but the view from the top is amazing.

9:00 a.m. Coffee at Roast Coach Coffee Bar: On your way back, stop in South Park for coffee at Roast Coach Coffee Bar. This darling cart owned by two of the nicest women I've ever met is sure to have a smiling face to make your morning. Order the Southern Hospitality, which is an iced coffee with muddled mint, brown sugar and a bit of cream. 

10:00 a.m. Breakfast at The Cottage: You'll be starving by now so get in the car and drive a bit north to La Jolla and have a feastly breakfast at The Cottage. From chilequiles to oatmeal pancakes, I promise you're going to be a happy camper.

11:00 a.m. Walk around La Jolla: While you're in La Jolla, you can't miss the shopping and views. There's a beautiful park, lots of cliffs and even seals to see!

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Mitch's Seafood: This dive in Point Loma offers some of the best and freshest seafood in the area... plus it's affordable. Plus it's right on the water.

2:00 p.m. Kayaking in Point Loma: Rent some kayaks for the day for some views of San Diego from the water.

4:00 p.m. Nap at Balboa Park: Just kidding, you don't have to nap. But by this time, you might need a little snooze. Balboa Park is filled with museums, art, music and exhibits. However if you just want to relax, it's also an opportune place to take in the scenery and catch some z's.

7:00 p.m. Dinner at MIHO Gastrotruck: Hopefully you're in San Diego on a Friday night and you can catch MIHO in South Park. This all-American food truck is definitely some of the best food you'll find in the area. 

9:00 p.m. Post-Dinner Bars: Since obviously I'm a professional on the San Diego bar scene, I have a slew of suggestions for you.

For the beer snob: Toronado or Hamilton's. Hands down. But if you prefer to be in Pacific Beach, you have to go to Tap Room.

For the dive bar lover: Check out Live Wire or Bar Pink... which also happens to have a fabulous dance floor.

For a fancy cocktail: Get your whiskey on at Seven Grand or make a reservation at Noble Experiment, a speakeasy. 

Finally, if you're ever in San Diego, don't forget to let me know so I can join you on this venture! Thanks for having me, Tammy! Photobucket

Monday, November 12, 2012

Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos

While I'm busy having too much fun in Cancun I asked some of my favorite blogger to entertain you. First up, one of my best blogger friends turned in real life friends, Cara-Mia.



Hello Lemons, Avocados, and the Bay readers! I'm Cara-Mia from Typed for Miles. I'm lucky enough to have met the lovely Miss Tammy in real life. Somehow, we end up discussing food a lot, and in one of those conversations I mentioned a Mexican pantry staple: El Pato. Tammy told me she had never tried it, and I just knew I had to write up a recipe for her using it! (I also knew it had to be a crock pot recipe since she is a busy lady!) So here goes it. 

Ingredients:

- 2 cans of El Pato sauce 
- 3 lbs chuck roast
- 2 Anaheim peppers
- 1 tomato
- 1/2 onion

Directions: 

1. Generously salt and pepper the chuck roast. Place chuck roast and both cans of El Pato sauce in a crock pot. Add enough water to cover the meat in liquid. Cook on low for about 7-8 hours. 



2. Roast and peel the Anaheim peppers. (For various methods, look here.) I use the broiler method. Once you've roasted the peppers, place them on a wet paper towel and then cover them with another wet paper towel. (This helps with the peeling.) Once they have cooled, peel off the skin. Chop and remove the seeds.



3. Heat a pan with high heat. Shred beef and brown in pan. (Don't skip this step. I've skipped it before and it just isn't as tasty.) 

4. Chop half of an onion. Heat some olive oil over medium-high heat and cook onions until slightly brown. Chop the tomato and add that in along with the chopped peppers. Cook for another two minutes or so. 


5. Stir in the meat and you are ready to go! Wrap it up in a flour tortilla and dinner is served.


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Now go make sure you check out Cara-Mia's blog. I promise you'll want to stick around :)

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