I am just now getting back into work mode after a wonderful two weeks off from work. Being back to work is bitter sweet; I loved having so much time off with my husband exploring the coast of California and then ending our wonderful vacation with a weekend trip with the family in Mexico. However, since I can’t travel full time (who doesn’t want to do that right?!) I have to get back to the daily grind and save for our next excursion.
Carmel was quite the surprise. I heard it was a favorite for so many but when we got there, I couldn’t believe how lovely it really was. I instantly fell in love. This town by the sea is so charming that we ended up spontaneously booking a night there after two nights in Marina. We stayed at Colonial Terrace Inn By The Sea. It was so stinking cute, the only negative thing about this place was that the walls were SOOO thin, you literally could hear any outside activity. However, it was so quaint I would stay there again. Carmel is the perfect place to stay if you’re traveling the coast from San Francisco to Big Sur area. Only two hours south of San Francisco and under an hour north of Big Sur.
We asked locals where to eat when we were there and they suggested Em Le’s for brunch as well as Little Swiss Cafe. Both were exceptional! We then stumbled upon Carmel Valley Coffee for some cappuccinos and the best chicken pesto panini I have ever had. Also, If you’re in Carmel you must make a stop into Barmel for some drinks and for their Chicharones. The freshest fried pork belly I’ve ever had once again. We really wanted to try their ramen with egg but they we’re out so they comped us with delicious steak sandwiched made by the restaurant they owned next door. I could have spent hours in that bar.
Unfortunately we didn’t take any photos of the food with our camera, just my husbands phone and we lost ALL, I mean ALL the photos and videos from our whole Cali trip while in Mexico because the phone somehow rebooted and didn’t save anything. After almost crying about it, my husband promised we would go back so that we can experience it all over again. Never rely on phones..always save your photos on a hard drive after vacations. #LessonLearned ;(
We spent most of our short time there just walking the streets and eating a lot! I’ve never seen so many different types of flowers in a town. They were literally everywhere and I had hundreds on his phone. ;( The locals are seriously so lucky they get to live in paradise and I kept asking my husband to find someone to adopt us there! hahaha
I absolutely recommend staying in Carmel if you plan a trip to California. You will not be disappointed. I will be adding different posts up these next 2 weeks of all of our travels throughout Cali and Mexico. There are soooooooo many pictures and videos to go through
Happy Thursday Friends, the weekend is near.
xo – Roxy
Photo and edit by my love
This quote perfectly sums up the wonderful week my husband and I spent cruising the gorgeous coast of California. It was one of the most exciting road trips we’ve ever taken. The weather in the constant low 80’s was a relief from the scorching 100’s we’ve had here in Arizona, we were ready to explore everything.
We flew into San Francisco last Saturday morning and could barely wait to pick up our rental before heading for the city. When we checked into Park Central Hotel , we were asked if we wanted an upgrade from our 5th floor to their highest level for an additional $30, I did not hesitate. They upgraded us to the 34th floor, their highest floor, and my goodness those views of the city and the bay peeking behind it were spectacular!! If only we had more than a night to enjoy those views, we would not have wanted to leave our room that day.
I love how this city is so vibrant and alive! From the different cultures and neighborhoods, to the eclectic foods, San Francisco is one of the culinary capitals of the world and the foodie in me is always happy there. This is our second visit to this city and we can’t wait to return. The fresh dungeness street crab, clam chowder in their famous sourdough bowls and the overall vibe of being in the center of it all makes it one of my favorite cities.
1. Golden Gate Bridge – If you’re in San Francisco, you must drive over the bridge and if you have time to watch the sunset from Golden Gate Heights Park
2.Fisherman’s Wharf – Walk the pier, listen to live music on the streets, browse all the different shops, and eat a lot (make sure to get the whole cracked crab w butter and a clam chowder bowl from Sabella & Latorre – it’s amazing)
3. Chinatown -The largest Chinatown outside of Asia, San Francisco’s Chinatown is a great place for some cheap souvenirs and great food among many other things. Chinatown is located in downtown San Francisco, and covers 24 square blocks. It is within an area of roughly 1 mile long by 1.34 miles wide.
I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of this week! I’m headed to Mexico in the mornin
oh boy, Arizona is heating up!!!!
So this past Sunday was spent indoors all day working on my etsy shop and making delightful recipes. I made a healthy chicken and avocado salad, fresh fruit lemonade for some much needed refreshments and for dinner we made a delicious Honey – Orange Salmon with veggies and rice in a pineapple for the finishing touches of our Hawiian feast. We are heading to Hawaii in 23 days so eating healthy lately has been a must! It’s tough because I’ve always hated watching what I eat and haven’t been a big fan of working out either, but making this a priority lately hasn’t been as difficult as I thought. I wanted to try something Hawaiian inspired and knew I had to incorporate a pineapple. Always fun experimenting in the kitchen.
Ingredients: (4 servings)
Cooking time: 15 minutes / Prepping time: 5 minutes
- 4 salmon fillets (about 6 oz each one)
- Salt and black pepper or black pepper and Vegeta
- 4 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- 4 slices fresh orange
- Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- In a large baking dish place the salmon fillets. Season each fillet with salt and pepper or pepper and vegeta.
- In a small bowl mix the orange juice and honey. Divide the mixture on top of the salmon fillets. Then top each fillet with 1 orange slice.
- Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.
Ingredients: (4 servings)
Cooking time: 25 minutes / Prepping time: 5 minutes
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 meduim yellow squash, sliced about 1/2” thick
- 2 medium cups crimini mushrooms cut in half
- Sea salt
- Italian Seasoning
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp water
Preheat oven to 425 F.
In a casserole dish , pour the olive oil. Dump all the veggies on the tray and mix, using your hands, until well coated with the oil. Sprinkle a bit of salt over the top, and the Italian Seasoning, too. Mix again using your hands until well coated. Spread veggies out and put in the oven for 15 minutes covered. Add the 2 tbsp of water then roast another 10 minutes uncovered.
For the rice, I used a bag of Knorr Fiesta Sides Spanish Rice and presented it in a pineapple. Simple yet very tropical.
The weather in Phoenix has been in the teens and we are burning up and are ready for a breezy 80 degrees constant next month. Hope you all have a wonderful week! <3