Back To Reality

Feels so good to finally be home and settled from our mini trip to So Cal. It was great to finally get out the city but it’s always nice to sleep in your own bed. This time I did not forget to pack anything either! So proud of myself. We finally got back home on Saturday night, around 11:30 PM. Luckily, I didn’t have to work the next day (although I can’t say the same for poor Chi).

When I woke up on Saturday, I showered and got ready really quick to drive to the Marina and hang out with my friend Rocio while her boyfriend worked at Toma for a few hours. We set off to drain our wallets at Lululemon and eat brunch, followed by a SusieCakes mini cupcake treat.

I found an awesome running jacket on the sale rack that I can’t wait to wear this week! I also bought a headband and running tank. I’m working out a lot more now and find doing laundry every few days to be a bit exhausting.

We ate at Brixton on Union Street and shared two entrees, leaving enough room for sweet and salty in our mouths.

The first plate to come out was the Carnitas Hash, beer braised sautéed with yukon gold potatoes and topped with tortilla strips, avocado mousse, cilantro and a poached egg. Rocio and I were obsessed with it, I’m not usually a huge fan of Carnitas because I find it very rich, but I was so happy we ordered this plate.


Next was the Crispix Crusted Stuffed French Toast. This dish was a plain brioche stuff with nutella and sliced bananas, dredged in their own batter and grilled with crispix cereal crumbs. What a mouthful. Nutella and bananas are an instant hit with me, the only thing that could of made this better was to add strawberries on top.


After, we walked around Union St. for a bit before heading back to Toma and picking up Strawberry Lemonade cupcakes along the way. I said my goodbyes and drove the 45 minute drive to Concord to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays. She didn’t want to do anything fancy so we just some good ol’ Chinese in downtown Walnut Creek.

I honestly forgot where we ate already, but here’s the Spicy Basil Chicken,


and Beef With Broccoli.


Not pictured was three bowls of rice and a heaping plate of garlic noodles, my favorite! The waitress/owner loved us and gave us a free scoop of ice cream each.


I’m not a huge ice cream fan, but I will demolish a good amount of Green Tea or Coffee if given the opportunity.

We swung back to her house for a few hours and then I drove the long ride home. Chi didn’t get home from work until ~11:30 PM, we shared half a burrito and some guac.

I also want you to keep in mind that all the food pictures I took were from the same day + a burrito & a chips. Let’s just say if I had cheat days, Saturday would be considered one.

Sunday, I spent the whole morning kicking my feet in bed until I finally found the courage to go up and buy some groceries for the week. I’m finally getting out of my eating rut and excited to start cooking in the kitchen again. I felt lazy and just drove to Whole Foods, which is a few blocks from my house. Unfortunately, the parking lot was full so I had to trek to Trader Joe’s like I originally planned to.


I find myself buying the same things week after week.

What are your essential food items, any food ideas for me to change my grocery list? Did you have a crazy eating weekend like I did?

12 thoughts on “Back To Reality

  1. I tend to buy the same things over & over too. That’s why I really like going to the farmers market for fresh produce. I usually eye something that looks too pretty to pass up! It’s fun to use new ingredients. Oh, and just keep expanding your work-out wardrobe, then you won’t have to do laundry as much 🙂

  2. oh my gosh that french toast looks out of this world good! i lovvve green tea ice cream too. its delicious. and your post reminded me that have to do both laundry and grocery shopping today or tomorrow. i’d much rather just buy a few new workout clothes.. very good idea my dear:)

  3. YUM to all your food pictures is right! Jeez! 🙂 Especially that ice cream – I love non traditional ice cream too, coffee FTW! But really, I’m drooling over your french toast. I’ve been craving that stuff like crazy! Glad you found me so I could stalk you! 🙂 🙂 your pictures are incredible.

  4. All of your eats look DELICIOUS! Plus your photography skills are stellar! 😉 My grocery essentials would have to be salmon or shrimp, fruit, cottage cheese, hummus, avocados, nut butters, and I really like edamame and string cheese for snacks. Trader Joe’s makes some really fun raviolis if you’re bored and looking for something new to try!

  5. That french toasts looks and sounds insane! My mouth is watering right now!

    And my essentials are pretty boring as well. I’ve been telling myself that when Vishnu finishes his boards is when we’ll both get back into creative cooking – time to gear up!

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