This is the most #latepost ever, coming in 1 year late. But in the spirit of New Year’s, and because I wrote this and never shared it, here is a recap of our 2016-2017 NYE in Yosemite…

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I am not the earliest of risers, but for Yosemite, I’ll do just about anything. Although I haven’t been since I was like 12, I’ve been #yosemiteready for the past couple of years.  So for Christmas, Kevin surprised me with a trip to Yosemite for New Year’s weekend.

On the Friday before New Year’s we woke up at 4am and were on the road no later than 4:45am.  The drive was pretty seamless, except for we encountered some heavy rains while I was driving in the early hours and my (almost) immediate reaction was to just scream because I couldn’t see anything.

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We made it safe and sound around 11am.  Our first stop was the viewpoint after the tunnel, and then a quick walk up to Bridalveil Falls.

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We were able to check into our heated Curry Village tent cabins early around 1pm.  Then we decided to go on a short hike.  We set our sights on Mirror Lake, and kind of just started walking along the road.  Taking the longest route possible (in hindsight), we found ourselves at Mirror Lake, and it truly lived up to its name!  The walk back was much shorter (and direct), rounding this out to be a 4 mile hike.

When we got back it was dark and time for dinner.  Since Curry Village doesn’t allow for you to cook in or near the tents, we cooked our stew in the parking lot and ate standing around the Subi.

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To celebrate our first night, we got dressed up and shuttled over to the Ahwahnee to sit by the oversized fireplace that you can literally sit inside, and sip on some drinks.

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The next morning we had snow-shoeing on the agenda.  We drove up to Badger Pass where I rented snow-shoes for $22.50 for the full day.  We started at the top of the Badger Pass parking lot and followed the trail to Dewey Point.  This was my first time snow-shoeing and I had no idea what to expect, but it was so much fun. My vision of snow-shoeing was those old-timey tennis rackets for shoes.  Who would’ve known that technology and equipment has advanced to create what looked to me like bear traps (lol) 😛 The view at Dewey Point was spectacular, leading to an incredibly epic lunch.

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The days seemed to pass by faster than we expected.  Originally we thought we would have time to snow-shoe, nap, hike and then get ready for NYE.  However, we ended up getting back in time for me to not lolly-gag in order to make our NYE plans and destination.  This should be known as the NYE that did not work out in any fashion it was supposed to. But it ended up being the most hilariously unreal event.

So, the week prior to our trip, we thought we would be fancy and go to a special New Year’s Eve party in the park.  The options available were 6 courses at t (way out of our price range), The Yosemite Lodge non-hosted apps and drinks (didn’t seem like anything too special) and the Big Trees Lodge(formerly known as Wawona) prix-fixe dinner with dancing.  So we purchased tickets for the Big Trees Lodge. Having no real concept of the grandiosity of the park, the Wawona is at least 45 minutes away from the Valley.  There was no shuttle or transportation to service this hotel.  And it was New Year’s Eve (come on, we were planning to drink) and it was anticipated to snow at 3500ft.  So we made the mature decision that we wouldn’t get too wild and made the drive.  By the time we got there it was 7pm, and it was like we had entered the Twilight Zone.

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The event stated dinner was served from 5pm-10pm, and I was never prompted to input a reservation time online. When we arrived, we were told the wait would be at least an hour. Ok, we thought, our fault.  As we waited, it appeared as though this hotel never anticipated this many people to show up. We all clamored around in the lobby, most sitting on chairs brought in from outside.

Tom Bopp played the piano, and literally performed the New Year’s song twice while we were there (every hour on the hour — it’s New Year’s somewhere!).  Should be a hint as to how long we were there! After 1 hour I went up to the hostess, expecting to be seated, but she very passive aggressively told me it would be at least another 30 minutes and thank you for checking in.  I told Kevin the next time he would have to go deal with the situation because all I was getting was the ‘tude. 30 minutes later we were no closer to being seated and were informed that 8 reservations were in front of us and they had not even started seating their first walk-in (which was at 5:30!!! And we were considered walk-ins).  So after an hour and 30 minutes later, we decided to leave.

Luckily we received a refund and hurried back to the Valley. I told Kevin I would be completely fine eating pizza and drinking prosecco. As soon as we got back to Curry Village we ran into the lobby and quickly spouted “where’s the pizza?” To our dismay, pizza stopped being served at 9pm and it was currently 9:15pm. All other restaurants in the area (including the Yosemite Valley Lodge) had stopped food at 9pm. Our only consolation was that the Lodge had a vending machine (LOL).  I was ravaged so we ended up eating canned soup I had brought just as back-up. Extravagant NYE!

Then we decided we would, in fact, go to the Yosemite Valley Lodge for drinks. So we went to the shuttle stop and stood there for a while until we realized service stopped at 10pm and it was now 10:45pm. We hoped we would be able to find some way to celebrate NYE some how. I found myself to be kind of delusional because I started running towards any blinking lights that I thought might be a bus (which included a construction sign on the road LOL).  We eventually found a bus, got to the Mountain Room at the Lodge and realized this was where we should’ve been from the start.  We were able to successfully ring in the New Year!

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Sunday morning started off slow.  We packed up our tent since that night we were upgrading our already glamping digs to (what felt like) a luxury suite at the Tenaya Lodge (just a couple miles outside of the park).  We were torn as to whether or not we’d spend the afternoon cross-country skiing, but I’m so glad we did because it instantly became my new favorite sport!  Except for one problem…we didn’t know how to take them off. At one point we found a nice snowy meadow we wanted to stop in and take a break. However, we couldn’t get the skis off, so we ended up standing on the side of the trail, skis still one, eating our sandwiches and drinking our beer.

However, we enjoyed cross-country skiing so much we decided to keep our skis overnight with the intention to come back early the next morning and get a half day in before we drove home.

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Since our NYE dinner did not come to fruition, we totally balled out for dinner at the Tenaya Lodge #treatyoself.  To the point where our dreams of sitting in a heated pool quickly went to the wayside because we were overly stuffed.  We had a great nights sleep at the Tenaya Lodge and I excitedly woke up early in the morning for skiing.  We ended up skiing from 9am-1pm and it could not have been more of a picture perfect wonderland.  It was lightly snowing and we went on a path off the main track that took us up and down and in between trees. All the while I was trying to remember the “these are a few of my favorite things” song.

After this trip, Yosemite has become a happy place, that just kind of sits in the back of mind, and a magical place to ring in the New Year.

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Calling all San Diegans. If you’re looking for an inexpensive getaway to somewhere not Southern California, Alaska Airlines offers direct tickets to Monterey for $130 RT in winter/early spring! Jen and I visited late February for a work conference that we extended into a weekend stay. Here are my suggestions for visiting the Monterey Bay Area.

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Where to Stay in Monterey: Jabberwock Inn. This bed and breakfast, located in New Monterey (and only 4 blocks away from Pacific Grove), is named after Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky poem from Alice in Wonderland’s Through The Looking Glass novel (I actually had to memorize and recite this poem in 4th Grade). Everything at this Inn is tied to this poem— from the names of the breakfast dishes to the names of the rooms. We stayed in the Tum Tum Tree, which was a quiet little cottage separate from the main house with ocean views, patio hangs, and a pot belly stove fireplace. The sunroom in the main house has expansive windows that look west with ocean views. Every morning you’re prepared breakfast by the innkeepers (it alternates from savory and sweet every other day). And every night, there’s wine and cookies sitting out for you.

Where to Eat in Monterey: Pacific Grove was my family vacation spot growing up, so visiting now makes it very familiar. Red House Cafe is one of my favorite brunch spots. Although we didn’t have a chance to visit there this time, it’s where I developed my “sophisticated” taste buds for marscapone cheese and berry crostinis. You should also stop by the Espresso Bar at Crema, serving up Verve Coffee Roasters espresso and the best baked goods (scones, cheddar biscuits, etc.)!

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Where Else to Go: Unfortunately when we visited, sections of Hwy 1 were closed leading up to Big Sur due to mudslides from the recent big storms. Instead, we drive from Pacific Grove through the scenic 17 Mile Drive, which led us directly to Carmel. When you’re in Carmel, don’t miss walking along the rocky, forested coast. It is probably one of the most peaceful things you could ever do, and you’ll feel like you’re on your own secluded retreat.

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Where to Stay in Carmel: We stayed at Hotel Carmel, formerly the Dolphin Inn, that was recently remodeled into a hipsters hotel paradise. The lobby is decked out with a marble table, indigo dyed pillows and leather butterfly chairs. They also serve a complimentary bagel bar in the mornings.

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Where to Eat in Carmel: Also, don’t miss lunch/dinner at La Bicyclette. This cute French/Italian bistro serves up some of the best salads, pizzas, entrees, rose, etc. We hit this spot twice during our 2 day stay. There are also a ton of wine tasting rooms (like 15+) in Camel, so you’re guaranteed to never go thirsty!

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Every night in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo we found ourselves eating a dinner better than the night before.  If you find yourself visiting, make sure you don’t miss out on these places!

Bistro Soleiado – Soleiades is a French restaurant in the middle of Ixtapa.  We had such a great experience here the year before, this was a definite on our list.
What to order: Mahi Mahi filet with lemon and caper sauce.

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El Mediterraneo – This dinner we met up with another family.  With a large group of 12, we were set up at a long table in the back.  With just a few other tables in the area, it felt like we were in our own private space.  With only the walls surrounding and no roof above (just the stairs), it felt completely open.
What to order: Everyone either ordered the jumbo butterflied coconut shrimp butterflied or the super fresh tuna sashimi.

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La Casa Vieja – The owner was super attentive and did everything — from greeting and seating the tables, to being waiter, bartender, entertainer.
What to order: Shrimp fajitas.

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Ristorante Il Mare* – This was the day that we experienced some intense storms.  We drove over flooded streets, hoping our over-stuffed and small taxi would be able to get maintain traction and get us up and over the hills.  We entered Il Mare, an Italian-influenced restaurant, situated on the edge of the cliffs, overlooking the dark ocean and to the hills that lit up with twinkles of lights.
What to order: Shrimp scampi.

Coconuts – This year and the last, we have unintentionally ended up in Coconuts. It’s a great restaurant, but both times we have started somewhere we did not want to be, left, and found ourselves at Coconuts. Lauren and I were stuffed after we both decided to order a full cornish hen and not share. Lesson learned. Share!
What to order: Cornish hen stuffed with goat cheese, mediterranean vegetables and truffle mashed potatoes.

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El Paraiso Escondido on Isla Ixtapa – This is the restaurant we chose to hang out at when we visited Isla Ixtapa.  To get to Isla Ixtapa, you take a water taxi over from Playa Linda.  The owner of Paraiso Escondido, Juan/”Johnny” said that they offer their own boat, so if you want to stay later than the 5pm cut-off, they can personally taxi you back.  He was super generous and even offered for us to enjoy some of the activities for free (this is when we decided to tube behind a jetski!).  They had fun cocktails like pina coladas in pineapples (adorned with ridiculous fruit faces).
What to order: I went a little out of the norm and ordered grilled octopus in butter.

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Patys Marimar* – At this restaurant your feet are literally on the beach, where you can take off your shoes and dig your toes into the sand. They offer 2 x 1 drinks, but that means they bring you both drinks at once! Tyler and I decided to get mango daiquiris and strawberry daiquiris and swap. At first the mango tasted really mild (like maybe there was no alcohol).  However, we were informed there was alcohol, and were offered additional alcohol, in the form of a double shooter to add as we pleased.
What to order: Shrimp fajitas.

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La Casa Que Canta* – This is probably one of the most beautiful, nicest, and romantic restaurants in Zihuatanejo, located in an upscale hotel.  You feel like you’re on the edge of the world.  The food is delicious and the service is impeccable.  Walk around the grounds and you’ll see an infinity pool that looks like it drops off into the ocean, and a salt water pool that looks like it sinks deep with no end.
What to order: Coconut shrimp.

Bars —Señor Frogs and Alex’s – for the dancing experience and the blue mystery liquid poured down your throat, go to Senor Frogs.  And for the DIY DJ experience (aka make your own playlist and play it on YouTube) go to Alex’s — a bar carved into the side of an old dilapidated stadium.

*You cannot top the view at any of these restaurants.  I have marked a couple of the restaurants that sit on the edge of the cliffs or are literally on the beach and look out to the water with an asterisk.

These past 2 years vacationing to Ixtapa have been an absolute treat!

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This was one of those vacations where you completely relax. When your biggest decision is what bikini to wear, and your only commitment is dinner for the night.

Our daily routine consisted of waking up for a run, eating breakfast at the house (usually greek yogurt, fresh pineapple and mango, white gold honey and granola), going down to the beach for a couple hours, going back up for lunch (usually tortillas, frijoles, queso, aguacate and chipotle sauce), followed by a couple more hours at the pool, the occasional massage on the beach, and then dinner out.

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With all the time spent bronzing and drink cervezas, I finished 4 books —Into the Wild, The Luckiest Girl, Disclaimer, and The Husband’s Secret. Out of those I would highly recommend Disclaimer and The Husband’s Secret. I had started Into The Wild before I left, and I really like John Krakauer books so I enjoyed his investigation of Chris McCandless and highlighted the passage “the joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”  The Luckiest Girl was a good beach read, but not very dense and kind of reminded me of a Lifetime Movie. Disclaimer kept coming with twists and turns — a woman who reads a book and realizes that it’s about her. And The Husband’s Secret has 3 different storylines that all begin to intertwine.

Back to the trip….We flew into Ixtapa on a Saturday, stopped at the grocery stores and picked up supplies to make breakfasts and lunches for the week. By the time we arrived and checked in, it was time to shower and go out to eat.

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On Sunday and Monday we worked on getting ourselves into the routine. You know, having loungey breakfasts, lathering up with sunscreen, and getting ready for a full day of relaxation.

I also competed in a beer drinking competition, of which I had to do 2 rounds consecutively (the first time I kind of drank it like a shower, which led to a rematch). I really didn’t want to chug any more beer, but I also didn’t want to lose…so I ended up winning 😛

Tuesday and Wednesday we experienced some stormy weather. However, by Thursday the skies were blue and the rain had really cleared everything up.

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Thursday we visited the Isla de Ixtapa where I ate octopus, fed a deer with my mouth, and went tubing behind a jet ski. To get there you take a bus to Playa Linda, hop on a boat that taxi’s you over to the second harbor on the island. When you get to the island, you choose the restaurant that you will essentially hang out at all day. There’s lounge chairs and access to the other side of the beach that is prime for snorkeling (lots of fish and lots of coral).

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On Friday we resorted back to our usual routine — run (this time a 10 miler), breakfast, beach, lunch, and pool. We had dinner at the gorgeous Le Casa Que Canta and then met up with the rest of the group to go out to Alex’s bar (where the DJ is youtube on a computer and you can play anything you want), followed by a true Mexico nightlife scene at Señor Frogs (not exempt from blue liquor).

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Saturday is always an awkward day because check out is at 10am, but then the flight isn’t until after 4pm. We packed up all of our stuff, headed down to the resort restaurant for breakfast, and then hung out at the beach for the majority of the morning. When it was time, we took a quick shower in the pool bathrooms, and headed to the airport.

Overall, this trip was the epitome of a real vacation!  Stay tuned, post to come on “Where to eat in Ixtapa!”

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As I’ve read, Joshua Tree is not one for bountiful trails and hikes say for like Yosemite NP.  However, it’s filled with what I would call points of interest (such as Arch Rock and Skull Rock), that are easily accessible and less than 1 mile off the paved road.

Originally I wanted to do The Lost Palms Oasis hike, one of the longer hikes in the park (around 7 miles).  However, once we arrived we realized this located near Cottonwood Campground, roughly 30 miles away from us.  So instead, we decided to do 2 shorter hikes — the first one classified as a “challenging hike,” and the second as a “short walk/nature trail.”

Both of these hikes were easy to find from the road, clearly indicated by wayfinding signage.  The hikes themselves were well maintained and straight-forward.  For example, we thought finding the petroglyphs would be more challenging, but even they had signs pointing towards them.

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Ryan Mountain — “challenging hike,” 3 miles out-and-back with 1,000 feet elevation gain.  The total elevation ends up being a little over 5,000 feet, with sweeping 360 views of the entire park, Mt. San Jacinto and Mt. San Gorgonio.

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Barker Dam — “short walk/nature trail,” 1.5 mile loop, with the only body of water in the park and Indian Petroglyphs.

I’m glad we did Ryan Mountain first.  Although it is deemed a strenuous hike, we had no problem going up and down this within an hour and 30 minutes, with a prolonged break at the top.  If we had only “hiked” Barker Dam, I think we both would have been fairly disappointed, although the Indian Petroglyphs definitely made up for this (we were so stoked and intrigued!!!).

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Where do you camp when all the campgrounds are full in Joshua Tree?

With no real plans except for a few campsites in mind (e.g. White Tank, Jumbo Rocks) Kevin and I arrived at Joshua Tree National Park late on Saturday afternoon to a full park.

We were informed that the only campground with open sites was Cottonwood.  However, Cottonwood was 30 miles away within the park, basically at the South entrance/exit.  So instead, we decided to weigh our options and scout out the backcountry sites.

I had read of BLM (Bureau of Land Management) camping which is free and primitive camping outside the National Park (and from what I’ve read quite desolate).  However, we found out that you can do dispersement camping (pack-in, pack-out) at designated Backcountry Boards inside the park.  These are located throughout the park (look on the map for the blue B’s).  All you need to do is find the Backcountry Board, and fill out a free permit that basically provides the information for your car (so you can park overnight) and some accountability for yourself going out there.  The only real restriction to backcountry camping is that you must be 1 mile from the road and 500 ft from any trails.

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After driving through the White Tank campground and realizing that even though all of the sites are divided by huge boulders, there is still a lack of privacy.  Going off the grid was exactly what we both wanted, needed and liked (camping is all about isolation!).  We ended up using the Twin Tanks location (you can see 12 other spots within JTNP here).  With just enough time to carry 2 loads from the car (we’ve worked on condensing since our first dispersement camping experience) and set up camp, we took a hike to the nearest rock formation.  After climbing about 50 feet up, we reached the top for the most majestic sunset.

I find that camping in completely remote locations is the best way to disconnect and relax.  With no cell reception, and the sun serving as your gauge of time, it’s easy to lose yourself into complete stillness and tranquility.

We also happened to catch the full moon which illuminated our little valley like a spotlight!

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I feel like after 24 hours in Joshua Tree, we had a pretty good understanding for the park.  Even though I had done some research prior, it’s always hard to place things in perspective and know how they all relate!

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San Diego Restaurant Week returns tomorrow, January 17th for 8 days of dining!

On Thursday night, Kevin and I ventured down to Mission Hills (near Hillcrest and Downtown San Diego) to sample Brooklyn Girl’s San Diego Restaurant Week menu.

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Stuffed Pink Baquetta Sea Bass — Oven roasted and stuffed with crab meat, served with Forbidden black rice, organic broccolini and finished with a stone ground mustard sauce.

We entered the expansive building with exposed ceilings and were gestured to our table against the wall adorned with vintage trinkets and unique light fixtures. The interior of Brooklyn Girl has an urban and loft-like feel, while still maintaining a warm and welcoming communal vibe. Old P.S. chairs are used in combination with rustic wooden tables. There’s a bit of artistic glam mixed in (for example chandeliers enclosed in bird cages) to contrast the coolness of the steel.

During our visit I had the opportunity to sit down with Brooklyn Girl’s proprietor, Michael McGeath, to discuss the restaurant, the menu and the inspiration. Not only did he show us incredible hospitality, but his story of how Brooklyn Girl came to be was interesting and insightful.

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Cajun style shellfish étouffée — Shrimp, crab, crawfish and andouille sausage stew with white rice.  Mushroom and truffle risotto — Wild mushrooms, black truffles, parmigiana cheese and chili oil.

With 40 years in the restaurant industry, and an extensive background in opening 15 different restaurants (5 of his own, 10 for other people), Brooklyn Girl is the most recent project (going on 5 years in the location) for husband and wife duo, Michael and Victoria McGeath.

The name Brooklyn Girl is an homage to his wife who is originally from Brooklyn. But it’s also a tribute to the creative food scene that Brooklyn Girl brings from the East to West.

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Carlsbad Black Mussels — Thai basil, coconut, chiles, lemograss, fries, grilled baguette.  Bacon Wrapped Vietnamese Meatballs — Shrimp & pork meatballs, quick tiger slaw, sweet ginger glaze.

With the more recent gentrification of Brooklyn, this New York neighborhood is now known as a hip, trending foodie spot, with an anti-corporate attitude. Immigration to this area has also created a melting pot of multicultural flavors. All of these aspects are carried across and transplanted into this San Diego restaurant, with the aspect of fusion playing a big role in the Brooklyn Girl menu (e.g. Vietnamese meatballs, étouffée, risotto, etc.).

In addition to fusion, the menu is also innovative and fresh. Michael states that Brooklyn Girl is not just following the trends, because they’ve always been devoted to using local, organic and sustainably farmed ingredients. With eating at the restaurant 6 nights a week, Michael serves food and quality he would (and does) eat.

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Chocolate chip bread pudding — Bourbon creme anglaise and whipped cream. Caramel Budino — Salted caramel, custard, crumbled chocolate cookies. 

Without a current executive chef, the couple is fully embracing the unassuming style of Brooklyn restaurants, such as the whole do-it-yourself approach, coming up with the latest menu items on their own. Scouring food blogs and utilizing their personal collection of over 200 cookbooks they seek inspiration that gives way to their unique menu items and ideas. With rotating weekly specials, they are always looking for the next and new thing without trying to replicate anyone else.

For San Diego Restaurant Week, Brooklyn Girl is offering a 3-course dinner menu for $30. This is an absolute value, considering the quality and price of the individual dishes on their own. Ordering off the San Diego Restaurant Week provides a wide range of tastes from the regular menu. With over 6 options for each course, there’s ample opportunity to see why people flock and gather at the Brooklyn Girl!

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My recommendation of the perfect Brooklyn Girl San Diego Restaurant Week order would be:

First Course: Carlsbad Black Mussels — the coconut broth was the best thing ever. We found ourselves soaking the mussels…and dipping the bread…and dunking the fries

Second Course: Mushroom and truffle risotto — perfectly cooked, super creamy, and when can you ever go wrong with truffles in a dish??

Third Course: Caramel Budino — buttery and rich with a velvety texture, nicely contrasted by the subtle crunch from the cookie crumbs.

Brooklyn Girl
4033 Goldfinch Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Thank you to Brooklyn Girl for hosting me! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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So not only did I plan to run my first 50k, I planned to travel and camp the night before (and after).  Ironically I listened to a Trail Talk by Rock Creek Runner podcast the week before exactly titled “How to Tavel and Camp Before an Ultramarathon.”  And basically, what I got as the biggest takeaway was pack more than you think you need — be over-prepared vs. under-prepared.

I didn’t know how the race would work, but you are allowed to have a drop bag.  The podcast recommends separating your drop bag before you leave.  I didn’t make a specific drop bag (since I went alone), but I made a bag specific for of all my race stuff (the clear blue bag from the NYC marathon above).

Packing List:

Race Day outfit
Race day essentials + my “sherpa pack” (aka additional gear) which included:
Long sleeve running shirt
Asics Packable Jacket
Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Trail Running Shoe (the shoes I normally run trails in. However I ended up switching it up to my Hoka’s (my normal marathon shoes) at the last moment)
Injini Trail 2.0 Midweight Mini-Crew
Buff Original Buff
Skinfix Rash Repair Balm
Sunscreen (face + body)

Camp gear
Tent, footprint + hammer
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Fleece blanket
Mexican blanket
Extra sleeping bag
Pillow
Backpack cooler
Camp stove
Mess kit
Camp utensils (fork, knife, spoon, spatula, kitchen knife)
Cutting board
Swiss army knife
Poler camp mug (similar here)
Nalgene
Shower stuff (towel, travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, loofa, flip flops)
Books (Wild)
Magazines (Outside Magazine, Trail Runner)
Headlamp
Flashlight
Wet ones/make-up wipes
Hand warmers
Matches
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Trash bags
Tylenol PM

Clothing
Lululemon Runder Under leggings x2
Lululemon Trail Bound Shorts
Patagonia Strider Shorts
Flannel
T-shirts (Hoppy Beer Hoppy Life, Sol Raiz Organics, Nixon)
Poler crew neck sweatshirt
Nixon hooded sweatshirt
Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket
Patagonia Down Sweater Vest
Coal Beanie
Target Gloves
Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Running Shoes

Phew! That was an exhaustive list, but I think that’s all.  I’ll be sharing what I did in terms of nutrition (pre-race dinner, pre-race breakfast, what I ate during the race, etc.) next!

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Planning ahead, London and I knew we wanted to make a slightly elevated camp breakfast (especially following our camp pizza).  After searching for inspiration, egg-in-a-hole kind of just popped into our heads.  Just a few ingredients made an easy spin on the classic egg and toast breakfast.  This breakfast ended up being very substantial, keeping us full until well after our hike!  But I’m not gunna lie, we did kind of kill an entire package of bacon between the two of us… 😛

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Egg-In-A-Hole
INGREDIENTS:
1 slice of bread
1 egg
1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut a hole from the center of the slice of bread.
  2. Turn on camp stove and heat pan over medium-low heat with olive oil.
  3. Place the piece of bread in the pan.  Crack the egg directly into the center of the hole, and cook until the egg sets on the bottom, around 1 minute.
  4. Flip it over and cook until the yolk feels soft.
  5. Remove from heat and serve with bacon and ketchup :)

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Who brings micro-greens camping? In our attempts to make our Malibu camping trip as gourmet as possible, London and I sought out to make our favorite Pandora’s Pizza (the Jupiter from Pandora’s Pizza in Leucadia) camp style. After doing some research and using this REI blog for inspiration, with some trial and error (and a lot of fire play), we ended up with the most delicious and well deserved pizza!

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Camp Pizza
INGREDIENTS:
Pre-made pizza dough
1/2 fresh mozzarella ball
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 fresh basil leaves
1 pinch microgreens
1/2 avocado
Olive oil
What you’ll also need:
Cast iron skillet
Lid
Wood burning fire

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Start fire.
  2. Prep ingredients (slice mozzarella into rounds, halve cherry tomatoes, chop basil, cube avocado).
  3. Preheat pan and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Layout pizza crust in pan and top with cheese, cherry tomatoes and basil.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes, then cover with lid and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and top with microgreens and avocado, then serve.

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