Starting the Weekend Off Right

Hi lovelies! Happy Friday! As you know, I don’t usually post on Fridays, but I wanted to check in and share with you the best article that I saw the other day. If you aren’t familiar with the website, BuzzFeed, then get ready for your new favorite time waster. It is one of the best sites out there and produces endless laughs amongst my coworkers.

Though the site is always excellent, their post of The 50 Cutest Things That Ever Happened was absolutely fantastic. Here are some of my favorites:

And the inspiring act of panda altruism that suddenly made everything OK again.

Or the pug who pushed her toy baby pugs around in a stroller. With a parasol.

And the time an opossum broke into a bakery and ate so many danishes that he couldn't leave.

And with that I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I have a fun, busy weekend planned and am going to a museum tonight, wine tasting tomorrow and a Bachelorette finale party on Sunday! I’ll be sure to report back on everything!

Mounds for Breakfast

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! I listened to my body this weekend and gave it exactly what it needed– lots and lots of sleep. Unfortunately, I’m still fighting this bug but am hoping that it will be out of my system soon! In addition to all of the healthy food I was eating, I had a serious sweet tooth on Saturday. My usual daily dark chocolate square wasn’t cutting it, and it was clear that I wasn’t leaving the house to pick up frozen yogurt, so instead I decided to whip something up at home.

While everyone loves the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, one of my favorite combos is chocolate and coconut. (Sense a theme here? Obviously chocolate is a necessary component in any food combo.) But I still wanted to create something healthy that would have some staying power. And with those thoughts in mind, the best breakfast EVER was created.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 23 minutes

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar Free Vanilla Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
  • 3 T. Reduced-Fat Coconut Flakes
  • 2 T. Chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Mix above ingredients
  2. Pour or scoop into sprayed ramekin
  3. Bake in 380 Degree oven for 20 minutes
  4. Broil on high for 3-4 minutes until top is golden
  5. Enjoy!

This is the perfect weekend breakfast but if you have a little time in the mornings this would be the fabulous decadent-tasting breakfast on a weekday! Anything to make Monday a little sweeter, right?

Questions:

-What’s your favorite flavor combination?

-Tell me about your favorite decadent breakfast

Chocolate Overload

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fantastic weekend and got to get out and enjoy some sunshine! It was absolutely gorgeous here in San Francisco and in between soaking up the rays, I went to see both The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn and both were fantastic. I can really see why Meryl Streep won the Academy Award now and why her make-up artist did too- her aging process was incredible.

And if that all weren’t fun enough, the weekend concluded with a visit to the 5th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Referred to as the premier event for artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate, this event boasted over 50 chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and culinary artisans… oh, and did I mention that they were ALL giving away samples?

Ready to start tasting!

We started our tasting extravaganza by visiting one of my favorite Chocolate companies- Alter Eco SF. A fair trade company that makes a variety of foods, their chocolate is made from Fair Trade pure organic cocoa, unrefined organic cane sugar grown by small-scale farmers and is 100% natural, containing no emulsifiers or artificial additives. Plus, they work with an expert independent Chocolatier in Switzerland- the country that in my opinion has the absolute best chocolate. (I actually went to Switzerland when studying abroad and had an excessive amount of chocolate while I was there too!) All of the flavors I tried were delicious, but my absolute favorite is still the Dark Chocolate Quinoa because I love the crunch.

Another of our favorites were Clarine’s Florentines based in Berkeley! Clarine and her mother started baking these as Christmas cookies and then three years ago decided to turn it into a business. I am so glad they did because these were absolutely fantastic, crisp and crunchy and coated in Guittard dark chocolate. I could have easily eaten many samples (or let’s be serious, full cookies) from this booth and apparently I’m not alone in my thoughts because these little pieces of heaven have won numerous awards at last year’s event.

The event was so fun and pretty amazing that there were chocolate samples as far as the eye could see! We tried some crazy combinations like potato chip chocolate and some very dark chocolates (91%!) and basically everything in between. We also sampled a few “chocolate” wines but ultimately decided that neither of us really care for sweet wines. Luckily, there was a stand selling water so we refueled and sampled our hearts out some more. The event lasted 6 hours but after about an hour both Brittany and I could no longer handle any more chocolate… and I never thought I would feel this way! But it was so rich and we both were getting stomach aches so we ultimately retired to the sunny grass near Fort Mason with some friends as a perfect end to the day.

Questions:

-What’s your favorite kind of chocolate or chocolate combination?

-What’s the most unusual type of chocolate you’ve had?

-Do you like sweet wines?

Guess Who’s Back?

Hi lovelies! My goodness it feels like it has been quite a while since I’ve been here. I feel like I’m back from the dead so of course I wanted to check in with you all! I’ve missed the blog world (and the real world for that matter) over the past week and am very happy to be back!

So where have I been? Sick with quite possibly, the worst flu of my life. This is my third bad infection this year, but this one far surpassed the rest. With a temperature of 103 around the clock, the worst cough and constant nausea, my parents had to drop everything and completely take care of me… which unfortunately resulted in them ultimately catching this horrible flu as well. In the midst of it all, I was unable to keep down any fluids and landed myself in the hospital with infection, flu and severe dehydration. After IV fluids and medicines, I was released but ordered complete rest while I recovered.

Finally this weekend I turned the corner and began to feel better. As I stayed home and recovered further, I became obsessed with Downton Abbey:

Have any of you gotten hooked on this PBS show too? The drama, intrigue, British accents and Grandmother with the best one-liners have made me a convert. I’m slightly embarrassed to say how many episodes of the series that I’ve watched this weekend but hopefully there are some fellow fans out there to discuss it with!

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday and I’ll announce the LUNA bar giveaway in my next post!

 

Please No Peaches

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was the perfect mix of fun and relaxation. I feel like when you are going, going, going all the time, you need to plan breaks so that you can enjoy the busy times.

One of the fun things that I did this weekend was go out to a bar called Lion’s Pub in the city. It’s a great bar in Pac Heights that is known for making cocktails with a variety of fresh fruit. After looking at their extensive and creative menu it was hard to choose and the bartender suggested that I name some fruit that I like and a type of alcohol and he would come up with a drink for me. Well this sounded fun and different so I told him that I like berries and vodka/rum/gin. The next thing I know, he’s delivering me a drink and proudly announces that it is full of fresh peaches and gin.

For most people this would have been fine, but peaches are the one fruit that I absolutely cannot stand. I have always hated them but in high school my boyfriend was determined to make me like them, so he served me a bowl of slippery peaches out of a can (and yes I gagged a little even writing that.) I consumed a few peach slices and then proceeded to throw up. On his front lawn. In front of his mother. I shudder just thinking of the experience. And for fear of it happening again, I haven’t touched anything peach flavored since. In fact, I will even go to the effort of picking all the peach gummy multi-vitamins out of the container so that I don’t accidentally eat one.

Clearly this baby and I have something in common...

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As you can tell, I clearly have issues with peaches and was mortified when the bartender brought me this drink. I tried to kindly explain that I was so sorry but that I just didn’t like peaches but luckily my friend swooped in and said she’d trade with me.

Well just when I thought peaches were out of my system, I encountered them again at brunch on Sunday morning. My friend and I went to The Tipsy Pig and had a fabulous meal and time together. Everything on their menu looked amazing but I finally decided on the Belgian “Vanilla Bean” waffle with house made strawberry compote and whipped maple pecan butter. So you can imagine my surprise when my waffle was delivered and was covered in chopped up peaches. Immediately my friend and I started laughing at the new apparent theme of the weekend. But thankfully, I was able to scrape them off and drench my waffle in syrup to drown out the peaches taste and it ended up being a wonderful meal. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend, but I must admit that I’m looking forward to peach season being over…

Questions:

-Are there any foods that you can’t stand?

-Any embarrassing food stories like mine?