Oh loves! Hello!

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I have so much to share with you today.

As I mentioned in my last post, I knew I was going to be a bit MIA these last few days because Matt and I were off in Los Angeles visiting two three amazing people.

Our dear friends Greg and Sam just had a beautiful baby boy and we finally were able to go out and visit them and meet the little man himself.

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Meet little Archer. He is adorable.

But as much as I would love to swoon over this precious angel, it is Wednesday and all, so I figured since I not only got to spend time with some amazing people, I also got to enjoy some amazing LA food.

So for today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I am going to do What I Ate In Los Angeles.

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I know you guys are probably thinking and questioning, did I go safe this visit? Or did I use it as a challenge for myself.
That answer should be pretty obvious.
I always use these situations as a challenge for myself.
However, now I am really trying to not look at them as challenges. Because honestly that gives my ED way more attention than it deserves. The fact is I was going to visit friends and spend time with them. That’s it. I was just living life.
And let me tell you. Living life was pretty delicious this weekend.
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LA is a six hour drive from us, so Matt and I got up at the crack of dawn and were on the road by 6am. So breakfast was pre-made pb&j’s that I had prepared the night before. Not photo worthy in the slightest.
We arrived in LA around 1pm and trust me we were hungry! Thankfully Greg and Sam had some grilling foods ready for us!
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If you’re like me, one of the first things that you’re probably thinking is “why are the hotdogs cut like that?”. Greg found some crazy thing online stating that if you spirialize your hot dogs before you grill them it helps them cook better and are more crispy and evenly cooked. We took his word for it. I didn’t have one, but Matt seemed to think they were pretty fantastic.  I have a feeling if we ever grill hotdogs now he is going to want to do this. Not gonna lie, they look pretty cool.
I did however have three four of those chicken kabobs. And those were ah-mazing. I don’t know what it is, but grilled pineapple is one of the best things ever.
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After lunch we hung out with the little man for awhile, but then quickly got ready for our night plans. One of the main things we had wanted to do while we were in Los Angeles was to do a little brewery tour. You all know Matt and I love our beer and we love visiting different breweries as we travel. The breweries we visited were Monkish Brewing Co., Strand Brewing Co., and Smog City Brewing Co. We had intentions of going to one more, but after multiple beer tastings drinkings, we all got hungry and decided to go have dinner instead.  We went to a near by hot spot called Rock & Brews.
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After all the beer I had consumed, it was an under statement to say I needed some food.
I got an in house made veggie burger that was made with eggplant, white and black beans, vegetables and raw oats.
It was inhaled and it was delicious.
And for some reason when I drink, dessert is always a must.
Enter ice cream sundae.
No explanation needed for that one.
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The next morning we were all pretty slow to rise, but a baby can quickly change that. After we all had our morning coffee, we decided to head out for breakfast at one of Greg and Sam’s favorite breakfast joints; The Yellow Vase.
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breakfast
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I wish I could claim that amazing looking waffle as mine, but it was Matt’s.
(but don’t think that amazing up close bite shot didn’t go straight into my mouth)
I got an omelet stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, asparagus and sun dried tomatoes.
After dousing it with salsa, this thing was demolished. Along with a side whole banana and strawberries.
This girl can eat. No shame.
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After breakfast we decided to head down to a local farmers market.
I am so jealous of their farmers markets. So much fresh produce and fruit. I wanted it all.
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I really wish we went before breakfast because there were so many free samples, but I was just too stuffed  to eat more. Even though I wanted to. Really bad.
We did end up buying a few goodies. ButterRum Cake (oh my gosh the best cake I have eaten in a long time), High Fiber Whole Grain Carrot Bread, and Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread. You guys know me and my carbs. Love them.
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We had a small lunch at the house, but around 4pm Sam and I got the frozen yogurt itch. It was National Ice Cream Day, so we decided frozen yogurt was necessary. But let’s be real, we would have gotten it anyways.
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My new favorite combination of mint and fudge brownie is hidden under there. Oh, and little swirl of Pecan Pralines. Because I can never make up my mind.
Shocker, I know.
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Dinner that night was another shared favorite of ours.
Sushi.
When I travel I do like to try and eat at places I can’t eat at home, but really, who would I be if I turned down sushi.
A crazy person that’s who. So I didn’t.
We went to one of their favorite restaurants, Fusion Sushi.
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All of it was delicious, but I think my favorite was the cucumber roll I got. I believe it was filled with crab, salmon and tuna. But it was one of the best cucumber rolls I have ever had. One of those things you wish didn’t end, and get really sad when it’s gone.
But let me tell you the one part of dinner I did not enjoy.
I like to be pretty adventurous with my eats and always say I will try anything once.
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This my friends is sea urchin.
Looks like a tongue. Tastes like a tongue.
I will not be eating this again.
Dis-gusting.
It was seriously  like putting dirty ocean in my mouth.
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We had to leave the next day, but in true Greg and Sam fashion, they sent us off with full bellies.
Sam made a delicious home made breakfast for us before we left.
I’m telling you. best.hosts.ever.
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I personally don’t like egg yolks, but Sam’s plate was just too pretty not to photograph.
Underneath were amazing home made biscuits and sausage gravy.  I had some of my new carrot bread topped with Trader Joe’s cocoa almond spread and a pear Chobani.
We had an amazing time, but of course wish we could have stayed longer, but life was calling back in Arizona, so back on the road we went!
And what’s a road trip without some road trip snacks?
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snacks
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Those Trader Joe’s chocolate banana’s were eaten at the house, but seriously, these things are amazing. I think I ate half their box of them. Whoops.
The Good Bean chickpeas, Quest bars and Peanut Butter filled Pretzels were great travel snacks and for a quick lunch we stopped at Subway.
So my loves, as you can see I had a weekend full of great eats.
I was one stuffed happy girl.
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Oh wait.
Did you think it ended there?
It doesn’t.
When we got back into town it was around dinner time. I will admit I was a bit over whelmed mentally with the weekend. It was a big push for me. And I’m not going to lie, on the drive home I was planning my “safe” dinner. I knew I was doing it. So what did I do? Fought back. I told Matt how I was feeling and we both came up with the same solution.
We wanted to end the weekend with a bang.
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These were the sad faces as we left LA, but we made them happy faces by stopping at one of our favorite local Mexican spots for dinner and stuffing them with margarita’s and chicken burrito’s.
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I had an amazing weekend and did not want to go back to the reality of work and life, but I suppose that’s what being an adult is all about.
So loves, that’s all I have for you, but as you can see, my weekend was a pretty amazing one and was full of delicious eats, adorable babies, and amazing friends.
I hope you all have an amazing rest of your week.
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Have you ever tried sea urchin? If not, don’t.
Would you try anything once? Or do you stick to safe foods?