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Married Bliss

So, I have been contemplating whether I would start this again.  Keeping up with a blog, a 60 hour plus job, wedding planning, and trying to keep up with family and friends literally broke me.  Now that I am a married woman, I was unsure if I wanted to tackle this head on again.  So here I am, over a year since my last post…and still unsure.

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Life after wedding planning is a really weird thing.  You feel like you lost something, not sure of how to move forward with your spare time, and your forgotten dreams.  For a while I was content with just Instagraming my food pictures, my cooking pictures (gasp!), and anything else I felt interesting.  But Instagram lacks the insight and the detail that a blog allows me to share.  Then I just stopped going on social  media altogether because the world made me sad.

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But today something changed.  Something made me go, hmm, and so now I’m back…from outer space…oh sorry, tangent.  I’m here again, but I’m here with a new perspective.  Yes, I will give you food.  Yes, I will give you reviews.  But I also want to help you learn more about products, about food, about the world.  I hope to stop being just another food blog and start making you think about what you’re eating.  No I haven’t gone full blown vegan, but yes I have more of an interest in what I’m consuming.  So here goes nothing…

Oh my goshie its Omakase!

Okay how corny am I, right? But I needed to catch your attention on this awesome hole in the wall in Tustin.  A coworker recently suggested this amazing spot called Sushi Wasabi for some of the freshest fish in Orange County.  So when my fiance turned 29, I decided to take him out for his favorite food at a new spot.

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The age old question: Shake Shack or In-N-Out

Well first and foremost, I am a Southern California girl, born and raised in Los Angeles, living most of my adult life in Orange County – where In-N-Out is from for those of you uneducated.  So of course, I will never, haven’t ever, and will not bash that beautiful specimen of a joint.  However, (you saw that coming didn’t you) what I will say is that Shake Shack is pretty dang good for a burger joint.

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A healthy option at Greenleaf

Everyone has a New Year’s resolution…and normally it includes healthy eating and a stricter work out diet.  Of course mine wasn’t any different, especially since I have a wedding to throw and 9 others to attend.  So when my fiance and I headed to The Mix/SoCo/OC Mix Mart to scope out some engagement picture options I offered up Greenleaf as a healthy option.

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Greenleaf is a counter walk up restaurant, but with lots of indoor and outdoor seating.  There are five locations, both in Los Angeles and Orange County. It has build your own salads, hot entrees, sandwiches, soups, burgers, pizza – you name it.  It really has something for everyone.  It also has a special brunch menu that includes smoothies, juices and protein shakes.  I also enjoy the organic sodas and alcohol options.

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On this occasion, I decided to get the spaghetti squash pasta with turkey meatballs and a side of kale.  My fiance ordered the cobb salad (which is fabulous).  The salad was huge and quite filling.  The turkey meatballs were really tasty, but the dish was quite small for the price.  I don’t think that I would order it again because I was hungry an hour later.  I haven’t tried other entrees but the salads are always great!

4/5 for counter service, 5/5 for fast casual dining, 3.5/5 for price to size of meal

A New Year, A New Me, a New Life

Welcome and Happy New Year.  I have been quite a stranger this past year.  I left you high and dry.  But friends, I needed to go through some changes to be ready to get back here.  Don’t worry, I still ate a ton, drank some more and went on quite a few adventures.  For starters, I got engaged!!!  Which is always exciting, and always stressful.

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I also decided it would be smart to start a new job.  Which is crazier than planning a wedding but I decided to do both…at the same time.  Like the break up of a boyfriend, it took me some time to get through all this change and I am still learning how to juggle all the things I have going on.  In the meantime, I eat, I adventure, and I learn.  So guys, I am back to share that journey.  And what better place than starting with pizza at 800 Degrees.

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800 Degrees is a fast service pizza place, really the first of its kind before we got Blaze, Pizza Rev, etc.  It is located in Westwood, in good ol’ Bruin territory.  You order one of the 3-4 pizzas at a counter, and then can add on additional toppings (there are many) for a dollar each topping.  Then, your pizza goes into their oven to cook for 3-4 minutes at “800 degrees.”  Get it?

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800 Degrees also offers salads (see above – The Baby Kale Salad), burrata appetizers/small plates, and side dishes.  The meatballs are amazing, and I love the beets and burrata.  The options are endless, and if you can’t pick a pizza, they have specialty pizzas ready for your choosing that are well balanced and tasty.  I prefer the make your own though because I am in the mood for something different every time I visit this place.

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I really love the crust on the pizzas here, and I like how quick you get your food without feeling like it is pre-made.  It doesn’t hurt that there is a great wine and beer selection to help you eat your carbo load.  And when you are done, there is a gelato bar for those needing a night cap!

5/5 for service, 4/5 for fast casual dining, 3.5/5 for price

 

Capital Noodle – The best part of Chinese food with an even better ambiance.

Capital Seafood has been around for a while, and to be honest it continues to get worse and worse.  So when I heard they were opening up a Capital Noodle Bar, I had low expectations.  Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally tried it out.

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Brunch, Lunch or Dinner: TLT hits the mark.

We all went through the food truck frenzy.  Some trucks were good, some were your typical roach coach.  Some, like The Lime Truck were great and made enough money to start a brick and mortar – TLT Food.

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