Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Toddler Gift Guide

Oh, the holidays. We're parents who believe less is more, but do love watching the excitement on Emerson's face every time she sees a Christmas tree. However, last night she told me Santa is scary. I get it, sitting on the lap of a man in a red suit with a big white beard is odd.

Those of you who know me know I'm a practical gift giver. I recently shared an article on my FB page titled, Please Don’t Buy My Kids More Toys. Try This Instead. This article is everything. Experiences, books or contributing to a college fund is better than a million toys [IMO]. What's your take?

With that said, we do like to have one or two things for Emerson to open on Christmas day. This year I'm focusing on toys I know will expand her mind.

Books - Children can never have too many books. This year I'm planning on wrapping 24 books so she can open one a night from December 1-24. I think A Thousand Billion Things (And Some Sheep) is a super cute book to give as a gift to any little boy or girl.

Tea Set - Emerson LOVES her play kitchen, as well as helping mom in the kitchen. Adding pieces to her kitchen will help keep this tiny foodie's imagination fueled.

Toy Kitchen Mixer - Emerson recently discovered the art of making cookies. She always wants to make chocolate chip cookies or muffins with mom. So I'm pretty sure she would be excited to have her own mixer.

Best Friends Magnetic Dress-Up Dolls Set - Emerson loves dolls and this is a simple way for her to play dress up. Remember she's only 3. It also seems like it would make for a great road trip toy.

My Little Town Sticker Activity Set - Stickers are also a big hit and this sticker book is perfect.

Magformers - We bought Emerson Magaformers last year and they were a big hit. She uses her imagination to "build houses."

Blue Orange USA Games Pengoloo Memory Game - I feel like Emerson is at the age where we can start to introduce simple games. I think this would be a fun one to start with.

Clothes - Our girl is set on clothes however come spring she'll need a pair of rain boots. Emerson loves rain boots with loops so she can pull them on herself. Every year we buy her a puffy and while she already has one for this winter how cute is this PATAGONIA Down Sweater Jacket!?

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Our Non-Traditional Thanksgiving in Mexico

Happy Tuesday Gals!

Cyber Week is still going strong. I'm trying not to buy all the things I don't need...the struggle is real. Before I dive into all gift guide related posts I wanted to take a moment and recap our Thanksgiving in Mazatlan, Mexico. I'm not going to lie while traveling with kids is hard our trip was awesome. Not having to cook, clean or stress about anything was a nice change of pace.


Yeah, we missed out on a Thanksgiving feast, but I'm not sad about it. Anyway, it was our year to spend Thanksgiving with Nick's family so we spent the week with his parents, sister, and nephew. Emerson loved all the quality time, especially with her papa.


We spent a fair amount of time poolside but ventured down to the beach in the morning when it wasn't as crowded. Can you tell she loves the beach!


Emerson LOVED swimming around and couldn't wait to jump in. So you could say that we lived in our swimsuits....it's the only way when on vacation right?


I managed to get in daily poolside workouts, before partaking in a skinny margarita. But honestly, I didn't even drink every day and only had 1-2 drinks when I did. It's called balance people.


The guys golfed and the ladies shopped. While shopping we stumbled on the cutest little tasting room, Onilikan. We sampled a few liqueurs and dried fruits. And no there weren't any tequila shots.


We were able to walk to a number of restaurants.  A few places we loved were Mary's for breakfast, Rico's to keep the coffee addiction alive, Gus Gus for the best shrimp, Panchos (on the beach) for views and Los Zarapes for dinner!


The sunsets were magical. No filter needed here.


We had a blast and would highly recommend traveling to Mexico for Thanksgiving!

P.S. I hope to get a post up about balancing macros, drinking and holiday/travel soon. Because life is about balance and it's ok to enjoy a drink now and then.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Best of Cyber Monday Sales

Hello, Ladies!

Did you miss me? We're back from Mexico... sorry I was too busy last week soaking in the sun and family time to worry about Black Friday deals. Plus, Cyber Monday (cough, week) is way better. Did you brave the crowds this weekend or did you shop from the comfort of your couch? And yes this blogger took a week off during the Holidays, WHAT?!


Ok, so let's talk about where I plan on shopping today and what I'm buying.

Target - This should just be a given. I mean Target is awesome and if you haven't heard they have discounts on discounts. Like an extra 15% off your entire online order + free shipping. I plan on purchasing Emerson a snowsuit (pants/jacket/boots) for preschool, this bookcase, and rug.  I'm also loving this accent chair which is under $100 shipped!

Serena & Lily - The entire store is 25% off with code BESTDAY. I'm eying this gingham duvet cover. It would be great for layering. I also love their throw pillows.

TOMS - We love TOMS and their entire site is 25% off today with code THANKFUL. Emerson needs these CANDY CANE GLITTER PARTY TINY TOMS MARY JANES. How cute are they!

Minted - Everything is 25% off with code CM2017. If you haven't ordered your Holiday cards now is the time!

Amazon - Duh, like target you better believe I'm shopping on Amazon. Don't tell the hubby, but I might have purchased an Instant Pot, oh and this water bottle because I'm a sucker and it's only $19.99 with code HHMONDAY.

Hydro Flask - Speaking of water bottles my favorite insulated water bottle is 25% off with code HYDRO-25; plus free shipping if you buy two!

LOFT - They're offering 50% the entire store + free shipping, with code CLICK. Now that's worth ordering a few pieces online. I'm eying this sweater!

Abercrombie & Finch - Another killer deal, 50% off + free shipping. I'm loving this plaid top and mock neck cable sweater.

Best Deals on protein - 35% off Healthy Skoop with code SKOOPMON; 40% off + free shipping on all Amazing Grass orders, with code FRIDAY40; 30-40% off depending on how much you spend on Eat the Bear products

Best Chocolate Stocking Stuffer -  20% off JOJOs Chocolate + free shipping

Wayfair - Everything is on sale. I'm bought this bed frame, in millennial pink, for Emerson and want this rug for under our couch.


What are you shopping for? FYI - I'll be updating this post as the day goes on. Happy shopping!



Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy and Healthy all Winter with Nature Made

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadeVitaminD #CollectiveBias

Hello, my name is Tiara and I'm the smoothie drinking, soup making, supplement taking, CrossFit addict behind this blog. Stick around for awhile and you'll get a healthy dose of all things yummy, healthy and random. Yup, that's me a nutshell.

Running my own business (and I'm not talking about this blog) means I'm always working. Which means I can't really afford to take a sick day. I've always believed if you fuel your body with good nutritious food your body will be good to you.

It's even more imperative to eat right, drink plenty of water, take our vitamins (90% of US population do not meet their daily vitamin D needs1) and get plenty of sleep as we enter into the holiday season and winter months.


Yesterday it poured all day at our house, but luckily it snowed on the mountain. While I'm not sure how I feel about winter knocking on our door, I am ready for heartier winter meals. I don't know about you, but when the temps start to change I start craving heartier dishes. However, I'm all about giving traditional winter meals a healthy twist. Like this Chicken Tortilla Soup, I recently made. 

 

This dish will not disappoint. It's a healthy but filling. My husband requests it regularly.

CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
Serves 6-8

Ingredients 
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
15 oz. corn
15 oz. diced tomatoes (regular or with green chilies)
5 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 serrano chile, seeded and diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Toppings:  Cheese, Avocado, Tortilla chips and fresh cilantro (optional)

Directions 
Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours.

Before serving, remove chicken breasts and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker and stir. Divide among bowls and top with cheese, avocado and tortilla chips (break with your hands to make big crumbs). Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

Even though it's winter you'll still find me enjoying a massive salad for lunch. However, now it might include seasonal veggies like sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts.


Regarding vitamins, here's my take, if they work for you then awesome but don't knock it until you try it. I personally take a Multivitamin, Collagen, Turmeric and Vitamin D daily. I have reasons why I take each, but today I want to dive into Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is synthesized by the skin when we’re exposed to sunlight during certain times of the day and year, and can also be found in a limited number of natural and fortified foods sources. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and vitamin D supports bone, teeth, muscle and immune system health.†

Nature Made® offers several levels of Vitamin D at Walmart, including Nature Made® Vitamin D3 2000IU Tablet and Nature Made® Vitamin D3 5000IU Softgel. The 5000IU high dose product is intended for those deficient in Vitamin D as determined and recommended by their physician.

When you take vitamin D from Nature Made, you can rest assured that you’re getting quality vitamins from the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Vitamin and Supplement Brand - based on a survey of pharmacists who recommend branded vitamins and supplements.

Do you take Vitamin D? FYI, I purchased these vitamins at Walmart near the pharmacy section.


† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

1 Fulgoni V, et al. Foods, Fortificants, and Supplements: Where do Americans get their nutrients? J of Nutrition 2011;141:1847-1854.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friday Favorites


Yeah, I know it's technically Thursday, but I have a sponsored post tomorrow... so there's that. With that said, instead of changing the name or skipping it all together I just decided I'll post today. Hey, it's my space which means I get to do what I want, right?!

While life is crazier than ever there are two things you can count on me being consistent with, healthy living and Friday Favorites! Without further ado here are all the things I'm loving, eating, or buying!

Favorite Treat of the Week
These Chocolate Chip Cookies. I made them for ice cream sandwiches, but I prefer them all alone. They are seriously the most delish cookies and I think you should make them for Santa this year. You're welcome.

Favorite Kitchen Tool
OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop! People this is a cookie making game changer and with all the holiday cookies you'll likely be baking in the coming weeks you'll want one! You'll thank me later. As basic as this sounds, I love my slow cooker. When life gets busy my Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker saves my family from eating out more often than not. I'm not kidding when I say I use it weekly.

Favorite Internet Deals of the week
I finally purchased a decent blow dryer and wow it makes a big difference! I was in the market because mine died on me mid blowout.... don't let that happen to you. I've always just purchased a blowdryer from TjMaxx, or the like. Since I was tired of recently it every two years or so I decided to spend some money and invest in a blow dryer. Anyway, I love it and it's currently on sale and has a free gift with purchase (online and in-store). I purchased the Hot Tools Tourmaline IONIC Professional Dryer ($79) and received a Styling wand free! Here's the gist, FREE Styling Tool with any $39.99 Hot Tools Styling Tool purchase (offer valid 10/22/17-12/30/17 or while supplies last).

Best Purchase of the Week
OK, ladies when was the last time you were fitted for a bra. Even better, when was the last time you purchased a new bra?! Yeah, it has been nearly TWO years for me. Let's just say my bra hasn't fit properly in a long time (aka it's WAY too big). When I went to Victoria Secret the other day I walked straight to a sales gal and explained my situation. After we determined my size, I told her the type of bras I like, and TA-DA I was trying on 3 different options and purchased two of those styles. I was in and out in 20 minutes! Best bra shopping experience ever and the girls are much happier. What did I buy? I purchased this Front-close Bralette in black and blush (currently on sale for $15; purchased a small) and this Perfect Shape Full Coverage Bra in almost new, because I'm basic like that. I should note, while it says full coverage it's more of a medium coverage demi bra. I should be good for a few years now, hahaha.

Favorite 'Healthy' Food Product
I use the term healthy loosely because truly how healthy are protein bars. However, they are a great grab and go option. I always pack bar when I'm traveling because you never know. Personally, I typically grab a Perfect Bar (only when I have extra fat to spare) or an RX bar, but recently I discovered Think Thin bars. Yeah, yeah you're probably thinking I'm late to the game, but have you tried the latest seasonal flavor, Dark Chocolate Peppermint?! Yup, game charger. Macros are on point at 19c/5f/10p making it tasty afternoon snack or treat.

What are you currently loving?!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday!

Without sounding like a broken record, there's just not enough time in the day/week. Seriously, though. This time of year is jam-packed and I'm starting to feel like I'm spreading myself thin, in all aspects of my life. Although that's life hopefully, it will slow down soon. The upside is my small little business is growing at rapid speed and sometimes I feel like my business partner and I need to hire an assistant or clone ourselves. Enough work chit-chat, let's dive into what I'm digging this week!

Soup Weather
Yesterday was a rainy day and the hubs requested Chicken Tortilla Soup. It gave me the perfect excuse to use the slow cooker. This is the third soup I've made in the last few weeks. There's just something to be said about a warm soup on a cold day. What's your favorite soup?

Best Internet Deals of the Week 
All things Patagonia are on sale on BackCountry.com. I'm digging this, this and this fleece which is only $77! Oh, Target you did it again. I recently purchased this National Tree 3 Foot Hickory Cedar Tree with 50 Clear Lights ($33 from Amazon) and these, these and these ornaments from Target. While the Christmas stuff isn't on sale, home items are currently up to 30% off and with code HERO you'll receive an additional 15% off select home items through Monday. I snagged this Lanham Marble Top Side Table - Threshold™ for $46, at checkout!

Christmas Shopping
Have you checked our inbox lately? I'm sure it's full of emails promoting sale after sale. Like many Americans, I too have started my Christmas shopping, but we do things a little different with our families. For the adults, we do secret Santa through Elfster and then buy for the kids. We also ask our extended families to limit the gifts purchased for Emerson and contribute to her college fund instead. Yes, we are those parents. When it comes to buying Emerson gifts, it's usually limited to a big gift, PJs, and books. Nothing more. I believe in less is more. I recently read, Why You Should Give Your Kids Exactly 3 Gifts For Christmas — No More, No Less and it only confirmed our process. What's your take on gift giving? Trust me the child doesn't go without.

Favorite Kitchen Tool
Any guesses? It gets used daily. Yup, the coffee maker! We have the OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker and it's amazing. We've been using it for over a year ago and still love it! It's worth the price.

Favorite Supplement
Collagen! I started taking collagen in July and have noticed a difference in my hair, nails, and joints. My friends and hairdresser have even noticed a change in my hair. #thinhairgains I use either youtheory Collagen Advanced Formula 1, 2 and 3 or Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides daily. Do you swear by collagen too?

Your turn. What are you loving?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to Create a Simple Tablescape

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DIYHolidayWithSCJ #CollectiveBias


I can hardly believe Halloween was last week and Thanksgiving and Christmas are just a few weeks away! Where did 2017 go!? With that said, it’s time to start decorating. I skipped Halloween and went right for Thanksgiving. Ok, maybe my decor covers Fall all together, but who’s counting.


If you’ve been following this blog, for any amount of time, then you know I have a tendency to keep things simple. The extent of my holiday decorating includes a festive mantle, tablescape, and door wreath. I truly believe less is more.


When Nick and I decided to host a Friendsgiving this year I figured it was time to start prepping the house (aka, deep cleaning). Oh, and bust out that fall decor.


Now that our kitchen has been remodeled I feel it’s the perfect space for entertaining. Big windows, farm table and island for hosting a fair amount of friends. Did I mention the space is super easy to clean too? I’ve found I can clean the space using only three products, Windex® Original Glass Cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles® Fantastik® Heavy Duty and Pledge® Lemon Clean. With these three products up my sleeve the kitchen and dining room area is clean in 30 minutes or less!

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Be on the lookout for Pledge® product promotions on display in Home Depot stores 11/1/17 through 1/31/18!


So how can I clean my kitchen so fast?  Let me break it down by product.


-  Thanks to its patented ingredient, Ammonia-D®, Windex® Original Glass Cleaner starts working on dirt and grime even before you wipe.
- Pledge® Lemon Clean can be used on furniture all around the house to quickly clean, condition and protect –all while leaving behind the classic, fresh lemon Pledge® scent. It also features Allergen Trappers® to remove dust and up to 90 percent of the allergens found in dust.
- Scrubbing Bubbles® Fantastik® Heavy Duty All-purpose cleaner and degreaser removes grease, grime, soap scum and other household soils. Plus, the powerful anti-bacterial formula cleans and disinfects a variety of household surfaces, including counters, stoves, microwaves, etc.  


Like I said, I only need 3 products to clean my house! Once I’m done cleaning comes the fun part decorating!


How to Create a Simple Tablescape

1. Choose a Color Scheme - Since I have a farm table I decided to stick to traditional Fall colors.
2. Choose a Theme - I focused more on Fall vs. Thanksgiving.
3. Create Layers - Whether it’s a tablecloth, runner or dishware adding these various elements will add depth.
4. Add Texture - If you look closely I used real pumpkins, burlap pumpkins (to play off the runner) and glass pumpkins. While all are different they worked well together.
5. Create a Focal Point - This can be candles, one big centerpiece, etc. I chose to anchor the table with two large glass pumpkins.



While it’s only October my tablescape will work through Thanksgiving dinner! Do you decorate for all the holidays? Have any tips or tricks you would like to share?


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All the products used to prep/clean my house can be found at Home Depot! For additional Fall ideas, click HERE.


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Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Favorites


TGIF! After yesterday's honest and raw post I figured I would keep things a little light-hearted today. Because why not?!

Favorite Meal - TURKEY STUFFED ACORN SQUASH
I've been experimenting with dinner lately. Basically trying to figure out how to be more creative with meals while hitting my numbers. Dinner last night was amazing! Basically thanksgiving in a bowl. My modifications included using two acorn squash and cutting the olive oil in half.

Favorite Purchase - MODERN UNPICKED BUTTON FLY SKINNY JEANS
I've been living in them for the last week. I'm in the midst of revamping my closet so I would love to know what you're currently loving.

Favorite Sweet Treat -  JOJO's
If you follow me on Instagram then you know I love this stuff. Well, I recently joined their ambassador team which is a win for me and you! Use discount code TIARA10 for 10% off any purchase anytime!

Favorite Workout Apparel on Sale
NIKE Sports Bra ($38) and NIKE Power cropped running Leggings ($55) + an additional 20% off both items with code: SAVEBIG; LOU & GREY FORM INLINE TANK ($31.50 at checkout no code necessary); Zella High Waist Lattice Midi Leggings ($39), Power Splice Crop Leggings ($35) and Cozy Mock Neck Pullover

Favorite Kitchen Tool Le Creuset Cookware
This shouldn't be a surprise since heartier foods come with Fall/winter. my Le Creuset gets used almost weekly from October to March.  I personally have a Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Round Dutch Oven and feel it was money well spent. I also have a few Le Creuset spatulas and LOVE them. Again, money well spent.

Ok, your turn. What are you currently loving?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

My Relationship with Food and Thoughts on Counting Macros

Writing about weight loss is harder than I thought. Maybe it's because I didn't think I had any weight to lose, or maybe because it's not a story about weight loss, but a story about gaining a new perceptive on food, fitness, and self-image. Anyway, this is my story.

2016 vs 2017
Sometimes I sit and look at this space and don't even know where to start. Food, fitness or fun. I mean it's easy to pop in and share our latest adventure and what I'm eyeing, buying or making. What's hard is writing those truthful posts. Maybe I'm fearful you won't like it, the internet trolls will come knocking, or I can't articulate what I'm thinking. With that said, today I'm diving deeper and sharing my relationship with food and what I've learned about myself and my relationship with food since I started counting Macros.

First things first, I LOVE food -- especially all things in a treat form (i.e., cookies, ice cream, etc.). However, I'm not a donut person (gasp... I know). Now that we got that out of the way, my relationship with food has been an interesting one. I kind of always ate what I wanted, when I wanted it and didn't care.  Growing up I played sports, so I never had to worry. Same thing during college, so I never gained the freshman 15. It wasn't until post-college I really started watching what I ate the pounds crept up. One day I found myself unhappy, working 50+ hour weeks, and nearly 150 pounds. OK, I know that's not a lot, but when you're barely 5"4' it is. Especially when you have "fat genes" in your family. The thought of being fat scares me. Yup, my food and body image issues are serious, but I've learned how to work through them over the years.


Moving to Tahoe I lost the weight because I ditched the desk job and became more active. As I've aged I needed to really start watching my food choices. Over the last 5ish years I've tried zone, paleo, clean eating, intuitive eating, etc. and while they all worked they weren't something I could sustain long-term. After a while, I just went back to old habits. Over the years, along with my weight, my body composition and self-image has fluctuated. Don't get me wrong I've always been a healthy eater, but it was overeating and poor food choices (aka sweets and alcohol) that always did me in.

Enter Crossfit and the 80/20 rule and life was grand. Basically, I just indulged on the weekends, but like everything else I plateaued. Late June, after seeing numerous friends with amazing results, I decided to hire a nutrition coach and start counting macros. Guess what?! It's now 20 weeks later and I'm still tracking macros because it's a lifestyle, not a diet. Also known as "flexible eating." To-date, I'm down 16 pounds and 3" in my waist! Not only do I have more energy in the gym, I'm PRing, recovering quicker, and am overall stronger.
A 15 week and 15-pound difference

What I've learned mentally counting macros.
 - You can have your cake and eat it too! It truly is flexible eating. Basically, you have a daily budget of carbs, fats, and proteins and it's up to you how to spend it. So as long as you plan on it, you can enjoy a cupcake, etc.
- It's ok to have off days. It's the off weeks that will hinder progress.
- Not everyone will understand and you don't have to apologize for it.
- If you can get through the first few weeks it becomes second nature.
- If I physically feel good, then I'll mentally feel good. This, in turn, makes me a better wife and mother.
- While I look at food as fuel, it should and can taste good.
- You make your own choices.
- You will inspire others, but it's not for everyone.
- I have more discipline than I thought.
- I never felt as though I was depriving myself and didn't find myself wanting to binge eat.

What happened physically when I started counting macros?
- I lost fat and gained muscle
- I lost inches everywhere
- Less inflammation
- Even better sleep (I've always been a good sleeper)
- Increased energy
- Increased strength
- Overall change in body composition
- Improved complexion (maybe because I started drinking more water)

I'm sure I'm missing a few points above, but those are my biggest takeaways.

Before I started counting macros I was a total binge eater. I would be so "good" for days/weeks and then would just eat and eat. Which isn't good. Now I'm eating more food daily and I'm over 15 pounds lighter. Think about that for a minute.

I'm passionate about sharing my story in hopes that it will inspire others. I know I shared a lot and not a lot today. Let me know what you would like me to tackle next in regards to macros/healthy living.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Girls Weekend in San Francisco

There's something to be said about the bond girlfriends have. This weekend was spent touring around San Francisco with two friends from college (I even went to high school with one). While we all live in different parts of California and don't see each other too often we picked up right where we left off. Don't worry I won't get all philosophical about why girl trips are good for the soul I will tell you we had a blast and ate, drank and explored the city.



So, let's dive right in... just in case you are planning a weekend trip to SF.

STAY

We stayed at the G Hotel near union square. It was the perfect location. Near a ton of shopping if that's your thing. There are also a number of restaurants and bars as well. You can truly park your car and uber/lyft your way around the city and we did just that.


EAT

The Ferry Building is just a short walk from the G Hotel and is lined with various restaurants, etc. This is the perfect stop for a quick glass of wine and nosh after checking into the hotel but before dinner.

The first night we dined at lolo. All I have to say is it's AMAZING. From the atmosphere to the food lolo did not disappoint. Reservations are a must and I highly recommend a spicy skinny Margarita and the 'A La Diabla' Shrimp. While we tried a few tacos (mini) the 'A La Diabla' Shrimp was hands down the best dish we shared (IMO).

After dinner, we headed to the Tonga Room at the Fairmont hotel for a quick nightcap and old SF charm. You would never know this tiki bar even exists, but again it is a must do.

Breakfast at Outerlands

Saturday morning we drove to outer Richmond for brunch at Outerlands. I wanted everything on the menu but ordered the chili verde. Again amazing! The other girls ordered eggs in jail and skillet pancake. Which were equally as good. The homemade bread is to die for. Depending on the time there might be a long wait. We arrive around 9:30 a.m. and were seated within 15 mins.

Looking for something different Saturday night dinner was dumplings! Yes, please. We ended up at Dumpling Time and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for tasty dumplings in the city. No reservations needed. We arrived via an uber around 7 p.m. and were seated right away even though the place seemed packed! Make sure to order the Shrimp Goyza and Pork Bao.

The night ended at Marianne’s for a nightcap. It's cozy, swanky and reservations are a must.

Sunday we grabbed a quick bite in North Beach. Breakfast was good, but what was even better was the coffee we grabbed from Sight Glass beforehand. The roasting house is massive and the coffee is delicious. A tad on the pricey side, but worth it. Oh, and pick up a pistachio blackberry croissant to share.

After breakfast and before heading back to Tahoe we stopped by Victoria Pastry. Known for its desserts, this family-owned business has served the North Beach community since 1914! I picked up a few treats to bring home.

EXPLORE

Aside from eating our way through the city, we explored various parts the city.

Saturday after breakfast we headed to the Lands End area for a little hiking and to check out the Sutro Baths. Unfortunately, it was a tad too foggy to see the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Painted Ladies

On our way back to the hotel we stopped by Almo Square to see the infamous painted ladies. Hello, Full House!

Sunday after breakfast we headed over to Crissy Field to see if we could catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate bridge. It was still somewhat foggy...


Unfortunately, I didn't get to do any shopping. Maybe next time....