Food

We have a trip coming up and we are counting down the days. We spent a morning running errands and then had a really good lunch at Puesto, although their prices have skyrocketed and I am not really eager to go back.

However, their mango, passionfruit and shrimp ceviche was phenom. It also had avocado, tamarind and chili crunch. So good.

We picked up some reading material for our travel time, I am so eager to start Book Lovers, so I hid the books in my suitcase. Maybe I will forget about it until I board the plane.

We didn’t even know that FoodieLand was a thing until it came across our Instagram feed. Obviously we had to check it out. It was held at the Del Mar fairgrounds on a beautiful weekend. We got there when it opened, thankfully, because people poured in and in and in. There were over 150 vendors of food and drink, there were sporadicly placed underwhelming bars and two live stages. The entrance dropped us off in the paddock where benches were set up on the grass facing a stage. However, since it was quite warm, everyone had already grabbed the very few surrounding tables in the shade, smart.

We stopped and ordered a beverage and took a lap around scouring our options. I am going to come right out and say it, totally underwhelming. I mean, they had everything you could think of, well except a lobster roll. Wings, noodles, musubi, grilled lobster, dim sum, Ube desserts, oysters, cotton candy, grilled cheese, Indonesian satay, which I really wanted, but not bad enough to wait in a 30 minute line. Anyhow, you catch my drift. Even with all of these options, nothing really jumped out at us. We ended up getting the fried potato twister and some dumplings. They were both good but the potatoes were heavily salted.

Between the terrible band on stage and the beating down sun, we decided to walk back to the paddock. We sat in the 17 hands bar for another drink, and listened to a less awful, Michael Bublé.

Then we headed back out for another lap around the place.

And we landed here.

We chose the Chocolate Chip Martini, the Lemon Drop Martini and the Southern Gentlemen, which was my favorite. But they were all good. Smart little business idea.

As time went on, the crowd grew excessively so we swung by the churro stand and also stopped for some pollo chicharrones, then we headed home.

We had just enough time to recover from our food coma before we headed back out to watch the Galaxy match.

We met my brother and a few of his friends at a brewery to watch the game. The beer was good, the game, not so much.

Books

You guys, I have something exciting to share with you. Ok, well not exciting for you but it was exciting for me.

Last week one of my favorite authors had a book signing and release party in Mission Viejo. Since it was on a Tuesday at 7:00pm obviously I couldn’t make it, but my wonderful mom went for me. As I sat down on the couch after getting my pajamas on and my face washed, mom called be via FaceTime.

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That isn’t my mom, that is the author Chevy Stevens. Um, cue holy shit face. We were able to chat for a few minutes after Kaili got in her greetings. She has a daughter around the same age so I invited her back down to SD for a playdate.

If you haven’t read any of her books, you should, they are all good. Now excuse me while   dive in to her latest one.

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Talk Time

I made the cilantro and serrano hummus, so good. Actually I used one jalapeño and two serrano’s because I’m not sharing,  so I get it how I like it.  Actually it wasn’t  as spicy as I expected but the flavor is perfect.

Yesterday, after I grabbed Kaili from school I took them to the park. They both needed the physical activity because we don’t get rain like this very often. Our park was flooded, but i was determined to get them out there.  I needed Averi to be worn out for bedtime.

Our entire park was under water.

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I lasted about an hour until I was too cold, so we headed home. Averi ended up asking to go to bed at 6:30!  YES! She had her eyes closed before I turned the light off and didn’t budge until the next morning.

Moving on…Books. I read a lot but when Shane is home I can read a lot more. I would much rather dive into a good book than start up a new show. I used to be up on all the new movies and into the award shows but life has proven there are more important things, and paying for a babysitter isn’t one of them . So I read, watch my favorite shows and see a few movies at home and at the theaters when it’s girls night.

Good Books- The  Killing Lessons by Saul Black

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

These two books were the best I have read in awhile. Follow me on Goodreads for all my ratings.

Are you watching This is Us? Ugh, this show makes me cry every week, not sure why I really want to watch it.

Homeland just started back up and it’s hard not to love that show. AND if you love that show, read Red Sparrow and  I am Pilgrim!

Favorite Movies- Um…. I just watched The Accountant, I was really disappointed. What else? I haven’t seen any  of the movies nominated for awards and I’m not sure I’m stressed to do so. I’m sure I will see them sometime if they appeal to me.