Mother’s Day

I hope all you wonderful moms had a great Mother’s day. We earned this holiday! I grew two  human beings inside of me and went through hell to get them to exit my body in a safe and timely manner. Then there is the aftermath of the birth, the NICU, the bleeding, the pain!  Being a mom is hard and it definitely takes a village. But we do it, everyday. We, you and me, we are badass!

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Kaili made me the sweetest Mother’s day gift at school. She knows me pretty well.

Saturday I was taken out to brunch at my favorite of the Brian Malarkey restaurants, Herringbone, where “fish meats field.”

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The atmosphere in the place is just amazing.

We decided to graze through a bunch of dishes that we normally wouldn’t order for brunch. Settling in with the endless Rosé, we started with oysters.

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I am a huge seafood cheerleader. I have had oysters before and eh, they are fine. I don’t get all the hype, especially when someone says they love them. Wait, do you like the taste of a fresh plain oyster or do you like to dump all the fixings on it? Because I feel like you’re not really tasting the oyster when its dripping with horseradish and lemon juice. Anyways….Here is Shane’s first time trying a raw oyster.

Pretty underwhelming reaction huh? Thats pretty much how I feel about them too.

Next we tore into a perfectly piping hot basket of beignets. We kept having to swat the kids hands away. Back up ladies, eat your eggs, these are ours!

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For our third course we decided on the whole fish ceviche. Basically a raw crudo of Branzino. It was amazing. So fresh and clean, like eating the ocean with bits of chili and micro cilantro for a proper punch and crunch.

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The girls were being so very good. I think this is a first time in a long time that they were this good at a restaurant. We decided to go with it and try one more dish while they were on this best behavior kick.

The lobster roll. I have yet to have a really good one in my 40 years so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

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But this, this was delicious. The lobster wasn’t hidden under globs of mayo, it was left to shine. The brioche bun was pillowy soft, buttery and melted in your mouth. I was so surprised with how much I liked it.

There was some live music in the front of the restaurant, we took our wine and went to listen for a bit. The girls played around patiently waiting for us while simultaneously asking for ice cream every two minutes.

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This entire meal from the kids, to the food was perfect. By far the best dining experience I have had in a long time. Since we know I am picky when it comes to dining out, you should all stop by Herringbone if you are in La jolla. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

 

A Week in Photos

One of my New Years resolutions was to stop giving the big chain coffee retailers my business. Shop local, eat local, drink local. Eating and drinking isn’t hard, shopping is a tad more difficult. I do love coscto!
We sent to Kaili to school on a Friday giving me and Shane a chance to get coffee without the kid. When you give the gift of children, the next best gift is time away from children.

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Some home improvements are in progress.

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My Mother’s Day was nice and low key. We went to lunch at one of my favorite spots in La Jolla. I dined on ceviche and eyed all the martini’s coming out from the bar.

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Dinner was from a bag.

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Monday morning I had some time to myself and made an iced coffee for some outside reading.

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My parents are getting a dog. They’ve been pet less for awhile now. We took Kaili to the animal shelter to meet the pup and make sure they liked each other. He is a sweet guy and they bring him home tomorrow.

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Little California girl.

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I thought this cartoon was spot on. I follow a lot of Paleo blogs and have made my share of recipes but lately i find myself getting irritated at them. You can’t call your Paleo dessert “easy cheesecake bars” when there isn’t any cheese in them. Pretty sure the cavemen weren’t whipping up soft and chewy double chocolate cookies or almond flour pancakes. Just sayin’…says the pregnant hormonal chick.

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Mother’s Day {Gifts from the Kitchen}

Mother’s day is right around the corner and whether you are celebrating with breakfast in bed or heading to your favorite spot for brunch, the day usually revolves around food.  Grocery stores advertise their sales on steaks and lobster tails and restaurants have special menus for their Mother’s day brunch. I think if you ask most mothers what they would prefer, most would say something homemade with love. So here are some {gifts} from the kitchen to share with your mom or yourself. Then go get yourself pampered at your favorite spa, or take a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine because you deserve it!

“Motherhood is…difficult and..rewarding”

Pancakes are always a favorite for breakfast but you can put a twist on the classic by making these oven baked Dutch-babies.

Dutch-Baby-Pancake

Here is another twist on a classic. Replace smoked salmon for Canadian bacon on the almighty eggs benedict.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Healthy Hollandaise Sauce

Berries are where it’s at right now, they are in season and super sweet. Surprise mom with a berrylicious yogurt parfait.

Mixed berry and granola yogurt parfait

How about serving momma some hot homemade Masala Chai tea. Yum

Is mom more of a snack gal? How about this…Sea salt and honey butter popcorn.

Sea Salt Honey Butter Popcorn

or these Rosemary Cashews..I could eat the whole bowl!

Rosemary-cashews

Maybe dinner is more to her liking? Try this Fried Couscous Salad 

Fried Couscous Salad

You could serve it with this Salmon dish. Plus it’s a cinch to make!

Salmon with Honey Coriander Glaze

You can never go wrong with sweets and these are the best brownies I have ever had!

Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts

This Grasshopper Chocolate Bark looks divine.

Grasshopper Chocolate Bark

You had me at Creme Brulee, Meyer Lemon to be exact.

Meyer Lemon Creme Brulee

One of my moms favorite is the Palmier.

Cinnamon Palmier

Whatever you decide to do or to make, I hope your Mom’s day is great!