Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Conversations with my Husband: Misheard Lyrics

As we were heading to Tacos El Gordo for dinner last night, the song "Chandelier" came on the radio.

Tuan: I didn't think it was chandelier. I thought she was saying sugary leaves...and I thought it was Rihanna.

Me: Sugary leaves??

Hahaha. Tuan is the best. He was on to something though because Sia did originally write the song for Rihanna. Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunday Mass with a Toddler

[One day we were going to spend more time inside of church than we do roaming the grounds]

On Tuan
Shirt: Penguin
Pants: Gap
Shoes: Vans for JCrew

On Parker
Shirt: Ben Sherman
Pants: Zara Kids
Shoes: Adidas

Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide - Week 6 Progress Pictures

Over the weekend I finished week 6 of Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide. Week 6 was challenging and I can guarantee that nothing makes you look as crazy as doing broad jump burpees in the middle of the day in a rain storm. Nothing. It's becoming increasingly difficult to find the right benches and steps at the park to accomplish some of the exercises (feet raised tricep dips, split squats) but I've been doing what I can and modifying some of the exercises as needed. Isn't it incredible how many squat variations there are? On days I don't feel like working out, I turn to the #kaylaarmy on Instagram and find motivation in the encouraging words and photos of others who are also working their way through the guide. 

Now for the big news! For those that don't know, I have type 2 diabetes and my goal with following this program, more so than weight loss and looking good in a bikini, has been to get my A1C to under 7.  In February I vowed to get healthy after finding out my A1C was 13. Yesterday I met with my endocrinologist and my A1C is 6.5! I'm over the moon excited about my latest lab results. Cheers to being healthy and taking control of my diabetes.    

I'm half way there! Six more weeks to go.
[You can see a little change in my thighs and a definite change around my waist]
[My legs and arms are feeling really strong. All those burpees and push ups are paying off.]
[Side by side of weeks 1, 4 and 6. Chipping away at that abdominal fat slowly.]

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review of The Smoking Goat Restaurant + Swoon Dessert Bar

One of the things I look forward to the most whenever my in-laws are in town are date nights with Tuan. On Wednesday we decided to try something new and went to The Smoking Goat in North Park. The restaurant takes reservations but we didn't bother to make any since it was a Wednesday night. We arrived around 6:00 PM to take advantage of their Happy Hour menu and were seated promptly by the host. 

We sat on the patio since it was a nice day out and the dining room seemed really dark. It was nice to soak up the summer sun while enjoying a $4 glass of Malbec and an order of the baked brie. The artichoke and leeks really elevated the brie and made it special. I tried to be good about my carb intake but I couldn't stop myself from eating two slices of the toasted ciabatta.

[Baked Brie - artichoke and leeks cooked in wine with ciabatta $6 on the Happy Hour Menu]

A few minutes after we finished the brie, our waiter brought out my pork chop and Tuan's ribeye. What a feast for the eyes! Both dishes were beautifully seared and I snapped a couple of photos before we dove in. My pork chop was good not mind blowing. Maybe I don't really like pork chops? While looking the menu over, I was drawn to the chicken but hello it's date night. I eat chicken almost every single day. I wanted to eat something I normally don't eat. Result? I should have ordered the chicken. I will say that the tomato sauce the pork chop came with was delicious and really complimented the meal.

[Brined Pork Chop - 
fingerlings, Suzie's bush beans, smoky tomato sauce, preserved lemon chipotle butter $24]

Tuan's ribeye was very good but the duckfat fries were the star of the plate. The fries were extra crispy, topped with pecorino romano and served with a mustard aoili. So good. We are both french fry addicts and these were some of the most addicting fries we've had. Next time, we will probably just get a large order of the fries. I can eat those all day.

[Ribeye - duckfat truffle fries, little salad, herb butter, red wine sauce $30]

[My hot date. He's so patient about my picture taking. Haha]

After we finished our meals, we snuck a peek at the dessert menu but decided to skip on it since we were so close to Swoon. If you are near Swoon, you have Swoon. Sorry, Smoking Goat. I'm sure your desserts are just as good as your food but Swoon was calling us.

3408 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104

Swoon is hands down my favorite dessert place in San Diego. The flavor combinations of their desserts are exciting and the portions are generous without being overwhelming (ahem Extraordinary Desserts). Tuan and I like have chef surprise us with the Chef's Choice 3-Course for $18. It's always a fun experience and we don't have to have the "So, what do you want to get?" discussion. Chef creates each dessert on the spot behind the dessert bar and they are delivered one at a time by the hostess. Each dessert we tried was delicious but my favorite this time around was the melon gazpacho. So refreshing! I can't wait to go back again.

[Galia Melon Gazpacho with plums, pickled grapes and carrot sorbet]

[Strawberry Ice Cream with charred strawberries, marshmallow fluff, fudge and graham cracker crumbs]

[Oven roasted Peach Ice Cream with summer berries, corn bread and black pepper honey]

3139 University Ave.
San Diego, CA

Swoon needs a real website. Why does their website link point to a Facebook page?

Ice Cream Dreams - Drool Worthy Ice Cream Creations for National Ice Cream Month

It's summer. It's hot. It's also National Ice Cream Month so let's cool down with these ice cream creations that make me wish I wasn't diabetic. I'm going to try to make the mango sticky rice ice cream and will report back. In the meantime, keep dreaming those ice cream dreams! And on that note, have a great weekend everyone. Tomorrow I head to OC for a book club meeting and we get to welcome our Aussie house guests.

[Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Waffle Sandwiches spotted on Squirrelly Minds]

[Donut Heaven Sundae spotted on Some Kitchen Stories]

[Fried Ice Cream in Puff Pastry spotted on La Receta de la Felicidad]

[Choco Tacos spotted on Food 52]

[Toasted Coconut Mango Ice Cream spotted on You Are My Fave]

[Caramel Peanut Butter Cup Soft Pretzel Ice Cream Sammies spotted on Half Baked Harvest]

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