Snaps from this past week/weekend are, well, non-existent. I could think of several reasons, but it’s mainly just because I wasn’t in the mood to be snapping. And you can’t force it, ya know! The week seemed to speed by and the weekend was filled with some working out (yay hiking with mom), some BBQing, baking, and LOTS of quality time with my Erik.
I do however have a few things on my plate this morning to mention that were on MY plate this past weekend 🙂 We had a couple great meals worth mentioning…
We hit up Lola Gaspar, http://lolagaspar.com/, in the Artist Village of Santa Ana, CA Friday night. Super cute setting. Pretty hipster, considering me and the man are far from that world, but not so much that it made we stood out. The wait was long but we totally scored with two seats front and center at the bar. Full service up there too, woo woo!!. We each enjoyed one of their interesting cocktails from the decently sized (not too short but not confusingly long) list of drinks. Erik’s food came out about 10 minutes before mine, big no, no. Buuuuut the bartender made up for it with some jalapeno cocktail things. Overall, the food was average, not too pricey, and it had a very romantic ambiance. I’d definitely recommend it as a date spot or meeting up with a friend place for a drink and some apps.
Lola Gaspar (courtesy of Lola Gaspar FB page)
Since we kept it pretty low key Saturday we decided to do a Sunday Funday Brunch. After a failed attempt at Ma’kai in Santa Monica, we ended up at Sonoma Wine Garden in Santa Monica. www.sonomawinegarden.com. We had been there before for drinks, but this time I really fell for the place. It has a GREAT outdoor patio on top of the mall at the end of the 3rd street Promenade. You really do not feel like you are at or part of any mall, super plus! for $28 it was bottomless champagne cocktails and 1 entree. If you plan to have more than 1 drink, it is worth it. The food was good, the service was great (even considering it was pretty packed and there were some rather demanding tables nearby), and the setting was chic yet comfortable. The weather wasn’t nice at all so the outdoor heaters were another plus. Can’t wait to try it again on a sunny day!
The weekend wasn’t just spent indulging in yummy food and beverages. Post workouts I recharged with some healthy fruit smoothies. Just made my standard banana and almond milk except instead of 1 cup almond milk, I used 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup water and a couple spoonfuls of my new fav additive…AMANDE.
It’s like yogurt, but made from almonds. Gluten/dairy/soy free makes it a great alternative to traditional yogurt, and it tastes delish. I use the vanilla one. I also have been adding a scoop of my favorite protein powder.
It’s PACKED full of 13 raw, organic sprouts, enzymes, and probiotics. It is also organic, soy free, and vegan. It is rather thick and can get clumpy so the best way I have found to use it is to just blend it straight into a smoothie. Here is their link to read more about the benefits: http://www.gardenoflife.com
Hope you all had a fun, healthy weekend too!!