Friday, February 5, 2016

Feed Your Senses with Bite San Diego

Have you ever been on a food tour? I just had my first food tour experience with Bite San Diego and it's not only an experience for your sense of taste, it's a treat for all your senses!
Bite San Diego features the best walking tours in San Diego, which help locals and visitors alike explore the growing food scene of America’s Finest City via guided food walking tours. Bite San Diego offers tours in Encinitas, Little Italy, La Jolla, Coronado, and Liberty Station.

Hubby and I decided to do the Pacific Beach tour since we don't get to explore that part of San Diego too often. 

Beautiful View of Crystal Pier During Our Tour

We met our tour guide and the rest of our tour group at our first stop:  Cass Street Bar and Grill


Our tour started with a sesame chicken salad which was a nice start to the many bites we were going to have along the way! The grilled chicken, lettuce, cucumbers, tomato, bean sprouts, and the savory dressing was delicious!




We had two tasters here of the Riverwalk Blonde and the Rustic Horizon Red. I'm not really a beer drinker so hubby was able to enjoy what I didn't drink. It would've been great if the brewery staff talked to our tour group to give some background on their beers. Our tour guide gave a bit of a description on the brews we tasted. The tasting room seats about 30 people max, a bit more if standing. 

3rd stop: The Mad Beet



Here we enjoyed a Strawberry Bananillo smoothie with apple juice, strawberry, banana, and other goodies. The Mad Beet has a huge menu of custom smoothies and juice blends, as well as fruit bowls, salads, and wraps. They have such an array of choices to please any palate! The walls of The Mad Beet are covered with Art By Autumn - beautiful colors and inspiring words. 





We've had Papa Luna's before and enjoyed it! We're sad the location near us in Poway closed.

Having Papa Luna's as a stop on our food tour was such a treat! We had "bites" of the:
EMPANADA DE CHOCLO - Sweet Corn, Cotija Cheese, Fire Roasted Peppers
and 
EMPANADA DE POLLO - tender Chicken, Onion, Green Chile, Bell Peppers

Both were warm yummy goodness for the chilly day!



This location is the 2nd in San Diego and has newly opened! I'm a huge fan of Hammond's and love their toasted coconut ice cream. So, of course for my "bite" of ice cream I had the toasted coconut and hubby had the macadamia nut. Their ice cream is so rich and creamy, not to mention super addicting! I love their ice cream flights for those days when I can't just choose one flavor!


6th stop: Lil' Orbits



Don't let these mini donuts fool you! They are so good, you'll want to eat a few which adds up to one whole (or a few more) donuts. They are made to order so they are nice and steamy when you eat them. Lil' Orbits also serves mini-cronuts - croissant donuts! It's too bad we didn't get a chance to try the cronuts =(

7th Stop: Sandbox Pizza


The afternoon ended with a few pizza pies. We had a slice each of the Hawaii 5.0 and the BBQ Betty. 
Hawaii 5.0 - pineapple, canadian ham, and bacon
BBQ Betty - BBQ sauce, grilled pulled chicken, red onion, spinach, and crushed peanuts

During the tour, our guide shared interesting history, insights and stories of not only the Pacific Beach area, but also Pacific Beach was a catalyst to the development of San Diego. I would've liked a representative from each of the restaurants to give us a brief run down on their menu and specialties. Unfortunately, not all the business took advantage of "pitching" to the foodies on tour. 

Our Tour Guide in Action
Mural of Garnet Avenue in the early 1940's
The entire tour covered over two miles of walking and lasted about 3 hours. NFL playoffs were in full-swing during our tour so the bars we passed were buzzing with football madness. The tour lasted a bit longer than I expected but it was a great time!

Bite San Diego food tour really does provide "bites" and samples of what the business have to offer. Don't go on this food tour expecting more than just "bites". The samples are just enough to allow you to enjoy ALL the bites the tour has to offer without getting full.

Bite San Diego was a great way to spend an afternoon with my hubby, enjoying one of the neighborhoods in San Diego, savoring a variety of bites to eat, and at the same time getting some walking done while enjoying the fresh air.




Disclaimer: Hubby and I received complimentary food tour in exchange for this blog post and other social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#WorkoutWednesday: Cupcake Marathon January

My first Cupcake 26.2 Virtual Marathon for 2016 is done and I reached my goal! 

I use RunKeeper to track my miles
Going from zero miles in December 2015 to 40 miles in January 2016 makes me feel awesome! 

How did I complete my miles?

I told myself I couldn't watch my Filipino Channel soap operas unless I was on my elliptical...

Pajama theme #FitGirlsVirtual5k with my Bzees on!
I found my "alone time" walking around beautiful San Diego was a great stress relief and recharger...





I tried to incorporate my miles while spending quality time with family and friends...


I'm looking forward to LA Cookie Con next week where I will enjoy my celebratory cupcake! 

I hope you'll join me for February's Cupcake 26.2 Virtual Marathon! Run, walk, skip, swim...whatever will get you to your 26.2 miles! At the end of the month, enjoy a cupcake of your choice to celebrate!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rock On at Rockin' Jump in San Diego

Did you know that 10 minutes on a trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes on the treadmill? Awesome, right? When I took my boys to Rockin' Jump trampoline park, I knew I'd be able to get a workout in also!


Rockin' Jump San Diego is just a few minutes from our home. If you want to exercise, but also like to have fun, this is the place to do so! Instead of stairclimbers and weight machines, Rockin' Jump creates a spot where you can exercise with your family by...

soaring in open jump arenas...


dive into pools of soft foam cubes...

play dodgeball...

and play trampoline basketball!

I had too much fun with the jousting. My boys kept challenging me but I was always the winner! Here's the video taken by my boys - sorry for the shakiness =/


I was impressed with the staff at Rockin' Jump. There was a staff member at each of the sections of the trampoline park, not only ensuring everyone's safety, but also playfully interacting with the guests to maximize the fun. 

My boys wanted to to make sure I mentioned the "awesome socks" we had to wear during our visit to Rockin' Jump. They were impressed with the rubber grips underneath which they said gave them "more air"! The socks are available for purchase for a small fee, but you can always bring them back with you when you return. If you lose one of the socks, Rockin' Jump will replace the missing socks to ensure you have a pair to have jumping fun!


In addition to the trampolines, there is a rock climbing wall and an outdoor miniature golf area as well. We had so much fun on the trampolines, we ran out of time to check these out. We'll definitely have to visit again to try them out!


Rockin' Jump is also a great place for birthday parties and family gatherings. They provide private party rooms and a full-service cafe as well!

I was exhausted and all sweaty when we left Rockin' Jump. I really did feel like I got a workout, not to mention some great quality time with my boys!

Who wants to take their family to Rockin' Jump?! I'm giving away a family 5-pack of tickets to Rockin' Jump for you to enjoy! Just follow the steps below to enter!

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Visit Rockin' Jump on their website http://sandiego.rockinjump.com/, Facebook, and Twitter for updates and special offers!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Find Love "Outside Mullingar" with SD Rep

The month of February is a special time each year. Not only because of Valentines' Day and the long Presidents Day Weekend, but also because my mom and I share our birthdays this month. 

This year for mom's birthday, we had a mommy and daughter date at the San Diego REPertory Theatre to enjoy John Patrick Shanley’s new romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar”.


The characters Anthony and Rosemary are over-the-hill 40-something locals living in a tiny village in rural Ireland. They haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. Hope and togetherness are severely challenged, but the yearning for love of two eccentric souls is so great that they fight their way above the blaze toward happiness. You might have to fight back a few tears and the obligatory "awwwww...." might escape from your lips during the more touching parts of the play. This story is perfect for this Valentines season.



The show’s run begins Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 and runs through Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, 2016 with an opening night on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum Space Theatre at San Diego REP. 


Single tickets are now on sale and begin at $33. Student tickets for $20 are also available for all performances. Tickets can be purchased online at www.SDRep.org, by phone at 619-544-1000 or by visiting the box office at 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#WorkoutWednedsay: Yoga for Stress and Anxiety

This year, I'm starting a #WorkoutWednesday theme in my blogposts and social media shares where I'll be sharing my journey of becoming more active and more consistent with my exercise this year. I welcome you to use the hashtag also and let's support each other!

Today, let's talk about yoga. I have always found yoga to be relaxing. I like the quiet sounds, relaxing music, and dim lighting. I like the slowness of the movements and the focus on breathing. I love most the last few minutes of meditation and reflection with shavasana.

Because of our hectic family schedule (here I go again making excuses for lack of time for exercise), I've found a few awesome videos on YouTube that are excellent for at-home yoga practice. I'll be sharing a few of my favorites over the next few months.

For 2016, I'm hoping to do yoga at least once a week. The last few times I've done yoga at home, my sons have joined me which has been a nice treat to exercise all together!

Yoga with Adrienne is one of my favorite yoga YouTubers! She has lots of videos for all ranges of yoga experience. She has a series just for beginners, for those seeking to use yoga for weight loss, or even  "30 Days of Yoga" challenge which is great for beginners or yoga camp to help you build stability and mindfullness.

With work starting back up after a wonderful three week vacation, I'm feeling a bit of stress and anxiety. Here is the yoga video I've done a few times to help me alleviate some of my stresses from returning to work.



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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Come With Me and Let's Meet the Marvel Super Heroes!




Have you ever been to a wax museum? My family and I have been to Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas and it was so much fun! At first it was a bit creepy because the wax figures look very real. But getting up close and personal with the "celebrities" was as good as the real thing!


My family and I are super excited to check out Madame Tussauds Hollywood. They have announced the grand opening of their brand new, multi-million dollar Marvel Super Heroes 4D theater expansion as they bring their most legendary super heroes to life.


The new technologically advanced renovation will include innovative 4D experiences with multisensory entertainment including water, smoke and trembles in your seat- allowing visitors to come face to face with the action.


In addition to the theater, Madame Tussauds Hollywood will grant attraction goers unprecedented access to mix and mingle with Marvel's most beloved and idolized superheroes, including: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, SPIDER-MAN, WOLVERINE, TONY STARK and IRON MAN.



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Stay tuned for my post and pictures on our visit to Madame Tussauds Hollywood!

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