Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Night Out at Juniper & Ivy

I'm so proud of my cousin Tara


I use her story as an example often when doing college and career counseling. Out of high school, Tara went to California State University Northridge to study Art. Art is a passion and a talent of hers. Succumbing to life's financial pressures, she left CSUN for a technical school to study nursing. Tara's mom, my aunt, encouraged the study of nursing. It was after all, what she believed, a good paying job and pretty much guaranteed job security. Half way through the program, Tara realized she didn't want to do nursing. She didn't like it at all. It wasn't a passion of hers and she couldn't see herself in the career of nursing. This is when she followed her heart and decided to study Culinary Arts. She loves food. She grew up trying all kinds of different kinds of food. The study of culinary arts still allowed her to be in the field of the arts and explore her creativity.

She's now a few years out of culinary school and has worked for some pretty awesome people! She's worked at Herringbone and Searsucker, restaurants of Brian Malarkey, from TV's Top Chef and The Taste.


She's works at the up and coming restaurant chain Tender Greens which fresh, healthy, chef-inspired, farmer's market sensible dishes at an affordable price. Here is one of the Filipino dishes she grew up eating, Tinola, that been a menu highlight at Tender Greens a few times! Tinola is a chicken ginger soup, that has spinach and papaya in it. Perfect for a cold day.

She currently works at the hot new San Diego restaurant Juniper & Ivy with Top Chef season 8 winner, Richard Blais.

She's been able to meet some other pretty famous chefs too!
Tyler Florence from the Food Network:

Guy Fieri from the Food Network:

It's always such a treat when Tara takes us to the restaurant where she works. It's neat to hear the ins and outs of the restaurant, not to mention meeting the cool chefs at the same time! Last week, hubby and I were Tara's guests at Juniper & Ivy. The restaurant is beautiful, so much so it got kudos from Architectural Digest!

I was enjoying my food and drinks so much, I didn't get to take many pictures so I'm going to share pictures from my social media friends! Here is a few of the dishes we shared during our meal:

BERKSHIRE PORK PORTERHOUSE
14 OZ / WHITE CORN PUREE / PEACH / SMOKED ALMOND / DANDELION CHIMICHURRI

DONUT PEACH 
BURRATA / BLOOD WALNUT / WILD ROCKET / ICE WINE

YODEL 
DEVIL'S CAKE / WHITE CHOCOLATE / HAZELNUT BRITTLE / HOT CHOCOLATE

CARNE CRUDA ASADA
QUAIL EGG / COTIJA / JALAPENO

DRUNK IN LOVE
GIN / WATERMELON / TARRAGON / CILANTRO / CITRUS

And here is the actual video and pictures taken by yours truly at the end of our meal where I had the:
LOCAL CORN
JALAPENO / GARLIC / LIME
SAN DIEGO CHICKEN
HARISSA BBQ / YOGURT / BULGAR WHEAT TABOULI:


I'm so proud of all you've done Tara! I can't wait until you are on TV too like all these cool chefs you work with!




Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Father's Day Fun at The Discovery Cube

During our trips to Disneyland, we've passed by the Discovery Cube on the Interstate 5 dozens of times. We've always made a point to visit "one day", but when we saw that there was going to be a Mythbusters interactive exhibit coming through, we had to schedule a visit. Hubby was so excited he actually asked for the visit for his "fathers day gift"!

There was so much to do inside the cube! My favorite was the bed of nails that I actually laid down on. My boys where amazed!

The boys liked the Eco-Challenge area which had an interactive screen on a shopping cart, a scanner, and an awesome pretend store that taught kids how to shop eco-friendly. There was also a recycle center! So very cool!




Of course hubby's favorite part was the Mythbusters Exhibit! The kids loved the "Toast - Butter Side Up or Down" exhibit with several different contraptions to test whether toast has a tendency to fall butter side up or down. Hubby couldn't resist the "Flatulence" exhibit.  We were also able to get wet, dodge a flying projectile, fly an airplane, build a house that was "bad wolf" proof, ride a swing held by phone books, drive blind, and more! 









We did so much at the Discovery Cube! Here is some of the highlights:


Happy Fathers Day to by awesome hubby who enjoys spending every fathers day having fun with his boys!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Food Friday: Daphne's California Greek

It's been a long while since Garcia Family has visited a Daphne's California Greek restaurant. Thanks to the kinds folks over at Daphne's, we were able to try out a few of their menu items, most especially the new Cali-Greek Bowl!

Cali-Greek bowl takes its inspiration from Greek cuisine and adds a refreshing, contemporary California flair. The Cali-Greek Bowl begins with a choice of citrus brown rice or rice pilaf, black beans, guacamole, 
salsa fresca, crisp jalapeno bacon, Greek yogurt chipotle sauce and a choice of grilled chicken, savory gyros or falafel. I had mine with grilled chicken and it was very filling! I would've liked more salsa fresca, with less beans and rice. The bowl would be yum with or without the bacon. Other than that, this dish definitely is a mix of California and Greek flavors!


My son had the Margherita flat bread pizza topped with basil pesto sauce, mozzarella cheese and sliced roma tomatoes. Jelo said, "Mom, is is sooooo yum!" and gave me a thumbs up! My five year old is a picky eater so his thumbs up is a huge compliment!


Hubby had the three course dinner with the Lemon Chicken Soup, Gyro Street Pitas, tabouli, and baklava. Hubby raved about the chicken soup. It was perfect for the cold he was trying to get rid of. 


Thanks to Daphne's California Greek for treating us to happy tummies! We can wait to visit again for the filling Cali-Greek Bowl and the "soooooo yum" Flatbread Pizza!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Family Fun in Boston: Day Seven

Garcia Family just got back from a week long vacation in Boston! We did so much while we were there! So much so we "need a vacation from our vacation"!

I love sharing our family vacations with all of you in hopes you too will visit the fun places we've been too!

Since we did so much in Boston, I'll be posting each day of our vacation separately so check back each day for my latest post on our vacation fun!

Day One: Harvard, Tufts, and Feneuil Marketplace
Day Two: Freedom Trail
Day Three: Gloucester and Salem
Day Four: Boston Tea Party
Day Five: Plymouth Plantation
Day Six: College Tour

Before we headed home, we had to stop and pay homage to a part of Boston which has changed the world...the Sam Adams Brewery


The brewery tour was free, with a suggested donation for local charities. We were taken to the tanks where the beer is kept, a little lesson on hops, barley, wheat, and etc. The best part was the beer tasting! We were able to taste “fresh” beer which was fresh out of the tanks. 









We were also able to taste test beers that were not yet for sale! We tasted a “white beer” which was light, sweet, and high in alcohol content! Kids are OK to take along, as we were doing the beer tasting, the tour guide gave the boys root beers to enjoy as well!






We made one last stop to Yankee Lobster to pick up a few souvenirs for my parents!




We arrived at the airport, lost one of our luggage in an elevator, but didn't realize it until we were ready to check-in. Thanks to a friendly Bostonian who called me and stayed with our luggage until hubby went to retrieve it! The one and only hiccup in our awesome week in Boston! 

Everyone in Boston was so very nice! The weather was beautiful! We had a wonderful time and can't wait to travel with our two little boys again! 

I hope our travels to Boston inspire you to visit this awesome city! We had a great visit and know you will too!

For our day seven pictures, click here!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Family Fun in Boston: Day Six

Garcia Family just got back from a week long vacation in Boston! We did so much while we were there! So much so we "need a vacation from our vacation"!

I love sharing our family vacations with all of you in hopes you too will visit the fun places we've been too!

Since we did so much in Boston, I'll be posting each day of our vacation separately so check back each day for my latest post on our vacation fun!

Day One: Harvard, Tufts, and Feneuil Marketplace
Day Two: Freedom Trail
Day Three: Gloucester and Salem
Day Four: Boston Tea Party
Day Five: Plymouth Plantation

Being a high school counselor, I wanted to fit a few more college visits during our time in Boston. Every year, I have a few students interested in schools on the East Coast so visiting some of the schools would help me better advise my students.

Our first stop, on the north side of the Charles River, was Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The student led tour took us to an awesome view of the famous MIT Dome, through the longest straight line corridor in the world, to name a few. We also learned about a fun MIT student pastime called “hacks”. 






The computer labs with computer bits and pieces being put together, displays of mini-robots, as well as the huge chalkboards with mathematical equations in the common areas for students caught my boys’ attention!

Our second stop for the day, on the opposite side of the Charles River, was Boston University. This campus is HUGE and covers several blocks of the Fenway-Kenmore community of Boston. Pushing our two kids on strollers as the BU students were trying to quickly get to class was interesting. I definitely felt like we were in everyone’s way. We didn’t have an official tour here so we just wandered around on our own. Jelo, our oldest, has a fascination with Martin Luther King. So when he saw a special marker on the BU campus honoring Dr. King, he was super excited to know he visited a school where Dr. King had attended! 





Our visit to Boston allowed me the chance to visit Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, Tufts University, Boston University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Each campus community was different - the vibe and culture for each was very distinct. I can’t wait to tell my students all about the campuses I visited!

For all our day six pictures, click here!