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La Jolla Shores

I am so lucky because Ben is finally done studying for and taking the bar exam!! And that mean it’s vacation time!! First stop is La Jolla California to spend a week with the newest half of my family, a.k.a. The In-Laws. We stayed in an awesome rental house just one block off the beach in La Jolla Shores. It was called the Spanish Hacienda and it was so beautiful. We all agreed we would love to have the kitchen because it was so spacious and fully stocked with all the utensils, dishes, and appliances, including a Margaritaville margarita machine!! When I have money to splurge and a bigger kitchen, I am definitely getting one of those.

We enjoyed a great breakfast out on our last morning. I have a veggie volcano, which was a HUGE mound of eggs and veggies, zucchini, squash, eggplant, mushrooms, onions – so delicious!

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Ben enjoyed a Belgian waffle with strawberries and cream.

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I took advantage of the great scenery and much cooler temperatures and went running along the coast.

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This is about 2 miles from the house, the Children’s beach, which had tons of swimmer and seals. The seals made it smell terrible, but of course they are cool to look at.

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The view looking back toward La Jolla Shores.
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We have a new addition to the family, our neice, Baby S!! She is so cute, and I even held her for a few minutes. I have to say she is a very happy baby and was all smiles almost the whole week.
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We took family pictures to have an updated one with baby S. Before pictures, the girls made a stop at The Dry Bar to get our hair done. It was pretty fun and I was very impressed with how mine turned out. Ben, my M-I-L and B-I-L at pictures.
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After the family pictures, Ben and I got a fun picture with sunglasses, especially since my hair was looking pretty awesome, lol.
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Early morning beach scene.

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We have taken a vacation to San Diego the last couple of summers but haven’t been able to stay for more than a few days. This year we stayed a full week and took some time to see the sites. Well, mainly the San Diego Zoo. I had already been to the zoo, but not since high school and who doesn’t love seeing lots of cool animals?? Flamingos top my list for cool animals to see, mainly because they are the perfect shade of coral pink.

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We did a lot of walking, and byte time we got to the Sky Safari cable cars, we were glad to take a ride back to the front of the zoo.

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These mere cats were so cute, they jut ll ran around and it really seemed like they knew we were watching them.

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And there was a baby giraffe, Penelope, born in May! Yep, super cute! I love the giraffe because they have such pretty and expressive eyes. Even the boys have beautiful long eyelashes.

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When we first got into the park, there was a Ranger demonstration with a cheetah and her companion dog. Apparently the cheetahs and wolves are able to live less stressful lives in captivity if they have a dog that is always with them. I didn’t listen to a whole lot of the presentation but it was very interesting that the two animals end up being friends when the wild animals could easily kill the dogs.

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Oh yeah, while Ben studied for the bar, he didn’t do anything other than study. That included shaving, so when we arrived in La Jolla, he had this monster of a beard going on. I am not fond of the beard but was willing to put up with it until he could focus on something other than learning the whole entire legal system of rules and regulations. It really didn’t look bad, I just don’t like all that scratchy hair coming in touch with my face, if you know what I mean. The funniest part of the beard was when he would walk up to me and I wouldn’t hardly recognize him! The family reactions to the beard were also quite funny.
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Luckily, Ben cares about me more than growing facial hair and he decided to get a full shave and haircut while we were in La Jolla.

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For a minute he had just the mustache, and I really hope it’s the only time I actually have to see that…it just doesn’t suit my taste at all!

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Sadly, we had to say goodbye to the beach, but only after a wonderful week of family, sun and surfing!

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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Travel

 

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D-I-Ls have all the FUN!

I have to say that I totally won the In-Law lottery when I married Ben. His family is amazing and we always have a great time when we get together. Our M-I-L spoils us girls, but I think it is because she only had the three boys for so long. She loves giving us amazing presents and taking us out to great restaurants and so much more! This trip we got to spoil her a little as well. Our annual beach trip is her big birthday present, but the girls gave her a fun present as well. We took her to The Dry Bar near San Diego. Their motto is “No cuts, no colors, just blow-outs!”

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The “Bar”

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They had little iPhone jacks by each seat…so cool!

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Signge as you walk in – Love the chalk board in old frame. Definitely on my to-do for decorating list!

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How cool is this chandelier?? Made of yellow hair dryers!

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I got a pictures with one sister-in-law. She got the beachy waves and I got a CosmoTai.

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The CosmoTai is a combination of Beachy Waves and Big Curls! My hair had a lot more volume, but it never stays!

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One night we did a girls night out. We went to a cooking class at the Marine Room only a few minutes from our beach house. We all thought that it would be a hands on, learning to cook class. When we walked into the class room, we all had to check out this beautiful view.

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As we sat down, we realized it would be a cooking demonstration – not a cooking class. But it was being taught by two seemingly highly trained chefs – Executive Chef Bernard Guillas (left, below) and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver(right, below). One of the coolest things about the class is that the mirrors at the top of the picture were pointed in such a way that you could see what they were doing even though you were sitting down.

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Good picture of Chef Ron doing something…oh actually, I remember, this is making the pickled green papaya. I will definitely be making this and posting a recipe at some point. Very easy and very cool and tasted great as well!

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Appetizer: Bay Scallop and Shrimp Risotto, Served with Gruner Veltliner white wine by Pratsch Nieerosterreich, Austria

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Now I have to tell you that I cannot eat shell-fish nor dairy. Luckily we got to see the exact ingredients of each dish so I knew what I could and couldn’t eat. Basically, the only thing I could eat were the main course meat and the veggies with it. Boo…but my plan was to take everything home to Ben so he could enjoy them. Especially the appetizer since he loves shrimp. When I asked the server to please box my appetizer and why, they were quick to say the chef would make something for me. To my wonderful surprise, he made me my own 3 course meal that did not contain dairy.

Main Course: Barbecued Hawaiian Wahoo, Sweet potato timbale, picked green papaya, kaffir lime leaf butter served with Cortese wine- Batasiolo Gavi DOGC, Piemonte from Italy.

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Sunset view between the main course and dessert:

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Dessert: Fig, Peach and Blueberry Crisp

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My dessert: Raspberry Sorbet!!

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This was an absolute awesome night. I had fun watching the chefs cook and I really think there are a few things that I will try to make in the future – mainly risotto with coconut cream and the pickled green papaya. I also thoroughly enjoyed the first two white wines and assuming they were very expensive, I hope to find something similar in the future. I normally don’t like white  wine, but I was pleasantly surprised. The fact that the chef made me my own, personal dishes that did not contain dairy was absolutely amazing. It made me feel so special and completely taken care of. Normally, it is a huge effort for me to get food made without dairy, as I always order it. 3 out of 4 times we end up sending food back because no one cares to pay attention to my requests. I would highly recommend the Marine Room to anyone who goes to San Diego for many reasons, but especially because I was treated so well!! This makes my top ten dining experiences list…quite possibly at the #1 spot!

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Travel

 

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San Diego in short

I have never needed a vacation more than right now. I’m so glad we already had this beach vacation planned with Ben’s family. So far we have:
*layed on the beach
*relaxed
*attempted to boogie board
*sunburned my butt-yes,please laugh because it’s funny
*run barefoot on the beach
*ran to the horse race track to watch the morning workouts
*walked around town to see the shops
*hung out with family telling stories, joking and catching up on each others lives
*started the list of reasons to move to San Diego

So far, this has been a great vacation!

 
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