Staycation 2014 New Eats: Cafe Cantata - Del Mar, CA 

Our third morning turned out to be a bit gloomy so instead of heading straight out to surf we decided to try a new breakfast spot and came across this cool cafe in Del Mar.  A wide, open and inviting space with walls adorned in quotes and art the place has a really cool and laid back vibe.   With plenty of eclectic tables and chair, counter top, and even lounge couch seating I’m sure this place is packed on a weekend or during peak hours.  Lucky for us it was mid week and early morning so there were only a few patrons. A great selection of breakfast options, I was the most stoked on our large mugs of Chai Latte with almond milk!  It doesn’t take much to make me happy!

Leaf-wrapped Savories :
Spinach leaves fore creative wrap of grated roasted coconut, diced ginger, diced lime, diced roasted peanuts, bean sprouts & carrots with traditional Thai sauce grilled shrimp Larb Mushroom Delight
Crispy mushroom spiced with lime juice, rice powder, chili, lemon grass, and fresh mint Gaeng Musaman Kai* 
Tender chicken breast with potato, carrot, coconut milk & cashew nuts in traditional southern Thai curry, served with cucumber salad

Staycation 2014 New Eats: Taste of Thai - Del Mar, CA 

Who better to get a thai food recommendation from then a thai masseuse? The owner of the Thai Spa we frequent knows how much JP like spicy thai food and she recommended we try Taste of Thai but we never seemed to get around to going the short distance to try it until know.  I wish we had tried it sooner, delicious!

I wanted to try a couple dishes out so I decided to get two appetizers instead of a meal. Well the appetizers are a meal in themselves!?! I would say they are meant for 4 - 5 people to share not two.  What I thought was going to be a couple of small spinach wraps was actually a huge platter of stuffings that you wrap into a large spinach leaf. Simple but so tasty, unfortunately I only made it through half of it.  My other appetizer was a vegetarian version of Larb made from crispy mushroom.  It has a little kick of spice and some sweet undertones with every crispy bite.  JP choose a very traditional thai curry dish and he was quite pleased with the flavor and level of spice.  We will definitely be back!

Is it getting smaller? Yoga blocks are for more then yoga! Reading is s must on vacation Lunchbot uno and duo and insulated lunchbots, hummus, sweet potato tortillas, cucumbers, broccoli Surf Session number two

Staycation 2014 Not so New Surf Spot: Churches at Trestles Beach - San Onofre State BeachSan Clemente, CA

OK I know day 2 and we’re already breaking the rules but there was no surf anywhere around us so we headed back up to Trestles.  We thought about surfing lowers but it was too crowded for how limited of surf there was and with only a few people out at Churches it was our best bet.  The water felt a bit chillier then the day before so I was relegated to wearing my full suit again for the morning session.  The previous mornings session  was the first time I had worn a full suit in months!  JP didn’t hang out on the beach for as long before he joined me.  The surf was small, actually even smaller but the wind stayed down and the small crowd that was out there wasn’t out there for long.

I always read a book or two while I’m on vacation, something I don’t seem to have the time for at home so I made sure to pick up a new Dan Milman book for the trip and read it everyday marking passages and quotes with a highlighter.  

After a read, some snacks and a short nap we were relieved that the wind stayed down and we could head out for an afternoon session.  The air temperature had gotten very warm, especially with no wind so I decided to wear a wetsuit top and bottoms although I figured I would get cold. I was rather surprised when the water felt several degrees warmer then even that morning! Yew!

ALBACORE TUNA CRUDO 
 with Haas Avocado, Ruby Grapefruit & Lemon Olive Oil MANCHEGO & RICOTTA STUFFED PIQUILLO PEPPERS 
 with Arugula & California Almond Vinaigrette JP loved his pizza! ROSA  PIZZA
with Tomato Sauce, Calabrian Chilis, Roasted Garlic, Crimini Mushrooms & Fresh Basil (No Cheese) HEIRLOOM WISCONSIN BLACK SEED POPCORN 
with Truffle Salt

Staycation 2014 New Eats: Blue Ribbon Pizzeria - Encinitas, CA

Ok we didn’t quite make it out of our Encinitas bubble for our first vacation bubble but to be fair, for the rare occasion we have pizza we always go to Pandora Pizza in Leucadia.  This summer when we attended the Taste of Mainstreet in Encinitas I saw that Blue Ribbon Pizzeria now offered gluten free crust and they had a pizza on the menu that actually came without cheese!  

Normally we each get our own pizza but we decided to split a small pizza so we could indulge on appetizers.  We shared their Albacore Tuna Crudo and I snacked on the Heirloom Wisconsin Black Seed Popcorn while JP treated himself to the Manchego & Ricotta Stuffed Piquillo Peppers. No worries though we still had plenty of room for our pizza. have I ever told you that we EAT A LOT?  

Wow, what a pizza!  The crust was so light and both soft and crispy!  The combination of tomato, chili, basil and mushrooms gave it a good range of both spicy and sweet flavor. I was definitely impressed!  I couldn’t get over how good the crust was, I had never had a gluten free crust this good!  When I inquired with our server if they made their gluten free crust in-house a look of terror spread across her face. “That wasn’t a gluten free crust.” she said. Yikes, I had ordered a gluten free crust but it was late when we got there(they were actually closing up and turning over chairs as we ate) and she had forgotten to add that to the order. She felt really bad and gave us our pizza for free. It was a bit of a bummer since I was going to feel the price of that free pizza later but I just shook it off and picked up some beet juice on the way home.

I wanted to indulge while we were on vacation and this was definitely a good meal and I wanted to enjoy it and not stress over the mistake. Plus eating gluten was something I NEVER do, so it’s definitely something new! LOL!

Super small surf at trestles but with only one other person out! Beach nap! black + blum, snow peak, sprouts, banana pepper, cucumber, mushrooms, carrots black + blum, snow peak, sprouts, banana pepper, cucumber, mushrooms, carrots, coconut wrap, hummus,

Staycation 2014 New Surf Spot: Churches at Trestles Beach - San Onofre State Beach, San Clemente, CA

The start of our vacation the surf was really small so we headed up to San Clemente to surf what is considered one of the best surf spots in the United States. It’s not like we hadn’t been to Trestles before but there are several spots that dot the coast line.  I had surfed Cottons, Middles and Old Mans before so we settled on surfing Churches.  When we got there there was only 3 other people in the water. This is quite a rarity as this is a popular surf spot for locals, pro surfers and tourists so that gives you a bit of an idea as to how small it was!

It was so small that when we first got there JP just laid on the beach while I eagerly paddled out and surfed the smallest weakest waves that were on tap for about an hour before he finally joined me.  Although it was small it was still so fun, mostly because you didn’t have to fight for waves you could get any ankle bitter wave that came your way.  The water was a bit chillier then down near us and there were some cold spots that had me worried that our extra long stretch of warmer then normal temperatures was about to end but the water was still blue and crystal clear.  It was cool to be out in the ocean with a new coastline to view.  It’s so open and uninhibited along this stretch of coast.  

As the wind began to pick up it brought our session to an end.  A couple stand up paddle boarders took over the spot and we laid on the practically deserted beach. It didn’t take long for me to relax and slip in to a nice long beach nap!  We brought a cooler with enough food and drinks to spend the day but after a late afternoon lunch with the wind steadily increasing we decided to pack it in.

Staycation 2014 - Encinitas, CA
Friends and Family come to vacation at our house all the time, so when time was short and budgets were tight we decided that this year we would take our vacation time at home.  Sun, surf, a laid back vibe, and sights to see how could we not have a good time exploring our hometown!
We wanted to really relax and keep things chill on our vacation but we did have a couple rules to avoid reverting to our regular at home routine.  First off we were not aloud to hang out at home, home was for sleeping and showers only.  Secondly we had to totally unplug, no emails, twitter, instagram, or any work.  This rule was awesome but man did it take me a long time to catch up upon my return! (Hence why I am just putting up our photos now.) Also no workouts, rehab stretches, eldoas, or anything along those lines.  This rule was more for me, both because I’m so fitness obsessed and I have been crazy focused on my radical rehab program that it would probably be good to take a break and access how well I could do without my daily rehab program.
Outside of the “not aloud” rules there were the rules to keep things fun!  We knew we wanted to surf as much as possible but the rule was that we had to surf a new spot everyday, somewhere we had never surfed before.  Another way to keep things fresh and exciting was that we could not go to any of our usual restaurants. Maybe we’d even leave our Leucadia/Encinitas bubble and try restaurants out of our zip code. I know we’re so wild and crazy! Other then that sleeping in was optional(we actually slept in everyday) and we  wanted to go see some tourist sights as well.  
JP also said that I wasn’t aloud to document every moment of our vacation for my blog.  Funny thing is he actually ended up taking more photos then me!  There were so many good moments and experiences from this time together and I don’t think photos would have done them justice anyways.  Plus I like to keep some moments to ourselves. Stay tuned for photos and recaps of our Staycation! High-res

Staycation 2014 - Encinitas, CA

Friends and Family come to vacation at our house all the time, so when time was short and budgets were tight we decided that this year we would take our vacation time at home.  Sun, surf, a laid back vibe, and sights to see how could we not have a good time exploring our hometown!

We wanted to really relax and keep things chill on our vacation but we did have a couple rules to avoid reverting to our regular at home routine.  First off we were not aloud to hang out at home, home was for sleeping and showers only.  Secondly we had to totally unplug, no emails, twitter, instagram, or any work.  This rule was awesome but man did it take me a long time to catch up upon my return! (Hence why I am just putting up our photos now.) Also no workouts, rehab stretches, eldoas, or anything along those lines.  This rule was more for me, both because I’m so fitness obsessed and I have been crazy focused on my radical rehab program that it would probably be good to take a break and access how well I could do without my daily rehab program.

Outside of the “not aloud” rules there were the rules to keep things fun!  We knew we wanted to surf as much as possible but the rule was that we had to surf a new spot everyday, somewhere we had never surfed before.  Another way to keep things fresh and exciting was that we could not go to any of our usual restaurants. Maybe we’d even leave our Leucadia/Encinitas bubble and try restaurants out of our zip code. I know we’re so wild and crazy! Other then that sleeping in was optional(we actually slept in everyday) and we  wanted to go see some tourist sights as well.  

JP also said that I wasn’t aloud to document every moment of our vacation for my blog.  Funny thing is he actually ended up taking more photos then me!  There were so many good moments and experiences from this time together and I don’t think photos would have done them justice anyways.  Plus I like to keep some moments to ourselves. Stay tuned for photos and recaps of our Staycation!