Holidayz.

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Burrito’s & Bloody Mary’s

 

 

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Veggie Burrito

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Life lessons w/ this guy!

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Sotelo Selfies

So many birthdays this weekend! The Los Gatos Christmas parade was a success! Let’s just say it was packed with people as the whole downtown area shuts down for the festivities. We had a front line view at Oak and Rye and got to stuff our faces with breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza (that wasn’t mine) & a bloody mary! Those pics pretty much sum up my eventful last two days. The holidays and parties can sometimes get us distracted buuutttt I am happy to be the back to the  [ absolutely m u c h- n e e d e d] gym today. Happy Monday!

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Countdown to Thanksgiving.

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{Last Year’s Stuffed Mushrooms}

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{Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms}

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{Parmesan Roasted Cauilflower}


Happy Almost Thanksgiving! Crazy to believe #1 that it is already the end of November, and #2 that the holiday season has begun! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday considering I have a slight obsession with all things food: grocery stores, prepping, cooking…and well the vino of course! I have been browsing Pinterest the last couple of days trying to find some vegetarian side dishes that I am usually responsible for. Last year I made stuffed mushrooms, beet salad, brussels sprouts and I think if my memory serves me right I did a pumpkin cheesecake as well. YUM! I am salivating just thinking about it. This year I am leaning towards a slow cooker recipe for the mushrooms and roasted cauliflower with parmesan cheese (pictured above).

Since I don’t have a lot of time off on a regular basis (2 jobs, gym, traveling etc.) it will be nice to soak up 2 full days of rest and relaxation. Catching up with the fam bam will of course be an added bonus! Do you guys have any fun plans for Thanksgiving?? What are you making? I want to hear! Maybe we can feature some of your recipe newtritionsavysarah.com

Thanks Pinterest for helping me search for the perfect Thanksgiving recipes!

 

 

 

All about Dat Bacon.

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Note to Self: When going to the Beer & Bacon Festival BYOS (Bring your own snacks!) Obviously as a vegetarian I wasn’t in my element, but nonetheless it was a great time! The B&B Classic was held at San Jose Municipal Stadium in downtown San Jose. Local food and beer venders from around the Bay Area were where there with bacon treats….bacon scallops, bacon candy and heck there was probably bacon beer too! I will say, that churro was the bomb dot com and worth every calorie! The 20 or so local participating restaurants included Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub, Las Cazuelas, Habana Cuba, Psycho Donuts, Stanley’s Sports Bar, 7 Stars Bar & Grill, East Coast Alice and more. The 40 breweries and cider companies included, among others, Strike Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch, Wildcide Hard Cider, Golden State Brewery, San Francisco Mead Company, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Mavericks Brewing. There was also full access to the field with this event! It my first time to the stadium, and probably won’t be my last. Next time I’ll stick to the baseball events and leave more bacon for everyone else! Sunday was a beach day. Let’s just say I can never get enough sunset views. New week, new goals…Let’s do this!

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I am a basic chick. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to get dressed up and feel amazing but more often than not you will catch me in a casual go to t-shirt and jeans! Typically Rag & Bones to be exact.  I just broke down and  ordered some Birkenstocks this last month. Took a little bit of debate, but what the heck at least we know they will come back in style in about twenty years! What’s your style like? Casual, dressy, prints? My favorite is plain and stripes, but I am working on mixing it up a bit! Happy Thursday ya’ll!

Weekends Are Made For FUN!

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This weekend was so much fun! I headed to Santa Cruz with the pup to catch some sunshine. It’s hardly been any type of winter here in CA but i’ll take it anyway. Nothing beats flip flops, t-shirts and 75 degrees in the beginning of March. Yes I did splurge on some ice cream and yes that is the pretties sunset (pictured above). Sometimes all you need to reboot is to take a drive, relax and get your mental thoughts in order for the next week. I started working out again last week (circuit training) and so my body was a bit tired through the recovery of the first couple workouts. I know, that ice cream counteracts the workout process but hey, burn to earn, right?! I am looking forward to a great week and wish you all the same!

 

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Hello Friends! What a game last night, right?! Although the Niners weren’t in the Superbowl, we still made sure to watch until the last minute. All I can remember is everyone saying, “Anybody but the Seahawks!” It looks like dreams really do come true. Great job, Patriots!  Until the next SB which will be held in our very own Santa Clara, CA!

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I am in the process of moving into a new apartment which means this quick impulse to want to buy everything in sight. I visited Crate & Barrel over the weekend, and in the midst of kitchen goods I came across this Meatless Monday cook book. Paul, Stella and their daughter Mary McCartney launched the Meat Free Monday campaign as a simple straight forward way of showing everyone the value of eating less meat. Just one day each week of not eating meat can contribute to saving debt in your wallet, and more importantly reduce your environmental impact. One day less of eating meat each week can also reduce your risk for heart disease and maybe even help you drop a couple LBS! Who doesn’t love that?! Even if you can’t imagine becoming vegetarian, this is a great way to incorporate more nutrients into your diet. Just think, baby steps. I just ordered this cookbook on Amazon. You should too!

-WORKOUT-

I made sure that among that Superbowl and excess shopping for my apartment that I did make some time to get a workout in. That above is not the stairway to heaven my friends, but rather the stairway to a better looking booty and stronger legs! We call this Communication Hill which consists of 252 steps. Four rounds up and down and I was DONE! Needless to say, today my calves are feeling very sore! #nopainnogains

I hope you all have a great Monday!

 

Ricotta Pancake Bliss.

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Hey friends…Happy Tuesday! I feel like the weekend always flies by…oh wait! IT DOES! I had a great weekend combined with both work and a little bit of play time. Although it was a three day weekend for many- in the restaurant business that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a vacation for you (I mean me)! I worked both nights (on the hustle for NYC) but found a couple of hours Sat + Sunday to soak up the sun and enjoy the weekend. Saturday I grabbed coffee at Barefoot Coffee Roasting Company in Campbell. This place has been my hangout as of late. It’s a smaller shop, non corporate and I am all for supporting local businesses that are of quality! When I find time to blog, this is my spot. Sunday I brunched it with a girlfriend at The Table in Willow Glen. This place is one of a kind and reminds me of a restaurant you would more than likely find in San Francisco or NYC. It’s small, the decor is modern and the drinks are beyond fab. We sat at the bar (I prefer) and enjoyed the best Ricotta Pancakes I have ever had. They were filled with a fresh lemon flavor and every bite melted in your mouth. Can we say A-MA-ZING! I am happy to report that I have been working out and eating fab food all week. The pancake might not have helped my Mexico Physique but needless to say the hard work every day allows for a little treat here and there.  I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend….despite that niner loss and have a great four days ahead. Positive thoughts!

Friday Love.

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It’s Friday my friends! This week seemed like it flew by faster than usual possibly because the sun was shining a bright 80 degrees?? Unreal.  I feel accomplished, healthy and grateful that the weekend is here. My workouts were on point (I’m feeling pretty sore) as I am trying to get back on track from taking some time off. You never realize how in shape you are until you don’t work out for a while. Never again am I letting this happen.  I took some time off for the month of December because I was in charge of opening a new restaurant in Los Gatos. Man, I am not sure how I survived the long days and not being able to workout. Being continuously busy from when you rise to when you go to sleep is not the business and I am glad to have a couple more hours out of my day that I can spend as “me time.” In a few weeks I will be jet setting to Phili + NYC for a best friends birthday. She will be turning 29…..crazy! Who said getting older can come so fast! It will be 4 of us reuniting and I couldn’t be more excited. Good friends, girl talk, catching up, lots of wine and making new adventures….does life get any better!? I am wishing all of you a happy weekend!

Yup, It’s Friday!

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Yeahhhhh….it’t Friday! I am beginning to look forward to the weekends more and more these days. When you are so busy with events, work and trying to find a social life in between nothing sounds better than a litter R&R! The weather here in California has been nothing short of amazing although not so good for the environment. I think we have 70’s on the forecast for this weekend which is a little strange for January, but hey, I am not complaining! Anyway, I’ll be relaxing as well as cooking up a storm, visiting my local farmers market and getting a few workouts in. What are you up to??

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It’s Friday baby and Labor Day weekend! Hard to believe summer is already nearing its end but I can’t wait to kick up my feet and make time for some R&R the next couple of days. Hope you all have a fabulous 3 days off. See you Monday!