The UK Travel Edition | The FifiCakes Replay

I’m currently in London having a complete blast! I will be posting a series of vlogs sharing what I ate, where I went and who I met. It’s been so much fun and I cannot wait until my next adventure! Here’s the first! Make sure you watch till the very end so you can see the extraordinary dining experience I had at Inamo, a fusion style Japanese restaurant that uses very forward thinking technology. My only complaint about this place was that they did not allow us to take food home! Rather odd since the portions were large! Anyway, enjoy!

xoxo,

Fifi

The Weekend Was Too Short: Tennis, Coffee Shops & Travel

My weekends are always action-packed for one reason or another. This weekend, I spent a lot of time catching up with friends and family, and preparing for travel. After a long grueling work week, I was happy to wake up late on Saturday morning and head off to tennis courts to meet up with friends. It was a beautiful breezy day out and I even got a chance to break in my new shoes!

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Later in the day, I got a chance to hang out with my cousin and me try this very hipster looking café in the Berkeley area. I had something called a hibiscus cooler and it was basically simple syrup, hibiscus juice, sparkling water, strawberries and mint leaves. It was delicious!

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As I suspected would happen, I ran out of time at the end of the day trying to pack and clean for my trip. I got a decent amount of sleep and headed out really early to catch my flight. It was this weekend I found out the American airlines terminal not only has a Pinkberry, but it also has a small yoga studio! What an amazing idea.

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Inside there is the relaxing dim lighting as well as wood floors, yoga mats, pillows, and water. Had I more time, I would have used it! Instead, I opted for a quick breakfast before my flight which consisted of wheat toast, scrambled egg whites and tofu with spinach and mushrooms, potatoes and tomatillo salsa.

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Now that I’ve settled into my destination, I will be in Kentucky all week for training for work. I hope you all have a wonderful week! Maybe by the end of this week I will be saying “y’all” instead. 😉

Xoxo,
Fifi

Santa Barbara Vacation

Californians are pretty spoiled in that we have quite a few major cities that make fantastic vacation spots. Sometimes we don’t take advantage of what is right in our backyard, even though we could have an amazing vacation without even getting on an airplane. I am a native San Diegan and I’ve been a lot of places, but had not yet been to Santa Barbara. I am not sure if I am the only one, but I have the hardest time planning vacations with others. There are always scheduling conflicts, people who are non-committal, and financial limitations.

I was getting close to graduation time, and the opportunity to get away and relax near the ocean was too much to pass up– and driving 20 minutes to the beach would not be the same. So, I forgot about needing friends or family to accompany me, I grabbed a small traveler’s bag, a journal, sunglasses, and I headed out. Okay, it wasn’t that easy– I had to also book a hotel, but you get the idea! 🙂

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From Los Angeles, SB is an easy 90 minute drive up the 101, and it actually gets quite beautiful the closer you get to the destination. I left on a Friday evening. Arriving in just 90 minutes, I used trusty Yelp to help me find good cuisine, and decided on a vegan restaurant. It was warm, folksy and bustling with people enjoying a guitarist in the center of the restaurant. I must say I had a chuckle when the waitress raised her eyebrows “So, just you then for dinner? Okay…” Honestly, I rather enjoy a quiet dinner alone every now and again! She should have really saved the eyebrow raise until after I ordered the food I ordered! I had an appetizer which was deep fried cauliflower with Indian herbs and spices, a veganized American dish, and a miniature pecan pie.

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Crispy Indian cauli

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Cauli/potato mash, vegan meatloaf, steamed kale

The next morning after lounging and snoozing till 8am (that’s super late for me), I headed to D’Angelo and though it isn’t pictured here, I had one of the most delicious croissants ever with strawberry jam. I still had room to polish off my yummy huevos rancheros. My only complaint about this dish is I often forget to ask for the eggs to not be runny! Still very delicious!

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Fried corn tortillas, refried beans, cheese, over easy eggs, and salsa.

My primary reason for visiting Santa Barbara was to experience the beach. It did not disappoint! It was a bit cold, but that’s not surprising because I went in May. There were lots of friendly people on the beach who were happy to just strike up a conversation. I’m not used to this at all, but it was refreshing. I wore my pedometer and got about 5 miles of walking in that day.

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I thought the SB courthouse was amazing. Apparently the lawn in the summers is where the town enjoys movies outside and sometimes concerts. Some people want more than just getting married at the courthouse, but maybe if they saw THIS courthouse, they would not feel that way. It is so beautiful!

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I had a chance to enjoy a lot of the siteseeing with my longtime instagram pal, AriAnna. What a treat!!

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Courthouse terrace

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I love Indian food for the versatility, and plethora of filling vegetarian options. The food was just spicy enough for me.

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Dahl, cauliflower and potatoes, chickpeas, basmati rice, and yogurt.

If you couldn’t already tell, I had a wonderful time. Taking vacation time is crucial to your mental and physical health. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, you don’t have to go far, and you are welcome to go alone. Rest is not earned, but essential to life. I hope you’ll think about taking some time for yourself soon! I plan to do this again in the near future!

xoxo,

Fifi

Miami Vacation!

Last week I traveled to Miami for a vacation with more than two dozen pals. Pals of which, I had not met a single one in person. We met on myfitnesspal.com last year (some earlier than that) and one woman came up with the fantastic idea that we should meet in person. So many of us email, text, call, etc on a regular basis– it only made sense. What better city to go to for showing off bodies of newly shed pounds, spending time together under the bright sun and soaking up the rays.

 

We had a few things planned including a 4 hour boating tour which was such a blast even though the waters were choppier than expected. Take a look at my video for a few tips on staying healthy when you travel, and a slide show of my adventures in Miami.