Category: Travel

Top 3 Products for When You’re on-the-go (+ Life Updates)!

Top 3 Products for When You’re on-the-go (+ Life Updates)!

Hi friends!

Hope your week is off to a great start! Before I dive into today’s blog post, I wanted to share a few life-updates with you! PS – I feel like I’m always sharing drastic updates LOL. It’s NEVER DULL around here. Soo a few things – I just wrapped up my first FULL farmers market season for BerryGood Bliss – I can’t believe how quickly the time flew by. It’s been such a whirlwind and I’m SO pleased that people even LIKE my product! My goal this summer was to get my brand out there, test my products and see if people even enjoyed it (which luckily is a success!), make meaningful connections, and of course strategize next steps in the business plan to continue to grow BerryGood. As I’ve mentioned previously, starting a business like this adds up financially (BIG TIME). I’m so glad I took the time that I did to go all-in and build the brand. I know had I been working full-time during this period, I would have continued to put it off and not give it a 110%.

That being said, I’m being realistic in knowing that I can’t continue to support my current lifestyle (personal/housing, social, and business expenses) in the way that I am at the moment. Part of having a passion project like BerryGood is knowing that at times, you’ll need to HUSTLE big time and likely be working twice as hard to make ends meet. I’m fortunate enough to have found a part-time HR position (HR is the field I worked in prior to leaving my corporate job) that will allow me to work flexible hours (20-25 hrs a week) in order to balance both work and BerryGood. This new lifestyle will definitely be a challenge for me at first – learning how to find some kind of balance between work, my social life, my blog, fitness, and so on. However, I’m trying to look at this as an exciting time in my life and ready to take on new challenges with a SMILE. So that’s pretty much the BIGGEST change in my life right now. Oh and ps I’ve also decided to pursue my CorePower Sculpt teacher training (because I can just never be satisfied not having free time HAHA). But in all seriousness, this is something I’ve always wanted to do and timing worked out well on my end/the commitment for this training is very doable. So will keep you guys posted there!


Moving on to some of my favorite products that I always have on hand whether I’m traveling on vacation, going away for a quick weekend getaway, spending the night at my moms or dads house, or just out of the apartment for the day! I tend to have a “firey” metabolism and if I’m hungry, but without anything to hold me over, things can get ugly (aka HANGER strikes at its best and you can ask Justin, it’s certainly not a pretty sight). Lastly, none of the below is sponsored. This is simply all my own, un-biased opinion!

1) Protein Bar

As much as I love switching up my bars, I always seem to revert back to RxBar as my snack of choice. Why? Because their ingredients truly are no BS.

  • High in Protein
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • No funky protein powder ingredients (aka casein + WPC, skim milk/milk powders, soy protein, vegetable oils, gluten, dextrin/glucose, soy protein, artificial sweeteners, etc.)
  • No added sugars
  • No Soy
  • No Gluten
  • TASTES DELISH!

The main ingredients in RxBars include: egg whites (high in protein, no cholesterol, & easily absorbed into the body) + dates (which help to bind & act as a natural sweetener) + nuts (for texture, healthy fats, & sustained energy).

PS – my favorite flavors include: Peanut Butter, Maple Sea Salt, Chocolate Sea Salt, and Mint-Chocolate.


2) Collagen Peptides

Collagen has been a STAPLE in my diet for almost the past year. I’ve truly noticed differences in my skin first and foremost, as well as my hair, nails, gut-health, better sleeps, joint/muscle recovery, and not to mention, it makes my lattes EXTRA frothy!

My go-to collagen is Vital Proteins and I LOVE that they sell individual serving sizes for when you’re on-the-go. These have been essential for traveling. I simply add it right into my warm coffee or tea and it dissolves instantly and is flavorless.

3) Elixirs

I never used to be a “beverage” person, but oddly enough, in the past year, I’ve been craving warm, nurturing beverages like golden milk (turmeric & black pepper + warm coconut milk), coffee & tea of course, and hot coco. I recently have fallen in love with the products from Four Sigmatic. Their goal is to “make drinking mushrooms and superfoods delicious and easy-to-do with their Mushroom Coffees, Mushroom Superfood Blends, and Mushroom Elixirs”.

Lately, I’ve been REALLY into their Mushroom Hot Cacao with Cordyceps. I’ll heat up either almond milk or coconut milk and then pour the contents in my mug, stir, and enjoy! It makes for the perfect night-capper, especially when I’m craving something warm & chocolatey. Plus the added benefits of the superfood mushroom AND the fact that it comes in an individually sealed bag for convenience makes these products that much better.


Look out for a similar blog post in the future! I certainly have a few more products I always rely on for when I’m on-the-go, but wanted to be mindful of this post getting too lengthy! 🙂

A Foodie’s Guide to Denver, Colorado

A Foodie’s Guide to Denver, Colorado

Hi Friends!

Some of you may know I just recently traveled to Denver, Colorado. In preparation for the trip, I reached out and asked for an endless amount of recommendations and you guys did not disappoint (THANK YOU)!! I figured I’d summarize the list below, share with you some of our adventures, which lets be honest, mostly revolved around food and drink since Justin was on crutches the entire time!

Let’s start with my favorite…

EATTTTS:

Just BE Kitchen: LOVED this place so much, we came back for seconds. 100% PALEO friendly, CLEAN ingredients, EVERYTHING is Gluten, Grain-Free, and Refined-Sugar Free, FRIENDLY staff, CUTE sit-down atmosphere, AMAZING COFFEE.

The “Wonder” Bowl
Highlights: There are plenty of meat options for those who like their meat! That being said, vegetarians would do just fine here as well with plenty of veggie & egg options!

  • I however, went with the “Wonder” Seasonal Veggie Bowl (SEASONAL VEGGIE, ALMOND GREMOLATA, POACHED EGG). Extremely filling bowl (I had leftovers both days).
  • Justin got the “Fulfilled” Burrito on the first day and literally said it was the BEST burrito he’s ever had (which is saying something since he loves his Chipotle burrito’s). Ingredients include: SCRAMBLED EGGS, SAUSAGE,‘CHEDDAR WIZ’ (vegan cheese), PALEO TORTILLA, CRISPY SWEET POTATO HASH, PORK OR VEGGIE GREEN CHILI, CILANTRO, SCALLION, JALAPENO
  • Justin also tried the “Simplicity” Egg Sandwich (2 EGGS, CRISPY SWEET POTATO HASH, BACON OR SAUSAGE PATTY, TORTILLA OR GRIDDLED HOUSE BUN) Also LOVED this
  • “Lifted” Chia Seed Yogurt + their homemade grain-free granola & fresh blueberries – smaller portion, so Justin and I split it to balance out our savory dishes. Their granola is ON POINT.

COFFEE Highlights (yes, we tried 4 different flavors and yes, they were all amazing):

Lavender Honey Latte
  • Maple Cinnamon Butter Bullet-Proof Coffee (grass-fed butter, maple syrup, MCT oil, cinnamon): absolutely amazing. Literally tastes like a really “naughty” cinnamon bun yet all ingredients are 100% clean. HIGHLY Recommend.
  • Mocha Bullet-Proof Coffee (grass-fed butter, MCT oil, cocoa, coconut milk, honey): if you’re a chocolate lover, this one is for YOU. We both liked the maple cinnamon butter slightly more, but this still ranked an 8/10!
  • Vanilla Sea Salt Latte (coconut milk, vanilla, salt, 2 espresso shots): LOVED this one (so much, that I’ve been replicating it at home). Right up my alley. Simple, clean ingredients. So airy and light, plus the perfect balance of sweet & salty.
  • Lavender Clover Honey Latte (lavender, clover honey, almond milk, 2 espresso shots): Shocker…another WINNER. Again, no complaints here. Simply delish! Perfect amount of lavender (not overwhelming at all). So comforting on a chilly morning.

Address:
Located in LoHi
2364 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Open 7 days/week 7am-3pm // easy street parking (outskirts of city center)
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Vital Roots: great recommendation for healthy eats in the Denver area. We enjoyed their breakfast menu very much! Again, super friendly & helpful service, super clean menu options, cool atmosphere/decor inside, and great fast-casual healthy option! Menu items are “98% grain-free, 99% vegan, and 100% gluten-free”.

Avocado Toast + Overnight Oatmeal
Highlights: We only ate here for breakfast, though the menu for lunch and dinner looks fab as well! Only complain would be that we wish the portion sizes were slightly bigger 🙂

  • “Everything Bagel” Avocado Toast (Sunflower Seed Bread, Crispy Chickpeas, Smoked Almonds & Date Molasses add Sunny Side Up Egg) // SO tasty and the flavor combos were on POINT. Your taste buds will dance for joy between all the unique flavors that explode in one bite.
  • The Overnight Oats (Coconut Almond Milk, Cashews, Vanilla, Maple, Five-Seed Mix & Fruit) // always a great go-to option and these oats certainly did not disappoint. SO creamy and the seed mix added the perfect sweet & salty crunch.
  • PLENTY of coffee options available, including BULLET-PROOF!

Address:
3915 TENNYSON ST. DENVER, CO 80212
OPEN TUES-THURS 10AM & FRI-SUN 9AM CLOSED MONDAY
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Happy Leaf Kombucha: another recommendation I received and am SO so happy we made it here at the very end of our trip! It is a little off the beaten path, but if you have a rental car, it is absolutely worth the drive. Such a unique experience going to (my VERY first) Kombucha TAP ROOM. This was a nice change of scenery after all of the breweries haha. Super spacious, open, airy tap room. Long wooden tables inside, large walls that open to the outdoor area which is perfect on a mild, fall day. Also includes outdoor grass area with lawn games. Lastly, I noticed a sign for yoga happy hour & kombucha. Would be cool to plan around this NEXT time!

Veggie “Sandwich” Over Greens + Orange Basil Kombucha
Now for the highlights:

  • KOMBUCHA was DELISH. I got the Orange Basil (really unique flavor, the fresh basil balanced out the citrus orange). Justin got the Cranberry Lavender (again, super delicious, a sweeter option (they do add cane sugar after the fermentation), the lavender is not overwhelming, perfect balance to the cran). Overall, the BOOCH was a 9/10. Highly recommend.
  • For food, I got the Veggie “Sandwich” (house made apple-carrot kraut, sunflower sprouts, kale pesto, dijonaise / NO bread, served on a bed of greens instead + side of sautéed greens w/ lemon & chili. This was the perfect salad to go along with the booch. And TBH, I REALLY needed a hearty, gut-friendly salad by the end of this trip. LOL.
  • Justin got the “Albondigas de Bison Torta” (mexican spiced local bison meatballs, fiery chili sauce, spicy pickled carrots, melted provolone, fresh cilantro) // he devoured this. AKA NO COMPLAINTS for him. PS it’s always a WIN in my book when I choose a healthy restaurant and he loves it. Anyone else struggle with convincing others to come try a new healthy restaurant with you?!

Address:
5700 W 25th Avenue, Edgewater, CO 80214
Monday–Friday • 11:30 am–8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday • 11:30 am–8:00 pm
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True Food Kitchen: Ahhh another favorite of mine and so happy to have made it here in Denver before our flight took off on Sunday night. I first tried True Food while I was living in Palo Alto, CA. This place is the ULTIMATE healthy SIT-DOWN restaurant with a cozy, fresh atmosphere, open kitchen (love when restaurants do this = TRANSPARENCY), clean cocktails, and plenty of options for literally ANYONE.

Highlights: Justin and I split the apps and our dinners. LOVE doing this so that we can try more of the menu itemss!

  • Charred cauliflower (harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, pistachio)
  • Kale Guacamole (pink grapefruit, cilantro, roasted poblano, sunflower seeds & pita chips) // both of which were AMAZING! We especially loved the flavors in the guac. I’d recommend splitting a few apps since the entrees aren’t overly filling.
  • Teriyaki Quinoa Bowl (broccoli, heirloom carrot, bok choy, mushroom, brown rice, avocado, toasted sesame) + Tofu // this was super yummy but wasn’t my favorite dish of the night. 7/10
  • Poke Bowl (wild caught albacore, avocado, quinoa rice, mushroom, snow pea, cucumber, cashew, turmeric ponzu) // we both LOVED this. Again, very light, cool, and refreshing.

Address:
2800 E. 2nd Ave, Suite 101, Denver, Colorado 80206
Mon – Fri: 11am – 10pm // Sat: 10am – 10pm // Sun: 10am – 9pm
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Lake between Idaho Springs + Breckenridge

Other EATS/Foodie Recommendations:

  • Amethyst Coffee // LOVED their matcha latte (homemade cashew milk). They also had turmeric lattes, seasonal lattes, chia pudding,
    etc. Decor inside was very chic. Plants, white, and crystals. // Address: 1111 Broadway #101, Denver, CO 80203
  • Stowaway Coffee & Kitchen // // REALLY cute spot, GREAT lattes (homemade cashew milk), friendly spot, menu looked DELISH though I didn’t eat there. // Address: 2528 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
  • Olive & Finch
  • Linger
  • Beet Box Donuts (vegan baked goods)
  • Native Foods
  • Protein Bar
  • El Five // wasn’t able to get a reservation here, but looked cool! // mediterranean style tapas, 360 views of city, cool atmosphere
  • Element Kitchen & Cocktail // cool brunch spot to watch the football games on Sunday. Not a ton of vegetarian options but I was able to get a plate with eggs, sweet potato hash, gluten-free bread, and avocado. Also was able to watch the Patriots game 🙂
  • Hedge Row – menu looks AMAZING but you NEED to make a reservation. We weren’t able to get in.
  • Senor Bear // another one we weren’t able to get to, but again, menu looks dope. Modern Latin spin on food and drinks.
  • Denver Central Market // didn’t get to check out, but diverse group of vendors. Located in RiNo neighborhood.
  • South Pearl Street Farmers Market // located on s. pearl street on Sunday’s (starts at 9am). Healthy Breakfast Food truck highlights included Ba-NOM-a-NOM (soft-served banana “nice cream”), Prosper Oats (acai bowls, overnight oatmeal, coffee), and a number of other hand-crafted & speciality food vendors. Would def recommend stopping by!
  • American Cultures Kombucha TapRoom – BOOCH and Vegan Ice cream…what’s better?!
  • Tea Bar Denver – Kombucha, lots of Tea and Coffee Options
  • Beau Jos Pizza (located in Idaho Springs. Not many food options here and splurged a bit with Pizza) I got the gluten-free crust + sauce + veggies // very delish!

Breweries: (NOTE: we didn’t make it to all of these, not even half haha but I wanted to share since they were recommendations)

Ratio Beerworks (RiNo)
  • Ratio Beerworks: 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (LOVED this spot. Cool outdoor patio w/ lawn games)
  • First Draft – right down the street from us, RiverNorth (recommended – cool brewery where you pour your own beer + really good food)
  • New Terrain Brewing Co. – 16401 Table Mountain Pkwy, Golden, CO 80403
  • Briar Common – 2298 N Clay St, Denver, CO 80211
  • New Image Brewing – 5622 Yukon St, Arvada, CO 80002
  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company – 2620 Walnut Street Denver, Colorado 80205, Denver, CO
  • Bierstadt Lagerhaus – 2875 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
  • Bruz Beers – 1675 W 67th Ave #100, Denver, CO 80221
  • Larimer beer hall – 2012 larimer st Denver co 80205
  • Great divide brewery – 2201 arapahoe st Denver co 80205

OTHER Highlights:

Botanical Gardens

-Spent a lot of time in the RiNo area (cool, hipster(y) neighboorhood, ~ 15/20 min walk from Coors Field area). Lots of breweries and funky bars here.
– 16 Street Mall (lots of chain stores, but good people watching)
– Visit the Botanical Gardens. We got lucky with the weather as the sun was shining and the time of year was ideal for all of the plants. So Beautiful!!
– Check out the ORIGINAL CorePower Yoga on East 13th Ave. This was the perfect place to get a quick workout in while the boys continued to drink beers all day at the Beer Fest HAHA.
– Try and catch a show at Red Rocks. We saw Big Gigantic and it far exceeded my expectations. The HYPE at Red Rocks is 110% REAL. Hands down most amazing venue I’ve ever been to. PS we stayed at an airbnb in Littleton, CO (10 mins from the venue). Highly recommend so you don’t need to worry about driving home. Also, gives you the morning to explore.
– While in Littleton, CO, I got up early and went for a beautiful trail run at South Valley Park.
South Valley Park

Overall, the trip was A LOT of fun. The weather was perfect. Would have loved to explore more, but given the circumstances (i.e. torn ACL for Justin), we weren’t able to hike. Hopefully our next trip out there we can explore more of Colorado!

PS if you have any questions on airbnbs, car rentals, locations, food/drink spots, etc. — comment below or email me directly!

XO, Cal

That time I traveled to Mallorca, Spain for my 200HR Yoga Teacher Training…

That time I traveled to Mallorca, Spain for my 200HR Yoga Teacher Training…

Hello Friends and Happy New Year!

First off, I’d like to apologize for the lack of posts this past month, but I’ve been in a whirlwind of activities since the start of December. Obviously, the one that most stands out as reflected in my title was my 200HR Yoga Teacher Training that took place in Mallorca, Spain over an intensive 17 days. There’s SO much I could share with you on this training, but I’m going to do my best to keep it as short as possible, so let’s give this a go.

To rewind just a bit, there was a moment sometime in mid-September when I realized my love for yoga had reached a certain point and my interest in furthering my practice was sparked. Since graduating college just over three years ago, I had picked up yoga and established my own self-practice at home. I hoped that by incorporating yoga into my routine, I’d see less injuries from running and working out. At the time, I only saw yoga as an alternate form of stretching and injury prevention that would allow me to continue running the long distances 365 days a year. Little did I know, that physical aspect was just a SMALL part of what yoga truly is.

Back to that September day, I made the commitment that I’d look into completing a yoga teacher training sometime in the next year. To be honest, I wasn’t necessarily 100% sold on teaching yoga, I truly wanted to do this for myself. I saw it as an opportunity to be in the present moment away from the hustle and bustle, grow, get to know myself, push boundaries, get out of my comfort zone, and of course, further and deepen my practice both mentally, physically, and spiritually. The idea of teaching yoga and running my own class at the time was actually terrifying to me since I never really saw myself as a teacher. Anyway, after only a few google searches and scrolls through bookyogaretreats, I stumbled upon the most fitting yoga teacher training in Mallorca, Spain. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was about this particular training, but I just knew it was the one and without little time to waste, I quickly applied and was accepted soon after.

Fast forward to December 1st, the day of our arrival. After over 13 hours of traveling, my anxiety and fear was through the roof. Between traveling on my own to a foreign country, meeting 27 other people from around the world, submerging myself in a truly INTENSIVE program (I mean physically, emotionally, mentally, all of above), and being completely in the unknown, I was no longer in control. I realized quickly I had to let go of my fears and just be in the present moment. Though I knew this was the approach I HAD to take, it certainly took a few days to accept and surrender to the program, be OK with the variety of emotions that overcame myself, and lastly, trust that we were in the amazing hands of our teachers.

I’ll be honest, the first few nights were definitely a struggle. I kid you not, I texted Justin after the first night “I MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!” and his response was “Babe, it’s only been a day…you have 17 more to go.” HAHA. Luckily, it only took a few more days (those of which were probably the hardest), to settle in and make friends. Fortunately enough, making friends was the easy part. I can barely put into words how truly amazing and kind-hearted everyone was from the very first second we all met. It was clear we were all here at this training for a reason. As we got to know one another, we all seemed to be at different cross-roads in our lives, but there was one thing we all knew for sure, and that was that we had set out to complete our yoga teacher training and somehow ended up on this beautiful little island off of the coast of Spain to achieve this goal together. Having this support system throughout the program was paramount in getting through the various emotions, challenges, fears, unknowns, excitements, and joy that each day had to bring.

Between 4 hours of yoga a day, to adventuring off through the trails that lined the coast, to meditating under the full moon while watching shooting stars fire past us, to running our very first yoga class, to practicing acro/partner yoga on the beach, to devouring homemade vegan meals daily, and to being vulnerable and opening our hopes and dreams up to one another…this experience was truly life changing. My expectations coming into this were completely naive. I assumed I’d come home nailing a handstand and adding hundreds of new asanas to my “toolkit” but what I ended up getting out of this program was SO much more.

We learned the history, philosophy, and foundations behind yoga. We learned about anatomy, cueing, safety, and sequencing. We learned about meditation, all of the amazing health benefits that yoga and meditation could bring, and the holistic approach known as Ayurveda. We made ever-lasting friendships. We conquered so many fears and (quite literally in a small fire by the beach) let them go. But what surprised me the most, was what I learned about myself and how much I grew in just 17 days. I know I have so much more to grow and couldn’t be more excited to see where my continued yoga practice takes me and hopefully, is something that I can teach and share with others one day!

I know that may all sound sappy and cliche but it’s 100% FOR REAL. I had heard before going to my teacher training that this experience would be life changing. At the time, I just shrugged that comment aside, not thinking anything of it. But, hey, I’m here to tell ya, it’s the truth! If anyone is interested in hearing more about my experience or just has general questions regarding yoga feel free to shoot me an email at: pappascalli@gmail.com 🙂

My Favorite Boston Health Finds

My Favorite Boston Health Finds

So I decided I would do a post for those who are either local to Boston or looking to book a trip to this beautiful and active city! I grew up 30 minutes outside of Boston, but rarely made the trip into the city unless I was heading to the Reggie Lewis Center for track meets or the North End for some hearty Italian food with the fam! Otherwise, I would not have ever considered myself a true Boston native.

Fast forward several years later, post my 4-years spent in Baltimore for college and my 9-month stint in Palo Alto, CA …I’ve now spent a full year and counting with my boyfriend, living in one of the neighboring Boston towns. So far I’d give this city a healthy 8 out of 10! Honestly I’d say the two biggest downfalls are the harsh winters (I’m VERY much so a summer girl) and the lack of health food joints when compared to the Manhattan’s and San Francisco’s of the world. Otherwise, I’ve seem to fallen for this city! Now, I most certainly DO NOT consider myself a Boston pro by any means, but I figured I’d go ahead and share a few of my insider tips for those who are looking to come to the Boston area for healthy food and indoor/outdoor activities!

Health Boston EATS –

Dig Inn – This is a brand new café in Boston, however, if you’re local to NYC, you’ve probably seen a few of these in passing. It’s a cafeteria style café serving seasonal and locally sourced breakfast, lunch, & dinner items. Their grain bowls are out of this world.
o Located on 557 Boylston St., Boston, MA.

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Whole Heart Provisions – Luckily for me, this vegan-style café is located just a few minutes down the road from me! They offer the most BOMB vegan “Buddha Bowls” – not to mention their “street style” Brussel sprouts & seared avocado are out of this world.
o Located on 487 Cambridge St, Allston, MA.

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Live Alive “Urban Oasis & Organic Café” – All around great vibes at this place! They offer a huge variety of nourishing, super food smoothies, as well as grain-based, customizable bowls & sandwiches – something for everyone!
o There are 3 Locations – 194 Middle St, Lowell, MA , 765 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA , and 281 Essex St, Salem, MA. {not my photo}

Mother Juice Boston – They’re your go-to for nourishing smoothies, fresh juices, acai bowls, almond butter toasts, and more!
o There are soon to be a total of 3 locations – 625 West Kendall St, Cambridge, 100 Hanover st, Boston Public Market and new location opening on 291 Newbury St, Boston! {not my photo}

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Energize Boston – Brand new location just opened up in Brighton, MA. Great atmosphere, offering customizable salad bowls, nutrient/superfood packed smoothies, juices, and acai bowls.
o Located on 618 Washington St, Brighton, MA

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FoMu – If you’re craving something sweet AND vegan – this is your place. “Ice Cream” that’s completely coconut milk based, but tastes AMAZING.
o Located on 481 Cambridge St., Allston, MA {not my photo}

Tatte Bakery – their Avocado toast on sourdough w/ a poached egg is BAE. Also love their matcha lattes. Perfect place to meet a friend for coffee, a pastry, or just to chat! Outdoor seating on Beacon St. is IDEAL too.

Pressed Juicery – Fro-Yo Style “juices” and freshly made juices. So many options to choose from! All ORGANIC and CLEAN. Their “froyo” is the best guilt-free dessert you can get your hands on in the summer.

By Chloe – You know when you’re craving something deliciously unhealthy, but healthy at the same time? Whether you’re recovering from a night out or just need to please your growling belly, By Chloe is the place for you. This trendy, fast-casual, vegan restaurant, is still fairly new to the Boston neighborhood (locations in both Seaport and Fenway), yet the buzz around these tasty eats is still going strong, and for good reason! By Chloe is a burger-joint from the 50’s meets New York late-night diner, all with a modern, clean, and crisp spin that makes you want to hang out on their swinging chairs all day long, while overhearing the roaring cheers from the neighboring Red Sox Game. As if things couldn’t get better, By Chloe has their liquor license and conveniently offers beer and wine for those who are feeling a little more wild and are looking to pregame before the big sox game. So while the boyfriend chows down on pizza and beers, you’ll pride yourself on a healthy meal to hold you over, all while getting your buzz on before the game.

**Two Locations – Fenway and Seaport

Additional Boston Juice Bars (Fresh pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls, etc.) Include:

Pressed Boston – 120 Charles St, Boston, MA
CocoBeet – 100 City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
Liquiteria – 1430 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
Jugo’s – 145 Dartmouth St., Boston , MA
Juice Press – 33 Boylston, St, Chestnut Hill, MA
Pure Cold Press – 326 Harvard St., Boston, MA
Revolution Juice – 150 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Juice Press / Build you own Salad

Feel free to comment if you have any healthy suggestions! I love discovering new places 🙂

The Tastes of Greece

The Tastes of Greece

Hi everyone!

Hopefully you’re all beginning to enjoy the summer and the beautiful weather! Now that I’ve had some time to get back into the swing of things after vacationing in Greece, I figured it’d be a good time to share many of the delicious eats from the islands. The Mediterranean flare certainly inspired me and I hope that it will do the same for you!

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This was dinner from our first night in Athens. Grilled salmon with citrus tzatziki and sautéed zucchini “noodles”.
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Couldn’t have asked for a better view while chowing down on breakfast! Enjoying the BEST plain greek yogurt I’ve tasted, topped with fresh fruit, pistachios, walnuts, & currants.
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This was our first lunch on the boat on the island of Kea, with the one and only, Chef Mihran. Chowed down on a delicious traditional greek salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, oils, herbs, cucumbers, homemade croutons, and a WHOLE lot of feta); warm pita, hummus, eggplant dip, and the family enjoyed kabobs.
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Pretty sure I had at least 1 Greek Salad a day. The tomatoes are SO fresh there! They just melt in your mouth…
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We used to eat salads like this all the time while studying abroad in Spain – I’ve noticed this is a very European way to do salads >> mixed greens, tuna, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, olives, & mayo.
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Arrived to the next island of Syros and believe it or not, this was LUNCH! Linguini topped with homemade tomato sauce, fresh herbs, and tastefully meaty prawns.
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This was typically what our breakfast assortment looked like each morning (talk about trying to stay fit on vacation when you have options like this offered at every meal)!! The usual assortments included full-fat greek yogurt, mixed nuts & dried fruit, cheese plates, toast & jam, eggs or french toast, fresh fruit, and of course, A LOT of coffee.
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Made it to Mykonos and while the rest of the family was served meat-filled moussaka, Chef Mihran made me my own vegetarian take on the greek classic! This was stuffed eggplant with sautéed mushrooms, homemade tomato sauce, crumbled feta, and fresh basil. Definitely going to try and mimic this sometime soon in my kitchen!
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This was just a “small” part of lunch …homemade fresh tabouli, a plate of cheese, warmed pita, and bruschetta (not pictured here).
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So this was probably the highlight of the trip, go figure, FETA wins the food game. This was baked feta in phyllo dough topped with honey and black sesame seeds – HOLY WOW THIS WAS MOUTHWATERING.
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Had to expect there would be a full fish (or TWO) served one night! Nothing like enjoying fresh fish with a side of a mustardy lemon sauce, and a beet & walnut salad.
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This dessert was certainly a cloud pleaser. Not exactly a traditional Greek dessert, but you can’t go wrong with homemade cheesecake…
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Made it to the island of Paros and lunch is featuring freshly grilled octopus on top of fava beans with caramelized onions. I noticed a number of Greek restaurants prepared a dish similar to this. Although I’m not a HUGE octopus fan, Greece is known for their octopus and I will tell you first hand, my family certainly had their share of octopus there. Take it from them – it apparently ROCKS.
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This was a special little dessert from one of the first nights on the boat >> poached pear topped with warm dark chocolate sauce. The poached pair was on POINT.
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Next stop – the island of Ios! I loved how the chef made HUGE salads everyday for lunch – I think he started to catch on that I’m obsessed with vegetables…and feta…and food in general. I especially loved how each day, he’d mix up that salad just a bit, which certainly kept things exciting 🙂 This meal also included homemade mini olive croissants and veggie muffins, plus our favorite – eggplant dip and more pita bread because you can never enjoy enough carbs, right?!
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This was a “espresso fredo” which is exactly what it sounds like – double shot of espresso over ice. I don’t know how I would have survived the trip without this thang.
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This meal was one of the first meals in Santorini at the hotel. The cooked prawns and mini sautéed veggies were perfect to enjoy poolside!
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Breakfast at the hotel always consisted with an assortment of breads and pastries, plenty of coffee, and a veggie egg-white omelette.
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Not exactly “healthy” but hey, it’s vacation, right?! Plenty of wine, cheese, and bread to go around here…!
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This was for sure one of my favorite meals from the trip. This Santorini dish was grilled salmon with a champagne and basil sauce, served with cannelloni of asparagus and parmesan cheese.
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This was from our very last night in Greece at the Sofitel Hotel, right by the airport. Not bad for our last dish!! Here you have fresh sole with quinoa, fennel, asparagus and some sauces/aioli’s on the side.

Hope you all enjoyed drooling over these tasty meals from the Greek Islands, because I certainly did! Can’t wait to take these creations and get inspired in the kitchen! What are your favorite mediterranean meals? Share in the comments below!

Festival Trends I’ve been Loving Lately

Festival Trends I’ve been Loving Lately

In light of festival season being in full swing now and with the summer quickly approaching, I wanted to share with y’all festival trends I’ve been loving lately! Last year, I had the opportunity to experience one of the most amazing 3 days of my life in Las Vegas for Electric Daisy Carnival. As ridiculous as it sounds, it was honestly a life changing experience and something that will be sure to go down in the books. We actually loved it so much, that we reasoned dropping another grand to make our way out to Vegas for round 2 in June. Vegas in itself is a beast of its own. Now picture 500,000 people flying in from around the world for one ridiculous week in June full of DJ’s 24/7, pool parties, crazy outfits, good vibes, warm weather, and enough dancing to put you out of commission for a whole week.

This festival is truly unlike any other. Now, one thing to note is that EDC festival style is VERY different than Coachella festival style for example. That being said, I’ll share some trends that could honestly swing any way. See below for my top picks!

First, here are my top 3 picks for Best Overall “Festival Shop”:

1.) MISSGUIDED Festival Shop
2.) Shop Planet Blue Music Festival Shop
3.) Hello Molly Festival Shop

My TOP Picks for Festival Clothing: Tobi
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All About That Neoprene Skirt

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Dramatically Beautiful Skirt

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Leave Me Breathless Bodysuit

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Oopsie Daisy Tank

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Twang and Slang Fringe Skirt

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Three by Three Top

My TOP Picks for Festival Accessories: Dolls Kill

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Daisy Sunglasses

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Sweet Tooth Backpack

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Optical Garden Backpack

I SCREAM FACE JEWELZ
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My TOP Picks for Festival Shoes: Nasty Gal

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Chiara Ferrangi Sneakers

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Neoprene Slip-On

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Iggy Azalea x Steve Madden Rundown Leather Sneaker

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Classic Slip-On Sneaker – Black Hawaiian Floral

Festival on a Budget: $20 and under!!

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Fringe Top

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Watermelon Tank

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Galaxy Crop Top

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Double “Cool Hands” Black Print Tank

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V-Neck Floral Romper

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Fringe Skirt

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Would love to hear what festivals you’re all attending this summer and where you shop for your awesome styles! Comment below 🙂

Airport Travels: Healthy Tips

Airport Travels: Healthy Tips

With holiday travels coming up around the corner, it’s fairly easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle; therefore losing sight of your healthy mission. Whether you’re skipping out on a traditional Christmas and spending time on an island or going home for a warm holiday by the fireplace; it’s important to not let a day of traveling ruin your momentum! Regardless of how long the flight is, the temptations are running high to pig out. FYI if you haven’t caught on…I speak for myself..I have another trip back to the east coast next week and those 5.5 hour flights are a killer!

Why? Well, for example, I was pretty disappointed Thanksgiving weekend flying into JFK – one of the largest airport hubs in the US. I was directed to Terminal 4. I hadn’t got a chance to eat lunch yet and I had a 6 hour flight ahead of me, so I was hoping to stumble upon at least one health food vendor to stock up. To my luck, there just so happens to be more Chocolate/Candy/Duty-Free stores than there were for food options. Literally, I passed at least 6-8 Giant Chocolate stores carrying all of the top international chocolates. How do you expect the US to become more health conscious and maybe not be perceived as a country that puts junk food before health? Well, my first thought would be to replace some of these candy stores with a health food joint. Not only is it disappointing for those that care what they’re putting into their body, but it also solidifies international travelers stereotypes on Americans. What is the first thing they see when they enter the US? Panda Express, Shake Shack, Pizza Joints, Buffalo Wild Wings, and enough Chocolate stores to feed a small country.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect the airport to replace every restaurant with strictly health food options. I enjoy a treat every now and then, no doubt! But I just wish that after a long weekend of pigging out on Holiday food, I could come to the airport and help myself to a fresh, hardy salad – not some crappy salad from Mcdonalds. Anyway, if you’ve found yourself in this position, the key is to not dread on what could be there, but rather, make do with what you have.

First of all, I’ll always make sure to cover all grounds of the gates in my terminal before choosing the first restaurant I see. This is great for two reasons: 1) you’re getting an extra workout in by walking up and down the terminal and 2) the obvious, it’s smart to scope out all food possibilities before settling! Check out some of my safe bets for airport snackin:
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Snacks to Go:
Yogurt – preferably try and stick with a Greek yogurt (any of those magazine stores such as Hudson are usually stocked with a few Chobani flavors). Greek yogurt is packed with protein, therefor keeping you full longer.

Granola Bars – You can pretty much always count on finding the following granola bars stocked up at airports: KIND Bars, Cliff Bars, Luna Bars, and Larabars. Avoid granola bars that are high in fake sugars like Nature Valley Bars, Special K Bars AND bars that are quote “packed with protein” – because there’s a TON of fake crap in there : )

Nuts – avoid nuts that are covered in any form of chocolate unless you have REALLY good self control, which I certainly do not. Just remember the serving size rule with nuts! Approximately ¼ a cup of nuts equates between 180 and 250 calories, so be smart!

If you’re craving something salty – Most airports typically always carry Sabra’s brand of Pretzel Crisps and Hummus (again, hummus is high in protein so this hardy snack will keep you full for a while). You can also snack on Pop Chips, “Fit” Popcorn or any popcorn light in sodium, with limited “extra” ingredients.

Organic Peeled Fruit – The only ingredients are organic fruits! Yummy sweet snack to nom on and super low in calories. My favorite is the mixed bags of banana, mango, and pineapple.

For sandwiches – Stick to wheat, seeded rye, or sourdough – again, these carbs will fuel you up. Also make sure to have some veggies and some protein on that as well! Cheese is okay – but try asking for them to keep it to just one slice!

Coffee and tea – coffee is a great filler, try to avoid any of those super sugary drinks. If you are craving something other than coffee, try an almond milk latte with sugar-free vanilla syrup from Peets!

Green Juices/Smoothies – If you’re lucky you be able to find some green juice/smoothie options stocked up in a nearby Starbucks!

Find ANY salad possible! You can never go wrong with greens : ) Just make sure there’s enough protein on there to fill you up!

Lastly, my rule of thumb when it comes to snacking is always looking at the ingredients. I don’t care about the calories, I just care what I’m putting in my body. If you’re eating healthy foods, high in fiber, protein and other healthy nutrients – the calories shouldn’t matter as much. So when in doubt, check the ingredients and make sure you know what they all are!

Oh and remember to try and stand up/stretch as much as possible while at the airport. Don’t automatically go in sit at your gate an hour before boarding. You’ll already be sitting for multiple hours on the flight as it is! Maybe even try and sneak in some secret squats in the bathroom…. (I’ve totally never done that before………….)

Hope you find this helpful during your holiday travels!

In with the New Obsessions and Out with Old

In with the New Obsessions and Out with Old

It’s now September and tear, tear – the summer is coming to an end. Well, at least that would be true if I was still on the east coast, but shockingly, it’s still 80’s here in Sunny California on a daily basis! Hey – I’m not complaining…although I could use a bit of some cool breeze every now and then.

Anyway, I’d rather not jinx anything and just get to my point. I love the changing of seasons. It means in with the new and out with the old. It means trading in your crop tops for big sweaters and letting go of your blonde, sun-infused highlights for a darker look. It also means (my least favorite part) giving up that glowing summer tan.

As my way of saying “Welcome Fall”, I’d like to introduce you to my new section:

In with the New Obsessions and Out with the Old – where I will give you a rundown of my new obsessions’ for the week and the ones that I’ve moved on from. For those of you who know me well, I don’t really care what people think. So if I’m newly obsessed with something that was trendy a month ago – get over it! And I mean that in the nicest way possible. Second thing you should probably know about me, I sometimes pick up new hobbies or become obsessed with something one day and then completely move on from it the next. So, just bear with me – I tend to be impulsive when it comes to things like that 🙂

Now, what have I been obsessed with lately?

Flash Tattoo’s – I know. I’m totally late on the band wagon. BUT thankfully, Summer is not exactly over here in California, Which therefore gives me an excuse to get tatted up all over my bodddd. I love this gold and metallic look on the hands, wrists, ankles, back, anywhere! It’s so fun and instantly chic’s your outfit up.
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Acai Bowls – Well, because they are 1000x’s more amazing than the best parfait you’ve ever had – yes, I realize that is a risky statement – but trust me, that’s saying A LOT. I mean Acai Bowls are the most amazing purple deliciousness that has been created, topped with all of your favorite health-food toppings…what is there not to love??
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Fresh White Sneakers – Again, this trend has been around FOREVER thanks to chucks. But lately, the “no-white” after Labor Day hasn’t stopped me. I’ve been allllll about my clean new white Vans. They’re fun and dress down a casual/fancy outfit, which I love for work!
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Choker Necklaces – THANK YOU to Brandy Melville (and Kylie Jenner) for bringing back my favorite childhood accessory – the Choker Necklace. I feel so in touch with my inner rebellious, bad-ass self.
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Festivals – Yes, I realize this is VERY vague. Because there are no limits to what kind of festivals I wouldn’t attend. Music = number 1 for sure. Food = definitely close to number 1, but number 2 will do. Drinking/Food = Well, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a DAGE? Case in point – I love festivals – be it an arts, food, and wine festival (yes, the bar area LOVES these), an edm festival, a Lululemon Yoga festival, and OctoberFEST, a Greek Festival, a Food Truck Festival, etc. – the list could go on and I am forever thankful for this.
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Cookies and Cream Quest Bar – First let me start off my saying that this particular flavor happened to come out JUST A FEW DAYS after I decided to go Vegan. This obviously upset me because I love oreos and I loved quest bars – but sadly, the whey protein in there meant I could no longer eat them as a Vegan. You can imagine my excitement in trying these once I moved away from my Veganism – pure joy I tell you! The chunks of oreo goodness are purely amazing.
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Socks – Who knew socks could be so multi-functional?? Also, how can you not be obsessed with fun socks when you find yourself immersed in a store full of JUST socks? Silly socks, chic socks, knee socks, dress socks, and oh, there’s more. Whether it’s paring fancy socks with heels or rocking your best pair of funky ankle socks with your white kicks…socks rock and will forever be your best friend when it comes to fighting off those blisters…….
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Road Trips – I don’t care where you are, who you are with (alone, with family, friends, a significant other) just do it! Go somewhere completely new, be spontaneous, don’t have a set schedule. It’s always best to just wing your road trip, seek new adventures, make some friends and take in whatever beautiful scenery may be surrounding you. Oh and take advantage of the last of the warm weather – I don’t suggest road-tripping in snow…trust me, it’s no bueno.
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That my friends, is what’s hot in Calli’s world …for this week!

My Review on Lululemon’s 7 By the Bay Trek

My Review on Lululemon’s 7 By the Bay Trek

I recently had the opportunity and joy to participate in Lululemon’s 7 By the Bay Trek held in San Francisco. Initially, the event was advertised as a predominately yoga focused gathering. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m actually really getting in yoga since I’ve been here in California, BUT I’m not nearly as advanced as I would like to be. So the thought of getting together with hundreds of die-hard yogi’s was a bit intimidating.

Anyway, the event was held on a Saturday morning at Fort Mason, which is located in the Marina area along the San Francisco Bay – for those who are not familiar with the area. I actually LOVE this location because you have an amazing view of the Golden Gate, which NEVER gets old for me to gaze at. We arrived a few minutes late, but were able to quickly gather a spot in the back of the large warehouse. The yoga instructor was just finishing up the stretching portion and was just moving into some quicker pace salutations. The instructor was super funny and interactive with the crowd, clearly noting that everyone there was at different levels and that it was okay to move at your preferred pace. There was absolutely no pressure which was fantastic! The class was about an hour long and we finished up by splitting into large groups based on the colored drawstring backpacks we received when we first got to the event.

Once we split into our groups, our group leader lead us out of Fort Mason and we began our “trek” along the water towards Chrissy Fields. Our first stop of the trek was a quick 15 minute “Barry’s Bootcamp” special for the event. This was entertaining since I was NOT expecting to sweat during our “trek”…

Anyway, I jumped right into the burpee’s with everyone else knowing that this just meant I could eat more of the free snacks later on 🙂 Following the pop up bootcamp session, we were then given free “18 Rabbit’s” granola bars which were awesome. Moving along, we then walked up a steep hill and a few flights of outdoor stairs that brought us to an amazing lookout and view of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. As we continued along the 5 mile walk, we were surprised with additional pop-ups from Project Juice (a local fresh pressed-juice café), Purity Organic Coconut Waters, some free healthy dark chocolates, and more.

We ended the trek back at Fort Mason where we were pleasantly greeted by a number of Food Trucks that were all FREE – aka we could technically go to each food truck and order everything on the menu all for FREE. SAY WHAT???? As if that wasn’t enough, we made our way back inside to find free Mimosa, Bloody Mary, and Craft Beer stands. Oh but wait…there’s more. There was also a Flash Tattoo station and Flower Crown Making station…ALL FOR FREE as well.

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And of course, it wouldn’t be a perfect event without a live performance from a Michael Jackson cover band on a beautiful sunny Saturday 🙂 This event was such a great experience with so many friendly, active, outgoing people. The most shocking thing about this entire event was that the initial sign up online was FREE…all I needed to do was RSVP. Now that’s the kind of event I want to be attending more often 😉

When in San Francisco, do as the San Franciscans do…

When in San Francisco, do as the San Franciscans do…

When in San Francisco, do as the San Franciscans do…

First let me just start off my saying…how fricken cool are these boxed waters??? And no, I’m not cool enough to “promote” the company. I just am a SERIOUS fan of this! I mean super green and eco-friendly plus you have to admit, they’re kind of really trendy. Don’t even deny it.

Ayywayyy, since I’ve moved to San Francisco, one of my number one “To Do’s” on my bucket list was to run over the Golden Gate Bridge. I knew signing up for the San Francisco Half Marathon was a MUST if I wanted to achieve this. Sunday, was RACE DAY. Was I ready? Nope. Was I excited? Kind of. Was running over the Golden Gate Bridge amazing? Definitely.

So I may not have had my best race and finishing, I was definitely very disappointed in myself. But after an hour or so of eating (had to), grieving and blaming my poor training and commitment, I finally appreciated the run for what it was. A year ago, I would never have thought I’d be running through the streets of San Francisco or blazing over the Golden Gate Bridge. The fact that I completed that Sunday morning was truly incredible and I realized that I really needed to be more grateful for that opportunity.

Now for the fun stuff – Saturday was the expo held at Fort Mason. I stupidly decided to take the train in, walk 30 minutes to the shuttle that brought us to the expo, and then spent the rest of my day walking and shopping around the city, when I FINALLY decided to walk back to the train by 6 PM…bad call. Regardless, the expo was awesome and you can betttt I hit up all the free food vendors. SUPER BIG THANKS to larabar and cliffbar who never fail to disappoint with their free bars and tastings. I also hit up every flavor of NUUN, the electrolyte company, helped myself to Kale Chips, Wasabi dried Green Beans, Sweet Potato Chips, and the list could go on. Additionally, I obviously had to purchase a new pair of neon orange shorts and hot pink compression sleeves from the “MASSIVE BLOWOUT SALE” that was occurring – ugh, those always get me. Oh and we also got SUPER cool long-sleeve shirts as part of our SF half marathon swaaag.
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Though I always enjoy walking around and exploring the city, I definitely was not smart about resting the day before my race. Plus, this race was different than most I’ve ever run as the gun went off at 5:30AM for the start!! Given that, I “woke up” at 3AM, left my apartment by 3:30AM to drive into the city, and began my warm up run at around 4:45AM through the city. Thank god my 5:50AM runs paid off for this crazy start time. Anyway, around 5:25, I found my way to the starting line. The race went off at 5:30 and it was still dark as the night. That was a first for any race I’ve ever run. I actually REALLY liked starting at this time. The race went off, all the way down the pier, towards Chrissy Fields and all along the water. Eventually we hiked up yet another hill that opened out to the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge was a decent length and half way through the first place runners were leading the pack making their way back across the bridge. This was exactlyyy the kind of motivation I needed to keep going. To be honest, I was REALLY hurting at this point. At last a bit of drive and determination settled in, however, this unfortunately only lasted for a short period of time. As Iooped around and made my way back over the bridge, I could hear my mind yelling at me to stop and eventually I gave in a few more times. This was possibly the MOST frustrating race for me. My mind and my body were speaking in two different languages. Part of me just wanted to go for it, but every time a new hill popped up, I instantly let go of that drive.

{so KIND of cool that they give us FREE photos….if only I was as photogenic as the MOST photogenic guy in last years marathon…}
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I contribute part of this to my lack of hill training, in addition to lack of mileage, and lastly I just did not start the race in a positive mindset. I already had the feeling that I wouldn’t be able to compete and break, nonetheless run my PR. Finally…the race ended…on an uphill stretch – GO FIGURE. Though the race was tough and I was HATIING myself after…looking back it, I’m proud that I even ran what I did given the serious elevation in that race and given how many times I stopped. I’m just happy to say that I finished the race and conquered the brutal hills of San Francisco! Lucky for me, my next half marathon in October should be MUCH less hilly. And lesson learned – TRAIN PROPERLY CALLI!! Oh, and don’t psych myself out.
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^^ just me struggling over the golden gate! GTZ!!!

My Past Month in Cali, Summarized in Less Than 2 Pages

My Past Month in Cali, Summarized in Less Than 2 Pages

So let’s see if I can give you all a “brief” summary of my whereabouts in the past month since I’ve been in California. I feel like I’m finally settled in. My apartment is decorated. I’m catching on to my new work environment. I now know how to get onto the main highways, to the local grocery stores, and of course, the Urban Outfitters right down the street. Lastly, I’m currently typing out this blog post, while sitting on my $15 Ikea chair out on the balcony, looking into the late afternoon sun. I could not be more content and grateful in this exact moment.

Now, here goes my recap that hopefully will not turn into a novel! So let’s see. The last we met, I talked about my Santa Cruz Half Marathon. Since then, I’ve been doing a lot more traveling and exploring now that I’m officially comfortable in my apartment and local setting. I’ve spent yet another beautiful weekend in Santa Cruz, laying on the state beach, driving along the coast, stopping by to view the eclectic walks of life by the lighthouse as they grooved out during a silent disco. I’ve met some silly seal friends down by the pier, I’ve walked past intense beach volleyball games along the boulevard, and I’ve eaten a damn good veggie burger and fries all in the fun little beach town of Santa Cruz.
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I’ve driven up 5 miles of curvy, narrow roads, passing wineries off to my left and right as I made my way to Castle Rock State Park for a beautiful hike down in the woodsy Saratoga area. Following the hike, I stopped by in the local town where I sat out with a cup of joe and some late lunch, as I baked in the sun, while listening to the soothing sounds of a small town band playing on the cafe’s patio. I’ve gone on an abundant amount of walks locally, exploring my town and the areas around me. I’ve biked through Stanford’s amazing campus and I’ve eaten at almost every vegan friendly restaurant there is in Palo Alto.
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My sister has now had her first visit in California and boy did we cover the bay area pretty damn well in just 2 days. We made our way to The City on a sunny, yet cool Friday night to dine and drink at an Off the Grid food truck event in Fort Mason (an area in The City, right by the marina, with a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge). We ate, we drank, we listed to the live music, and most importantly, we stood by the heat lamps. Yes, we’ve now learned our lesson that it ACTUALLY does get cold in the city after 5, no matter the temperature during the day.
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The following day, we finally made our way down highway 1 in pursue of a destination to Big Sur. Our first and farthest stop was at the McWay waterfall, a waterfall in Big Sur that falls onto the beach and into the ocean. We then progressed back North, stopped to take pictures by the infamous Big Sur bridge and other gorgeous and breath taking sights along the way.
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We then continued on, stopping in the upscale town of Carmel. We of course then indulged in a deliciously filling Mediterranean meal, topped it off with a warm vanilla latte, and walked up and down the street for some window shopping. Eventually, we slowly made our way to the car as we continued on to our next destination. Pebble Beach was our next stop, a luscious green golf course, famous for it’s elite championship tournaments and it’s beachy backdrop. Next stop, Monterey, a cute little fishing town, just past Carmel. Moving on, we found an awesome little farmer’s market along Highway 1, where we feasted on the free fruits, veggies, and snacks being offered, then helped myself to 7 BABY avocados for $1 in total. WHAT A BARGAIN!! Anyway, our final stop was back to Santa Cruz, where we decided on a whim that after a long day, we’d top it off with a few rides on the boulevard. The sun eventually set behind the roller coaster, ending the day on a perfect note.
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The next day, we again made our way to The City. Our first stop was an amazing little breakfast cafe called Cafe St Jorge. I helped myself to a healthy Chia bowl and a fantastic cup of coffee! We then spent the majority of our day surprisingly in the Haight-Ashbury area, walking up and down the streets, trying on unique thrift shop clothes, and taking in the interesting walks of life. We then continued to drive around and explore the rest of The City, snapping pics of all the touristy “must-see’s”. Eventually, we ended our day across The City, in a seaside town called Sausalito.
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The following weekend, my boyfriend visited…I was getting spoiled having company around the apartment!! Anyway, we had a perfect weekend planned, spending Saturday in Sonoma and Sunday in The City. Early Saturday morning, we made our way up to Sonoma in beautiful wine country! Our plan for the day…bike ride around to the different local vineyards! This sounded a lot more practical before we made it to our second vineyard…
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A few too many sips of wine later, hours passed and we had (somehow) successfully biked around Sonoma and made our way to four different vineyards, all portraying different styles that resembled images you’d imagine right out of the vast lands of Tuscany. The rest of the late afternoon/night was a little blurred as a result of FAR too much wine and sun.
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The next day, we then hopped in the car and set off early once again as we drove back towards The City. Our first stop of the day? CARNAVAL to kickoff the opening of the World Cup! This event really amazed me. This event in particular solidified my love for the Bay area here in California. It’s amazing to see all of the different cultures and ethnicities that come together and support one another on whatever endeavor they came to San Francisco to pursue. It just shows how welcoming and truly judgement free this City really is. I’ve always heard how “care free” San Francisco is, but it’s events like this, with thousands of people gathered and a crowd where Justin and I were merely the minority, that it made me truly appreciate the exposure I’m getting out here to new, eye-opening cultures.
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After spending about two hours in the area, dancing along to the floats in the parade and walking through the streets of vendors, food, and live music, we then proceeded to Haight-Ashbury. We picked up a lunch from Whole Foods and enjoyed it on the grassy hills of the infamous Golden Gate Park. Eventually, we had decided that we had seen enough interesting sights while people watching and continued to walk around the area and window shop. Following Haight-Ashbury, we then made our way to the super touristy area along the water and the Embarcadero. Somehow, the day had flown by and Justin had taken a beating in the sun, it was time for a Spanish, tapas style dinner on Market street! YUM! Boyyyy did we splurge on this dinner : )

After another wonderful and non-stop weekend, I wasn’t ready to stop! Just yesterday, I headed up to Napa for the Bottlerock Napa Music Festival with a few friends. A fun festival scene with all types of music from Matt & Kim, to Outkast, to Weezer. A day spent drinking craft beer (yes, I drank beer…which NEVER happens), listening to music, and enjoying a gorgeous day in the sun. I could get used to this lifestyle…

So there ya have it folks, my recap of the past month all covered in just a few paragraphs!

Going back to Caliiii

Going back to Caliiii

As the Notorious B I G once liked to say (and unfortunately, my dentist, Dr. Hersherberger, who used to sing this to me…) “I’m goin, goin back to, back to…CALIIII” Okay, I realize that was about as lame as it could possibly get. Apologies. Anyways…. Hey Everyone! So I have some exciting news to share with you all! I’m currently going to be spending the next 9 months out in California as part of the second rotation of my job. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been slacking quite a significant amount on my blog and various forms of social media…well, now you know I have a legitimate excuse!

Just to bring you all up to speed on some background details…I’m part of a leadership development rotational program with a large tech-focused company. I just completed my first rotation on the east coast and have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with a small, start-up-like tech company on the West Coast, buried among the other various tech companies in Silicon Valley. I’m so excited to embark on this new journey and could not be more grateful for this amazing opportunity to work with such a driven and motivated company. Not to mention, the team here is great, which certainly helps to ease out the move!
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Though I certainly miss my boyfriend, friends, family, and co-workers on the east coast, I’ve been keeping in mind that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that doesn’t come around too often. Plus, I kind of get the best of both worlds…I get to dip my feet into a whole new work environment, in a place so foreign to me, then in just 9 months…I’m back to the east coast, an area where I’m comfortable with and have lived my whole life. With that, I will undoubtedly, make the most of my experience here. Now that I’ve finally begun to settle in with work, my apartment, and beginning to adapt to the California lifestyle, I’m excited to share my journey with you all along the way!
Home Sweet Home <3 Home Sweet Home <3[/caption] There is so much I plan to do, see, and EAT out here…I don’t want to leave any of it out! For those of you who have not had the opportunity to travel out to this part of California, let me just start by telling you that it is BEAUTIFUL. Just a few days ago, I went running during work with some co-workers (FYI this would never be “acceptable” on the east coast…I would be judged right out of the office!) This run was like something I’ve only ever dreamed about (or at least seen through pictures in Runner’s World!) Our office is located amongst gorgeous rolling hills, with cows and horses alongside, mountainous terrains and the shining sun outline the rest of the view. We ran along various trails, passing fellow techy’s running, biking, or walking. It’s just so abnormal and refreshing to see so much activity, passion, and dedication at all hours of the day surrounding me. fruit
Next point…the FOOD. Now granted I came from the suburbia of the Boston area, but the food here actually PROMOTES healthy eating…and they make it taste great to! As I said above, sure big cities on the east coast certainly offer little she-she vegan restaurants and all natural/organic cafes, but it’s just so great to actually see that here, in Suburban like towns. I don’t have to be living in the city to get 5 gourmet salad bars all within in a mile from each other! PLUS, all the fruits and veggies are just so fresh and the taste is very noticeable. OH and how about the close proximity to AVOCADO farms?? At least I know I’ll never, ever be Avocado deprived. Also, coincidentally enough, the conference room’s name directly across from my cube is called “Avogadro” which pretty much sounds like “Avocado” WHICH pretty much means it was meant to be.
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Anyhow, before I get to carried away, let me end off by saying that I signed up for a half-marathon NEXT weekend in Santa Cruz with a co-worker. Now, typically, I would NOT have signed for a half on this short of notice…especially seeing as my training has been EXTREMELY minimal. But hey, how could I resist the appeal of BEACHES???? Anyhow, my moto while I’m here is to just go for it…so WHY Not! Santa Cruz half marathon here I come!

More to Come… 🙂

My Favorite Travel Essentials & Tips for Jet-Setters

My Favorite Travel Essentials & Tips for Jet-Setters

As you all may have followed in my last few posts, I just traveled to Antigua for a week-long vacation sailing the island. I tend to be on the plane quite a lot, normally it’s due to the many trips back and forth to Baltimore visiting my boyfriend, but occasionally it’ll be for something else. Regardless, I’ve spent traveling via airplanes ever since I was a baby! I truly love traveling. Even arriving to an airport, grabbing a coffee from Starbucks, and purchasing a few magazines from the Hudson News Stand gives me a thrill of excitement…weird, right? Just knowing that in a few (or maybe more…ugh) hours, I’ll be somewhere completely different is such a great anticipation! It means new adventures, memories, and opportunities. However, though all of the above is great and all, there are certainly some downsides to being jet-set on the reg.
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First of all, I get WAY too anxious after just an hour of flying. Of course, you can see how this would result in quite a dilemma, since most trips via plane, TEND to be well over an hour. How to cure this…get up and walk! I don’t care if YOU are THAT person up and stretching in the middle of the aisle-way every 30 minutes. Who’s judging beside everyone….right?!?! LOL, but seriously, who cares? You’re never going to see these people again and you’re doing your mind AND body a favor. It’s important to get up and stretch on the plane because the change in air pressure has a tendency to lead to lactic acid build up, causing everything to swell up. CUTE, right? No, I’d rather arrive to my beachy destination with non-swollen feet, thighs, and a face…please.
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Secondly, how many of you board a plane feeling fresh and clean, yet leave feeling like you hadn’t showered for days? My skin, though starting out smooth, breaks out like clock-work by the end of the flight. This has to do with the change in cabin pressure, the dry air, and of course, keeping your dirty, germ-invested hands away from your face (yes, I’m a bit of a germaphobe)! Not going to lie people, think about how many people are touching the same thing you’re touching on the plane. Now, think about how many dirty hands that means. I’m sorry to put that in perspective, but come on, KIDS have no sense of cleanliness. So, do yourself a favor, bring a thing of hand sanitizer and lather up! Additionally, not running your dirty hands through your hair every thirty minutes will prevent your hair from greasing up over the span of the flight too!
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Next point…come prepared! The worst thing is being hungry on a 6 hour flight, when the only thing you have to munch on is gross airplane meals OR paying a ridiculous amount of money just to eat a granola bar, unless of course you’re flying first class…then that may be a different story! Either way, I always make sure to come prepared with all my favorite snacking items! Here’s some tips, either purchase some food before arriving to the airport…as long as nothing is OPENED, you CAN bring it through security! So pack yourself a hearty sandwich, bring some fresh fruit, and don’t forget some almonds and a larabar! 😉 If you don’t have the chance to purchase food beforehand, the airplane News’s stands tend to be good about selling some healthy snack options like KIND bars or raw nuts. Additionally, airports have been upping their health food options, so you may get lucky finding a café that serves fresh made salads and sandwiches! Worst case scenario, you spend a little extra at Starbucks and buy some of their healthy options.

Lastly, I wanted to give you all the inside scoop on MY travel essentials to get me through the flight. The following items are things I would keep in my carry-on, larger-sized tote.

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Earphones for my Iphone – because what’s a trip without jamming out to your newly downloaded playlist?!
A good read! This book is an inspiring story and certainly a huge motivator for women’s rights and equality. If you’re interested, it’s called: “I am Malala”.
Sunglasses, a MUST for traveling! These are my Kate Spade glasses that my boyfriend picked out for my birthday…oh so trendddyyy he is!
Passport…if you’re traveling internationally…don’t forget this people! There’s nothing worse than running out of your house and forgetting your passport!
Gum and Oil Pads. Ah the two essentials! Gum, because you’re sitting close to someone, no one wants to small your garlicky breathe. And oil pads, because well, as I mentioned above, your skin will likely be a train wreck if you don’t take care of it properly while traveling!
B12 pills. These are essential everyday vitamins for Vegans, but can also be good for anyone to take just once a day to help improve your energy. Not to mention, they can be great to take before a night of drinking 😉
Your wallet. Don’t forget this. Duh.
My mascara. What’s your one makeup item you wouldn’t be able to live without? By the way, LOVE this new brand called “Benefits”, a California based brand. This mascara will leave your eyelashes long, dark, and fierce!
Lib Balm! I had two here. One is the EOS lip balm, because this stuff’s the shit. I also have a SPF 15 tinted lip balm that I’m obsessed with, by the brand Sugar. You can find this at Sephora!
Hand Lotion. Again, as already mentioned, awful changes in air pressure, leads to dry skin. Nothing worse than having crackly, dry hands…so make sure to lather up! This brand is part of the mini O.P.I. flavored collection.
Chia shots! These are great to add to water. Awesome form of getting your Omega’s in. And can be a great appetite suppressant when added to water, juices, smoothies, yogurts, or salads.
Fiji Water or Any water for that matter. STAY hydrated! Again, as my friends know damn well, I’m usually up and using the bathroom on the plane every 30 minutes. Hence why I avoid the middle or window seat… Either way, as long as I’m staying hydrated, I could care less! This will help your skin during the span of traveling.
Lastly, make sure to stock up on some juicy magazines to browse! Biggest guilty pleasure of mine is reading some good old Cosmo, Vogue, Women’s Health, People and Runner’s World. I love getting fashion, healthy, beauty tips, and some good celeb gossip!
That, my friends, is MY key to traveling successfully in style and in good health!

PS – Check out the links below for great beauty products and traveling necessities!
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11 Beauty Tips & Tricks for Travel – Cosmo

Be a Flying Beauty with These Airplane Beauty Tips

Your Ultimate Guide to Staying Beautiful while traveling…

Travel-Savvy Beauty: Look Fresh as you fly

Look good on the go – Travel Beauty Products and Tips

Airplane Beauty 101: Lucky Editors Favorite In-Flight Products

Sailing Antigua: The FINAL Part

Sailing Antigua: The FINAL Part

Day Six: Early this morning we left to move on to our next destination. This time, we made our way to Falmouth Harbor, which is exactly just down the street from English Harbor. The only difference was this port was home to FAR more mega-yachts then the other one. Oh well, just more to look at and dream of one day owning….*sigh*
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We didn’t get into the marina until that afternoon, so we spent most of the day sailing then hanging out on the boat. I went for a really nice late, afternoon run to make it to the top of the island known as Shirley Heights. I somehow managed to run completely uphill for 2 miles, in pursue of making it to the top. Let me tell you, that hilly run was WELL worth the pain. The views from the top were unbelievable as I had visibility to the entire island, end to end. Not to mention, the second half of my run was alllll downhill, 2 miles of it…who doesn’t love a solid downhill run?! It seemed as if my body was FINALLY adjusting to this weather! Later that night was a BIG night for me…I had more than just my usual one glass of wine! Yes, I decided to finally let loose and help myself to a mojito, and a martini, andddd a few vodka sodas throughout the night. SUE ME. Anyway, we started out at this fun little local restaurant that Dave the captain lead us to. Dave, being a local here, was our bar crawl tour guide for the night! Our first stop had delicious food and a fun vibe!
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Once we were content on our fancy drinks there, we moved on to a swanky local bar down the street called LIME. This place was the place to be seen on the island. There was a fantastic Caribbean band playing the steel drums and singing, the dimmed colorful lights set the tone for a great atmosphere, and the bar was completely open, so as the place quickly filled up, the party took to the streets! After an hour or so, we then moved onto the next hopping location down the street called Abracadabra’s…or Abra’s for short as the locals liked to call it. Of course by this point, we all had had a few too many drinks. That factor along with the combination of a completely open dance floor meant only one thing for Justin and I. Time to break out the ridiculous dance moves. After a bit, my sister was quite literally dragging Justin and I back to the boat, we didn’t want to leave. We were in our element, but hey, got to listen to the younger sister, right?!
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Day Seven: Needless to say, this morning started out a little rough for me. There was certainly no running for me in the cards. Also, I couldn’t quite stomach breakfast too well. Lastly, I was not prepared to handle this two hour sail feeling the way I did. I’m going to assume the reason I felt like this had to do with the fact that I rarely drink anymore. Like, ever. So the combination of alcohol in general, plus mixed drinks, plus the heat, sun, and the rocky boat ride just lead to, well, me not feeling so hot on the side of the boat. I’m going to leave out those details as I’m sure you can all imagine what happened next, after an hour into our sail…
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Thankfully, after that “incident” over the side of the boat, I felt a little better. Once, we finally arrived to Half Moon Bay and anchored, I felt even better. I jumped into the water and instantly felt refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s amazing what some good old salt water can do to cure a hangover! Anyway, this spot was my favorite of the entire trip. We were tucked away in this magical, quaint little bay, surrounded by a few other sailboats, beautiful coral and blue waters, small hidden beaches, and the sun shining down on the boat. It was simply picture perfect.
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We spent the rest of the afternoon snorkeling and swimming around in the water. After washing up for the evening and gasping over the sunset, we were more than ready to eat some grub! The men got the grills off the back of the boat going, I prepared my veggie kabobs, and everyone else enjoyed some booze and cigars (for the men). The dinner was a perfect barbequed dinner, partnered with a pesto pasta salad, another giant spinach salad, some fresh bread, and taboulli. What a great way to end the day! As if it couldn’t get any better, the moon was shining bright that night…it literally could not have been any fuller or brighter, it was almost like looking into the sun as it lit up the entire ocean. We all sat up top, drink in hands, as we admired the moon for the next few hours of the night.
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Day Eight: Sadly, it was time to leave for Justin, my sister Lexi, and I. Justin and I attempted to wake up early that morning in order to catch the sunrise that was taking place directly over the water in front of us. This would have been beautiful had we woken up just five minutes earlier…. Regardless, we still caught the early stages of the sunrise, which was partially disrupted by a large storm cloud. Either way, I still managed to capture an amazing photo and it was enough to make us happy on our last morning in Antigua. Given the early start to the morning, we set sail around 7/7:30 in order to get back to Falmouth Harbor for one last breakfast on board before heading off to the airport.

That, ladies and gentlemen, was an EXTREMELY long-winded summary of my sailing trip to Antigua. Filled with new memories to add to the book, fresh fruits and veggies to keep me satisfied for days, phenomenally breath-taking views, and of course, left me with a fabulous tan!

Sailing Antigua: Part 2

Sailing Antigua: Part 2

Day Three: Woke up early in the morning, 6:50 to be exact. This was much easier to do as the sun was up and shining by 5:30. If I had waited any later than 7, I most certainly would have passed out in the heat of the sun. This side of the island, aside from the resort, had a much different feel. It’s amazing how you can take one island, yet every different beach, bay, marina, or port had a completely different feel. You’d think you were traveling to multiple islands! Anyway, this run once again was a HUGE struggle for me. My body was just not accepting the fact that it needed to accommodate to the change in weather. Anyway, I trekked through it and made it into a solid thirty minute run. I was content with that.
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Following my run, we chowed down on breakfast and then my dad and I took to assembling the wind surf that we had rented for our charter. This was only the second time I had ever gone wind surfing and it was QUITE challenging. For those of you who haven’t wind surfed before, it takes a number of different skills and expertise. For one, you need to understand the concept of sailing and being able to read the wind direction in correlation to the sail. Number two, BALANCE is a must. The last part is establishing trust. Once you have the sailing down (check), then the balance (check…this took a bit, but I eventually found it!), then you need to trust that your balance and the sail will move you right along. The key is to not get shaky or move the sail around too much. When you catch some good wind, don’t lose it! Anyway, after many failed attempts, I finally got myself up and sailing. This was a quite a good core, quad, and arm workout for all you fitness junkies out there looking for an active water sport!

Once we were worn out from the wind surf, we set sail for our next destination. English Harbor it was! Home of Lord Nelson, the English Naval Hero. This harbor was actually once and still is a famous fort on the island and therefor holds a great amount of history and pride for the island of Antigua. This was a bit of a long sail, but hey, more time on the water for me to get my tan on! Also, for all of you out there familiar with how much I enjoy the sun…I did apply sunscreen CONSTANTLY throughout the day, every day. Ask anyone on the trip! This sun was STRONG!
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As we tied up dock side in English Harbor, we spent some time settling in, then wobbled off the boat to go for a nice long walk around the area. I say “wobbled” because your legs literally feel like jello after being on a boat for a certain amount of time, you almost begin to forget what it feels like NOT to rock from side to side! Justin and I spent a solid hour, walking through the local town, enjoying the scenery and making our way through the village. The views were beautiful and the streets were quite lively and made up of the following, as the local’s like to put it: “you’re either a yachty, a crew, a vacationer, or a local”. Another side note: our boat look liked a dinghy compared to all of the mega-yachts that surrounded us in the harbor. These yachts meant, LOTS of crew to keep these boats in tip-top shape for the owners.
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That night, we went to dinner at this beautiful little spot in the harbor called Admirals Inn. Again, this place holds lots of history as it was made up of some of the old ruins and passage ways from the fort. Shockingly, this place had a real Vegan meal on the menu that wasn’t just steamed veggies! I had an eggplant ratatouille dish that was divine!
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Day Four: We sailed back to Jolly Harbor to pick up the rest of the crew! Since we couldn’t possibly hold everyone on one single boat, they charted a similar catamaran. Her name was “Raindrop”. Again, what is up with these generic names?! Anyway, my dad was the only sailor, so the group had a captain come onboard to sail with for the next few days. The captains name was Dave and he was fantastic. He was just what you would picture a British, local sailor to be like. His year-long home was a yellow sailboat which he kept in Falmouth Harbor on the island. He was quite hilarious, had some interesting drunken nights in the past (some of which included waking up on the dock and inside his dinghy), and had some jaw-dropping sailing stories to keep us entertained. Once everyone arrived, we set sail once again to another bay and anchored off the beach there. We arrived just in time for the sunset once again. There’s just something so majestic about sunsets over the water while on a sailboat. That night, we attempted to dinghy into a quaint little beach-side restaurant and bar. I say attempted because right as we piled into our dinghy, the engine died and left us stranded. Luckily, Captain Dave was to our rescue in the other dinghy and towed us to shore. Of course this was not a very smooth landing as the surf was still quite significant. We made quite the entrance as we rode in on one wave, which left half of us completely drenched in the dinghy. Well, that was enough entertainment for the night.
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Day Five: This morning we left rather early as we had a solid 4-5 hour sail to the extremely flat and secluded island of Barbuda. This island was home to only a 1,000 people approximately on the island, so you can only imagine how petite it was. The sail was beautiful and winds were just right. As we arrived to the island, all I could see was gorgeous shades of blues and coral in the water, plus a vast amount of white sand that covered the shoreline. The view was spectacular and we were more than pleasantly surprised. We spent the day frolicking in the bright aqua water, walking along the beach, paddle boarding, and wind surfing (this only lasted about 20 minutes, as mid-way through, the mast snapped on me…SOS!)
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As the sun began to set, we freshened up and dressed in our most casual attire. We took the dinghy to shore, where we then met Rodney, our driver, hostess, and chef for tonight. He was a man of many hats. As we piled onto the back of his pickup truck, we made our way down the bumpy dirt road for several miles, passing wild cows, donkeys, and sheep on the way. We then pulled up to the restaurant which turned out to also be Rodney’s house! You couldn’t possibly get more of a local experience than this! One large table was set just for us on his porch. Rodney’s wife worked on preparing our Rum Punches, while Rodney took to the grill. Beginning with grilled bread, then served buffet style, there was rice, grilled local plantain, a mixed salad, and some fresh local lobster and chicken for everyone else!

As the dinner wrapped up, we all piled into Rodney’s pick-up truck once again. Of course, the second we jumped in, it began to down pour, leaving us soaked in the back! Hey, at least this happened on the way back from dinner, rather than on the way there! Right as we pulled up to the beach, the rain stopped…SHOCKER! We then all piled into the dinghy, not caring at this point whether we got wet or not. Once again, right as we pulled up to the boat, it began to down pour. It was a quick rush to get inside from that point. Case in point, can’t go a day without a little bit of a thrill on the water, huh?!


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