Sunday, March 15, 2009

California Dreamin’

I had a wonderful first half of spring break in Sunny California at with my sister, her family and one of my best friends from home! We missed a bout of rainy weather they had been having, and the sun was shining the entire time. I love the San Francisco Bay Area and can definitely see myself living there after school. It’s so progressive and the availability of fresh, local, organic produce for the majority of the year is so uplifting! We ate delicious food and went on beautiful runs and walks. On Tuesday we ran from Pier 39 over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and walked/ran back which was so much fun! (15 miles round trip??) We tried FRS (low-cal citrus pomegranate) on our snack break in Sausalito, and it tasted great. Its very high in antioxidants and the company claims that quercetin helps you sustain longer, harder work-outs. After the run we walked by TCHO, a teeny-tiny “flavor driven” chocolate boutique at Pier 17, and tried their mini dark chocolate squares. They don’t add flavorings to their chocolates-rather they adjust the fermentation, drying, roasting, and finishing of the beans to achieve a spectrum of flavors. I had “fruity” which was a very subtle taste, but delightful.

My favorite meal was at Café Gratitude in Berkeley! It’s a Vegan, mostly Live/Raw restaurant where all the entrees are named “I am….” Its centered around positive outlooks and appreciating what you have in the land of plenty. They also focus on using organic, locally grown ingredients. I love their “mission statement”: “Our food is prepared with Love. We invite you to step inside and enjoy being someone who chooses: loving your life, adoring yourself, accepting the world, being generous and grateful every day, and experiencing being provided for. Have fun and enjoy being nourished.” So WONDERFUL! We were Honored” to start with the most amazing raw nachos ever. The cashew “sour cream” and guacamole were more delicious AND nutritious than the real thing!

I was in the mood for something sweet so I was Great (Raw Granola with Young Coconut Yogurt) I must turn my next young coconut into yogurt-amazing!

If you're ever in Palo Also, I definitely recommend Pluto's-they have great, HUGE fresh salads for pretty cheap! We stayed at Stanford for a day and made our host take us.

It was so nice to get out of New England for a week and go back to the West! I spent the second half of break in Portland OR, which I have more to talk about tomorrow! Now I'm back in Boston and trying to catch up on all the things I've put off! But the weather is beautiful and I'm loving this daylight savings thing! Countdown to St. Patrick's Day!


Gina said...

Sounds like you had a great spring break!! I never really understood, in college, why spring break wasn't in the spring. Mine is going to be in April now, which seems much more spring-y to me. Great excuse to get away from the cold NE though (although today IS beautiful)!!

Annabelle Ho said...

MmMmMm...looks like you had some good eats and a good time!! I need to go out west- TCHO and Cafe Gratitude sound great! I also need to go to L.A. Burdick in Cambridge- they are supposed to have some awesome chocolate/hot chocolate! said...

Just catching up - so funny, I think I am going to Pluto's in the city tonight! :)

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