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ITALY, MI HAI RUBATO IL CUORE.

In TRAVEL, Uncategorized, vacation On June 1, 2015 2 Comments

 

        Ok…So, it’s been a while. I took off. Byeee. Sianara!(Is that now you spell it?)But, I’ve missed you, & If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you already know I’ve connected with my Italian roots and went on an unforgettable 2 week solo trip to Italy! I know. Ridic. An experience of a lifetime that I will never forget, nor regret:) Some would call me crazy, and some…perhaps brave. All in all, despite a couple of bumps on the road…I made it out alive. hallelujah!So, how about a recap???

** First night in Rome…Campo Di Fiori** 11150695_847648821970323_5895275080777029745_n

Italy is IMPOSSIBLE to not fall in love with. Honestly, I highly encourage getting lost every chance you get. Every street lined with stunning, rustic buildings. Some almost falling apart…but non the less fit perfectly amongst its settings. Little family run boutiques…pizza joints everywhere…leather EVERYWHERE…the list is endless. For me, not enough hours in the day.

**My street, from my apt**

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 First things first…Tan these thighs on the spanish steps.

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Probably the healthiest thing I ate the whole of two weeks. Don’t judge me. Happy pounds!;)

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Made it to the Colosseum and the Forum. Stupid amazing!!! Although. A piece of advice…If it’s your first time in Rome, do yourself a favor and get a Roma Pass. It will save you hours and money on all the sights. I think I spent an hour and 1/2 in line trying’ to get in dis bitch! ugh. Anyways. You must seeeee!

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 The absolute highlight of Rome… The Pope’s blessing at the Vatican. With Grandma’s rosary in hand, I sat amongst thousands to see the pope. Wednesdays and Sundays, the pope is at St. Peter’s Basilica doing a blessing or holding mass for the public. A moment I will treasure forever. <3

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St. Peter’s Basilica

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 LUNCH TIME!!!!! Ugh. It’s just insane.

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 Typical meal….Surprised I didn’t turn into a freakin pizza, with all the dough I ate. Oh…and BTW……I HATE it when people say, “You probably walked so much, you worked it all off right?!” Are you FAAAACkin kidding me!!? There’s not enough cardio in the world to that could work off the amount of food I consumed! LMAO With that being said…I gained 8 quality of life pounds. So. There.

**La MonteCarlo. Rome.**

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Climbed to the highest and most beautiful vista point in Rome to represent my peeps! Quilmes all the way.

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Hello view…

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I must admit…I ate gelato twice a day for two weeks straight. When in Rome.

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 The morning market at Campo Di Fiori:)

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Sistine Chapel comin’ at ya. I can’t even. 3 hour tour of the Vatican…St. Peters…& Sistine Chapel. Highly recommended and absolutely breathtaking.

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Trastevere for a few hours. The Brooklyn of Rome. Hell…why not. Lets stop for a drink shall we?

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Borghese Gardens.

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Borghese Gallery.

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Beautiful & fresh flowers at the morning market in Campo Di Fiori.

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 Cured meats for dayzzzz….

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New obsession with pecorino.

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Big Daddy meat.

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Trastevere has a charm like no other. 

The local hustlers “charmed” me into buying 7 of these handmade pieces. oops.

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 Crossing over the bridge. Love this….

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Dinner time…The streets are crowded, the restaurants filled with foodies…even if it’s 11 o’clock at night.  10997694_848629091872296_7886469290371656145_n

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara. Just stopppppp it!!!!

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Armando Al Pantheon…You delivered.

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I’ve always been obsessed with tile work. These beautiful, original tiles can be found throughout Vatican City.

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Next adventure…Florence. (check out the wino purp lip) lmao!

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Sunset views…mini Chianti…perfect weather…glorious food.

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Night out. Classic in black and white.

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A private wine tasting of super tuscans near Ponte Vecchio.

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Boboli Gardens:)

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Typical day… 8 hours of sightseeing. Stop every hour and 1/2 for drinks and food. Pretty much INCREDIBLE. Stoked on my 8 happy pounds I put on.

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Best Panini in Florence. Antico Noe.

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So, let’s talk about how amazing the shopping is in Italy…Now, let’s talk about how I only traveled with a carry on and couldn’t buy anything,(including these EFFING PERFECT shoes) because I couldn’t fit one more thing in my bag. UGHHHHH FML.

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Couldn’t get enough of these beautiful statues everywhere I turned.

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Now do you see why it is impossible to resist these perfectly handled and nurtured carbohydrates?!?! Homemade by someone’s italian mama, I would never say no. lol.

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Not too sure that Americans are so into this… but tripe, is a staple in italian kitchens and for butchers. Love it in stews especially. YUMMMM

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Every freakin morning. Italians aren’t sit down for breakfast type people. No eggs, bacon, or huge breakfast burritos. They’re too busy trying to catch the train, catch the bus, or… hmmm. Who the hell knows. All I know is that I’ll stand at the espresso bar, shoot one down and scarf a croissant in 2 minutes ANY DAMN DAY. Cuz betch, we bussssyyyy. 

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Gold district of Ponte Vecchio, Florence.

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Ponte Vecchio view.

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Tourist selfie. More importantly…how cute is my lil apartment?!

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Not gonna front. Purchased several. 

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Spent lots of time visiting so many cathedrals. Don’t take this the wrong way here, as stunning and emotionally moving these holy places were, after the 10th one…they all started looking a weeee bit similar. (no offense to anyone. #catholicandproud) I shot a couple of them that I believed to be some of the most breathtaking. 

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The religious art, the structures, the stained glass, everything. One more beautiful than the next.

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Cocktails and rooftops… Enjoying a negroni at the Westin Excelsior, Florence.

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The “David” at the Uffizi. Isn’t he gorgeous?!

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Check out that meat…mineeeee. Trattoria Mario, Florence

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On this sunny day…I traveled from Firenze to Chianti by bus. If only I had an extra week in Tuscany. Sighhhhh.

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I stumbled across the incredible Air bnb, and I wish I had more time there. Le Cetinelle is a tuscan farmhouse surrounded by hills and woodland. I think it was the absolute perfect location to really get the Tuscan, romantic experience. 

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Fell in love with the wisteria. 

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The whole property is breathtaking. I mean…

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My fabulous host Simonetta. Thank you for a great stay and amazing breakfast! God…I love italian women. Such a sweetheart.

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The wine just keeps flowing. Hired a driver, and visited several vineyards. Oh…and I need this machine. Thanks.

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Stopped at Il Molino Di Grace for a private tasting.

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I could live here.

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This was my favorite vineyard I visited. Azienda Agricola Altiero, a rustic, quaint, family run vineyard, where everything coming from there is totally organic. The wonderful hosts served me a wide variety of cured meats, cheeses, homemade jams, and best of all..THE WINE! Delectable super tuscans, chianti classics, and great rose.

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Bought a couple of those yummy bottles of rose to take with me to the Amalfi:)

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That view tho….

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Strolling through old town.

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Hello Siena… Spent one day and night here. The terra cotta city is a perfect day trip from Florence. First things first…EAT. Check out my dinner view…

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Took a break from all that dough (Now you’ll see me in baggier clothes & puffier cheeks) and ordered an array of grilled seafood.
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Pizzeria Malborghetto is a local, hot eatery in the heart of Siena. Casual dining at it’s best, with incredibly authentic & fresh food. So bomb!

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My typical snack…Aperol spritz, peanuts, and chips. So healthy.

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Sweet daisies. Probably weeds…but in Italy, everything is beautiful.


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View from my apartment. This sunny day clearly called for a delicious sparkling rose.

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City view for days. The terra cotta city.

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One more plate added to the collection:)

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These little markets are everywhere. As a foodie…you can’t help but enter every single one of them.

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Last leg of my Italian adventure… Amalfi Coast. Headed straight to Positano. Here’s a few pics of my Praiano day trip. Beautiful.

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The crystal waters of my perfect Positano.

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Apperently dinner alone as a women is a bit weird. I felt sexy, and independent..clearly the servers felt sorry for me and brought out food shaped like hearts. I.E. this pizza. Lmao.

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Afternoon vino on the beach.

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Remember that bottle I bought in tuscany?… Oh, and yes…That IS truffle cheese.

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Loved my Positano hotel! Flavio Gioia is the perfect location. Affordable, and beautiful!!! And that tile!!!!! Wish I could’ve taken them home!

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View from Fornillo Beach:) Just a short walk from the main beach in Positano.

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Yeah…that’s a real thing. Helllllloooooo…

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If you’re planning a trip to the Amalfi coast, Positano is a great location, especially as a jump off for day trips. Hopped on a ferry and was in Capri in 25 minutes. 

Capri island view.

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Oh hi hunnnayyyy!

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Street art, Capri.

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If only I could own this property. Just saying’ Dream garden.

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Always wanted to do this! Finally got my ass into that famous Blue Grotto! Woohoooo. so coooool!

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The Ferries drop you off at this tiny station where you pay 13 euro, and hop onto these tiny row boats. (otherwise can’t fit in the cave. lol) You are greeted by an italian man (the rower of the tiny boat) and told to duck your head as you enter this mysterious cave. Once inside…it’s like magic. He begins singing old italian folk songs as you admire incredible highlighter blue waters. Wow. Stoked to have that checked that off my bucket list!:)

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It’s been real Capri.

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Back in Positano…my selfie game was on point.

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Couldn’t get enough of these awesome, vintage tiles all over town which were clearly hand painted. 

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Here we go again with the Faaaackin heart shaped food. Dying laughing at this point. What the hell. “Yes Senore, party of one!” Geeezuz.

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Apparently this is “Italian island style” Hmmm. I guess I’m still deciding if it’s more…Hobbit, or Land of the Lost attire. 

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Simple, elegant, fresh…my perfect meal. Heirloom tomatoes with homemade mozzarella, oregano & olive oil. Dayyyummmm.

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Now, this is my kind of “island style”

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Bronzin’ at Spiaggia Grande, Positano.

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Fornillo Beach. A quieter, more local beach. A few steps from Spiggia Grande.

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That was the second bottle I bought of Rose. Different day…different set up. Lol. Don’t judge me.

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Posted up for 4 days.

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The beauty of this place simply just cannot be captured by photo. These hills and homes change colors with the hours of light in the day & the illumination of lights at night. There are no words.

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My favorite dinner view. Ristorante Caffe Positano.

 


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  For the last 2 days left of my adventure…I headed back to Rome to meet my best friend of a million years for a reunion:) Friends don’t let friends eat carbs alone. Grazia & Graziella in Trastevere for lunch.

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Met up with a super fun group of friends visiting rome, and started the night out with a beautiful 5 course meal.

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The night was amazing. Filled with laughs, dancing, drinking way too much and decadent food. My kinda night.

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Last day in Rome was spent with bestie<3 Time to catch my plane.

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What felt like 45 HOURS  later…I was back at LAX. Strangely, It felt funny not hearing the Italian language. Lol. 

This trip was an unforgettable experience! I got my eat, pray, love trip that I had always dreamed of. I gotta say though…as amazing as it was, I probably wouldn’t travel alone again. There were so many moments where I wished I had someone special to share them with.(bf was back home) I definitely learned soooo much during this trip. It was pretty life changing, to be honest. Absolutely empowering! I encourage every women to do this once in your life. Step back for a bit, re-focus, find what drives you. Be spontaneous because you never know when you’ll ever get that chance again. Not trying to preach here, but, GET IT GURRRL!!!

xoxo,

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How to gain 7 lbs in SAN FRAN & lose it with a juice cleanse. Check out my awesome weekend away full of DELICIOUS NON-DIET FOOD.

In blogger fun, cleanse, friends, life, Never perfect, Reviews, Sunday funday, vacation, Weekend Vac On March 26, 2014 1 Comment

You guys!!!!! Hiiiiii!!!!<3
Goood lordy I’ve been a bit MIA, I do apologize! Although I don’t have a recipe to share with y’all today, I DO have a fun post for you!;)
If you don’t already know, a couple of my best girlfriends live in the heart of beautiful San Francisco, and I was in dyer need of a mini vacation;)
So I arrived Friday early morning, by the way….SOOOO proud of myself for navigating my “awful sense of direction self ” though the BART system. phweeeeee! lol. Such a nervous dork….”um, excuse me sir…this way? Oh um, can you help me figure the ticket machine??” Bahahahaha wtf.

Anyway…. I made it alive and managed to walk…with my luggage…all the way from my stop, to my girlfriends house. That was my workout for the whole 4 days. Woops. 😉

Unfortunately this pic does not do this view justice. It looks gloomy out, but in reality it was sunny and high 60’s low 70’s the whole time. I am one lucky betch!

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Walking through the streets, yes…with my luggage (total tourist) a dropped everything to snap a pic of some gorgeous fresh flowers. Flowers are a weakness. Obsessed. So much variety, full of color, absolutely STUNNING!

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Omggggggg…now THAT’S a view babes! Over looking the bay on Telegraph Hill. My friends are blessed to wake up to this every morning. WOW.

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Cheers-ing to a fab day with a beautiful and crisp Rose by Donkey & Goat. Even if you think you are not a “rose” person, please give this a try. I soooooo enjoyed it!
Oh, and btw…since I became a total WINO, I joined delectable which is a super fun app for wine lovers. The fun part is, that you get to share and post reviews on all the wines you enjoy with friends! Look into it, it’s really cool!

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O, so this pic right here…prrrrrety much sums up all my faves at once. Well, I lied actually…that German Riesling (trader Joe’s ) not my fave…but otherwise, the view, the triple cream cheese, prosciutto, figs, and nuts…HOT DAMN! I swear I could eat that everyday. Every SINGLE FUCKIN DAY. oh…wait. I’m missing some dark chocolate. Lol

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OHHH yessss….and the drinking continues. (No shame)
On this particular night, we decided to cook at home. Very gourmet daaaaaalinggggg.
The cheese plate was our first course…. (In France..the cheese plate would actually be more for dessert paired perhaps with dessert wine) but here in the states….gimme that shit firrrrst! 😉

These delicious crostinis were course #2.
This is such a great idea for a dinner party.. Super easy and everyone loves them.plus a great way to add variety and make some vegetarian, vegan, are carnivore! Helllllllllo.

We’ve got here:

CHICKEN SAUSAGE/BRIE/CARAMELIZED ONION

TRADITIONAL BRUSCHETTA

PESTO/ PARMESAN

Paired with a bottle of Sorelle Bronca Prosecco. Super crisp and clean finish, with a very slight sweetness. Yummmmmmm

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Course #3:
Pear/ Gorgonzola salad with chopped pecans and a lemon vinaigrette.
Paired with: Manincor Réserve Della Contessa 2012. ( a delicious white blend of Pinot Bianco- Chardonnay- Sauvignon)

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Oh hunnnnY!!! Get ready for it……
Here’s comes the carb-o-load!
Mixed seafood linguini pasta with a cream sauce. I mean…….
Just STOP IT!
I honestly can’t remember the last time I had real pasta ( non miracle noodles. Lol) Maybe like…fuckin yearssss ago.
So worth it! Devoured 2 plates full.
And yes, we made it. Byeeeeeeee

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The “HOMEGIRLS” …”BESTIES” ….”RIDE OR DIE BETCHES”…”AMIGAS”

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A serious must while visiting San Francisco… Famous Irish coffees from The Buena Vista! it’s actually VERY hard to have just 1…. Just sayin.

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Shit! This is all merging together here… I don’t even remember where the hell we were in this pic….lol

Oh yes…some Chinese bar with pool tables and happy hour. My kinda spot. I think this was also before I fell asleep at the other bar.. Yep. I remember now.

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Up and at em’ early Sunday morning with a great walk along the water. Seriously… Look at this beautiful day!!

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Acting alllllll kinds of touristy through the Fisherman’s Warf.

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Oh look! What a surprise….. CARBS! this spot is the booooommmmbbbbb for DA NOOOOODLE HUNNNNNAYYYY!!! Chubby noodle in North beach is pretty much the shit.

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So I stuffed by biscuit ass into a mini black dress, and Nat & I hit the town! Woot woot!

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Had some great tapas at El Techo…oh…and that’s also a pitcher of grapefruit margarita… That May or may not have been the best idea.

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And this is when shit got weird….. Lol

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Headed to Nat’s favorite local bar and met up with some friends;) by last call…we almost got into a fight with the lady who wouldn’t let us use the pool table (cuz she kept winning, bitch) lol.
Caught an Uber , and stumbled are way up the stairs to her building.
LIGHTS OUT.

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Pretty safe to say…the next morning, was a bit rough. Lol. We had planned to go to a boot camp class at 9:30 am at the local StudioMix, but we decided that walking to breakfast would be a much better workout. Hangovers justify laziness.
But hey, at least we have our workout clothes on…..

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After breakfast, we walked, & WaLkEd..& WALKED! Up and down loadz of hills, of course feeling better after some food. Nat took me allllll over the city. No joke. We were feelin grrrrreat! So, it’s 5 o’clock somewhererreeee! Maybe it was time to try out some local brewskis! Lol

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Don’t judge us!
We stopped at Magnolia to try a super delicious Kalifornia Kölsch hand crafted and local beer. Not quite a shot glass, but not quite a pint. Just right.

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Oh yes, and the San Francisco FOOD TOUR continues…..
We HADto hit up TARTINE of course. This was our lunch spot. TARTINE is one of SF’s most well known restaurants. Mostly famous for this ridiculous bread pudding. Omgggggg. Gimme gimme moreeeee.
Here’s the problem…you walk up…you order…they hand you the dessert first, since it’s already prepared. Then, you go sit down with your number and wait for your actual lunch.
Well…..in the next shot you will see what we ordered. But in the meantime, let’s talk about HOW THE FUCK YOU’RE GONNA MAKE ME STARE AT MY DESSERT WHILE STARVING WITH NO LUNCH IN FRONT OF ME!!!

SO……we ate dessert before lunch. Bahahahahahaha.
We of course ordered the bread pudding, and I just HAD to try the lemon bar. I LOVE anything lemon. I had to.
So we both sat…moaned and ga-ga’d..(call it an orgasm) and devoured that shit. Wowowowowowow. It was so worth it, and people were staring. Then you see it…now you don’t.

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Lunch is served…. Holy grail of GRILLED CHEESE! The “cheese tasting” sandwich. 3 different melted cheeses inside a perfectly pressed and crusty panini. Served with a delicious pickled carrot, and a green salad. This is where I gained pound 5.

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We continued to walk and attempt to digest. This is what I appreciate most about this city. People are out..people walk everywhere..the art. Omg the STREET ART is just…OUT OF THIS WORLD. everywhere you look, vibrant splashes of color on the walls. Like real artists…not just all that gross tagging with sharpie shit you see all over LA.

where’s Waldo…?

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The day, unfortunately, was coming to an end. I had to be at the airport by six. Of course, our thoughts immediately went to, ” well, I mean…..we have to have a last meal!”

Jesus. Here it comes.

DELFINA. There are no words.
Appetizer….bomb mussels.

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Main course…. Broccoli Raab pizza.

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Dessert…. Almond brittle gelato & blood orange sorbet.
Seriously…just stop.

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Well. That was my idea of a fuckin vacation! I ate and drank through the damn city like a champ. Thank you to my beautiful friends who showed me such a wonderful time! Love u.
This is me….7 lbs heavier…happy as a clam…and ready to head home. Time to CLEANSE!!!! 😉

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Alright y’all. I’ve been home now 4 days, and wanted to wait to post this so that I could review this 3 day cleanse by Juice Crafters. First…I chose juice crafters cuz they were close to my house, but a lot of the cold pressed juice pleases have a cleanse of their own in which I’m sure, serve the same purpose and give similar results.
So here’s the deal. I was soooo ready for this. I’ve never been sooo excited to NOT eat, in my life. I needed to shrink that tummy back up. I’ve never been a “juice cleanse” type person, but I was ready to try something new.

I chose the #1 Master Cleanse

It’s a 3-day detox (no food) in which you receive 8 juices a day for three days. That’s right, clear your freakin fridge and make room. Each day you will consume the following:

Greenest #3 (the greenest of the day)
Cleaner #10 (lots of pineapple, apple, mint..bomb)
Rootier #6 ( beets, ginger, lemon,apple, & more)
Alkaline Tonic #13(cayenne, apple, lemon,ginger..zesty)
Cleaner #10(same)
Cleanse Guru #12 (cucumber, coconut,mint)
Almond Nut Milk #15 (heaven in your mouth)
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Aloe Vera H2O ( Complimentary)

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It felt like a breeze! I felt amazing and light as a feather! I really thought I would be a shaky crabby bitch on this but frankly, I was never really hungry. Lol. Consuming 8 of these is actually very filling and a bit of a task to get them down every 2 hrs. They were DELICIOUS, but I mean…I wasn’t like, pounding them, you know?! So by the time I would finish one, it was time for another;) perf!

In fact, it went so well, that I added a 4th day! I know!
The only thing about this. Type of cleansing….I was always cold!! Lol
Oh, and I couldn’t do any strength training at the gym. Just did light cardio and walked a lot. Fine with me, I felt like a skinny bitch!

Today is my first day eating actual food.
I’m taking it slow and incorporating fresh fruits, veggies, avocado, a sweet potato, and 1 juice for today.
I’m really thinking about trying to become more PLANTPOWER lady. Lol. Time to cut out a lot of animal products. Maybe a figure out FINALLY what makes me so bloated. Perhaps dairy? Hmmm. This is gonna be an experiment.

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I’ve missed you! I hope you enjoyed my little vacation with me;) love uuuuuuuu,
P.

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