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stanford dish-3Oh Stanford, I’m around you quite a bit since I go to the doctor/hospital down here but I don’t really think about exercising. I took a trip to the Stanford Dish last weekend, sorry the post is a bit late! What’s “the Dish”? Well, radio telescopes that look like satellite dishes. Dotted all over the hills in this research facility, there’s a cool path around them.

Stanford Dish CollageFirst of all, getting here. Kind of easy, but no parking. I went on Sunday afternoon and parking was really a nightmare. This place was so packed.  I had to loop around the campus a bit in order to turn around to find somewhere to park. After I got to the Dish site it was so busy. Not a huge problem I guess, just really darn busy.

stanford dish-7You’ll have to excuse my photos, I didn’t have my camera on me, even my mini one so they are all cell photos. This hike is listed as easy, and I guess it is since it is paved but there are a few 15% grades that are NOT easy to me. I’m honestly glad I didn’t take the husband. We kind of dig flat walks, this one got my heart pumping even just climbing the first half mile.

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stanford dish-9Be prepared for no shade. I was, and I was covered in  sunscreen like a sane person. As I said this park is pretty damn poplar, and you will see most of the guys shirtless soaking up the sun if that’s your thing. Most people were friendly, a bunch of families and just co-eds getting some outside exercise. I’m not sure I’ll make it back anytime soon. The parking is just bad and well, sun. I’d rather go to Sawyer Camp for a paved hike or even Sierra Azul.

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Egg Free Chocolate Snack Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Egg Free Chocolate Snack Cake with Peanut Butter FrostingSo yeah. I really wanted cake last night. No time to think about it… cake. Egg Free Chocolate Snack Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting called to me, but I didn’t want a lot of cake so I made a mini one. Works for us!

I used soy milk instead of buttermilk which was fine. I didn’t really have any patience for the look of the frosting so it just got slapped on so we could eat the darn cake I was craving. I used margarine instead of butter in the frosting. Even though it was ugly it was super tasty! A nice weekday recipe for sure.

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Cinnamon Maple Pecans

Cinnamon Maple PecansAs you know, I make my husband brazil nuts because they are hard to find and when I do find them they are raw. Not his favourite. I roast them up and they become an awesome snack. Nuts are a healthy snack but sometimes you want something sweet.

Cinnamon Maple Pecans-2I’m not super into pecans but the husband loves them.  I found this recipe for Cinnamon Maple Pecans and knew it would be a great surprise treat. It’s so easy, only the three ingredients. I whipped these up and they were  great on their own but perfect for salads and such. I made these in my cast iron pan with dark grade B maple syrup so I think that’s why they are a bit dark. Not burnt but tasty! I even found myself reaching for them and I’m not a pecan fan! The magic of maple syrup ;)

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What I Ate Wednesday 8/27/2014


2014-08-25 08.15.13This week Monday was crazy. The commute in was crappy, even though I was praying that everyone was in the desert. No such luck. I started the day with muesli instead of a bagel. I just felt like muesli so I made sure to bring some with me in my backpack.

2014-08-25 12.27.52It was gloomy and a bit cold in SF on Monday, at least at lunch. It started to clear up around 3pm, you know, in time to get cold and foggy again. Ah summer. So summer in SF is chili season! I got veggie chili from downstairs. It reminded me I need to make some damn chili. It was pretty bad last time, today it was mildly better. Chock full of veggies which is nice.

2014-08-25 17.12.46I came home still stressed (gotta work on that) and a bit hungry for salty things so I took a handful of falafel chips to tie me over until dinner. For dinner I made a huge stir fry with veggies, tofu, an obscene amount of water chestnuts and udon noodles. The husband says he actually really liked the noodles better than rice (freak). I really liked them but I still love me some rice. Good to mix it up though.

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Lupicia Pineapple Oolong Tea

2014-08-13 08.10.42I put off trying this tea. Pineapple? Yeah, not the first flavour I think of when I want a nice cup of tea. It’s very floral and unfortunately fake tasting. Lots of orchid flavour. You can taste the coconut too, it’s okay, but there’s nothing natural about the taste of this tea. It blooms like a garden too, so the first cup I had way too many leaves, I learned to moderate it on the second cup.


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Ginger Lemon Loaf

Ginger Lemon LoafI feel like we’re on holiday, except I’m writing this post before work. That’s probably because most people are vacating the city for “That Thing In The Desert” and here’s hoping that my commute stays super quiet this week. Except for the fact that they are closing part of my commute from the 28th until the 1st. Hrm. I’ll worry about that later, because I have cake!

Ginger Lemon Loaf-2Marlene over at Nosh My Way posted a Ginger Lemon Loaf that looked so good!  Plus, it was already vegan so that’s an easy decision. I can’t read recipes though so I added all the lemon juice to the cake. Verdict: still good, I just added about a quarter cup less of water. I also used lemon extract instead of emulsion. I find it weird to taste lemon and ginger together without molasses but it’s still nice. I’m bringing this into work today where I assume it is going to go quickly. Don’t worry, there’s a slice or two sitting on the counter for the husband, I can’t forget him!

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Chocolate Chip SconesGood morning! I hope your weekend is going well. If it isn’t, well, let’s just say adding a Chocolate Chip Scone to your day might help. It has helped my weekend for sure. I used margarine and soy creamer for these scones and they were so light and fluffy. I forgot to brush them with soy milk before sprinkling the coarse sugar I used but it was fine, they were just a bit more pale. You can shape scones however you want but I really like triangle scones. It’s a thing I guess *shrug|*

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Farmers Market Finds: Yellow Watermelon

yellow watermelonI finally got to the farmers market this morning after tennis! Since I get a CSA I just don’t go as much to be honest. And I forget. I guess if I went every week it would be easier. Anyway, today I found a yellow watermelon. Yellow ones are supposed to be sweeter and I’ve gotten 4 bum mealy icky regular watermelons this year so I was about to give up. Verdict: yep, I got a good one! It was sweet and I can’t wait to finish my portion off for lunch!

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Food Truck Friday: MoBowl

wpid-20140821_121214.jpgHappy Friday! I went to the food trucks yesterday because there was a truck I hadn’t been to yet: MoBowl. They had 2 items I could get, the Umami Tofu and a brussel sprout cauliflower special. I considered the veggies but I went with the tofu. I was assuming the tofu was deep fried, but it was kind of squishy and raw. It was cooked, there were blackened bits on it from a pan but it’s not my favourite. I’m going to be honest here, I ate the salad and tossed the rest. It was especially bad after it had cooled down a bit after my walk back to the office. I didn’t even like the tomato sauce it was in. *sigh* It’s my fault for not asking, I’m sure it’s up to someone else’s taste.



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Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay

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pillar point-2So much guilt. I hadn’t been hiking in ages. I was only at 33% done with my goal and it’s almost September. I didn’t hike all summer. How sad is that? Not like there’s been a defined summer out here, but still. So bad. So I’m going to try to kick my own butt and get out hiking.

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pillar point-4So I put on my hiking pants and went for a “hike”.  Or, a beach walk, which is actually something I love anyway. And it counts if there is a bit of a trail, right? I could be in the worst mood and going to the beach just cheers me up. So this 1.32 miles was short but rewarding, because of the ocean.

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pillar point-6This easy walk is in Half Moon Bay, right by the brew pub we like to frequent. It’s super flat and you can hang out in the bay part or the ocean side. The parking lot is on the small size and has a huge crater at the entrance, watch your tiny car or motorcycle! The fog was just burning off when I got there and starting to roll in anew. It’s not sunny much around Half Moon Bay, so this is a typical summer day, complete with hoodies and jeans on the beach. I don’t mind, it’s all good. There were kids playing in the cold water and usually there’s a few surfers around here but today it was quiet.

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pillar point-8There were a lot of people when I went, but only caught a few in my photos.  I had headphones on so it was peaceful, just me and the ocean and my thoughts. This just makes me love California more and more each day.

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