Valentine's Day Dinner In San Diego

5 Valentine’s Day Dinners in San Diego

Approximately 38% of couples will go out to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner treat your love to a special Valentine’s Day dinner at one of San Diego’s most romantic restaurants. Numerous San Diego chefs have created special prixe fix menus for you and your sweetheart to celebrate love. Book your reservation today and enjoy tasty appetizers, mouth watering food, and the best wines available in the city.

 

Island Prime Steaks and Seafood

https://www.cohnrestaurants.com/islandprime

A San Diego restaurant list wouldn’t be a list without mentioning Island Prime Steaks and Seafood. A part of the Cohn Restaurant Group, Island Prime boasts one of the most breathtaking views of the city. Located on Harbor Island, take in the skyline of San Diego while enjoying a special three-course menu created by Chef Deborah Scott just for Valentine’s Day. Dine your heart out with menu options such as west coast oysters, braised pork shank, and your choice of red velvet cheesecake, tiramisu, or a key lime tart for dessert. For $74.95 per person, this is one of San Diego’s best Valentine’s Day dinners. Reserve now at OpenTable or call Island Prime at (619) 289-6902.

 

Herb and Wood

www.herbandwood.com

Herb and Wood is San Diego’s most talked about new restaurants. A new project from local chef Brian Malarkey, Herb and Wood focuses on basic rustic preparation made with quality ingredients. Along with Herb and Wood’s regular dinner menu, diners can celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day with a delectable four-course pre fixe menu for $84.69 per person. For reservations call (619) 955-8495 or email info@herbandwood.com.  

 

Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse

http://vigiluccis.com/reservations/seafood-steakhouse/

Vigiucci’s is a seafood and steakhouse with Italian flair. The Carlsbad restaurant that faces the Pacific Ocean will be offering a $90 per person Buon Valentino menu created by Executive Chef Dana showcasing exceptional seasonal favorites. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco with the set menu which features dishes such as pan seared scallops, black sea bass gnocchi, and a variety of Italian desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth. Make your Valentine’s Day reservation today at http://vigiluccis.com/reservations/.

 

Herringbone

www.herringboneeats.com

Another Brian Malarkey restaurant, Herringbone features coastal cuisine with an emphasis on line-caught seafood and high-quality meats. Celebrate under Herringbone’s famed olive trees with a special four-course prix fixe dinner for $88 per person. On February 14th, enjoy dinner options such as tempura fried squash and wild prawns to start, striped bass and a New York steak as your main course, and a dessert cheese dish and chocolate blackberry bar for dessert. Pair your special dinner with a bottle of bubbly or a rich bottle of wine. Book your table today by calling (858) 459-0221.

The Smoking Goat Restaurant

http://www.thesmokinggoatrestaurant.com/

The Smoking Goat restaurant located is an award-winning California-French bistro located in North Park. Executive Chef and Owner Fred Piehl pairs European Farm-to-Table French cuisine with the flavors and ingredients of San Diego. The menu features in-season local, sustainable, and organic produce that brings patrons to the European countryside. This Valentine’s Day, The Smoking Goat will be offering their four course Bon Appétit Mon Amour Valentine’s Day dinner for $65 per person. Start with the lobster soup, then pick from a French-inspired appetizer and entrée. Finish your meal with two dessert options: Chocolate Pot De Créme or the Passion Fruit Cake. Book your table today by calling the Smoking Goat at (619) 955-5295 or online.

 

No matter where you take your partner for Valentine’s Day, make this day unforgettable with a fresh bouquet of flowers and dinner at one of the most delicious restaurants in San Diego county.

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3 Workouts in San Diego to Help You with Your New Year’s Resolutions

2017 is here and if you’re like most people you start the year off saying you’re going to start working out and eating healthy. In the past you might have spent 2 hours doing cardio at your gym followed by spending your entire paycheck at Whole Foods, but not this year. If you’re sick of doing the elliptical and taking extremely loud Zumba classes at your local gym then head to one of these fitness studios in San Diego to get your heart pumping and sweat dripping.

Pure Barre

Various locations in San Diego

Utilizing a ballet barre, Pure Barre is a 55-minute full-body workout that focuses on small isometric movements targeting your hips, thighs, seat, abs, and arms. The tiny movements are similar to traditional strength training moves such as lunges and squats but with tiny pulses and tucks sprinkled into the workout. After strengthening each of the aforementioned body groups, you’ll stretch out your working zone in order to create long lean muscles. Once you’ve become the belle of the barre add in some cardio to your workout by taking a Pure Barre Platform class. This newly launched class is designed to optimize cardiovascular results and increase total body strength. This fast-paced class combines a mix of high intensity yet low impact cardio work with lower intensity muscle-building. Like a regular Pure Barre class, this 55-minute class is designed to help you burn calories, jumpstart your metabolism, and increase your endurance.

If you’re a barre fanatic and are looking to try something new in the barre world, go the extra mile by taking a heated barre class at Belle + Barre. A barre class at Belle + Barre is like taking a traditional barre class but with heightened intensity brought on by heat (the room is kept between 85-95 degrees), cardiovascular conditioning and strength training.

Flow Republic Yoga

4645 Cass St #203

Flow Republic Yoga is about taking yoga outside of the yoga studio. They host various classes in outdoor parks so yogis can come together, flow, and listen to a rockin’ playlist. They host two weekly classes: Candlelight Hip Hop Yoga and Candlelight Reggae Flow. The Candlelight Hip Hop Yoga class is designed for all levels of participants set to a hip hop playlist. You can expect to be doing a few downward dogs while jamming out to Straight Outta Compton and have Drake telling you that you’re a good girl and you know it while in savasana.

If you’re new to yoga but still want to have fun take the Candlelight Reggae Flow class. This class is geared towards relaxation and is less physically challenging. For those who are new, expect more individual attention.  

Barry’s Bootcamp

1220 Cleveland Ave

If you’re going to Barry’s Bootcamp get ready to SWEAT. This is the perfect class for someone who wants to constantly switch up their routine. The Barry’s method is designed to shock your body while improving your cardiovascular system, assisting you in losing weight and building muscle. The hour long-long workout includes 25-30 minutes of interval cardiovascular treadmill routines and 25-30 minutes of strength training with free weights, resistance bands, and medicine balls.

From barre to yoga to high-intensity training, no matter what your goals are for this upcoming year or your level of fitness you’ll be sure to enjoy a fun workout, get sweaty, meet new people, and meet your goals.

Boats in Havana

Cuba: The Pearl of the Caribbean

Get a glimpse into my recent trip to Havana, Cuba and be sure to check out my whole series on my trip coming soon. This article was originally published on University of San Diego: Toreros Abroad

This summer, in a historic moment, the United States came to an agreement to loosen travel restrictions for all citizens to the island of Cuba. When this was announced the halls of IPJ were buzzing with rumors of a MAIR trip to Cuba. After years of dreaming about the opportunity to travel to this closed off island, my dreams were finally becoming a reality. I was filled with excitement and exhaustion, after pulling an all-nighter packing, finishing up Dr. Shirk’s assignments and traveling for a full-day from Mexico to Havana I finally made it to Cuba.

Havana Vieja (Old Havana)

Waking up in Cuba we were greeted by the warm tropical sun, a view of the Gulf of Mexico and about a thousand mosquitoes. This is the Havana I had pictured all my life. Not much is known about Cuba. The first things that come to a person’s mind are the Castro brothers, Che Guavara, the Buena Vista Social Club, rum, and the infamous Cuban cigar. But like most things, Cuba is much more than it’s stereotypes.

Cuba is a city stuck in time. Walking down the cobblestone streets you venture in and out of Spanish colonial plazas that were built in the 19th century. The boulevards are bustling with cars from the 1960’s. Chevy Bel-Airs and Impalas are not unusual, in fact, they are used as taxicabs. The Havana of 1959 may have been bustling with Cubans dancing the Rumba in Plaza de las Armas, the Havana of 2015 is filled with citizens trying to selling visiting tourists snacks and small gifts so they can supplement their income.

More Than Meets The Eye

Americans carry a notion that because the people of Cuba live in a Communist country they are unhappy and oppressed. The truth is that many Cuban people are extremely friendly, especially to Americans. They welcome the opportunity to talk politics with Americans and the younger generation loves their smartphones just as much as any USD student.

From day one on my journey to Cuba I met various Cubans with varying opinions on the Cuban government, international affairs, and U.S.-Cuban relations. On my flight from Tijuana to Havana via Mexico City I met a young Cuban journalist who works for the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television. He was very interested in the books we were reading for the class, especially the one of the future of U.S.-Cuban relations, a roadmap for policy makers.

Our tour guide was also fascinated by our class discussion and grew to trust us. She actively participated in our discussions and challenged us to look at things outside of our American frame of reference. Our guide’s love and pride for her country was refreshing to see in a world filled with headlines of Elian Gonzalez and stories of Cubans attempting to flee from the island.

One story that struck me was the story of Hendrix. Currently he is a bartender but used to work in the tourism industry. During his work he met his current wife, a Canadian. He has only left the island once, to attend his wedding in Canada. Three months ago he and his wife welcomed a baby boy into the world. Except, Hendrix has yet to meet his son. He has applied for a visa to move to Canada so he can join his wife and son but must wait months before hearing back from the Cuban government regarding the status of his immigration.

The Pearl of the Caribbean

When visiting Cuba one has to remember that it is still a developing country. Many things that we take for granted everyday are not common in the country. The internet is expensive and only some hotels offer internet service, the beautiful and colorful art nouveau buildings are crumbling and are in desperate need of repair, and it is not uncommon to wake up with a lizard in your hotel room. But despite these inconveniences the island’s rich history, people, and music all make up for the slight travel pains most Americans are not accustomed to.

Couple Kissing

The 10 Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways in California

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and it is being situated in the middle of a long weekend. For some, this is the perfect time to escape with your S.O. and spend a weekend in one of California’s most romantic cities. Skip the fancy dinner and the over-priced restaurant and head of for an unforgettable romantic escape in the Golden State. Starting from the most southern point of the state to the north, travel up the 101 for dreamy ocean views and quaint seaside towns.

Ensenada

While not technically in California, Ensenada is the 3rd largest city in Baja, California. The proximity to San Diego makes this an easy drive down south. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a Mediterranean climate, and all the Mexican food you can eat.

How to Get There:

If you’re coming from San Diego or Los Angeles driving down to Ensenada is easy and no more than a 4 hour drive for those coming from the north. If you don’t feel like driving there are plenty of flights leaving LAX to Ensenada and from SFO to Ensenada.

Where to Stay:

Your best bets are a beachside resort or a Spanish style Airbnb close to the beaches. The Hotel Estero Beach is located on Todos los Santos Bay. The property features 2 pools, 2 hot tubs, and it’s own private beach area. Rooms at the Hotel Estero Beach have views of the sea or the pool. Centrally located this hotel

If you’re more of the Airbnb type consider booking this spectacular oceanfront condo. This home is only a 2-minute walk to downtown Ensenada and 25 minutes away from Wine Country.

What to Do:

One of the top sights in Ensenada is La Bufadora, a geyser that shoots up salt water. Once the geyser stops shooting up salt water take a peek down and see what makes the geyser go off. Enjoy the waves crash against the cliffs.

What to Eat:

Have dinner at the award winning La Guerrerense. They serve seafood tacos, ceviche, tostadas, and they have their own line of salsa. For dessert head to Churros Rellenos de la Primera, where they serve, what else — homemade fresh filled churros.

Coronado

Coronado is an island across from Downtown San Diego. The streets of Coronado are picturesque and lined with local shops, restaurants, and galleries. Coronado has been ranked as one of the best beaches in America.

How to Get There:

If you’re coming from Southern California drive down to San Diego and over the famous Coronado Bridge. If you’re coming from Northern California fly in from San Jose, Oakland, or San Francisco International Airport to San Diego.

Where to Stay:

The go to hotel to stay at in Coronado is the Hotel Del Coronado, this historic luxury Victorian hotel is located right on the Pacific Ocean. The Spa at the hotel has special Valentine’s Day offers so you can relax and unwind during this holiday weekend. If you’re looking for something more intimate stay at the Hotel Marisol Coronado. This hotel has been called quiet, relaxing, and romantic and is only a block away from the beach.

What to Do:

Rent a pair of bikes and set out and explore the small island of Coronado. You’ll feel like a kid again on summer vacation biking around with your crush.

Where to Eat:

When you’re staying on the ocean the only cuisine to eat is seafood. But with San Diego just miles away from the Mexican border these two cuisines mix to form a delicious union of flavors.  Have dinner at Islander and enjoy fresh fish.

Temecula

Located an hour away from San Diego and Los Angeles, Temecula offers golf courses, wineries and hot air balloons. While this city is a bit further from a major metropolitan area like San Diego, it is the perfect place to escape from your everyday reality.

How to Get There:

See Southern California from the driver’s seat and drive to Temecula.

Where to Stay:

Temecula is known as a tourist destination. Stay at the South Coast Winery Resort and Spa. This resort is situated on 38 acres of vines, features various restaurants, a tasting room, and a spa.

What to Do:

Wake up early and enjoy mimosas and croissants before heading out on a hot air balloon adventure. After you’re done flying, head to one of the many wineries in Temecula and enjoy a day of tastings.

Where to Eat:

Enjoy fresh sushi and Asian fare at Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar located inside the Pechanga Resort and Casino. Feast on sushi, sashimi, nigiri, rolls, oysters, seafood and specialty cocktails.

Couple in the Snow

Big Bear

Big Bear is located in the San Bernardino mountains. While Big Bear is a year-round tourist destination. It really pops off during the Winter. Enjoy all sorts of winter sports activities or stroll around Big Bear Village.

How to Get There:

The easiest way to get to Big Bear is by driving. Make sure you check the weather before you go and make sure you have snow chains for your tires.

Where to Stay:

If you’re looking to ball out rent out this seven bedroom five star vacation cabin with an outdoor jacuzzi and breathtaking lake views. If that’s a bit out of your price range but you still want to stay in a lodge book your weekend at the Marina Resort.

What to Do:

Big Bear Mountain is a winter wonderland. Spend the day skiing, snowboarding, sledding and tubing. If snow sports are not your thing, stop in to all the village shops and then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

Where to Eat:

Stay warm and enjoy a juicy steak at Peppercorn Grille. This restaurant is located in the heart of Big Bear Village and offers a small and intimate ambiance.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a desert oasis, with its year-long warm weather Palm Springs is the perfect getaway. From golfing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, and tennis, this city is a huge hub for recreation. After spending the day playing outside dine at one of the many renowned restaurants.

How to Get There:

Palm Springs is an hour and a half drive from Los Angeles. If you’re coming from Northern California you can fly into the Palm Springs International Airport.

Where to Stay:

Palm Springs is known for its mid-century modern architecture. If you’re going to Palm Springs there is only one place to stay, and that is the Saguaro. This brightly colored hotel is surrounded by the mountains. Take it all in as you relax by the pool.

What to Do:

If you’re not afraid of heights go on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This is one of the few places where you can go from desert to mountains. The ride up is breathtaking and somewhat adventurous. Remember to bring a jacket as it gets cold up at the top.

Where to Eat:

From Spanish tapas to farm-to-table dishes there is something for everyone to enjoy in Palm Springs. Enjoy dinner at Workshop Kitchen + Bar. This restaurant is housed in a newly renovated 1920’s Spanish colonial building. Enjoy a rotating menu of American dishes with a French spin on them brought to you by chef Michael Beckman.

Laguna Beach

Welcome to the real O.C. This seaside resort city is known for its scenic coves, artistic community, and of course being the hometown of Lauren Conrad.

How to Get There:

Enjoy a scenic drive along California’s coast or Fly into John Wayne Airport.

Where to Stay:

Spend your weekend at the historic Hotel Laguna. Chill out, get pampered, and enjoy the California sun. No matter where your room is you’ll have a gorgeous view of the rose garden, the ocean, or the local shops of the small town. Plus the Hotel Laguna allows dogs you can bring your favorite 3rd wheel along.  

What to Do:

There are hundreds of things to do in the small town of Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach is known for being an artistic hub, take a self-guided tour around the city and check out many of the public arts projects. Laguna Beach also offers year-long whale watching tours. Head out into the ocean and maybe you will get lucky and see a whale out in the waters.

Where to Eat:

Mare Culinary Lounge is the perfect place to eat during your romantic escape. The ambiance is trendy, intimate, and sexy. Start with the calamari and then move on to your main course while enjoying an Italian wine.

Couple at the beach

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has been coined as the American Riviera. The city boosts many cultural landmarks such as the Mission Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and Stearns Wharf.

How to Get There:

Fly into the Santa Barbara Municipal airport but I recommend you drive. Santa Barbara is a hop skip and a jump away from Los Angeles and a fun road trip down from the Bay Area.

Where to Stay:

The Hotel Santa Barbara mixes the historic charm of this seaside Spanish community with modern comforts. This hotel is located in the heart of downtown and close to State Street, Stearns Wharf, and the Urban Wine Trail.

What to Do:

Tour Santa Barbara from sunrise to sunset. Spend the morning walking along the waterfront and then spend some time at the Mission Santa Barbara. When you get back into downtown hop around to a few tasting rooms on the Urban Wine Trail.

Where to Eat:

Enjoy dinner at The Lark where they will be celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend long. The Lark boosts locally sourced, seasonal ingredients that are only available on California’s Central Coast. While you’re dining try one of the restaurant’s craft cocktails made from artisan spirits, mixers, fruits, and vegetables.

Carmel by the Sea

Carmel is situated on the Monterey Peninsula and is known for it’s majestic scenery and vibrant artistic history. Carmel is known for being a dog-friendly town, many of the hotels restaurants and galleries allow for dogs.

How to Get There:

If you’re coming from Southern California the drive up will take you about 7.5 hours, add a bit more time as you will want to stop along the 101 and gaze out into the ocean. For those coming from the San Francisco area it is only about a 2 hour drive.

Where to Stay:

Spend your weekend at Carmel’s landmark boutique hotel, the Cypress Inn. The Cypress Inn mixes old world charm with modern comforts to create the perfect escape for you. The hotel strongly believes that dogs are an integral part of your family and encourages all guests to bring their furry friends with them.

What to Do:

The most popular attraction near Carmel is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. From sharks, to sea otters, turtles and octopuses this fun outing will have you feeling like a kid again. If you’re looking for something more outdoorsy head to Point Lobos where you can go hiking, whale watching and scuba diving.

Where to Eat:

Pop culture has lead us to believe there are few things more romantic than enjoying a candlelit Italian dinner with someone you love. Eat at Cibo Italian Restaurant where they serve up delicious food, cocktails and live jazz music.

San Francisco

San Francisco is undoubtedly one of the world’s best cities. Nestled on the sparkling bay, Victorian homes line the streets and cable cars run throughout the city. The Bay Area is filled with so much diversity that it seeps into the culture of the city, producing an electric environment of delicious restaurants, hip bars, and a colored history that shapes the city today.

How to Get There:

No matter where you’re coming from you can easily fly into San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport, the official hub of Southwest Airlines. If you have extra time you can drive up to San Francisco and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Where to Stay:

Call the Triton Hotel home for the weekend, this eco-friendly hotel is located in the heart of San Francisco. When you walk outside you’ll see Chinatown’s dragon gates, Union Square, and the Gallery District.

What to Do:

Hit up all of San Francisco’s most famous sights for an intimate and fun day of touring. Ride a cable car, eat clam chowder soup at Boudin, play arcade games at the Musée Mécanique on Fisherman’s Wharf and drive down Lombard Street.

Where to Eat:

Have Chinese food at R&G Lounge, this restaurant has been serving the best Chinese food in the city since 1985. Order the salt and pepper crab, a favorite of Anthony Bourdain.

Napa Valley

Most people come to Napa Valley for the world-renowned wines. Napa is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy warm sunny days with wine, cheese, and a spa day.

How to Get There:

While Napa is located an hour and a half away from San Francisco. This city makes itself easily accessible and you can really get there by trains, planes, and automobiles. Fly into one of the many Bay Area airports, take the train into the Napa Valley Train Station, or drive.

Where to Stay:

Stay at the chic and trendy Mount View Hotel & Spa. This boutique hotel is conveniently located by tons of shopping and dining options and boosts an upscale spa.

What to Do:

What else would you do but go wine tasting in Napa Valley? Create a route and hit up as many wineries as you want.

Where to Eat:

For modern American fare head to the Napa Valley Bistro. According to reviews on Trip Advisor they serve a delicious lunch and have a great selection of choice wines and craft beer.

The Grand Canyon South Rim

48 Hours at the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s national treasures. People can spend weeks on weeks touring the canyon and hiking down to the bottom of the canyon. But what do you do if you have a limited amount of PTO and need an adventure? You make the most out of your road trip and see everything possible that the Grand Canyon has to offer.

Getting There 

Driving:

If you’re driving from San Diego to the Grand Canyon it will take you about 9 hours depending on how many bathroom/gas/snack stops you make, how fast you drive, and traffic. Given that it takes about a whole work day to get there, I recommend leaving early. My friend Charlotte and I left at 6 in the morning in order to get to the Grand Canyon by 3 pm. The best part about road tripping is having the ability to stop anywhere you want and explore the sleepy towns or see the world’s largest collection of turquoise jewelry.

By Plane:

The Grand Canyon has a local airport (FLG) that you can fly into or consider flying into Sedona (SDX), rent a car and drive to the Grand Canyon.

By Train:

Take it way back and take a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, Arizona. Pick the perfect package for you and discover a new way to see one of America’s most beautiful national parks.

Things to Know

In order to get into the park every vehicle needs to purchase a pass. Passes for private vehicles are $25 dollars.

The Grand Canyon welcomes millions of visitors a year with peak season during the Summer months when school is out.

One of the best times to go to the Grand Canyon is between September-November but make sure to dress in layers and bring a warm jacket as the temperature can drop depending on where you are in the Canyon and throughout the day.

The Grand Canyon is a national park, when driving be aware of the animals that inhabit the area.

Where to Stay

As one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, the Grand Canyon has many hotel options. Get into the mood of the great outdoors and stay at the lodge theme The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon conveniently located right outside of the national park. There are also lodging options inside the hotel such as the El Tovar Historic Hotel or the Yavapai Lodge.

What to Do

To say the Grand Canyon is massive would be an understatement. It is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide and obtains a depth of over a mile. You can hike the canyon, bike the canyon, and go white water rafting. But with only a weekend, how do you seeDanie California at the South Rim all of it? Divide and conquer! The best times to see the Canyon are during sunrise and sunset.

The Grand Canyon is broken up into different rims. The most popular spots are the North Rim and the South Rim. To see the South Rim book a Pink Jeep Tour right before sunset so you can see the changing colors of the Canyon and learn the history of how the Grand Canyon came to be. Your ticket on the tour also includes a free viewing of the Grand Canyon IMAX movie.

Get a good night’s rest and set your alarm to catch sunrise at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. You can drive into the park and head to a lookout where you can watch the sunrise. No matter what time of the year you plan your trip, dress warmly.

Where to Eat

There are many restaurants in Williams and inside the park. Many hotels and lodges have restaurants and bars. Many of the hotels will offer breakfast, grab some pastries and coffee before heading out for a day of exploration. If you want the best breakfast sandwiches in the park head to RP’S Stage Stop, a coffee house and souvenir shop.  If you plan on being out exploring during lunch time hours, visit the local deli and pick up some sandwiches for you and your crew. While there are many dining options for dinner, there is only one way to cap off a day of exploration and that is at the  El Tovar Dining Room located on the rim. The restaurant serves traditional steakhouse fare and has a selection of desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth, such as the chocolate taco.
With so much to see and do it’s important to make sure you make an itinerary that will be filled with new experiences and adventures.

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

It’s the week of Halloween, you had to know the inevitable was coming. That’s right I am starting to incorporate pumpkin into my diet. From pumpkin waffles to pumpkin smoothie this month is dedicated to Hocus Pocus and all things pumpkin flavored. I tried to make this smoothie as healthy as possible but since it’s so sweet, it is easy to quickly turn it into a fat and sugar heavy smoothie by adding a dollop of whip cream. Enjoy fall from the sunny beaches of San Diego to picturesque Salem, Massachusetts with this delicious smoothie.

Ingredients:

-1 cup of pumpkin puree

-1 medium banana

-1 cup of skim milk

-6 cubes of ice

-A sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions:

-Mix all ingredients into a blender, pour, and enjoy while watching your favorite Halloween movie!

Chicken Wrapped Prosciutto

Chicken Wrapped Prosciutto

For those of you who are getting to know me on a purely digital basis and do not know me in person, let me tell you that I am absolutely obsessed with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. I want to be them individually, I want to be their best friend, and I want to be their child. While my fandom may seem a bit unusual, it was Teigen’s Instagram that inspired this recipe. That and a mix of browsing Pinterest.

Recently the comedic swimsuit model created an easy breakfast meal which contained prosciutto. Hence why I created a chicken stuffed with ricotta and wrapped in prosciutto meal. As you know I consider myself an honorary Italian after having Italian nannies as a small child and studying abroad in Florence my Junior year of college, so I’m a big fan of prosciutto, dry salami, wine, and leather goods. Although I made this meal for an everyday weeknight dinner, I feel that it would be a great main course for a dinner party. For your next event whip up  this dish and you’re sure to wow your friends and family.

Ingredients:

-Chicken breasts

-Prosciutto

-Ricotta Cheese

-Basil

-Baby Mixed Greens

Directions:

-Set oven to 350 degrees

-Cut a small pocket in the chicken breast to stuff with ricotta cheese

-Stuff chicken breast with 1 spoonful of ricotta cheese

-Wrap prosciutto around chicken breast

        feel free to stick a toothpick to connect the two ends of prosciutto

-Bake and enjoy!

Fall in Love – Fall Smoothie Recipe

Fall in Love SmoothieThe calendar says Fall but my heart says Summer. In order to celebrate Fall I’ve started blending in more seasonal (Fall) fruits and vegetables into my daily morning smoothies. While I have yet to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon this year I think sweet potatoes is a good jumping off point for me to say goodbye bikinis and hello boots.

Ingredients:

-2 carrots

-1 apple

-1 cup of R.W. Knudsen Morning Juice Blend

-1 cup of sweet potatoes

-1 cup of pineapple chunks

-½ cup of plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

-Chop up carrots and the apple

-Peel sweet potatoes and then cut into individual slices

-Mix and blend

-Pour and enjoy!

Aloha Avocado

Avocados on a cutting board

Spongebob Squarepants may live in a pineapple under the sea but not after all this juicing. (Sorry for eating your home, Spongebob!). While this juice is mostly comprised of vegetables the pineapple gives it a hint of sweetness so it does not taste so grassy. The avocados add a rich creaminess to your juice that Greek yogurt sometimes can’t provide.

Ingredients:

-1 cup of R.W. Knudsen Morning Juice Blend

-1 Avocado

-1 Handful of Spinach

-1 cup of Frozen Pineapple

-2 Sticks of Celery

Directions:

Measure out and chop all ingredients

Mix in blender or juicer

Pour and enjoy

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Grilled Chicken with Lemon

As a somewhat recent post-grad flying from the eagle’s nest and living on her own, I know that I can’t always get away with a bowl of popcorn and a glass (or 3) of wine for dinner. I recently purchased a new cookbook from Food52 called Genius Recipies: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook. I believe what makes people get the energy for making a home-cooked meal is the availability of ingredients to them and the simplicity of the recipe. Unless you’re Julia Child’s apprentice, no 25 year old is going to want to make Duck L’Orange. Simplicity is what makes this cookbook great. Simplicity is also what makes this chicken with lemon recipe great. Simply season and grill the chicken for 30 minutes and you have a meal. If it were any easier it would be take-out.

Ingredients:

-1 chicken breast (or the amount you need for a serving)

-1 lemon

-2 tablespoons of olive oil

– 4 garlic cloves

-salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

-Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy skillet and put on medium heat

– Season both sides of the chicken breast with salt and pepper

-Cut the lemon in half and squeeze lemon halves into a small container to collect the juice

-Add chicken to the skillet skin side down. Without moving the chicken let simmer for 15 minutes on medium-low heat

-After 15 minutes turn the chicken over and add in the lemon juice and garlic cloves

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