NorCal Eats

NorCal Eats: Amy’s Drive Thru

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Many of you have probably walked through the freezer aisle, at your local grocery store, and seen the plethora of Amy’s Kitchen frozen products (if you haven’t, go look!) I was first introduced to Amy’s products back in 2013 when I decided I was going to try and follow a vegetarian (and later vegan) diet. I am not afraid to admit I used to rely heavily on convenience foods and being able to find a company that not only offered veggie friendly items, but truly cared about the ingredients they used, made switching up my diet so much easier. When it was announced that Amy’s was in the process of opening up an eatery, in Rohnert Park, CA, that promoted the same values, and offered the same amazing food as their packaged products, I was beyond excited. In the summer of 2015, dreams became reality; Amy’s Drive Thru was open for business!

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NorCal Eats

NorCal Eats: True Food Kitchen (TBT)

As some of you may have seen on social media, I had oral surgery earlier this week which has kept me laying low (and not worrying too much about blog content) However, I figured this would be a perfect time to post [another] Throwback Thursday post to hold you over.

This was my review of True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek, CA, last summer. Unfortunately we moved a little further away recently and can’t visit as much as I would like to. Honestly, to this day, I still crave their breakfast burrito (as described below)

Enjoy!


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I want to start by saying I had my reservations about True Food Kitchen. When I first heard this new eatery was being added to the updated, posh-like, Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, CA, I assumed it was one of those “fad” places. Somewhere I didn’t feel like I needed to bother trying. Although the upscale attitude of it’s surroundings were a fair observation, we were in the vicinity, hungry, and figured we would give it a go.

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Just Because

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

This weekend I had plans to start a blogging challenge to build my content. I wanted to start yesterday but I couldn’t, and for a very amazing reason. I became an Aunt!!! I was already so excited for that day to come since I was told my sister would be having her first child. However, there are feelings that overwhelm you the second you see those tiny ears, and hearing the little cries that melt your heart. I am overjoyed to finally be an aunt and am so proud of my sister for all she went through to bring her daughter into this world.

Anyways, back to blogging…

With baseball season picking up speed in the month of May, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite places ever…AT&T Park!!

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Just Because, Mental Health

Breaking Bad [Habits]

Today I found an article about  29 Habits to Break Before Turning 30. Now, as you may know, I have already arrived at my third decade of life, and some of the habits listed within this post I can proudly say I actually did break within the last few years (hooray for me!) However, there were a few stubborn traits that I am having trouble parting with, one being not pursing something I love.

Some can assume that laziness is a factor in my lack of accomplishments in life, but really, its because I can talk myself out of anything, at anytime, any day! Not that I am not lazy (because that was going to be the other habit I wish I didn’t have if I didn’t choose this one) but its not laziness that is the little voice inside my head telling me I can’t do something.

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Always [day]dreaming…
I have always had big dreams. I had multiple majors when in [community] college, I attended two different trade schools (cosmetology and culinary), and I even planned on moving up within a company I had worked for for a few years but instead, I quit a few months before beginning the stepping stone process. I have asked myself if I am really just that indecisive. Although I admit that I can be, its really because I didn’t believe I would be good enough at any of those things so I just bailed (minus culinary school; I mentioned that in 15 facts about meEvery major I ever wanted to pursue, I convinced myself that I could not complete the prerequisites, and/or, it would take too long and I would be too old to start a career in “insert any career title here”. This blog almost didn’t make it passed two, or three posts, because I didn’t think I had enough interesting things to write about.

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Just Because

15 Facts About Me

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April 22nd, 2018

I have seen many “about me” posts recently, and being a new blogger myself, I figured I would join in and share a little bit about myself. It was a struggle to come up with that many interesting things about myself, honestly, but I gave it a solid effort! So, here are 15 facts about me…

  1. I am a self-proclaimed sugarholic. I love sweets. Ice cream, candy, cookies, cakes, you name it, I want it!
  2. Running with the theme of the fact above, I attended culinary school for baking and pastry arts. Unfortunately, due to financial reasons, I could not complete the program (but I learned a lot while I was there)
  3. I was vegan for about 2 1/2 years; vegetarian for roughly 5 years. I am no longer either (see: Why I Stopped Labeling My Diet)
  4. I am the oldest of 3 children; I just turned 32, my sister is 25, and my brother is 20.
  5. I could watch The Lord of the Rings a billion times and never get bored.
  6. I am a high school drop out. However, I did receive my G.E.D. in 2007, three years after I should have graduated high school.

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    June 2nd, 2012
  7. I met my husband online after a friend convinced me to make a profile on a dating website because she didn’t want to make one by herself…and now we have been together for a little over 8 years, and married for 6 this upcoming June. Funny how things work out.
  8. I love watching sports/sporting events. I am a big San Francisco Giants fan (baseball) and I also root for the San Jose Sharks (hockey) and the San Francisco 49ers (football)
  9. Growing up, I was never interested in travelling. But as I have gotten older, I really want to see, and experience, new places. I am currently starting a bucket list, of sorts, of all the places I’d like to visit, both within, and outside, the United States.
  10. Although I am a little late to the party, I am totally obsessed with Ed Sheeran.
  11. I live in sunny California, but I would much rather live somewhere with four, actual, seasons. Maybe one day…
  12. I am afraid of bodies of water (specifically where you can’t see the bottom. I’m convinced, even at 32 years old, that a sea monster will come up from the depths and eat me)
  13. I am very proud of being a “rescue mom”. We adopted our cat in 2011 when he was only 9 weeks old, and we adopted our dog in 2013 when she was almost 4 years old. I treat them like they are my children and I am not ashamed of that.
  14.  Pizza is my favorite food! I mean, who doesn’t love pizza? I could seriously eat pizza every day!
  15. I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and General Anxiety Disorder. It took me a long time to be comfortable with admitting that and being willing to seek help. I finally did in late 2017 and have been in therapy and taking medication since. The experience has opened my eyes to how much of a stigma there (still) is in society regarding mental illness, and that I want to try to do my part in breaking that; although I am not 100% sure how I will go about that yet…

Well, there you have it! 15 “interesting” facts about me. I’d probably say they are more random facts, than interesting, but that’s okay!

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