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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

San Diego :: Lucha Libre

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Always a good time in San Diego :-) W always makes a point to cram some food food in every visit, this being no exception! Lucha Libre was one our must-hit list for the weekend, and it didn't disappoint!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Dallas :: Cyclone Anaya’s

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After my Fish Taco rampage I thought about other missed blog posts, and realized that I never posted about my trip to Dallas! While very different from each other, Houston and Dallas were a good dose of Texan charm. I have yet to visit Austin – but it’s definitely on my list!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Louisville :: Red Hot Harvest!

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Throw back to the 90s! When I heard that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were going to be in Louisville, I decided it would be a great chance to stay in the city for the weekend, see a band that I love, love loved in high school, and go in the infamous KFC Yum! building (infamous because I saw it every morning when crossing the bridge from Indiana and it was often in view from high buildings. It was a lot of fun – I’ll admit that I’ve lost touch with their newer music, but they definitely excited the crowd with the classics – The Zephyr Song, By the Way, Californication, Under the Bridge, Give it Away, Scar Tissue…the old school roster. The best moment was when they pulled out a cuica – it looks like a drum, but it makes a squeaky honky noise when rubbed. It was unexpected – and it definitely quieted the crowd for a bit before they broke loose from the humming to go to handstands and intense strumming.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Louisville :: Ghyslain

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On my way to Ghyslain, I thought of a few play on words. Unfortunately, all of the words that immediately came to mind were: Slain, Disdain, Wane, Hein, Stain, Refrain, Plain, Bane…well, you get the idea. Ominous?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Louisville :: Saffron



Miss K and I went to Saffron for lunch – she was raving about their lamb so we made a point to go! Unfortunately, they didn’t have the rack but we ended up ordering the braised lamb shank…it was slow cooked and tender – very rich and lovely, however rather heavy and fatty – not uncommon with lamb dishes. It was a tad too fatty for my liking, but that's a common issue I find with lamb. The tomato base was great, and I would not be opposed to returning to try something else!
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Saffron's on Urbanspoon

Toronto :: Arrrrrepas!

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Yum. Arepas satisfy my love affair with meat wrapped in carbs. And Arepa Cafe can serve it with a kick – their hot sauce is great! The perfect sammy for Queen West wanderings. I usually grab one to go – the service is nice and friendly, and are happy to accommodate substitutes or additions (the latter usually being avocado). Anyway, this place has been around forever and has long been a staple go-to spot for locals – great for a quick bite if you’re in the area!

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I’ve tried and enjoyed the Reina, shredded chicken and avocado, as well as the Octopus (pictured below). I’ve become an avocado addict, so I added some on there – yum!

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I’ve recently started to try Yoga @ Downward Dog. With my crazy travel schedule, I often feel too exhausted on the weekends to do my old running regime – but I need to exercise! I find it much harder to motivate myself to finish a 10km run than to get to the studio – at which point, I’m trapped in a room for an hour to finish a class. I’ve been loving it because it’s the right amount of challenge, the instructors have been super friendly and helpful, and I end up feeling sore afterwards…a feeling that I love because that means that I had a good workout!

Now that I am spending so much time in the US, and I’m well past the 1-year-of-ridiculous-travelling mark, I think that if classes are what motivate me, it’s worthwhile to invest in some. Spinning, yoga, pilates…I’m looking forward to exploring the possibilities! I still stress eat (not with arepas – I consider the things I post in blogs treats!! It’s the behind-the-scenes snacking that’s gotten me in trouble lately) but I think my mind just needs a good, clean distraction. Self-motivation aint going so well lately…but classes might be a step up, because someone else will be kickin’ my butt. Literally, if I take up muay thai.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Louisville :: MORE fish tacos!


Do you like fish Tacos? – L

Clearly, you don’t know me well enough!! Or are you secretly following my blog? Only a few hours after my last post, I was sinking my teeth in another round of tacos at Bazo's Fresh Mexican Grill on Market St. – blackened fish and shrimp. Sans cheese. And a good dose of hot sauce.

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Quick, cheap, and tasty – happy to have found a fish taco place close to work! Not as quick, cheap, or tasty as Oscars, but not bad for being 2,000 miles away from the Pacific Ocean. Local comparison - they’re different from Sol Azteca’s fish tacos, which are also grilled but with spicy pico de gallo. Apples to apples, I’d prefer Bazos just for the variety and speed – but – they would definitely satisfy two different fish taco type of cravings.
That’s right. I’ve eaten so many fish tacos that I’ve started to crave specific kinds. Yummmm :-)

  Bazo's Fresh Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon

San Diego :: Fish Taco Obsession Continued...

Only fitting that the first thing I grabbed in San Diego was a fish taco...


Picked up my morning treat from a random little shop near W's apartment...I was just wandering down the street when I spotted the fish sign out front – I immediately thought of fish tacos and was delighted to find that The Fish Joint was full of them :-)

I grabbed a grilled halibut taco along with the soup filled with fish and octopus. Yum! Quick, cheap, fish tacos – I constantly dream of having these at work…why can’t there be a fish taco truck parked outside of my office? Yumm


Monday, June 11, 2012

Houston :: Saucers, Steak, ‘n’ Shootouts

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Texas! Why are you called The Lone Star State? Is it because you’re like a nation on your own? I found that it felt like an independent country on it’s own as it was so unique. Well, truthfully – as I travel more and more around US cities, I’m finding that the culture definitely shifts from city to city – and I’m loving it!