I can’t believe I missed it! I hit my 1,000th post this weekend!!  Looking back at my first post from October 2007 lets me see exactly how far I’ve come!!!  I can’t believe this year will mark 4 years of journaling my eats and adventures through work!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey as much as I have!

Anyhow, Happy (Late) Valentine’s Day! I’m sorry I missed it yesterday, but I was busy enjoying Japanese food with my boy and enjoying new areas that even though have been super close to me my entire life, I have never been there!  Welcome to Hermosa and Redondo Beach!

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Whit and I spent most of Monday walking the beach boardwalks between the two beaches, hitting up surf shops and having me gawk over the lots of veggie and organic friendly eateries!  I love beach towns in CA because they’re always like that!

I did snack on a banana nut muffin and an apple earlier in the morning before heading out but after a bit Whit was hungry so we stopped by the hotel restaurant, Baleen, because with our Living Social hotel deal we also got a $25 voucher for their restaurant!  He ordered their Eggs Florentine that was topped on some crab, and although I got a fruit plate (for $5…holy crap!) I wasn’t hungry so I didn’t push it, ate the berries, and gave the rest to Whit.

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He was happy with it to balance out the richness of his plate!

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After that we headed to the other beach and purchased a few things…myself including a dress/long shirt that will be great to wear with a pair of crop jeans when it gets a tad warmer!  I can’t wait!  It makes me feel so girly!

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I couldn’t tell if I was more hungry or thirsty from all the walking, so I figured the best bet for lunch would be a smoothie!  We found a small café call Planet Earth Eco Café with a nice/different list of smoothies so I decided to give one a shot!  It included Maca Powder which I know Gina loves, but was skeptical since the cashier said it was like maple, and I’m not a fan.  Thank goodness it is a backseat when it comes to flavor, but good for it’s nutrition!

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More than anything it tasted like banana, but it sure did fill me up!  Oh, and by the way, something I forgot to mention about going Vegan for a Week was that the size of my stomach must have shrunk because I can barely eat what used to be a normal amount of food!  I’m easily full after a small amount of food, which I’m attributing to the greater amount of fiber I’m getting with the extra fruits and veggies.

Anyhow, we got back to the hotel and took some time to chill out before getting ready for our dinner!!!  It was something I had been kinda stressing over because of the dress I had to wear (spaghetti straps and I have a love hate relationship) but ended up of course, working out alright in the end!

While Whit napped and I blogged, I snacked on some cashews to keep me satisfied for dinner, which was going to be on a whim to the both of us because we were going to the Riviera and just going to pick a restaurant!

We arrived and right away before we even got to talking, I saw a small Japanese restaurant and suggested we go there!  Best decision ever!

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You know you’re at an authentic Japanese restaurant when they all speak Japanese to each other!  I love listening to the language!  And to boot, they had their menu in both English and Japanese, with pictures if needed!

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As much as I wanted the Tempura Vegetable Roll I knew the fact that it was fried would mess with my belly so I went with the normal veggie and a cucumber roll to tide me over.  We also got a bowl of miso soup to start off with…love me some green onion!

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Whit went along with some baked oysters and a variety of fish topped sushi to keep him happy!  It was definitely prettier than mine!

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We totally had room for dessert so we each got something different: peach sorbet and tempura fried green tea ice cream!

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I loved the sorbet, and kept most of that to myself while Whit enjoyed his dessert alone…since I’m not a fan of green tea ice cream, or green tea to be exact.  I know, what kind of Japanese am I?!  Haha!

We ended the night with a movie before having to hit the hay early because we had an early morning to get through LA traffic and back home to work…vacation weekend over!

Today was no where near as interesting so I’ll just give you some photos…which doesn’t include everything because we were either on the road…or I didn’t know how to make chocolate covered macadamia nuts look pretty in a picture…

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Now I’m bracing for the incoming winter storm and hoping it’ll spare me so I can get lots of work done tomorrow!  It’s gonna be a cold one!

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18 Responses to 1,000

  1. Anonymous says:


    I know you're recovering from anorexia and it seems like you're restricting a lot these days.

  2. Trying To Heal says:

    Re Anonymous:

    Please note that I do not include everything that I eat in a post, either mentioned or with pictures. So don't worry, there's no restriction going on here!

  3. Danica's Daily says:

    What an awesome trip! It totally makes me want to go to the beach…soon!

    I think all your food looked delicious and you are doing awesome!!

    I don't like green tea either…it tastes like grass.

    <3 girlie!


  4. Ashlei says:

    Congrats on 1000 posts! That's awesome!

    I love maca. :) It's reminds me of malted chocolate a little bit. Yum!

  5. Cait says:

    wow everything you just posted just looks amazing! you're doing a good job of staying true to yourself girl. congrats on your 1,000 post! how fabulous for you! xoxo keep it up love!

  6. Allison @ Running With Mascara says:

    Sounds like you had a lovely Valentine's Day weekend! Your sushi is making me hungry – and it's not even 10 am yet. Drat!

  7. Krista says:

    Sounds like you guys enjoyed a wonderful weekend!!!

  8. Joanna says:

    Whoo hoo! Congratulations on the 1000th post!! That's definitely a blog accomplishment!
    Sushi is my weakness and tempura fried ice cream always boggles my mind! haha Looks like a yummy trip!

  9. eliz@thesweetlife says:

    Congrats on your 1000 post! Sounds–and looks–like a fun and delicious trip!

  10. fittingitallin says:

    Sounds like a perfect Valentine's Day! I gawk over cities with tons of Veg-friendly places too!

    And about that first comment, ignore it. I've gotten similar. They don't know what we eat that isn't pictured! You look great:)

  11. Kara says:

    Congrats on your posting record! That's so cool :)

    If we had been able to go out for Valentine's Day, I would have wanted sushi too!

  12. Erica says:

    Wahooo! Congrats on 1,000! That is just awesome. Looks like a fabulous trip to the beach. I agree- beachy towns have some of the best little restaurants. Your fruit looks super fresh and the shake sounds yummy. Hope you're doing well <3

  13. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says:

    Congrats on your 1,000th post!! :)

  14. Runeatrepeat says:

    Happy 1000th post!!!w

  15. Kaitlin With Honey says:

    What a totally wonderful Valentine's Day! It seems like you had such a wonderful time.

    Also, CONGRATS on 1000 posts! That's pretty epic. :)

  16. BOBBI McCORMICK says:

    I love HERMOSA!!!!!

  17. Jessica @ The Process of Healing says:

    I'm so glad you had a fabulous Valentine's love.. you MORE than deserve it! Love you!

  18. mymarblerye says:

    what a fun weekend with your man!! I love how you guys like to eat sushi too. If G and I move to cali we need to double date at a sushi place!! Can't believe your stomach shrank!! And you don't like green tea? Bad blogger!

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