California Vacation Eats

Home sweet home.  Sure NYC has some of the best restaurants around but home is where the endless supplies of groceries and snacks are at.  I tend to skimp on my groceries here in the city, so arriving home to all my favorites (skim milk, celery, granola) was simply a treat.

My vacation last week consisted of a short time at home, a trip to the mountains and the Tuolumne River, and finished with a quick visit at the beach.  I didn’t manage to snag all my delectable eats and treats – mostly because I was trying to stay off my phone (harder than I thought!) and also because my family liked to tease me every time I whipped out the camera or my handy-dandy iphone.  Yeah, they are cool like that. 😉

So here’s a look at some of what we indulged in while soaking up the California sun.

IMG_5483 Lemonade lunch out with grandma, mom, and Megnan.  Lemonade is one of my favorite spots in Pasadena and I’ll make any excuse to take a trip there.    The selection my mom and I picked out was not at all photogenic.  So we shall settle on my grandma’s delicious monthly special – a mix of romaine, chicken, onions, pecans,a nd cheese. Mmmmmmm

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I selected a guava-Arnold Palmer out of their 8 or so choices and we all split a mega lemon macaroon and black-bottom brownie.

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Meghan and I took a picnic dinner to our Friday night Dierks Bentley concert.  While the Greek Theatre has some food booths, we felt a little more comfortable with our Trader Joe’s selection.  Our wallets didn’t mind saving either. 🙂 As you can see, there is a NYC black & white cookie in the shot, which was in fact transported from the famous Ess-A Bagel.

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Saturday’s hike was followed with a Juice-It-Up acai bowl with the girls.  Smoothie perfection on a warm day.

IMG_5500 Iced coffee on the road to Mammoth Mountain.  I have no clue if McDonald’s knows what a iced coffee is because this was definitely sugar milk but it was pretty tasty.

IMG_5588Breakfast on the deck with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and Meghan’s zucchini bread.  I keep forgetting how delicious and naturally sweet all of California’s produce is!  That and the fact that “seasonal” is not an issue in California. Oh the lessons I learn from living back east.

IMG_5587 Whenever I say that I’m going to “quit sugar”, don’t believe me.  I couldn’t help but throw this in the cart when my mom was checking out of VONS.  Luckily it had a 50% off tag because the original price was around $10 and I don’t think she would have let that fly.

IMG_5609Just a typical family hike – up a trail that seems to have disappeared in a flood and then getting caught in a freak rainstorm on the way down.  If I didn’t know better I would have thought that we were in New York with all the humidity and rain.

Packed in my clutch Organic Valley pack was a PB sandwich and carrot/celery medley. I also couldn’t resist the Cliff ZBar that had been packed for “emergency”.  Usually I end up eating whatever I packed, hungry or not but thankfully the 8 mile hike had left me hungry.

IMG_5610Looney Bean is one of our favorite coffee stops in town and if you have a real hankering for something sweet, I recommend the Looney Latte (iced or hot!) – latte with whipped cream and chocolate covered espresso beans.  It’s practically a milkshake but let’s just say “morning coffee”

IMG_5532There are some rafting eats missing here but that’s not because they weren’t delicious.  We were just so ravenous that I forgot to take a picture.  Also combined with the fact that we were with 20 or so other people, most of whom were high school boy scouts and probably wouldn’t understand the necessity desire to photograph every morsel of food. Goodness, we food enthusiasts can get such a bad rep.

Breakfasts: (1 – purchased pre-launch –> ; 2 – at camp site –> vegetable egg scramble, cheese-infused potatoes, fruit salad, bacon, and sausage)

Lunches: solid spread for sandwiches –> pastrami, turkey, egg salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, peanut butter, hummus, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, four different breads, tortilla chips with salsa/cream cheese dip

Dinner: Steak/chicken, fajita vegetables, Mexican rice, black beans, grilled tortillas, w/ additional fixin’s

But anyways, the guides made sure we weren’t starving and in fact, we probably all gained a few pounds from the spread.  The entire group was able to polish most of the food off and I’m not sure if that was because we were hungry or we felt bad that whatever didn’t get eaten was thrown away.

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Finished the trip off with coffee and scones with my grandpa and then a beach “burger bash” with my dad’s side of the family.  I swear there is a burger underneath all that fresh California fruit. 🙂 Just alongside a tasty vegetable orzo salad.  I’ll have to test out the recipe, an Ina Garten classic I believe, and share it before the end of summer.

With that my friends, wraps up my California summer eats.  I’ll be sharing a few more west coast adventures in the days (and maybe weeks) to come.  Until then, it’s back to the big city!  For more WIAW fun, hop over to Peas and Crayons. Aloha!

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16 thoughts on “California Vacation Eats

  1. I always finish all the food I bring with me…and usually need to find some other snacks 😉 but ZBARS ARE MY FAVORITE!!!! Yummm 🙂

  2. WHOA! WHERE DID YOU FIND JENIS 50% OFF??? I love that stuff but can’t afford to buy it when I have a job, let alone when I don’t haha. We have her cookbook, though, and Joe always uses it to make homemade ice cream, but I haven’t had any since he left 😦

  3. What??!? Jenni’s ice cream for 50% off at Von’s? I didn’t even know Von’s carried that stuff. I’ll have to check it out even though I’m not supposed to eat dairy. Hope you’re doing well.

  4. Rainstorms on hike days are SO not invited. We once has to postpone a planned family hike in Sweden because of rain insanity. My dad still tried to go for a few metres, haha.
    “Whenever I say that I’m going to “quit sugar”, don’t believe me. ” <- music to my ears. The whole demonizing sugar going on lately is a real turn-down for me. Bring on the sweets – and especially in ice cream form.

    • Oh man that’s insane about that rain! My sister are planning to run a half in Sweden next year so hopefully we aren’t bombarded with rain storms! Glad you liked my bit about sugar. All truth 🙂 After all, how could I leave my boys Ben & Jerry 😉

  5. lemonade, acai bowls, traders, you do california eating right! some of my faves 🙂 but i DO love those black & white NYC cookies, jealous of that addition!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

    • Thanks! I think everyone who takes a trip to California needs a little bit of those in their life, don’t you agree? Still on the hunt to find a decent acai bowl here in nyc!

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