There are so many happenings and good eats that I want to share with you on a daily basis, but for whatever reason (I blame time) I seldom seem to be able to make it and end up letting another day go past me without posting. Yesterday was one of those days because of a class that I’m currently taking and I was just itching to share about our Monday date-day. I have to admit though…I’m proud of myself for holding up on that and exercising some self control. Like I just mentioned, on Monday Greg and I had a much needed time of just being together and relaxing in some of the ways that we most enjoy. We were beyond thankful for having taken the time to relax because we all need some time off from our daily routines. And besides, surprisingly on Monday everything that we did just went the right way. Let me explain what I mean by that… Although I don’t mention it on the blog, almost everything we do together whether that entails going hiking, eating, finding a fun movie to watch, it never seems to be an easy task. Either we can’t find the entrance of the hiking trail or we get lost out in the boonies and end up stressing out about dinner. Last Monday, however, was a completely different story! Yayyy.
My day started off with a cold oat “cereal” bowl.
As soon as I woke up I was experiencing a lack of appetite that is quite foreign to me because belieeeeeve me! I’m one of those people whose stomach grumbles the moment I open my eyes in the morning, but with pregnancy’s intriguing symptoms affecting my appetite lately, nothing sounded good—almost to the point where I was contemplating going without breakfast that day. So I did the next best thing I could think of! As soon as I got to the kitchen I read Kath’s blog for inspiration because her breakfast pictures never fail to make me hungry. Lo and behold, she featured a bowl of cold oat cereal that was inspired by Gina, and so I made my own version of it since I’ve been out of protein powder, which is one of the main ingredients that Gina used. Well, the verdict? It was amazing!!! I may sound like a freak for obsessing over a breakfast bowl, but when food is one of the few comforts you’ve got during pregnancy you just have to roll with it.
On Monday (and everyday lately) I also made myself a cup of tea with this refreshing blend of green tea that Emily brought me from Granada, Spain! Since my stomach was being so finicky that day I figured that something minty and refreshing would do the trick, and it definitely worked its magic because I started to feel better. And as if things couldn’t get better, Greg had no problem finding this awesome 1 mile hiking trail just about 18 minutes from our home!
It’s called the Del Cerro Park which is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, overlooking the beautiful ocean and cool enough thanks to the sea breeze. This time around we had no problem finding the trail head which is a huge deal for this direction impaired couple!
We both agreed that this trail is hilly enough to give you a decent workout while being tame enough for pregnant women. The level of challenge was just the right amount and although the trail itself didn’t change scenery drastically, the view overlooking the ocean was enough to make us want to go back again. We’re so excited that we finally found a nature-filled place in our whereabouts!
And then…The best food happened….
Greg yelped for an Italian restaurant in the Rancho Palos Verdes area and ended up going to a little quaint eatery called The Appetizer. The atmosphere reminded me so much of the little Argentinean shops that I used to frequent as a kid, and the food tasted exactly like Argentinean cuisine!
Like I mentioned a long time ago, Argentinean cuisine has a strong Italian influence due to the country being mainly composed of Italian people. Aside from Baci where we visited a few months ago, this place has the best pasta I’ve had in 13 years. Yes, 13 sad years my friends. I started off with a simple salad drizzled with an herby Italian vinaigrette.
We had their famous garlic bread along with these two dishes.
[Sorry for the blurry picture—I was running out of batteries!]
I ordered the gnocchi dish with regular marinara sauce and two huge meatballs. These meatballs weren’t like any other meatballs I've ever had—these were extra moist and and super tender with the right amount of seasoning. The gnocchi was perfectly cooked and tasted really fresh, as if they had just finished grinding the potatoes and kneading the dough right before I got there. My dish took me back to childhood indeed!
Greg’s pizza was really delicious as well. Although it looks like a normal pepperoni pizza, it was anything but. The pepperoni was soft and didn’t taste burnt like most pizza pepperoni does. The cheese was so melty that I couldn’t cut if off as I helped myself to a slice. The meat crumbles are little pieces of sausage which added flavor to the meal, and the crust had a perfect texture because it was still crunchy, yet doughy all a the same time.
Phew! Too much good stuff if you ask me.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a blessed day!
If you blog, do you wish you could share or post more often? What times work the best for you?
Are there good hiking trails where you live?
What’s the best thing you ate this week?