Mammoth Vibes

IMG_7944If you had to choose ONE place in the entire world to go to with a snap of a finger, whenever you needed to unwind, where would it be?

My answer would be Mammoth, hands down. I am sure some of you already knew that based on older posts. Whenever I have an ounce of time, I always make an effort to travel there. I have so much history and so many memories there because Mammoth was a staple family vacationing spot every summer growing up.

We all lead such busy lives, where we are constantly hustling from one enterprise to another. It is extremely important to TREAT YO SELF, every once in a while. Mammoth is my treat. I am completely and utterly in love with this near perfect place.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It’s is that time of year again! Whether you are toughing out the madness with the other Black Friday shoppers, or taking the restful route through online shopping, but still in the “what should i get them?” zone, you’ve come to the perfect place! Below are Holiday Gift Guides for Her and Him – helping to make your buying decisions a little less stressful this holiday season! Enjoy!

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1. Taylor Swift Inspired Song Lyric Candle, $17, NandNDesigns
2. Best Bitches Handstamped Friendship Bracelets, $20, RadLion
3. Pile Jacket With Sequins, $79.95, H&M
4. Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Album, $15.99, Target
5. ArdaMarie Jewelry, Costs Vary, ArdaMarie
6. Tannery LA Bags, Costs Vary, Tannery LA
7. On The Rocks Be Legendary Lipgloss Set, $20, Smashbox
8. Sogno Bello Coin Necklace, $49, Urban Outfitters
9. ‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler, $17.65, Barnes & Nobles

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1. CPO Russo Quilted Shirt Jacket, $99, Urban Outfitters
2. ‘Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People’ by Matt Hoyle, Amazon
3. Derek Jeter Candle Yankees MLB, $17, NandNDesigns
4. Karsoni Foosball Table, $99, Fab
5. FujiFilm X UO Custom Colored Mini 8 Instax Camera , $100, Urban Outfitters
6. Herschel Supply Co. Little America Weather Backpack, $99, Urban Outfitters
7. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer-Making Kit, $40, Anthropologie
8. Nixon Time Teller P Watch, $60, Urban Outfitters
9. Dollar Shave Club Membership, Costs Vary, Dollar Shave Club

San Diego Adventures!

This weekend, my friend and I made our way to San Diego to go see Sara Bareilles in concert. We had a great time eating, drinking, catching up with friends, and seeing Ms. Sara B!

Our first stop of the mini adventure was playing catch up with one of our very best friends, London! You may recognize this lovely lady from some of our past blog posts, or even her own reputable blog, ‘London, like the city!’ She took us to Caroline’s Seaside Cafe, which overlooked the beach! It had a great atmosphere, with an even greater selection of food. I ordered the Pan Seared Salmon Salad – there is no full sized photo, because I was too hungry from the drive! Whoopsies :)
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Before heading off to see Sara B, my brother and his fiancé, who also live in SD (and attended the concert with us) took us to a local favorite and popular brewery called, Ballast Point. We all ordered a Sculpin, I had the IPA on Nitro, it was smooth and very refreshing! I am just dipping my feet into the IPA pool, so it was a good starting point for me. After we finished our pre-dinner/concert drinks, we headed on down the street to get our grub (and more drink) on!

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We went to a gastropub called, Craft & Commerce for dinner, and it was AWESOME! For appetizers, we got season fries and bacon cracker jacks (sounds a little odd, but so delish)! For dinner, my friend and I split the Mac & Cheese and Korean Fried Chicken Wings. The wings were as hot as they look in the photo below. As for drinks, we both got IPA cocktails and Amber Ales! Oh we are NOT done! Wait until you see where we went next…
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Yes, we were all pretty full, but everyone knows that there is a second stomach for dessert! Twenty minutes before the start of the concert, we rushed over to the BottleCraft Beer Shop to go pick up some Pubcakes! Yup, beer + cupcakes. The flavors of the cupcakes rotate every week, showcasing a different beer in each one. (Clockwise) The one with the yellow frosting was Cup O’ Hefen, which had Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Coriander spice cake & citrus buttercream; Punkin Vegan, which had North Coast Old Stock Ale Pumpkin & maple frosting; Irish Carbomb, which had Guiness chocolate cake, Irish cream frosting, & whiskey ganache; Portzilla, which had Stone Smoked Porter cake, chocolate coffee ganache, & caramelized coconut.  They were all sooooo delicious and not too sweet! My favorites would have to be the Portzilla and the Cup O’ Hefen!
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The following morning, we got up early and stopped at a local spot in Encinitas, called Swami’s Cafe, which is known for their Acaí bowls. This cafe was located in the cutest beach community, where people were either riding bikes, running, soaking up the sun at the beach, or eating at this local spot! We both ordered the Acaí bowls for breakfast, and boy, were they yummy! The granola, fruit, bee pollen, and coconut shreds made for such great toppings! I definitely recommend trying it out if you are ever in the area!
IMG_3090 IMG_3091That basically concludes our trip! Unfortunately, we did not come across Carmen San Diego, but hopefully this clip of Sara Bareilles covering ‘Chandelier’ by Sia, will make do! She is breathtaking!