Baja Brewing Company – Cabo San Lucas, MX

It seems I am drinking quite a bit more beer lately. Is that your alcoholic beverage of choice? I am currently in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and my beer-loving lady-friend, Nikki, enjoys a good beer. After a challenging arrival, we definitely we needed a beer. We headed to Baja Brewing Company at the Puerto Paraiso Plaza.

We sat outside at a table for two as the band was setting up. I was given the menu en espanol, y mi maestra was given the menu en ingles. Like my broken espanol? Nikki had the IPA and I went with the stout and it was perfect. The brewery is in San Jose, not at this location.

In terms of food, we ordered the ceviche platter with three different kinds with plantain chips and tortilla chips. Their appetizer platter came with chicken wings, guacamole, cheese quesadillas and onion rings. I loved the ceviche in coconut milk. It was just like the kokoda dish I had in Fiji. It was delicious!

Nikki, Owner of ACT Language Schools, recorded her Spanish Saturday video right next to me. See her Facebook page and get some Spanish practice in. Our first day together in Cabo San Lucas improved due to this trip. The band warming up also started playing Heaven by Los Lonely Boys, mi favorito! I was officially happy.

More to come on Los Cabos! Stay tuned!

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Puerto Paraiso – Cabo San Lucas

Going to a mall isn’t even on my list when I travel. To be honest, I would stop into the Mall of America if I ever found myself on that side of the country. During my second visit to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in November 2018, I found myself at the Puerto Paraiso next to marina. It was the meeting place for a Cookin’ Cabo cooking class, which I highly recommend.

Tour the shopping area for clothing, jewelry and restaurants; some with views of the marina. I sadly left my entire Stella & Dot make up bag at home and I needed make up. I went from MAC eyeliner and more to Shiseido and Lancôme products.

It paired well with the beautiful JW Marriott Los Cabos.

I just happened to be in Los Cabos during the International Film Festival. I have been to the Sonoma International Film Festival a couple of years ago so why not do it internationally? Showings were taken place at the movie theater on the top floor and there were interviews being done. I purchased a ticket to see Feral, a movie about a fire that took the lives of a priest trying to prepare three wild children suitable for society. What happened was shown thru video tapes the priest made and thru interviews. It was really interesting. I should see more foreign films. Do you enjoy them?

After shopping and a movie, I dined on the patio at La Central Cocina and Bar. I had a nice view of the marina and very attentive service. I had to get the grilled corn on the cob and the Lobster Salad. It came with watermelon, avocado, edamame beans, spring onion and a tequila lime vinaigrette. The food was delicious and the size of the salad was perfect.

Complimentary chips and a variety of salsas

You will have to pay for parking or if you’re staying at a local hotel, this is a great place to stop in for shopping, entertainment, a rooftop bar and dining.

I will be returning to Cabo San Lucas for the third time for more research, this time with ACT Language Schools. Check them out if you’re looking to learn or improve your Spanish. Please follow us on social media for posts while we are there!

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Seattle, Washington – May 2019

OBB Weekly – 5-28-19

This Memorial Day Weekend was filled beach weather, itinerary planning, food and inspiration. Filled with new memories on this Memorial Day, I do have mention my gratitude to the armed forces who have fought and given up their lives for our country. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. It should also be day to live life to the fullest and enjoy our freedoms.

TRAVEL

Though I have spent most of this Memorial Day Weekend on the couch of the house I am housesitting at in the beach town of Santa Cruz, I have definitely added new travel experiences I can recommend to my clients. The weather has improved since the last time I was here a month ago. The sun was shining and the chance of rain on Sunday decreased as the day approached. I returned to the Dream Inn and the West Cliff Trail and UC Santa Cruz. And yes, of course food. See next section.

EVENT PLANNING

Itinerary planning is planning for an event. Some people do not take advantage of their available paid-time off and others don’t know where to start. It’s time for a new adventure, don’t you think?

Though I was staying at a house a mile away from the beach, I spent most of my long weekend on the couch watching Netflix and building itineraries. My honeymooners to Phuket, Thailand and the Maldives are set. A phone call with a prospective client for Hawai’i was made and a proposal was sent. For myself, I look forward to deepening my understanding of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Las Vegas. In London, I will be visiting Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Bath, Lacock and Stonehenge. Please do not hesitate to ask me for assistance with other destinations I have blogged about. Perhaps, Versailles?

A wedding reception at The Cape in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Gondola rides are available at The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

FOOD

Memorial Day falls on a Monday. A meatless Monday. I have been able to successfully continue Meatless Monday while I travel. Friends have asked if I could move it to another day when it was time to be social. I have managed to decline and there is always something to vegetarian to eat at any restaurant. In Santa Cruz, I found a vegetarian and vegan restaurant on Laurel Street called Saturn Café. The menu is plentiful, including happy hour. You may even get their versions of sausage, burgers and bacon. I went with their Coconut Cream Pie French Toast. Ask for Jimmy as your Server. Super nice!

If you must cook at home, throw some pasta in a pot and cover it in pesto sauce. Cucumber salad is easy to make as well with items commonly found in your cupboards. Try Meatless Monday. After awhile, it’s not that hard and you won’t miss meat that much.

Pesto fettucine and watching Versailles.

MOTIVATION

I love places that make you realize just how tiny your problems are.”

I miss my dog. A new car has tightened my purse strings. I am further from my Goal By 40. I am restless between travels. However, I am thankful for the memories, how I was able to obtain that car, goals to strive for and travel booked at least once per month thru October. Travel is not a cover up but everyone needs a little escape from troublesome matters. It’s therapy. Let me help you book your next therapy session. Often times, it’s paired with wine.

This made me miss Bevo – Wellington, New Zealand

Pizza, Beer & More in the East Bay

It’s always good when you have great options to dine at in your own town. As a Blogger and Travel Agent, I should do a better job of highlighting some local spots in Hayward and neighboring towns. My friend runs the E’vill Eye News blog for another East Bay city called Emeryville. Do check out his blog when you have a sec! But stick with me for a second. Here are some great spots.

Buffalo Bill’s Brewery

Located downtown Hayward across the street from the theatre, it is said to be the oldest brewery in the country. This is walking distance from my house so this is usually a go to spot. Sit outside on their heated patio or inside at a table or at the bar top. Parking is available on the street, in the lot behind the building or the parking structure behind the movie theatre. I always get the sausage, apple and pesto pizza. It is delicious! For beer, get a flight of house beers or their seasonal ones. Try their Orange Blossom Cream Ale or the Pumpkin Ale or Oatmeal Stout. So many options!

Russell City Distillery

If you like Buffalo Bill’s, next door visit the Russell City Distillery tasting room. They off vodka cocktails and sells bottles of their liquors including vodka, rum and tequila. The tasting room isn’t big but they can open their rolling door to allow some outdoor space. It is dog friendly as well.

Norm’s Place

In downtown Danville, you have many options. Auburn Lounge is a relatively new bar and lounge and they are often closed for private events. Revel Kitchen & Bar is a good spot with a nice bar, tasty salads and an outdoor patio. Across the street is Norm’s. A popular bar for sporting events like the Warriors games. Have Kara pour you your usual of Jameson whiskey with one or two rocks and order the tuna appetizer. It’s basically a deep fried sushi roll. And it was tasty.

Sons of Liberty Alehouse

What we call SOLA. Isn’t it hard not to think of Jax Teller and Sons of Anarchy? This is one of my favorite spots to go to even it means I have to jump on the highway to get to San Leandro. You can make reservations via Yelp, be prepared for a busy parking lot but it’s a great spot for beer and snacks.

Come out to the East Bay and check out what we have to offer!

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OBB Weekly – 5-21-19

Dubrovnik, Croatia – November 2012

It’s the end of an era. The popular books turned show, Game of Thrones, is over. For eight seasons, we watched the people of Westoros battle for survival and the Iron Throne. I have a niece named Arya. I have unofficially named my new Honda Civic Si Drogon. My cousin named her dog Khaleesi. But now, I cancelled my HBO subscription. GOT was the only reason I had it for six weeks. And now what? Yes, life goes on. I’m sure Bran would agree. Thank you for the memories, Game of Thrones!

SPOILERS ALERT!
Do not read on if you haven’t completed the series.

TRAVEL

One of my favorite characters is Arya Stark. Though small in size and even blind at times, she’s a bad ass and strong as hell. My little niece, Arya, was rightfully named. I remember her picking up gallon jugs of water as a toddler. A little tom-boyish like her mommy, I’m sure she’s going to be a fierce and bold little one like this character. I love that Arya Stark sets off to see what’s west of Westeros and travels! I can relate to the look of happiness and excitement when she stands at the bow of the ship as she starts her adventure. Exploring, going somewhere new and not exactly sure what the future holds is pretty exciting. Get on that ship and see just how far you’ll go.

Just got onto the Golden Princess in Melbourne, Australia and we’re already hitting the spa!
My sweet Princess Arya – Yosemite – May 2019
Who my niece was named after, Arya Stark.

EVENT PLANNING

The Red Wedding will make your jaw drop. (Don’t forget to get wedding insurance!) Sansa Stark’s coronation as becoming the Queen of the North was perfect. My Queen, Daenerys Targaryen, unfortunately never even got to sit on the Iron Throne. Her final speech to her soldiers was strong yet not from someone who wanted peace. There were events of tragedy and loss but also for celebration, whichever side you were on. Many decisions, feasts and gatherings were made around a table. An event worth planning for filled with memorable moments…plus a Starbucks cup.

The table could be in a speed boat. The Boathouse at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida during our half marathon weekend – January 2019
Wine tasting in Lodi, California. – June 2018
Sergio was full of useful travel tips at the Starbucks at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington – May 2019

FOOD

Young Khaleesi eats a horse heart. Cersei’s walk of shame included food being thrown at her. And Tyrion drinks wine and knows things. Sweetbreads were probably the grossest thing I have ever had. Powdered beignets from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans would make me happy if they were thrown at me. And wine? Oh, I have had plenty and there is so much more to try across the Seven Kingdoms…or most of the seven continents.

“You got a little something on your face, Angela.”
So good that we went twice – New Orleans, Louisiana – November 2016
Domaine Carneros – Napa, California – January 2017

MOTIVATION

Deception was everywhere. Advisors write scrolls of secrets. Promises of support are broken. Or getting stabbed during an act of love by your nephew! Some make you earn their trust, some give it away freely. Severing relationships that has served its purpose in your life is healthy. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Thanks, Dr. Seuss. There may have been happy times but now it’s over. Acknowledge what life is trying to tell you, learn from it and pass it on. Maybe in a more loving, honest and less painful way.

Quotes of the Day are posted on my fridge and shared on SnapChat – bappletree

‘Favorites’ Photo Dump

This One Busy Bee is still working on cleaning up her phone of over 11,000 photos. That many photos have been collected in a year and a half. To do a photo dump on the blog real quick, I am taking photos I have saved as ‘Favorites’ on my phone for some particular reason and placing them here so I can delete them. Oh, it will be so freeing! Thanks for enduring this unstructured post but full of travel.

Fiji – Troprica Island Resort and Travel Agent friends on a FAM trip. – Feb. 2019

In September 2017, three girlfriends and I had September birthdays. We went to Paris together. And we brought some friends. I invited my friend that I call Papichulo and Lisa brought her boyfriend, Branden. I believe it was the day before, Branden proposed to Lisa at the Temple of Love at Versailles. We were lucky enough to witness it. This photo was taken on our last night in Paris together but in the region of Champagne. See the wineries in the background. There are also photos of us doing yoga in dresses. Good times.

This is aboard the Oosterdam by Holland America Cruise Line. It is a bar with great view. I have worked on blog posts in this area with a glass of La Marca prosecco. I have many other posts during that cruise to the Mexican Riviera. Please check them out if you’re curios about real experiences on an HAL cruise ship.

Red Donkey is my favorite beer when I was in Santorini. Papichulo and I tried all the different beers they had to offer and this was my favorite. I liked it so much I bought a large t-shirt that I ended up turning into a muscle tan for my gym sessions. I never buy t-shirts. It must mean I realllly liked that beer.

I used to work at a law firm down the street from Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café in Emeryville, California. This is their breakfast special. I don’t believe I have been there since as they raised the price of this special and the dressing for their Asian salad changed as well. There is also a location in downtown Oakland. It’s pretty convenient when you’re partying or just finished a concert at the Paramount Theater.

Hello, Mighty Leaf tea.

At the Press Club, go downstairs from Market Street in San Francisco across from the Marriott that they call “the jukebox” and find a wine bar with a lounge-y feel. It is used as common workspace during the day and serves up great wine and bites.

During a trip to Southern California for my first Travel Agent seminar, my then soon-to-be roommate and I went to Universal Studios. I have never been and am a California native. We did the typical ride thru movie and television sets and experienced their ‘earthquake’ simulation at an underground BART platform. I was really excited to go thru The Desperate Housewives set.

On this trip, I realized that I cannot do the simulated rides. I even felt a little sick on the Despicable Me ride! It was absolutely confirmed while on the Harry Potter ride. It was a coaster and simulations. I read one book in the series and I almost didn’t make it off the ride without getting sick. I actually had to close my eyes and tell myself it was almost over multiple times. HAD I liked them, I know this would have been an awesome ride. I can see why people like it. Unfortunately, it’s just not for me.

I’ll end this post with a picture of my Papa Bear and I at the 2018 Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival. I do have the most amazing father, and not just because he lives on Maui! There are so many reasons but mainly he just accepts who I am and is actually happy that I am living life to the fullest. I love my Papa Bear.

I need to do more than just these photos but at least I can now take them off my phone and have them live on the world wide web forever!

BernNCourt Return

Isn’t it amazing that you can go months without seeing a friend but yet you both put the effort in to see each other? If you don’t have those kind of friendships, get yourself at least one! Even if she or he is 10 years younger than you.

Barcelona, Spain –
January 2018

Courtney and I have been friends since she started working for me at my restaurant around my birthday. I’d say she was my birthday present because we instantly connected, had so many laughs and traveled quite a bit together. She has watched my Bevo, she stays at my pad when I’m traveling and I completely trust her. Did I mention she’s fun?

Snapchat fun at La Pepita – Barcelona, Spain – January 2018

Well, now my Court Court is super busy with going back to school, working full time and commuting. I definitely have done that. Plus, I partied. It’s the life of One Busy Bee. I haven’t seen her since my birthday in September. We finally got together eight months later. She even agreed to meet up an hour away from her home just to return home before she headed another hour+ to work. I am so appreciative of that.

We met up at the Tri Valley Bistro in Pleasanton, California. It was available on OpenTable and it looked cute. It had some intimate tables outside but I knew we needed a bit more space between us and our dining neighbors. We opted for a table for two inside.

Pleasanton, California – May 2019

What do we always do? Order a bottle of bubbles. I had the seafood frittata and she had the eggs benedict and she wanted to crème brulee. I wasn’t planning on eating half of it but I did. And I felt like I finished more than half the bottle. What happened to my Court Court? She turned into a dedicated student.

Cheers

We got caught up on each others’ lives, shared more laughs, silliness, stories and where we are traveling next. She is going back to Paris, as am I, but at different times. She likes art. I can’t spend my entire vacation in a museum. Unfortunately, we don’t have any plans of traveling together anytime soon but perhaps when she’s not so crazy busy ‘adulting.’ Regardless, I’ll still be here whenever she needs me and I know she would do the same for me. Love my Court Court.

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Happy Birthday, Court Court

La Familia Sagrada, Barcelona, Spain – January 2018

Happy Mother’s Day!

Before tuning into the Mother of Dragons’ fire gracing my Samsung television tonight, I spent the day with my best friend and my niece and nephew. I cooked lunch for her and the kids and went out for some ice cream after watching a few movies at the house. Christy works for the community and has these two kids. As I just purchased a car, I couldn’t spoil her as I normally do. She named me “The Best Boyfriend Ever.” When you treat someone the way their boyfriend should, it’s just fitting. Plus, she deserves it. She works really hard.

I made roasted chicken with a brown sugar bourbon seasoning, sauteed tomatoes and spinach and added the potato au gratin I made on Friday. Arya wanted to help cook too! She helped me make the Kraft Alphabet Mac n Cheese. What fun.

Teaching her how to measure water and doing math at the same time.
We should have our own YouTube channel. I’ll need a full make-up crew please!
Unable to reach the second shelf, even in Minnie Mouse heels.

Christy liked her meal and Arya and Nate enjoyed the M&C. What more could you ask for?

Chef Arya
Gamer and Tostitos-eatin’ Nate

After the adults caught up on each others’ lives while the kids watched a few animated films and built forts in the living room, we needed dessert. Thanks to Yelp, we went to Milk & Cookie Bar at the Castro Valley Public Market. It’s nice to see cool spots like this open up in the East Bay. And it’s cheaper than Cold Stone.

Had to send this to my roommate, Kim. She’s a S’mores freak!
All different!
Black Unicorn (cake batter) ice cream in a glazed donut, rainbow sprinkles and my favorite cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Mint ice cream and jelly beans
Milkshakes so thick you can’t use a straw

It’s always good to spend time with my Little Loves and this girl. Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard-working mothers out there, to those that have to play both mother and father and to those fathers taking care of their baby’s momma.

Good times at the water park in Fremont, California. The dessert did not help to get bikini ready.

Keep Going

I am again drafting this blog post from the stationary bike at the gym. I am getting warmed up for chest day and ideally 45 minutes on another cardio machine. This One Busy Bee woke up this morning seeing some progress in the mirror. My blemishes on my face is another thing. I am clearly not perfect or claim to be, but it is ok to recognize when results appear due to your hard work.

Post-workout photos I share with my fellow gym-goer to show we put the work in. They should too.

Approaching 40 and Mexico, Las Vegas and Hawaii in the near future, I felt there was a need to step it up. Things don’t tighten as quickly as they used to. Let’s see, what have I been doing differently? Well, maybe not differently. More like reminding myself and sometimes we need that.

DIET

Oh man, yes, I did enjoy those delicious fries at Quattro at the Four Season Palo Alto this week but I also had their roasted chicken, have had salads and green tea. A Vitality Bowl is also delicious and customizable. I usually have my Shredz supplements but I haven’t been taking them. I also bought a set of Elemis supplements while on the Golden Princess cruise ship but I haven’t even begun. I need to continue to eat better and make healthy choices. Buying a new car will also help you from going out and spending money on drinks with friends and coworkers, so I guess that helps too.

WORKOUTS

Yes, I have signed up for another half marathon. So much for saying, “Nope, never doing that again. That hurt.” This time will be at Disneyland Paris on my 39th birthday in September. I am doing more cardio to keep control of those heart problems and attempt to burn more calories than I take in. I still love to hit those weights and you burn more calories at a resting heart rate when your body fat is low and are muscular.

I am also starting to pick up more Wag walks (Use code Bernadette9307 for a free walk) that the weather is better. I get paid to walk people’s dogs, get some steps in and there are studies that a dog in your life has health benefits. I sure to do miss my Bevo.


PRIORITIZE

I am trying to keep my usual schedule of going to the gym or for a run in the morning before work. It helps me get the day started. However, those days I have to be at work early, I have made it to the gym after work. It’s funny to check into the gym via Yelp and Foursquare in less than 12 hours. But it had to get done.

Foursquare

MAKE IT FUN

We already did our half marathon at Walt Disney World. Nelly and I will be doing another run in June at Mare Island. I hear there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line. If that’s not motivation…

My first half marathon at Walt Disney World.

Fitness is better with friends. Though my running friends know that I don’t really talk when I have a running goal in mind, it is fun to train together some way. Whether it’s a hike, yoga or walking the streets of new cities.

Trail waking in Santa Cruz, California – March 2019

Hiking in New Zealand – March 2019

Wandering around Hobbiton, New Zealand – March 2019

Yoga at Wild Canyon Adventures with my Cugina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
November 2018

Thanks for reading! I hope this post encourages you to keep going with whatever fitness goals you may have. Fitness is a lifestyle and it will have its ups and downs. Just roll with it…on a foam roller. Kill two birds with one stone.

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Brunch on Cinco de Mayo

Brunch tacos, churro waffles, $5 mimosas are what you will find at Rocket Taco in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Don’t forget to add the Pineapple Express made with jalepeno-infused mezcal, pineapple and lemon juice.

Far away from the Mexican border to celebrate the end of the French-Mexican battle, we made the most of the day closer to the Canadian border thanks to Alaska Airlines’ 24-hour sale in April. A couple of girlfriends spontaneously booked a quick 40-hour stay in Christian Gray’s backyard. From Hotel Max, which is near the La Scala Condo building seen in 50 Shades of Gray movies, we walked two miles to explore the city and take advantage of Rocket Taco’s Cinco de Mayo offerings. The closest thing I have had to a Mexican brunch are huevos rancheros. Rocket Taco did have that dish on the menu but I was feelin’ tacos.

The corner restaurant has booths, bar seating with a full bar, TVs playing Disney’s Coco and papel picados with rockets on them. Order at the counter and a friendly food runner will deliver your food and cocktails.

The freshly made tortillas were nice and soft. Get the Poblanos and Cream for $10. Three tortillas will be topped with fluffy scrambled eggs, carmelized onions, poblano strips and crema. Delicious. Add their green medium salsa and your tummy will be doing the salsa.

The Chorizo Potato sounds self explanatory but also had eggs, this time with cheese. But wait for it…

The churro waffles were the best thing at the table. Some places have their churros too hard and some are perfect like in Barcelona, Spain. These waffles were perfectly cooked with the perfect amount of sugar and cinnamon. It didn’t need the whipped cream or the chocolate. It was perfect as is.

Climb the hill up to Rocket Dog like we did and you would have earned those tacos, mimosas AND a churro waffle. You won’t regret it.

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Rocket Taco
602 19th Street
Seattle, Washington