MASS APOLOGIES for this late video. My Adobe Premiere Elements 11 on my teeny laptop just would not cooperate with me and would load so slowly until my computer would die as a doorknob. I FINALLY was able to complete it after almost three weeks worth of editing. SO annoying, right?
The full video is up above if you want to see what I did, where I went and what I ate! However, there are still so many things I have to talk about along with my photos to dissect the real experience of each shot 🙂 so after you watch the video, read away!
(in random order)
This is probably one of the biggest brunches I had in a long time!! Hands down my sister and I were so excited to get a huge veggie egg white omelet with tomatoes, green onions, tomatoes and white onions that came with a side of red potatoes that I’m not a fan of, and a stack of HA-UGE chocolate chip buckwheat pancakes with strawberries!! Instead of artificial maple syrup that they served, we sweetened the pancakes with Stevia packets that I had in my purse. It was pretty good, but it’s not necessarily one of the “hot-spots” you’d have to go to if visiting.
Quest bars will never do you wrong. This was my first time having a microwaved one in FOREVER. So yummmmmm–perfect mellow snack/treat. It’s seriously like biting into a giant coconut cookie! 😛 What Quest bar should I try next??
This was hands down the best salad I ever had on this trip. If you’re looking for Italian food in Palo Alto, go to Terun. Order the grilled Romaine lettuce stalks with mozzarella and avocado! It might not be a salad, but I think it’s better 😉 the lettuce wasn’t super oily, it was slightly crispy but also soft and refreshing, while the mozzarella added a nice cheesy flavor.
My main dish was the Branzino al Forno, a Mediterranean sea bass with black olives and green onions over a bed of fregola sarda, which is very similar to couscous! A bit more on the white carby side, but sometimes you have to try something new! I would have it again in brown rice form! The sea bass was flaky, juicy, soft and crispy on the outside without staining my lips with oil.
My last lunch in San Jose was brown rice eggplant rolls with avocado, asparagus and a brown rice tuna roll! I also had a tofu bento box I didn’t take a picture of, but I was disappointed that it was battered, so I had to eat around it. This was mediocre sushi at finest, but I credit this place for having variety.
Let’s take a moment to reminisce about kombucha. Everyone knows what it is, but if you don’t it’s a fermented tea drink that uses bacteria and yeast, and is said to boost the libido and immunity, as well as fighting against aging, cancer and diabetes! This lavender lemonade kombucha by House Kombucha literally tasted BETTER than sparkling water, soda or any fizzy drink you can think of. Literally, if you like soda, DRINK KOMBUCHA. 😀 I got hooked on the first sip!
My sister and I were thrilled to find a vegan ice cream booth in the San Francisco farmers’ market! We went to RawDaddyFoods and got their salted caramel cashew ice cream with chocolate on a flax cone! For $6 it is a measly portion, so it kind of feels like a ripoff, but the flavor is sensational. SO rich, creamy and sweet like dairy ice cream! I also loved the flax cone–I almost ate it all! 🙂
Ah, Pressed Juicery is still one of my favorite places to go to in an outdoor mall! I found this one on Santana Road and my sister and I split a vanilla almond soft serve without hesitation. I just don’t get how they do it. It’s creamy, decadent, sweet, cold and JUST like frozen yogurt without the dairy and artificial sugars. They also have a huge variety of flavors but vanilla almond is my personal favorite.
I was literally so exhausted I died on the couch, but I had to make myself dinner, which was fairly simple. I heated up some TVP with cajun seasoning, lentil veggie curry and arugula to hit the spot without feeling stuffed. So much better than takeout!
That wraps up my trip! Hope you enjoyed the video because it took me SOOOOOO long to edit it and I had so much fun filming it! Where else should I visit?