Monday, February 2, 2015

January New Restaurant - Tapa the World in Sacramento

This year my resolution is to try at least one new restaurant per month. My husband and I have our favorite places and never seem to get out there and try new things. This resolution will open us up to new types of food and hopefully add some favorites to our list!

In January we went to Tapa the World in Sacramento with our friends George, Brittney, and Jordan. It features food from southern Spain and features a different beer and wine each month. Brittney and I both had sangria while my husband had red wine.

The restaurant clearly has its regulars, who were like family with the staff of the restaurant.

The tapa special was what my husband ordered, which is in the picture below. He didn't realize how small it was before ordering and ended up sharing my meal. The tapa was delicious despite being a small serving. It was perfect crunchy on the outside and mouth-melting in the middle.

Brittney and I both ordered the dinner special which was chicken, shrimp, asparagus, and mashed potatoes. The chicken was a bit dry but the sauce made up for it. The sauce was so good - flavorful, but not overpowering, and the texture was great! It mixed well with the mashed potatoes too, similar to gravy only tastier. The shrimp were teeny but were cooked right. I would have liked to have more than just four to go with the rest of the meal though. The asparagus was grilled perfectly, not too mushy. The mashed potatoes were a close second to the best mashed potatoes ever (my mom's). 

The live music was spectacular! The gentleman playing the guitar didn't sing, but he played so well. It wasn't so loud that you couldn't hear yourself think, but wasn't so quiet that you couldn't hear it either. Overall, the restaurant was loud inside. It was packed full and many patrons were drinking, which just increased the overall volume. 

George and Jordan both had burgers with mixed reviews. Jordan loved his while George thought it was mediocre at best. I was so full that I didn't try any of the burger.

I would definitely go back to Tapa the World. I'll probably order something different since the chicken wasn't my favorite, but really I'm not a huge chicken fan to begin with so it wasn't the best choice for me. If we do go back I'll probably get soup or salad.

Happy eating!

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Pattern - Easy Peasy Knit Cowl - Extra Long

Finally! I started this cowl about three weeks ago and with the two winter classes I've been taking, plus working 40 hours+ each week, I hadn't had a whole lot of time to knit. When I started this cowl I was set on having a super long, cozy, and soft cowl that I can wear a variety of ways. I think I succeeded! It's about 39 inches in circumference and if I don't wrap it, it falls nearly to my knees. I can wear it wrapped twice if it's not super cold or windy, or three wraps for closer and thicker coverage. But, it's not so close that it's suffocating, three wraps is actually just right for me

I have it posted on Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry. If you love it, please pin it! And I need some new buddies on Pinterest :( I had to restart my account since my old one got hacked and now I have no friends!

What do you think?

The new semester starts on Monday. The end is in sight! I have 7 classes left and then I am officially finished with my degree. Waaahooo!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Long Overdue Update and a Knitting Pattern!

What a semester it's been!

To catch everyone up, I ended up injuring my knee on day 22 of 30 of my running challenge and ended up having to take 8 weeks off. Since then I've still had pain in my knee so my running is limited to one day per week and only one mile at a time for now until I build up strength and stop having pain. I miss running and it's been hard to find other activities to do that don't put stress on my knee and that I enjoy. I hate biking so that is out. To be fair, I tried it for a couple of weeks and found zero enjoyment out of it.

The school semester started in August and kept me pretty busy. Working full time and going to school took up just about all of my time and this spring semester is shaping up to be even more time consuming. But, the finish line is in sight! If all goes according to plan and I get all the classes I need in Spring and Fall, I should be graduating in Fall!

The holidays snuck up on me and I didn't have time to knit anyone anything. I was planning on knitting my dad another beanie. I started and finished it this week since I am off of work. It turned out pretty good, I think he'll like it. I also got some nice Malabrigo Twist yarn that I made into a beanie. I am in love with this yarn. It was great to knit with, soft and didn't separate when I had to froggy it a couple of times. The beanie I made is so comfy. The pattern is up on my Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy stores.

I have one more skein of this yarn and am not sure what to make with it. Obviously something I can wear all the time since the yarn is so soft and comfortable. Maybe some fingerless gloves? Ideas are welcome :)

Did you have a nice holiday? Any plans for New Year's Eve?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Days 18, 19, and 20 of 30 Day Running Challenge

I slacked off this weekend and didn't post my updates for my running challenge. Saturday was a great run. My hubby ran with me and left the dogs at home and ran a fast mile. I didn't document it with my normal selfie though.

Sunday I took a break since it was our 1 year wedding anniversary. We had a great day eating and celebrating so I figured I could have one day off.

Today I did my 20th day (sort of). It was really really hot outside. Hershey and I only ran a mile but with the heat it felt like 10 miles. We ran it pretty fast too, I was surprised when I had finished to see that it was 9ish minutes. Really felt a lot longer.

Hershey clearly enjoyed the run. She's pretty adorable and I love that she enjoys running with me.

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here. Day 13 is here. Day 14 is here. Day 15 is hereDay 16 is here. Day 17 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

WIP - Eyelet Scarf with Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Superkid Yarn


I love this yarn. LOVE it. It's soft and gorgeous and really easy to work with. It's Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Superkid in color 7713 Berry Patch. I got the idea for this pattern from the Eyelet Cowl that I created a while back that you can find the WIP post here and the FO and free pattern post here.

knitting pattern

So far I love how the scarf is turning out. The colors are fantastic and the pattern looks great. I haven't had much time to work on it with the busy schedule I've had recently but I'm hoping to have it finished very soon so I can share the pattern with the world!

knitting pattern

What do you think so far?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Day 17 of 30 Day Running Challenge

Day 17!

I got my hair done before my run and almost didn't run when I got home. But then I remembered that I have to run in order to prove to myself that I can do it. Plus I feel really good when I finish a run, like I accomplished something today. Not that I don't accomplish lots of things throughout the day, but there is something about working out and running in particular that just makes me feel like I did a lot.

I took Bones along with Hershey today. They both did just o.k. up until .75 when Bones said "Stick a fork in me, I'm DONE". I had to carry him the last quarter mile of the run. That really slowed my time down. I was feeling pretty fast until that point, and really I still finished pretty strong considering I was carrying a 15lb puppy dog.

Hershey on the other hand kept pulling ahead. It's like the "heel" training we've done never happened. Then when I was carrying Bones she kept trying to go in the grass and mark her territory. Overall not the best run for the pups but also not the worst.

Didn't get them in the selfie today since they were not worthy. Tomorrow I'm sure they'll do much better.

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here. Day 13 is here. Day 14 is here. Day 15 is here. Day 16 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Day 16 of 30 Day Running Challenge

Happy Day 16! Today's weather was perfect and I felt pretty good. Some leg pain towards the very end but overall not bad at all. I felt good about my time, even though Hershey had a potty break in there which slowed us down. Overall it was a great running day!

On our way home, we passed another crazy man who started talking to Hershey. She promptly growled at him and then went about her business as my running partner. I have no doubt that she would protect me if someone got too close. She's got a big attitude for her little chihuahua body!

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here. Day 13 is here. Day 14 is here. Day 15 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?