WIAW #25: We Have a Visitor!

I’m so excited to have one of my best girlfriends from college, Dani, visiting this week. Dani is not new to Los Angeles. The two of us attended USC, and we had both stayed and lived in the Los Angeles area until Dani left LA for Boston last summer. Dani was one of my bridesmaids, and we always have a great time when we’re together. She’s what Andrew calls “good people”.

Dani came prepared with a list of LA restaurants that she’s missed since moving to Boston, so we have a busy week ahead of us. She’s also not bad in the kitchen, so I’m thinking maybe she can help me test out the cheese making kit Andrew gave me for Christmas.

Hopefully that’s a sufficient disclaimer for all of the cheese, bread, and wine you’re about to see in this week’s What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW). WIAW is an unedited look at a single day’s worth of my meals, snacks, and everything in between. Feel free to share something great (or not so great) that you ate today, in the comments!

What I Ate Wednesday 

8:15am – Bulletproof coffee. Standard procedure.

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9:00am – (Rainy) 3 mile run. I knew it would be cold, but I didn’t know it would be wet! (Is that what she said?)

Speaking of rain… our plants are exploding. Plants tend to do really well where we live, I think due to our close proximity to the ocean and all the moisture in the air. I was still surprised to see how much the rain affects them. We had what felt like 15 minutes of rain, and all of a sudden our plants had doubled in size.

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I realize you don’t have before pictures to compare for perspective… so just take my word for it. These plants have exploded.

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10:15am – Power greens smoothie: 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/2 scoop macro greens, banana, chia seeds, honey, water, ice).

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1:00pm – Veggie panini from The Curious Palate… that I forgot to take a picture of. Dani and I wanted to grab something for lunch that was within walking distance, which unfortunately (and fortunately) didn’t narrow our choices too much. Mar Vista is full of little soup and salad lunch spots that I finally get to enjoy now that I’m working from home. And even moreso now that I have a visitor to play with during the day!

After a little SEO work, a lot catching up with Dani and planning out our game plan for the week, we started to think about dinner.

4 or 5ish – Wine to help get the dinner ideas flowing…

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7:15pm – It didn’t take much to convince me to walk to Pitfire Pizza. Andrew, Dani, and I met our friend Meg for dinner and we all shared a couple pizzas, soup, salad, and a bottle of wine.

Wine at Pitfire Pizza

Pitfire does brick oven mini pizzas, which are each divided into 4 slices, making them perfect to share. And that’s a good thing too, because in addition to a few really great standards (like pepperoni, white pie, and a burrata pie), they feature several seasonal pies at all times.

Pepperoni Pie at Pitfire Pizza

After dinner, we called it a reasonably early night knowing that we had a big day ahead of us with New Years Eve… today! It’s hard to believe 2014 is already coming to a close, but we’ll be ready to ring in the new year later this evening at a friend of a friend’s party down the street.

Have fun tonight, talk to you in 2015!


Question: How will you be celebrating the New Year tonight? Are you planning to stay in and do something low key, or will you go all out? 


As always, you can check out what others are eating at Peas & Crayons.


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