Throwback Thursday: Sombreros and Cervesas

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Normal Sized Sombreros

This summer has been a series of benders for my friends and me. Not in the bad sense of course. No, in the epic sense. One of my favorite night’s this summer was my mom’s birthday party. How many people can say that? Probably not many. So, my grandmother threw a Mexican fiesta in her cantina (Spanish for bar). Because we live in Southern California and have easy access to Mexico, the whole bar is furnished and decorated in authentic Mexican style…and it’s awesome.

Back to the party. I brought one of my best friend’s, Bridget, to the party because she is 10398100_10102452887924765_8483228197101013686_nbasically amazing and isn’t one of those weird kids who can’t speak, let alone, look at an adult in the eye. She is a great dinner partner, drinking partner, basically anything partner.

Already hungover from the night before (4th of July), Bridg, Alessandra (my sister), and I weren’t feeling too great, so naturally we needed some margaritas ASAP. Only after we downed the first and ate basically a whole serving of chips and salsa were we prepared to mingle. The ambiance was so perfect for the occasion–it was dark, a little humid, and Mexican mariachis made the small party of 20 seem like a party of 60. Who needs 60 when you have a solid group of 20 anyway?

After a chicken enchilada, homemade tamale, and some beans and rice, Bridg, Alessandra, and I were ready to take it to the next level. I may or may not have taken a shot with my beautiful grandmother (or a few). To sum things up: it got weird…in the fun sense of course.10464311_10102452886836945_6189995424976725438_n

The Busy Blonde is BACK

So, after a few months of dilly-dallying and getting my life in order (whatever that really means), I am back in the blogosphere. What’s happened since the last time I posted, you ask? Well, the answer is…a lot. I graduated college, moved back to San Diego, started an amazing new job, and got my own place. But of course, that’s only the short version. 

After living away from the west coast for a total of six years, I could not be happier to be back. Finally, I can walk around barefoot, chill in my bikini, and go out without brushing my hair (this is simply not acceptable on the east coast). 

My summer has been absolutely amazing thus far and keeps getting better. Starting NOW, I will be posting regularly and filling everyone in on the the busy blonde! 

Tomorrow will be the first Throwback and let me tell you, it’s going to be a good one. Just a little hint, it includes oversized sombreros, a mexican cantina, and of course, lots and lots of tequila! Stay tuned…and cheers from Mammoth!

Blonde in Mammoth

Mobbin Marathon Monday

Love Boston

Simply put, I knew I had to make Marathon Monday one to remember, especially after last year’s Boston Marathon. As it’s my last Marathon Monday in Boston, I had to make it huge.

Marathon Selfie

Marathon Selfie

I was on a mission to replace the sadness from last year’s event with happy, fun times, so that is exactly what I did. Since I live right on the marathon route, on Beacon St., my roommates and I decided to have a little shindig brunch before venturing out to cheer on the runners. I love hosting parties and organizing get togethers for friends, but I rarely do it. So, I saw this as an opportunity to plan one last hoorah in my apartment before I move out next month. Anyway, we made blueberry scones and pancakes, and served charcuterie, caprese, and fruit salad. Along with the food, we made manmosas (essentially a big version of a mimosa), my secret drink from my sorority days, called skippy, and of course some good ol’ bud light.

Once we filled up on some food and drink, we decided to head down to watch the runners. Holy shit, I have never felt more like a pile of crap in my life. I was sitting there full of food and drinking a manmosa from a water bottle, watching these people reach the 25th mile mark…honestly, who am I? That feeling lasted about two seconds, ha. We made our way through Kenmore Square down to Mass Ave. It was so crowded and people were giving off such good vibes that I was lovin’ life.

After walking around a little, stopping at a few bars for some drinks, we decided to head back to my place. Whata’ day.

Oh Man…More Maine

Stonefield, Maine

I wrote about the lobstahs and the Deer Isle Blueberry spritzer I had the other day. Well, this place is so mesmerizing, I just had to write another post. As a Southern California girl, I love sunsets more than anything. They are truly the best time of day. It is a time to reflect, be silent, and appreciate your surroundings, such as the people you’re with, drinks your drinkin’ or the beauty of our world. I must say, I get a little hippy-like at times, especially when it comes to sunsets. Anyway, today we took a little bike ride to a small cove called, Salmon Cove. The dark rocks jut out into the water, creating such a beautiful cliff. We sat in lawn chairs, drank some beers, and watched the sun move closer and closer to the horizon. I have never experienced a sunset on the East Coast so I am used to the sun disappearing right into the water line. But here, the sun fell straight behind a small island in the distance. It was nothing like I have seen before, but a breathtaking site. I would love to visit this place in the summer when people are around, however, the lack of human interaction has been surprisingly relaxing.

View from Salmon Cove

View from Salmon Cove

Beautiful Sunset in Deer Isle

Beautiful Sunset in Deer Isle

Deer Isling

Fresh Caught Lobsters

Fresh Caught Lobsters

I don’t know about all of you, but I have never stayed in a town with a population of less than 3,000. My roommate, Maysie, invited me to a little place on the map called Deer Isle, Maine. When I say small….I mean small. But I must say, the quite coast was just what I needed. I was able to get some writing done, walk around with a broken toe, and spend time without my phone.

So after a long day of doing nothing, Maysie’s adorable grandmother made us a cocktail The Blueberry Deer Islercalled a Deer Isler. It was actually delicious and very simple. The ingredients included club soda, blueberry juice, and vodka, topped with a blueberry garnish and lemon juice. A few of those and we were feelin’ great. We proceeded to eat some lobsters (or lobstahs as they say). I mean, I have had fresh lobsters in the Bahamas, which are absolutely wonderful. But, these were a different type and equally as delicious.

I must say, Maine is gorgeous, and provided me with some fresh seafood and delectable drinks.

 

TASIS in Boston

TASIS friends

TASIS friends

I had a very interesting high school experience in that I went to TASIS, a boarding school in Switzerland. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and those two years are

Me and my date, Fede, at Top of the Hub

Me and my date, Fede, at Top of the Hub

two of the best I have ever had. Not only did I meet people with such different backgrounds, but I lived with them day in and day out. I learned so much about myself and truly value the relationships I made. Anyway, enough with the deep stuff.

When I transferred to Boston University from Wake Forest, I was able to reconnect with a lot of my TASIS (The American School in Switzerland) friends who are in school in Boston…and trust me, there are a TON. So, last weekend was the all class TASIS reunion in Boston. I’m not going to lie, it was a little weird attending my first reunion, but so much fun reconnecting with old friends. I organized a small dinner with close friends before going to the reunion at the Top of the Hub in Boston’s Prudential Center. Unlike most of my friends, I am all about seeing people from high school, who I am no longer friends with. But, to make things even better, there was an open bar…HELLO. Yes, please. So, we made the reunion into a little pregame and had an awesome time, as usual. Happy partying everyone 🙂

Throwback to Aspen Summer

Aspen Sunset after Tuesday Cruiseday

Aspen Sunset after Tuesday Cruiseday

I am constantly thinking about summer…mostly because it’s just around the corner. As I was going through old photos, I found some beauties from a little road trip I took with my sister last summer. We drove from San Diego to Aspen in one day–intense. But, it wasn’t only us. We took my sister’s bunny, Poppy, with us in the backseat of the little VW golf we call the White Rabbit (probably the funniest, most interesting car rid of my life). Anyway, if any of you have been to Aspen in the winter, you know what a beautiful place it is. But, for those of you have been there in the summer, you have experienced it in a whole new light.

I hadn’t been to Aspen during the summer months for years, so I had forgotten the beauty

Alessandra and I at Cathedral Lake

Alessandra and I at Cathedral Lake

Aspen has to offer without snow. We did some great hikes, including one up to Cathedral Lake. We had a great tour guide, an Aspen local, Brad, who took us up to the lake and showed us a great time. We also experienced the famous Tuesday Cruiseday. Unlike San Diego, where we live for Taco Tuesdays, Aspen locals lives for Tuesday Cruiseday. Every Tuesday a huge group of people get together in town and bike throughout Aspen stopping periodically to have a few beers and hangout. I must say, I am so into the relaxed lifestyle there, I may need to live there for a season.

I always say that I’m a beach girl and a city girl, but man oh man, those wild flowers and majestic mountains are unbelievable. I had never felt so close to nature as I did that day. If you ever get the chance to visit Colorado in the summer–do it!

 

Tuesday Cruiseday Pit Stop

Tuesday Cruiseday Pit Stop

Opening Day at Fenway Park

Bleeding red and blue sox

Bleeding red and blue sox

It just so happens that Friday was opening day for the Red Sox at Fenway. In my previous post, I told you about my friend Brittany who visited this weekend. Well, of course I had to take her to Fenway because the San Diego Padres are kind of an embarrassing team to root for. To be honest, neither of us really care about the game…it’s more about the energy and enthusiasm that pervades sports games that attracts me.

Anyway, after a few large cups of black coffee and some much needed Advil, we made our way to Landsdowne St. to drink some beers and eat some bar food. And that we did. After waiting in a short line to get into Game On, a sports bar next to Fenway, the bouncer let us both in. We didn’t go to the Blue Moon or craft beer. Nope, we went all out and got some good ol’ Bud Lights. I must say, it is truly satisfying to pretend to be a die hard Red Sox fan…I’m sure everyone knew I was a phony but who cares? I had a good time, that’s all that matters.

Our new friend!

Our new friend!

Brittany gettin' excited

Brittany gettin’ excited

Brittany in Boston Pt 1

Salmon on a bed of greens with goat cheese

Salmon on a bed of greens with goat cheese

For those of you who don’t know, you don’t see many blonde Californians in Boston. Well, this weekend, there were two blondes out and about–both San Diego girls. My best friend, Brittany, came to visit and it was absolutely amazing. Yes, we kind of skimped on the tourist stuff, but we most definitely had a great time.

She brought the California sun to Boston and we enjoyed it all weekend. I took her to Cafeteria on Newbury St. and we sat on the patio (first time since September)! It was a glorious day for walking, which Brittany is not used to. No, Brittany (and everyone else from San Diego) is used to driving one block to get somewhere.

I love Cafeteria not only for its food, but also for its people watching, sangria, and general atmosphere. We sat down in the fresh new patio furniture and ordered two peach coolers (ingredients: white wine, honey, peach puree, and prosecco). I am such a sangria fan but why not change it up and make things more interesting, right? So, after a quick clink of our glasses, we sat back and enjoyed the warm weather. I held back from ordering the spinach and artichoke dip, which is my absolute favorite, and settled for a green salad with salmon (just tryna get in shape for summer, don’t hate me for it). It was a very relaxed lunch and amazing to catch up with my best friend.

 

Church…

Bacon Infused Bloody mary

Bacon Infused Bloody mary

So, this weekend I went to Church…not that kind of church. I went to Church, a restaurant in the Fenway area of Boston. Wow, it is amazing. Brunch may be my favorite meal of the week. Brittany and her foodI live for brunch. I use brunch as a verb–I brunched this weekend and I plan on brunching next weekend. Anyway, I had never been to Church for brunch because my roommates aren’t into it that much (they’re crazy). So of course, I had to recruit other friends to brunch with me.

The restaurant is cozy, the bloodies are great, and the food is literally to die for. My friend and I ordered two plates to share: the crab eggs benedict and a “toad in the hole” french toast. The
bloody mary is infused with bacon and served with a bacon wrapped tomato–actually to die for and I may have ordered about five extra (whoops, whatever). Here are a few pics from our little outing (don’t judge the looks…it was a Saturday morning and we weren’t feeling in tip top condition).

toad in a hole french toast