Health Progress, Restaurants, Travelling, Uncategorized

Weekend Adventure

 

Visiting non-keto friends and Sea World won’t stop me from success!

This past weekend we went on a much needed trip to Menifee to visit close friends.  They don’t follow keto and have a little girl.  Their little one is so adorable, smart and well-behaved!  Anyway, what do you do when you find yourself in these types of situations?

Knowing that we may need a little extra for the weekend, I packed a few snacks and extras to help us manage (just in case).  I also thought I’d bring my air fryer to make them chicken wings.  So along with the air fryer, I packed some Truvia packets, Propel Zero packets, Quest Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a peanut butter fluff cup frozen dessert that I’ve been dying to share.  I also packed a bag of Quest Cheese and Sour Cream chips and a few ChocZero Almond Barks.  I mean, it’s vacation…so you have to have the good stuff, am I right?

For lunch I ended up making chicken wings with ranch dip.  We also enjoyed the frozen desserts.  My husband couldn’t wait long enough for lunch, so he also had some snacks that I packed.

For dinner our friends generously made us all smoked tri tip and ribs.  We also had a few chicken wings left from lunch, some avocados and grilled zucchini.  They added corn, which we just avoided.  It was all just so darn yummy and filling.  I slept like a snoring log that night!  It was great.

Sunday morning rolled around and I got up before everyone else (except the baby) and made breakfast.  They have the best kitchen, so it really makes me want to cook and brings out the creative juices.  We enjoyed reheated tri tip, asparagus with lemon, avocado and tomato slices, poached eggs and a sad hollandaise sauce.  I really need to work on my sauce game.  It tasted fine but was thin…I think I need to make sure the butter is cold when I put it in the mix.  Anyway, it was delish and so filling!

At some point the baby said she wanted to go to Sea World today…and so we did.  This impromptu adventure was just what I needed!  I love enjoying animals and having adventures.  It did me well not having time to process and analyze the trip because my anxiety would have wreaked havoc and I wanted to just enjoy.  And I did!  I enjoyed the whole trip to Sea World!

While we were there we ate a couple of Quest Chocolate Chip Cookies, had a couple bottles of water on ice (it was crazy hot that day!), and split a lunch of 1/2 rotisserie chicken with the smallest cesar salad I’ve ever seen and some strawberries.  It was a great day of fun in the sun enjoying my friends, my husband and the animals.

I drove home and it took a fair amount of time because of traffic between San Diego and Orange County.  But after such a long day and all that driving I knew cooking was not going to happen.  I also knew that once I got home I would not leave to get food.  So, we stopped at Jack in the Box on the way and took home 2 Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburgers with no bun.  When we got home we enjoyed those burgers with some Propel and called it a night.

I didn’t fast.  I didn’t count carbs.  I didn’t focus on anything but relaxing and enjoying.  I really had the very best weekend I have had in a long time.  Summer is the time when educators get to see their friends and family and I am so grateful we were all able to spend such great time together.

If you’re worried about following Keto while away from the comforts of your home, just know that you can always find options, adjust what is available to you and just enjoy the time away.

What are some of your favorite things to bring with you when you’re on an adventure?  Do you worry about eating properly?  What are some tips and tricks that you rely on for success?

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Restaurants, Uncategorized

Plumeria Cafe by STACKS

This morning we enjoyed a unique and inviting experience at Plumeria Cafe by STACKS.

Plumeria Cafe by STACKS
23811 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 122
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 900-6829
Hours: 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect about Plumeria Cafe by STACKS.  Before 2 days ago I hadn’t ever heard of it.  We discovered this Hawaiian themed breakfast/brunch/lunch gem based on a recommendation of a local breakfast lover (if this was you, please send me a notification because I want to give you credit and can’t find the post).

While it looks unassuming from the parking lot, once you walk through the glass double doors and into this indoor business center you will immediately see the “real” front of Plumeria Cafe by STACKS.  It’s quaint, inviting and easy-going.  I can see they must often get huge crowds based on the line arrangements and extra menus outside the entry.  You walk in to order and pay immediately at the cash register, then choose your seating which offers bar stools and tall tables, regular tables and chairs, couches and tables with chairs, or even outdoor patio dining.

After ordering and choosing a table, you can go back to the front to pick out a variety of sweeteners, syrups, and other condiments.  They have “sugar-free” items but upon looking closely they aren’t keto-friendly and are packed with dextrose and maltodextrin, so I would suggest bringing your own packets of sweetener if you really want it with your meal.

The coffee was delicious.  I’m not certain, but if I had to guess I would think it was organic.  They gladly got me butter and whole milk for my coffee and offer free refills.

The food was not as awesome as I was expecting, but it tasted good.  The Plumeria Omlette tasted much better than it looked, except for the artichokes (not a favorite of mine), but does include egg whites, garlic shrimp and some kind of sauce.  The omlette was falling apart and the sauce had broken, but all in all, it tasted pretty darn good.  The Break of Dawn Scramble was so good!  I would highly recommend the Break of Dawn Scramble for anyone who is too picky to try anything with a Hawaiian flare.

I loved that they allowed us to easily exchange potatoes and bread for tomatoes and spinach.  Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much to either.  I would say, get more tomatoes and add salt yourself…that spinach was rough and seemed to be lightly steamed and not seasoned at all.

I realize this is a mixed review.  Let me use a rating system to help:

  • Location: 3 out of 5
  • Environment: 4.5 out of 5
  • Food: 3.5 out of 5
  • Coffee: 5 out of 5

I would recommend checking this out.  It might not look pretty, but there are some great flavors in what they did season.

I have a video posted, if you’re interested, check it out by clicking here.

 

Restaurants, Uncategorized

Le Peep

I just ate the best Keto Breakfast I have had in a long time!

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A new breakfast & lunch restaurant opened near my home and I’ve been reading about it in my local Facebook groups.  Le Peep was everything everyone said and so much more!

The restaurant is nice, clean and modern with a warm, welcoming feel.  I do believe my husband & I have found our new Breakfast Date spot.  Wahoo!!  Lots of easy parking close to the restaurant.

We were greeted by a waitress that was so nice.  She was professional, helpful, knowledgeable, kind and I just liked her…honestly, I would love to ask to sit down and enjoy some coffee with us next time.

They’ve not been open long, yet it seems they have thought of everything.  There is space for outdoor seating with heaters, a coffee bar with many kinds of coffee drinks (I just drink the regular stuff so I didn’t catch all of what they can make), freshly made, high-quality food for a reasonable price (We spent about $25 for two of us including extras and coffees.)

There are many Keto options on the menu with slight modifications and Le Peep is working on adding a gluten-free menu soon.  I asked for weird items and they took it in stride and a smile…I didn’t get any weird looks when I asked for butter for my coffee!

The best part about Le Peep is definitely the food.  Holy cow!  We ordered a Sir Benedict Omelet, exchanging the potatoes and bread for broccoli and tomato, then adding avocado.  Splitting this in half was the perfect for both my husband and I.  Actually, I was getting full and literally had to choose between the magic coffee I made with their coffee or the last big bite of my omelet.  I chose the coffee and my husband made the sacrifice to eat the rest of my breakfast for me =)  He’s too good to me!

I’m not usually a fussy or picky person.  But when it comes to coffee I do have preferences.  The best coffee I’ve ever had is the organic coffee at home.  Well, I think I found it’s match at Le Peep and I’m excited to say that if I want coffee with my breakfast while eating out, I don’t have to choose to forgo the coffee or bring my own.  The waitress must have known how delicious this coffee is because she left the carafe of freshly brewed coffee at our table.  Good move because I had two cups and my husband had two cups over ice.

All around, Le Peep is fantastic.  I was easily able to made modifications and requests without feeling guilty or causing any trouble to the waitress or kitchen.  The environment is perfect.  The food is amazing.  Did I already say that?  The price wasn’t bad, especially if you compare it to other places like Corky’s Kitchen or Denny’s.

I believe we have found a new breakfast spot to enjoy!  I would love Le Peep if I weren’t doing Keto, but I truly appreciate this restaurant as someone who follows a Keto lifestyle.

If you’re ever in the area, check out Le Peep in Laguna Hills.  They’re located in the shopping center at La Paz and Moulton.  You will not be disappointed.

Note:

I accidentally discovered broccoli covered in hollandaise sauce.  Whoa.  Try it.

I tried to make a video with my cell phone and it didn’t record the audio.  I’ll have to work on the video again later.

Restaurant Information:

Le Peep’s

They have menus online with pictures and apparently several locations.  We went to the new Le Peep in Laguna Hills, CA.  Wherever you are, if you find a Le Peep, go in!

Have you been to Le Peep?  What do you think about it and what did you try?