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Getting it Together on the Road: Sayulita, Mexico

Let’s talk about my trip to Mexico that I didn’t tell anyone I was going on over four months after I’ve returned!

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I’ve been kind of vocal to my therapist friends that 2015 wasn’t my year. I started this year with such high hopes. Everything was working out! I had everything I wanted! I had goals! Then shit doesn’t go according to plan as things are apt to do in life and I was forced to re-evaluate everything.

March and April were pretty dark months in my life if we’re being honest. I had never been broken-up with for someone else before (to my knowledge) and when you’re already dealing with self-confidence issues, it really screws with your head. (What screws with your head even more is when said ex-boyfriend who lives across the country SHOWS UP AT YOUR APARTMENT THE DAY AFTER YOU GET BACK FROM MEXICO. I can’t make up the shit that does down in my life sometimes but that’s what happens when you date a kid who went to film school.)

So… back to Mexico. After the dark miles of 15-18 in my marathon in May, I was admittedly feeling a lot better about my life but just didn’t feel like myself quite yet. I had wanted to go to Sayulita for a while, I had some flight credit and I was working with my therapist to figure out how to be okay on my own and make decisions for myself. The opportunity to go surfing for a few days in Sayulita came up so I just kind of didn’t tell anyone and went.

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I’m honestly admittedly sometimes a shady person in the fact I like to just do things and not tell anyone about it. It’s how I deal with not wanting to feel judged for my decisions, not that I should be judged for going on vacation but if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I put way too much importance on what people think.

Okay, so I’ve been way too open and candid on this post so far so let me tell you what to do in Sayulita and more importantly, where to eat.

Where to Eat

  • Yeikame Traditional Mexican
    This is Pre-Hispanic Mexican food. I think I ate here twice during my stay in Sayulita. I got the vegetarian blue corn sopes with a bazillion salsas the first time and then I got fish tacos before I headed to the airport to come back to SF. You get popcorn before your meal which is interesting. They also have a neighboring ice cream shop that is traditional Mexican ice cream but it was a little icy for my taste.sayulita - 33

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  • Orangy
    If you’re looking for a healthier breakfast, snack or lunch in Sayulita, this is your place. They have smoothie bowls (but not acai, as the owner told me acai is insanely expensive to buy in Mexico), yogurt bowls, smoothies and fresh pressed juices. They also have a bunch of vegan and gluten-free treats as well.

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  • Mary’s Tacos
    Maybe the best fish tacos I’ve ever had, minus the hatch chile ones my dad and I made. But those were made with love so that’s probably why they tasted so good. Literally nothing is as delicious as anything my dad makes. ANYWAY, this place is great. They also have all the salsas which is my type of jam. I ate here twice as well during my stay. I also got the veggie tacos one night and they were the bomb. Super big portions and super cheap but it’s Mexico so that’s obvious.

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  • Naty’s Cocina
    Nata’s was right across the street from my bungalow but I never seemed to be around when they were open until my last day there. Each taco is less than $1 (!!!) and they do breakfast and lunch. The tacos are super huge and it’s basically just Sayulita’s version of Chipotle as far as toppings go (you pick whatever you want) except you don’t have to pay extra for guac.
  • Chocobanana
    If you want gringo breakfast food that isn’t as good as any gringo food you would get in the US, go here. But if you need a sweet and cold snack after surfing all day, you should go here and get a chocolate covered banana.

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  • Wakika Heladeria
    Clearly it was my goal to eat every ice cream-type concoction in the entire town of Sayulita while I was there. Wakika is known for their paletas (ice cream popsicle things) but they also have gelato and chocolate-covered bananas. I had a pistachio one after surfing one day and I was super impressed. And I am an ice cream connoisseur if you’ve ever looked at my Twitter profile so I feel qualified to make decisions as far as ice cream goes.

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  • El Fortin
    Of course I started craving acai while I was in Sayulita. This is the only place I found it. I ordered a large because I was starved and feeling aggressive about acai. They were nice enough to add a packet of Vega One Protein Powder for me too because I knew I wasn’t getting enough veggies or protein during my trip. Clearly I was not the first person to ask for this because the girl smiled and nodded when I handed her the packet. They also have the best Americano in all of Sayulita and I bought a bag of their beans for my dad.

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  • El Itacate
    These were the best steak tacos of the trip. They also came with pickled beans and grilled onions which were a tasty touch.

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What to Do

  • Surf
    Duh. That’s like the whole reason Sayulita is a town. The break is pretty gentle and consistent which is perfect for beginners or people who want to tune up. And the water is WARM! After surfing in cold water the entirety of the year before this trip, it was nice to only have to wear a bikini and a rash guard and not a wet suit and booties.If you’re looking to rent equipment or take a lesson, I suggest Lunazul. Everyone there is beyond amazing, knowledgeable and so, so nice. They also made a comment that a lot of single girls from San Francisco end up in Sayulita so clearly I’m not original in my escapism.

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  • Stand-Up Paddle Board
    I’ve admittedly been stand-up paddle boarding for a couple years now but I’ve never done it in the ocean. It’s kind of hard to get out into the ocean (you have to paddle out like you’re on a surf board then try and stand up and not get knocked over by a wave in the process) but it’s so fun and relaxing. I would just paddle around when the surf was flat. There’s some hidden beaches you can get to from the main beach of Sayulita. Allegedly Kim and Kanye West rent a house on one of them every now and again. You can rent a paddle board at any beach stand or at Lunazul.
  • Shop
    I basically went to Mexico with my only goal being to surf and buy a pair of huaraches but unfortunately only one of those came true. Despite the fact I didn’t get new beautiful handmade sandals and somehow ruined my existing ones with some sort of oil, there are a ton of boutiques with beautiful handmade jewelry, gifts and clothes. I want to go back and buy a painted skull to hang above my couch so if I’m watching TV and there’s an earthquake I get impaled (joking about getting impaled, but I do want a painted long-horn bull skull for my apartment).

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Where to Stay

  • Aurinko Bungalows
    My bungalow was basically bigger than my apartment, had a hammock (!) and was like $50-some dollars a night. It was clean, super safe and two blocks from the beach. It’s kind of loud at night but it’s Mexico so what are you going to do? You can also see large lizards on other rooftops which are scary if you’re me.

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Where to Drink

  • Sayulita Wine Store
    Mexico’s wine scene is just starting out, really. They’re more known for tequila (obviously) but if you want some wine — and to try Mexican wine — stop by this store.

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  • Le Zouave de Hafa
    This place is super hipster and has real sexy vibes. Come for a margarita made from fresh pressed juice.

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Chat with me:
Have you ever traveled to escape all the feelings? Am I the shadiest human ever? Have you been to Sayulita — did I miss anything in my guide?

Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Gluten-Free + Vegan]

There’s a vegan restaurant a few blocks away from me called Seed + Salt. I was meeting my friend Kristine for lunch there a couple weeks ago (#marinagirls forever) and even though I’m not a soup person, their Carrot Coconut Soup sounded delicious and I ordered it. Long story short, I have had that carrot coconut soup on my mind ever since.

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I’ve strangely been craving a lot of soup lately. There’s a Thai Chicken soup at work that is allegedly very good, I was craving lentil soup (recipe coming soon) the week after that and then this soup just spoke to me. I blame it on the weather. The past few weeks have been the coldest it’s been since I’ve moved to San Francisco.

This soup is also great because I’ve been trying to eat way more plant-based lately. I’m going through a phase where I’m just kind of not that into meat and it’s such a pain to cook anyway. I’m feeling better without it in my diet and figuring out how to get protein in other ways. Also, not running 40 miles a week means you kind of don’t need as much protein as you used to… womp womp.

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I’m not saying that I’m not going to eat meat but I’m probably just not going to buy it and cook it for myself for a while. Also, looking to lower my grocery bill because SoulCycle is eating up my budget. But, my PT’s cute assistant told me “You can’t put a price on good health” and we all know if an attractive guy tells me something, I probably do it (aka the fact I moved to Hong Kong at 19 was partly because my advisor was hot and told me I should).

Not to totally diverge on this soup and bore you all to death, but I’m an almond milk latte in and aside from a glass of wine, that’s when I do my best writing/thinking so here’s a thought — isn’t the power of doing something to impress someone kind of crazy? The number of times I have made a boy go on a run he totally can’t handle, clean up his diet or do something out of their comfort zone (minus move to San Francisco, but that’s a story for another day) is unreal. I really need to harness that power more often. It’s like Kanye West wrote Kanye’s Workout Plan for the guys I seem to attract.

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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Vegan, Gluten Free]
 
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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas is the vegan and gluten-free way to stay warm this winter. Detox from heavy holiday foods with this soup.
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
Soup
  • 4 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced into half-moons
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt + pepper
  • Cilantro to garnish (optional, but encouraged)
Chickpeas
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry (or 1 cup freshly cooked chickpeas)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
Soup
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
  2. Line a baking tray with a Silpat or non-stick aluminum foil. Place carrots on baking tray and spray with coconut oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake carrots for 30 minutes or until they are soft and begin to brown.
  4. When carrots are finished roasting, melt coconut oil in a large soup pan.
  5. Place onion in soup pan and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add carrots and continue cooking with onions for another 15 minutes, or until soft.
  7. Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, curry powder, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then let simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Remove soup from heat and let cool slightly. Once cooled, pour into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender.
  9. Pour soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro and crispy chickpeas
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Chickpeas
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Place chickpeas on a Silpat lined baking sheet (or line with non-stick aluminum foil).
  3. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Place in oven and bake until hard and crispy, about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 175 Fat: 10 g Saturated fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 9 g Sodium: 159 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 3 g

Nutrition information is for soup without crispy chickpeas.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Chat with me:
Soup person — yes or no? (I just figured out how to make an em dash on my Mac keyboard so watch me totally abuse it now.) What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve done because someone attractive told you should? Also, leave me more soup recipes I should make in the comments, please!

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.30

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After a solid few weeks of sleeping eight hours a night (that’s what happens when you can’t get up and run in the morning) I’ve totally stopped sleeping again. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. But it’s bordering on midnight as I write this and I’ve watched one too many episodes of Scream Queens (my total guilty pleasure show ) so I should get to bed.

Enjoy the best links I’ve found this week – I need to get my beauty rest incase I see my BF Jake Gyllenhaal out and about in SF filming Zodiac 2.

Travel
Kind of surprised by the most Instagrammed spots in every state. Mostly that Milan Puskar Stadium wasn’t the most Instagrammed spot in West Virginia… and that the zoo was the most Instagrammed spot in Pittsburgh? Say what?

The final frontiers of travel. Is it completely crazy I kind of want to go to South Sudan? (The answer is YES.)

The six people you meet on vacation. Does that mean we all fall into one of these archetypes? I suppose I’m some awful combination of the first three.

Lifestyle
We’re all busy this time of year (and in general, right?) and sometimes our calendars get mad over-whelming. Some tips for organizing your calendar,  including that it’s okay to say no to things you don’t really want to do, schedule a day all for yourself each week (I do that!) and outsource where you can. (Google Express or Instacart anyone?)

I’ve basically not started any holiday shopping (shocker) and for those of you in my boat, here’s a guide to perfect gift baskets.

Saving money is way more important than most of us millennials realize but don’t fall for these money saving myths.

Blogging
I need more food props in my life. Loving this list of essential food props for bloggers by Georgie from In It 4 the Long Run.

Running and Fitness
Basically I take anything elite runner Tina Muir says about running as the gospel. Her Gift Guide for Runners was giving me some ideas of what to ask for myself!

This Amish kid is running marathons faster than me in full Amish regalia in PA of course.

Food
100 years of dinner in the US in three minutes. I feel like they are totally spot on.

I’m back on the overnight oats train… definitely going to make these Snickerdoodle Vegan Overnight Oats from Food Faith Fitness.

Cornbread French Toast. That’s all there is to say.

Chat with me:
Have you watched Scream Queens? What meals did you at growing up? What do you think is the most Instagrammed spot in your state? What are you up to this weekend?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.16

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I really should go do my PT exercises for my Achilles and… wow, updated November 26th: I’m an utter failure and totally just published this and never really finished writing anything. Whoops.

Travel
Can travel ever be authentic anymore? You see the same photo Instagrammed on everyone’s account of them riding a camel in Dubai, drinking Guinness in Ireland and in a hot spring in Iceland. My key? Go somewhere gritty.

A list of things to do before you leave for Thanksgiving (or vacation or honestly, in general). I actually do all of these (minus leave a meal in the freezer – but gotta start doing that) before I leave.

Lifestyle
Unexpected nail polish combinations, for when you don’t know what color to make your party nail (am I the only person who still consistently rocks the party nail?).

It’s not news stress is bad… but are we overlooking that some stress is normal? And why are millennials so anxious? (Answer: Helicopter parents and as much as I love mine, they were helicopter parents.)

Running and Fitness
A woman with terminal cancer runs her last marathon. How scary to just know a race will be your last – and it could kill you in the process. Such a brave, brave undertaking.

I tweeted this link yesterday, but Angela from Cowgirl Runs has an awesome and informative post on Nutrition and Running. I am obviously eating way too much dairy.

I’m tempted to start training with a heart-rate monitor because I know I don’t push myself hard enough.

Food
Very into what wines sommeliers drink at home.

All about the LA darling artisanal chocolate, Compartes Chocolate. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for me, go this route.

I think I’m going to make this Cheesy Kabocha Squash Breakfast Burrito for a lunch or dinner burrito… yum!

My girl Davida recreated one of my favorite meals from my trip to visit her in Toronto with The Ultimate Buddha Bowl.

Oh hello, infographic of what cheese to put on your cheese plate.

Chat with me:
Do you ever train with a heart rate monitor?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.09

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Happy Fri-yay, ya’ll. I used to wonder what it would be like to have a Saturday that didn’t involve having a long run and now I unfortunately have a Saturday that doesn’t involve a long run and I’m not into it. Long story short, I decided to try and run 12 miles on my Achilles last week, overcompensated on my quad, strained that and now I’m out for the count. I’m 12 weeks out from the LA Marathon so I called the physical therapist in tears on Tuesday and now I’m in a relationship with ice packs and my foam roller. COOL. If anyone asks, we didn’t meet on Tinder and instead met at a running group. Aren’t. I. Hilarious? My body is basically falling apart and I’m 26.

I’m headed out to SoulCycle since it’s the only form of exercise I like that doesn’t currently kill my quad/Achilles so enjoy the best links I found this week.

Travel
24 Hours in Seattle, Washington. I’m having such issues committing to things, even weekend trips. I need to book a flight to Seattle and just do it.

Lots of us are traveling this season and staying with friends and family. Be a gracious overnight guest so you’re asked back!

Need. To. Go. Glamping. Especially at a place that looks like it’s straight out of a Wes Anderson film.

Lifestyle
Have you started your Christmas/Hanukkah/whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year list yet? Add a few of the best cookbooks of 2015 of the year to your list.

By now, we all know social media is a curated look at the best of the best of someone’s life. What’s actually going on when those photos aren’t so cropped?

This post by Aziz Ansari on parents went pretty viral this week. Your parents were people just like us at one time, they’re just doing the best they can. They just want to spend time with us. And if I ever had someone who was 1/2 me, I’d probably want to hang out with them too.

What do your exes say about you? (Really though, what do say about my exes?) Notice how I said exes. Such a reformed serial dater over here.

Running and Fitness
Eight signs you’re addicted to SoulCycle. My fitness budget is out of control. #noononMonday

Uh, so I can’t run right now… hopefully working out like a Victoria’s Secret Angel will help keep me in shape?

Food
What you should know about going gluten-free. Fun fact – most gluten-free foods are packed with preservatives. Just stick to real, whole foods. If you think that gluten-free bagel is any healthier you’re wrong.

Why have I never thought of stuffing baked apples as a dessert? Sign me up for any of these, please.

These tostadas made from pitas are going to be my dinner next week for sure.

Have you thought about the appetizers for Thanksgiving dinner yet?

Chat with me:
Tell me about how you overcame a running injury. I need validation I’m going to run again someday. What are you up to this weekend? Have you started watching Master of None yet? (SO GOOD GO WATCH RIGHT NOW!)

Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]

At about one a.m. on Sunday morning I decided I really wanted Chipotle chips and guac. Not just any chips and guac, but preferably Chipotle’s. Theirs isn’t even the best guacamole I’ve ever had (that still goes to my ex-boyfriend, unfortunately) but for whatever reason, two glasses of wine and a few sips of bourbon after a 12-mile run, SoulCycle class and a solid several miles of walking, Chipotle spoke to me.

Luckily for me, Chipotle isn’t open (that I know of) at 1 a.m., I only know where two are in the city and one is in SoMa which was too far away, so I texted my father that I really was craving Chipotle and went home and kind of buzzed-ate one of these enchiladas. Adulting is drunk texting your father about your food cravings and not drunk texting your ex that you miss them. #progress

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I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about people who are sick of Thanksgiving food. Sick of Thanksgiving food? It comes once a year. How can you be sick of it? People suggested subbing turkey for pasta carbonara on one Food52 discussion. On my dad’s side of the family we always had lasagna on Thanksgiving and Christmas (or sometimes gnocchi) but I’m Italian so…

I also saw a recipe for a tamale stuffing which totally intrigued me. What about a Mexican-themed Thanksgiving if you’re sick of Thanksgiving food? I would like to find one person who is sick of Mexican food (minus me, when I came home from Mexico, which I seriously still need to write about).

One of my friends mentioned she ate Mexican food four times in three days over the weekend and someone commented that we lived in California so that was totally normal. I’m thankful to live in such a beautiful, albeit dry, state where I have an abundance of good Mexican food. There’s two amazing Mexican places (Mamacita and Tacolicious) within a few blocks of me!

We all know I’m a yogurt monster because I don’t love meat and yogurt is my biggest protein source. I’ve been a huge fan of siggi’s for basically ever, or since I learned Icelandic yogurt was a thing and has even more protein than Greek yogurt. siggi’s yogurt is made with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar. There is more protein than sugar in every cup – even flavored varieties, so I love grabbing a few flavored cups to have as a special snack throughout the week at work or after dinner.

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If you’re worried about not getting enough protein in a recipe without animal protein, well, there’s black beans and corn tortillas and cheese and siggi’s! so each little enchilada guy has 12 grams of protein each. You can also save this recipe for after Thanksgiving and stuff your leftover turkey meat inside, too. You’re welcome in advance.

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Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 10 enchiladas
Ingredients
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1½ cups black beans (or one can black beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 cups baby white mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 jar green enchilada sauce
  • 2 containers siggis 4% plain yogurt
  • 1½ cup shredded mexican cheese
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium.
  3. Add garlic and chopped yellow onion and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.
  5. While mushrooms are cooking, mix yogurt and 1 cup of cheese in a small bowl.
  6. Add spinach to mushroom mixture and cook until wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove veggies from heat and strain excess water from cooking with a strainer. (REALLY IMPORTANT UNLESS YOU WANT SOGGY ENCHILADAS!)
  8. Add black beans to veggie mixture and mix well. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Wrap corn tortillas in plastic wrap and microwave for one minute to soften.
  10. In a large baking pan, add ¼ cup enchilada sauce to bottom.
  11. Place tortilla in saucy pan, fill with ¼ cup veggies and 1-2 tbsp of yogurt + cheese mixture. Roll so the seam is towards the bottom of the pan. Repeat until you run out of tortillas.
  12. Pour remainder of enchilada sauce on top of enchiladas.
  13. Sprinkle remainder ½ cup cheese on top of enchiladas.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and top of enchiladas begin to brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 enchilada Calories: 176 Fat: 6 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 296 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 12 g

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by siggi’s yogurt and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Chat with me:
Do you ever get sick of Mexican food… or Thanksgiving food? Do you eat non-traditional foods on holidays?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.02

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This is once again coming to you late. Remember when I did stuff like write posts the morning before they were supposed to go up? Me either.

This week was jam packed (an event with Brit + Co you’ll see a recap of next week, drinks with a friend from home, dinner for another friend’s birthday, SoulCycle galore) and this weekend is me trying the old leg out on double-digits again, more Soul, a trip to Scribe (hello pickup weekend!) and like maybe fitting in being a real person in there somewhere.

Okay, I need to be out the door for an appointment like right now so enjoy the best links I found this week.

Travel
Loving these ideas of vacations to go on with your group of friends. I’m very into the idea of a surf trip to Morocco… who’s in?

How to save money when you travel abroad. I definitely agree with the Airbnb route and with buying souvenirs for your friends and family that involve food.

Lifestyle
Who doesn’t love following The Fat Jewish? He did an a-maz-ing interview on The Coveteur and it’s definitely worth a read.

Cabin goals. Need I say more?

Remember when I said I was going to be more confident this year? Still a work on progress and these tips to be more confident are good reminders.

Running and Fitness
Spin class in France is just as you expect it to be – not sweaty, not intense and super laid back. Guess Soul won’t be opening there anytime soon?

I love seeing what ultra and elite athletes eat (and people in general, because it reminds me I’m the only psychopath who eats 2 cups of yogurt a day).

Should you stop drinking during marathon training? The glass of wine I had at dinner last night and the cocktail the night before tell you my thoughts on it… but I never drink the few days leading up to a race. Minus that one time. And that other time.

Food
If anyone wants to send me this chocolate vegan salami, please feel free.

Healthy hacks to beat sugar cravings. I need all of these and then some. I am a non-refined sugar #sugarmonster.

Is it ever not banana bread season? Making this Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from The Iron You this weekend for sure.

Ways to start and end your day with peanut butter. Because if you’re me, you eat like at least 1/4 cup nut butter throughout the day. Literally 1/5-1/4th of my daily calories come from nut butter. It’s maybe an issue.

Chat with me:
Who are your favorite funny people to follow on Instagram? (It’s okay to say me.) Do you love seeing what other people eat? What has been the best trip you’ve ever been on with your friends?

How to Treat a Running Injury

For the most part of my 12-year running career, I’ve ran mainly injury free. In this calendar year, I’ve somehow strained my Achilles twice and knee once (that one lasted like three days).

Last Monday, I was out for a run and really pushing the speed. I could feel some pain on the outside of my lower leg but just ignored it. I had felt it the day before when I ran the Women’s Health Run 10 Feed 10 10K and just on my runs throughout the week after the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. But I just kept ignoring it and running out it. About 4 miles in, the pain was bad enough that I had started to limp a little bit. I looked down at my watch and I eventually slowed down two minutes per mile slower than I had started. I got in the shower and could barely put weight on my foot.

I was pretty convinced I had given myself a stress fracture. I had been going to SoulCycle 3-4 times a week lately on top of my runs and running two races back to back. I did two workouts I wasn’t used to the week before, too. As I sat furiously googling “stress fracture” and “Achilles tendinitis” I self-diagnosed myself with tendinitis because that is what I self-diagnosed myself with this winter and somehow healed myself.

Moral of the story – I let a little pain go too far but if I had kept pushing it this past week, I think I would have prolonged the issue. As soon as the pain got really bad, (I’ll say it was an 8 on a scale of 1-10 but I have a low pain tolerance… I think) I stopped running.

How to Treat a Running Injury

  • See a doctor: I’m lazy and didn’t feel like going through all the effort of finding a sports medicine doctor in San Francisco and having them tell me to stop running forever, so I didn’t see a doctor. But I had a terrible injury in high school and saw a doctor and a year and a half of physical therapy later, I was healed.
  • Rest: I don’t do well with rest. I hate resting. I start getting sad when I can’t run and irritable and angry and I’m just not a person you want to be around. But seriously, stop running. At least for a couple days. Go swim or ride the stationary bike or literally rest, but don’t pound the pavement.
  • Ice: “20 minutes on, 20 minutes off” if you want to be specific but I basically just do “until my leg gets too cold and then when I feel like it’s been 20 minutes”.
  • Tape: In my research, I saw that taping the injured area helped. I used to have to tape my shins or ankles in high school for various whatever reasons. I remembered I had KT Tape in my closet from a race swag bag recently and watched a video on how to apply it for Achilles Tendinitis. At this point, I’ve basically become a MD.
  • Keep the muscles loose: This also goes along with swimming, spinning, etc. If you’re not working an injured muscle in some capacity it will get too stiff and not continue to heal. Stretch it out, go to yoga, walk – trust me, it helps.
  • Run: Counter-intiutitive, I know. This winter I ran slowly on my Achilles my first few runs back. Did it hurt at first? Yeah, a little. Then it stopped. Then it felt fine mostly. Just listen to your body. If it starts to feel better – not worse – a half mile or so in, keep on running. If not, stop. But leave the watch at home for this run.
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Life, lately.

If you find yourself consistently getting injured, you probably need to ask yourself a few questions: Am I wearing the right shoes? Am I taking care of my body properly, be it nutrition or stretching or strength training or taking actual rest days? I’m slowly learning that every body is different. Just because an elite runner can log 100 mile weeks and do two workouts a day doesn’t mean my body can. It doesn’t make me any better or worse, it just means I didn’t hit the genetic running lottery. I did hit the genetic humor letter so there’s that. (JK)

Now… what am I going to commit to this November so I can get back into LA Marathon training full-force? Foam rolling + stretching + yoga (I’ve actually been way better about this the past few months), strength training (I really mean it this time) and rest days (a new concept in my life).

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Chat with me:
What other tips do you have for dealing with a running injury? Have you ever been injured? What genetic lottery trait did you win?

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I have a confession – I’m not into Halloween. I have a really hard time thinking of something both culturally relevant + witty + sexy. Because honestly, I think I’m attractive and I wear skimpy clothes because I’m petite and flat-chested and athletically built and live in California and you can get away with short shorts and flowy tanks that show your bralette and all of that when those things are all things but I’m bad at being like, “okay I’m going to be a sexy cop” or whatever. I cannot be my authentic self when I’m trying to be a sexy sushi roll or something.

Okay, but because it’s Halloween and I am lamenting on being unable to be a sexy bumblebee, I thought I would share a little gem from college with you. Back when I was a size 8 but for whatever reason would go out dressed like this (but look at that tan!). I was a Sexy ABC Officer (Alcohol Board of Control) with my roommates. The real ABC wouldn’t take photos with us… basically McKayla Maroney status non-amused at our antics.

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Okay, now after that trip down memory lane and a great time laughing at how clever I am thinking of Sexy Julia Child Halloween costumes, here are the best links of the week.

Travel
I really need to get my life together and plan a little getaway for Thanksgiving (or just really commit to Friensgiving) and this list of affordable California getaways is a great starting point. (I’ve already knocked Monterey/Carmel and Big Sur off the list, though.

A list of places you should visit in the winter because you can find great airfare deals. Basically all of these places are places I want to visit, since you know my love for Central/South America.

Airport breakfasts are literally the worst. I’ve had a total meltdown in the Detroit airport because they didn’t have plain Greek yogurt. Flight attendants share their healthy airport breakfast tips.

Lifestyle
For whatever reason, I’m mad into this Rihanna interview.

You know I love a good “what does your favorite [fill-in-the-blank] say about you”. I don’t see Peanut M&Ms on ‘What Your Favorite Halloween Candy Says About You”, but I can maybe get behind what it says about Reese’s cups.

I finally bought a bench for my kitchen table so I can have more than one other person over for dinner (don’t you feel like I was talking about that damn bench for the past year?) so now I’m going to use these tips for hosting in a small space.

Emily Shuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere is basically the authority on all things lifestyle. I take her beauty comments to heart.

Running and Fitness
Stretches for runners. All of the yeses. This is why I get injured – I don’t focus on this enough.

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the US gave John Kerry SoulCycle classes!!! Yes, that many exclamation points were necessary. It’s because Kerry had a bike accident with a curb last spring and the ambassador told him in SoulCycle there aren’t any curbs. Okay, fan girl moment over because I unapologetically love John Kerry because he’s so badass.

Food
Why does LA get everything great Portland has? Why doesn’t SF ever get any love? There’s a Blue Star in LA now (you can find me there after the LA Marathon… followed by Salt & Straw) and this interview with the owners about the brioche donuts is great.

So you’re pairing your Halloween candy with wine, right? If not, you should try it this year.

The Kitchn shares 10 cooking tips that changed everything.

I’m a total failure of baking with yeast. I had my brief stint dating a brewer who was all about making pizza crusts with yeast but I’m still not convinced I was ever successful. Goals for 2016? Learn how to bake with yeast.

The psychology behind restaurant menus. None of it surprising, but it makes you see trends.

A bunch of oatmeal recipes for National Oatmeal Day. Because fake holidays, right?

Chat with me:
Do you dress up in dumb costumes like “sexy dinosaur” for Halloween? What’s your favorite Halloween candy? What cooking tip do you have that changed everything for you? Best donut ever?

Race Recap: Nike Women’s San Francisco Half Marathon 2015

It’s been a marathon and two half marathons since I haven’t run a PR (the marathon was by default, but still) until today (I ran a 1:55, which I guess I should include in this). I don’t know what was up with my race, but I wasn’t there mentally or physically at the Nike Women’s San Francisco Half Marathon 2015.

I wasn’t set up for success for this race. I haven’t been doing very many tempo runs or any track work. My core/strength-training has went down the drain again. Then I made the executive decision to “run by feel” and not look at my watch. Well, I already know I am a person who needs personal accountability and not looking at your pace is a really great way to not hold yourself accountable.

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I aired my frustrations with myself in the group text with my dad and uncles (which is my favorite group text, by the way, because they are all hilarious) and this really resonated with me: “You are repeatedly doing what very few could even do one time.” My dad on the phone later asked my overall place was and when I did the math and still finished in the top 6%, I had to let the shitty feelings go.

Instead of the same sob story of me not putting in the work to get results, I’d like to talk about what this race meant to me. I ran this race last year while in San Francisco looking at apartments (one year ago Sunday, this year’s race day, my dad and I sat at the Intercontinental and decided I should sign the lease for this apartment).

Running has been a huge part of my life for over 12 years. From high school cross country to crossing the line of my first marathon this year, running has defined me for over the past decade. I have days where I love running so much it’s gross and I days where I wish I had never laced up a pair of shoes in my life. Running has been a really integral part of my life in San Francisco. Every inch of this course I have covered on some run in the past year, some parts most days of the week (the final two miles).

Last weekend Chrissy and I did a 13+ loop from our apartments to Golden Gate Park then through the park back to the Marina. I told her it was weird the number of monumental conversations I can acutely real that have happened while running.

So, this race. same course as last year. From Union Square to Alamo Square, where my friend Kitt was cheering on runners after the hill on Mile 2 and who I was so excited to see, down the Panhandle to Golden Gate Park where Emily was with the rest of the San Francisco Road Runners. Golden Gate Park, seeing two of my closest friends in the city and thinking of all the conversations I’ve had in that damn park made me very introspective.

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I was just not feeling it in the Presidio, despite being strangely excited to run the hills in the morning. I run down Lincoln a lot on my runs with San Francisco Road Runners so it felt strange to think about how much I just love killing that downhill. I used to really love running to Baker Beach when I first moved here, too. When I was feeling slow I just kept telling myself “head up, wings out” (my mantra from Emily) and thinking about flying.

I knew in the last two miles I just needed to dig in and finish it strong. I couldn’t let people keep passing me in my neighborhood on my normal route. It also felt weird to me to run down Chrissy Field on the road (I usually run up it on the sidewalk then back down on the sand trail along the beach). I had this weird feeling of hating all these other people on something that is typically so peaceful to me. BUT it was super nice because I know how I feel on my daily runs and how much I had left so I knew to leave everything on the course.

Looking at my mile splits, I was more consistent than I have been – just consistently slower. My slowest mile, which was a mile uphill, was 9:38. I had absolutely zero 7:XX-miles, which is a difference from 3-4 sub-8 miles from my past few races.

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Things that were great: Race swag (the necklace this year was super cute and so was the tank), organization (people want to say this race was run terribly but I’ve run some terrible races and Nike consistently puts on a good race), the course (hard but super scenic… if you’re coming to SF to run this is the best race to run sight-wise, crowd-support (they had Lincoln Blvd and the hill from miles 9.5-11 stacked with cheering people) and finishing four blocks from my apartment.

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Things that could have been better: Communication from Nike (but coming from my background, I know communication is shit when plans aren’t finalized… so there you go), more water stations (!!), finish line things were WAY better last year and at DC… oh, and I miss the “Expotique” but as a marketer, completely get why they wanted to drive traffic into their stores.

Would I do it again? Probably, because I get race FOMO. It’s a little pricey, so hoping by next year some brand wants me to run it on behalf of them (if it’s still in SF, which I’ve heard it’s moving on south to LA).

To end the morning, #brunchedsohard with Kitt and Chrissy at NOPA which is my fave restaurant in the city.

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Chat with me:
What situations make you introspective? What does where you live mean to you? What were you up to this weekend?