where i’ve been

Last Tuesday, bright and early the Taster and I set out on our journey to California.

Starting in Wisconsin, we journeyed through Minnesota, South Dakota,Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and finally, California.

We experienced temperatures ranging from 95 to 30 and then back to 75 and sunny (LA).

We drove a lot.

But it was a blast.

We saw the black hills.

We saw Mt Rushmore.

We ate an amazing meal in Salt Lake City. (Thanks Janetha for the recommendation)

We stayed at a ski resort in Southern Utah. Mountains and snow!

We hiked at Zion National Park.

We went to Vegas.

And we ended up just where we are supposed to be. LA. :)

 Speaking of LA, I’m now in a different time zone. Would you guys prefer that I continue posting at 8am central time or doesn’t it make any difference? Let me know!

 

daily eats: 10.5.11 {road trip}

Daily Eats: 10.5.11

Day two of our trip to California. We had spent the night in Rapid City, SD and needed to check out Mt. Rushmore before heading south. I knew I wanted to sneak in a workout before hitting the road so I woke up and headed to the exercise room.

7:30: 30 minute Nike Training app workout + 20 elliptical/treadmill (this was a great workout, I will definitely use this again and it was perfect for traveling!)

Snack: apple eaten in hotel room before hitting the road

Brunch: we stopped at a neat restaurant called Tally’s Silver Spoon in Rapid City, SD. The smoked salmon benedict caught my eye (two poached eggs, smoked salmon, english muffin, hollandaise, ikura roe, tarragon and red pepper coulis) but the english muffin was soggy so I focused on the salmon and egg – it was good but sounded a lot better than it was.

I love ordering eggs benedict because I love english muffins, poached eggs and hollandaise, but I always order the hollandaise on the side – then I can add the amount I want – you don’t need much!

It was then time for Mt. Rushmore! We spent a few hours looking, photographing and learning.

Snack/Lunch: Since brunch was later in the day, I snacked on cheese/hummus and triscuits + kale chips + kombucha for lunch while driving through Custer State Park – Beautiful!

Snack: Popcorn from the lollihop box and random pretzels while driving in the middle of no where. :) We did see some wildlife, but I was feeling a little nervous when it was getting dark and there were no cars, no people, no houses…

But eventually we made it into Laramie, WY.

Dinner…was a little frustrating. We stopped by a bar and grabbed a drink and an awful appetizer and ended up just checking into the hotel and ordering mediocre chinese food. (Combo Lo Mein – his favorite, Shrimp & Broccoli – my favorite) It is times like this that make me realize how accustomed to good food we are!

After two long days of traveling and sight seeing, I’m ready to collapse into bed. Tomorrow we’ve got another 6 hour drive but hopefully it will end with a delicious meal – we deserve it. :)

Have a lovely Thursday!

moving day

Today we start the trek to California! Our pod is already on the way…

And our snacks are ready. (More on that to come.)

We had a great few days in Wisconsin, full of hikes with family at Devil’s Lake…

Badger Games with friends…

And visiting loved ones.

In the next few days, we’ll be visiting the Badlands, Utah – Salt Lake and Cedar City and Vegas (?) before our final destination of Los Angeles.

Have any road trip games for us to play?! 

restaurant: andale taqueria

The Taster and I carpool everyday to work. Or, I guess I should say we did. But everyday for many months, as I drove to the Best Buy Corporate Headquarters I saw the process of a new restaurant and market being remodeled.

Once it was open I had to stop in! I also needed masa flour so it really was necessary. ;) I was instantly taken back to the time I spent in Mexico as a child. The taqueria serves traditional Mexican food (complete with tongue and tripe tacos, tortas, alameres) and the adjoining market contains aisles of all the Mexican food you want (lime mayonaise, fanta, bimbo bread). I love these kinds of field trips.

Once I saw that the taqueria had tortas, which are traditional Mexican sandwiches, I added Andale Taqueria to our “must-visit” list and when we finally made the trip, I was a little obsessed. I had heard about this sandwich, but never tried it and never really even seen it around.

I ordered a carnitas torta with everything on it – beans, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, avocado, queso fresca and mayonaise. I proclaimed it the best sandwich I’d ever had and that I wanted to eat one every day for the rest of my life. Seriously. The taster thought that was stretching it a bit, but the sandwich was sooooo good! So many flavors going on and obviously, very filling.

The Taster went with the burrito pollo (chicken) which was Chipotle-sized and stuffed with rice, beans, salsa, sour cream and chicken. Yum! It definitely had a more authentic flavor to it than Chipotle Burritos.

I felt obligated to order a Mexican Coke – does anyone know the difference between them and regular coke? I originally thought Mexican coke was made with real cane sugar, but it was made with high fructose corn syrup. Hmmm.

The market is an experience in itself – it made me feel like I was in Mexico and I always love  perusing new-to-me foods. A lot of memories came flooding back from the time I’ve spent in Mexico.

For all of you Minneapolis readers – try out Andale Taqueria – it is a gem! And if you try the tounge, tripe or other interesting tacos I’ll be really proud.  I’m way too scared. :)

Andale Taqueria & Mercado

7700 Nicollet Avenue South

Richfield, MN

612-259-8868