A Day Trip to San Pedro, CA

A Day Trip to San Pedro, CA

My boyfriend and I decided to spend the rest of the day in San Pedro after our trip to the Museum of Ice Cream since we were in Los Angeles already. I had heard San Pedro was a nice place to visit and heard the seafood was really good! Since we were nearby we said why not!! I had seen this picture (Below) on @californiathroughmylens Instagram’s account and fell in love with it. Something so simple like a lighthouse with a huge tree next to it with the sun shining through its branches caught my attention. It ended up working out perfect since the Lighthouse was very close to the San Pedro Fish Market.

San Pedro Fish Market

When we first got there around 2pm it was such a pain in the ass to find parking. We got lucky somebody was leaving or else we would have been going around in circles for 30 minutes. We got down and we didn’t know where to eat, there were so many different places. They all basically sold the same type of seafood so we just chose a place near an open seat.  They sold the massive trays filled with shrimp and vegetables which I wanted to get but my boyfriend wanted to try something else. We ended up getting the plate with half tilapia fillets and half shrimp which was really good.The seating there was very crowded but it does have a nice view of the ocean. If you aren’t a crowd person I would suggest going when it isn’t as crowded, maybe during the week because I went on a weekend and there were so many people.

One thing I enjoyed was that you are able to buy alcohol and walk around with it around the market area. So after we finished eating, we just walked around with our drink in hand to look around and listen to the mariachi playing music. I was too bummed out because I was so busy eating that I didn’t capture a picture of my food 🙁 Now I have to go again to get some pictures of the food!  Once we were done eating we went to a brewery across the way. We had seen it on our way to the Fish Market so we decided to give it a try.

Brouwerijwest Brewery

I really fell in love with this brewery inside and out!! How could you not love it with all it’s pretty lights.  I just picture this place as a small venue for a wedding. They have a very large area inside and outside with a lot of tables. They welcome you to bring food from other places. If I would have known sooner, I would have brought the food from San Pedro Fish Market and sat down and enjoyed it here. They don’t sell food but there were food trucks that were lined up outside. They beer was pretty good. I will next time get a flight in order to taste more beers there. I just had a blonde when I went but I would have liked to try more.

It was a very family friendly environment and they welcome dogs too. Very different than the smaller breweries in Santa Barbara or Ventura with the intimate environment that I am used to. Another thing that I really enjoyed was that across the way they had another warehouse where there were a bunch of vendors that sold their own handmade products. There was jewelry, clothing, chocolate (which I bought 🙂 ) and a lot of random little stuff.

Point Fermin Park

After the brewery, we came by this park to see the lighthouse that I had seen on @californiathroughmylens picture on Instagram. I love their pictures they post. I live in California and I am so shocked at the beautiful pictures they post. All those places are so close to me and didn’t even realize. I keep looking for places to travel that are too far away but failed to realize that the state I live in has so many places to explore so when I saw that picture of the lighthouse I told myself I would go and visit. I really hope to keep getting inspired to travel by their pictures.

Point Fermin Park was a great park to go for a short walk. It let the little buzz from the brewery go away which was good because we had to drive back home. I was bummed we went to the lighthouse and they were closed so we couldn’t go inside but it was a really good view of the beach. It kind of reminded me of the bluffs in my hometown Carpinteria.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoy. Hopefully you are able to check out these places on a day you don’t have much going on. Perfect way to relax, explore San Pedro,  and destress for the day.


Quick and Easy Recipe for Lunch

Quick and Easy Recipe for Lunch

Tuna Salad is one of my favorite things to make when I am home, or taking it for lunch at work because it is easy, quick and healthy! I’ve seen many different ways of making tuna salad but this is how I like making tuna salad.

My best friend actually didn’t like Tuna and I told her to try it the way I make it and I got her into tuna 🙂 I was so proud of myself for converting her haha.

Things you will need:

  • Canned Tuna in water
  • Half a tomato
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Mayonaise
  • Salt
  • Pepper

First, chop some tomatoes up and romaine lettuce.

Combine the two in a bowl

Add some mayonnaise

Then the tuna (Be sure to drain out all the water well or else it will be very watery)

Mix it all up and then add salt and pepper to your liking

After you mix everything together you can have it with crackers, Ritz are my favorite!! You can also make it into sandwich for a cold sandwich or for a hot sandwich; you put the tuna on two slices of bread add some provolone cheese (or any kind of cheese) and put it in the toaster for a tuna melt!

Hope you enjoy the tuna salad!!

Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles, CA

I was so excited that I had the chance to go to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles, CA! (Can you tell from the picture) haha.

First, I have to thank my boyfriend for surprising me with our tickets. It was a great idea for a date for both of us. He said he had to wait online to buy the tickets because they were sold out. Once he had his turn to buy them online the first dates available were in 2 months, so we had to wait a while to go but it was definitely worth the visit!

There are pictures of inside the museum so I have warned you, in case you don’t like spoilers.

Fast forward those 2 months… So were pulling up to the location and I see this huge pink building! If you know me, you will know that I absolutely love the color pink. <3

I was so excited just with the pinkness of the building. Once we parked, we had to wait in line for about 15 minutes to go inside the museum.  They send you in groups of about 10 people so it doesn’t get crowded inside which is nice.

Then we get inside and there are Pink Palm Tress!! Yes you read that correctly. lol
Obviously they were fake, but I just get excited over anything that is pink.

I believe they have about 8 rooms you walk through and then they give you 4 treats as you walk throughout the museum. I really enjoyed 2 of them, the other 2 were interesting and thats all I will say. You have to go try them out yourself to be the judge.

I felt this was a perfect place to practice taking pictures for my blog. There were so many things to take pictures of and I was excited over the fact that everything was pink. So if you love to take pictures, don’t forget your camera!!

I won’t tell you what flavor it is but this is the first treat they give you!

All I will say for the next picture is they give you something that is mint flavored and this treat was probably the best one, in my opinion.

I have heard many comments about the Museum of Ice Cream. Before I went, I decided to yelp it and some comments were very harsh. This Museum was a perfect place to go one-time only. People were complaining about the price. My boyfriend paid them and I asked him how much they were and he said they were a bit pricey, but honestly they do give you a lot of stuff throughout the museum. I feel people have to be open-minded in order to really enjoy the place. When you go just be sure to take your time going through it  and don’t rush yourself through it all because then you will feel you didn’t get your money’s worth.

It is perfect place to take your little ones if you have any. Its a good place for a date too, especially if you like Ice Cream! One thing to keep in mind is, it is a museum. Me, being the ice cream lover that I am, was expecting more ice cream haha, but I told myself, its a museum, not an ice cream store! They should really consider putting an ice cream store at the end though, I’m sure it would do well!

Overall, I really loved this place!! It was such a nice surprise from my boyfriend. It was perfect because we didn’t have anything going on that day so we weren’t rushed to get back home. We actually went to San Pedro after this for some food and to a brewery which was really fun. Click here if you want to see what we did in San Pedro.





Places to visit in Seattle

Places to visit in Seattle

Check these places out if you are visiting Seattle soon. These are places we enjoyed when we went on our trip to Seattle, WA. If you have any other recommendations for places to eat, hike or anything please send them my way! I need another reason to go back to Seattle and I also have to make it on a ferry 🙁

  1. Rattlesnake Trail

     Check out more pictures of this hike here.

  2. Space Needle

  3. Pikes Market/ Gum Wall

  4. Rachel’s Ginger Beer

  5. Pike’s Clam Chowder

  6. Glo’s Cafe
  7. Molly Moons Homemade Ice Cream

  8. The Great Wheel

Rattlesnake Hike in Washington

Rattlesnake Hike in Washington

First Hike in Seattle

This was my second time in Seattle and one thing I really wanted to do is go on a hike. Washington is a very green state and I want to enjoy the beautiful views it has. Before this trip I had planned on going to Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park, but I was told it would be better to go camping out there to actually enjoy it for a few days. So I asked my friends roommate about some nearby hikes and she was so helpful!! She also suggested this website which was amazing because you can filter your search depending in what region you want to stay in, the distance, difficulty and more. So if you are in Washington and want to find a trail check this website out!  If you aren’t in Washington and you want to look up trails this website is very good too.

After looking at the Washington Trail we decided to do the Rattlesnake Trail. We saw the pictures of the lake and were sold on it right away. My boyfriend and I stayed with my friend in Seattle. He lives very close to Seattle University. From there it was about a 30-minute drive to the trail.

One thing I love about this trail is that there is good parking. They have a lot of spaces and even an extra lot in case the main one gets filled. The trail was very straight forward and labeled by a couple of signs. There were people going up the trail ahead of us so we also just followed them. The trail was about 3 miles roundtrip and I loved every single part of it. There were so many tall trees and it was just green everywhere!!


I recently haven’t been doing too many hikes at home, just some running and yoga, so I did get a bit tired going up. Especially since we were all talking the whole way up and that made it a bit more difficult. Anyways, when we got up, the view made the whole hike worth it! The view was breathtaking and the lake was so blue next to all the green trees! I had never seen anything like it! I’m used to seeing a city view, beach view and mountain view but nothing like this.

The Views

Excuse my hair that is all over the place, it was a bit windy up there.

There was a higher point but we decided to stop there since we knew taking pictures was going to take a while and this area was a view directly over the lake and the other one was overlooking more of the mountains. So we decided the lake view. There was a lot of people just sitting taking a break at the top enjoying the view. It makes me so happy seeing that many people going on hikes and enjoying the beautiful views nature has for us.

To me hiking is more than a workout and a beautiful view. It is a beautiful place you work hard to get to and you know that once you get to the top, to this beautiful view, you know all your worries and struggles will just go away. Hiking brings me to a serene state of mind and that is all I want in life. I really hope others find this feeling with hikes as well. I fell in love with everything about this trail!! Are there any other trails you love?

Dinner in Pismo Beach, CA

Dinner in Pismo Beach, CA

For this year’s Mother’s Day my brother and I decided to surprise my mom with dinner at Pismo Beach. We didn’t tell her where we were going we just told her to be ready by 1pm and to dress nice. We always drive up north and pass by Pismo Beach but we never took the time to enjoy the little town. So I mentioned to my brother we should find a nice restaurant overlooking Pismo Beach. He looked some places up and Ventana Grill had really good reviews, sooo we decided to give it a shot.

We wanted to have dinner early so we got there at 4:30pm but they were closed from 4-5pm to switch from lunch to dinner. We were the second party there so we got seated within 15 minutes. The restaurant was very nice and had a very nice view, so it fit exactly what I wanted. I didn’t look at the menu beforehand because all I wanted was the view.  So I was a bit nervous about the food.

As we were getting seated we were able to see the lady who was making the tortillas and all I could say is that she did an amazing job!! I feel like in most restaurants they are in the kitchen making tortillas so I was very happy to see them closer to the customers so they can be acknowledged for their great homemade tortillas.

Once we were seated they brought those homemade flour and corn tortillas with a cinnamon butter that were being made which was something else that was different than most restaurants. A restaurant will have a higher chance of being remembered by making themselves different than other restaurants.  They definitely stood out with me, starting with the lady making the tortillas.

Now lets talk about food!! The best part. For an appetizer we ordered the Nachos and they were perfect for sharing with everyone because they were a large amount. Then for the main entrees my mommy ordered a Teriyaki Salmon, that was perfectly cooked, I obviously had to sneak into her plate to try it.

I ordered a Chimichurri Rib Eye Steak that had a variety of zuchinis.

My Dad got the Molcajete that had a little bit of everything… Shrimp, asada, onion, noodles, avocado, cheese. This was actually a very big portion because my dad usually finishes everything on his plate and this time he left some food behind and had to get it to go. So perfect for sharing if you eat smaller portions.

My brother’s girlfriend ordered an appetizer, chicken sopes, that looked like an entree. The actual sope (the flour part) was pretty thick. I’m used to having thinner ones that my mom makes, so I’m sure those were very filling!

My brother ordered another steak that was a lot better than mine but unfortunately I couldn’t reach over everyone to take a picture. But I did get to try it and his steak was way better than mine. Overall the food was definitely quality over quantity!


So I actually take back what I said earlier… dessert is the best part 🙂

One of my client’s recommended this place called Old West Cinnamon Rolls. She said they are the best cinnamon rolls ever, better than Cinnabon and all those other chain places and the best part is you can order them online HERE. We brought a lot of them back but we finished them very quickly. Since I love sweets I will either go to Pismo Beach to get more or order some!

If you are like me and love sweets check out this dessert you don’t want to miss out on.

The pier was closed but there was a boardwalk that has stairs leading down to the beach which was very nice, very windy but worth the walk and pictures! If you get a chance to go to Pismo Beach, you should definitely check out these two places:

  1. Ventana Grill
  2. Old West Cinnamon Rolls

If you get the chance to go I’d love to hear all about it!!
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Franklin Trail in Carpinteria, CA

Franklin Trail in Carpinteria, CA

One of my favorite trails that is in my hometown! Daytime & night time views.

Franklin Trail in Carpinteria, CA is one of my favorite trails for many reasons. One of it being that it has such a wonderful view of Carp (as you can see in the picture). You have a good view as you go up too, not just at the end. You can stop and as you catch your breath, you can take in the beautiful view as well. I love it because it takes me about 5 minutes to drive there from my house, it is A-M-A-Z-ing! Aside from that, you get such a good booty/leg workout in and you don’t even feel it (until the next day).

The trail itself is a bit difficult because majority of it is incline, but its very easy coming back down. I’ve only been to the first part of it that takes you to the fence, that is about 2 miles one way.

I would like to keep going but I always go when I have something planned afterwards so I don’t know how much longer the 2nd part is. The first part always takes me about 45 minutes roundtrip, if I’m busting my ass up, but when I go with my friends/ boyfriend, we end up talking on the way up and that always adds a few more minutes haha.

I convinced my boyfriend to go with me later in the day to catch the sunset and let me tell you it was amazing!!! The hike wasn’t hot, it was cool and fresh, less people on the trail. The only down side is that we were attacked by mosquitos. But we got good pictures !!

I had such a great time taking pictures with him!! Oh and I made him carry me 🙂

If you’d like more information on this hike or directions how to get there click here.

If you haven’t been out to this hike, make sure you go and take some pictures of the beautiful view! Tag me on Instagram, @mypursuitofhappy, if you get to go on this hike. I’d love to read all about your experience on this hike 🙂


Monday’s New Workout

Monday’s New Workout

Monday…. the start of a brand new week!! Finally done with my online class and my work schedule has calmed down a bit. So I will have more time to workout and post more on my blog 🙂

My brother bought a dummy (Century Bob Body) to do some boxing then ended up getting a membership for MMA (mixed martial arts), so I decided to make use of the dummy and do some boxing to mix into my workouts.

Equipment I used:

  • Wrist wraps/ boxing gloves
  • Something to hit …please don’t use a real person.
    (Preferably a punching bag, or dummy)
    If you don’t have either you can always punch the air
  • Jumprope
  • & Music which makes the workout that much better

I did 3 sets of each in this order:

  1. Started with 1-2 minutes of jumprope
  2. 10 Burpees
  3. 10 pushups
  4. 20 high kicks or body kicks (10 with left leg and 10 with right leg)
  5. 10 squats
  6. 10 jabs with left and right
  7. 10 jab & cross combination (left and right)-
  8. 10 jabs, cross & hook combination (left and right)
  9. 10 jabs, cross, hook & upper cut combination (left and right)
  10. Then ended with a few stretches

If you aren’t familiar with the combinations I found a short  6 minute youtube video that explains the combinations.

I am not an expert at this, this is just what I add into my workouts to tone my arms. I’m still working on form and keeping that guard arm up. Also, if you try this workout be very careful of how you are hitting and make sure you protect your wrists with wraps. I hope you’re able to try this. Enjoy 🙂

**Yoga Update

I had crazy 12 hour shifts and finals so I wasn’t able to do yoga too often or post my progress. I am currently on day 25 of YBC Tone Up Program and aside from the boxing today I will be doing day 25 of the program. If  you’d like to see my progress stay tuned and I’ll be posting it shortly after on Instagram on @mypursuitofhappy so go follow me 🙂

I also just wanted to share with you my delicious sandwich I had for lunch since I love food  and it had bacon and avocado  <3

Not all Monday’s have to be Munndays that drag along..

Have a lovely Monday!!

Sycamore Canyon Trail

Sycamore Canyon Trail

This was my first trail I had been to in Newbury Park and I definitely want to go back. I loved how they have easy parking unlike Inspiration in Santa Barbara. It isn't too difficult and it is good for all ages. When I was going up I saw a group of about 15 people with younger kids and they did just fine on the trail.

The trail is flat for the first 10 minutes then it will go in a slight inline (See picture below)

Then once you are up the hill it goes into an incline but there is a bench halfway incase you need a break. It's an easy trail after the inline. It will be about 20-25 minutes to get to the waterfall.

It was very pretty sight, but there were a lot of people around making it difficult to take pictures. Luckily we snuck one in.

You are able to climb up along the waterfall but there was a lot of Poison Oak. So for those who do go up more, be careful!!

There was a nice big rock, which was great to set up for pictures 🙂

There were other paths when we went up so I will be going back for those!!