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

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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Dukes in Malibu

Dukes in Malibu

Yesterday felt nice being able to get out of Santa Barbara and Ventura for the day. My boyfriend decided to take me to Dukes in Malibu and I have to say it is a very nice restaurant. Great Views and Great food!

First of all the drive on the PCH is very beautiful and relaxing! 

Once we got to Duke’s they gave us an estimate wait time of about 30-45 minutes, which we thought was a long time but it was a perfect excuse to go to their Barefoot Bar 🙂

For some reason I have been into Moscow Mules so I saw they had a Hawaiian Mule on their menu so I had to try it! It didn’t beat the one I had in San Diego though.  My boyfriend tried the Duke’s Blonde, which was pretty good beer!

The wait wasn’t too bad since we were at the bar. It actually felt like 20 minutes so that was nice. I fell in love with the view that we had from our table! The sun had already set, but it was still pretty!

First they brought us bread and ohh mahh gash… I fell in love. You have to have their bread with butter, especially when the bread is still warm. We ordered the Crab and MacNut Wontons (since we love the ones from Spencer Makenzie’s), but I wasn’t too fond of them, the mustard plum sauce was too over powering and lets just say, I’ll stick to the wontons from Spencer’s, but if you like Crab and Mustard it’s worth a shot.

My boyfriend had  Filet Mignon and I had the Parmesan Herb Crusted. They were both very delicious. The portions looked small but its definitely quality over quantity at Dukes. And after all the bread I had, it was a perfect amount and I still ended up being stuffed afterwards.

We will definitely be going back to try different dishes, to have more bread, haha, and to be seated while the sun is setting.

Crepes in San Diego

Crepes in San Diego

Our breakfast after our long day exploring San Diego. I woke up at 7:30am (surprisingly) woke my boyfriend up so we can have breakfast. It was pouring in the morning, but I was just craving this place because I looked it up on Yelp, it had good reviews and it looked adorable, Elixir Espresso Bar in San Diego.

He was too sweet and dragged himself out of bed for me and walked in the rain – about a 10 min walk- but he thanked me after.

The crepe I had was filled with strawberries, bananas and nutella and topped with more nutella and powdered sugar. Luckily they also had breakfast crepes with eggs and ham which were pretty good and perfect for him since he doesn’t have too many sweets… only when I convince him to have some.

Well worth the walk in the rain 🙂