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Have you tried it? MONAVIE – ACAI JUICE March 13, 2009

MONAVIE JUICE

MONAVIE JUICE

Hmm. Where do I start? You have probably heard about Monavie Juice by now… and if you haven’t heard about Monavie, you’ve probably driven by a car with MONAVIE info or the MONAVIE logo plastered onto their car….

Let’s start with the facts. Monavie is built on a multi-level- marketing(MLM) structure. Lots of people on this program HAVE made a lot of money .. but it takes work.. and lots of connections .. and sales.

Monavie is made up of 19 different fruit juices, including the superfood – ACAI BERRY. Monavie claims that with regular consumption of this juice – your health will improve. Although they have not made any definite claims, drinkers of Monavie have credited the juice for curing cancer, helping with arthritis, gout, lowering cholesterol, increasing metabolism and giving you increased energy.

I was first approached about Monavie through a friend who thought that my ”business savvy” ways would help me become a successful Monavie distributor. Although I was initially skeptical, I figured that she actually knew people with Monavie success stories and what’s the harm in learning about a new product? I attended the information meeting and instantly I was intrigued / freaked out by the intensity of the Monavie distributors. It seemed like a lot of the people there were making a lot of money selling this juice. Means that the product has to work! … right?

There were people claiming to be making $100,000 a month by selling this juice! How is that possible? Granted, I attended the meeting before the economy was on the fast downward spiral.. but still.. I don’t care how big your rolodex is… finding that many people to purchase this juice seemed unrealistic. After the meeting I started talking to some people who had been involved in the business for a while. They seemed to swear by the product.. and also the company. I stayed skeptical but was intrigued to learn more… after all Monavie is a health product right?

It took me a few months before I actually signed up for my ”auto ship” …. Little did I know that I wasn’t going to make any money unless I was on “auto ship” … Meaning – in order for me to have an ongoing income from Monavie.. I would have to drink this juice forever.

Before I purchased my auto ship – I attended various meetings. One thing I noticed about these meetings was that the distributors were more concerned about the money and compensation plan than with the actual health benefits that came with the juice. That lack of balance raised concerns for me. However, I was lucky enough to be in contact with a great mentor who has been selling Monavie for a while. She kept reiterating the fact that this juice has health benefits… and can really be a great preventative regime.

Still skeptical I started to drink the juice. Drinkers are advised to drink 2 shots per day – one in the AM and one in PM. It’s like taking a vitamin. After a few shots the juice becomes really tasty and you start to crave it.

In all honesty, I don’t know what ”health changes” I was expecting. I am a pretty health 25 year old female with no major health issues. I guess I was expecting for it to rock my world… for me to shed pounds and who knows what else…

Does the juice work ?

Although I don’t have any trackable proof… I THINK THIS JUICE ACTUALLY WORKS. After a few weeks of drinking the juice I noticed that my skin was clear, I had more energy, I wasn’t as hungry in between meals, and every time thought I was coming down with a cold… I would up my Monavie and kick the cold away.

Will Monavie make you a millionaire?

Participating in the company like I do… NO. I guess for me … it’s not the right time. With people losing jobs and families losing homes .. I know that most people are not willing to spend the money on JUICE right now… However, I will admit that I have not given this business my all. Perhaps a part of me remains skeptical. Maybe another part of me feels bad – asking people to shell out money every month for juice.. We aren’t talking buy one bottle for the month. We are talking about a few bottles per person every month ( remember, you drink two shots per day, every day).

Over all, I believe that Monavie has its benefits. My personal experience has been that I feel healthier, more energetic, and see changes in my skin and hair. Although a bit pricey in comparison to my basic vitamin regime.. I prefer drinking the juice. Drinking Monavie has given me the extra energy I need to motivate myself to work out. Now, who knows… my increase in energy may be psychological.. Nevertheless, I feel that Monavie is benefiting my overall health. Will I ever be the highest seller of Monavie … probably not. I believe in the product..and hope to someday introduce the juice to my friends and family .. not for the money, but for the health benefits. If you are looking for a get rich quick scheme… this may not be the easiest program. Again, given everyone’s financial situations — it’s just hard to find people who have expendable income that they can use on juice.


My advice is this … Whether or not you are in the Monavie business for the money… Take some time to actually test the product. Before you dump your savings into your Monavie business.. make sure you surround yourself with a good team of Monavie distributors that are willing to teach you the ins / outs of the business and the juice. This juice effects people differently… And the more you believe in the product.. The more you will sell.

If you have used Monavie or are a part of the Monavie Program.. I’d love to hear your input. Please comment.

**This is my opinion and not a paid advertisement or testimonial. We are not affiliated with Monavie in any way other than drinking the juice. Thank you**

 

Recipe:Summer Fruit with Wine and Mint July 29, 2008

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Summer Fruit with Wine and Mint

I got this recipe from http://www.foodnetwork.com, and it’s a great summer recipe for a refreshing fruit salad. You can add some more fruit and/ or change the fruit in this fruit salad for some variation. Enjoy!

Recipe Courtesy of (www.foodnetwork.com) :

1 1/4 cups dry white wine
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 ripe cantaloupe, halved, seeded, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
1 basket (8-ounce) fresh strawberries, quartered
1 cup seedless green grapes, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

Bring the wine and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.Chop and combine the cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes, and mint in a large bowl. Pour the warm wine mixture over; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until cold, stirring occasionally, at least 2 hours.

Transfer to the fruit mixture to a wide jar with a tight-fitting lid. Keep chilled.

(Direct Link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_27266_,00.html)

Recently took this to a picnic and it was a great hit!! The mint really makes this a perfect summer treat!

 

Top Ten Fast Food Mexican Food Restaurants in San Diego July 28, 2008

San Diego is home to some of the best “fast” Mexican food on this side of the border. Or at least that is our opinion. While attending college in San Diego we visited Mexican food joints at all hours of the day. Although some of these places are far from five star, they are as ”authentic” as Mexican food in California gets! **The below restaurants are not for the calorie conscious.. You have been warned!! **

(All of these restaurants have their own appeal – so they are not in any particular order.. try them all! )

1. SOMBREROS – With over 15 locations in San Diego, Sombreros is the king of late night food runs. Although I don’t eat meat, the CALIFORNIA burrito (carne asada, french fries, cheese, salsa) is a San Diego favorite. This place has some of the best Hot Carrots in San Diego!!! Most of the locations are open until late, and some of them are open 24 hours (Mission Gorge, El Cajon, Lakeside). (www.sombreromex.com)

2. ROBERTOS – This is another college student favorite. Friends would rave about the CARNE ASADA FRIES from Robertos. They have a pretty good Veggie Burrito too. This is another Mexican food chain that has multiple locations throughout San Diego – my favorite location is in Del Mar, where you can see the ocean! (www.robertos.us)

3. RAMIROS- Now don’t let the look of this restaurant fool you. Although Ramiros lacks a proper dining room, and / or restaurant setting, they have amazing breakfast burritos. My personal favorite is the breakfast burrito with potato, egg, and cheese..served all day!! This 24 hour drive thru Pacific Beach favorite is a very popular late night, post-partying dining option. Located a block away from the ocean, this is another place where you can just stop by, pick up some great food and relax on the beach.

4. SANTANAS- Another great option with multiple locations!! The great thing about Santanas is that all locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So there is no second guessing on whether or not you are going to get great Mexican food. The only second guessing is going to be on what to order. This menu has a wide variety of options with great custom burritos! You’ll never get bored with the food here. (www.santanas.com)

5. BAHIA DON BRAVO- Although there are a few locations for this restaurant, my favorite location is in Bird Rock, La Jolla. Talk about the perfect afternoon in San Diego. Bahia Don Bravo has an actual dining room, but that’s not the best part. If you are able to score a seat on the patio- it’s the best. On a good day, you can get a clear view of the beautiful ocean. This place is a bit nicer than the other joints on the list. My absolute favorite here is the potato burrito, and the potato taco. San Diego is famous for the California Burrito but the Potato Burrito here is to die for. Another recommendation would be Burrito Especial with your choice of meat. 5504 La Jolla Blvd <- My favorite location ūüôā

6. EL COTIXAN – Gennesse Location- Every UC San Diego student has been here on a late night food run. This place is always packed because of the great food. For some reason, the Gennesse location seems to have the best ”cook” and taste. Don’t be fooled by the appearance and location. Nestled right next to a gas station, this is an unlikely dining haven. Open 24 hours, they have monster burritos and the San Diego favorite Carne Asada Fries. These fries are topped with carne asada, cheese, guacamole, and sour cream. Who knows if this is brain food, but it sure hits the spot for numerous students, and those with late night cravings. My personal favorite is the Burrito Supreme – add potatoes or rice. Although they don’t have a salsa bar, they have a great red hot sauce.

7. LOS PANCHOS- Another San Diego staple, Los Panchos has been a San Diego favorite for years. With multiple locations, you can alway dive into a great Pollo Asada Burrito or Rolled Tacos. Their hot carrots are decent, and their salsa is pretty good. Los Panchos is one of those places where you can find what you are looking for.

8 EL INDIO MEXICAN RESTAURANT – Located right off the 5 freeway before you enter Downtown San Diego- El Indio has been a San Diego favorite for years! They were just featured on the Food Network TV show “Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives” with Guy Fieri…so you know they mean business! This restaurant is a bit different from the rest on the list because this isn’t a little drive thru joint. El Indio is believed to be the birthplace of the ”taquito”. This may sound crazy because I know they have a large menu but they have an awesome bean and cheese burrito!!! Make sure you check out the San Diego burrito and the little taquito! (www.el-indio.com)

9. COTIJAS- Located in the friendly neighborhood of Rancho Penasquitos this taco shop gives the big name chains a run for their money. Although they are not open 24 hours, they have a drive thru and great deals! My absolute favorite is the veggie burrito. They have large portions, and great salsa. Another popular item on this menu is the fish taco. Unlike the tiny fish tacos you get at ”fast food’ restaurants, these will really fill you up. A good choice if you are ever driving on the 56 or the 15 freeway!

10. TACOS EL GORDO – Last but not least, this Chula Vista staple is as authentic as it gets. Tacos El Gordo has a store in Tijuana so you know this is no joke. I’ve heard that the tacos are just like the street tacos in Mexico. Some items to try are the Asada Tacos -( guacamole, grilled chilies, green onions on the side). Complete with a squeeze of lime and salsa. A Tacos El Gordo FAVORITE is the Adobada Tacos (although I have never had one, all my friends won’t stop telling me how great they are). These tacos come with marinated pork, cilantro, onions, salsa, and a special creamy avocado sauce. Sounds pretty authentic to me.

I guess it’s pretty safe to say that San Diego has some great Mexican Taco Shops- so next time you are in town make sure you stop by. If you are in the mood for a sit down restaurant, make sure you check out the Old Town area of San Diego. Coyote Cafe and Old Town Mexican Cafe are great San Diego favorites.

Buen Apetito!

 

Have you tried it? Energy Bar review November 4, 2007

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If you’re like The Dream Team, you’ve probably noticed the explosion of energy bar types over the past several years. When all you want is a simple snack, a pre-workout fuel, or a meal replacement, there are so many choices that it can be downright confusing to choose the thing you’re looking for. Here, The Dream Team offers some assistance in choosing. Although this list is far from exhaustive, it includes our favorites and some not-so-favored bars to avoid!

Luna. Made by the Clif company and tailored for women’s nutritional needs, Lunas are a crunchy, crisp textured bar dipped in delicious icing or chocolatey coating. They are composed of natural ingredients including nuts, seeds, and brown rice syrup. Luna bars are my absolute favorite! As well, they’re 70% organic and proceeds benefit the breast cancer foundation. These are great for a snack!

Nutritional facts: 180 Calories, 5g fat (2.5g saturated, 0g trans), 25g carbs (3g fiber, 12g sugar), 10g protein.

Flavors include: iced oatmeal raisin, peppermint stick, chai tea, s’mores, chocolate pecan pie, nutz over chocolate, peanut butter cookie, toasted nutz & cranberry.

Parent company: Clif

Luna sunrise. Again, specially designed for women, these bars a very similar to Luna original. Clif states that these bars a specially formulated with selected nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to serve as a great breakfast or morning snack to get you going in the morning. Unfortunately, the flavored coating is kind of funky and fake-tasting. I’d go with Luna original over Luna Sunrise.

Nutritional facts: 180 Calories, 4g fat (2g saturated, 0g trans), 29g carbs (5g fiber, 11g sugar), 8g protein.

Flavors include: Strawberries & cream, vanilla, almond, blueberry yogurt.

Clif bar energy bar (original). Designed for the athletic individual, this bar is loaded with the carbs you need to sustain activity. The bar is designed to optimize glycemic index, meaning you won’t get a spike/crash in blood sugar. Rather, slow-release carbs steadily increase your blood sugar, followed by a gradual decline so your muscles have sustained energy. The texture is generally soft with some munchier bits. The only downside of ClifBars is that some of the flavors are kinda funky. It’s composed of natural ingredients including rolled oats, soybeans, flaxseeds, and soy flour. Good for a pre-performance fueling. It’s also comprised of 70% organic ingredients, and proceeds benefit environmental, health, and social causes including the Breast Cancer Foundation, the Surfrider Foundation, Leave No Trace, American Hiking Society, and International Mountain Bike Society.

Nutritional facts: 240 Calories, 4g fat (1.5g saturated, 0g trans), 46 g carbs (5g fiber, 21g sugar), 10g protein.

Flavors: carrot cake, apricot, banana nut bread, chocolate chip, chocolate peanut, cranberry apple cherry, maple nut, mint chocolate, oatmeal raisin walnut.

*The Clif company also manufactures Mojo bars, ClifKid Z Bar, and Nectar bars.

Clif Builder’s bar. A natural protein bar for those who put their own body “through the “wringer”. I was skeptical of this one but pleasantly surprised when I tried it!! It has a satisfying, crunchy texture. I’ll definitely be buying it again. Made from 30% organic ingredients.

Nutritional facts: 270 Calories, 8g fat (5g saturated, 0g trans), 30g carbs (4g fiber, 20 g sugar), 20g protein.

Flavors include chocolate, chocolate mint, cookies & cream, peanut butter, vanilla almond.

Balance original. Used to be my favorite bar before I discovered Luna. Balance bars are like dessert – although they’ve got the “balanced” 40-30-30 (carbs-fat-protein) ratio going on, they taste like a delightful rich snack. The texture is amazing, perfectly moist without being mushy….almost like flourless cake but not quite. And the flavors are delightful.

Nutritional facts: 200 Calories, 6g fat (1.5g saturated, 0g trans), 22g Carbs (2g fiber, 17g sugar), 14 g protein.

Flavors include: almond brownie, chocolate raspberry fudge, cookie dough, peanut butter, mocha chip, honey peanut.

Parent Company: Kraft (not exactly your dream company)

Balance gold. Adds a layer of gooey (caramel or chocolate) coating to Balance original, and the “bar” beneath is tougher in texture compared to original balance bar texture.

Nutritional facts: 210 Calories, 7g fat (4g saturated, 0g trans), 24g Carbs (<1g fiber, 16g sugar), 13 g protein.

Flavors include: caramel nut blast, chocolate peanut butter, chew chocolate chip, triple chocolate, rocky road, peanut butter crunch, chocolate mint crunch, cookies & cream crunch.

*The Balance company also makes bars by the name of Balance 100, Balance Carbwell, Balance Bare, & Balance Organic.

Powerbar Performance (original). Somehow powerbars fuse a soft texture with crispiness, making them somewhat enjoyable to munch. They scream “processed” though, in flavor, texture, and appearance. The company states that the “C2 max” energy blend that composes these bars optimizes athletic performance to provide sustained energy to muscles.

Nutritional facts: 230 Calories, 2.5g fat (9g saturated, 0g trans), 43g Carbs (2g fiber, 24g sugar), 9 g protein.

Flavors include: apple cinnamon, banana, chocolate peanut butter, cookies & cream, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, vanilla, and wild berry.

Parent Company: Nestle

*PowerBar company also makes recovery bars, protein plus, protein plus reduced sugar, harvest, nut naturals, triple threat, and pria.

ThinkThin. Don’t be fooled by the sleek, posh labels! This high protein bar had a flavor that I is best described as fake, and an overly chewey texture. Obviously highly processed and I was not impressed.

Nutritional facts: 240 Calories, 8 g fat (2.5 g saturated, 0g trans), 27g carbs (1g fiber, 0g sugar), 20g protein.

Flavors include: peanut butter, chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate.

*Think also makes ThinkGreen, ThinkOrganic, Think5, and thinkThin Pink.

Odwalla. Good flavor, good texture – kind of resembled granola but was softer and chewier. Natural tasting, I could see the peanuts, chocolate chips, and cereal grains in the bar I sampled. According to the company’s website, this “natural” feature characterizes all of their bars. Each bar also boasts a unique vitamin/mineral combo to aid you in everything from memory to performance.

Nutritional facts: 250 Calories, 7g fat (1.5 g saturated, 0g trans), 38g carbs (4g fiber, 14g sugar), 8g protein.

Flavors include chocolate chip peanut, strawberry, banana, carrot, cranberry, blueberry, lemon, raisin, oats, cinnamon.

Promax. Given how processed this high-protein bar is, I was surprised to find myself enjoying it. Soft like your typical high-protein bar, with little crunchy bits, and good flavor. It was satisfying, too.

Nutritional facts: 280 Calories, 4.5 g fat (3g saturated, 0g trans), 38g carbs (1g fiber, 27g sugar), 20g protein.

Flavors include black forest cake, chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate mint, chocolate peanut, cookies & cream, fudge, honey peanut, lemon bar,

Larabar. You can tell it’s made of natural ingredients, as the company states. Blending unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices to create the bar, no bar contains more than six ingredients. Impressive. It has a moist, almost cakey texture. A little more on the sweet side than other bars.

Nutritional facts: 180 Calories, 10g fat (1g saturated, 0g trans), 23g carbs (4g fiber, 17g sugar), 4g protein.

Flavors include pistachio, key lime pie, apple pie, cherry pie, ginger snap, chocolate coconut, cinnamon roll, pecan pie, lemon bar, banana cookie, cashew cookie.

Kashi Go Lean Roll.¬† My friend Liz and I nicknamed these “rock bars” because they’re so hard you feel like your teeth are going to break off when you bite into them. Whatever you do, DON’T try to eat these when they’ve been stored in a cold area!! I can’t describe anything noteworthy beyond that very salient feature.

Nutritional facts: 190 Calories, 5g fat (1.5g saturated, 0g trans), 28g carbs (6g fiber, 14g sugar), 12g protein.

Flavors include chocolate peanut, caramel peanut, chocolate turtle.

Parent company: Kelloggs

Kashi Go Lean Crunchy. Not as hard as a rock bar, but still kinda tough! You can tell this one’s semi-natural cuz you can see the individual cereal grains composing the base bar. It’s sort of similar to a luna bar in that it has the base bar dipped in chocolate coating. Kashi states that the bar optimizes glycemic index, using slow-release carbs to prevent a sugar-headache and keep you fueled. For the most part, I agree.

Nutritional facts: 180 Cals, 5g fat (2g saturated, 0g trans), 30g carbs (6g fiber, 13g sugar), 9g protein.

Flavors: Chocolate peanut, chocolate caramel, chocolate almond.

Taking into account taste, texture, nutritional facts, and company profile, here are my conclusions.

Best all-around bar: Luna.

Other top bars: Clif builder, Odwalla.

The worst all-around bars: Balance gold, ThinkThin, Kashi go lean roll.

 

Top 10 Breakfast and Brunch Joints in San Diego October 9, 2007

pancakes 

Brunching is one of The Dream Team’s favorite leisure activities. We were lucky to have resided in San Diego, home to a¬†plethora of excellent brunch spots. Here we’ve compiled ranked a list of San Diego’s best brunches- bon appetit!

10. World Famous (Pacific Beach) http://www.worldfamous.signonsandiego.com/

When the beach is the backyard, it’s easy to relax and enjoy a lazy morning¬†at World Famous. Inside, the seafaring decor contributes to World famous’ charm. If you’re a seafood lover you’ll dig the fresh catch at this¬†place, but we prefer the banana macadamia pancakes!

9. Pacifica Breeze Cafe (Del Mar) http://www.pacificadelmar.com/breeze-cafe.php

In the upscale Del Mar Plaza, this cafe is a perfect ladies brunching spot. Seating is mostly outside, allowing you to take full advantage of the beautiful ocean view. The staff is super friendly. 

8. Hash House A-Go-Go (Hillcrest) http://hashhouseagogo.com/gallery/gallery2_6.html

It’s San Diego’s classic brunch spot located¬†in the heart of Hillcrest. Don’t miss it!

7. Pannikin (Encinitas) http://www.yelp.com/biz/N2CMkBLbeiipGcEPOf04bA

Situated on historic highway 101 just north of the fantastic shops in Encinitas town, Pannikin makes its home in a huge yellow farmhouse. It’s a cozy, neighborhood atmosphere, perfect for breakfast or even just coffee and yummy pastries¬†after a morning of shopping. Also check out their store off to the right of the restaurant where you can find old-fashioned candy and other novelties.

6. Pipes (Cardiff)  http://pipescafe.com/Home.htm 

With a slogan like “No shirt, no shoes, no problem”, you might not be surprised to find that this place¬†is a laaaaaid back surfer spot. Sitting right off the 101 highway in Cardiff, Pipes offers an ocean view and serves up a variety of delicious breakfast burritos, egg scrambles, sandwiches, and burgers.

5. Naked Cafe (Solana Beach)  http://www.thenakedcafe.com/

The tropical¬†atmosphere and ocean view are¬†main draws to¬†Naked. In addition, the menu (which parallels that of Mission Cafe, #1 on our list) is to die for. We haven’t found food as good as good as this. It’s mostly healthy fare, bringing Asian and Mexican flavors to the menu in a unique, zesty way. The menu includes¬†low-carb and high-protein sections for those of you who are training. They also manage to add style and¬†flare to breakfast classics- pancakes, french toast, granola… augmented by unexpected flavors and¬†an eye on presentation. Their daily specials are always a good bet!¬†

4. The Broken Yolk (Pacific Beach) http://www.sdro.com/brokenyolk/index.htm

Countless hungover Sunday mornings have been spent here! Serving up a wide selection of large omelettes in addition to decent salads, sandwiches, wraps,¬†pancakes, and french toast, Broken Yolk¬†is a little less posh and more diner-y than the rest on this list. Unhealthy, you might think, but grease¬†might be just what your¬†tummy¬†needs after a night of booze! Order it “dry” if you’re not in the mood for grease. Be prepared to wait 30-45 minutes on the weekends during brunch hours. Get a table on the roof. The service here is excellent. Their slogan is¬†“We’ve got huevos”; this PB classic is not to be missed!!

3. Extraordinary Desserts (Downtown SD- Little Italy)   http://www.extraordinarydesserts.com/index.htm

You won’t be able to score pancakes here, but who says you can’t have dessert for brunch? In addition to boasting a posh menu of dips, cheeses, breads, paninis, and salads, Extraordinary Desserts truly lives up to its name with¬†byfar the best desserts we’ve ever tasted. They bake stunningly beautiful new cakes daily, which¬†you can¬†view in the display case in the front,¬†as well as home-made ice cream and sorbet. And the presentation is tasteful and immaculate, complete with orchids. Mammy’s fave menu item is the unparalleled brownie ice cream sundae…indulge yourself!

2. The Cottage (Downtown La Jolla)  http://www.cottagelajolla.com/breakfast_menu.html 

Nestled in downtown LJ, The Cottage is physically a cottage- a charming house that makes you feel welcome and, well, at home. Be prepared for a 30-45 minute wait if you show up during brunch hours on the weekends. Also be prepared for coffee and pastry samples as you wait- the Cottage takes care of their patrons! We recommend the banana or blueberry oatmeal pancakes!

1. Mission Coffee Cup (Downtown La Jolla)  http://www.yelp.com/biz/cO8kdQUXCIn8iyWqvPAqQw

Ohhhh Coffee Cup how we love you! This place is EXCEPTIONAL. In downtown La Jolla not far from the spectacular views of the cove with its playful seals, Coffee Cup is one of four “Mission” eateries in the San Diego area. We love the Cup for its fun servers and location, and of course the FOOD! The menu is largely the same as that at Naked Cafe (#5 on our list), with uniquely enhanced breakfast favorites, delicious salads and sandwiches, eggs, and scrumptious Tex-Mex fare.

 

Zucchini Bread September 30, 2007

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Another delightful family recipe!

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 70 mins 
You’ll need:

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 2/3 cup sugar

4 eggs

3 cups shredded zucchini

2/3 cup water

3 1/3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1.5 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

2 teaspoons vanilla

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease bottoms of 2 1.5-quart loaf pans. Mix oil and sugar. Add eggs, zucchini, and water. Blend in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Pour into pan. Bake 70 mins.

This is vegetarian.

 

Spicy Peanut Pasta

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Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
What you’ll need:

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup water

3 tablespoons brown sugar

4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

4 tablespoons rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red peppers

8-12 ounces spaghetti

12 ounces snow peas

2-3 large carrots, shredded or peeled

What to do:

Combine first 6 ingredients in a sauce pan and mix to incorporate peanut butter. Cookover medium heat until mikxture begins to boil, stirring often. Remove from heat, set aside.

While sauce cooks, cook pasta according to package instructions. Add snow peas during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time. Drain and place in a large serving bowl. Toss with sauce and carrots to coat all of the pasta.

This is vegan and vegetarian.