Motivation | Leave a Trail

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Newport Bay

Newport Bay Nature Preserve, Newport Beach, CA

Where will you leave a trail?

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favorite writers. If you ever need some inspiration, considering reading Self-Reliance. 馃挄



Motivation | Self-Reflection for the New Year

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.

C.S. Lewis

Balboa Park

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Usually with a New Year, comes a time of reflection.聽 You all hear that saying, “New Year, New Me!”, meaning that this year will be different, this year, you’ll make that change.聽 But is that really true, or have you already changed?

Change can mean a number of things.聽 Change is defined as to “make or become different”.聽 A change can take on many forms.聽 It can be tangible, intangible, physical, or emotional.

Personally, I don’t believe in the “New Year, New Me” mantra because we are constantly evolving.聽 You may be making goals for yourself for this new year, and that is great!聽 But it’s not because this year will be different, it’s because of how your life has already changed.聽 You are already starting off this year as a new you!

Take the time for self-reflection right now.聽 Perform an introspection of who you are, where you’ve been, and how you got聽there.聽 Find the things that you are grateful for.

Maybe this past year has been tough.聽 Maybe you experienced some very difficult days, or even months, but remember that those things have passed, or will eventually pass with time.聽 Every day will not be difficult.聽 Decide how you want to move forward from here.聽 It’s already the new you.


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Julienne | Eggs & Creme Br没l茅e French Toast in San Marino

Feeling a little fancy, I decided to dress up and venture out to Julienne’s in San Marino to enjoy a nice breakfast with fancy toast. 聽The weather was just a bit crisp but sunny. 聽We opted to sit outdoors since the overhead heaters made for a comfortable environment. 聽This was my first time trying the restaurant, but I had heard great reviews about it.

Julienne's Coffee

Julienne’s is well known for their breakfast. 聽Their signature dish is聽a creme br没l茅e French toast served with fresh strawberry sauce and creme anglais. 聽Of course, this was the first item I had to try!

Baked Cr猫me Brulee French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Sauce and Cr猫me Anglais

Creme Br没l茅e French Toast

This dish is so decadent and sweet! 聽I would recommend sharing it so that you don’t end up in a sugar coma.


The ambiance of the restaurant is intimate and聽quaint. 聽The restaurant consists of a dining patio and three adjacent store fronts, one of which serves as a gourmet聽market and gift shop. 聽During this particular visit, holiday music played in the background and the restaurant was decorated with twinkle lights and garland.

Raisin Rosemary Toast with Butter and Jam

Complimentary Rosemary Raisin Toast with Butter and Jam

After looking over all of the egg options, I opted for an omlette.聽 While all the egg dishes聽sounded delicious, the Green聽Omlette caught my attention since it was served with avocado.

Julienne's Green Omlette

Green Omlette – Asparagus, Broccoli, Spinach, Scallions, Avocado, Feta and Roasted Pepper Salsa

Everything was fantastic. 聽From the complimentary toast to the ambiance. 聽Julienne’s is a great place to start your morning with your girl friends chatting over a hot cup of coffee. Or a nice date place to take that special someone or even mom and dad.

Breakfast is served Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 10:45 am, with an intermission menu available from 10:45 am to 11:30 am. Brunch is served all day Saturday and the restaurant is closed on Sunday. 聽Check out their website or Yelp for more information.

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar | Burgers and Churros in Los Angeles

When my friend first asked聽if I wanted to聽try聽out Plan Check Kitchen and Bar, I thought maybe he typed too fast and autocorrect had changed聽the name of the restaurant… but no, Plan Check it聽was indeed!

Plan Check is a quirky neighborhood聽restaurant,

“serving modern American comfort food in a small plate format along with unique cocktails, premium whiskeys and craft beers.”

Their claim to fame is聽their ketchup leather, a dehydrated square of ketchup with a fruit roll-up聽texture. 聽(Tomatoes are considered a fruit right?) 聽I had to do a doable take when seeing this on the menu, but knew I had to try it right away.

PCB (Plan Check Burger)

PCB (Plan Check Burger) – americanized dashi cheese, ketchup leather, schmaltz onions, mixed pickles, crunch bun.

While I opted for the Plan Check Burger, my friend was more adventurous and tried the Chefs Favorite Burger; served with a fried egg and topped off with hot sauce!

Chefs Favorite Burger

Chefs Favorite Burger – cheese two ways, bacon two ways, ketchup leather, sunny fried egg, hot sauce.

To compliment the entrees we decided to split a goat cheese plate, sweet potatoe fries, and churro dessert.

Goat Cheese PlateSweet Potatoe FriesCruller Churro Donut

We both agreed that the聽ketchup leather was delicious. 聽However, the聽most tastiest treat on the menu has to be the churro donut! 聽Dusted with cinnamon and brown sugar, the crunchy outside hides the vanilla flavored lightly moist texture聽on the聽inside. 聽I’m not quite sure why they call it a “cruller donut” because true cruller fashion would consist of a dense filling, whereas this donut is light on the inside. 聽Served on top of cream with fruit, asking for it a la mode is really the only way to go.

Inside donut churro

If you are visiting聽Los Angeles and looking for your burger and churro fix, make sure to check them out. 聽They have three locations within the area, with one conveniently located in downtown. 聽Visit their website or check out their reviews on Yelp.

Happy eating!

Urth Caffe | Breakfast in Southern California

You can never go wrong with a Southern Californian breakfast. 聽A nice big cup of coffee, fresh eggs, fruit, and bread make for聽the perfect comfort meal. 聽Urth Caffe is a great place to indulge for breakfast. 聽The cafe offers a great variety of coffee, entrees, and baked goods. 聽Everything is fresh, made-to-order, and simple.

Urth Caffe Breakfast

The spinach and feta omelette is my聽favorite. 聽It is a three egg omelette with saut茅ed spinach, red onions, and imported feta cheese. 聽The dish is聽served with a聽spring salad and a side of bread. 聽A simple combination which compliments聽the omelettes very well. 聽When it comes to choosing a beverage,聽the coffee and tea options can be overwhelming. 聽There are hot, cold, and blended, caffeinated and non-caffeinated varieties. 聽Out聽of all of the delicious coffee options, my favorite has to be the honey vanilla latte. 聽The combination of vanilla and honey makes this choice聽just the right amount of sweet – no sugar needed.

Urth Caffe Coffee

Currently, the Urth Caffe聽has four locations throughout Southern California. 聽Each cafe’s聽architecture聽is unique. 聽I love the Pasadena locale for it’s laid-back ambiance and Spanish colonial design. 聽All locations offer outdoor seating, which is a must in Southern California, and great for people watching.

Orange pound cake

Here is a peek of some of the different items from the menu. 聽If you are ever in the area, make sure to check them out!