Granville Island Eats

Back at the office and in full research mode.  It feels like I’m getting ready to write a novel…just a really scientific one haha.  Lots of work, but it’s fun and interesting…and will hopefully have a positive impact on people with rheumatoid arthritis in the future!  In the meantime, check out another article I wrote for Curiocity Vancouver here.  All about where to eat on Granville Island at each time of day.  Breakfast on-the-go at Terra Breads, coffee boost at Petit Ami, lunch at Edible Canada, happy hour drinks at Bridges, and dinner at The Sandbar.  Enjoy!  I’ll start posting regularly in the next couple of the days with lots of Mexico goodness.  Happy first day of summer!  I’m going to try to leave the office before the suns goes away so I can go for a run in the nice summery weather.  Peace babeskillets, Tita xx

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Coffee Time

Hola!  After an amazing week of warm water and jungle living, I’m back from Mexico.  It feels like I’ve been away for much longer than a week.  So nice.  My phone is having some issues at the moment though which is delaying me from getting photos from Mexico up on the blog but I’m getting it all sorted and will be back to regular postings soon.  Need to catch up on work this week as well so it’s a little hectic at the moment, plus my computer is running slow…tech issues haha.  In the mean time, I’m stoked to announce that I’m a freelance writer for Curiocity Vancouver!  This site is all about Vancouver and it’s goodies: from food to adventures.  Check out their dope Instagram feed here, too.  My first article is up on the site now, all about my favorite coffee shops around Vancouver!  Above are pictures form the features cafes: Small Victory Cafe, Matchstick Coffee, Aperture Coffee Bar, Gallagher’s Coffee Bar and Cafe, and Creekside Coffee Factory.  May the light/medium/dark roast be with you babeskillets, Tita xx

Airport Life: LAX-SFO-YVR

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Hola!  Heading to Mexico in the AM and in light of my airport day tomorrow I’ll share a couple airporting tips haha.  I’ll be flying through Phoenix, a new one for me!  A flight I catch often is LA to Vancouver, sometimes via San Francisco.  Here’s my thoughts on how best to do that (short) trip.  Ideally you have a midday flight from LA so you don’t have to wake up super early and also avoid traffic a little…but it doesn’t always work out that way haha.  Travel outfits are always cozy for me.  A pair of white wash jeans, a long sleeve top, some Velcro kicks, and a leather jacket…perfecto.  If I have a hat I’ll usually travel in it too, as they’re hard to pack.  It’s nice to grab a quick cup of tea or coffee in LAX as you wait for your flight.  I tend to get there early because you never know how big the security line will be in such a big airport so I usually end up with time to spare at the terminal.  Also, I almost always check-in to my flight online…super convenient, especially when you only have a carry on!  Next stop San Francisco.  If I have a longer layover (a couple hours) I like to grab a sandwich from Boudin, they have the best sour dough.  Turkey and avocado is my fave.  Added some Peet’s Coffee to help me stay awake on my next flight so I could get a little work done.  Recommend it, my latte was tasty!  On the plane I’m either working, editing photos from a trip, or sleeping/listening to music.  On long flights, like to Europe, I always catch up on movies…mini marathon every time haha.  So there you have it, back in Vancouver in no time…as seen by the foggy views we flew into haha.  Alright, time to finish up my pedicure (currently soaking my feet) and get to sleep…up bright and early tomorrow.  Had a lovely afternoon with some family visiting from London, we took them to the dope fish and chips spot and strolled around the waterfront park…glad I got to see them for a day at least!  Goodnight babeskillets, Tita xx

The Local: Mystery Wine

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Just finished up writing my latest project proposal and sent it off to be approved.  Took longer than I thought so I’m stoked to be done!  Now I can really enjoy Mexico this week.  Currently winding down with a wine spritzer (half wine, half San Pellegrino) which reminds of one of my favorite places to sip vino in Kitsilano.  The Local is known for a few things, among them a sick patio for weekend brunching, caesars, and my personal favorite: 4 dollar mystery wine.  You pick either red or white and I haven’t had one I didn’t like yet.  Such a fun idea and the perfect place to grab a glass of wine with a friend.  I took Cristina here when she was visiting and we sipped our mystery wine and chatted for hours with views of Kistilano beach behind us.  This place gets packed on warm summer days but mid-afternoon on an overcast day it was nice and quiet…perfect for us to catch up on a year’s worth of girl talks.  Time to enjoy this wine with my mom, the perfect cozy Saturday night!  Cin cin babeskillets, Tita xx

Summer Vibes

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Happy Saturday!  Today I woke up quite early to pick up some packages in the states (we have a P.O. box there, so good for online shopping as some companies don’t ship to Canada) then had an appointment.  About to go for a run,  then it’s work mode for the afternoon and evening.  Finishing this project proposal tonight!  The weather’s funny today, sun with showers in between.  Makes me miss a little while ago when it was hot and sunny every day.  So nice when it’s like that!  Here’s some assorted photos from the sunny spell.  First, there’s a staple hot summer lunch: watermelon with a spoon and iced tea…with a side of Moka the mini ween.  Love it when it’s warm enough to post up and work in the garden.  I also love walking over to Gabi & Jules, a local pie shop, to work sometimes.  There’s no internet there so it’s perfect for reading journal articles (no distractions haha).  Their rhubarb cobbler is my favorite pie at the moment!  Had a high school reunion a couple weeks ago and the weather was sunny so I opted for white jeans, Dolce Vita wedges and a cute off-shoulder blouse.  Always down for ruffles and an off-shoulder cut.  So many people came out for it!  Glad I made it out.  Alright, time to go for a run!  On my way to the running trails I always pass by Vivio Flowers, a beautiful flower shop that has a different display every time I run by.  Couldn’t pass up a photo of these roses that matched my Nikes one of the days haha!  Here’s to getting work done on weekends babeskillets, Tita xx

Santa Monica Photo Bliss

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Hola! Busy day, I had an important meeting earlier today which I preparing for all morning. All done now and need a break for research for the afternoon and evening. Thought I’d share some excellent places to take photos in Santa Monica! Walking around there you see so many pretty and picture worthy zones. Outfit photo perfection haha. Ocean Avenue is pretty crowded but midday on week days it quiets down a little bit. There’s tons of cute buildings, flowers and foliage to look at. From pale pink to bright blue, there’s mucho variety. Loved this pink building with matching pink flowers…need to shoot an outfit there someday haha.  The Georgian Hotel has a beautiful Art Deco facade straight out of Great Gatsby.  I want to get drinks in their lounge next time!  They have some cool ’20s era influenced cocktails (such as the bright blue Georgian Martini).   The pier is obviously very busy, but the surrounding beach is big so even on a weekend there’s room to frolic and shoot photos. The classic light blue lifeguard towers are a photo-op must of course. There are many spaced out along the shore.  On the way home from Santa Monica we stopped at In-N-Out Burger, another classic California spot.  Pro tip: be extra basic and take a Polaroid there.  Overall I’m a fan of this neighborhood: lots of tasty restaurants, it’s nice to look at, and has a big beach area. The palm lined Santa Monica streets themselves are gorgeous and very LA.  Definitely worth a stroll through, especially in the evening with a side of dinner.  Blue Plate Oysterette is a fantastic seafood restaurant there, as well.  Yum!  Time to decompress and go for a run.  The weather’s been epic for it!  Here’s to a stress free evening babeskillets, Tita xx

Pismo Paradise

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I’m neck deep in journal review but came up for air to make to have dinner (grilled chicken and a salad, classic summer meal) and blog.  Going to put in a couple more hours of work after this, super lit for Friday night…but I went for a long run this afternoon today so I feel good and refreshed to work!  Being outside really is the cure for any stress or cabin fever.  An amazing place to spend time outside is Pismo Beach, California.  About a 20 minute drive from San Luis Obispo, this coastal town has huge stretches of beach that you’re allowed to drive on as well as decent wind most of the time which makes it quite the kite surfing hub.  We lucked out and there happened to be a huge kiting expo going on.  It was so cool to see all the trucks on the beach and driving in the sand.  Super majestic to see tons of colorful kites in the sky, too.  I really want to get better at kiting so I can do it at more places (it was too crowded for me here).  After walking around checking out the scene, Essex went for a session and I had a delicious beer on the beach.  It was super windy so I posted up in the back of the car for yet another awesome view.  Afterwards we hit up the town and had the best cinnamon rolls ever at Old West Cinnamon Rolls.  This place is retro looking but makes delicious stuff and have good coffee, definitely check it out if you’re in the area and hungry.  I could use a Kona brew right now, but I’ll stick to tea this eve haha.  Have a awesome Friday night babeskillets, Tita xx