Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Race Recap: T9 Mermaid Run East Bay Virtual 5K

A couple of months ago, I signed up to complete the mermaid series T9 Mermaid Run East Bay on Saturday, May 12. Since I was working on that day, me and a friend decided to complete the run on the next day on Mother's Day. Since it was a virtual race, the race swag was sent prior to race day and it was pretty cool since in addition to the usual race swag of a shirt, bib and medal, it also included a necklace. Overall, it was a great day for a run and it was even better since I completed the virtual with my friend/co-worker. 

Me and friend after finishing virtual 5K

Collage of race swag, me and friend and race finish time

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Showing southern hospitality to our east coast friends moving to the west

One of our favorite podcasts to listen to is Black Love Matters which is hosted by a married couple (Niram & Niambi) and focuses on love between black culture as well as black love stories. We have been long time listeners of the show and have even bought shirts to show our support.
Hubby and me showing love for Black Love Matters podcast

Last year, my friend from the 300poundsandrunning podcast came to California for work for a week during which time we jokingly called each other cousin since we have the same last name. As we hung out, he mentioned that it would be cool if he could move out to Cali versus where he was living (which was New England.) Fast forward to now and God blessed his spouse with a job in Silicon Valley. Being that I'm originally from Alabama, of course we had to show them some southern hospitality when they arrived in Cali.

Cousin Niram & Niambi
 We introduced took Niram & Niambi to the transit system as well as eating at one of our favorite vegan restaurants (Loving Hut at San Francisco Westfield Mall) as well as giving them a tour of the Bay Area including Fisherman's Wharf and the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument. We had an awesome time and are happy to become friends with a new married couple who are similar to us.

Den's excited that since Niram is into exercise and fitness, I now have a running buddy that I can do races with which will be fun for me as well. I'm excited because while me and Niram and running races, Den and Niambi can hang out and relax. We look forward to visiting them more often as they get settled and introducing them to all the wonderful things that Cali has to offer.

Evans' first family vacation to San Francisco/Fisherman's Wharf 

Martin Luther King Jr. Waterfall Monument

Monday, April 9, 2018

Celebrating my 39th birthday and Rock N Roll San Francisco 1/2 Marathon Recap

Yesterday, I celebrated my 39th birthday and did so by running the Rock N Roll San Francisco 1/2 Marathon. I actually started celebrating on Thursday by getting a free birthday pretzel from Auntie Anne's then going to see a one night showing of the plant based movie "Eating You Alive." This was a wonderful film and I can't wait for this movie to be available for sale to the public.

This Sunday, I ran my first half marathon for the year which was the Rock N Roll San Francisco 1/2 Marathon. I picked up my bib for the race on Saturday and I stopped by Ike's to enjoy a free birthday sandwich followed by stopping at Loving Hut for a slice of Oreo Chocolate Cake for my birthday. 

Sunday was the day of the half marathon and although it was a tough run at times, I was happy to complete it and was surprised to see a running buddy while running the race. Overall, it was a great weekend and a birthday overall.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A hidden gem off freeway between Bakersfield & Santa Clarita

I've been wanting to visit Red Dot Vegetarian Restaurant in Frazier Park, California for quite some time. Having seen all the suggestions on HappyCow and decided to finally visit. The restaurant was easy to find and staff were friendly.

I was worried that there wouldn’t be any food for hubby (he has severe nut allergy) but I was pleasantly surprised. Hubby enjoyed yellow split pea soup followed by jalapeño and cheese stuffed paratha.

I had the beef-less shawarma and cinna-naan for dessert.

The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and attentive and I love the variety of dishes from vegan fish tacos to curry and burgers. Now that we’ve had an opportunity to try their food, we’ll definitely come back and especially since they’re open 6am-9pm everyday.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Trip to West Coast Youth Conference 2018, new library card and vegan food

     This past weekend, me and hubby went to Ontario, California to attended to West Coast Youth Conference as well as Engage Pastor's Retreat which was for Seventh Day Adventist pastors as well as bible workers.

West Coast Youth Conference 2018 program

The conference was good and we were able to see lots of young people on fire for God. Hubby and I also assisted the kids with a community outreach project through Harvest Pack company of  assembling packets of oatmeal for poor community members.

Assembling oatmeal packets for community impact

Me and hubby ready to supervise kids 
 The final night of the event was a concert help with performances from Nick Miller and Dale Brown and Truth which was fun and high energy. I hope all the kids left the conference with a renewed sense of purpose and love for God and sharing his word with others. I was also happy to run into an friend from Southside S.D.A. who attended the conference as well.

Last night at West Coast You Conference 

Me and friend Kristen
 Of course no trip to a new town is complete with a stop by the local library. On the day I went to pick up my race packet for the Carlsbad 5000, I decided to stop by the library to get a library card. The library staff was nice, it was easy to get a library card and the I got to pose by their book bike.
Me by Carlsbad book bike and new library card
     While in Southern California, we also stopped by our favorite restaurant Veggie Grill and was able to try food from their new Spring Celebration menu. My mom-in-law had their taco salad, I had a steakhouse burger and hubby has a Nashville Hot Chickn sandwich. I also tried out their new meatballs and polenta after I finished my Carlsbad 5000 5K on Sunday. All of the food was delicious and we'll definitely try it again.
Super Taco Salad

Steakhouse Burger

Nashville Hot Chikun Sandwich
Meatballs and Polenta Bowl

 Since I love vegan baked goods, I used the Happy Cow app on my phone to finish a place to scratch my sweets itch. I was super excited to discover a donut shot with vegan options not too far from out hotel in Ontario called Donuts Xpress. Walking into the donut shop reminded me of being at Ronalds in Vegas and they also had a similar donut set up (first two rows were vegan.) There were so many delicious looking choices and in the end I chose an apple fritter, and donut with sprinkles and a cinnamon roll. All were pretty big and they were good and hit the spot. 
Donuts Xpress entrance

Vegan apple fritter

Vegan donut with sprinkles

Vegan cinnamon roll

Monday, March 26, 2018

Rock 'n' Roll Carlsbad 5000 recap

Yesterday I participated in my first Rock 'n' Roll race which was the Carlsbad 5000. The race was a fun one and I was happy to finish in a faster time than my last 5k time which was in January and was a tine of 39:51. I feel good that the more often I run, the better my finishing times will be and also I made hubby happy by not falling during the race. It was a good course in that it was flat and fast so I finished feeling good. Below are photos from the expo, before and after the Carlsbad 5000.

Me at Carlsbad 5000 expo and seeing name of banner
Me at Carlsbad 5000 starting line
Me after Carlsbad 5000 5K  with finishing time
Carlsbad 5000 finisher medal

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Cafe Oaxaca Vegan Bakery in Fresno

I recently discovered Cafe Oaxaca, a Mexican bakery in Fresno that has a whole bakery case full of vegan baked goods. One my first visit there, I enjoyed delicious sweets including 3 leches cake and a coconut raspberry jam pinwheels

Race Recap: T9 Mermaid Run East Bay Virtual 5K

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