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Hanging out In Malibu.

Over the holiday weekend, we decided to venture up the coast to Malibu.  First, we swung into the Malibu Country Mart, then went to check out Zuma Beach.

Before heading out, I read online and saw photos of Zuma Beach with crystal clear water, but it was far from.  =(

The only area of beach that I’ve seen clear water was in Laguna Beach @ Shaws Cove.   Anyhow, the drive back down PCH was beautiful.

Gorgeous clear and sunny skies @ M. Country Mart

Lots of goodies @ The Chocolate Box Cafe

Finger sandwiches: Artichoke & Spinach, Cucumber

Macarons from The Chocolate Box Cafe. Jin's still makes the best macarons.

Zuma Beach

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Be Healthy, Drink Green Tea

Lupicia (a Japanese company) is well known for their exotic blends of green tea.  If you’re tired of the traditional green tea you get at Japanese restaurants, you should stop by Lupicia for their exclusive blends.  They are so aromatic and full of flavor.  Keep in mind that they are unsweetened, but you can always add honey .  I recommend drinking green tea without any sugar, so you get to experience the full flavor.  Please stay away from those pre-packaged green tea packets, as those lack flavor and are very bitter.  Splurge a little for good quality green tea, since it will certainly taste better!  Some of my all time favorites are:

–  Momo Peach Green Tea

–  Strawberry  & Vanilla

–  Carmel

–  Yuzu Green Tea

–  Sakurambo (Black Cherry)

Lupiciausa.com


Battle of the Macarons

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Williams Sonoma is offering heart shaped macarons on their website.  A+ for presentation, however I’m not sure how they would taste.  Here are my favorite picks:

#1  Bouchon Bakery

#2  Jin’s Patisserie

#3  Jerne @ Ritz Carlton MDR

Heart Shaped macarons from WS


Tea Time & Jin’s

Espresso for him, and tea for the lady...


Bouchon Bakery… #1 Macarons!

As many of you know, Jin’s Patisserie in Venice (Abbot Kinney St), has the best macarons I’ve ever tasted.  Even the ones over at the Ritz in MDR, don’t come close to the exquisite texture and flavor Jin’s has to offer.  I recently had a chance to try a macaron from Bouchon Bakery in Vegas, and was blown away at the texture and taste.  I tried their limited edition egg nog macaron, and it was so heavenly.

You can find a Bouchon Bakery inside of Venetian in Las Vegas.  Enjoy!

Egg Nog flavor macaron

It was a huge macaron, however the flavor and texture was perfect.


Sunday Brunch @ Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey

Our day started off like any other Sunday, except we decided to ditch the Farmers Mkt and head over to Ritz for some brunch. We’ve heard many good things about their brunch, so we had to go investigate and decide for ourselves!

We were seated promptly, then our waiter explained that the appetizers and desserts were self-served (buffet style), and then we also had a choice of  1 main entree off the menu. There were so many yummy choices, but I ended up going with the Lobster Benedict.

Brunch menu at Jerne @ Ritz Marina Del Rey

Brunch menu at Jerne @ Ritz Marina Del Rey

Lobster Benedict with green tomatillo sauce, with a side of crispy potato bits.  Yummmmy!

Lobster Benedict with green tomatillo sauce, with a side of crispy potato bits. Yummmmy!

Beautiful view of the marina from our table...

View from our table...

Appetizer bar, with delectable small plates of...seafood ceviche, shrimp cocktail, mediterranean salad, and caviar.

Appetizer bar, with delectable small plates of...seafood ceviche, shrimp cocktail, mediterranean salad, and caviar. And no, that's not JP in the background!

I started out with a Bellini...(Champagne & Peach)

I started out with a Bellini...(Champagne & Peach)

My appetizers...shrimp cocktail and mediterranean salad.  Very refreshing.

My appetizers...shrimp cocktail and mediterranean salad. Very refreshing.

Dessert buffet was spectacular!  Macarons, champagne berries, apple tartlet, mango creme brulee, and more!

Dessert buffet was spectacular! Macarons, champagne berries, apple tartlet, mango creme brulee, and more!

Champagne bar & sweets bar filled with gummy worms, M&M, and more!

Champagne bar & sweets bar filled with gummy worms, M&M, and more!

3 cute lil macarons.  I still like Jin's Patisserrie better, since they have a variety of flavors.

3 cute lil macarons. I still like Jin's Patisserrie better, since they have a variety of flavors.

Secret walkway back home.

Secret walkway back home.

The food was delicious and light, and the atmosphere was very relaxing. It truly felt as if we were vacationing! Highly recommended!


Saturday morning/afternoon @ the Beach

One of my new found hobbies is cycling by the beach. I love sharing this experience with my friends. Here are just some random pics from our outing today.  Here’s Miss Young, rocking the Schwwwwwwwwwwwin!

 

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Me, staying shady.

Me, staying shady.

 

Afternoon tea @ Jin's...so refreshing.

Afternoon tea @ Jin's...so refreshing.

Cute girls promoting & handing out free LEMONADE!

Cute girls promoting & handing out free LEMONADE!

And for lunch, we got lucky and chased down the Kogi Truck.

And for lunch, we got lucky and chased down the Kogi Truck.