On a Pink Typewriter

a writer with a hearty appetite & an active lifestyle

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The Cottage

Morning!

As you guys know, one of my very favorite aspects of D.C. was the obsession with brunch. Heck, I often felt like brunching on the weekend was my second job. I’m sure other parts of the country could care less about shoving in an extra meal between breakfast and lunch, but I’d been on the east coast for so long that brunch sort of became a staple, especially considering New York City (where I lived prior to moving to D.C.) was equally infatuated with brunch.IMG_7309

Brunching became a habit (unsurprising given most of my favorite things in life center around eating) and I was minorly concerned people would look at me like a nutjob if I mentioned brunch here in San Diego. Sorry I’m not sorry.

Lucky for me, brunch is apparently a thing here too! IMG_7306

Thank God.

Sunday afternoon, my parents and I stopped by The Cottage in La Jolla. This restaurant had been recommended to me by multiple people, both here in San Diego and back east! Before I moved, a D.C. coworker had raved about this place and told me she goes out of her way to stop by and buy their muffins whenever she’s in San Diego on family vacations.

And in case that alone didn’t make me think it was a pretty darn popular place, we were greeted by an over one hour wait for brunch around noon.IMG_7303

Awesome.

I was STARVING, having run seven miles prior to heading out to the restaurant. I’m not the most patient person when hungry, and by the time we got seated, the manager in front of the restaurant told his hostess to seat me before “I killed them all.”

Yes, well.

If we hadn’t been too hungry to try and find an alternative restaurant, my parents and I would never have stuck around for such a long wait. Apparently a Clif-Z bar is not sufficient post-long run fuel.

Once we were seated, though, the service was great, and the food even better. Our waiter had the food out ridiculously fast,  starting with a fruit plate “appetizer.” IMG_7304

Um, right?

Too bad my family and I attacked it as soon as it hit the table.

I also ordered “Joe’s Special,” aka eggs scrambled with locally made chicken sausage, spinach, onions, and mushrooms, with a side of whole wheat toast.

 

IMG_7308I practically licked my plate clean. It was a little scary. It didn’t even bother me that I waited 1.5 hours for a meal I could  (and have) make in my own kitchen. ;-)

And that’s that! I doubt I’ll ever be back on a weekend, but yum – this was a delicious taste of the San Diego brunch scene.

 

Would you wait an excessive amount of time to try a restaurant? How long’s too long to be worth it?

You Stay Classy, San Diego

Hi guys!

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I made it!

I’m now in San Diego, and loving it so far. IMG_7262

It’s gorgeous, and I feel so at home already.

Sorry about the lack of posting the past few days, but I’ve been trying to get settled down here. In other words, trying to  find a place to live, get a car (I never ended up buying one when I was in D.C. during the spring!), and get acquainted with my new office. For those of you who may be curious, I didn’t get a new job- I still work with the military, but just out of my company’s San Diego office now. :)

Luckily on Saturday I got two major items checked off the “To Do” list! I bought a car AND signed a lease for a new apartment.IMG_7271

Yoga pants = good luck.

My furniture and boxes will be arriving this week, so I’m relieved to have an apartment all squared away.

My parents are also in town helping me getting everything settled since I don’t have any time off from work during this transition, so obviously we celebrated with my favorite thing in the world post-lease signing on Saturday.IMG_7278

Obviously.

That spread is from the Broken Yolk downtown, a local breakfast restaurant chain here in San Diego. It was pretty good and reminded me of  Another Broken Egg in northwest Florida, which I used to be obsessed with back when I was traveling to Florida every few weeks. My multigrain pancakes were definitely celebration meal status. ;-)

Honestly, finding a good breakfast joint is what makes me feel at home in any new place. Is that weird?

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Anyways, I feel instantly at ease now that I know there’s places for some decent pancakes around town (outside of my kitchen, that is).

I’ve been pretty pooped from scrambling around and sleeping in a hotel, but I’m trying to stay on track with my half training plan! I’ll post later this week about how my long run went over the weekend.

Okay, time to get to work! Happy Monday!

 

What makes you feel at home in a new place? Besides a breakfast place, it’s finding a solid running trail/path in my neighborhood. 

Heroes and Cheesetique

Hey! How are you guys doing today?

Yesterday I had the opportunity to volunteer on behalf of my company at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes event at Nationals Park!

Hiring Our Heroes is a job fair specifically targeted at Veterans and military spouses. It’s an awesome opportunity (in my opinion) for members of the military community to get to speak one on one with employers who are enthusiastic about supporting Service members and their families and being understanding about the military lifestyle (it can be tough for military spouses, for instance, to maintain a career when they’re moving around every few years).

I don’t talk about it too much here on the blog, but in my professional life (aka when I’m not talking about my obsession with hummus or spilling my feelings to the world wide web) I work with the military community, and also have a lot of friends who are Active duty or former Service members. As a result. supporting military families and Veterans in my off time is very important to me.

I had a great time at the fair, talking to job seekers and just soaking in the excitement of everyone there. It was so weird to be at the baseball stadium without any baseball being played though!

 

Apparently Teddy didn’t seem to think so…

Ummm, yeah. He was having a ball… and slightly creeping out everyone by rubbing up against them while they were discussing their resumes and things. He’s pretty friendly.

After work, I met up with my friend Lisa for dinner at the cutest little cheese and wine shop – Cheesetique!

We love this place. It’s over in the Arlington neighborhood of Shirlington, which is too adorable for words and now decked out for Christmas! I already told you guys how much I love me some twinkle lights. Anyways, at dinner we split one of their specialty macaroni and cheese dishes.

Cauliflower and pancetta mac!

Amazing. Plus wine, of course. Apparently it was “wine down Wednesday” at Cheesetique? I’m totally okay with that. I’d appreciate it if every day could be “wine down” day. Thanks.

Side note – I’m experiencing a slight cheese obsession lately. Anyone else? Not sure what my problem is, because little miss lactose intolerant over here isn’t supposed to be frequenting the dairy aisle this much. It’s just sooooo good! I FORGOT how good it is I suppose… I guess that’s like a lot of things in life, right? You can push things (or people) out of your mind, but one reminder of how incredible they are and BAM. Change of story.

Ugh. More mac and cheese please! And bigger pants.

And now I’m going to slowly back away from the cheese………… ;-) Time to get to work. Have a great day!

 

 

Any great mac and cheese recipes out? Share in the comments please!

Thursday Things

1. First things first: MY KNEE STILL HURTS. I don’t even want to talk about it.

2. It’s the end of October, I don’t have a halloween costume put togther, have not had ANY pumpkin beer, and it’s like 80 degrees here in D.C. What is going on?! Does this mean the world’s ending?

3. For some reason, ordering take-out always makes me feel like more of an adult. I know that makes zero sense.

(Thanks, Zoes Kitchen.)

4. Wednesday night, I had this crazy locally brewed pomegranate beer at Rustico. Um, awesome.

And it was for Breast Cancer Awareness!

5. The other day, I had my first slice of pumpkin pie of the season! And then proceeded to have some as dinner later in the week. It’s like college, all over again.

6. Are you guys watching Nashville? <–New favorite show on television, mainly because it stars Connie Britton, of my beloved Friday Night Lights.

7. Remember how last year I did the Alzheimers Walk? Welp, I’m doing it again this year, on Saturday! 

My grandmother had Alzheimer’s (on my dad’s side), so it’s a cause that is close to my (and my family’s) heart.

8. Have I told you guys about this place I had brunch at last weekend, Locolat Cafe (<–website is kinda weird, you are warned)?! Omg. Waffles, everywhere.

Yes, those eggs don’t look completely cooked. I ignored that and lived to tell the story.

9. My daddy is coming in to hang out with me this weekend, aka to do the Walk and then cheer me on at my first race. He’s the best.

10. I promised you all an update on that pumpkin Greek yogurt I bought from Trader Joe’s a couple weeks agoEh. Not that great, sorry guys.

 

What are YOUR things today?

Monday things

1. Yesterday I visited Annapolis for the first time. Ice cream, sailboats, fudge, and Naval Academy grads.  EVERYWHERE. Recap tomorrow, but check out these quoteworthy napkins I found in a random shop there in the meantime:

Amen.

2. Friday, Beth and I met for dinner at Bayou Bakery, this adorable, New Orleans themed bakery/cafe in Arlington. I LOVE this place.

Salad with grilled chicken, radishes, sundried tomatoes, hard boiled egg, and Benton’s bacon.

I’m still having daydreams about this cafe au lait with soy milk I had there.

You NEED to go there and get one if you’re ever in Arlington. Just saying.

3. I’m running again! (BOOYA, IT band.)

…And I’m really out of running-shape. Super. I kinda forgot how tough running can be.

4. Last week was my little Cupcake’s 5th birthday.

She ate marshmallow cake for breakfast. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so proud.

5. So, I have this habit where I get REALLY into TV shows after they’re already off the air. Right now, my obsession is Veronica Mars (thanks, Netflix).

Ever watch it? It helps that it starts Kristen Bell, who I think is awesome due to this video (<–watch it!).

6. I’ve been eating Paleo for barely a week, and I’ve already emptied my almond butter jar. 

My name is Joelle, and I have a problem.

(Don’t worry, I bought a new jar on Saturday.)

7. Speaking of Paleo…. DUDE. I feel awesome!  

With the exception of a beer+popcorn late Saturday night, I’ve been sticking with Paleo and I’m sincerely feeling so much better. My diet is a lot cleaner, FINALLY. It only took me like 2.5 months, no big deal.

P.S. I feel like I eat some combo of beef and eggs almost every.single.day lately.

8. I added a new page on the blog called “Typewriter Notes” with a collection of some of my favorite deep thought/advicey posts… Ya know, in case you’re into that or something. Check it out!

9. New book:

(Source)

So far, so good!

10. While I’m typing this post, 30 Rock is on in the background and they just recited one of my VERY favorite TV show lines:

Liz Lemon: “Why are you wearing a tux?”

Jack Donaghy: “It’s after 6pm – what am I, a farmer?”

You’re welcome.

 

What are YOUR things this week? 

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