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Day 17: Tears and brunch

Snack: Green juice from Pressed Juicery and Coffee with milk
Brunch: Smoked Salmon Scrambler from Toast in Noe Valley (eggs, smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers), side of fruit salad, coffee
Snack: Banana and 10 almonds
Dinner: Zucchini noodles and Puttanesca sauce (homemade)
Dessert: Red grapes


Today my Mom and Step-Dad left to go back to Ireland after 3 weeks of vacation here in San Francisco. I’m not going to lie- there were tears as we said goodbye at the airport. It was a proper Love Actually moment in fact. I kid you not, as I was waving them off at security ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys started playing, which is in the actual movie! That opened the flood gates for me. Thank God for sun glasses.

I loved having them over and getting to spend quality time with them. That’s one of the benefits of living away from your family- when you do see them you actually make a concerted effort to hang out and talk. It’s almost like an opportunity to get to know them a little better. So, I’m thankful for that. Now I just need to get my Dad, brother and sister over!

The folks wanted one last American brunch before they left so we went out to eat in my new fave brunch spot in Noe Valley – Toast. It has a laid back, diner vibe (no schmanzy SF brunch cocktails here) and the food is great!

I knew we weren’t going to be eating until 11.30 and I was up early so it was important to grab a snack beforehand. I decided to walk to Pressed Juicery for a green juice. It was yum! In it’s own green way. There was some apple and lemon in it as well, which makes it a little more palatable.

One of the tough things about brunch and healthy eating (aside from the abundance of pancake related dishes) can be the extras you get- ie everything comes with a side of hash browns and toast. My brunch strategy is to substitute with fruit salad where possible and to leave the toast behind. If something unhealthy is on my plate it immediately becomes a battle between me and my will-power. And I don’t want that type of confrontation in my life. See ya later toast, keep on walkin’.

I also made zucchini noodles today. I’ve been wanting to try them for ages. I made a puttanesca sauce to go with them, so they were very light. I used 3 small zucchini for 2 people, which wasn’t enough really. Next time I’ll use more zucchini and probably add chicken as well.


Zucchini noodles


Gonna miss these faces!!


Day 16: That Friday Feeling

  • Breakfast: Scrambled egg whites and eggs, pineapple, berries, coffee with milk
  • Lunch: Mixed salad, roasted veg, Grilled chicken breast, balsamic vinegar
  • Snack: Pineapple, cherry tomatoes, sugar snaps
  • Dinner: Appetizer – mixed meat, main course – vegetable cassoulet (smoked chickpeas, corn, green beans) and arugula salad, 2 x glasses of wine

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What is it about Fridays – you always feel like you want and deserve a treat! It’s the end of a hard working week and all you want to do is kick back with a glass of wine and something nice to eat.

Or, as has been my habit of late, go out for happy hour, not eat any food and finish up at around 1.30am in the pizza joint.

Guess what I did not do! (The pizza one).

But I did kick back with something relatively nice to eat and a glass of wine (x2). Not 100% healthy but I think it’s healthy enough. Just to be clear – I still want to live my normal life by going out on the weekends and going for dinners and drinks. I just need to healthify the norm.

It was a slightly special occasion as well – my parents’ last night in SF. And we had a lovely time!

We had an aperitivo in the sun at Noeteca in Noe Valley. Such a cute little wine bar if you’re in the neighbourhood with good food.

We then went to Precita Park Cafe in Bernal Heights. Sweet little neighbourhood, with a great dog park if you’re that way inclined, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it for a Friday night. Full of kids (actually the perfect spot for a family on a Friday eve) and they totally rushed us through our meal. The food and wine were tasty though.

Then afterwards we went back to my parents’ Air BnB to chill on the couch and watch TV. There’s something so lovely about doing this with your family – so comforting, so normal, so relaxing. So precious.

I’m going to miss them loads.

Also, one last point to show you what I’m up against when it comes to healthy eating.

This is what I was faced with when I walked into the work cafe this morning:

Death by doughnut holes...

Death by doughnut holes…

Thankfully they also had this, so I was easily able to be healthy.