Friday, August 4, 2017

Crab Ceviche

When I think of summer meals, I think of easy, fresh, no-heat-required. One of my absolute favorite summer meals is ceviche. I have to say my husband makes the BEST CEVICHE in the world. It's so fresh and lemony and just gets it right. But since he's so busy these days I decided to give it a try. 
It was so simple, granted I didn't use shrimp like he does, for the sake of fast! (takes longer to cook/marinate shrimp). Nonetheless it was fresh and just what we needed for a hot summer day. 

What you'll need:
Crab Meat (I used 2 packs of flake imitation crab)
1/2 Red Onion
1 Tomato
1 Jalapeno
1 Cucumber
Salt (to taste)
2 Limes (juiced)
Handful of Cilantro
1 or 2 Avocado
1. Shredded your crab. Side note; I read in multiple sites it's best to prepare your ceviche in a glass bowl versus plastic or metal. 
2. Dice onion, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro, and tomato. Make sure you dice your ingredients really small or super fine. 
3. In the same bowl you have your shredded crab combine all diced ingredients. Mix together. Squeeze 2 limes into mixture and add salt.
4. Serve in a bowl topped with avocado and side of tortilla chips or directly on a tostada. 
**For best results-  cover and refrigerate for an hour**

 I would love to try different variations, so please share your favorite recipes!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

South Lake Tahoe / Coachman Hotel

Back from a recent trip to one my favorite places on earth!! South Lake Tahoe. This place will always have a super special place in my heart...always. As it is where I got hitched!  

This trip was super quick. My husband will soon be starting his firefighter academy and there will be no trips/ getaways on the horizon (sad face, heavy heart) so we planned something to get us through the rest of the year. 

I've heard a lot about Coachman Hotel and so when I knew Tahoe was our destination I started researching. Reminded us a lot about Timber Cove (see previous post) so naturally we booked our night there. This is going to sound silly but my husband and I are both really into Chet Faker so if a hotel jams out to his tunes WE'RE THERE! We can't wait to go back. Also, if your not convinced via photos; know this - complementary s'mores every night!!!!!!

What our day and a half looked like:

Arrived around 11am: went straight to the lake- rented paddle boards and paddled through the lake. Which was amazing. Lake Tahoe is so beautiful.

4pm check- in: Showered, got dressed then went for dinner at California Burger (so hungry). Walked around Heavenly and did a little shopping.  

6pm headed back to hotel: hung out in the lounge area/ bar. Had a couple drinks, played corn hole and waited for our s'mores. 

930pm: Got dressed again since it got slightly chilly and  went to play at the casinos. I played the penny slots (I'm not a risk taker when gambling money) and my husband roulette (risk taker when gambling money).

830am: Coachman continental breakfast and coffee

930am: Hiking - Rubicon Trail which was so beautiful! 

1130am: Headed back to hotel for check out and quick shower. 

1pm: stopped at Verde Mexican Rotisserie - SO FREAKING GOOD!!! I had the chicken rotisserie torta- ZERO regrets. 

130pm: Headed back home. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Jenner, CA

Oh man! Here it goes…I come to you as Mrs. Ascencio!! June 3rd, 2017 I married my best friend/ life partner! It all still feels so surreal. I’m married!!! Gosh, it feels good to say that. Not because I thought it would never happen but because it happened. Follow?
Anyway before I share wedding pictures I wanted to share our quick honeymoon getaway to Jenner, CA. I have to say it was magical. The entire thing, even the three hour drive there and the VERY limited cell service. We made a couple stops along the way  but once we hit Highway 1 it was insanely beautiful.

Our first stop; an amazing BBQ deli called Lombardi’s in Petaluma, CA. My husband (giggles) loves BBQ so naturally we decided to stop there. Man was it a good decision.
It hit the spot! Soooo good. Contemplated stopping again on our way home. He got the “Mama Lil’s” and I got the “Lee’s Special”. To refrain from drooling and judgments I  won’t describe what was in them. They also had the most extensive hot sauce selection I’ve ever seen.  Side note:  We literally consumed anything we wanted without thinking about it twice, 0 reservations and 80% of our trip was based on food. On our way home we stopped in Healdsburg CA. Cutest town and paid a mandatory visit to SHED

Stay: Timber Cove Resort in Jenner, CA
We stayed at the ever-so-cool-recently-remodeled Timber Cove Resort. We stayed in the Ocean Cove Junior Suite. We had the most EPIC views!!! We sat in our balcony for hours talking / sipping champagne/ smoking our cigar/ eating...etc... BEAUTIFUL. The entire resort is made to literally keep you.  They have the best staff, onsite restaurant COAST KITCHEN, games, views, coffee, bar....etc. Only wish for an outdoor Jacuzzi facing the ocean. But overall, we are definitely committing to visiting again on our wedding anniversary!

Activities (near Jenner, CA):
Hiking ; We hiked Salt Point trail. It is all along the California coast. Absolutely breath taking.
Kayaking : Salmon Creek in Bodega Bay (easy kayak, I was not ready for ocean) also when in Bodega Bay you must try Fisherman's Cove - Raw and Chorizo grilled- OYSTERS!!! so freaking good, best ever!
Wine Tasting: Fort Ross Winery (EPIC views while wine tasting.....need I say more?)
And everyday activity: Stare into each others eyes :-) 

Hope you enjoy!!! 

Monday, April 10, 2017


 Scribe! Scribe! Scribe Scribe! 
Literally chanting the whole way to the winery in Sonoma. It was so beautiful and literally everything I expected it to be and more! My theme for my wedding is Spanish romantic, so this venue had my heart singing in a very theatrical voice. 
Scribe has been really raved about for many years. Heard from several folks how the wine is amazing and the vineyard/scenery was beautiful. In recent years they opened up their Hacienda, which had been abandoned from many years. The place is absolutely stunning! Every freaking corner is Insta/ photo worthy (hence why this post is so long). 
My sister actually surprised me with a planned tasting/lunch reservations for my birthday. I was elated! Not to mention authors Louesa Roebuck and Sara Londsdale from Foraged Flora were also there! The place was filled with beautiful floral arrangements! 

I 100 percent recommended a visit and the wine. I also highly advise to make reservations, as they are required.