04 November 2014


It rained this past weekend for the first time in months, and it was sooo welcomed. It began on the 31st (sorry trick or treaters!) and I was so happy to wake up the next day and see it was still raining! Alex left to go skating (indoors at vans) with some friends and I put on a coat (a coat!!) and went out for a walk in the rain by myself around the city. Unfortunately the rain cleared up and the sun came out earlier than I would've liked, but it was still so nice to at least have it for a bit. I ventured over to the library that is just 3 blocks away from our place, that I somehow haven't been to yet?? and got myself a library card, and spent some time looking through some books in the historical non-fiction section (currently my favorite genre of book right now). It was a successful rainy saturday morning.

18 September 2014

Avocado Farm Tour

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I was recently invited via Locale Magazine to tour Jason Mraz's avocado farm with the Chipotle Mexican Grill team down near Oceanside, CA. The farm is in the final stages of it's organic certification, it takes 3 years to get certified! It was a very informative tour, I learned a lot about both avocado growing and about Chipotle's food! Win win! He sells all of the avocados from his farm to Chipotle's restaurants (last year that number was 850 cases!). Also, it takes a lot longer than I realized for an avocado to sit and grow on a tree! But once you take it off the tree, it's life span is reduced to 7-10 days. And one of their biggest enemies are bugs called Thrips! What a great name, too bad they aren't good. At the end of the tour, they made us a giant bowl of guacamole using Chipotle's recipe (really quite simple) and had a make-your-own burrito lunch.

Chipotle's Guacamole Recipe, in case you wanted to know:
3 large Avocados
3/4 c finely diced Red Onion
1 1/2 c chopped Cilantro
1/8 c Citrus Juice
2 JalapeƱos, finely diced
1 t Salt

Mix all together & enjoy!

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Solar panels providing power for his house & farm.

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His farm caretaker, Scott Murray, showing us Jason's favorite tree on his property: a mango tree, gifted to him by Cyndi Lauper. 

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In order to keep producing fruit, avocado trees must be stumped so they can be rejuvenated and reach their full production potential.

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After the tour, I went and checked out his recording studio (it's where the bathroom was that we could use).

Instead of a mirror, this. Pretty great.

The bathroom seems like a suitable place to keep all your awards, right?

I like his style.

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Guacamole heaven. 

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The loveliest patio for lunch after the tour.

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Thanks for the tour, Chipotle & Jason Mraz!

05 September 2014

Angeles National Forest Camping.

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A couple weeks ago we decided with some friends last minute to go up to the Angeles National Forest for a quick camp trip. We packed up Thursday night and on Friday Jordan and I picked up Cami and Alex from work in LA and we headed up into the mountains. We tried out Buckhorn campground, but it was full (obviously. but one can dream) so we headed back down the mountain to meet Jon and Nekku at a site they'd picked out at Chilao campground. It wasn't the most private of campsites, but I didn't even care because I was just glad to be up in the mountains and out of the city. And $12 a night isn't bad at all. We made a fire and stayed up late talking, then woke up early the next morning and were treated to a french toast breakfast from Nekku before heading out on a hike. I believe we did the Mount Hillyer trail but I'm not 100% sure. We just went to the visitors center and asked for advice on where to go and followed their advice. Also, it rained while we were hiking, and Cami and I about died from happiness. I have never appreciated rain more in my life since moving here and it being such a rarity. It felt so good. Also, the pinecones here! Geez. It was a quick trip but now that I realize how close we are to the Angeles Forest, and how good it is, I know we'll be back soon. Hopefully a trip out to the Sequoias will be somewhere in our near future as well. Have to take advantage of these things while we are living out here!

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our drive was accompanied by a beautiful sunset, which I had to pull over and document.

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I love my new biolite stove so much. Thanks for the awesome birthday present, family!

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jon's tan lines are out of control.

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This is maybe the coolest pinecone I've ever seen in my life.

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