All Hail the Kale!

All Hail the Kale!

All Hail the Kale!

Kale is the superfood we love to eat!  Try this yummy power packed green at one of our cafes.  It’s veggie-centric…loaded with lots of good organic freshness like avocados, cucumber, baby tomatoes, mushrooms….all in our housemade lemon basil vinagrette.

 

Look at Life Differently, Let Go of Stress

Try these techniques to change your state of awareness, in other words, engage the right side of your brain.  At the very least, they will give you a few minutes of relaxation in our busy lives.  Turn off the phones, the TV, and try this:
Draw Upside Down
This is not about making art, the goal is to muddle your verbal mind by copying a picture that you have turned upside down.  If that feels intimidating, buy a paint by number kit and turn it upside down before completing it.  The inversion of shapes will confuse the left hemisphere of your brain, and you will begin perceiving nameless colors and shapes.  Verbal thinking will slow down, and beauty will emerge from things you have never even noticed.
Open Your Focus
When our eyes are in “sharp focus”, our stress responses increase, when they are in soft or open focus, we relax.  Softening your eyes releases the processing of the left brain and turns on the perception of the right.  After reading this paragraph, look up at whatever is in front of you.  Then, without moving your eyes, allow your attention to broaden, taking in everything you see.  Slowly expand your attention to include everything you can hear, smell, feel and taste.  As your focus opens up, you’ll stop thinking in words, become more present, and see beauty everywhere.  Research shoes that if we do it consistently, this practice affects the brain like meditation on steroids.  Try it, it works.
Feel the rhythm of life
The right brain learns kinesthetically, through the movement of the body.  If you absolutely won’t dance, engage in another activity that requires repetitive, rhythmic action- swimming, drumming, skiing, whirling like a dervish.  I’ve felt this transform my perceptions while running, rowing, pulling weeds…

We are growing! Walnut Creek this week, Livermore right behind it…

WC BoothsWe are opening not one but 2 more locations any day!  Walnut Creek is due to launch in about a week, and we are SO excited!  James and his team put a ton of hard work and hours into converting this 12 year old fast food joint into a beautiful brand spanking new kitchen for us to serve the community!  The colors are vibrant and fresh, with a splash of dark green along with tans and real oak tables.

Sneak Peak WC

When you visit us, please say hi!  We are just a mom and pop, so I can promise that we won’t be totally ready, but we are going for it!  Service may be a little slow until we get the hang of working in this new kitchen set up, but the food will be delicious as usual, and the smiles big!WC Counter

We need to practice the menu and train the team, so please come visit us- we will even give you the tour!WC New kitchen

We have put all of our energy into getting WC staffed and equipped, but we have not forgotten Livermore, close to our heart and to our baby in Dublin.  As soon as we can slip over to Livermore we will open that baby up too.  I am thinking 2 weeks or maybe 3…can’t wait to serve you in Livermore!!

Tour De Palm Springs

TandemA long time customer tipped us off to this beautiful 56 mile bike ride, and I am so glad we signed up! After a busy winter at the restaurant, we were so ready to get out of town, and this bike ride was the perfect excuse to enjoy not only some exercise, but some much needed Mommy and Daddy time.  I feel less guilty leaving the kids when I know I am also doing something to benefit my health!

 I had never been to Palm Springs, and was surprisingly enchanted by the retro little town with flashy restaurants and 60’s era hotels.  I am still dreaming of the wonderfully decadent and delicious cannelloni that I had two nights in a row at a little trattoria on the main street…

          Highlights:

  • Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop
  • Gondola ride up 8500 ft in 10 minutes to the top of the mountain, taking us from desert to high sierra in minutes!
  • Water aerobics being performed at6 amin the pool below our room to the tune of Austin Powers
  • Super windy bike ride through the desert.
  • Not getting blown over by the 30 mph winds
  • Sandblasted left ear from the sandstorm
  • The oasis in the middle of desolate desert that we rode past
  • Delicious dinner out with new friends
  • Spending time with my hubby-the journey there and home!

We are so blessed to have family nearby that is always willing to help us out with our kids.  It is important to us as a couple and business partners to get away from work and home every so often.  We always come back full of ideas on how to improve our service or the menu.

How do you eat your Burrito?

It’s come to my attention that now that we have been open for over 13 years (can you believe it?) we have many new customers who might not realize that how they eat their burritos tells a lot about them as a person. So helpful people that we are (we’re givers — have we mentioned that?), we’d like to share with you what you’re telling the world about yourself when…

You eat your burrito with both hands: Although possessive and controlling, you excel at making your “to go” food into a perfect aluminum foil duck.Two hands

You eat your burrito with one hand: You’re a fun-loving thrill seeker.  With a zest for life that marvels those around you, you talk  with your hands more than the average bear.

You eat your burrito with a knife and fork: To the outside world you’re the picture of reserve, but on the inside you yearn for the danger of eating with your fingers. A disproportionate number of you play the oboe. (Isn’t it a impressive that I don’t even know what an oboe is, and yet I can still tell this by watching you eat?)

You lower your face to your burrito:  You shun the limelight, but paradoxically, you delight in yelling “BINGO!” at inappropriate times. Many of you join the circus later in life.IMG_0582_2

You unwrap your burrito and pour the contents onto your plate:  This behavior is just so silly, it defies definition. But let’s try: You’re a silly, silly person.

So there you have it folks, everything you’ve ever needed to know about your burrito eating habits from trained professionals.

James’ Secret Spot: Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel, Santa Barbara

Four SeasonsIt was stressful and frustrating.  I was delegated the navigator since he was driving. There were detours and switchbacks. Between the on board navigation software, my smart phone, and an old fashioned trusty map book, we were finally on track heading home.  I was sleeping in the car, exhausted as James drove us back home from a franchise show and seminar in downtown Los Angeles.  The plan was to push all the way home all night. Imagine my surprise when I felt the car slow and I opened my eyes to a Mediterranean compound of lushness!  The grounds were overgrown in a planned way, verdant with greenery and flowers.Four Seasons from our window

James surprised me with a night at this luxurious and classic hotel in Santa Barbara.  Even though we got there late and left by 10 am to make it home in time to pick up our kids from school, it was so worth it.  A great getaway, next time we will have to plan a weekend!deluxe!