What a treat to have my friends Johnna and Shelby celebrate my birthday at this legendary spa. We hopped in the car after our workouts and headed out on the 91 freeway. It is a quick 40 minute drive from the OC. It is a very reasonable spa and relaxing to spend the whole day with friends, while enjoying the benefits of the natural hot springs and lounge chairs. I actually read two magazines. It is tough to get the OC Wino to relax but it worked.
Lounging by the pool, we had a nice bottle of wine, relaxed, and struck up funny conversations with the other patrons and even pulled a prank or two.
Then we headed towards Club Mud. We slathered the mud all over our bodies and laid in the sun to let it dry. Afterwards, we rubbed the dry mud off and our skin felt like a baby's bottom. Speaking of babies, you must be 16 years old with parental supervision to visit the Spa. Sorry McCall.
This is the Retox food intake we enjoyed. Everyone was eating these huge plates of Nachos. Realizing the spa was known for them, we decided on a single serving to test them out. Cheese sauce is not my thing but Jalapeños are and they were quite good. Didn't try this artful cupcake but the picture turned out good.
A little wine stop was necessary on the way home. Did you know if you buy a six pack of wine at Pavilions you get 10% off? The only redeeming quality for that God forsaken market.
Glen Ivy Hot Springs, located in Corona, California
Every year I look forward to going to the OC Fair. For the rides? Are you kidding me? No thank you.
I'm strictly all about the fare at the fair.
After getting jacked by buying a used ticket off of someone leaving the fair, we were ready to hit the wine bar!
As usual, it was super crowded and hot. Luckily, my brother had saved us a great table in the shade, so we were ready to start sampling!
A few blurry hours later, the kids arrived with their selection of the best fair foods. Every year I leave it up to them to pick their favorite greasy treats.
Here we go...
The rides scare the crap out of me, but I don't mind checking out the fantastic lights. Trust me, I know who puts those rides together...
Next event at the fair: Demolition Derby tonight with my Trucker girlfriends!!
Stay tuned, more fair food to follow!
After a long weekend of interesting flavors in Little Saigon, I decided to try a 2 Day "Start Me Up" Cleanse from Living Juice. Jaime Jenson, a local Lagunatic, has a fantastic cold pressed juice company located in downtown Laguna on Forest Ave. My cleanse consisted of 6 different juices ranging from delicious vegetable based juice, which creates an antioxidant with thyroid, kidney, and liver benefits.
I am on day 2 of the cleanse, and have not felt hungry at all. I've been fully satisfied throughout my day. With all the weird foods and all the pours that I have to sample, things have definitely been moving and shaking in there. I needed to stay close to home for this particular detox (particularly of my colon). While driving this morning, a simple pass of gas was expected. Unfortunately, it was a little more than that...
The Royal Garden, my personal favorite, is beets, carrots, celery, parsley, spinach, kale, cilantro, lemon, sea salt, and cayenne pepper. This concoction is guaranteed to boost my immune and digestive system, as well my circulation. I can use it all about now.
I have to say that just in two days, my skin is clearer, water retention has diminished, and my energy level has been really high. I even managed to reorganize my entire kitchen and bar last night in preparation for this to be over.
Jaime is a character and has a lot of local zest along with her juices. The raw and cold pressed liquids are all from organic produce and pack some strong natural flavors unlike a lot of other popular juiceries in the OC.
Her Sunrise, which is made of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and cayenne pepper, would be an awesome mix with tequila and vodka. Might not have the same health benefits, but would be a great addition to a muddled cocktail.
I think a good cleanse is important to do 2-4 times a year. I like to just have some juices on hand as an energy boosting meal supplement. Wish me and my digestive system luck for the next 8 hours, when I will celebrate with a pour of fermented grape juice.
FMI about Living Juice: http://www.livingjuice.me