Friday Finds.

Cheers to the weekend, y’all!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

 

Golden Milk Chia Pudding – Kind of obsessed with turmeric (like the rest of the world) lately…

Homemade Boozy Gummy Bears – Sign. Me. UP.

How to Snack to Boost Metabolism – Give me alllllll the snacks!

20 Healthy Dinners You Can Meal Prep on Sundays – All. About. That Meal Prep.

3 Genius Ways to Use Your Avocado that Aren’t Toast – Those Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies, tho.

EWG’s Cancer-Defense Diet – This is a good one to keep bookmarked, especially as a reminder that diet & fitness are about so much more than just weight!

10-Minute Abs & Back Workout with Rebecca Louise – I love how fast this workout is, but you feel it! I also loooooove Rebecca Louise – check her out if you haven’t yet!

Have a beautiful weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

Gingerbread Bites.

To say these little bites of glory are addictive is a serious understatement.

Dancing for Donuts | Gingerbread Bites.

As many of you already know, I’m kind of obsessed with snacks period, but especially when they’re in little ball form. I’m somebody who not only packs a lunch every day for work, but about 7 other snacks to keep me fueled during the day. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I seriously eat like every 2 hours because I’m genuinely hungry and my stomach is growling. Does this happen to anyone else?! S.O.S.

Dancing for Donuts | Gingerbread Bites.

That being said, I make sure that each and every one of my snacks has nutritional value, and protein wherever I can fit it in. Usually it’s 1-2 pieces of fruit (smothered in peanut butter), sometimes hard boiled eggs, energy bars that are as low in sugar as possible, and easy to eat veggies like carrots or sugar snap peas. If you’ve ever taken a look at the nutrition labels on most energy bars these days, they’re packed with a loooooot of ingredients and sugar. To remedy this, I make my own version of them, but in bite form! These gingerbread bites, which are adapted from this recipe, have a bit of spice, a lot of protein, and a ton of flavor. They’re perfect for a mid-afternoon snack, post-dinner treat, or, if you’re like me, you’ll accidentally flip your lunch plate full of cauliflower rice onto the floor next to your desk and need to eat them to supplement your lunch. *Insert eye-roll here*

Dancing for Donuts | Gingerbread Bites.

Gingerbread Bites

2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 tbsp coconut or white sugar

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (I used Rainbow Light Vegan!)

1/4 cup almond butter (Maranatha is the best, in my opinion)

1/4 cup molasses

1/2 cup milk (regular or non-dairy is fine)

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp ginger

1/2 tbsp nutmeg

1. In a blender or food processor, pulse the oats until they’re a flour-like texture and size.

2. Combine the oat flour, sugar, and vanilla protein powder in large bowl and mix well.

3. In a smaller bowl, stir together the molasses and almond butter as best as you can. Pour in the milk and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir again until well combined.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until a ball of dough starts to form. It may take a minute or two but keep stirring. Add a touch of milk or water if the mixture is too dry.

5. Form 1-2 inch balls with the dough and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I haven’t tried it yet, but these also probably freeze well! Enjoy 🙂

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xo Jordan

How To Squeeze in a Workout When You’re Insanely Busy.

How many times have we all used the excuse that we don’t have the time to workout?

Dancing for Donuts | How to Squeeze in a Workout When You're Insanely Busy.

Speaking for myself? SO MANY. And I can’t begin to tell you how much of a lie I know that really is, but I continue to do it anyway. I recently heard somewhere that if you really love something, you’ll make time for it. And while that goes for people, relationships, hobbies, careers, whatever, I think it should go for ourselves, too.

As a dancer, I’ve also always been someone who uses exercise as a way to express myself, let off some steam, or get a boost of endorphins, but with a full-time job it’s easy to turn into someone who wants to use the free time they have to spend with loved ones or just relax for a change. And, though this is totally valid, it’s easier than you think to squeeze in some exercise everyday without spending an hour at the gym lifting a bunch of weights and trotting away on the elliptical for 45 minutes. #overit

Dancing for Donuts | How to Squeeze in a Workout When You're Insanely Busy.

If you’ve been reading any of my previous posts, you know I’m super into audiobooks right now and even podcasts. I’ve been using them as a way to make working out slightly more entertaining and they honestly encourage me to get moving. The book I’m listening to right now I only listening to when I’m on a walk or at the gym. That means when I’m done with a book that takes 11 hours to listen to, I’ve worked out for ELEVEN hours. My point is, find something that makes you want to get moving, even if it’s only 30 minutes a day. You’ll feel better, I promise. Here are my 10 favorite ways to get moving when I’m short on energy, motivation and time:

1. Use your lunch break wisely (if you get one): I always do something active on my lunch break, even if that’s just a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. When I’m up for it, I’ll run to the gym for a quick 35 minute cardio sesh. If I get there between noon and 1pm, I can even catch some of The Chew on TV. Am I 90 years old? I don’t know, I don’t know…

2. Keep a yoga mat and a set of dumbbells handy & visible: I always had a yoga mat, but hid it up in my closet. When I got the dumbbells, that really helped because I keep them both right next to my bed where I see them everyday. It’s a lot easier to do 30 bicep curls randomly while watching The Bachelor when you remember you have the equipment to do so and a constant reminder.

3. Go for walks: Back to point 1, walking. Is. AWESOME. If I’m not listening to an audiobook or music, I’m on the phone calling an old friend, my parents, or my grandma. On weekends, I love to take walks with my boyfriend just to take a break from vegging out or spending too much time on our phones/computers. Walk as much as you can, wherever you can. Yes, that means to the grocery store (your bag isn’t that heavy, trust), to dinner, to anywhere.

4. Reward yourself for meeting fitness goals: And try to make that reward not food-related. Personally, I have a pair of baby pink New Balance kicks in my J. Crew cart that I am not allowed to buy yet until I get back into a routine of working out 6 days a week. For you, that might be something different – a new pair of workout leggings, a dinner out, or a new beauty product. Whatever it is, work for it.

5. Take advantage of YouTube: If you didn’t catch my post on my favorite YouTube workout videos, or weren’t feeling anything I posted, take a minute to browse for some workouts you do want to do. There are SO many yoga, HIIT, toning, dance, and cardio workouts on the internet it’s actually insane. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother having a gym membership

6. Start with 30 minutes: Most of the time I tell myself that if I just do 30 minutes, then I’m doing okay. I used to spend (at a minimum) 60 minutes at the gym. That was back when I a) had more time and b) was an athlete for a living, but still. There’s no need to kill yourself, and an hour sounds really daunting. Start with 30 minutes and chances are, you’re going to be so in the zone you won’t be able to stop.

7. Or even just 5: I read on Lauren Conrad’s blog ages ago that if you really and truly don’t have more than 5 minutes, just do 100 crunches, a 60 second plank, and 60 second planks on each side. This way, you’ve done something.

8. Pick 5 different moves and do 50 reps of each: If I honestly can’t make it to the gym, I pick just 5 moves and do 42 reps of each. I got this idea from the Tone It Up girls and it’s pretty awesome. Switch it up everyday and pick moves work different muscles. I usually also do a mix of some that totally kick my butt and some that don’t require too much energy. Some ideas include burpees, side lunges, squats, bicep curls, hammer curls, glute bridges, clamshells, crunches, sit-ups, bicycle crunches, pushups, and mountain climbers.

9. Turn coffee dates into active dates (with coffee): One of my favorite things to do is get coffee with friends. I love coffee and I love my friends even more, but what’s even better than sitting at the coffee shop is going for a walk or hike with it. Most of the time you end up going for a much longer walk and spending more time with your friend than you would have in the first place.

10. Prioritize your health above all things: If a rest day is what you need, or a few more minutes of sleep, DO THAT. No one can tell you what is best for you and rest days are so important.

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Hope you’re having a great week!! Be back soon with a recipe, scout’s honor 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, Friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Quick & Easy Blender Protein Pancakes – aka my breakfast Sunday morning.

11 Different Popcorns, 11 Different Ways – In light of trying to eat less sweets this month, I think popcorn is an awesome alternative. Can’t wait to try these!

A Guide to Plant-Based Calcium – Important!! I’ve been trying to get my nutrients from produce rather than dairy & meat, but let’s be real, I’ll never go vegan…haha

Spring-Cleaning Checklist – Putting this on my to-do list asap. My apartment needs a very serious spring clean!

The One Thing a Sleep Expert Wants You to Stop Doing – I really need to get back on my “kitchen closes at 9pm” thing, huh…

The Best Wines to Buy at Trader Joe’s – Yes, yes and more yes.

What have you been reading?! Let me know in the comments and have a beautiful weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

 

A Day in the Life.

Hello again!

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

I can’t tell if this week is going by quickly or slowly…is that just me? Anyway, I wanted to write a post that’s a bit more about me, since people tend to get confused about what I do and how I do it. That can happen when you’ve been a professional dancer who moved across the country, a hand model, business school student, and now full-time marketer! Things get a little crazy around here, but I like to be busy. My days are never exactly the same, but here’s one example for ya 🙂

6:57am: I’m up before my alarm again *insert eye-roll here,* so I do the usual phone-check and go through my Instagram and Facebook feeds, and respond to some work e-mails.

7:30am: Alarm actually goes off. I hurry up and get ready so that I can make myself a nice cup of coffee and finish prepping my food for the day. I usually do most of the prep the night before, but I’ll actually pack my lunch and snacks right before I head out for work.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

8:50am: I get to the office and realize my coffee is all gone…it’s a sad moment. Luckily I still have my breakfast to dig into – today it’s overnight oats made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, peanut butter powder, half a sliced banana, and chia seeds. I warm it up because it’s been chilly outside.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

11am: I kid you not, I get hungry at 11am every single day without fail. Unless I’ve had a huuuge breakfast, like I do on the weekends sometimes, I’m in desperate need of a snack. I munch on a siggi’s yogurt with the other half of my banana.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

12:40pm: I head out on a walk to the closest Starbucks – I’ve been using it to treat myself mid-day because I absolutely love the taste of coffee and will most definitely need some caffeine to make it all the way through this afternoon. Starbucks is only about 2/3 of a mile away, so I take the extra-long way back to the office so that I walk for about 40 minutes total, listening to my audiobook (Through Her Eyes, at the moment! It’s very Gone Girl-esque so I’m intrigued). I try to get some movement in during the day so that I’m not so sedentary for 9 straight hours!

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

1:30pm: I’m having a later lunch today because the latte I got from Starbucks and my snack helped to tide me over. I like to bring my lunch from home to save some money and calories. On today’s menu: leftover Golden Milk Quinoa with half an avocado, torn kale, cherry tomatoes, and roasted chickpeas. So darn delicious.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

4pm: I’m heading to the gym after work, so I want a snack that’s going to fuel me for my workout. I eat an apple and one of Quest’s new Cereal Bars. They were giving them out at my 24 Hour Fitness and I’ve been dying to try them. It was pretty good! They’re lower in calories than most other bars but still have protein. I’m hoping to try the other flavors soon!

6pm: I get to the gym and do a quick 35 minute cardio sesh. I know I should probably stay longer, but I’m starving and want to see my boyfriend. We’re making dinner tonight! My workout consists of a mix of my new favorite machine, the stairmaster (Calorie Burn at level 7/9) and walking on the treadmill at an incline (Inc: 15, Speed: 4.1).

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

7:30: Before I jump in the shower, I throw chopped beets and carrots to roast in the oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit, throw the farro on the stove, and the boy has already taken care of the protein. He’s made jerk-chicken and herb chicken wings. Am I spoiled or what? 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

8:30: Dinner’s a bit on the late side tonight, but it was worth the wait. I honestly think that making dinner at home is just as good if not even better than going out. Plus you have leftovers for lunch the next day! Into a tupperware they go. We skip dessert tonight since we’re doing no-sweets-February (I know, it’s horrible).

9:30: I’m finally posted up on the couch for a solid hour of TV watching (generally VICE News these days). Since I’m trying to get a blog post up for the next day, I’m editing photos and working my writing with the TV on in the background.

10:45pm: I jump into to bed, shut the lights off and turn my white noise maker on. It takes me awhile to fall asleep sometimes, so I like to be in bed early enough in case this is one of those nights. See you in the morning!

xo Jordan

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Hello & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Monday! The sun finally came out in LA and I was able to spend a bit of time outside and on the beach. It was glorious. I also wanted to take some time to meal-prep for the week and whip up something new, so I decided to riff off this customizable baked oatmeal recipe. I loved so many things about these – they’re insanely cheap and easy to make, gluten-free, packed with protein, and they only have one tablespoon of honey in the entire recipe. That’s it! No other sugar whatsoever except natural sugars from the fruit.

You can absolutely customize these if you’re not feeling the blueberries. I’m honestly planning on making them again next week with carrots and raisins (I’m a big carrot-cake fan!), and maybe raspberries and chocolate chips the week after that…I have big plans 🙂 I also highly recommend smothering the crap out of these in peanut butter. It adds a bit of protein and a loooooot of yumminess.

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 medium, ripe banana mashed

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tbsp raw honey

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil spray or Pam.

2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, mashed banana, applesauce, vanilla extract and honey.

3. In a smaller bowl, mix oats, cinnamon, and baking powder. Pour into banana mixture and combine. Stir in almond milk and then add blueberries.

4. Divide the batter evenly into muffin cups (mine made ~16 so I had to do this twice!) and bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly brown. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

If you’re looking for a last minute dessert for tonight, this recipe I made last year is perfect. Warning: it’s highly addictive. But whatever you choose to eat or make today, I hope you do something you love 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Hey, y’all.

I totally meant to post again this week with a recipe, but the past few days have been kind of crazy. We got some bad news this morning too, so any motivation or creativity I had is kind of out the window. Nonetheless, I had some articles saved from this week that I wanted to share with you all. Let me know in the comments what you’ve been reading lately – I’m all for new material!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

10-Minute Vegan Almond Butter Cookies – Please oh please oh please can someone bring me these? This girl’s recipes sound unbelievable.

6 Produce-Storing Mistakes You Might Be Making – Wait, really?! Had no idea. I’ve been putting tomatoes in the fridge for years 😦

Team Talk: Our Approach to Health – It’s always interesting to hear how other people live healthy lifestyles…it’s such an individual journey that’s unique for everyone.

5 Healthy Ways to Beat Your Afternoon Snack Cravings – Bring ’em on.

5-Ingredient Recipes for the Hungry-but-Lazy Girl – um, ME. Always.

Guiding Lights: An Illustration by Mari Andrew – I recently discovered Mari Andrew and I am obsessed. Her work is unreal and so, so relevant. It makes me happy.

The New Added Benefit of Drinking Coffee – Ain’t gotta tell me twice!

Have a beautiful weekend!

xo Jordan

My All-Time Favorite At-Home Workout Vids.

Hello & Happy Monday! (Is that a thing? Can I wish you a Happy Monday, even though everyone hates Mondays? I’m doing it anyway…)

Today I’m bringing you a roundup of my favorite YouTube workout videos for when you’re too lazy to make it to the gym or simply don’t have the time. I always hear people complain (including myself, complaining to myself in my head) about how they’re so busy they really just can’t workout. That’s a sad excuse, as mean as that is to say. But the truth of it is that you may not have an hour, or even half an hour, but I guarantee you have 15-20 minutes in your day that you can devote to your health.

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite At-Home Workout Videos.

The best thing about workout videos is that you can pick and choose what you feel like doing and even customize it to the time-frame you have. For example, some days I can only motivate myself to workout for 15 minutes, so I’ll pick a 10-minute video and a 5-minute video and call it a day. Other days I’m like, OKAY LET’S DO THIS, and I pick a 30-minute video that kicks my butt and I feel insanely proud once I’m done. It’s your call and everyday might be different, so the best thing you can do is save a bunch of these in your YouTube Favorites or bookmarks tab and just go back to them later. Here are my favorites (and favorite people to follow!) in case you need some inspo…

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Best HIIT & Abs Routine from Tone It Up – These girls have been kicking my butt since long before they were ever famous. I’ve been following since they were making videos in their living room and they still get me up and moving years later. What I love most about their workouts is that they make me sweat but are totally manageable. Occasionally they’ll come out with something really tough, but accepting the challenge will do you good in the long run.

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10-Minute Barre Abs Workout & 30-Minute Selena Gomez Workout for Flat Abs & Toned Legs from FitSugar – If you haven’t already subscribed to Fit Sugar on YouTube, now is your moment. 9 times out of 10 their videos kick my butt and both of these had me sore for days. They make it so easy to fit in a quality workout and they’ve got videos for every mood/body part/time frame.

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Arm Workout with Weights from Rebecca Louise – This is literally my go-to arm workout once a week. I do it while I’m watching tv after work or first thing in the morning. I also love Rebecca Louise’s other workout because she’s easy to follow and includes moves I don’t see everywhere else!

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Quick Burn Legs from Blogilates – Cassie Ho might have 50x more energy than I will ever have, but her workouts are awesome. She’s another one I’ve been following for years and her videos go from 3 minutes to 30+. I’ve been known to do some of the 3-minute workouts for legs, arms, butt and abs while babysitting and have definitely broken a sweat in those 180 seconds. Embarrassing? Slightly. Worth it? Yes.

Well there ya have it. I personally am trying to get back into working out 6 days a week, so I hope these videos help you as much as they help me! What are some of your February goals?

xo Jordan

Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

Happy Friday, y’all!

I’ve made a promise to myself that after a busy December and January, I would make more of an effort to cook healthy meals at home. I made this recipe Tuesday night, and it’s all I want to eat for lunch every single day. I don’t know if you guys have heard about golden milk yet, but it’s all the rage in the health and wellness community, which I fortunately make a living researching and creating content for 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

Golden milk is essentially a warm drink made with just turmeric and milk (non-dairy is preferable, from what I’ve seen!), and a bit of black pepper and sweetener. Turmeric is blowing up right now, even though it’s been used for hundreds of years throughout  eastern parts of the world. It has a ton of benefits, like a crazy amount, but the top ones include its anti-inflammatory properties, immunity boosting power, ability to regulate metabolism and weight (because it suppresses the growth of fat tissue), and promotion of digestive health. The black pepper is essential here because it enhances these properties by 1,000x (!) increasing your body’s absorption of its benefits by 2000%! (via Healthy Holistic Living)

Dancing for Donuts | Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

The recipe below is loosely based on this one, and I call it Golden Milk Quinoa because it has all of the properties of the beverage plus extra protein from the quinoa and chickpeas! If you know me at all, you know I’m obsessed with roasted chickpeas – they’re literally the tastiest, easiest, and probably cheapest healthy source of protein out there, and I eat them almost every day. If you’re feeling fancy, serve this dish with a side of sliced avocado for a boost of color, flavor and healthy fats!

Dancing for Donuts | Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas

2 cups coconut milk

1 cup dried quinoa

1 can chickpeas

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 1/2 tbsp ground turmeric

1/2 lemon, zest + juice

sea salt + black pepper to taste

scallions (for garnish)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and then toss them on a baking sheet with the coconut oil and a dash of salt. Roast for ~20 minutes, or until starting to brown and crisp.

3. While the chickpeas are roasting In a saucepan, bring the quinoa and coconut milk to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer for ~10 minutes, or until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.

4. Once the quinoa is done, stir in the turmeric, lemon zest and juice, and salt and pepper until fully combined. Toss in the chickpeas once finished roasting and top with scallions. Dig in!

5. (This recipe is perfect for leftovers and stays fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.)

Dancing for Donuts | Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

Let me know what you’ve been cooking in the comments – I need new recipes! 🙂

Have a great weekend!!

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s only 7:15pm and I’m about ready to pass the F out.

Even though I had to wake up at 5am for my flight back in time for work this morning, I feel badly complaining since I had pretty much the best time ever up in the Bay Area this weekend. Since my company allows us to work from anywhere on Fridays and my boyfriend works up in SF half the week, I decided to fly up Thursday night (on a $96 round-trip flight on Virgin from LA, YES PLEASE).

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

After a quick workout Friday morning and a few hours of working from the hotel (The Hilton in Union Square), I headed down to the Mission to meet my best friend for lunch. She works at Tartine, which is quite possibly the best bakery in San Francisco. She spoiled the heck out of me with a ham & gruyere panini, a chocolate croissant, lemon tart, and this chocolate bar thing with jam? Honestly it was all insanely delicious and I’m kind of craving that lemon thing right now…

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

I worked out of The Mill all afternoon before meeting up with the boy for happy hour. We had dinner reservations at 8, so we popped back to the hotel to get ready and then strolled over to Hops & Hominy. If you haven’t been here yet, you need to. Granted, I didn’t take a single picture, but that should be a testament to how good the food was and how I scarfed it down before any snaps could be shot. They start you out with some amazing cornbread, and then we split the mac & cheese (do ittttttttt), spicy chicken wings and the most amazing po’boy I’ve ever had. The old bay fries on the side didn’t hurt, either.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

The next day, we picked up a rental car on the earlier side and drove out to wine country. Luckily we were able to check in early at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa. Our room was so perfect, complete with a fireplace and one of those bathtubs you can watch the tv from. Have you ever seen one of those?! They’re the best.

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Next on our itinerary were 3 wine tastings: Cline Family Cellars, Gloria Ferrer and Buena Vista. I loved how different these wineries all were from each other, but they were all top notch and I’d recommend them in a heartbeat! Cline actually had a free tasting with 5 different samples. You could pick from a variety to suit your tastes, so I went with 3 whites, a red and a dessert wine.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

They gave a small piece of chocolate with the dessert wine so you could pair the flavors – it was SO good! The property at Cline is gorgeous and there are tons of tables for picnicking in the back, which I would love to do next time!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

Gloria Ferrer was my favorite of the three, I think. At the base of the rolling hills and looking out over a field, this winery specializes in sparkling wines. It was a touch on the expensive side, but with the ambience it was so worth it. We each tried 3 different varieties that came served with breadsticks (so you don’t get tooooo tipsy!). They also have cozy blankets because it tends to get a little chilly, which I was very grateful for since the views were way too pretty to sit inside!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

Our final stop was Buena Vista, a more European looking winery nestled in the woods. Our tasting here was the most extensive – I think we each tried about 6 or 7 different varieties, both regular and reserve. We nibbled on some cheese and crackers and enjoyed our tasting so much that we bought a bottle of the Pinot Noir – my favorite of the entire day! Afterwards, we went back to the hotel for another mini-tasting and a glass of sangria (both complimentary), and then jumped in the hot tub for half an hour or so. It was perfect.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

Dinner was at a newer restaurant in downtown Sonoma called Tasca Tasca. I wanted to eat here because it was Portuguese-style tapas, which reminds me of our trip to Portugal last July. The food was outstanding and I ate entirely too much. They don’t take reservations, but we didn’t have to wait at all! The hotel provided a free shuttle too, which was amazing.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

On Sunday, we slept in a little and then forced ourselves to workout. Sometimes getting to the gym is the hardest part, but I try to just tell myself I’ll do 30 minutes because it’s better than nothing, and then if I stay longer that’s great! I’m so glad we got to sweat a little after all the indulging over the weekend. Our post-workout breakfast was at Community Cafe, which is just a 5-minute drive from downtown. We split the huevos rancheros and this chicken hash, which were both delicious!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

On our drive back to San Francisco, we stopped at Muir Woods for a mile and a half walk (so pretty, one of my favorite parks!), a pitstop at the Golden Gate bridge, Bloody Mary’s and some appetizers at Cliff House (epic views), and a little stroll along Ocean Beach.

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We rounded off the weekend with homemade pizza and dessert with a friend who graciously offered to host us for the night. I couldn’t have asked for a better 3 days, especially with all the chaos going on in the world right now.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: San Francisco & Sonoma.

I can’t wait for my next trip up to Northern California – let me know if you have any suggestions for next time!! Have a great week, y’all 🙂

xo Jordan