2014 Year in Review

I know it sounds cliché to say this, but seriously, where did 2014 go?  Weren’t we just toasting the end of 2013?  If I had to sum up this year it would be crazy busy, but awesome.  I feel like SO much happened in 2014 and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.  So without further adieu, here is the 2014 year in review:

I started 2014 off by visiting Canada for the first time ever (thanks to work), and immediately fell in love with Vancouver, and their food.

Lupo restaurant braised short ribs

The spring was a whirlwind of wedding planning, including another trip up to Santa Ynez to finalize our cake and wine decisions – both very important.

Wedding Cake Tasting Flavors

And no trip to Santa Ynez is complete without dinner at Trattoria Grappolo (seriously, GO THERE).

Trattoria Grappolo Antipasto SaladMy fabulous maid of honor planned my bachelorette party in San Diego, complete with a fab brunch at Searsucker the next day (perfect for after a night out on the town).

Brunch at Searsucker McPuffinThe Englishman and I got married in May, and it was pretty much the best day/weekend ever.

life lately wedding edition aviatorsSeriously, so much love for our friends and family who shared in our day.

wedding group shotWe honeymooned in Maui in June, and I ate all the pork, all the time.

Koa's Seaside Grill Kalua PorkThe two of us also went on a pineapple tour which was educational and quite delicious.

Maui Pineapple Tour CoupleMore of our wonderful friends got married in June and July so we spent our time party hopping throughout LA.

wedding trioAnd when we weren’t doing the wedding thing, it was all world cup, all the time.

world cup

I randomly set a 5K PR on the 4th of July, which was quite unexpected but still a lot of fun (and nope, still haven’t bought the pictures).

Surf City Run Finishing

The Englishman threw me a surprise 30th birthday party in August and we got to celebrate with our favorite people in life.

30th birthdayThere was also some Peanut Butter and Co. action complete with these delicious frozen honey peanut butter bites.

Frozen Honey Peanut Butter Bites PinKarla, the Englishman and myself signed up for half marathons in November so the Saturday long run ritual began.  (note to self: training for a half marathon in the summer is rough).

running trioI found myself up in Canada again in September, only this time in Toronto and had kind of the best short ribs ever.

Dinner at brassaii ribsOctober included the first ever OC cake club, and my attempt to make gluten-free carrot cupcakes that tasted great but looked a little sad.

gluten free carrot coconut cupcakes OC cake clubPost-long run brunches were had, including this fab one at Sealegs Wine Bar.

brunch at sealegs wine bar wafflesI met Dr. Andrew Weil at a special event at True Food Kitchen, and he got me all excited about trying new recipes in the kitchen again.

superfoods with dr andrew weil demoI set a new half marathon PR in November, the Englishman set a new PR, and Karla rocked it out for it being her first half ever.

big sur half marathon garminAnd to end the year we had a paella party.  And ate lots of delicious things like bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese (ask Karla for the recipe).  So good.

paella party tapasI’ll be the first to say that I had a LOT of fun this year.  This year was filled with milestones, great memories and new friends.  2015 has some pretty big shoes to fill, but I’m up for the challenge.

What was your favorite moment (food or otherwise) from the past year?

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