Explore 2019 #198: Scallop tempura tacos

Last week (OMG was it just last week?!) when Laurel and I were in San Jose, our last stop before heading to the airport was Zona Rosa. We did an impressive job eating our way through San Jose, and I for sure did not want to leave before having Mexican food!

I'm adding a couple of other crazy tasty food pix to my stories, but on this #tacoTuesday I need to shout out these incredible scallop tempura tacos with asparagus chipotle glaze. I love when Asian and Mexican food intersect!

If you're visiting San Jose definitely check out Zona Rosa in The Alameda neighborhood. It is absolutely delightful and delicious!


Explore 2019: Indie bookstores

I love reading and pretty much any time my family and I travel we land at a bookstore! After my speaking engagement at PayPal this week, Laurel and I had time before our flight and zipped down to check out Willow Glen, the Municipal Rose Garden, and The Alameda and were SO EXCITED to find and explore Recycle Book Store! One might think used bookstores bristle against my organizational OCD but I love them! This one was overflowing with awesomeness and I loved seeing Laurel's awe in this space too. She found a Harry Potter behind the scenes book for Violet. The staff was super friendly too!

Also, it feels somewhat douchebaggy but I couldn't help but peek at the parenting section. It was so fun to see Asha and my book there!


Explore 2019: San Jose neighborhoods

Meant to share this last night. Laurel and I continue to eat our way through San Jose. She is such a fun travel buddy and we were all over the place yesterday! Downtown San Jose, Stanford (her request, not me Tiger momming it!), the famous falafel place (not sure what that neighborhood counts as), Santana Row, Japantown, and Koreatown. I believe the rec to try Jang Su Jang came from Stefania Pomponi and it did not disappoint!


Explore 2019: Deep Travel Breaths

Welp, two hour flight delay as I'm trying to get to a speaking engagement. Was soooooo close trying to jump standby on a different flight. I'm taking deep breaths and just rolling with it -- because really, freaking out won't accelerate things! -- but send me some swift air (and car, once I land) vibes, will you? This one's gonna be tight! Also I'm impressed that I look so awake given my 4am wake up time!


Explore 2019: Embracing My Limits

Before I left for Mom 2.0 Jon said, "Remember, when you travel, it's not just the days you are away. You need to build in the day before for prep and the day after for recovery." He's being practical so I can be realistic about what I can and cannot do after, but my mom brain interprets it in a guilty way.

Despite having this conversation (AGAIN) I was prepared to get home and be 100% on. But when I was at Mom 2.0 I was in high octane mode. I slept maybe 4-5 hours/night. It may have looked like I was dicking around doing fashion photography, but in reality, I also moderated two panels, met at least 50 new people (this was a goal of mine!), masterminded with several people, brainstormed 2 new projects, attended a few sessions, and talked to brands. It was amazing and also really intense.

I left Friday night and storm delays meant I landed in Boston at 2am and the fact that it was 2am meant the demand for cabs/ride share was INSANE. I didn't get home until 3:30am and didn't sleep much before my kids woke up.

I was reading a book to Violet yesterday and soon she said, "Mom, you're mixing all the words up! Are you OK?" It turns out I needed to take 2 naps + sleep for 10 hours in order to fully restore.

Anyway, I'm sharing this to tell you to be kind to yourself and embrace your limits -- these limits will be different depending on the situation, time of day, the needs of your family, etc. -- but they are real and deserve to be felt, guilt-free!

Also, a lot of people asked me about my Boden dress + shoes. There are links to them in my bio if you want to check them out!