I’m a little slow to catch up with everything after the holidays.  I meant to finish this post a few days ago.  I’m just doing a quick recap of some of the cool things that I have either had or discovered over the last couple of weeks.

Enjoyed a really tasty salad with s Quinoa Burger at the Hotel Del Coronado pre Christmas

Enjoyed a really tasty salad with a Quinoa Burger at the Hotel Del Coronado pre-Christmas

Oregano Oil and Black Elderberry Flower Syrup  After getting slammed with the stomach flu mid-December, followed by the juggling of holiday antics and schedules, I was feeling pretty run down just before New Year’s.  Scott, the Health and Wellness guru over at the Whole Foods in Del Mar, turned me on to Oregano Oil and Black Elderberry Flower Syrup.  I took 3 drops of the oil and 1 teaspoon of the Syrup four times a day and it was like “Cold Be Gone” magic.  Oregano Oil has been touted for being antiviral and anti fungal.  It is also a natural insect repellent (makes sense, because this is some heady stuff!).  Elderberry flower has been used for centuries in treating respiratory  health.   Wiki stuff aside, all that I can tell you is from a keep-the-cold-at-bay standpoint; this combo WORKED!

One of my two cold remedies

One of my two cold remedies

The best Vegan, GF Pizza in North County is at Urban Pi  I don’t think that any other establishment can hold a candle to the “best, GF; Vegan lunch outside a salad that you can get for eight bucks” at Urban Pi (Across from Flower Hill; behind the icky McDonalds on Via de la Valle),  This actually fed me two meals. Gluten Free crust, oregano-y tomato sauce (wasn’t just the taste in my mouth from aforementioned cold remedy), shaved Brussel Sprouts, Snap Peas, Daiya Cheese (okay, it’s technically a “cheese FOOD”), Jalapeños, Basil Leaves and shaved Zucchini…….Nirvana and it tasted particularly good after a kick-A$$ master’s swim courtesy of Hux in Encinitas.  Doesn’t everyone crave savory over sweet after a hard swim workout?

The best GF, vegan 'za!

The best GF, vegan ‘za!

Native Foods Bathroom Soap  Really?  Yup, this is so cool. Native Foods uses their recycled grease and makes it into hand soap that is used in all of their bathrooms. Never mind that I was snapping pics in the ladeez room (creepy?).   The all-vegan menu there is awesome.  I mean, I have tried more than my weekly staple of “Yo Amigo Taco Salad-sub-Kale-for-Romaine-no-Tortilla-Chips-add-Avocado-sub-Pesto-for-the creamy dressing.  Harry, meet Sally.  Leslie, meet Native Foods (or any restaurant I go to for that matter…..Yes, I’m THAT person.  Annoying as hell, I know).  The restaurant does a lot with K.A.L.E.  What is really great is that I can get my bacon and ketchup-loving hubby to go with me and enjoy a vegan rendition of a crispy Chicken Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries. Finally, the cupcakes, with their mile-high frosting, are TO DIE FOR.

How progressive!

How progressive!

Biking  Don’t fall out of your chair, Kurt Perham!  Finally, after 12 years of training for triathlons, I can say with confidence that I LOVE LOVE LOVE riding and now, IF I have to do a trainer workout, (“schedule” rather “coach” driven) I absolutely despise it.   I’ve finally shed all my Vermont-ness and fear of downhills.  Bring on Great Western Loop, I say!

Happy New Year to all.  Looking forward to a year of fun and love with Geoff, training and triathlon with friends, family time, dog time, travel and being able to roll with whatever speed bumps life will inevitably deal me.

Oh, and the achilles?  It’s mending slowly but surely.  I’m up to a few runs a week and am  cautiously optimistic about the 2014 race season.