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Dallas

I’m finally home from my two weeks of solid travel! I went from a high of 60degrees in Seattle, flew home to a sunny 75 degree Southern California, and then straight to 90 degree Dallas! You could probably guess that my packing skills were terrible during these trips because I could not even process what the temperature changes would really feel like! Where is real fall?! I want changing leaves, cloud cover, and cold weather already!

I had the best time in Dallas. I got to see my childhood friend Andrea, one of my old roommates Tara, and my friend Jason and his wife Amanda! It was so fun getting to catch up and see my friends that I haven’t seen for months and even years!

I’ve been to every big city in Texas, but Dallas was the last one to check off my list. In my head, I always thought that Dallas was the city with tall buildings and a downtown, and that Fort Worth was a suburb just outside of Dallas. Boy was I wrong… I had no idea that Fort Worth and Dallas were so far apart (about 45 minutes), and that Fort Worth had it’s own downtown full of tall buildings and night life! I spent half of my time in each place, and fell in love with each!

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Dallas-2Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas.

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Dallas-5Tony Tasset’s 30ft tall eyeball statue across from the Joule hotel in downtown Dallas. It’s at 1607 Main Street, Dallas if you are ever in the area! 

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Dallas-8Loved this little ice cream cone seating area outside of an ice cream parlor!

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Dallas-12I spent some time exploring and walking around downtown Dallas and saw this adorable little mobile library. It’s called “Downtown’s (Un)parked Library” also called the “wheel-borrow” provided by Downtown Dallas, Inc. This little mobile library is filled with books that you can read while you’re relaxing in the park and return before you leave. I love this idea, it’s so charming and gave a sense of community to a big city.

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Dallas-15Whenever I’m in big cities, I love to see the contrast of nature against architecture. In the middle of downtown Dallas, there was a huge area of local plants.

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Dallas-17After exploring downtown I headed to Highland Park, which I am absolutely obsessed with. Their adorable Highland Park Village is filled with high end shops and restaurants that are to die for.

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Dallas-21This old theater in the middle of Highland Park Village had so much character and charm.

Dallas-22I am obsessed with the tree lined streets in Highland Park!

Dallas-23My mom and I spent a few hours at the Stock Yards in Fort Worth. It’s the exact opposite of downtown Dallas! This is real Texas! The Texas that you think of in your head!

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Dallas-26I loved all of the old historic buildings and their mixed mediums of pallets and brick.

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Dallas-32We were definitely in the right place at the right time, and as we were walking down the street there was a cattle drive, where they moved the longhorns from one end of the street to the other. My mom and I kept looking at each other in amazement that there were no fences or anything between these giant bulls and the public! This would never happen in LA!

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Dallas-34This little guy wanted to walk at his own pace at the end of the line!

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Dallas-40The stockyards had tons of things to see and do during the day, but I heard that the night life is great as well. There’s tons of bars, saloons, and a gigantic honky-tonk!

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Dallas-42A view of the gorgeous downtown Fort Worth at night.

My trip was so much fun, but I’m so happy to be home in my own bed (until my next trip to Nevada in Nov!). I’m cooking up some fun fall recipes for you guys and I can’t wait for you to see them!

Health & Happiness
xo Catherine

Seattle {Part Deux}

On our second day in Seattle, we spent most of our time downtown exploring. We started off at Pike Place Market and made our way to the first Starbucks! Although I heard this isn’t actually the very first Starbucks… apparently the original (where they started roasting coffee) was in a building just a few blocks north that is no longer there.

The weather was absolutely perfect while we were out, Seattle is so gorgeous!

Visiting-Seattle-1Sweater: Forever 21  |  Scarf: Forever 21  |  Leggings: Zella  |  Booties: Sam and Libby  |  Bag: Goyard  |  Lip Liner: Mac ‘Cherry’  |  Lipstick: Lime Crime ‘Red Velvet’

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Visiting-Seattle-10Matt, Olivia, the boys and I walked around Pike Place for a while and stopped for a snack at The Crumpet Shop and lunch at Beecher’s for some Spicy Mac ‘n’ Cheese! Beecher’s Mariachi Mac and Cheese has roasted Anaheim chiles, a blend of fresh veggies and Beecher’s award-winning Flagship cheese. I loved the spicy, south-of-the-border kick! A must try for mac and cheese lovers!

Visiting-Seattle-6 The boys loved the Market Theater Gum Wall. It’s a local landmark in Post Alley under Pike Place Market. Colorful, icky, and pretty!

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Visiting-Seattle-8I love this photo of Matt, Olivia, and Maddox. Dimples on dimples on dimples : )

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Visiting-Seattle-11Here it is in all of it’s coffee making glory: The first Starbucks! I love that they still use the original mermaid logo!

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Visiting-Seattle-13The line went outside of the store but it wasn’t too bad, we only waited about 10 minutes max. Look how tiny it is! As you can see, there isn’t a lot of room for storage!

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Visiting-Seattle-16After leaving downtown, we had a little work break and headed to the Space Needle.

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Visiting-Seattle-21It was super windy at the top of the Space Needle, as you can tell! Maddox kept opening his mouth in the wind, it was adorable!

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Visiting-Seattle-24We spent the next day in Bellevue and took the babies to lunch. Maddox looks so presh in his Eat More Rabbit Food kids shirt!

IMG_0344Later in the day, I had the honor of visiting the PR team from Evolution Fresh at Starbucks Headquarters while I was in Seattle.

Starbucks-Vegan-Evolution-Fresh-Real-Fruit-SmoothieWhile I was at Starbucks HQ (ummmmm, so cool!) my girl Lynae taught me the BEST healthy Starbucks trick in Starbucks history! She showed me how to get a real fruit, vegan smoothie AT STARBUCKS! All you need to do is buy a bottle of Evolution Fresh (I chose “Defense Up“), and a banana, and ask your barista to blend it with ice for you! They can even add whey protein powder for you! My mind was completely blown. This is my new go to travel meal. I wish I knew about this sooner, I’m seriously so excited!

Now I’m currently in Dallas!
Can anyone tell me some awesome healthy restaurants and places to go?!

Health & Happiness
xo Catherine

Seattle {Part Un}

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been traveling a lot recently. I’m admitting right now, that I’ve been terrible at doing travel posts. Most of my trips recently have consisted of loads of mediocre iPhone photos, but this time I decided to bring my shmancy camera along with me so I could share what I’ve been up to on my blog!

I spent the past 4 days in Seattle with Matt visiting his sister Olivia, her husband Michael, and their little babes Nixon and Maddox. I cannot tell you how badly I have been craving fall weather. It hasn’t been under 75 degrees in southern California in the past few months and all I’ve wanted to do is wear beanies, scarves, boots, and make veggie soups! Seattle was the best change of scenery to get my fall fix. It was a high of 60 each day with a few showers here and there. This was my first time in Seattle, and I fell in love. Everything is so lush and green, and there’s endless amounts of amazing restaurants.

On our first day in Seattle, Olivia and Michael took us to a pumpkin patch. I feel like a really excited toddler when I talk about this, because this was my first REAL pumpkin patch. Where I am from, Pumpkin patches are pretty… lame. They’re essentially just a pile of pumpkins sitting near two haystacks, and most of them take credit cards. But this pumpkin patch was the real deal that most of us California kids don’t get to experience – the kind that only takes cash, has pumpkins still growing on the vine, a corn maze, tractor rides, and home made kettle corn. You’re probably sitting at your computer right now laughing at me because you’ve grown up going to awesome pumpkin patches, but this experience made me so happy!

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Seattle-2 The first thing we did was a 5 acre corn maze (my friend Jocelyn from Iowa would be so proud!). When we entered, they gave us the choice of either Seahawks trivia or US history questions to get us through the maze. Since none of us are Seahawks fans, we opted for US history. I instantly remembered why I got a C in this subject my freshman year of high school. If the group had to rely on me to get out of the maze, we would be there for days. 45 minutes and miles of walking later, we made it out alive.

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Seattle-6 This was one of our favorite photos from the day. Matt and Michael were getting really into the bubbles, so I was trying to take suh-weeeet artistic photos of them, and right as I snapped this shot, Michael photobombed Matt’s bubble, behind another bubble! Such. good. timing.

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Seattle-11 The boys LOVE tractors and sat and watched the tractor drive us around the entire pumpkin patch.

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More from my visit to the Pike Place Market in Seattle {Part Deux} tomorrow!
And thennnn I’m off to Dallas for another trip!

Health & Happiness
xo Catherine

RFFMBT Goes To NYC

If you’ve wondered why there’s been a lack of posts recently, it’s because I took a full on vacation for the first time since forever! I went to Toronto, Canada,  then it was my birthday, and then I went to New York! I usually work while I’m out of town, but this time I decided that I needed time to enjoy and relax. Of course I can’t really relax and not work – that would be preposterous! So I ended up visiting with some of the PR girls that I work with and of course my beloved Chobani!

My trip started off with a drive to LAX and then a flight to Boston and then Newark where my friend Matt’s amazing friend picked me up.

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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-2 Right after I flew in, we went to Bubby’s in Tribeca for brunch.
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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-3I had an amazing lentil burger with fresh vegetables, pickled daikon, and carrot on a whole wheat bun. I’ve never made lentil burgers before but I need to! Expect a recipe coming up soon.

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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-4After I saw Matt, I went to stay with my friend Dominique. We were roommates together at FIDM in downtown LA and became inseparable. It was love at first sight. I don’t know if I’ve ever told this story on my blog before, but when Dom and I first moved into our assigned rooms in student housing, we both had the exact same Hello Kitty toaster, and the rest was history. It was a serious bonding moment right there. Hello kitty is responsible for his friendship!

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Dominique lives in a cute neighborhood near the Upper West side with her wiener dog Izzie, and roommate Kat. Dom works in fashion (you might recognize her from Bravo’s The Fashion Show). She’s so talented, inspiring, and an incredible friend. Even though we live thousands of miles away, we talk daily, and when we see each other, it’s like no time has passed. Of course we were up until 4am nightly sewing and working just like old times. I love her little Japanese style living room, this is where we had roommie dinner and movie nights together.

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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-7I love her little nugget, Izzie! When she was born in 2007, we snuck her into our dorm room and she stayed with us for a few days. Such rebels. She’s such a love bug. I spent most of my trip with my hair up in a huge bun and no makeup. It was seriously H-O-T the sat few days!

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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-14Dominique’s roommate Kat made us an amazing dinner the first night I stayed with them. Dominique and Kat love eating healthy, so it was fun to cook together and get inspired. Kat made the best sweet potato I’ve ever had. You may notice, I never make potato recipes on my blog because I have never liked potatoes. I know, I know, some call it weird, some call it lucky haha, but Kat totally won me over with her over the stove sweet potato recipe that I will share on the blog soon.

RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-9After dinner I swaddled Izzie and she fell asleep like this for about 20 minutes. I’ve done this to her ever since she was a baby. She loves being cozy! P.S. If you were wondering, Matt gave me those Miley leggings, they’re hilarious and I have to wear them to spin haha.

RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-10While I was in NYC I got to meet up with my friend Amy who used to work at Chobani! Amy and I were email buddies when I first started working with Chobani, and then I got to meet her in person at a Chobani dinner over a year and a half ago! We totally clicked and kept in contact, so when I was in NY we had to get together. We went to Pure Food and Wine, which I had been dying to try since Kathy (Healthy Happy Life) told me all about it. Amy is obsessed with the S&M salad, so of course I had to try it. Fresh salad greens, avocado, hemp seeds, dulse, and pumpkin seed lemon dressing served with dehydrated rosemary crackers. I NEED the recipe for those crackers. they’re amazing.

RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-12Later that day I met up with my friend Michael in Union square and he took me to La Colombe for coffee. La Colombe has seriously rich, strong coffee. It reminds me on Intelligentsia in Silver Lake, CA. Perfect coffee, no flavors, or fancy things. Just good coffee.

RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-11After visiting with Amy and Michael I went and checkout out the Union Square Farmers Market. So much produce and super low prices! If you live near Union Square, you have to check it out. It’s open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8am-6pm.

RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-15On my last day in the city I woke up to breakfast made by Dominique.  She’s the BEST! Such a sweet girl!

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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-18I was invited by my friends at Chobani to visit the Chobani Cafe in Soho. I’ve been wanting to visit since it first opened, and now I’m so envious that we don’t have one on the West Coast. This place is brilliant and designed so perfectly. I was told that Hamdi Ulukaya (the founder of Chobani!) was at Chobani Soho just a few minutes before I arrived and he tried to stay to meet me but had to run to a meeting! I almost cried. I don’t get starstruck, but I had a Chobani fangirl moment. Chobani is one of the fastest growing companies, EVER. It’s safe to say that Chobani is the Apple of yogurt and that Hamdi is pretty much Steve Jobs of the industry. Their technology, direction, enthusiasm, and care have built an unstoppable brand. I have to meet Hamdi next time I am in NY!

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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-23I had the honor of meeting the chefs who brought out 3 delicious Chobani Greek Yogurt Creations!

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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-25From the savory menu: Mango + Avocado: mango, avocado, jalapeños, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, fresh cilantro, and lime juice, served with blue corn tortilla chips.

RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-26From the sweet menu: Toasted Coconut + Pineapple: fresh pineapple, toasted coconut flakes, crushed hazelnuts, topped with light agave nectar.

RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-27My absolute favorite: Fig + Walnut: dried figs, walnuts, with drizzled with clover honey.

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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-28My favorite part of the cafe is that there is a little Evil Eye embedded in the wall in the upper left hand corner. You wouldn’t really notice it unless you we’re really looking, but it was the first thing that I saw. My Armenian grandmother was obsessed with char atchk (evil eye in Armenian). She carried one everywhere she went, and she made my sister and I have them with us at all times. I still have one on my keychain, and one on hanging on my door in my room. It’s something that’s always been special to me, so seeing it in the restaurant reminded me of my grandmother.
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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-30RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-30When I was on my way to JFK, I saw this sign to the right of the highway. It was the perfect exit from the city and reminder to always eat real food, which is what this blog stands for.

RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-31The second I landed it was back to business for me! I printed out packing slips, shipping labels, and started packing up Eat More Rabbit Food shirt orders for all of my little bunnies! Your support is unbelievable! I still cannot believe how fast these shirts sell! It makes me so happy to know that so many of you are so passionate about healthy eating and rabbit food!

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RFFMBT-goes-to-NYC-35Thankfully I have a super cute assistant to sing “lalala” and smile while I pack orders! My friends have the prettiest babies, I love when Celina and her little one Miss Laila Rose come over to hangout!

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I hope that everybunny had an amazing Labor Day weekend!
Now I’m back to packing and shipping Labor Day Sale orders and creating some recipes for this week!

Health & Happiness
xo Catherine

Stagecoach 2014

Last weekend I went to Stagecoach with 2 of my friends!
We headed out to the desert on Thursday night for a seriously fun girls weekend!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m the WORST packer. I always leave it to the last minute and end up throwing my entire closet in a suitcase instead of pre selecting outfits. My friend Taryn always gives me a hard time because I always have the 60 pound suitcase. Speaking of 60 pound suitcase, sometimes as I’m lifting my gigantic suitcase into the car I take a second and think WOW, I lost 20 pounds more than this suitcase. I cannot believe I was carrying around that much extra weight at one point. It’s really eye opening when I have these “whoa” moments, and it makes me feel that much more proud.

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My go to protein snack of choice is Chobani Simply 100. Each container is only 100 calories, 12g of protein, and made with only natural ingredients. It’s sweetened with monk fruit, stevia and evaporated cane juice.
Star Spangled Bikini: Forever 21
Sunnies: From Santee Alley in the Fashion District in Downtown LA
Boots: Boot Barn

Stagecoach-2014-1-Slimming-SmothieYou know a RFFMBT blog post just wouldn’t be complete without a healthy recipe, so here is my slimming smoothie for those cutoff shorts at Stagecoach and bikinis by the pool! This smoothie is a complete “Rabbit Food” approved meal with the perfect balance of fruit (produce), whole grain, protein, and plant-based fat! Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt contains probiotics that can work to reduce bad bacteria in the intestines and minimize belly bloating!

Stagecoach Slimming Smoothie
Serves 1

1 container of Chobani Simply 100 Vanilla
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 Tbsp almond butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon Splash of water

Blend until creamy and smooth!

The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown:
Produce: raspberries
Whole Grain: rolled oats
Protein: Chobani Greek yogurt
Plant Based Fat: almond butter

Stagecoach-2014-Margaritas-in-Mason-Jars-with-StrawOf course the weekend was filled with tons of skinny margaritas! My friend Julia used her Silhouette Machine to make vinyl stickers with our names for our Mason Jars with Straws!

These super fresh, skinny margaritas made with fresh lime juice, orange juice and agave nectar.

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2 ounces (1/4 cup) silver tequila
1½ ounces (3 tablespoons/about 1½ small limes) fresh lime juice
1 ounce (2 tablespoons/about ½ of a medium orange) fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon light agave nectar
1 lime wedge or round, for garnish

Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, freshly squeezed lime and orange juice and agave nectar. Put on the lid and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the liquid into your glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

Stagecoach-2014-3-Farm-Palm-SpringsOn Friday morning we went to Farm for brunch. I had French press coffee, and a fig, goat cheese, and arugula sandwich!

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Stagecoach-2014-5-Day-1After brunch we went back to the hues and relaxed before getting ready for our first day at Stagecoach.

Stagecoach-2014-7-Southern-Fried-VeganOf course I found “Southern Fried Vegan” within seconds of entering the venue. Love that they have vegan food and even gluten free options! How cool is that?

Stagecoach-2014-8-Toast-with-Almond-Butter-and-BananaDay two started with 1 Tbsp of Maranatha Almond Butter and half of a sliced banana on a piece of multigrain toast.

Pitaya Plus Im Raw HatWe hangout by the pool and sipped on skinny margs while getting our tan on before heading out for days two of the festival.
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Sunnies: Forever 21
Bikini Top: Forever 21
Matching Bikini Bottoms: Forever 21

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Stagecoach-2014-10-Day-2-OutfitsDay two outfits! The temperature was expected to drop to the low 60’s, so we all went with jeans and sweaters. Never thought that would happen at Stagecoach, where it’s usually in the 100’s during this time of year!

Stagecoach-2014-11-Toasted-CornI am addicted too roasted corn, so I had a hay day (ha ha ha) with it! I made my poor friends walk the entire perimeter of the venue (which is huge) until we found corn haha. And it was SO worth it!

Stagecoach-2014-12-Day-3-OutfitsDay three outfits! I got my dress from Veronica M and paired it with some white lace shorts underneath. Advice to anyone going to an outdoor concert in the desert that may have high winds, please wear shorts haha! We saw WAY too much booty this weekend lol. The people watching was out of this world. Better than Disneyland!

Stagecoach-2014-12-Fruit-Smoothies-and-Young-CoconutsOn the last day I found a smoothie stand with rest fruit smoothies and young coconuts!

Stagecoach-2014-13-Young-Coconut-WaterCoconut water on a hot desert day? I die. So perf.

Stagecoach-2014-14-Roasted-CornAndddd you can bet I ate more corn in the last day!

Stagecoach-2014-15-Stagecoach-OutfitSuch a fun weekend, I can’t wait for next year!
And can’t wait to wear this Veronica M dress again, it’s my new obsession!

How did you spend your weekend?
xo Catherine

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