January 4, 2011 § 1 Comment
As you all know by now Dominique, my partner in crime, is a veggie who dabs in vegan. I thought it was time I one uped her and tried to be RAW vegan for a day. I only lasted an afternoon, but OMG I am like SO healthy now.
What is a “raw vegan” you ask? A raw vegan is someone who does not eat meat, dairy, or anything cooked over 104 degrees. I’ve never really had a desire to go vegan. Mostly because I am mildly (ok majorly) obsessed with gourmet cheese. I mean my fiance put aged gouda in my stocking. That must sound really sick to you, but I was more than pleased.
A few weeks ago, the explosion that is downtown got a new joint. It’s called Whole Farms Market. Which may be my only complaint about the place. A little too close to another “whole” name if you ask me. If I was naming a raw food cafe I would call it “Rawdiculous”, but that’s just me. I went on a little culinary adventure to check out what it’s like to go raw.
When I entered the space I was immediately greeted warmly by the family of farmers/owners. The ladies were so helpful and excited to share the world of raw with me. They have their own locally grown produce as well as produce from other local organic farmers. They had hummos for us to sample and their version of brownies made out of dates and walnuts which were actually really tasty! They encouraged me to try their version of “fettucini alfredo”. Let me tell you right now, this doesn’t taste anything like fettucini alfredo. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely not fettucini. Here it is.
It’s made out of kelp noodles and a cashew and coconut cream. When I say that it wasn’t bad, I mean it. The texture of the noodle is definitely an acquired taste. Unlike the richness and creaminess of fetticini alfredo, this was packed with spice. It had lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Again, I need to emphasize it wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t what I expected. The more I ate the more I enjoyed it. It just tasted more like a thai noodle to me than fetticini.
I was surprised by how full I was on very little. One of the chefs told me that when our body receives enough nutrients it sends the message to our brain that were full. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do know I wasn’t hungry all afternoon and that I had a great level of energy. I don’t know if it was the placebo effect or if I was just riding the high of being totally more vegan than Dom for 5 minutes, but I felt good.
Stop by and give it a try for yourself. It was definitely an experience that was worth the trip.
December 30, 2010 § 1 Comment
The lovely ladies of Encore Events treated me to a high tea at the Victoria Rose Cottage in Clovis. I happen to be getting married on the royal weekend, so it was quite fitting. Though I’ve heard about it for years, this was my first visit to the Victoria Rose Cottage. The house is under new ownership and Nathan is embracing what Clovisians have loved for years while expanding the business to reach a new client base. Nathan has plans to maintain the traditional tea room and also create a space for business lunches. He and his head chef are going to keep the favorites on the menu and add some updated options for the business crowd.
We went classic. Pinky’s up and all that.
I had the creme brulee tea, which was delightful. Just sweet enough and super yummy! As we were sipping on our tea, they brought us some AMAZING homemade scones. Seriously, I was in pastry heaven. I don’t have a picture, because the scone didn’t stick around long enough. The homemade jam and clotted cream were a perfect topping and I was a happy little piggy.
Before our meal was done we had a delicious salad and finger sandwiches. Both the experience and the food were unforgettable. I can imagine that if you have a little princess, this would be the perfect place for a unique birthday party or event. I loved this little gem. Make sure to stop by and experience it for yourself.
November 30, 2010 § 1 Comment
Nearly two and half weeks into our engagement I have absolutely no final decisions made… except, I know what I’m wearing! I’ve found my dress! Not only did I find a dress I love and that looks beautiful, but I found one for $100! You read that right, $100 dollars! How cool is that? Ok, so here is my say yes to the dress story.
I started my journey at Madeline’s in Clovis. The owner, Sherri has been in the wedding business since I was in Kindergarten and she still loves what she does. It was amazing to me to watch Sherri just enjoying the entire process with me and my family. She was really invested and her staff actually seem like they like what they do. The dresses were beautiful, but I was quite overwhelmed considering that I had just gotten engaged the day before.
My advice for brides who are on the hunt for a dress or future brides… Take your time. Look at how a dress looks on you in pictures after you’ve left the boutique and aren’t riding the high of feeling like a bride. Think practically about your day. Can you enjoy yourself in the dress you’ve picked all day? Then go hunting for a deal! It’s a lie that you have to spend thousands to find a dress that looks great and that you’ll love. In this economy there are so many great deals out there for brides on a budget. I mean just in the last two weeks there were black friday sales at Mia Bella and Madeline’s as well as Veteran’s Day weekend sales. Start following boutiques you like on facebook and see what specials come up… but I digress. Back to my dress hunt story.
As I said, my fam and I went to Mia Bella’s Black Friday sale this weekend. They had one of those sample sale’s going on. You know the ones people advertise about dresses for $100 but then you get there and you realize even your grandma wouldn’t have been caught dead in that dress. This was not one of those sales. There were some gorgeous dresses there for totally reasonable prices and quite unbelievably I fell in love with the illusive $100 dress. For obvious security reasons I can’t show you my choice just yet, but I can tell you about my deep deep love for Debbie and Derek.
Debbie and Derek are the owners of Mia Bella and I simply adore them. Debbie (who I’m pretty sure I have a girl crush on because she is all together fabulous) treated me as though I was spending thousands in her store in stead of 100 bones. She was so invested in us and kind and immediately got my style and the vision that I had for my dress. Her son, Derek is so professional and warm and together they make a dynamic team. Seriously, if you’re a bride in Fresno you have no reason to leave town to look for a dress. Mia Bella and Madeline’s both treated me like gold. These ladies are the real deal. Who know’s you might even find that illusive $100 dress for yourself.
November 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
Alright, first things first. Can we get a little excited for I Heart Fresno Weddings???!!! I almost peed my pants when I received the call from Cam. I’m THRILLED for her and Andrew, but I also selfishly was super excited that I Heart Fresno will be including all things WEDDING (as it relates to Fresno, of course). We will be checking out local venues, food, décor, etc. Would you judge me if I told you I just did a little happy dance? Oh, you would? Then I didn’t.
Salvadorian Food. I went to Zamora Taqueria today and I LOVE IT. To be honest, the tacos tasted like Mexican food…I couldn’t really tell the difference, but maybe it’s because I didn’t have a Pupusa. Anyway, this place is incred. Incred, I tell ya!
The only thing that throws me off a tad is their awkward location. It’s located downtown, but that’s not the weird part. The weird part is that it’s like diagonally facing the street in a funky position with nothing else surrounding it. I don’t know how to explain it, you’ll just have to go there. And from the outside it kinda looks like you could get murdered there. But you won’t. I made it out alive and happy so you’ll be fine, my dear North Fresnans. You walk in and the two cutest old ladies make all these authentically delish items. I don’t know what else to say. I like tacos. I like good guacamole and I love me some Coke-a-Cola Classic from a glass bottle. Zamora’s has it all, so I’ll be back.
Any other good taco places out there? Lay it on me.
619 E Divisadero St
Fresno, CA 93721-1038
November 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
We realize it’s not really friday, but it was a rather exciting friday here in I Heart Fresno land so we’re running a little behind. (How’s that for suspense!) I know the anticipation for Fan Friday must be killing you, so without further delay, I’ll let the lovely Jordana Siebert take it over with…. what’s that, yet another post about Clovis?! Gee golly it’s true!
The New Kid in Old Town
There seems to be an epidemic of boutiques spreading throughout the Central Valley, and it was just recently that I discovered The Boutique in Old Town Clovis. Mark and Bree Gentry, owners of “A Gentry Salon,” had talked about expanding beyond the walls of the salon because they wanted something for their clients to do while their hair was processing, but it needed to be more then perusing through hair product and handbags. The dream for expansion became a reality three months ago at the grand opening of The Boutique right next door to the salon, and it has proven to fulfill its purpose!
The Boutique is an eclectic store that is very affordable and carries something for everyone. Whether it is clothing, boots, accessories, handbags, scarves, or even furniture, they have it all! Requests for clothing can come from clients, but inspiration comes from mainly down south. The Boutique wants to help set trends rather then follow them, which also includes the way that they decorate the store. Besides carrying clothing, the owners decided that they would choose unique display pieces of furniture for the store that are available for purchase at very affordable prices!
You can become a fan of “The Boutique” on Facebook and find out about great flash sales, specials, and upcoming events. So whether you are a classy professional or a trendy fashionista, everyone can find something at The Boutique.
401 Clovis Ave #103
Clovis, CA 93612
Monday –Saturday 10am- 7pm
November 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
My love for Fresno didn’t begin a couple of months ago when we started this blog. It’s been a longstanding love hate drama filled high school relationship that has developed into something real over the last couple of years. However, I must admit, I am still learning to love Clovis.
I am a Fresno girl. If you are raised in Fresno you are bred to have a distaste for Clovis, or as I like to refer to it “The Great White North”. I don’t refer to it like that actually, I just made that up, but I thought it was funny so I kept it in here. Even though I attended Clovis schools for a couple of years I never really felt like Clovis was for me. However, sticking with the positive message of this blog and realizing that you can really learn to love any place, I’ve been convicted about the lack of Clovis related posts on the blog. Here’s one just for you Clovis. Sit back and enjoy.
Andrew and I have a long standing love affair with all things thrift and old. It started before I met Andrew. My parents and pretty much everyone who knows me well have always called me an “old soul” and I think it’s true. I mean not in the sense that I have a recycled soul, but I have always had a sentimental and romantic heart. Every time I pick up an aged treasure I think about the people who used it before me and there is something just wonderful about that. In fact, my birthday wish for 25 was to go antique shopping in downtown Clovis with my man.
Here are cute and young 25 and 29 year old us.
The Clovis Antique mall is an amazing place to go on a treasure hunt. They’ve been doing an great job with Downtown Clovis the last few years adding little boutiques and cute places to grab a bite mixed in with the same old standards we know and love. There are many antique stores that line Downtown Clovis. If I were you I’d spend half a day just wandering around. I’d start with the Clovis Antique Mall because it’s one of the largest and has such a wide variety of items to choose from, but seriously, anywhere you start you’ll find something that can spark your creativity. Now, these are not thrift stores, which means you have to pay a little more for your finds. The great thing about this place is not necessarily the price, but the convenience of being able to shop so many antique stores in one place. If you’re looking for a truly unique treasure, one you can pass down someday, this is definitely the place. You can pretty much find ANYTHING you’re looking for.
Then when you’re done get a real coke out of the coke machine and sit on a bench for as long as you can with your cell phone off. If that doesn’t make any Fresnan’s heart beat a little for “The Great White North” I’m not sure what will.
October 28, 2010 § 7 Comments
I am super impressed right now with the creativity coming out of Fresno. If you haven’t been following us for very long, you need to know I (we) are absolutely convinced that any place you live will only be as enjoyable as you want it to be. There is a lie out there that there is nothing to do in Fresno. The truth is, there is LOTS to do in Fresno, but not really a place to communicate about it. (That’s where we come in, of course.) There is a huge population of people who never get involved in community events. I’m begging you, pleading with you, engage! Get out into the community and try something besides hanging out at Riverpark on a Saturday night. You might find that this city has way more to offer you if you’re willing to give it a shot. That’s probably enough from atop my soapbox so I’ll take a breather to tell you about a really exciting event happening in a couple weeks.
On Nov. 6th there is going to be a city wide text message scavenger hunt. How cool is that?! For $40 you and a partner can get in on the action. Not only will this event be seriously fun, but it’s also a benefit for Fresno First Steps Home, a local charity working towards ending the cycle of homelessness in Fresno. What? That’s not enough motivation for you? How about the fact that they are going to be giving away $25,000 worth of prizes, including a $15,000 diamond ring! Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself. You can register for the race here.