Foodie Finds: Trilogy Cafe

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Today is my cousin’s birthday (Happy Birthday Ellie!) and we spent this past weekend celebrating. I picked her up from her university on Friday and most of our three days together were spent partaking in our two favorite things: eating and shopping! (We are so predictable.)

One of the amazing stops was Trilogy Café, a 100% organic, vegan, gluten free and soy free café that sits on a rooftop in downtown La Jolla. My mom accidentally found this place and I’m so glad she did! If you also read AnneandElle.com, you know that my mom and I are health nuts, so we were stoked to discover they serve up tons of raw and paleo goodies! But this cafe does not discriminate – even those who could care less about health will be salivating as they watch the fresh salads, wraps, smoothies, acai bowls, and desserts pop out from the kitchen.

I ordered The Wrap of Zen: a raw paleo coconut wrap filled with sprouted house made hummus, butternut squash, beets, avocado, and cucumber, topped with their infamous Almond Love Sauce. It was AMAZING! My cousin ordered a chocolate layered mousse masterpiece, my mom got a superfood salad with the most amazing dressing, my littlest brother devoured an acai bowl, and we ordered an apple pie for the table because we simply couldn’t resist. It was all DELICIOUS!

Trilogy’s rooftop location doesn’t just offer incredible views to gaze at while you eat. You can also stop in for a yoga or aerial yoga class. So my dear San Diego friends, make your way down to La Jolla and check this gem out! I’m sure now that the secret’s out, lines will be winding out the door of this new cafe in no time!

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Mojito Making: Round Two

IMG_6364Last weekend, Laura and I headed to a Mojito Master Class. We had such a great time in our attempt to master the mojito, we decided to continue the pursuit in perfecting our new craft. So just four days later, we were back in the hands of the Ping Pong bar master for another round of beverage lessons… this time accompanied by amazing food!

Being gluten free doesn’t usually put a damper on my foodie adventures, however dim sum is probably one of the more difficult menus to navigate… and Ping Pong is a dim sum restaurant. Luckily this establishment is prepared for people like me and has an entire gluten free menu!!! I’ve actually found London in general to be pretty accommodating for those of us affected by gluten intolerance – many menus are allergen marked and/or have a separate gluten free menu of items. Ping Pong sent out round after round of piping hot, gluten free nibbles for me as my friends shared other dishes. I prepared my stomach for the alcohol to come with edamame, a vegetable and rice pot in black bean sauce, rice and meat rolled in banana leaves, a carrot and squid salad, and a citrus mochi ball. It was a feast!

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After all that food it was time for drinks! I graduated from the classic mojito on to a blackberry and chambord variation. The result: sweet and refreshing!

IMG_6376Ingredients:
– 4 blackberries
– 3 lime wedges
– 1.5 tsp. sugar
– 10 mint leaves
– double shot of rum
– 1 Tb. chambord
– crushed ice
– optional garnish: two mint leaves and a lime wedge

Method: Add the blackberries, lime wedges, and sugar to a glass and muddle well. Add the mint leaves, rum, and crushed ice so that the glass is 1/3 full. Using a bar spoon, stir, pulling the mint towards the top. Pack the glass with crushed ice until full. Top with chambord. Garnish and enjoy!

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