Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Weekend

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Before we get to Palm Springs, a Stitch Fix update! I ended up keeping the white blouse with the black lace on the back. Then completely regretting it and wishing I’d kept the off-the-shoulder blue dress haha. Oh well. Thank you all for your feedback! It was fun reading what everyone had to say. 🙂

OK, on to Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Weekend

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This past weekend was an absolute blast! If you or any of your friends are considering doing a weekend in Palm Springs for a bachelorette or girls’ trip, I’d definitely recommend it. I thought it was the perfect mix of relaxation and partying. The town is a picturesque oasis surrounded by mountains with a laid-back vacation vibe. Because we were there the weekend after Coachella and Stagecoach, it was particularly quiet–I’d imagine it’s a little rowdier during the festivals.

We stayed in a house we found on Airbnb and it was PERFECT (this is the listing if you’re interested in booking). In fact I think it was designed and decorated specifically with bachelorette parties in mind. It had three bedrooms plus a pullout couch and air mattress; newly updated kitchen; open living and dining areas; and a big outdoor space including covered patio, pool and grilling area. And THE DECOR. It is painfully millennial of me to describe a home as “Instagram-worthy” but … seriously the entire house was like a blogger’s dream come true (minus the luggage strewn everywhere which I probably should have moved before snapping pics).

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I love Airbnb because it typically ends up being cheaper than a hotel. I think we each only paid $130 for the entire weekend–not bad at all! As a side note, if you have never used Airbnb, you can get $20 off your first booking with THIS LINK (it’s a referral link, so I’d get a credit, too FYI).

I flew into LA on Thursday, spent the day exploring Santa Monica and Venice, and the night hanging out with a friend of mine from the Vineyard. On Friday I met up with the bachelorette and another friend to drive out to Palm Springs. Have you guys heard of Turo? I hadn’t, but it’s like Airbnb for cars and ended up being significantly cheaper than traditional car rental services. Along the drive, we made the necessary Cabazon Dinosaurs pitstop to snag a pic. 🙂 cabazon-dinosaurs

We were HANGRY when we arrived in Palm Springs, so after quickly dropping our bags off at the house, we headed out for a late lunch. We opted for Mexican food at El Mirasol at Los Arboles Hotel. As happens 120% of the time I go out for Mexican food on the brink of starvation, I ended up eating so much of the free chips & salsa with guac that I was too full to even order an entree. #FAIL. But the spinach enchiladas some of the other girls ordered looked delicious.

After eating we did a grocery run to stock the house with snacks and alcohol and then headed to our place to hang out by the pool. It was the first time all my college friends have been in the same place at the same time since graduation (we all live in different cities) and it was so amazing to be together! IMG_2127

Friday night was intentionally low-key (the ability to drink two nights in a row has steadily declined since the age of 25 haha), but we did venture to the Ace Hotel for a couple beers and music. The Ace has a reputation as being super trendy and cool so we were a little surprised at how quiet the scene was for a Friday, but we still had fun.

We spent all day Saturday hanging out by our pool. Flash tattoos were applied, flower crowns were assembled, rosé was sipped and Beyonce was played on repeat. Basically it was like a slumber party for twenty-somethings and it was amazing. palm-springs-flower-crowns flower-crown palm-springs-bachelorette

That evening was the big night out. We had dinner reservations at Workshop (highly recommend!) and went with a prix fixe menu because of our large group size. The atmosphere, food and cocktails were all on point. After that we went dancing at The Copa Room followed by gambling at a nearby casino which was a random last-minute decision. I typically hate gambling, but for some reason I felt compelled to try my hand at Blackjack and won $100! Holler!

Sunday morning … well, let’s just say I’ve definitely felt better haha. We made breakfast and hung at the house for a while and then it was time to drive back to LA. We made one final stop in Palm Springs for sushi at Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise. They have a big outdoor seating area and the poke bowl was delicious, but the service was awful. Just a heads up if you’re planning on heading there! IMG_2472

I had a redeye flight home to Boston that got me in around 5:45 AM yesterday. I’m still feeling a little jet-lagged, but after an awesome boxing class this morning I think I’m starting to come back to life.

Have you been to Palm Springs? What are some of your favorite spots there?

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Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

I eat lunch at bgood at least once a week, and their Citrus & Avocado Salad is one of my favorites. Realizing I had all the ingredients to make my own, I put together this at-home version for dinner the other night and loved how it turned out! It’s not an exact replica (I have no clue how bgood makes their dressing) and I made a few ingredient swaps (add spinach & quinoa!), but other than that it’s pretty spot-on.

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 salad

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 big handfuls of baby spinach (or green of your choice)
  • 1/2 grapefruit, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 orange, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small handful of pistachios
  • Goat cheese for topping
  • Optional: Heap of cooked quinoa (1/4 c uncooked is all you'll need for one salad)
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside. If possible, prepare the dressing ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. The flavors are so much more pronounced if the ingredients soak together for a few hours/overnight.
  2. If you're going to add quinoa for a more filling salad, cook following package directions. In general though, you use a 3:2 water-to-uncooked quinoa ratio on the stove. Bring water to a boil, add quinoa, lower to a simmer until cooked and fluffy (12-15 mins).
  3. For the grapefruit and orange, peel, separate the pieces and then remove as much of the white pith and clear casing as possible. Don't lose sleep over getting it all off--sometimes it's a total pain.
  4. Assemble your salad ingredients, top with desired amount of dressing and enjoy!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/05/09/citrus-avocado-salad-with-a-lemon-mint-vinaigrette/

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe! Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

The flavor combos in this salad just scream “summer!” If you want a light lunch or to eat this as a side dish, the quinoa isn’t necessary. If you’re eating this for dinner, I recommend adding it (or brown rice would be good, too).

Any other bgood fans out there? What’s your favorite menu item?

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Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! This is kind of a lead-up post for tomorrow’s salad recipe that I’m admittedly only publishing separately for SEO (#bloglyfe). 😉

This lemon mint vinaigrette recipe is great as a dressing for citrus salads or as a marinade. The recipe as is will make you enough dressing for 3-4 big salads. If you want to store leftovers in your refrigerator, I’d double it. The sweetness of the honey is a great compliment to the zing of the lemon. If you’re vegan, I’d swap it with agave instead of omitting it. Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Yield: a little over 1/2 c

Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Whisk everything together. Separation is normal with vinaigrettes; just give it a shake before using if it's been sitting.
  2. If you're adding the lemon zest, use a peeler or zester to remove a portion of the outer skin of one of lemons you juice (avoid the white pith). Mince it finely and add it in to the dressing.
  3. You can use it right away or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I think it tastes best when it soaks like this overnight.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/05/08/lemon-mint-vinaigrette/

Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend! I’ve got a redeye flight home from LA tonight … woof.

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