GUADALAJARA PART TWO

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On our way to San Miguel Allende, We decided to make a stop in San Ignacio Cerro Gordo for some food and sight seen it is only a 1hr and 30min drive from Guadalajara, but it might as well be a world apart. San Ignacio is an incredibly small town so you can walk to pretty much everywhere, a Small town with so much to offer. San Ignacio makes for the perfect day trip.

This quaint little town has a lot of charm. Friendly people and laid-back atmosphere are what I love most about this town. On your next Guadalajara trip, you might want to make time to visit. I 100% recommend making a stop in San Ignacio CG, Makes for a great exploring off the beaten path. Hike the Cerro and get an incredible view of the town and all of the mescal there is also a Tequilera you can tour, or you can go explore the streets of the town.

Our day began at the Plaza, We had beans and potato tacos for breakfast from a street vendor and juice from the local loncheria. Most if not all of the food restaurants or vendors have been offering their delicious food for decades, with secret family recipes! It makes the food and customer service that more special and personal.

The best part was walking around the plaza people watching and enjoying our snacks there were a few handcrafted vendors. On Sundays, The Plaza is much more lively full of food stands and small handcrafted shops.

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After walking the narrow sidewalks, Mia and I stopped for some handcrafted Popsicles. That’s another charm about the town everyone with a business puts a lot of effort and love into what they sell.

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I Hope you guys get a chance to experience this amazing little charming town. After a few hours in San Ignacio, We headed out to San Miguel de Allende.

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After 3 hours and 30 minutes of pure picturesque drive to San Miguel Allende from San Ignacio Cerro Gordo. We made it to the town known as El Corazón De Mexico San Miguel Allende has been awarded the best city in the world. You guys have no idea how much I wanted to visit and I am already planning my visit back, I fell in love!

1st stop the hotel, We stayed in a charming eco-friendly place called hotel Casa San Miguel. The hotel is right in the heart of San Miguel de Allende only about two blocks from the main square plaza. In the middle of the hotel, you will find the perfect garden to drink your morning coffee or you can take it your coffee up the colorful staircase to get a morning sunrise view of the city.

Once caffeinated I was ready for the day to start. Just a few blocks from the hotel there was the plaza and a pink church la Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel a neo-Gothic church built-in the 17th century with impressive details.
I got lost walking the cobblestone streets taking photos and admiring the colonial architecture. It is so easy to pop into stores and cafes for a snack on the go.

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We had lunch at Nectar it is a vegan restaurant but they do offer farm eggs, I had the enfrijoladas Mia had the fruit. The Ambient is incredible you can see hummingbirds flying around you.

for dinner, we went to la motienda an Oaxaca inspired restaurant I had the mushroom tacos, The best mushroom tacos I have ever had in my life! The restaurant has an amazing rooftop you can eat with a view of the city.

I think there is only one way to tour the city and that is by taking a train. The train Picks you up from the main plaza, There is a friendly guide inside the train. It took us around town telling us the history of San Miguel, and all the way up to the mirador where you can get a perfect view of the whole city. There is a handcrafted candy store on the top of the mirado it is the Perfect chance to buy authentic Mexican candy.

After the train tour, we did some more walking and found the Mercado Mia did some shopping and I found some delicious snacks. This town needs a whole weekend to explore Wine vineyards, La Gruta and El Jardin Botanico located on the outskirts of town and so much more!

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THIS IS WHERE I WOULD WANT TO STAY ON MY NEXT VISIT

GUADALAJARA PART ONE

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The first stop on our GDL trip was the town of Tequila. This year I finally got to visit and tour the town, Only about an hour outside of Guadalajara. A tour bus can take you from downtown Guadalajara or from your Hotel to Tequila. Or you can rent a car and drive. We drove there I wanted to explore the town on my own, not on a timeline from the tour bus.

 TOUR BUSES THAT GO OUT FROM DOWNTOWN GUADALAJARA OR YOUR HOTEL.

We arrived to Tequila a bit early for our town tour. We did a little exploring and drank some tequila at Jose Cuervo restaurant and Mia had a raspado(shaved ice with natural fruit flavore) from la plaza. The Town of Tequila has a very nice small town feeling with lots of history. The Town is also a pueblo magico this means that it had been selected from a group of villages whose kept its original cultural and historical treasures.

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We used subete al chile tours, Our tour guide was really funny and gave us an unforgettable experience.

We started the tour on a jalapeño bus Mia’s favorite part was riding on the “chile bus”! The tour took us around the town and told us the history and legends, we had a stop at las lavadora where all of the ladies of the town used to wash their clothes. Here is a good place to purchase a few souvenirs and If you are into the supernatural this is a good place to check out.

The Factory this is where the magic happens! We learned the process of making Tequila from start to finish. We got to see the ovens, a big pile of piñas (the heart of the agave), Visited the room with all the barrels of Tequila and learned about the aging process. The factory also has a small museum and beautiful gardens where we got to try out different types of Tequila. We even learned how to drink tequila like a professional!
Mia did not try any tequila but they had some fruit for her. On our way out of the factory, they have a store where you can purchase the tequila, traditional candy, shirts, and souvenirs.

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Tequila is a good one day tour town, but I do want to comeback and stay at Matices Hote de Barricas   

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For our second day in GDL, we walked the streets of Tlaquepaque and the market of Tonal. Guadalajara is an incredible city with lots of things to see and food to try, It is the second largest city in Mexico so yea there is a lot you can do here! Make sure you wear your comfy walking shoes for this trip. Mia and I ventured to a Mercado for Breakfast/lunch The Mercado is about 10 min from Tlaquepaque. I love eating where the locals eat, Family style Small Gorditas food counter and a fresh orange juice for breakfast. Gorditas begin with a thick, round shaped piece of Masa dough cooked and then opened and filled with smashed pinto beans, Chile rajas, green salsa, or any filling you want. Everything is handmade the day off and it is Delicious! A market is my go-to breakfast place every time.

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First stop after a having big breakfast is Tonalá, If you like to shop and eat here is the place for you. Purchase gifts or any souvenir for a fair price It is easy to find something for everyone. There are stores on the main street that open every day and on Thursdays, Is “tianguis day” like makers market were special vendors surround the main street with handmaid items. You can find anything from candy to furniture.

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One thing I love about Tonala’s market day, Is that you can find all kinds of delicius street food. I had a traditional bean Torta and a potato taco. If you visit Guadalajara you have to try a torta ahogada! Torta Ahogada is one of Guadalajara’s classic dishes, Salty birote bread soaked in a spicy tomato sauce and topped with sliced onion.

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But if your looking for high-end shopping then Tlaquepaque will be paradise, full of one of a kind designer boutiques. The original colonial houses remain only that now instead of families the house serve as museums, galleries, home decor shops, and restaurants for everyone to enjoy. Everything here is beautiful and artsy even the trash cans.

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Jardin de Hidalgo is the perfect spot to take a few minutes to slow down relax and enjoy some popsicles. The gazebo is surrounded by small beautiful gardens, benches art vendors and street food vendors perfect for people watching and feeding the birds.
We ended the day by walking the colorful streets of Tlaquepaque. If you enjoy Art, Shopping, and Food this is the place for you.

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You should also consider spending in an overnight stay to really take advantage of the night life. Tlaquepaque is home to the casuelita, Tequila and fruit drink serve inside El Parian one of the biggest bars in Guadalajara. There is so much to see in Tlaquepaque that just a few hours won’t be enough. Here are some hotels I would love to stay at next time I visit.

 

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VEGAN ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

Trees are blooming, Birds are chirping it’s time to start thinking about Summer!
Ice cream sandwiches are a new favorite at our house I’m sure we will be making lots of them this Summer. I love sharing food that is easy and delicious to make. Your kids will love making this tasty cold treat, Mia and I made a quick trip to our grocery store for vegan cookies and vegan ice cream.

We decided to get some Oreos for a few mini ice cream sandwiches and for the regular size we got pre-made cookie dough. I’ve never seen sweet Loren’s cookie dough brand, But let me tell you guys this is legit! the dough is vegan, glueten-free, nut free, and non-gmo.

The hardest part was deciding on what vegan ice cream flavor to get. There are so many different flavors and brands to choose from

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YOU WILL NEED

  • One small(or two) carton of your favorite vegan ice cream I used ben and jerry’s vegan ice cream and So Delicious coconut milk ice cream.
  • One box of your favorite vegan cookies I used Oreo thins.
  •  Melon baller.
  •  Freezer safe container
  •  Parchment paper

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HOW TO MAKE THE SANDWICHES

  1. Get your cookies ready, Let the ice cream out to soften for about 3min.
  2. place one large scoop of ice cream on each cookie and gently push down the other half of the cookie or use a the bottom of a cup to push the ice cream down.
  3. before you dip them in chocolate or add any toppings to the edge, Put the ice cream sandwiches in the freezer for 30min so that the ice cream can get firm.
  4. Enjoy!

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I could have eaten all of them … maybe I did I’m not telling!

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While we waited for the ice cream sandwiches, Mia took out her our generation ice cream truck. She got the ice cream truck for Christmas, I recommend all of the toys from our generation brand. All of their toys have real-life details that I love. My daughter can play for hours and hours with the Ice cream truck.

How realistic and inviting does the ice cream truck look?
I love toys that Mia can learn and play at the same time. The different shelves and containers make it fun for Mia to sort by size and color, You can incorporate math everywhere. I added a cash register next to the truck for extra engagement. Mia has to Count how many items each “customer” wants and how much each item is.

 

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The Best Vegan Pancakes

Why do we love pancakes so much? Is it the way they make the house smell, Or the way we can drown them in delicious maple syrup to make them perfectly sweet, Maybe is the way pancakes set the mood for a perfect day. Whatever it is we love pancakes in our house. But haven’t enjoyed them as much as we wanted to until now. I was determined to find the best vegan pancake recipe.

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I’m happy to say that I have found the perfect vegan pancake recipe!

I know everyone is telling you that they have “the best ever” but seriously guys look at these pancakes! They are the real deal super fluffy and easy to make only a few ingredients. Pancakes from scratch are more personal than just a pancake mix box. When you make them from scratch you’re adding love and creating new memories. If you think that making pancakes from scratch is hard it surely is not any harder than measuring a few ingredients, isn’t that what you do with a pancake mix box anyway?

Mia gets to scoop Measure and mix the batter. I get to cook the pancakes. But Mia never leaves my side, Always standing next to me on a chair waiting with anticipation for the first pancake. Somehow Mia always gets her sticky fingers on the first pancake.

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RECIPE FROM SWEET LIKE COCOA   

  1. 1 CUP OF DAIRY FREE MILK
  2. 1 CUP ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  3. 1 TSP BAKING POWDER
  4. 2 TBSP SUGAR
  5. 1 TBSP APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
  6. 1/2 TSP SALT
  7. 1/2 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT

In a medium bowl, First, add all the dry ingredients and combine them after all the dry ingredients are mix Add the wet ingredients and mix together.

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TIP’S FOR COOKING THE PERFECT PANCAKE

  • EVEN HEAT IS EVERYTHING!
  • ADD OIL TO THE PAN, I USED COCONUT SPAY OIL.
  • ADD A FEW DROPS OF WATER into THE PAN IF THEY SIZZLE IMMEDIATELY THE PAN IS READY FOR THE PANCAKE BATTER.
  • USE 1/4 CUP OF BATTER FOR EACH PANCAKE.
  • POUR THE BATTER IN THE MIDDLE AND MOVE IN A CIRCULAR MOVEMENT TO SPREAD OUT THE BATTER into A CIRCLE.
  • WHEN BUBBLES START TO FORM AND POP ON TOP OF THE PANCAKE ITS READY TO FLIP.
  • TO FLIP SHOVE THE SPATULA ALL THE WAY TO THE MIDDLE AND FLIP.

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Q & A CAKE SMASH SESSIONS AND OUTFIT IDEAS

I’M NOT SURE I WANT TO DO A CAKE SMASH SESSION?

You feel overwhelmed by all the first birthday preparations and don’t want to add another thing or expense to your list. This session will mark an important milestone in your baby’s life and you could use the photos from the session in so many decorations at the first birthday party. The session also makes the perfect gift to celebrate baby’s first birthday!

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK A CAKE SMASH SESSION?

If you are planing to use the photos for the birthday party you have to do the session one month before. If you are not planing to use the photos for the session I recommend booking a week before the birthday date but never after the birthday party. Make sure your baby is well-rested before the shoot. If your baby is tired, your baby will be grumpy And that won’t make for good pictures. Its best if you book a session in the morning after breakfast or after nap time.

 WHAT SHOULD THE BABY WEAR TO THE SESSION?

The wardrobe is one of the most important factors to making your session look how you want it to. This is why I’ve created a page just for wardrobe, You want to make your baby feel as comfortable as possible use soft and light materials.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE CAKE SMASH SESSION?

I recommend bringing a towel and some water to get it wet with for clean up before putting you baby back in the car to go home. It’s hard to wipe frosting off with baby wipes, and bring a change of clothes for your baby to go home in. That is it just come to the session with your baby and the outfits. I will  take care of the rest!

WHERE DO CAKE SMASH  SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?

On location within the Detroit area the primary focus is going to be your baby and the cake. You can get a beach look, urban look, nature look, Or we can go for a theme the possibilities are endless.

HOW MANY IMAGES DO I GET AND WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SESSION?

 25 digital images, All images are edited. any banners, cake stand, rugs, mini cake, cake smash outfit (if you need it). I do not offer printed images you will receive a USB in the mail two weeks after the session. We live in a digital world, with your digital images you are in control of how many and what products you can print. I will recommend printing companies to get the most of your images.

 

ALL OF MY SESSION ARE $250.00 ONE HOUR SESSIONS.

If you would like to book a session please EMAIL ME include Birthday date and your phone number.

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