Some times the best hikes are not the smartest hikes and
sometimes these become the best adventures.
Next Exit Gas Food Laughter is a journey of my adventures
through the trails and streams of Southern california. Some times I trail run,
some times I hike mountains and some times I just relax with a fishing pole in
my hand.
One way or another adventures always seem to happen and they
are quite constantly hilarious.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Super Fecta Vs Super Feta; a recipe for Veggie Thai Feta Pineapple Pizza

     Today my only problem in life was the fact that I had no cash and I needed to get in my bet at the sports book before noon.
I was laying out by the pool at Marquee day club; racing form in one hand and a pineapple rum drink in the other and life was good.
Than I realized that my Tvg account was empty.
It was thirty minutes from post time; I had not brought my debit card with me to the day club and I didn't know what I should do;
Put on my cover up and walk outside the club to the sports book and try to lay a bet with my credit card or order another drink and maybe a Thai feta and pineapple pizza.
I orders the pizza ( and another rum drink)
And I had three out of the four winning horses eventually in the super fecta.
You win some, you lose some.
This is my version of the Thai chicken pizza from the Cosmopolitan's Marquee Day Club
 fecta super feta

Veggie Thai pizza with Feta Cheese and Pineapple

3/4 cups Peanut sauce ( I like Trader Joes Thai peanut salad dressing
1/2 cup crushed Pineapple
1 tab Parsley
1 tab cilantro
1/4 cup shredded Carrots
1/4 cup Micro greens
1/4 cup Fresh Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 frozen pizza crusts, I like Trader Joes ones

On the pizza crust layer

Slather the Thai peanut sauce on the pizza crusts.
Add the feta, carrots, and pineapple.
Cook the pizzas for about twelve minutes at 375.
Take the pizzas out of the oven and add the fresh parmesan cheese, parsley, cilantro and micro greens.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wave House; or the Most Awkward Threesome Ever

     From last weeks blogs; adventures in San Diego....  

 Last night was the best night of "work" ever.
     My best friend and I have been staying in a comped room at the Marriott for four days.
     In this time we have not paid for a Mai Tai or a Pina Colada or a glorious blue cheese basted burger.
    Life is good this week; life is damn good!
    My friend is one of two photographers for a convention hosted at the San Diego Marriot and I am her "assistant" for the week, meaning I assist holding her free mai tais that just keep coming and some times I hold the cameras.
    Mainly I just go to the beach in the morning and go for a run while she goes to the boring convention during the day, than we reconvene at the pool in the afternoon for a few pina coladas and some spa time before the evening festivities at the Wave House on the beach.

     At that point I am on my game and I hold those cameras like a pro and even fetch more mai tais when hers runs low and I am the best damn camera holder around.
     The Wave House last night was an awesome, awesome experience and any one who visits San Diego should check it our for sure.
     It's a club that sits right on the beach. There are all kinds of outdoor lounges and tables set up.
     The cool thing about the Wave House is they have this awesome wave machine where you can actually surf when you get tired of drinking!
     Or if you are responsible you can just enjoy craft beer and mai tais and watch people surf.
     We had such a epic great time last night and we were working! Every night should be like this!
     We of course had to take many picture in the photo booths; like this one with my friends boss for the event.
     Most awkward three some ever!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pineapple Curried Brown Rice

     I don't want to admit its autumn, I mean its not even the last week of August yet!
     But a certain fall like chill is in the air and the ferns are already turning from a deep green to a gold as I run my mountain trails this morning.

     I love the morning chill at seven a.m. when I'm running.
     I hate it at noon when I just want to relax with my feet in a creek or a lake and I can definitely feel the chill of fall in the air.
    Stupid drought; confusing nature!
    Well if the weather is going to decide to be ridicules and fall like all early than I am going to make something truly amazing, hearty and fall like; this Pineapple Thai Curry Fried Brown Rice

Pineapple Curry Fried Brown Rice

2 cups Brown rice, cooked
1 whole pineapple, split and half and the insides cut out and chopped
2 tab soy sauce
1 tab sesame oil
1 tab curry powder
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup cashews
1 tab fresh ginger, minced
1 chicken breast, cut thin into strips
1 Italian sausage
1 green onion, chopped

Cook the chicken breasts and the Italian sausage on the BBQ.
Set aside to cool.
When cool chop up the chicken breast and the Italian sausage.
Add the sausage to a large pan on the stove too and throw in the green onions and ginger to cook in the day from the sausage for two minutes.
Add the brown rice, soy, sesame oil and curry powder.
Add the chicken and raisins.
Let this cook for a few minutes, add the pineapple and any remaining juice.
Let this cook for two more minutes.
Add the cashews and serve.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Little Red Sticker

I put this little red sticker on my drivers license when I was 18 years old.
I was so young; I was still a kid.
Putting a red donar sticker on a drivers license meant nothing yet.
Every day my life revolved around choir and drama practice after school and building sets and hanging lights.
I hadn't spent New Years Eve in the ICU yet at that point as my friend lay septic and broken before me.
I hadn't really seen anything in my life that would really throw into focus what donating a organ really was.
Until today.
My mom has been in ICU for three days now and at the moment is suffering from kidney failure and she is septic.
I made the decision in just a instant this morning that if she needs a new kidney I'll donate one of mine ( praying they are healthy enough) 
Right now I'm just praying she will get better.
I'll start with that for today.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gluten Free Chicken Tacos with Feta and Bitchin Sauce

     I live 63 miles from the beach.
     That is not just 63 regular miles; that's 63 miles in Los Angeles traffic so that means I am at least an hour and a half from my closest beach on a good day.
     There are not a lot of days that I can wake up and go for a run on the beach but today was one of them.

     I ran a loop around Ocean Beach and out to the pier.
     I was so jealous of the people catching early morning fish out of the Pacific and next time I do a beach trip that needs to be on the agenda.
     A three mile run seems easy when you are doing it among crashing waves and running through beach sand. (Especially when you get to eat these tasty gluten free chicken tacos after!)
     I buy the Bitchin Sauce at Whole Foods; it's my newest Whole Foods addiction. It's main ingredients are almonds, lemon juice and amino acids; so good for you and so tasty!

Gluten Free Chicken and Feta Tacos with Bitchin Sauce

1 chicken breast, seasoned with ground cumin, ground coriander and chili powder and grilled
2 tab bitchin sauce (Found at Whole Foods)
2 tab good quality crumbled feta
2 tab red cabbage, cabbage
1/2 tsp parsley, chopped
2 tab romaine lettuce, chopped
3 radishes
4 corn and wheat tortillas
2 tsp coconut oil

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Streets of San Diego

     Its weird being a small town girl visiting a big city.

    Even if that “big city” I only three million people (As far as big cities go, not really that big)

     I’m not going to say I dislike it; I mean I enjoy being able to walk places.

    I like the idea that in the a.m. I can go for a run on the beach minutes from the lobby of our hotel.

    I like the fact that I can walk three blocks to Jimbo’s the local natural market.

    I don’t like the constant beep beep honk honk of the trolley and train going by all damn night long.

    I prefer the sounds of birds, stellar jays squawking and even my neighbors annoying roosters.

    But the city is a great place to visit for a few days and enjoy being able to walk down town at night and have some drinks.

    Its nice how down town is a walkable distance. I don’t think I could ever live any where like this, be it San Diego or London, but it is nice to get away for a few days and see what it's like to be in the city.

    This evening as the sun set into the Pacific Ocean covered in a mist of clouds I walked down Front Street behind a guy my age who was taking his German Shepherd for a walk down the paved streets and I thought to myself, how sad, that dog deserves to be running in a forest through pine trees and wild flowers not on a lease through city streets, horns blaring in the distance.

     And I guess that was what life in the city comes down to for both people and animals alike.

     Pretty city sunset though. (Taken from our hotel rooms balcony)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Trout and Sweet Potato Cat Food

Today I caught the biggest fish of my life.
I have told every single person I meet about the thirty foot fish I caught today.
No, that was not a typo.
The fish just gets bigger with every time I tell the story.
We were trolling for trout this morning on a beautiful summer morning on Big Bear Lake.
Twenty minutes into this morning of fishing good times I had a twenty five pound mammoth of a trout on my line and I wrestled in him into the boat.
It was glorious.
This was seriously the best day of fishing I have ever had.
In two hours I caught four fish and another one was very good sized, about 22 inches.
My cats are eating good tonight!

Trout Sweet Potato Cat Food

2 trout fillets, cooked in the oven at 375 for twenty minutes
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 sweet potato, roasted and peeled
1 cup water

Combine all in a nutribullet until smooth and pate like