Last night, I took the red eye home to Boston from Los Angeles. I slept for maybe 5 minutes. It was miserable. I had an aisle seat which is not a good seat to have on red eye because you have nothing to rest your head against, and you need to get up if anyone from the inside wants to get up. Worst of all, there was a screaming child sitting behind me. He didn’t scream the entire time, but just enough every hour or so to wake you up if you were about to nod off.

While in LA, I stayed with my brother, sister-in-law and my 3 year old nephew. Below is his project from “Toddlers,” an afternoon class at his school. They asked the kids to put their favorite foods on the plate. He put chocolate, chocolate, grapes, milk (which he later said were marshmallows) and crackers. I insisted I take a picture because I think our family’s sweet tooth has been passed down to him.

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In LA, I was able to visit a few yummy eateries and even see the taping of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in action. It was very guerilla. One camera man, one sound girl and a producer with a note pad. I did not recognize any of the women either. We ate at Le Pain Quotidien when we saw the filming. I ordered the gazpacho and lentil, chickpea salad. The gazpacho was amazing. I can’t believe I have not tried it before!

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When I visit NYC, I love their healthy food options and LA is no different. Yesterday before I left, I had lunch at Mendocino Farms, a new quick bite place that was so good! OMG. The food experience was pretty cool too. I ordered the 1/2 and 1/2 special with the Highway 127 sandwich, which comes with turkey, goat cheese, apple, greens and cranberry chutney on a cranberry walnut homemade bread, and butter lettuce with avocado salad.

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It was so good. I wish there more places like this in Boston. Sigh… Maybe this is a sign I’m suppose to move.

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Now that I am back in Boston, I have so much to get caught up on. It was hard to fit in the workouts while out in LA. In SF, I did a ton of walking up and down those hills as well as running the Urbanathlon. In LA, I was able to get in two 35-40 minute runs on Tuesday and Wednesday. When I got home this morning, I went right to bed. I woke up at noon. I feel lazy but it’s actually 9 am LA time.

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Tell me about your worst experience on a plane!? Since becoming a mom or aunt, did your feelings on crying children in public change like mine or do you still get agitated?

Screaming Baby on a Red Eye Flight

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  • M

    I enjoy your exercise tips, but I would stick to that area of expertise. Your comments on booking flights as a parent came off wrong and not well thought out.

    • Christina

      I don’t think anything here came off wrong. It seems as though Sarah was merely giving an account of her flight experience. I don’t think she is attempting to switch her expertise from exercise to “booking flights”. She had a bad flying experience, and I think that she is more than entitled to express that.

      Sarah -- your eats in LA look fabulous! I would die for some of that cranberry walnut bread! Congrats on your third Urbanathlon!

  • Viviana

    I think that cranberry walnut bread is on my must-try-to-make list. I will let you know how it turns out if I have time to make it during Thanksgiving!

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