There is another way to shop and you don’t have to rush through your family Thanksgiving dinner, or set an alarm to head to the store at 3 in the morning. It is Small Business Saturday. The day we should shop small. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. It was founded by American Express in 2010, and it is celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Small Business Saturday is November 24th.
Why shop local?
Well, small businesses are the ‘corner’ stores that create jobs in our communities. The local shops are what keep our communities going and whose very presence makes a neighborhood, our neighborhood.
Don’t stress about rushing through dinner, or having to get a spot in line at big retailers, shop local. When you shop at local businesses, you support the little things that make your community great. One of the benefits is, the money you spend at the local business, stays in your neighborhood.
If you will be in La Jolla you can always use the La Jolla Blue Book to shop local year long, and especially on November 24th, Small Business Saturday.
San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) returns on Sunday, September 25th through October 2nd with more than 180 restaurants throughout San Diego. Not sure which La Jolla restaurant to try? We’ve narrowed down our best picks for dinner and lunch, from splurge to deals. No tickets necessary, but reservations are recommended! Continue reading
This Friday September 12, make reservations for dinner at Mary’s English Kitchen to get 30% off your entire meal! The cafe will be serving dinner three days a week starting this Friday in addition to their delicious breakfast and lunch service. They will now be open 10am to 6pm on Monday; 9am-6pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday; and 9am to 9pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Dinner will be available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Get an exclusive look at their brand new menu here!
Museum Month is back in San Diego County for its’ 25th year! This extremely popular month long event enables residents to enjoy many local museums for half-off. There are 44 San Diego museums, spread across the county, that participate in the event. Museum Month was started by the San Diego Museum Council in 1989 as a way to draw thousands of visitors to San Diego’s museums, historical sites, and cultural centers. In addition, the reduced price attracts local residents to explore the many educational offerings that San Diego has.
Lean and Green Cafe in La Jolla is starting off the month of love by featuring a special 3-day cleanse! The healthy and gourmet foods cafe has been serving La Jolla residents organic and naturally grown foods since it first opened. As La Jolla’s “only place to eat organic, vegan, and gluten free”, it’s no wonder that so many people enjoy the charming and eco-friendly atmosphere that Lean and Green Cafe provides. We got the opportunity to experience the 3-day cleanse and we’re happy to report that it was not only healthy but also quite delicious! Here is a first hand look at how the 3 days went:
Breakfast: Dr. Matea [Spinach, celery, kale, cucumber, and lemon juice]
Lunch: Cleanse Salad [Mixed greens, kale, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, red onions, sprouts, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar]
Dinner: Steamed Bowl #1 [Quinoa (Eggplant optional), red beets, broccoli, cilantro, ginger, and olive oil]
Day 1 of the cleanse turned out to be rather easy and not too difficult. The Dr. Matea breakfast was full of vegetables and was very delicious. The wait until lunch time was not bad and the cleanse salad was overly filling. The balsamic vinegar combined with the cucumber and broccoli provided a lot of satisfying ‘crunch’. For dinner, the steamed bowl was a treat! The beets were cooked perfectly and the quinoa was a nice addition.
Breakfast: Super Green [Celery, cucumber, apple, and spinach]
Lunch: Detox Salad [Organic mixed baby greens, yellow beets, red beets, apples, cilantro, haas avocado, walnuts, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil]
Dinner: Split Pea Basil Soup
Day 2 of the cleanse was by far the hardest. As my body was struggling to adapt to the new diet, my hunger was reaching an all time high. The super green juice, although thicker than the Dr. Matea, definitely smelled the most like raw vegetables and had to be consumed slowly. By lunch time, I couldn’t wait another second for my detox salad! The combination of beets, apples, avocado, and walnuts provided for a very ‘raw’ and clean flavor. For dinner, the split pea basil soup was probably my favorite meal of the entire cleanse. The soup was extremely delicious, flavorful, and hearty. I finished off day 2 with a smooth chamomile tea that helped put me right to sleep.
Breakfast: Crazy Jungle Smoothie [Almond milk, spinach, cucumber, avocados, banana, and ice]
Lunch: Fruit Bowl [Mandarin orange, banana, mango, and strawberry]
Dinner: Steamed Bowl #2 [Broccoli, kale, red and yellow beets, ginger, carrots, and olive oil]
Day 3 was not only the best, but one of my favorites. My body had now adjusted to the new healthy diet and was not craving food nearly as much. The Crazy Jungle Smoothie was sweet, creamy, and the touch of avocado was enjoyable. The day 3 lunch was a nice surprise. My body loved the ripe flavors of the fruit. For my last dinner, the steamed bowl was a strong finish to the 3 day cleanse.
In addition to the meals listed above, I was also given a wheatgrass shot & chamomile tea every day. These two supplements helped ease hunger and the tea was very beneficial to drink right before bed. After completing the 3-day cleanse, I was able to reflect and witness how bad I was eating prior to it. I recognized that I would have consumed so many extra and unnecessary calories. The cleanse gave me a great amount of self control that I am now able to use in my normal diet! I have slowly re-introduced healthy food back into my system and feel great. During the course of the 3 days, I lost a total of 5 pounds and believe my stomach got smaller! I am now eating smaller portions and feeling fuller a lot sooner than before.
Now it’s time for you to start living healthier! If you’re interested in completing this 3-day cleanse, please contact Lean and Green Cafe! The menu is customizable for each day and is priced at $99. The cleanse is a limited-time offer and is only available for the month of February, so make sure you get a head start. Please note that a 24 hour advance notice is required and pick up time for meals each day is between 8:00AM-10:00AM. Visit leanandgreencafe.com for more information.
Lean & Green Cafe
7825 Fay Ave Ste 180
La Jolla, CA 92037 (b/t Prospect St & Silverado St in La Jolla)