Open for Business

Our restaurant opened!!! I think most of you know that we have been working with Chick-fil-A for the past few years with the goal of opening our own restaurant. And it happened — on Thursday!!

Last week involved lots of emotions, lots of excitement, and lots of delicious chicken. Here are some of the highlights — if you follow me on Instagram you have already seen a handful of these.

The official “passing of the baton” from Rachel to Glenn. One of the only moments I teared up during our dedication dinner. It was such a special and symbolic moment, and brought the hard work, craziness, and gratitude of the past five years to the forefront of my mind.

Our “executive team” — Kimberly and Matt {do they look familiar?!} — running excitedly through a tunnel of people cheering on their start at Chick-fil-A Encinitas.

Glenn receiving a custom “Chick-fil-A Encinitas” surfboard. He is determined to actually surf on it.

Waking up at 4:30 on opening day to be there to welcome the First 100 guests and tear up, once again, as a bagpiper played Amazing Grace. What IS it about bagpipes? I cry every time I hear them!

Seeing a line of cars go through our drive through — even though it was a rainy day {which we all know is a death-sentence here in Southern California}.

We are elated to be open for business, and can’t wait to serve YOU. Please come say hello if you live in the area! You can find us, six days a week, at 194 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA.

See you soon,



How to Eat Raw Oysters

Step One: Examine Oyster. Is it indeed raw? If the answer is yes, proceed to step two.

Step Two: Bring oyster to lip. Tilt slightly.

Step Three: Tilt head back, allowing oyster to slide out of its shell into your mouth. Do not chew.

Step Four: DO. NOT. CHEW.

Step Five: Allow oyster to slide down your throat and into your gullet. Contemplate why you ever wanted to try oysters in the first place.

“It tastes like La Jolla Shores.” — Glenn Murdock, after eating his first oyster.

Catching Up

It’s been too long. Far too long.

I’m sorry, internet! There’s just so much going on, I simply can not stay on top of it all. And I want to share every. single. second with you but that is simply unrealistic and unhealthy. Oh, and you might not actually be interested in every moment of my life. SOOOO my friends, just like I did a while back in this post, here is an update from each category. And then some.

Arkansas – I am no longer there. If you didn’t know that, I am sorry. I would have thought the weekly posts about running on the beach would have given it away.If you want to read a little about the move, you can click here. If you want to read a little bit about our dreams coming true, you can click here.

Fashion – I have new running shoes. And new running clothes. Because all I do is run.

Ok that’s a lie, I work, I hang out, I sleep, I eat. But a lot of what I do is run, so all the new clothes I have purchased recently are super cool running clothes. Are you interested in a running/workout fashion post?

I am also *trying* to dress cute whenever I leave the house, especially if it’s for something professional. This is what we call “classing it up”. I will do my best to post pictures. Actually, here’s one of my outfit my first day of work. My favorite part of this outfit is that a stranger stopped me at the mall to tell me how much she loved my top and ask where I got it.  Goodwill. Awwww yea!

Work – I have a job! I started working right before we moved down to San Diego from LaLa Land. I am working at the University of San Diego again, different department but same division as before. I LOVE being back on campus. And I LOVE working part time. And I LOVE getting a paycheck. It’s been a while.

Favorite Things – Alright people, here’s the deal. Everyone is doing something favorite-thingsy. And even though like one of the basic definitions of life and human existence is that we are a strange combination of copy-cat and original — I am just not that into doing what every other blogger I read is doing. Or maybe I am. And maybe that’s why I’m blogging at all. Blurg. Bottom line: I need to get over myself. Favorite things post to come in the future.

Friends and Family – My baby sister is on crutches, #3 is moving out here at some point in the near future, the 2nd in command is dominating the hotel industry {and hooking me up with awesome hotels to stay at!}, and my parents are going on dinner dates where my Dad tells my Mom how he believes aliens are everywhere. As for the married-into family? I am living with them. And I like it. Keith-As-I-Live-And-Breathe {which is what I call my father in law} kills the spiders in my room, Janice makes me eggs. It’s awesome.

Los Angeles – I kind of miss it. Don’t crucify me. I am an eternal San Diegan and would never sell out for LA, but LA was fun! I loved driving 40 minutes to the coolest places on the West Coast. I loved meeting up with Matt and Sandy almost every weekend. I loved riding bikes in Santa Monica. I loved having 4 Lululemon shops within 20 miles. I loved that Ryan Seacrest was my local morning show. I seriously loved LA.

Personal – What does this category even mean?? The most personal things happening right now: my husband is gone and I really miss him, I have blisters on my toes and skin that’s been rubbed raw from all of my running, and I’m struggling with setting up healthy boundaries {ie. I say YES too often and NO, well, never}.

Recipes – I have not cooked in months. I can not WAIT to get all my stuff back and cook up a storm! I recently acquired two new cookbooks and I’m reading through them eagerly. This weekend I came up with a recipe for a tangerine margarita. Here’s a teaser photo.

Restaurants – Are my second home.

Running – I completed The Five Experiment! It was great! I ran 100 miles in a month and I enjoyed {almost} every mile. I am keeping up my 5 runs a week, but am not being as nitpicky about the distance. Last week, for example, I ran 3.5 miles one day. I have decided I really like the 5 mile distance, though. It’s long enough to be a good workout no matter what, and short enough that you don’t feel like you can’t make plans at night.

San Diego – Love it. It’s as good, if not better, than I remember. May Grey is in full swing, and is a great reminder of the Ah-mazing climate we have and the fact that this blessed marine layer keeps our temperatures so moderate all year long. Last night I practiced skateboarding at the bay with the fam, and then we ate fresh fish at Point Loma Seafoods. How could I complain when this is just an average Sunday afternoon in San Diego?

Travel – Here’s what is coming up this summer: a trip to the ATL next week to celebrate the completion of Glenn’s Operator training — aaaand to celebrate the fabulous Kelly Reynolds’ birthday. BAAAH! I can hardly wait!

In mid June we are going on a Murdock Extravaganza to Las Vegas. I am pretty sure we are going to try to all fit into one car, and I know for a fact we will be eating at some serious buffets. Then later in June, Glenn and I are going to Scottsdale, AZ for a Family Life conference called Weekend to Remember. We will be staying at the Firesky Resort and I’m puuumped.

Weight Loss – I lost 1 pound during the Five Experiment, and have lost another pound since. Two pounds. Boo ya!

Phew. I’m exhausted.

Happy Monday my friends!



What I Ate This Week

#3 came to visit this week, as did Matt and Jessica and Baby Reagan. I have lots of fun pictures to share with you all, but first — here’s what I ate this week.

Tomato soup at Nordstrom Cafe.

Drunken Noodles with Sandy near Biola. {ps Sandy & I have been meeting for lunch every once in a while and it has been super-de-duper fun! She is slowly introducing me to the world of freaky Asian eats. This Thai food not included. It was in no way freaky.}

Breakfast at the Ocean Diner. Mine is the waffle with fruit, granola, and whipped cream. Because who doesn’t need whipped cream for breakfast?!?

Macarons at Bottega Louie. We went here to celebrate Jessica’s birthday {she had been introduced to it by Erin} and can I just say I. AM. IN. LOVE. Our friend/mentor/former business consultant is coming to town this week and we are taking him here. We loved everything about it and I’ll try to take more pics on Thursday to share all the awesomeness with you. Totally worth 45+ minutes of Los Angeles traffic.

Those are the highlights. And now, I’m headed out for a run. After looking at these pictures, that seems like the only logical thing to do.

Happy Wednesday, hope it’s filled with sunshine!


Bobby’s Burger Palace – Washington DC

I’m in DC, fools!

I came out here to hang with my littlest sister {the lovely Katherine} and the parentals for a few days. It’s been fun so far, and I’m excited I have a couple more days of fun ahead.

Last night, for dinner, Mom took Katherine and I to Bobby’s Burger Palace. My Dad was attending a wedding, so it was girls night out. Woop-de-doop!

Bobby’s Burger Palace is Bobby Flay’s entrance into the low-key dining scene. Brilliant, if you ask me. I think he realized that “fast casual” is really where the money’s at, and that the American people are all about visiting restaurants that are Food Network Celebrity Chef endorsed. How else could you explain the horrifying phenomenon that is Guy Fieri?

Side note: I can’t be a real hater: I’ve been to a handful of the Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dives recommended restaurants, and they have all been really good. Thank you, Guy, for introducing me to Joe’s Farm Grill. Even though you have flames on your shirt and peroxide in your hair, I wish you all the best.

Back to DC. Bobby’s Burger Palace was a great example of fast casual food done right. You walk in, you place your order, you sit down at one of a handful of long, communal tables, they bring your food out to you.  I ordered the Napa Valley Burger {does this come as a surprise to anyone? the primary topping is goat cheese!}.

Both Katherine and Mom ordered the LA Burger — loaded with fresh guacamole.

We also split an order of fries. They were superbly crisp and delicious.

All in all, I think I’d give Bobby’s Burger Place a solid 4 stars. The food was good, the service was great, and you can easily get out of there for under $10 a person if you share your side item. Check it out next time you’re on the East Coast!


The Weekend : Visitors and a Hollywood Classic

This past weekend we had the lovely Kim and James Buckley drive up from San Diego for a visit. It was a BLAST spending time with them, and getting to scope out more of our neighborhood and the greater Los Angeles area.

Side note: Gas is expensive. I know gas prices are going up everywhere, but has anyone seen a price higher than this? Downtown Los Angeles. Unreal!

The weekend started Friday night with chatting and giggling until 2am. I don’t remember the last time I stayed up til 2. It’s been a WHILE. The fun part was giggling with friends. The not so fun part was being tired for most of the day Saturday.

Saturday morning we walked to Tammie’s for muffins. If you come visit me in Hermosa Beach, we will be going to Tammie’s. The muffins are to die for. I am convinced they will singlehandedly be responsible for giving Glenn Type 2 Diabetes sometime within the next month.

We then visited Glenn at the Chick-fil-A he is working at, ate some lunch, and came home just in time for FRISBEE HOUR! Frisbee time is one of Glenn’s favorite times of life. I am not much of a frisbee player, so when he gets together with friends {like James} who love it as much as he does, he is a happy man.

While the boys played, Kim and I walked around the sand and took some cool pictures. I can’t believe this is where we live!

Saturday night we decided to sushi it up. We found this awesome and super authentic place called Sushi Ichiriki. I think part of the reason we wanted to go there was because of the name. It’s so fun to say! Ichiriki!

Our delicious sushi dinner was followed by a HORRIFYING yet memorable trip to the Fun Factory at the Redondo Pier. Every time we turned a corner I couldn’t figure out if I should be worried I was going to get shot, or if I was in a third world country and should donate funds to the Fun Factory.

Here are Kim and I, holding onto each other for dear life.

Sunday morning we woke up and headed out for a true Hollywood experience: hiking the trails of Griffith Park followed by lunch at Pink’s.

I think I speak for all of us when I say we loved Griffith Park. It’s huge and there are so many different walking, running, and hiking trails. We decided to go off the beaten path a bit, which proved steep, dirty, and super fun. Thanks, Kim, for being so hardcore you could take pictures of us as we were sliding down the mountain!

Mark and Laura had gone into Hollywood for church, so they met up with us for a nice greasy hot dog lunch.

And that, my friends, is how you spend a super fun weekend in LA! Thanks to the Buckley’s for  making the drive up to Hermosa, and to the Dougies for being up for anything at any time.

Happy Tuesday, all! See you soon!


The Neighborhood

Today I set out to discover new and exciting things in my neighborhood.

Here we go! Down the stairs, into the car, and I was off!

I started by looking up local coffee shops online and set out to find a place called Two Guns Espresso. It was a very small coffee shop run by 4 super sweet New Zealanders {Kiwis!} who live and breathe espresso. I tried the “white heat” which they told me was their signature drink.

It was dee-lish. Essentially a latte with super high quality espresso, and I was very pleased.

Next on the list was a trip to Anthropologie as Glenn had told me I could get myself a new candle after some candle drama earlier this week.

Did any of you know that candles have “memories”? Or that you have to burn them all the way to the edge the first time you use them or they will lose like half of their “lifespan”? Laura has informed me of all of this recently and, quite honestly, it’s stressing me out. I just couldn’t sleep peacefully knowing that I had cut one of my favorite candle’s lives in half.

Speaking of Laura, she joined me for the rest of the afternoon’s events: lunch at Le Pain Quotidien and then some thrift-storing.

I ordered the Tuna Tartine which also had white beans and a fresh basil vinaigrette drizzled on top. We will definitely be coming back here, especially considering that we didn’t even get to try anything in the bakery section!

So far, I’m loving the ‘hood and really loving being near all of these fun shops and restaurants. More to explore next week!

Happy Friday, friends! Hope your weekends are filled with joy and love.


An Update from each Category

Arkansas: Yep, we’re still here! The weather is crazy, the people are chatty, Boulevard Bread is still my favorite, and we have made some fun friends, which we are so grateful for.

Fashion: It is difficult to take stunning fashion photos of yourself. It is especially difficult to take stunning fashion photos of yourself when all you have been wearing lately is running clothes or a mummy-bag winter jacket. I will try to get into something blog-worthy soon.

Favorite Things: My favorite things have all come from the thrift store or the Dillards clearance rack this past month, and sometimes I feel bad blogging about things I have that are awesome but were just lucky finds at Goodwill, because what if YOU want to buy it for yourself and can’t??!! Argh, these are the things that keep me up at night, people!

Friends and Family: I love my friends. I love my family. I love that I have friends and family all over the place. Sometimes its sad, like when you want to see them and can’t, but more often its awesome.

Personal: My sister told me the other day that I had bad breath, and now I’m totally self conscious about constantly having bad breath. I would just pop in a piece of gum, but my Costco box of Orbit Wintermint just ran out. Woof.

Recipes: Fruit Tart, Bran Muffins, and Thomas Keller’s vegetable soup have been my latest kitchen creations. Mmmm.

Restaurants: Tomorrow night I am going to a new one! In Memphis! For steak! I am really excited! I will tell you all about it when I get back!

Running: OH EM GEE I love my Little Rock running buddy Keri. I don’t really understand how God or His timing work, but I am just grateful that I get to be Keri’s running partner even if its only for a short season. We meet 2-4 times a week in the wee small hours of the morning and run and talk together. I love basically everything about it, except for the time when my jacket was stolen.

San Diego: Two of my closest friends at home are having babies like RIGHT NOW {or very soon! Hi Jess and Sheri!} and its sooo weird for me to think that I won’t be there to meet the little munchkins right away, let alone that I will never live in the same city as them again without them having children. I am, however, VERY excited for the baby boom that has taken over my social circle back home, and can’t wait to hold all the little bambinos.

Travel: We head to Memphis tomorrow to celebrate our anniversary, then next weekend we are grabbing Kimberly and meeting up with the Reynolds in Nashville where I will turn 30! AAAAH! I! AM! SO! EXCITED!

Weight Loss: I lost the 5 pounds that I had gained over the holidays, and am working on more. Yippee! I have also been drinking an EXCESSIVE amount of water. I always thought I drank a lot of water, but wow, now I really drink a lot of water.

The end. Bless you for reading all of this. I love your face. F’real.


Breakfast at Boulevard Bread Company

Boulevard Bread Company is my favorite place in Little Rock. The other day I was making a list of things I would miss when we leave {should the day ever come…}. You know, to try and stay positive about this whole living in a tornado shelter thing. Here’s my list:

1. Boulevard Bread Company

2. Being able to get to the airport 45 minutes before my flight because there are never lines.

3. I got nothin’. There may not be a third thing. If you’re wondering why I didn’t include my two friends in town, Beth and Carol, it’s because they can be transported from Little Rock to California to come see me.

Back to Boulevard Bread Company.  I could {and sometimes do} eat there every day.  Yesterday I was there twice. I can turn anything into a reason to stop by Boulevard.

It’s hot outside? You need an iced tea. Boulevard Bread Company has the best iced tea.

It’s not hot outside, in fact it’s frigid? Good, because Boulevard happens to make the single most delicious latte in Little Rock.

You are having a 7:30am budget meeting? Make it better by picking up some pastries at Boulevard.

The dentist told you to stop eating sweets? He shouldn’t, because your sugar addiction is keeping him in business.. nonetheless, Boulevard has a huge list of delicious sandwiches.

You’re trying to lose weight and nothing I’ve mentioned so far categorizes as “healthy”? Check out the Boulevard fruit plate.

This fruit plate has been my go-to since February. Pears, oranges, grapefruit, sometimes apples, a little melon, pineapple {my favorite}, strawberries, roasted almonds, and a few crostini covered in goat cheese. This is my perfect breakfast.

Bottom line: If you live in Little Rock, spend some time with the good people and great food of Boulevard Bread Company. If you don’t live in Little Rock: this place might be reason enough to come visit me. I’ll be waiting for you in the apartment building that’s surrounded by thunder storms and tornadoes. See you soon!


31 Cent Scoops

Last night was 31 cent scoop night at Baskin Robbins. It was delicious. It was dinner. Ice cream: yum.

Kristin’s flavors: mint chocolate chip, jamocha almond fudge, very berry strawberry

Total # of scoops consumed: 1.5

Kimberly’s flavors: mint chocolate chip, jamocha almond fudge, orange sherbet

Total # of scoops consumed: 1.5

Glenn’s flavors: chocolate chip cookie dough, mint chocolate chip, daiquiri ice

Total # of scoops consumed: 5.5

This, friends, is what we like to call Throwing Your Husband Under the Bus. Thanks, Glenn, for finishing the ice cream I couldn’t eat!

Anybody else partake in 31 cent night?