El Yogurt Place

El Yogurt Place


Hello my people!

What a wonderful day! What fabulous weather! What a great breakfast treat! I hope you all had a day as awesome as mine!¬†And that’s a pretty tall order considering how totally AMAZING this day was.

Today a very good friend of mine treated me to breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants here in Playas: El Yogurt Place. Everything they serve at El Yogurt Place is 100% natural, made fresh, as healthy as possible, and seasoned with just a few natural herbs and spices. Instead of your typical salt and pepper shakers on each table, you will find a shaker of Vege-Sal (known in the USA as “Spike”). They bring a basket of toast to each table with butter and a delicious pumpkin spread (which I will be replicating in the near future… I could seriously eat this on everything… including a spoon… every day). Many meals are served with a choice of about a third or half of a perfectly-ripe avocado (pictured), a cup of natural beans, or a generous serving¬†of sauteed nopales (known in parts of the United States as prickly pear). ¬†Oksana ordered a large agua de fresa and the turkey melt, with sauteed onions and bell peppers and thick-sliced smoked turkey breast, all melted into toasted bread with a layer of deliciously gooey cheese. ¬†I opted for my favorite (not-so-healthy) Mexican breakfast: chilaquiles verdes con pollo.


Chilaquiles is not an everyday Honest Oats kind of breakfast. Chilaquiles warrants a special occasion, a lazy brunch, or a weekday outing with your young and fabulous red-headed kindred spirit. This delicious meal consists of a plateful of piping hot totopos (fresh corn tortillas cut and fried¬† ¬†not your typical “tortilla chips”) and shredded chicken, drenched in warm, tangy, tomatillo salsa, sprinkled generously with crumbled queso cotija (a salty, pungent dry Mexican cheese), then piled high with fresh mixed greens and topped with a double-portion¬†of thick sour cream. ¬†Mmmm yum! ¬†Just shake some of that Vege-Sal on there, cut into my avocado, and I’m good to go! ¬†As if¬†that wasn’t just perfect on its own, I also enjoyed a refreshing glass of all-natural fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice, included with the meal. ¬†Man, oh man do I love this place!

El Yogurt Place has everything going for it ¬†¬†friendly wait staff, healthy and natural DELICIOUS food and drinks (aside from the fried chips and sour cream, of course. I think I ordered the fattiest plate on the menu. But oh, so good), and spectacular views! ¬†Aside from the full restaurant they also have a juice bar and pastry counter, a small natural products store, and an eclectic coffee shop. ¬†Not enough for ya? ¬†Then you’ll love to know they have many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options as well. ¬†In fact, even if you’re not on any special diet, you might still¬†order one of these options just because they’re so dang tasty! Who needs bread at every meal anyway? Not me! Not the people of Mexico! If you’re in Playas or you ever make the trip south of the border, you’ve got to visit El Yogurt Place for a nutritious, delicious breakfast or lunch.

The atmosphere at El Yogurt Place is cozy and classy, and if you’re extra special you might just get a friendly “hello” from the resident cat. This place is the bees knees!

El Yogurt Place Pumpkin Spread

photos captured by the lovely oksana paulette young

Speaking of bees… I can’t wait to get together my “Honestly Healthy” post all about bee pollen for you! ¬†Soon…. very soon….



Honest Oats


Honesty is of prime importance to me. ¬†Also, I don’t know how not to be completely honest.

In the previous (and my very first)¬†post, I shared with you my age, calling it “relevant.” Perhaps much more relevant to an introduction would be details such as where I live, where I come from, where I am going.

Well, I haven’t been “all over” the way many people in the blogging community have been “all over,” but I have certainly been ALL OVER in a way that most people in my hometown never have and never will. ¬†So from my own minuscule perspective, I have been all over. ¬†I grew up in a small rural county on the northern Oregon coast and headed over the Coast Range and out into the world the moment I was legally “an adult.” Since then I have lived all over¬†Portland-metro suburbia, Huntington Beach, and northern Baja Californa, Mexico. While I do love it in my current seaside home of Playas de Tijuana, I find myself missing family and friends from Oregon, Huntington Beach, and down the Baja coast terribly. ¬† And here’s the thing¬† ¬†whenever we catch up, it’s always the same story with me:

“Things are finally seeming to come together!” (with unbridled enthusiasm) OR “Honestly, everything is falling apart.” (in embarrassed despair).

It took until I turned 30 (in a foreign country, as an ESL instructor) to really stop and reflect on these all-too-common idioms of the English language. ¬†What “things” are “coming together,” and why is this perpetually in the progressive tense? ¬†What is it that is “falling apart?” ¬†Why do these “things” need to be together? ¬†How do we achieve this? ¬†If I type¬†these two phrases into Google and search for images, will¬†I turn up any results? ¬†Is there really any tangible way to define these terms?

I’ve decided that people don’t actually have “it” together. ¬†I’ve decided that “it” is boring and I want no part of it. ¬†I’ve decided that “it” is code for the lies and deception with which adult humans display their lives to the outside world. ¬†So I offer to you only my honesty ¬†¬†my musings, my tidbits of wisdom, the crumbs of¬†indulgence of my life: 100% APART.


How to make my Honest Oats:

  • 1/4 cup quick oats ¬† I use these¬†gluten-free oats (they are super creamy!)¬†but you can use any you’d like
  • 1/2 medium apple or 1 small apple, diced into chunks
  • 12 whole raw almonds
  • 1 tablespoon whole roasted flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen¬Ļ
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
  • handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Put the first 10 ingredients in a bowl and pour boiling water over for desired consistency. Let sit 2 minutes.¬†Stir and top with blueberries… Done!

I may be Honestly APART, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start my day right with these nutrient-packed, energy-packed Honest Oats. ¬†The whole process is less than 10 minutes (I usually start it the night before even so). The beautiful golden yellow color of these¬†oats is from the dissolved¬†bee pollen, which adds a floral complexity to this simple little breakfast. ¬†The crunch of the mixed-in whole almonds forces¬†me to slow down, giving me time to meditate before starting my day and jump-starting my digestion (which begins¬†in the mouth). The chia seeds and coconut oil make me feel full and satisfied (No sudden empty pit two hours later, like I get with plain oatmeal). My Honest Oats give me all the best things needed to start a busy day: a circulation boost, digestion boost, brain boost, heart boost, immunity boost, energy boost, protein, and both soluble and insoluble¬†fiber, ¬†just to name a few! ¬†I can’t wait to share¬†“Honestly Healthy” with you, a series in which I will discuss some of the health benefits of these and other yummy ingredients. ¬†My first installment will be “Honestly Healthy: Bee Pollen.” (However, I encourage you to do your own research.)

¬ĻBe careful with bee pollen if you have never used it, especially if you are prone to allergies. ¬†Never use bee pollen if you are pregnant or nursing. ¬†I am not a certified nutritionist nor am I a doctor, and I am definitely not your doctor, so always do your own research. I will do my best to point you to some good sources to get a balanced picture.


These oats are quick, easy, and packed with nutrients to start a busy day right. Oh, and I almost forgot…. They are absolutely scrumptious!