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Featured / Gaming

Extra Life 2016

Note: I’ve had this post written for a while, but between work commitments and some health issues I totally forgot to post it earlier.

During this past Saturday November 5, I participated in Extra Life‘s 24 hour gaming marathon. This was my second year participating in the marathon and I must say that it was such a rewarding experience. Last year, my husband and I divided the marathon into two 12-hour sections. He played for twelve hours and I played for twelve, also streaming it on Twitch.

This year

This year, it was quite different. We invited two of our friends, who are also Extra Lifers, to our house so we could do the marathon together. A few weeks before the marathon, we compiled a list of games we could play as a group, and individually. It was a mix of retro and modern games, so we could have the best of both worlds. We begun the marathon at 9:25 AM, and we were scared that we weren’t going to last the 24 hours. Surprisingly, we did!

The experience was wonderful, we had an amazing time as friends playing video games. But most importantly, we helped raised more than $850 for the kids of the San Jorge Children’s Foundation in just 24 hours. My husband and I will keep participating in Extra Life as long as we can.

If you love video games, and want to help out a cause, Extra Life is a great movement to join. I suggest you look up a local team or guild and get more information as to how you can help out!

If you’d like to donate to my campaign, I would greatly appreciate it. You can do so by visiting this link.

Here are some photos from the marathon:

Featured / Food

Cafe Coyote in Old Town – San Diego, CA

When I was researching places to go to in San Diego, one place that would always show up was Old Town. Old Town is considered the birthplace of California, because San Diego was the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California.

My husband and I took an Uber for the first time from the hotel (Town and Country Resort) to Old Town. The drive was probably less than ten minutes. The Uber experience was great, we felt very comfortable with our driver and we talked during the entire trip.

When we got there, we could definitely tell that the buildings had Spanish architecture. Everything looked pretty, with a lot of shops and restaurants (most of them Mexican). It was a pity that we went there at night because I probably would have gotten better pictures during the day.

We already knew where we were going to have dinner, at Cafe Coyote. It had good reviews on Yelp and some of the staff at our hotel had recommended it. When we got there, it was super busy, so I assumed it was going to be a long wait to be seated, but we were actually seated right away. We got complimentary tortilla chips and salsa, which was delicious. We also took advantage of a Yelp offer that consisted on getting a free quesadilla sampler if you checked in using the app. The quesadillas were very good as well. I definitely recommend you check Yelp or apps like it, they usually give you some sort of perk if you check in at the restaurant.

Cafe Coyote

I loved everything about the restaurant: the decor, the atmosphere, the service, the food. I ended up ordering the Tostada Suprema (A crispy flour tortilla piled high with refried beans, shredded chicken or beef, cheese & lettuce. Topped with a scoop of sour cream, guacamole, salsa fresca and black olives), which was delicious. I got full so I ended up taking half of the plate with me. My husband ordered the Carne Asada Burrito (A large flour tortilla filled with chopped grilled marinated steak, beans, guacamole and salsa fresca). The burrito was big, I stole a bite from his plate and it tasted very good as well.

If you’re ever in Old Town in San Diego and are in the mood for Mexican food, we recommend Cafe Coyote. Great food, great prices and great service.