Another Gorgeous Weekend.

Don’t quote me, but I am almost pretty sure that when you are job searching weekends are even better than when you are working. While working can be stressful, searching for a job may be even more stressful, so I have been really looking forward to the weekends, and last weekend did not disappoint.

Friday night was all about my favorite thing, (like you all don’t know,) food. My sister, a few new friends and I headed down to Fort Mason Center to check out Off the Grid. Off the Grid is a roaming food festival of sort that makes its way around the Bay Area. Off the Grid brings a ton of food trucks and tents all together giving you delicious, local food choices.

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It was a gorgeous night, with a gorgeous sunset, oh and let me tell you, the food did not disappoint. I only brought my old iPhone (did I mention I got the 4S? I love it!) so there was no flash and by the time we sat down to eat, it was too dark to take pictures. My sister and I decided to share a few things as to get the most bang for our buck stomachs. We ordered empanadas (mushroom & beef) from El Portenos’ Empanadas, baked Chinese buns (pork & tofu) from the Chairman Bao Truck and a lemon grass chicken bahn mi from the Nom Nom Truck.

Everything was so good. We sat in the park, popped a bottle of bubbly (because why not,) and chowed down. My favorite was the pork bun and the bahn mi, which I actually did snap a picture of because we ended up eating it the next day – we were too full! There was so much other food I would have love to try (curry burritos, what?!) so I suppose I’ll have to go back.

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Afterwards we headed home, drank a little more wine, and turned in for the night, because on Saturday we were up bright & early heading to Napa for a Harvest Party! Since we got to Napa a little early, we stopped at Elizabeth Spencer’s for a quick tasting.

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They have an indoor tasting room but the outside is so much better. It’s a little garden courtyard with big couches and umbrellas, and since the weather was perfection, we sat outside and basked in the sun with our sips of wine.

After the tasting we headed next door to the St Helena Olive Oil Co to do a little perusing.

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The store is so quaint and cute, but the best part is that you can sample everything! From olive oils infused with everything you can imagine, to honey and jam. I could have left with everything, but instead I was good and left empty handed – I will certainly return though, and hopefully pick up some treats!

After tasting and perusing we headed to the Harvest Party. While I can’t disclose the location, it’s where my sister is getting married next summer, I can say it was such a fun event.

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The event obviously had wine tasting, fantastic food, and spectacular views. We had a big group, eight of us, so it made it even more fun chatting about ideas for my sister’s wedding, deciding which wines we like, and enjoying the good company. And the good food of course.

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I clearly couldn’t eat all of this, but I had to try all of it. From salmon to chicken, fresh grilled vegetables, tasty bread and mozzarella, everything was amazing. And did I mention how gorgeous the weather was?

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Sunday was all about rest and recuperation. It was a long day in the sun with wine, why can I say. Smile

On the books for this week: applying to 1,654,987 jobs today and Tuesday. And then on Wednesday heading to LA for an extra long weekend with a bunch of friends from college, complete with a big college alumni event on Saturday.

How was your weekend? Looking forward to anything this week?!

Birthday Weekend.

Whew. What a birthday weekend. Although I have to admit, it was not my typical birthday weekend, it was more age appropriate I suppose (aka I did not drink like a fish Winking smile.) I started my birthday with a little pampering by getting my nails done and a little window shopping. Even though nothing caught my eye it was a nice morning.

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I wanted to eat at Swan’s for lunch, (best oysters I have ever had,) but the line was too long, so I ended up eating at a little Greek restaurant for lunch called Mykonos. The food was okay, but the best part was reminiscing about the time I went to Mykonos in 2005. Two of my girlfriends and I had a blast, and now I want to go back, as soon as possible!

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I ordered the Falafel plate for lunch which came with pita, hummus, Greek salad, and Greek country potatoes. I probably just should have a had a gyros. I also ordered a Greek beer. I wanted a Mythos, but they didn’t have it. Oh well!

After lunch, I headed down for a little more pampering, it was finally time for me to get my hair done! It had been wayy too long.

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Look at those roots! I wanted something a little more natural and a little darker for Fall.

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Don’t mind the champagne glass, but look past it towards my hair. I love the final outcome! (And the sparkling wine was delicious too!)

For dinner my sister, her fiancé and my mom headed to The Slanted Door down on the Embarcadero. I started my night taking pictures but slowly forgot as soon as we sat at the table.

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I started with a Gin Fizz (pictured above) before moving on too more sparkling wine. I love sparkling wine, and its even better when you are celebrating. The food was awesome, and we ordered enough so that I know that the entire menu is pretty much delicious. I am sad I forgot to take pictures, but we were all enthralled in eating and talking, so you will have to settle for a list:

  • crispy imperial rolls  with shrimp, pork, glass noodles and peanuts 
  • steak tartare  grass-fed tenderloin with mint, thai basil, quail egg and toasted sesame rice cracker
  • mesquite grilled lamb sausage and kusshi oysters  chinese black olive and preserved lemon relish
  • grapefruit and jicama  with red cabbage, pickled carrots and candied pecans
  • grass-fed estancia shaking beef,  cubed filet mignon, watercress, red onions and lime sauce
  • lemongrass grilled petaluma rabbit  with olive oil poached leg, braised fennel, thai basil, chive and lemon
  • cellophane noodles  with green onion and fresh dungeness crab meat
  • chue farm baby bok choy  with baby shiitake mushrooms

I still cannot believe I didn’t take pictures. But everything again was amazing. The dishes are not too big, so you can have a little of each without feeling too full. We definitely still had room for cake!

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After dinner my mom headed home and the rest of us headed out for a drink at a fun little bar up on Filmore. Overall, the night was fun, full of delicious food and family! It has literally been almost ten years since I was with all my family for my birthday! So needless to say, it was long overdue.

On Saturday, it was time for one of my favorite things, wine tasting in Wine Country. Did you know I liked wine? Winking smile My grandpa also lives up in Napa, so it was a chance to visit him as well. We went to several wineries, including:

Ram’s Gate

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Hall Winery

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Grgich Hills Estate

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Rubicon Estate
(owed by Francis Ford Coppola)

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Between wine stops, we grabbed lunch in St Helena at a little café downtown. I ordered a big Cobb Salad to soak up some of the wine. Smile

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Today, was just an easy day which was just what I needed after a long night on Friday and a long day on Saturday. I got some laundry done, went to brunch at B Star (honey lemon iced tea + huevos rancheros,) and meal planned for the upcoming week.

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Now that my birthday is over its time to get back on track, which is exactly what will be happening! After all the planning, moving and birthday celebrating, back on track is what has to happen!

It was a great weekend, with a great final dinner, which I will post about tomorrow! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend too! Good night!

A Gorgeous Day.

Yesterday was hands down such a gorgeous day. I know I sound like a broken record, but seriously, so, so gorgeous. So gorgeous I spent the majority of the day outside. Just around lunchtime, I put on some shorts and a tank top, and headed out on a mile and a half walk to Whole Foods for lunch. I had purchased the Living Social deal a few weeks ago and deemed yesterday the perfect day to use it.

I headed out the door and into the beautiful California sun and eventually ended up at Whole Foods.

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Now as this is the only Whole Foods I have been to so far in the city, I am crossing my fingers that this is the worst one in the city because I was craving there amazing salad bar and this one disappointed to the max. Maybe I am a snob, and just need to get used to city living, but I am used to the big, luxurious Whole Foods in the DC area. I picked up a few things and then decided on Salmon Avocado Brown Rice Sushi with a Sesame Seaweed Salad on the side. Fear not, I will try another one, and obviously still heart Whole Foods, this one just was conveniently located next to Golden Gate Park where I was planning on picnicking.

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I sat down in a nice shady area and dug in to my lunch.

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The sushi had great flavor and I loved the seaweed salad (I seriously love seaweed!) but the only downer was the sushi had wayyy too much rice on it. I ended up taken off the majority of the rice on the outside of the roll. It was not needed.

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I didn’t let the brown rice ruin my lunch or the bad day. I mean how can you ruin this?

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I finished my lunch and headed the mile and a half back, quite happy I had bought a bottled water at Whole Foods for the walk back! It was hot! Not that I am complaining one bit.

I got home, took out Oliver for about a mile, and headed to meet my sister, Katie, and some friends for a beach date with their dogs. (Oliver doesn’t play too well with others, he is more of a person dog, than a dog’s dog.)

The beach was gorgeous and I so wish I had taken my camera and not just my iPhone because the shots I got does not give the day or the beach justice. It felt so good to be at the beach, it had been far too long!

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We drank some wine, played with the this little guy, Cooper, and just had fun in the sun.

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All these dogs are just leaving me dog crazy! I need one, immediately!! Okay, well soon at least. Smile

After the beach I headed to Benefit with my friend Merry for a much needed session at the Brow Bar. My brows look so much better. They were NOT looking good, and with my birthday TOMORROW, I had to have them look parfait. Non?!

After our brows were looking good, we headed to dinner at Dragon Well just up the road on Chestnut. We were both hungry, especially after the glass of wine on the beach! The lighting was horrible, but we ended up ordering three dishes to split.

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The Beef and Chicken dishes were my favorite, both very flavorful and very fresh tasting. There’s that word again, fresh. My new food word. The noodles weren’t my favorite, a little bland, but overall a good meal. I hate when Chinese is too greasy, and this wasn’t in the slightest.

After dinner we walked back to where my car was parked and I spent the night googling puppies. Yes, I am that girl right now. What can I say? I have puppy fever.

Do you have puppy fever? Or do you have a dog? If so, what kind?!

Together We’re Giant.

Let me just start by saying, I love me some baseball. And I love the Giants! Even though most of you “met” me when I was living on the East Coast, I am a Californian and spent the majority of my life in this great state. I grew up on the Central Coast, went to undergrad in Los Angeles and grad school in Monterey. So yes, I am a Californian thank you very much. (Not that any of you were doubting me!) Growing up in Central California most people chose the Giants or the As. I naturally went with the best baseball team in Northern California, the Giants. 😉

So when I heard that I had the opportunely to go to last night’s Giants’ game I was so excited! Even though the playoffs aren’t an option, it was still fun to go to the game and watch them beat the Rockies! (Who are apparently following me since I just saw them play in Denver last week!)

It was gorgeous out last night which also made it that much better of a game. Baseball games to me are the epitome of summer, and since San Francisco’s Indian Summer is in full swing, it felt good to be home and at the game.

My mom and I got to the game pretty early. We figured we grab some food and just enjoy the nice weather since we weren’t sure how long it’d take to get the park. My mom lives across town basically, so she decided to drive. We found parking about 1/2 mile away, so I got in another mile for the day of a nice walk which was good after the dog walking incident that happened earlier in the day.

I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner. I know you all know how much I love seafood. Well at the Giants’ games they have a crab sandwich that I recalled being to die for. It’s expensive, but worth every bite.

Crab + tomato grilled on sourdough. If that isn’t a San Francisco sandwich, I don’t know what is. Totally delicious, and worth every calorie. I paired my sandwich with a beer and called it dinner.

As we got to our seats the game was about to start and the sky was gorgeous, and I was a happy camper. Not to mention, a one Tony Bennett was there, and who doesn’t love Tony.

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My mom and I had a great time at the game! And it was a win for the Giants’, and a win is a win, right? Playoffs or not 🙂

I am already looking forward to next season! Hopefully now that I’m living in the city, I can go to lots of games! Anyone want to join?!

This morning I got up and was craving fruit. I think it was the idea of it being about 80 degrees in the city today! I decided on a simple breakfast of a whole wheat bagel thin, a little reduced fat cream cheese and a big bowl of fruit. Oh plus a nice cup of coffee on the side with fat free milk.

The big bowl of fruit was a little too big though, so I am sure it will be part of my lunch! I’m off to enjoy this beautiful day! Be back later, alligators!

Monday’s Eats + Sore Feet.

Okay, I know, the title probably doesn’t make you want to eat, after reading feet, but I couldn’t help myself. 🙂

Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in the city. Sunny, sunny with more sunny. Waking up on a sunny day just makes you want to spend it outside. I had a cup of coffee, leftover Kodiak Blueberry Pancakes with a little Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, some banana, Agave Syrup + some Chia Seeds on top.

Perfect fuel for a long walk around the city to get a little exploring in/ figure out where everything is. 🙂

I ended up trekking over 4 miles around the city. It felt good to move my legs, take in the Pacific Ocean air, and to see the amazing new city I am living in!

The walk was also a good idea since my foot has had some serious arch cramping since driving across the country. I have extremely flat feet and really need to do something about finding some running shoes that have better arch support. I  mean, my foot cramping from using the gas pedal for 5 days (even if it was all day) clearly indicates I need something to help me out!

The walk definitely help. As did the random arch stretching I did while on the walk.

Any arch supporting shoe recommendations out there? Overall, it was a nice long walk that really help me get a little more familiar with my city. And I only had to look at my iPhone map once or twice.

After my walk, and since I do not have a gym to use currently, I came back home and threw in Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred into the DVD player and did Level 1.

I’ve started this DVD a few times, and never get past doing it a few times in a row. Since I have no gym, I think Jillian might have to be my trainer for the next few weeks. So I am hoping to actually do this thing at least 5 times a week. Have you ever tried it? Thoughts?

After my walk + Jillian I had worked up quite the appetite, and whipped together a big salad.

In the mix: romaine lettuce, cucumber, celery, carrots, Trader Joe’s Roasted Chicken Patty, a sprinkle of cheddar + a little Light Champagne Vinaigrette from TJ’s as well. It hit the stop. I have missed homemade salads. Homemade everything for that matter, after all those Subway sandwiches last week! (Just writing Subway makes me go blah!)

After lunch I got to work getting things organized. While I have a very, very good lead on a job with an in person interview for it next week, I do not want to place all my eggs in one basket, so I spent the afternoon looking for jobs which I will apply for today! I also did a few other tasks that I needed to get done, and while typing away, eventually snacked on a Mojo Bar my mother bought a Costco pack of on Sunday.

This one was pretty tasty. Definitely good for someone with a sweet tooth, which for me is some days true, some days not.

Oh and I might have been doing all this work while watching the first season (not in its entirety…yet) of Sex and the City. The entire series is in this apartment. This could be a good or a bad thing, but as long as I am productive, then it can stay on… right?!

For dinner, I had a chicken that needed to be roasted, so I did a little research, and decided to make a Roast Chicken with Lemon + Thyme. I also decided to take a few more pictures while making it, in case you guys were interested. What I love about this recipe is its simple ingredients that create a delicious, fresh flavor. I have been all about fresh tasting food lately, haven’t I?

Roast Chicken with Lemon + Thyme
Adapted from Epicurious.com 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 7-pound roasting chicken
  • 1 lemon, quartered

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F. Mix first 4 ingredients in bowl.

Rinse chicken; pat dry.

Place chicken in roasting pan. Rub all but 1 tablespoon garlic-thyme oil over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place lemon in cavity of chicken.

Roast chicken 20 minutes at 450°F. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Roast chicken until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of inner thigh registers 180°F, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Let chicken sit for several minutes + enjoy.

I served the chicken with a little brown rice + roasted asparagus on the side. It was a perfectly fresh, delicious and simple meal. The only downside is the length of time it takes to cook the chicken, but it is well worth it. Trust me.

This was actually way too much chicken for me to eat, so I only ended up eating about half, but I am terrible at cutting chicken off a whole bird… this girl needs lessons stat! Overall, it was a great first Monday in San Francisco!

Have you ever roasted a chicken? What are some of your favorite recipes? And don’t forget, if you have any suggestions for running shoes with good arch support please let me know!