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?!

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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!