greek yogurt parfaits make for the best mid-afternoon snack
new light fixture to spruce up our apartment
brunch at Foreign Cinema
the best croque madame ever
Twilight finale movie party with Noreen & Elli
some gorgeous views while running down along the water
dinner at Absinthe
spring training in Scottsdale
first stop was breakfast at The Marketplace at Olive & Ivy, then off to the ballpark
where we were hit with torrential rain and a hailstorm
luckily I found time for a margarita before the sky opened up!
and luckily we escaped to a nearby spot for shelter
and we even found a Grimaldi’s Pizza nearby!
(based in Brooklyn, it’s some seriously yum pizza)
we also really liked Modern Steak for happy hour
the warm butter poached lobster jar was a big hit
as were the white truffle french fries
the next day we hit up The Breakfast Club for brunch
since the boys were having Bloodies I figured I’d have a glass of bubbly…
look at the size of it!
(grande latte for reference)
Sohrab ordered a beast of a breakfast…
a breakfast burrito “monster style” (aka smothered in pork green chile and chorizo queso)
after hitting up another game & a little shopping for Elli and I
(thankfully it stayed dry)
we headed back to Olive & Ivy for dinner
I love the hanging jar lights!
Our last night we tried Citizen Public House
and met up with our good friend, Leo, who lives out there
and then headed over to the poolside bar / club at the W
it was pretty awesome
especially since we were “VIPs” bc we were staying at the hotel
and therefore didn’t have to stand in line
I went on a quick trip to Denver for work
and had a lovely overpriced airplane picnic (that I did not make) on my flight back
fun Twilight posters from D’s sister, Maria
my brother then came to visit – we started off the trip at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay
and of course hit up Roam
I find it impossible to not order their bison burger
a trip to Rose’s Cafe was also in order
for dinner with our cousin Mandy
easy recipe for leftover designer pizza:
crisp up in a pan then top with a fried egg for breakfast – so good!
MJ took me to a lovely lunch at Absinthe
their soft garlic pretzels with cheese sauce are omg good
we then swung by Four Barrel coffee in the Mission for a couple of lattes
MJ snapped photos while I got a little work done
good to the last drop – that’s latte art at its finest
MJ also took us to a lovely meal at Cafe de Amis – Scott’s the best bartender in town!
we also managed to make it up to Tahoe for the weekend
the snow was melting but it was still really cold!
we had lots of opps for great shots
because we took the Heavenly Gondola up the mountain
such amazing views!
hot cocoa was necessary
yup, very needed
MJ and me
MJ had a peak named after him
heading back down
we then went on a drive and headed over to Emerald Bay
love that Domino has started releasing magazines again
I cooked up a yummy pasta dinner for us all
and on MJ’s last night we went to a Warriors / Lakers game – so much energy!
I went on a few more foggy runs down along the water
then mum & dad came up to visit!
of course we had to go to Rose’s first thing
and lots of long windy walks down along the water
and huge latte bowls from La Boulange
and trips to the farmers market, of course!
Kerry and Brett then came up for our sorority reunion
(we get a lot of house guests, in case you haven’t realized)
this is so funny – check out Brett’s face in the background
he just took a swig of Kerry’s green juice
I don’t think he was very impressed
but we were – Juice Shop is great!
the gang’s all here – it was our ADPi Centennial!
(the boys were good sports to be hanging out w a bunch of old shady ladies w us!)
after, we hit up one of our old college haunts – KIPS!
it was a great night spent with old friends!
on Sunday we hit up Market Bar for brunch
and then walked off some of the cobwebs from the night before by doing the Filbert Stairs
once you climb one hundred million stairs, you end up at Coit Tower
fantastic views of the city, huh?
there was a bachelorette party in Miami
that started at the ever-so-fab wine bar in Terminal 2 at SFO
you can grab pizza next door at Tyler Florence’s place
and bring it into the wine bar
red eyes are rough
but look what was awaiting us!
frozen melon balls, poolside
our lovely waiter
we had to stock up on bubbly – and this was our closest option
oh yeah, and here’s our hotel – isn’t she lovely!?
but not as lovely as the bride-to-be!
I even fit in a run one of the mornings
there’s a great running path right along the water
but it was soooooo hot
I missed the fog
the second day was spent poolside
their poolside snacks were delish
of course we needed some silly bride props for Connie
this is nice
all dolled up for our night out on the town
thankfully it cleared up for our last morning
and Sarah and I hit up the beach one more time
the following week my team from NY was in SF visiting
we went on an incredible hike in Marin one afternoon
Team Muse Running Club
there was a crazy fire that we witnessed a couple of blocks away
(thanks Ana for the pic)
so scary – there were a gazillion fire engines
yay for the sf fire dept though – they were awesome
Adrian and I goofing off in the office
and D and I headed down to Paso Robles with our friend Jim
we finally got to try Artisan for lunch
it did not disappoint
my favorite dish was the goat cheese & ale fondue
served with garlic bread, broccolini and kielbasa
we hit up a few wineries
pinky raised for white!
clap for red!
(this was at Booker)
D discovered that you could order Woodstock Pizza to Atascadero
(we won’t talk about how many pizzas we had to order to get them to deliver there)
Savannah was ready for a day of wine tasting
and crack bread, oh yes
you can not go to Paso Robles without stopping at Di Raimondo’s
I mean it – don’t even think about not going
look at our picnic spread!
omg it was the best thing ever
I think my favorite winery of the day was Whalebone
Jim suggested that we try out Hoover’s Beef Palace for brunch on our way out
it was pretty special
We shared pancakes for a breakfast appetizer
which they served alongside lots of little cups of butter
because that was necessary, obvi
a run was absolutely necessary after a weekend of pizza, crack bread, wine and pancakes
we attended a couple of Giants vs Dodgers games
where I discovered the organic stand with bubbly!! woot woot
we also headed up to BottleRock in Napa for a little music & wine in the sun
on our first night up there we headed to The Thomas for dinner – delish!
that’s the grilled asparagus with hazelnuts,
bacon, a poached egg and truffle-yuzu hollandaise
we shared a fancy pants bottle of Cabernet
and both ordered burgers - so original, i know
but they came with bacon jam
warm sugar cinnamon donuts were absolutely necessary
the patio was so lovely – what a great spot
the next two days were spent listening to amazing music
our favs were The Shins, The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes,
and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
so good, so so good
and the food, omg – so good. that’s the salsiccia pizza from ca’momi
look at these nifty little cups!
sippy cups for adults
the trip took a sad turn when we got a flat tire on the way to OC for mother’s day
look at the spread we missed out on while stuck in Firebaugh! #boo
after finally making it to OC we had a wonderful week down there
we even made it to the beach one night for a picnic dinner
one of my best friends, Alie, and her family were able to join us
that’s her little boy Charlie after dunking himself under a wave in his only set of clothes
boys will be boys!
and here’s Kellan, her littlest
he loved the israeli couscous we brought down!
we also made it to The Riders Club in San Clemente
we had heard it was one of the best burgers in town
it did not disappoint
and finally, my friend Allison got married in Carlsbad
aren’t these mini margaritas the cutest.things.ever?!
phew, that’s it… told you it was the longest post ever