San Francisco Trip: Part 1

Since I took all of my photos on my new phone, it's taken me forever to sit down and download them all to my computer. But I finally did it! I won't bore you all with a million photos and descriptions, so I've only chosen a handful. If you want to know EVERYTHING we did, please ask!

We arrived in the Bay Area around noon, and spent the morning with Jamie in her {then} neighborhood, the Haight. We grabbed an amazing sandwich from a small gourmet cheese shop, Say Cheese, in Cole Valley. Then we changed and caught the bus to the Mission. Lovely area, and I like it just as much as the last time I was there! We grabbed a gelato from Bi-Rite and spent the afternoon in Dolores Park before meeting up with her boyfriend for dinner. Let's take a moment for a few photos.

On the way to our dinner spot, we window shopped and then stopped at Heart, a wine bar.

Love the windows. The weather was crisp and lovely as the sun went down.
Michael's dinner choice was Bar Tartine. I didn't take any photos of the food, but I should have! It was excellent. They serve bread from their bakery {which is a whole other story in itself}, which made the meal studded with deliciousness. I also had one of the best chicken liver pate {I can hear some of you groan}. It almost beats the CLP at the Mercury in Dallas. Almost.

Our first stop was the Ferry Building. This is a fantasic place to get a feel for SF area food.  So fresh, and always different.  Outside the building, tons of local farmers and food stands are set up. We had cheese, wine, fruit, jams and barbecue samples, before heading back inside. I snapped a quick photo of the Bay Bridge before looking at the culinary shops inside.

We dragged ourselves from the majesty of the Ferry Building and headed to Chinatown for Husband to take a look at one of the biggest tourist traps of all. No, I'm kidding. {Kinda.} It's a fun place to enjoy your first time in the city. We then headed up the street to North Beach, another one of SF's neighborhoods, to get a little Italian...everything. On our way I snapped this picture of Michael's favorite part of the SF skyline: the TransAmerica Building.

We stopped at a wine bar {to remain nameless} that was blasting the Giant's game far too loudly to hear regular conversation, so we left. Steps before the entrance, we heard and subsequently ducked into a bar that was featuring a jazz band. The band was made up of oldies, but goodies!

After we played a couple games of pool {!}, we went to a bar a few blocks away, the Church Key. It reminded me of a downtown bar in looks, but the Old Monk in Dallas in their fabulous beer choices. Very lovely for all parties involved. I had some beer I couldn't pronounce, and Husband oogled over the variety. Here is one of the 50+ photos from the Church Key:

Later, we had dinner at Cafe Sport. They specialize in fresh, Bay Area seafood within their delicious Italian fare. We had oysters, mussels, calamari, ravioli, tortellini, linguine, and more. We had a FEAST!

Stay tuned for part two!


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Only 25 hours until I'll be in San Francisco!

Bring on the food, sites, nature, and fun!


Baking Day!

I am in a baking mood today, and I just pulled this Cinnamon Banana Bread out of the oven. MMMM!

Now, for a slice!

Happy 10/10/10!

Since I've worked from home for the last 2 days, had a Saturday, and am now on my Sunday, I've had a lot of time to catch up on my HGTV viewing. I've noticed that it's popular (I use that phrase loosely) to display meaningful items around your home. In particular, wine corks.

Michael and I have saved about a handful of corks from nice dinners, eventful nights, etc. We've written the event and date on the cork, but have just thrown them in a drawer. Today, I decided to make a display for them.

Cute, no? :)


Ad Hoc!

I'm dreaming about the night we get to eat at Ad Hoc! It sounds so amazing, and I'm thrilled we got a reservation!

Here's an example of what the menu may reward me with:

Maybe I should go have some lunch? :)



MAC Visit!

I convinced Michelle to join me for a visit to the MAC store at Northpark Mall. I have been a fan of MAC makeup for about 8 years now, and I am a FIRM believer! (http://www.maccosmetics.com/)

I bought a few things, but the showstopper was Michelle and the makeup session she had! They chose colors for her, and it looked amazing! They even used my favorite color, Sumptuous Olive.

It was a great experience, and I'm glad I have another MAC buddy! :)

San Antonio Trip

I'm working from home today and tomorrow, which has afforded me time to make a short update post.

I've made some slight changes to the blog's look, but I'm not quite satisfied with it yet. I'm sure it will change sometime soon again.

I forgot to mention in my last update that Michael took me to San Antonio for our second anniversary. If you have Twitter, you got a minute-by-minute update of our car ride out there - I had no idea where we were going! We started out going north (he stopped by Starbucks), then headed south on 75/45. At separate points in the drive, I thought we were going to Austin, Fredericksburg then San Antonio. It was a surprise! Here are a few photos from the weekend:

It was such a good time, and I enjoyed having a getaway with just Michael. It was relaxing in that we didn't have a schedule, and we made our own plan each day.



Tidbit of the day:

Nigella has a new TV show! I will be DVRing every episode. She's my favorite.



Neglected Blog!

Wow, has it been a while!

I shouldn't be updating the blog because I need to be working on a community description for my grant, but here I am! It's been so long since I updated the blog that I forgot I changed the layout. A month and a week.

Let's see. I've been working at my new job for about 2 and a half months now, and it's going well. I really like my coworkers, and there's a nice sense of fulfillment to go along with it. Michael is still liking his job, so we're good on that front.
I started training for a 5k in November, and it's going okay. It would be going better if I were working harder towards being faster, but I'm just trying to stay around or below 40 minutes total. I've never run a 5k before, or run ever, so this is a big deal. I'm hoping I won't make a fool of myself when it comes time to actually run it.
Michael and I are also going on our trip to San Francisco in less than two weeks. It's his 25th birthday trip, and we're going to see Jamie as well. For those of you that don't remember, she moved back to SF in April. We're planning on visiting many of the neighborhoods, Napa, Sonoma, Yountville, Ad Hoc, Muir Woods, and Mill Valley. It will be a fun-filled vacation!

Other than that, life has been pretty good! I can hear the ducks on the pond outside my window happily quacking, likely due to the crisp weather we've been having. It almost makes me forget the sweltering heat we had this time last month.