October happenings

Traveled to Portland, where Sean fell in love with the city as much as I did. And we ate our weight in donuts.

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Sean’s birthday- big 2-7 for my handsome husband!

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Girls trip to Philadelphia to visit my former roommate Emily who is in grad school there. #partylikeits1776

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Cooking class- all mushrooms. Yum.

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Made our own wine! And made an Animoto video highlighting it. Animoto is one of my clients, check it out.

Hosted a Halloween party and forgot to take pictures of people!

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Cut 10 inches off my hair!

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Attended the Oregon vs. Stanford game with my dad

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Wedding Recap: Getting Ready

I thought June 8 would never come! I was so excited and just ready for everything to get started. When I woke up (feeling refreshed – thanks, Unisom), Gwen was already at the house setting up for a bridal breakfast with my wedding party and the moms before the hair and makeup craziness began.

Gwen is one of my mom’s closest friends and is a party planner extraordinaire. She really is incredible – everything stuck with the green and black theme and was so cute, from the champagne to the generous gifts she gave to all of my bridesmaids. When Gwen asked me how I wanted the morning of my wedding to go, I said I wanted it to be really laid-back and relaxed since I knew the rest of the day would go by so fast. Gwen served my favorite breakfast sandwiches from Model Bakery – they were just what I needed! We had mimosas and just spent a couple of hours talking. It was the perfect way to start the day.

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After breakfast, the Makeup Dolls arrived to do our hair and makeup. Our photography contract didn’t start until after the hair/makeup, so these are just a few pics from my camera of us getting pretty.

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After hair and makeup were complete, it was time to head to Silverado and get into my dress in time for our first look. I got dressed and put on my shoes with some help from my mom and bridesmaids. Sean and I decided to exchange gifts right before our first look- he got me the most beautiful pave bracelet! So beautiful and it looked perfect with my dress and wedding band.

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Meanwhile…the guys were having a fun morning too! They had a bloody mary brunch and got straight razor shaves at a barber shop in downtown Napa before heading back to Silverado to get ready.

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October

Like everyone else, I love Fall and am so excited it’s October. Top things I’m looking forward to this month…

1) Portland trip: Sean and I are going to Portland for the weekend to eat, drink and sightsee. I fell in love with Portland in May when my dad and I went for a couple of days. It’s like a small, more affordable San Francisco with more rain. We are going to do a food truck bike tour on Saturday that stops at Voodoo doughnuts, can’t wait!

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2) Terranium Class: I’m taking a class with a friend to learn how to make terraniums! I’m not sure what to expect but it will be a good chance to get some green into our apartment. Workshop SF has some really cool DIY classes that aren’t too expensive for any locals.

3) Philadelphia trip: My friend Emily just started grad school in Philly so a bunch of us are going to visit her. It will be fun to have a little San Francisco friends reunion.

4) Book Club: In an attempt to read more, I am joining a book club! The first meeting we’re just getting together to drink wine and pick out the book. I already know I’m going to like it.

 

 

 

La Crosse Wedding

We went to La Crosse, Wisconsin, last weekend to celebrate Sean’s cousin Chance and Katie’s wedding. This was my first time in La Crosse and it was such a pretty town, right along the Mississippi River. It’s a college town with a fun downtown. Our hotel was right along the river overlooking downtown. 

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Living in California means that get-togethers with family are few and far-between. It was so much fun to spend time with my mother-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins, especially since it’s so rare that we’re all in the same place. They are partiers and we all had a great time on the dance floor! I feel so lucky to have married into a family that is so kind, laid-back and FUN.

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Congratulations, Chance and Katie! Thanks for making us a part of your wedding day.

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Life lately – Five on Friday

Here’s a little update on our life lately…

1. Last weekend we went to Sara and Nick’s wedding in Los Altos. The setting was absolutely gorgeous and Sara looked stunning. It was fun to be reunited with a couple of my old roommates (I met Sara when I moved to SF – Craigslist success story!) who have moved and celebrate together. Such a fun wedding, we danced the entire time!

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2. After a really fun wedding on Saturday night, we didn’t want to leave the couch on Sunday. Or weren’t able to…depends on your perspective. Regardless, we started watching Orange is the New Black and didn’t want to do anything else! It is that good. I won’t spoil it for people who haven’t seen it, but it’s about a yuppie who gets convicted for a crime she committed a really long time ago and has to go to jail. All I know is I wouldn’t survive prison!

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3. Earlier this week we tried out La Urbana, a new Mexican restaurant and mezcaleria in the Nopa neighborhood. I loved the ambiance and the drinks were spectacular. I had a drink with mezcal, raspberry, lime and cilantro. So refreshing. The food was good too. Not your typical chips and gauc, but upscale Mexican that was actually worth the prices, unlike most places that try to make Mexican food fancy.

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4. A friend of mine recommended Blue Apron to us when it launched in SF so we decided to give it a try this week. It’s a cooking delivery service that provides you with ingredients and recipes for various meals. It is $10/per person per meal, which is definitely cheaper than going to Whole Foods (I never leave without dropping at least $50) or going out to dinner, so I was curious to try it.

This week we had a salmon with quinoa (pictured) and a pork larb, which was my favorite. We also have a chicken and potato salad left to make, but that’s going to have to wait until Sunday. It is so weird how they package everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, up – from a tablespoon or sugar to an onion, they assume that you have nothing in your kitchen but olive oil, salt and pepper.

It was nice to come home and just follow directions and have a nice dinner. Sean and I both love to cook, but a lot of times after a 10-12 hour workday, the last thing I want to do is go to the grocery store, let alone pick out a recipe. It takes the decision-making out of the equation, which is nice. The food was good too, and healthy! I think we’ll do it about once a month or so when we know we’re really busy on weekends and won’t have time to stock up ourselves.

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5. We are leaving today for La Crosse, Wisconsin, or La-X as the locals say, to go to another wedding! Sean’s cousin Chance and Katie are getting married this weekend. Looking forward to some family time and fall in the Midwest!

Weekend Report

We had a really busy (and fun) weekend, which seems to be the trend for the rest of September. We are going to weddings the next two weekends, can’t wait! It will be the first weddings we’re attending since our own, so I’m looking forward to sitting back, relaxing, eating, drinking and celebrating our friends and family.

But back to the weekend. On Friday night we went to Cobb’s Comedy Club to see David Spade. Aka Joe Dirt and Richard from Tommy Boy. He was funny enough, but my favorite was the opener, Kevin Farley. I mean, he’s Chris Farley’s brother – comedy is in his genes!

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On Saturday we took a trip across the new Bay Bridge to St. George’s Spirits in Alameda for a tour/tasting at the distillery. I’ve been to plenty of wine tastings, but a straight-up liquor tasting is not really my style. I kept waiting for them to make cocktails for me, but didn’t happen. Instead, I gave all my tastes to Sean and Wes! You’re welcome, boys.

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We tried all of the spirits listed – the absinthe was actually my favorite! The kaffir lime vodka was great too and we picked up a bottle and a few types of gin (St. George’s specialty). I see Moscow Mules in my future. The tour was interesting and despite not being able to handle straight booze, I’m glad we went.

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From there we went to a friend’s apartment to cheer on Michigan. They played Notre Dame in a night game – which on the west coast starts at 5pm. Perfect for cocktail hour! Such a great game, it was close and exciting and Michigan won, yay!

Sunday was low-key, we cleaned up our apartment a little and finally unpacked from our Michigan trip. Then we got down to business: sandwiches, cocktails and the 49ers game.

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I’ve been seeing a weird variation on a BLT floating around Pinterest – a BLT with peanut butter. It was SO SO GOOD! Sounds bizarre, but the key is the assembly. You put peanut butter on one slice of bread (I used brioche) and then top it with bacon, then put mayo on the other slice with mayo, lettuce and tomato. Cut crosswise is best.  The salty, sweet and crunchy combo was amazing. I think I said “omg this is soooooooo good” between every bite.

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Wedding Wednesday: Our video

I am going to be “that girl” for a little bit, please forgive me. Or don’t… but I am in love with our wedding video. I love the photos too, and I’ll share them soon, but video brings the day to life more than pictures ever could. When I watch it, all the emotions come rushing back. It was SO MUCH FUN! Hard to believe it was already almost three months ago – good thing I have plenty of photos (1000+ which is way too many, even for me – which is why I’m slow to post recaps!) and this video to remember everything!

Labor Day Weekend

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What a weekend! It was so great to be back in Ann Arbor and celebrate the start of football season (in a SUITE! Never going back to the student section…) We went with our friends Kristen and (Boy) Jordan, who we actually became friends with in SF, but they are both Michigan grads and grew up in the Mitten too. Kristen and I first met when we took a class together at Michigan our senior year, but we didn’t all become friends until we moved to SF a year later. We knew our enginerd bfs/now husbands would hit it off and they did!

Sean and I took a red eye Friday night (new job, need to save up my vacay days!) and arrived bright and early Saturday morning. After a power nap and a shower we felt refreshed enough to meet Kristen’s family for brunch at Cafe Zola.

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Kristen and her adorable nephew Cole, all decked out in Maize and Blue!

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From there we started the tailgate action. We forgot a few key ingredients like chairs to sit on (tailgating is tough when you’re flying in from across the country), but we had enough food and booze to keep us occupied until kickoff!

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The game was incredible. Kristen’s boss generously gave her 4 tickets for his suite, and we will be forever in her debt for inviting us. It was SO over the top in the best way possible. We didn’t eat too much during the tailgate (drinks are another story – the only flaw with the suite was no booze allowed!) because we knew there would be quite the spread waiting for us. I didn’t want to take too many pictures of it for fear of looking too out of place, but it was amazing. Kristen and Jordan had field access (I know, can I have her boss?) so we mingled with her boss, his wife and some of their friends for awhile before the game started. By mingled I mean we tried to get them to adopt us… Sorry mom and dad, I love you and all, but season tickets to a suite in the Big House?!?!

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The view…I could get used to this! The game was great, we kicked some CMU ass and I didn’t fall asleep (red eye plus 3:30pm kickoff, it was touch and go at times). All in all, a great day in the Big House.

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On Sunday we had one destination: Zingerman’s. This place isn’t just a deli, it is a food mecca. I dream about this sandwich, people. It’s serious. My friend Molly was back visiting her parents for the weekend so she drove in to meet us for lunch. It was so great to see her! The last time I saw her was our wedding, which now feels like forever ago (tear).

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The menu. Good thing I always get the same thing so I don’t have to stress. That would be serious anxiety right there.

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#73: Tarb’s Tenacious Tenure, in all its glory. What is it, you ask?

“All-natural turkey breast, fresh avocado spread, Wisconsin muenster cheese, tomato & plenty of Zingerman’s Russian dressing on grilled farm bread.”

I’m seriously drooling again looking at this picture. So worth the $13.99 price tag.

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The rest of the day was spent in a severe food coma. We got drinks at a cafe on Main Street and people-watched. Well, band-watched since there was a strange drum and fife band parade going on? Never know what you’re going to see in Ann Arbor! We had a great time relaxing and waiting until we could eat again, pretty standard with this crowd ;)

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Time to eat again! Well, for the guys since I refuse to eat buffalo wings. This is love right here – Sean was in hog heaven with his mango habenero wings.

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We ended up stopping one more place for drinks and apps and then crashed back at our hotel. Such a great weekend with wonderful friends.  I miss Ann Arbor already. Cheers to a short work week!

Friday’s Five

Happy Friday! It’s been a hectic week, but it went by at warp speed. Here are five things on my mind today…

1. Blogging

I’m new to blogging but so far, I’m loving it! I love reading comments and discovering new-to-me blogs. I really want to keep up with it and get in a regular blogging routine. Thank you for reading!

2. Summer

Everyone keeps talking about how sad they are that summer is coming to a close, but luckily here in San Francisco the nice weather is just beginning! From May to August it’s pretty foggy and can be depressing not seeing the sun. September and October are usually gorgeous and I plan to take full advantage of the weather with picnics in the park, rooftop patios and trips to Napa. I can’t wait for more sunshine and fewer visits from Karl the Fog!

3. This article about annoying out-of-office email responders. Tis the season! This one made me laugh:

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“On a similar note, please do not conclude your away message by reminding others of the power you wield at work. (“If you need immediate assistance, please contact my executive assistant at kathleen@megacompany.com, or my associate executive assistant at tabitha@megacompany.com, or my executive assistant’s executive assistant at meredith@megacompany.com.”) We get it — you’re rich.”

4. Food trucks

On Monday I had lunch at the food trucks near my office. I would eat there every day if I calories and money were not a concern. The duck confit spring rolls from Little Green Cyclo are my favorite.

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5. College football

I’m going to the Big House! Michigan football is back and (hopefully) will be better than ever. I’m excited for a fun weekend trip with friends, eating at all my favorite Ann Arbor restaurants and singing the fight song nonstop. GO BLUE!

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Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Tomato pop up dinner

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Ignore my chipped nail polish! This has been one of those weeks where I’ve left my house before 8am and haven’t gotten home before 10pm every night. The good thing is that the week has gone by on warp speed, so the weekend is soon (ANN ARBOR HERE I COME!!!!)

I’ve been busy with work events (don’t feel too bad for it, one night was a client’s party with my favorite 80s cover band and last night we went out with another client to a fancy dinner), but on Tuesday night I went to a pop up dinner with my friend Kaitlyn that featured tomatoes in every dish. It was held at Naked Kitchen, an event space in a big purple Victorian house in the Mission.

The crowd was interesting – we were the youngest people there by far! I’ve only been to one other pop up event, a brunch, so I didn’t really know what to expect. We sat at communal tables and made friends with the other guests – everyone was really interesting and as to be expected, everyone loved talking about food and restaurants :)

Beautiful place settings and tomato decor.

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The menu…my phone died right as dinner started so I don’t have any pictures, but my favorites were the heirloom tomato terrine, the tomato jam and the strawberry-tomato crumble. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the dessert but it blew my mind. SO freaking good. Apparently the chef has a cookbook, I need to look into it so I can attempt to recreate it. It was BYOB, so we split a bottle of cab and left really happy and really full :)

 

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