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!

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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Lovely Weekend

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This was one of the first weekends that one or both of us weren’t traveling, so it was nice to lay low and spend time together. On Friday we had dinner at a new restaurant, The Cavalier, which is run by the same people as Park Tavern (one of my all-time faves).

I didn’t take any pictures unfortunately but I love the ambiance – it’s decorated like a British hunting lodge, think lots of animal heads and leather. We had a round of cocktails and split oysters and their famous Scotch egg. So delicious! For my entree, I had the wild mushroom pie which was outstanding. Sean had the burger with beef dripping fries – YUM.

We opted to drink our dessert – a glass of Mirabelle brut rose for me and a beer for Sean. Afterwards we met up with friends at a bar in Nopa and continued the fun.

Saturday was relaxing – we caught up with stuff around the house, did laundry, etc. and then I met up with my friend Kaitlyn to enjoy the sunny weather and have a glass of wine outside.

Then we cooked a feast! Sean was in charge of making braised short ribs with figs in the crock pot and I made a salad with grilled peaches, plums and this amazing honey-goat cheese dressing from Skinny Taste. Love her recipes. I also grilled brussel sprouts on our grill pan – pretty good for an indoor grilling experience! Also Sean is quite the bartender. I am lucky to live with a fully-stocked bar cart and a husband who can make my favorite cocktails. Sidecars, cucumber gimlets, mezcal margaritas….all of the above!


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The whole meal was excellent and so decadent – figs + short ribs are so rich! Luckily we have tons of leftovers. I’m thinking short rib sandwiches are in our future.

On Sunday we went on a long walk to take advantage of the sunny weather. We wandered all the way over to the Inner Richmond almost to Golden Gate Park and then turned around and Uber-ed back ;) Looking forward to a busy week (VMworld = yikes) and then Ann Arbor this weekend – can’t wait!