Favs on Friday : Food and Drinks

My fav mocha…. and I am not even a mocha person, but the mocha at Blue Bottle is made with tcho and is ohhh so good. Pair it with a waffle and you have a decadently sweet breakfast.bluebottle

My love affair with Firebrand continues. Not just a bakery – they serve up amazing breakfast and lunch fare… They also recently started serving beer and wine in the evenings. Need to check it out soon. firebrand

Another place I love every time I go but I just don’t go enough is Drake’s Dealership.  Went here for lunch and may have had a little too much to drink, but the beers were SO good. drakes

If you love German food head to Gaumenkitzel in Berkeley. This is my second time there and I LOVED it both times. Great for vegetarians and meat lovers alike with an extensive beer and wine menu. germanfood

Branching out from the East Bay for this last one! The Jug Shop on Polk in the City has an AMAZING selection of beer, liquor, and wine. They also put on wonderful tastings. My friend and I went there for a sour tasting and we were blown away by how extensive and delicious it was. As you can see I went home with quite a bit!! jugshopsourbeer

Enjoy!

My top favs in Indonesia

I am finally getting ready to share my Indonesia and Malaysia trip here and going through the photos and my journal from the trip are really stoking my need for adventure and travel.

Here are a few top memories from the trip…

All packed up and ready to go! One carry on for three weeks. The truth of the matter is I probably had too much.indoorbust-3weeksina-carryon

Our first meal in Indonesia, and quite possibly the best meal of the entire trip. This simple and cheap meal still lingers in my dreams.

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The most amazing iced coffee from Crate Cafe in Canggu.cratecafecanggu

When GoogleMaps takes you to a remote village and an Indonesia man takes you into the rice fields…ricefieldsindo

A cool, not so secret waterfall, Tegenungan Waterfall in Ubud.

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Dicing and Slicing our way to Balinese Cuisine Cooking Professionals!

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We drove all night to see this crater at Sunrise.kawahijenjavaindo

Just a casual gecko joining us for lunch.madenewfriendsongili

Lowest of low tides on Gili Air.lowtideislandlife

Beach art on Gili Air – coral and Bintang bottles.giliairartbintang

You don’t see a goat… or any animal on the back of a motorbike often.justgoatforit

My Birthday! Which included a street side serenade – magical!kutabeachbirthday

A little oasis on the side of the road. kutabeachlombok

A few friends at the beach in Kuta Lombokbisononthebeachlombok

Sometimes the best views take a few (hundred) wrong turns. Getting to Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall was an adventure.

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Drop Inn Cafe … when you are done dropping in on waves you can drop in for a sweet treat. dropinncafelombok

Ratu Boko Temple in Yogya. It was an adventure getting there… but Sunset did not disappoint.yogyakartaindo

At 1/15 coffee I tried an interesting combo of espresso, lime and sparkly water coffewithseltzerandlime-indo

A flip flop hike to watch the sun go down.sflipfliphikelombokindo

A few of my fav moments … get ready for the breakdown in the next couple weeks.

Favorite Things this week

Here are a few of my favorite things from this past week! oakviewfromoffice

SO lucky that I get to view this every day as I workout! Wake up an hour early to live an hour more!

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What is better on a Monday night than copious amounts of Gin…?! LOL

With a friend visiting from out of town you tend to get out a little more and this is how I found myself enjoying Gin cocktails this past Monday at Whitechapel on Polk in SF. I am through and through a beer girl but I happened to pick two cocktails that were surprisingly great!

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Lunch at Firebrand… SO GOOD. I want to live in this Bakery, so delectable. lunchatfirebrand

Planning a SLO trip with my bestie! Filled with the very best things… blading, hikes, camping, breweries! YAY

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Forbidden Island Tiki Bar in Alameda is always a fun spot! All about that Monkey Pod drink.forbiddenisland

One of the most amazing Mochas in all the land… at Blue Bottle Cafe. Go and enjoy!bluebottle

My all time fav backyard hike… not literally backyard but 10 minutes from my house. It is an amazing challenge with bay views and it never gets old to me! claremonttrailberkeley

Always trying to have no/less screen time once I get home from work… tried my hand at some watercolor painting and had a blast! I won’t be quitting my day job any time soon but its fun to try my hand at different hobbies!watercolorpencilfun

Little Fall Delights

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Trying all the pumpkin beers this year and I don’t feel bad about it. This is a great one. Very subtle. img_0647

Leaves are changing in upstate New York. So obsessed with Fall in New England.img_0304

Cold Brew after a baby run…might have added a little half and half and simple syrup. Yum!img_0309img_0312

Fun rainbow stairs at Tufts campus. Such a beautiful Fall day.

I want coffee

Not just any coffee – but Beer Coffee.

This isn’t actually alcoholic but rather infuses hops, malt and barley to remind you of your favorite beers.

Hopped up Coffee or Beerspresso look like awesome options!

IMG_5686 While we are at it, lets brew this coffee in something beautiful.

I have my eye on this copper french press but then recently found this amazing copper pour over, I happen to think that coffee probably tastes better when brewed in something beautiful.

Let me know if you have tried this coffee or can suggest any company!

Current Food Lovin’

Do something today that your future self will thank you for. (2)

I always have a craving for something sweet after a meal. Lately, since I am trying to be healthy I will attempt to have tea but if that won’t do it here is a fun little one cup cookies recipe.

Do you take a lunch to work or make one at home? I love this little video of weekday lunch ideas.

Popcorn and chocolate give me energy?! Sign me up. Great list of high energy snacks!

Artichokes and I go way back, I have loved them for a long time. This crispy roasted artichoke recipe brings new life to an old favorite.

I could have hummus everyday and its Mother approved because its so dang good for you. These hummus recipes are steadily going to make it into my Summer rotation.

 

 

Fall Back

I tend to be more of a spring forward gal myself but I am trying to get more on board with wearing flannel and curling up at home with a good book reality show.  I do not love that it gets dark now at 5:30pm but I am trying to adjust.  Here is what I have been doing!

I try not to get all pumpkin crazy, but Rouge’s Pumpkin Patch Ale is in a class all its own. If you see the bright orange bottle I suggest you pick it up.

IMG_4109 More pumpkin carving. I am not quite sure what this is or was supposed to be… looks like goblin babies inside of a skull.IMG_4111 Have you heard of the Hotel Majestic in San Francisco? I am going to go out on a limb and say that you probably haven’t in which case I am going to give you a real good tip.  This place should become the place you take any out of towner to or maybe a friends outing or date date. Whatever the case may be, Mike the bartender will show you a spectacular show and provide you with fantastic cocktails. IMG_4115 Want a spicy cocktail…? He can do that!IMG_4117 Want something sweet and sparking, he can make that too!IMG_4119 One of my favorite breweries in the city is Magnolia and a few saturdays back I was able to steward a home brewing competition.  Stewarding is a fun way to get to know more about home brewing, connect with local home breweries in your area and in this specific case have some amazing Magnolia Brews and BBQ.IMG_4122 IMG_4123 IMG_4124 IMG_4126 The Los Gatos Creek Trail  is a great place for walkers and joggers a like to get in some cardio.IMG_4127 IMG_4128 Followed by a Mocha with homemade whip cream of course! I like to live large at Great Bear Coffee.IMG_4129