Halloween Hangover

I love all Holidays and I am a little sad to see Halloween come and gone. This year was fun filled with trips to pumpkin patches, mulled wine, carving, pumpkin flavored treats, many Halloween movies and of course costumes!

Hocus Pocus is a classic and I can watch it every year and not grow tired of it!

Mulled wine! Delish …

Mario Kart with my team at work!

Meet Debbie, Eliza and Darwin from the Wild Thornberrys! 

Spooky Decor!

A Week in Photos

Lucky for me Firebrand bakery is right next to my office. I am OBSESSED. It is so delicious.

This was a ginger cookie with REAL chunks of ginger! I also purchased a golden raisin and fennel baguette which we paired with Pumpkin goat cheese… and let me tell you it was a real dream.img_0814

Dinner party thrown by my amazingly talented friend. The cheese board started it all!

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Finally tried Brown Sugar Kitchen last weekend. Everyone that worked there was super friendly but I have to say that I wasn’t overly impressed with the food! Maybe it was too hyped up – I still think you should try it, but have realistic expectations.

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Went to a Pumpkin Patch, it is definitely easier to get Pumpkins at the grocery store but much more fun to go to the patch!

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I have been working out at my company’s baby gym and loving it. It is nice not fighting for equipment!

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Loved this Stone Collab.  It is from last year…so if you haven’t tried it yet I highly reccomend you do! img_0867

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.

Indian Summer : Six Pack

With the temperatures here in California hotter than hot we are experiencing a full blown Indian Summer!

Because of this I figured there is still time to list out my favorite summer 6 pack. 

Hopefully this weekend you can get out for an adventure and finish it with a cold brew.

Without further ado here is my Indian Summer Six Pack.

These beers are light and refreshing.  Enough to satisfy you but not so heavy that you can’t enjoy it when the temps are 90+.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-1-55-48-pmAnchor Brewing Company’s Mango Wheat has a distinct mango flavor thats natural and subtle. I easily put away five of these since it is such an easy drinking beer and at 4.5% you won’t be worse for the wear.

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21st Amendment Brewery | Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer has been a favorite of mine for many years. I have taken this beer on many floating and camping trips. I particularly enjoy it with a little slice of watermelon. It is a 4.9% beer so you can drink a few and it won’t take you out.

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Something you won’t be able to pick up at home but worth a trip to Eastern Washington to drink up is the Colchuck Raspberry Wheat from Icicle Brewing Company. This raspberry wheat beer is a welcome adventure for your tastebuds to explore. Fruity but not fake or over the top, it is truly a unique delight.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-1-57-53-pmCali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale from Mother Earth Brewery is best enjoyed on Nitro but a bottle or can will do for summer adventures. I had this beer a few years ago and then didn’t see it for awhile and now you can get it everywhere. I do highly reccomend going to Mother Earth Brewery in Vista, Ca… well worth the trip out there. The smell of this beer is all vanilla but for me the taste is not too sweet. I think they have done a good job of the just right balance between bitter and sweet.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-2-00-17-pmAnother one you will have to drive for! Milk & Honey from Standing Stone Brewery in Ashland, Oregon is a delight for the palate. The title explains it but this ale features lactose, milk sugar and honey malt. Beautiful amber pour and mildly sweet mouthful. Great for a hot night, maybe even a taco Tuesday!

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Last but certainly not least, is the heaviest beer in my Indian Summer six pack, at 8.2% is the Love Child No. 7 from Boulevard Brewery. It isn’t the lightest beer but it has a delicious sour flavor that makes it ideal for warm summer nights. A great wild ale to sip slowly and really enjoy with friends.

I am excited for the cooler temperatures and all that the Fall brings but for now I will enjoy these warm days and nights and savor all my light summer beers!

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Let me know if you have any recommendations for me to add to my pack this weekend!

Links I Love

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

We went a little ham at the farmers market this weekend! That being said I have made a couple yummy recipes using asparagus. Have a craving for fries but want to be a little healthier, whip up these Asparagus Fries! Okay, so they aren’t really super fry like but I think you can use your imagination. Next, I made this delicious frittata with Asparagus, Kale and Peppers, 10/10 would make again.

There is an app for just about everything these days, but I recently heard about Truebill  which sounds like a dream come true for those of us who can be a little bit lazy checking every recurring charge. Haven’t tried it yet, because like I mentioned I am a bit laaazy but it sounds really awesome!

If you have read my blog for any length of time you have probably come to the realization that I enjoy beer, I would say its probably one of my favorite pastimes, reading about it, drinking it etc… so when a friend sent me this article last week with six reasons why you should date a guy who drinks beer I was laughing hysterically. Amen.

I went to Capitola last Fall and really loved it! This is a cute locals guide to the city. I hit a few things but missed some others, Oh well I guess I will have to go back!

 

 

 

Gettin’ Crafty…

Gettin’ craft with Embroidery. After work, where I am at a computer all day I enjoy a non-screen hobby. This fall I started playing around with Embroidery. Below are a couple of my first attempts. To get started I envisioned what colors and patterns I wanted to play with and then I would free hand imagery onto my fabric and work from there. I am excited to play around more with different shapes and detail. I enjoy this old timey hobby and because its so small it is an easy craft to travel with!IMG_4215IMG_4216IMG_4217IMG_4223IMG_4224IMG_4289IMG_4265IMG_4287IMG_4290IMG_4325IMG_4790IMG_4821IMG_4841IMG_4854

If you like Beer, look on.

Merry Early Christmas from Anchor Steam!!IMG_4239 A few weeks I go I was able to Steward a home brewing event at Anchor Steam. IMG_4240

Drink a steam with J.C.?! Could be Jesus Christ or me… IMG_4242 A room full of hops could there be anything more fragrant and delicious?!IMG_4248 IMG_4251 A beautiful fall afternoon in the East Bay.IMG_4271 I sometimes forget how amazing this city is. When I am lucky enough to be a passenger and not a driver I can take wonky pictures like this. That do little justice to the beautiful view, but make me happy and thankful all the same.IMG_4306 Went to a Girls Pint Out event at Harmonic in dogpatch/portola last week. They have done a really nice job with the beers they brew.  They were crafted beautifully with robust flavors that have led me to want to go back again and soon! We had a large group and they were so attentive. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Parking is easy, get a pizza near by and enjoy.IMG_4309 We were able to take a tour!IMG_4310 IMG_4311 IMG_4312Finally got to go to go to Mikkeller Bar. Their food and beers are on point. We had the kale salad and fries. A perfect balance of healthy and not so healthy.
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These photos make it look like I drink beer a lot… What can I say? It is true.

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

Links I Love: Friday, October 16

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

It is getting to be that time of year again. I want to try this hot cider recipe asap.

A fun interview with Colin Wright on how he travels the world and an article from his blog, Exile Lifestyle about Stuff.

I am not much of a beauty guru but if there is something that can make my morning routine easier I appreciate it! Currently loving dry shampoo and coconut oil. 

Great infographic on a backpackers needs!

I love Farnoosh and have talked about her podcast before. I love these financial tips she gives. Relevant and not the same old advice.

Hope these give you some food for thought this weekend!

East Coast Fall Delights

A night at the MFA in Boston. Probably the most amazing museum I have been to. They had one of my favorites Georgia O’Keefe in their contemporary wing.IMG_3880 IMG_3882 The Post 390 is delicious for dinner and drinks but be prepared to spend some cash money. IMG_3884 IMG_3887 For dessert we split the banana cream pie and this amazing popcorn waffle sundae that was out of this world. IMG_3889 IMG_3891 In the Spring/Summer months in Cambridge be sure to head to Formagios for an unforgettable BBQ. IMG_3893 IMG_3894 IMG_3895 IMG_3897 IMG_3898 IMG_3900 I ordered the Mac n’ Cheese and the Brisket! It was one of the best BBQs I have ever had and I can not wait to go back. IMG_3901 Following our BBQ, we drove out to Western Mass for some Fall fun and apple picking. IMG_3904 IMG_3906 IMG_3907 IMG_3908 IMG_3910 IMG_3913 IMG_3914 IMG_3915 IMG_3916 IMG_3921 IMG_3922 IMG_3923 IMG_3924 IMG_3925 Some of the most amazing apples I have ever had in my life.  There is nothing quite like biting into an apple you just picked! It was very satisfying. IMG_3926 IMG_3929 IMG_3931 IMG_3933 Last couple stops before heading to the airport included, Beacon Hill Monument and Mystic Brewing!IMG_3935 The 394 steps to the top of the monument are seriously no joke! My friends and I are all relatively active and we were sore for days. However, the views were worth the sore gams so don’t let the steps scare you. IMG_3938 IMG_3939 IMG_3941 IMG_3944 Mystic Brewery is a great spot. It is a place where you feel at home and seems like its the perfect tap room to go to on Fall / Winter days when its cold out. They have a few games to play or bring your own while you sip on their delicious brews. Note: They don’t serve food so you are welcome to bring in outside grub. IMG_3945 IMG_3948 IMG_3949

This post concludes my East Coast trip. I had an amazing time filled with friends, brews, views and lots of good food. I am hoping to head back in the Spring so please let me know of any great places I should try!