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 Spooky Stroll in Salem

It isn’t actually too spooky… but we did encounter some awesome decorations and a halloween parade so it fits!

Many flock to Salem around Halloween as it is not only the home of the Salem Witch Trails from the 1600’s but also where the movie Hocus Pocus was filmed.

Two of my best friends just bought a house in Salem, so we went to hang out from the evening and just happened to witness a cute hometown Halloween parade.img_0261img_0262img_0264

What outing would be complete without a little beer tasting! Notch Taproom and Brewery is conveniently located with an amazing outdoor patio that allows you to sit riverside. img_0269img_0270img_0272img_0274

The beer is great and the pretzels aren’t bad either.img_0276img_0280

People lined up for the parade!img_0282img_0283

The cemetery in town. Spooky.img_0289img_0292

We hit Opus for dinner. The menu here has everything a diverse party could want. Sushi, burgers and fries…oh my!img_0294

These fries were delish.img_0297

The sushi was great too!img_0298img_0300

Can’t wait to visit my friends in Salem again and experience more what this cute, historical town has to offer.

Weekly Favs

Near my office in Oakland is a fun little spot called MUA.  We had mussels and fries which I was a bit scared to try as I had never had them before but I was pleasantly surprised it was really good. In addition to the mussels and fries we had a green bean sandwich .. sounds strange but it was delectable. Their beer selection on tap was soso but I was pleasantly surprised with their bottled beer selection. The cream stout I had was delicious and maybe a tad too much for a lunchtime drink ;).IMG_4049 IMG_4050 IMG_4052 IMG_4054While waiting at Plow we walked around for some exercise and look at this cute bench we found halfway up the hill. I imagine it comes in handy when walking up the hill with groceries in hand.
IMG_4060 Do I have too many favorite places… probably. Plow is famed for being one of the best brunches in the city and I have to agree. The ‘Plow’ breakfast is to die for. If only I could eat this everyday. Actually scratch that.. it would be problematic. IMG_4063 IMG_4064 IMG_4065 Pumpkin Carving. YAY. I love Mickey sitting in the window.IMG_4069 IMG_4070 IMG_4079 IMG_4077 Had a chance to go to Hollow over the weekend when I was out with Mickey on a walk and it was so delicious. I can’t wait to go back.IMG_4080 IMG_4081 IMG_4082 A batch of Pumpkin Brownies to take the sting out of Monday.
IMG_4089 Starting on my Halloween Costume. I love this time of year.IMG_4090

Fondue-Ween

This past Friday, the 25th of October, my roomie J and I threw a spooktacular party – including a cardboard spider, fondue, 2 birthdays and witches.

A lot and I mean a lot of preparation went into this party! We’ve been planning since August – all the prep was worth it and I think that overwhelmingly our party was a success!

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A couple of photos of our house before the guests arrived!

 

 

Frightfully Fangtastic Friday

“When witches go riding, and black cats are see, the moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near halloween.”

I don’t know where this quote is from, my cousin Barb sent it to me in an email yesterday but I loved it immediately. 

I love and I mean LOVE all holidays, but nothing brings more cheer than halloween.  My train of thought is that once it starts getting cooler its sad… summer is no longer around and thats hard to be happy about – but then ole Hallows eve comes in and brings joy where depression was starting to set in!

This weekend we are celebrating our friends birthday with a fondue-ween party! What could be better than halloween cheer and fondue?!

This little Baby Pumpkin on my desk at work brings a smile to my face everyday!

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