Read about this N. Oakland Brewery

I finally made it to Novel Brewing in North Oakland.  Really great beers … I was impressed!

I love all their decor and their cute book beer tasters.

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It is dog-friendly and a great neighborhood spot.

 

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!

Oakland is Juiced

Last week, when we had a few days of sun, my friend and I walked to Super Juiced for a late afternoon treat.

They are located in Old Oakland, in the back of a courtyard. They have homemade nut milks, acai bowls, smoothies, juices and other snacks.

and that decor… so cute!

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Looking forward to coming here a lot more this summer! Cheers. superjuiced

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

Snapshots this Week

Went to Mamacita’s Cafe in Uptown for the first time and can’t wait to go back! Delicious coffee and great mission!IMG_7129

Driving from the bay to my parents house on the central coast makes for amazing views! Sometimes you have to pull over and snap it up. IMG_7149

I am going to guess that you haven’t been to Parkfield, Ca. They have a population of 18 and claim to be the earthquake capital of the world… if that isn’t enough to get you to head over the cafe has in the top two best burger I have ever had… The first being from The Hitching Post in Buellton. IMG_7151

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The reason for heading to Parkfield last weekend was their Annual Bluegrass Festival. It was the best festival experience I have ever had and I hope we make it a yearly tradition.IMG_7167IMG_7161IMG_7166

Weekday lunch with my Dad and I am oh so thankful for moments like this together.IMG_7180

Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairing

It is Girl Scout Cookie season and what is a better way to enjoy them then with BEER!

I am not the first person to think of doing this, in fact the first place I heard about this fun idea was Woods Brewing located in San Francisco/Oakland. They brew cookie beers and pair them with their corresponding girl scout cookie. I went last year and LOVED it! As a past Girl Scout it was really fun to obtain a patch and bridge the gap between childhood pastimes and adult hobbies.

In that same spirit, a few friends and I decided to host our own Girl Scout Cookie Beer pairing this year.

We used this article from Beer and Brewing as a template for our own pairing, but used beers we could readily find locally and at Whole Foods/BevMo.

This will definelty become a yearly tradition for me.

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I hope this post inspired you to try your hand at a pairing of your own!

If you are more of a Whiskey fan check out this pairing!

OR if Wine is what you like to fill your glass with check out this pairing!

Enjoy.

Bay Area Delights

Here are a few of my favorite bites and brews in the Bay Area.

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Local Brewing Co. in SOMA is a great place to taste brews, so many good ones! They also have some snacks to try if you get hungry.

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Brunch at Foreign Cinema, finally. Among us we shared a cinnamon roll and two pop tarts – AHMAZING. Then all to myself I had this massive burger. It was good but up to the hype? Not sure it was that good.
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Got to try 21 Amendment’s Ramses, which won Gold at the Great American Beer Festival under the Indigenous Beer Category.  Emmer wheat, honey and dates share the sugar load with malted barley, and herbs are used in lieu of hops. I enjoyed this beer and would like to try more beers like this.
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Matzo Ball Soup and Latkes OH MY! I love Wise Sons Jewish Deli.  Everything I have tried here I have thoroughly enjoyed.
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Cellarmaker is one of my favorite brewery’s in the city. I highly recommend coming in for some great beers. 

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Zazie’s is a great brunch spot in Cole Valley. Better get there early or you will be waiting in line most of your morning.
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My favorite go to fat kid lunch, I B’s Hoagies in Uptown. Just looking at this photo makes my mouth water.  If you find yourself outside I B’s step inside you won’t regret it.
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You know you have good co-workers when they bring back beer from vacation and share it with you. Can’t wait till I have a chance to go to Portland!