New York New York : Part 2

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Another Beautiful Day in NYC
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Brunch of Lox and Bagels
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Tulips are blooming all over the city.
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Central Park lovin’

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Banana Pudding at Magnolia Bakery is a must eat. They have a location a few blocks from the park, grab a little treat and enjoy it outside.IMG_6610

The Roof  is a great little bar with an incredible view. Yes the drinks are more expensive than you might pay elsewhere but the view is amazing!IMG_6612IMG_6617

For dinner, we went to Boqueria in SoHo after the restaurant we wanted to go to had a three hour wait.  It was a great choice. Delicious food and friendly staff. When I am back I would try this for Brunch it looks delicious.IMG_6620IMG_6622

Next, we headed to Washington Square Park. At night, the park was filled with musicians and performers.  IMG_6626IMG_6632

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Off to the most touristy spot ever – Time Square.IMG_6644IMG_6645IMG_6647IMG_6649IMG_6658

Get a great view of the Empire State Building from the Rooftop Bar at the Marriott Vacation Club. IMG_6706Then to get a great view of the city head up the Empire State Building. Open until 2 am so plenty of time to get that night scape view. It is truly breathtaking. What a view!IMG_6670IMG_6673IMG_6697

Ended the night in the most New York way possible, a NY Slice from NY Pizza Suprema.IMG_6775

Weekly Delights in the Bay!

I was all over the bay this last weekend, between SF, Oakland and North Bay I wanted to share a few of my haunts and jaunts with y’all.
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New coffee shop near work, Modern Coffee. The internet is amazing and there are soft jams playing in the background which lend to a productive mood. IMG_3235

One of my fav haunts in Cole Valley – where you never have to wait in line.  Reverie Cafe  is a sweet little spot that I like to think of as a hidden gem.  Isn’t their patio dreamy?

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If you are ever in Santa Rosa head to Spring Lake. Bring your floaties, your dogs, your lunch and beers – once you are here you won’t want to leave. Peaceful, relaxing and refreshing. I can’t wait to go back again. I love to get a sandwich from Perry’s in Novato to munch on when I am adventuring in North Bay. Disclaimer: I have only ever been to the Novato location which I love.
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This cute little fluff gets me every time.

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Whenever I go to the sunset in San Francisco you best believe I will be getting some Tea Way – one of the only places I like to get Boba.

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Philz in Sausalito is a bit hidden but so worth it, duh. If you are lucky you might even catch the fire men washing their rig like we did!

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In love with Terrapin Crossroads! We came here for my friends birthday for drinks and apps and I can not wait to go back. Live music, amazing patio, fresh local grub and beer, could I ask for anything more? I think not. Check it out if you haven’t – you won’t be disappointed.

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Feelin’ lucky because Drake’s Dealership just opened up a few blocks from my office. Went there for a week time lunch and while it went a little long.. it also left me feeling refreshed. They have an amazing outdoor patio and I can’t wait to go back on a weekend with dog friends. IMG_3271Great beer selection here, are you surprised?!IMG_3272

Give me pizza.. with Figs and Prosciutto. Yum!IMG_3274

Enjoying the last shreds of summer hiking in Tilden Park after work. Beautiful!

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On to the next adventure! Let me know if you think I should try a place you love – trying to make the most out of my time in the Bay!

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust

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Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust

Ingredients:
1 medium/large spaghetti squash
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg, lightly beaten ( I used flax seed meal)
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Process:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Carefully cut your spaghetti squash in half with a large, sharp knife. Remove seeds and stringy guts, and brush the cut sides of the squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place spaghetti squash, cut side down, on an aluminum-lined baking sheet and roast until tender, about 45 minutes.

Carefully, take the cooked squash out of the over. Test to see if the squash is done by scraping the flesh with a fork. If the strands come off easily then they are done! Let the cooked spaghetti squash cool for a few minutes, then scrape all the flesh into a pile of spaghetti strands.

Then use several layers of paper towel to squeeze out as much moisture as you can from the spaghetti squash. This took me a few times through. The drier the squash gets the crispier your crust will be!

In a mixing bowl, combine the squash, egg (or flax seed replacement), mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Press squash in a thin, even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and form into an approximate 10-inch circle.

Bake at 400°F for approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven, carefully flip the crust. This can easily be done by placing a sheet of tin foil on the up facing side and flip over, then cook for another 10 minutes.

Add sauce and toppings and bake for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

Cauliflower Crust P-I-Z-Z-A!!!

Give me pizza! On any given day I want pizza, or Mexican food, but today was pizza!

So, in order to attempt a healthier pizza and use the head of cauliflower in my fridge I thought I would finally try a cauliflower pizza crust.

A lot of the recipes were also vegan, they used flax seed and almond flour. However, a lot of the reviews said they were crumbly or didn’t set up properly so I thought I would save that culinary adventure for another day!

The recipe I ended up using was from good ole Paula Deen!

I followed her crust recipe. My roommate made an amazing sauce and sauteed Brussels and zucchini. We then placed kale, tomato, basil and bell pepper on top with a quarter of the pizza with cheese on top.

It was goood! Don’t get me wrong, I will still enjoy ‘normal’ pizza but this is truly a great alternative! Enjoy!

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Lazy Dazy on Sundayz

After our party on Friday and a friend from out of town visiting Saturday I was ready for some bum-ness on Sunday.

The day started with a cup of Jo and curling up on the couch watching Friday Night Lights ( total obsession ). I just started watching a couple weeks ago!

Then it wasn’t until about 3 pm that my roommates J – K and I ventured out of the house.  We bundled and I mean seriously bundled up to take a bike ride down to the beach and get some fresh air and a brewsky at Park Chalet.

We sat outside on the patio – even though it was chilly – shared a pizza called FUNGHI and a pitcher of beer.

They don’t have the beer name on their current menu but it had notes of pecan and maple syrup and was AMAZE!

The pizza was so scrumptious! It had roasted mushrooms, rapini, smoked mozzarella, garlic and evoo.

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Most of all.. it was great to spend time with my roommates – which we don’t do enough even though we live together!! That we had an amazing pizza and beer made it so much better!

After realizing that they have a taco tuesday menu – you betta believe I will be frequenting this establishment a little more often.