18 Reasons Cooking Class

18 Reasons is a non-profit based in San Francisco that not only provides cooking classes to community members but also free cooking classes to low-income communities throughout the Bay Area. 18reasonsIMG_470418reasonsIMG_470618reasonsIMG_4705

The night my friends and I went was ‘Spring Soups’!

We made crispy salmon, warm potato salad with a watercress sauce/soup. A build your own tortilla soup bar and for dessert a strawberry champagne soup with vanilla ice cream, fried basil, and other accents.18reasonsIMG_4709

Making the crispy salmon was easy and delicious.18reasonsIMG_4710

Building the tortilla soup and adding the broth at the end allowed for a fun and different aromatic experience!18reasonsIMG_4713

Next the crispy salmon over the warm potato salad and watercress sauce was served! 18reasonsIMG_471818reasonsIMG_471718reasonsIMG_4719

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Everything we prepared was easy and delicious. This cooking class was a lot of fun and I love the mission behind 18 reasons. I highly recommend taking a class here! Enjoy!

Sketch in the Park at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Last Sunday, my friend and I woke up early and walked down to the Botanical Garden.  It was a rainy, overcast day but we found some clear spots to sit down and sketch for a while.

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Magnolias!

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We sat at this little bench and sketched for awhile. It started sprinkling on us but it was still all around magical.img_3290img_3292img_3293

Trying my hand at sketching! Not a professional but having a fun time.

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Really beautiful morning at the Botanical Gardens. Before 9 am you can get in for free. Once you are inside there is so much to see. The Magnolias this time of year are amazing and in the rain and fog the crowds are less but the flowers remain. Can’t wait to go back and improve my sketching!

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.

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!

A night in the Mission

Since we are coming up on the weekend now I thought I would give you some recommendations for great places to go in the Mission.

Crafty Fox on Mission Street in SF close to Zeitgeist is a great place to go for a plethora of different beers. We didn’t try any food hear but tried a delicious Almanac Sour and a Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout from Fieldwork in Berkeley.IMG_3238

We headed down the road to Picaro Tapas Restaurant in the mission and had mouthwateringly amazing Spanish food that made me miss Spain and fall in love with it all over again.
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Elixir is so I hear one of the oldest bars in the city. Lively crowd here on a Friday. IMG_3242 IMG_3243

Another place I will go back to is ABV. We didn’t order any food here although it sounded amazing but we did get cocktails that were outta this world good and thats coming from someone who doesn’t drink cocktails. They were so delicious.IMG_3249 IMG_3250
Last but certainly not least ( and no picture taken) is a great place to go at the end of your night when you need to eat one more thing, Panchitas. Delicious Papusas for around $2 a pop which will surely help you wake up feeling better in the morning.

There are a ton more places to hit up in the mission but these are some of my recent tries that I would recommend.

SF Beer Week 2015

All of us in the Bay Area are currently coming off of our Beer Week high.  I went out of town for the weekend ( I know my bad) so I missed quite a few events but the places I did get to check out were nothing short of amazing.

First stop, Pi Bar. Now, Pi Bar is a great place to go at any time for food, brews and friendly fast service. This particular night of Beer Week they were showcasing Russian River Brewery.

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I tried the Supplication Sour with Cherries, the Consecration Sour with Currants and the Erudition Saison.

All were amazing but the Saison was out of the world! Flavor, smell – just thinking about it makes me dreamy.
IMG_9819Next stop, Zeitgeist.  This is probably my favorite outdoor beer drinking spot in the city, has been since day one. They did not disappoint with their Beer Week showcase. They had over 15 beers from Almanac. I was able to try most of them since I went with a bunch of folks. If you have the chance to try Almanac – DO IT! They use locally sourced fruit and their (slogan?) is ‘Farm to Barrel’ LOVE it. Every beer I tried I enjoyed.

My favorites were the Bourbon Sour Porter, Sourdough Wild Ale and Dogpatch Strawberry. 
IMG_9827Next night, we went to Cellarmaker. They have an awesome tasting room.

I had the Red Wine Jezebel, Bourbon Barrel Vastness of Space and I see a DANKNESS.

All so beautifully good.
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For dinner, we had THE holy grail of dinners. You have to GO next year ( I will be) and dreaming about it every night until then.

The food was out of this world and the pairings were so on par that my friends and I couldn’t believe how wonderful the meal was.

Even though, you missed out on the pairing this year you should still go to MaMa Ji’s. I love this place.  
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I hope you enjoyed Beer Week and will try to check out some of these awesome places and brews.

Cheers.

My first (and last) FOOL Marathon!

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On Sunday, July 27, 2014 – yours truly completed her first and last Full Marathon!

In the title I affectionately call it my FOOL Marathon this is because to me it felt very foolish, to pay for this torture. I’m sorta kidding – sorta not kidding. This race was tough and very mental. I would say more mental than physical most of the time. This is just my opinion! I know many people who LOVE them and repeatedly race!

It was grueling, rewarding and I am not sure I understand why we do these types of things as humans…

Before the marathon I had never ran more than a half marathon (13.1 miles) but I had a friend who encouraged me to run – said I would do great. SO of course I signed up!

Leading up to the Full Marathon, a whopping 26.2 miles, I didn’t train at all. I was still exercising but doing more weight training then cardio. In addition to not training like I should have we also had to move the day before the race. Luckily I didn’t injure myself during the move and did not wake up sore the next day.

Morning of the race, I shimmied into my compression pants, laced up my sneakers, said a prayer and headed towards the bus to take MUNI to the start line!

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I met up with my friend (the one who convinced me to run) and one of her friends at the start line. We ran together until about mile 6/7. At this point I fell behind and ran alone or with new stranger/friends. Runners can be so friendly! I ditched my white sweatshirt at about mile 5 and then wished I still had it going over the bridge! Once the sun came out, maybe around 10/10:30 am I began to roast. Usually I LOVE the sun, but in this case I would have preferred the overcast, fogness that can be found in SF on most days! Towards the end I was running slower than I walk but could not seem to make my legs straighten to a walk, so I kept on with my ‘granny run’ as I affectionally call my SLOW walk/jog.

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Here are some AWESOME race shots that were captured by the profesh photogs.

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I have listed my race scores here because I am PROUD. I did way better than I thought I would or could.

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My post race meal at Super Duper. Mini Hamburger, French Fries, Homemade pickles, and a Fresh Strawberry shake! I couldn’t even finish it all!

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Recap: I have no desire to complete a marathon again. However, I can say that I am proud I did it and I will continue running for fun.