Trip to the Shore

Brent surprised me with a Sunday outing to the beautiful coastal town of Pt. Reyes. There is nothing a little drive out of town to the shore with some sun fog won’t do to clear your head.

Although it was extremely foggy, it was a truly gorgeous site. There are rolling hills covered in grazing dairy cows, creeks leading the path to the Pacific and jagged cliffs lining the shore as far as your eyes can see.

IMG_3126IMG_3149Daisy had a little too much fun while out on the beach and when she sufficiently tired herself out, we headed over to downtown Pt. Reyes station.

IMG_3146IMG_3142My love of cheese is what first put Pt. Reyes on the map of places I must visit and when I realized Cow Girl Creamery was based there as well, there was no question as to where we’d be stopping.

IMG_3165IMG_3158IMG_3164 If you find Cow Girl Creamery fromage blanc or truffle tremor in the cheese aisle, stop whatever you’re doing it and buy now!

We ended our trip with dinner in Santa Rosa. We’ve always loved visiting breweries together and sharing a sampler; so we ended our anniversary weekend how we started out six years ago, over a brew.

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Hemingway and Weekend Plans

big_hemingwayOver the Christmas holidays, Brent and I took the opportunity to fly to Florida and see family before our move from LA to the Bay. We took a couple days for ourselves and stayed down in the Keys.   After spending the night in Islamorada, we took the drive to Key West where I got to hang out only 90 miles from the motherland!  And of course, we visited some six-toed cats at the Hemingway House.  Hopefully that fun fact will come in handy if you happen to be in the Keys this weekend for the Hemingway Days Festival!  Make sure you bring your marlin fishing gear and high tolerance for rum cocktails.

This weekend we don’t have too much going on other than taking, Foxy, aka Silver Fox, aka my VW Tiguan to get her 20k service.  Exciting isn’t it?

Maybe I’ll also try and get to a yoga class in, since there will probably be a lot of room as thousands will be heading up to Tahoe for Wanderlust.

Here are some fun things happening around the Bay who had something a little more interesting in mind:

21st Annual Catalan Festival sounds like it won’t only have amazing wine and views as it’s taking place on a gorgeous Sonoma Vineyard, but will also have tasty Spanish bites.

I’ve always been a sucker for music in the park.  Check out the SF Symphony Annual Free Concert in Dolores Park this Sunday.

If you’re further down on the Peninsula, be sure to check out the 27th Annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace Festival  in Menlo Park.

Summer equals many things, but it especially equals Rose, in a glass.  The Midsummer Rose Party on Treasure Island is going on Sunday.  Only $10.  Go!  Maybe I should take my own advice…

Whatever you do, have a fabulous weekend!

Summer Time!

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I don’t mind admitting that I have a mild case of self-diagnosed OCD.   What event planner doesn’t suffer triumph from this right?  I’m detail oriented, organized and can’t get through life without a checklist, usually color-coded.   So since it was officially the first day of summer last Friday, I thought it was only appropriate to compile a list of all of my summer “to-dos.”

  1. Go camping in the Redwoods
  2. Master the skill of BBQing and make these and these
  3. Rent bikes and go for a ride along the coast
  4. Get in the habit of reading one book a month
  5. Hang twinkle lights in our patio and eat outside every chance we get
  6. Try out different workout classes to see what’s right for me.  I’m most interested in spinning and boxing so far, but the list is endless.  I even own a pair of these.
  7. Truly make yoga a part of my life. I feel so great when I practice; I’m not sure why I haven’t made it a daily habit.
  8. Re-institute Sunday day trips
  9. Host a picnic in the park with friends following a few games of bocce
  10. Visit at least three wineries in beautiful Northern Cali. Wine country, starting with this one

And the bonus to do….

11.   Learn to slow down, smell the roses and enjoy the scenery.

photo via Clement Demarquet

Summer Solstice and Weekend Plans

Summer_solstice_stonehengeHappy First day of Summer!  I hope you all have amazing plans this weekend filled with lots of outdoor activities!  Which reminds me, Brent and I REALLY need to get a BBQ.  He cleaned our back porch and we now have room.  Hooray!

This weekend we don’t have too many set plans other than a dinner with friends at Piperade tomorrow night.  We might also try and get some pool time and drink a few of these in honor of the solstice.  A Sunday day trip over to Santa Cruz for a hike on the beach might be in order as well. This one looks fun and we can take Daisy!

Here are some other fun things happening around the Bay:

I swear we will make it to next year’s Sierra Nevada Music Festival.  I’ve been wanting to go FOREVER!

If you’re in the East Bay and in need of a little culture, check out the 10th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival.

Film of the Month:  Where the Wild Things Are at the Disney Museum.  And while you are there, you should check out the Down the Rabbit Hole exhibit.

Brent misses surfing in Florida and down in the (tad-bit) warmer So. Cal waters.  It might be too cold up here, but we can watch from the shore at the 19th Annual Surf City Classic in Santa Cruz

Last week I mentioned the SF Jazz Festival and now Stanford is kicking off their season with Herbie Hancock.

And here’s whats happening around the World:

Countries around the world are celebrating the Summer Solstice.  This morning, There was a particularly large celebration happening at Stonehenge.

Have a wonderful weekend!

photo courtesy of Bugbog

Music Festivals and Weekend Plans

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So sorry for the late post today everyone! It’s been one of those days.  So what’s everyone up to this weekend?

Tomorrow, I’ll be having brunch in the cute town of Burlingame with a couple of my girlfriends.  It’ll be nice to sit back, catch up and have a couple of mimosas. On Sunday, I’ll be working Commencement for Stanford University.  Have I mentioned I work for Stanford?  Seriously, it’s the best job ever.   I’m excited to see all those bright-eyed students accepting their diplomas ready to take on the world.

Happy Father’s Day to all those wonderful dads out there!

If you’re looking for something fun to do, or perhaps somewhere to take dear ol’ dad,  there’s lots going on in the bay this weekend.

We’re a few days into the SF Jazz Festival, but you have until the 23rd of this month to check it out.

If you’re out in the East Bay, be sure to check out the Martinez BBQ festival.  We hunt down BBQ every chance we get in our house.

The 2013 Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic is on Sunday. You have to be up pretty early, but I hear it’s quite the spectacle.

The 59th Annual North Beach Festival is this Sunday.  I love street festivals, so we might try and make it up here after Commencement.

We hardly pass up a free music festival, especially when in a great location like Stern Grove.  Don’t worry if you can’t make it this Sunday, it’ll be happening all summer long.

And finally, Summer always equals fun movie nights in the park.  I’m happy to see that also happens in Dolores Park.  This week’s pick is Indiana Jones.

And around the world:

Three major music festivals are happening this weekend!  If you find yourself in this corner of the world, or perhaps getting an early start on fun plans for next summer, make sure to check these out.

Sonar – Barcelona

Bonnaroo Tennessee   (photo via Wired)

Download Fest – England

p.s.  My friend, Emily just told me that there will be free beer (for dads) at Steins in Mountain View for Father’s Day.  Brent and I will be drinking one for our dad’s there!

Dragon Boats and Weekend Plans

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Yaaay It’s finally Friday! It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend in the Bay Area and I plan to enjoy every minute of it. I’m most excited for our plans in San Francisco on Saturday. Brent, my mom and I will be headed to 2nd Glass Wine Riot! I wasn’t aware of this until a friend mentioned it to me earlier this week and am I glad she did.  Basically it’s a room filled with 250 wines and you have 4 hours to try them.  You can choose to taste by wine type or by “touring the world.”  This girl loves to travel, so there’s no question as to how I’ll be conducting my tasting.

Here are few other things going on around the Bay this weekend.

Chipotle Cultivate Festival is happening on Saturday in Golden Gate Park. We might need to make a stop here on our way out, since I heard Big Gay Ice Cream will have a truck here!!  Seriously it’s the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my entire life and they only have a shop in NYC.

43rd Annual Oak Park Fair in Berkeley is on Saturday and Sunday, which should have a little something for everyone in the family.

If you prefer wine events in wine country, check out Passport to Pino.

Redford, the city’s newest bar is having its grand opening today!  I love bars with fun themes and an atmosphere like this one.

And around the world: The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.  This is actually taking place on June 12th, but it’s too cool not to post.  I’d love to one day visit Hong Kong during the fest.

Have a wonderful weekend!

photo via Frontiers of Zoology

Grease Sing-A-Long

grease03Do you ever think about what it would be like to live in a different era?

Yesterday, a few fabulous ladies and I got together to go to the Grease Sing-A-Long at the Castro Theatre, which was amazing, by the way, and I highly recommend it!

It got us thinking of how cool it would be to live in that era, where friends meet up every day after school/work at a diner and drink strawberry milkshakes and attend sock hops on a regular basis.

What era would you liked to have lived in?

I wouldn’t mind living in the 40’s

40s fashion

or 60’s

70s especially because of the fashion!