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My Mid-Year Rant

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

So my sister and her family have been in town for a few days with my two nephews who I’ve been dying to see again.  One of whom we will be celebrating a birthday this week and I have his gift all wrapped up and ready for him to rip into.  I’ve got the cake ordered and my sister Kate is making a cute cake topper with his name to accentuate it.  I do feel extremely blessed to have been in the East Coast when he was born and to have visited on his 1st birthday.  Now we are approaching his 2nd birthday and I am beyond joy and love for this little boy.  He is so sweet and special.

On a tangent, I also want to mention a great restaurant in Walnut Creek, CA that we tried out for lunch today called 310 Eatery.  They call themselves “LA style street food”.  It’s basically American, burgers, tacos, burritos with a twist.  Imagine having a burrito with duck fried rice, pork belly, and all the fixin’.  How about a bowl of bacon jam fries.  This is one of their specialties and it is not on their menu!  It’s basically fries with caramelized bacon, onions, and mozzarella cheese on top of crispy fries.  So damn good!

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However, the one item that they say everybody comes for is the 405 traffic jam with 1/3 lb of short rib and bacon blended patty with portobello mushroom, crispy onions, pastrami dipped in a lemon-garlic butter and jalapenos on a buttery pretzel bun.  There was also the option to add a fried egg and brioche buns.  Anyway, my mom ordered this dish and surprisingly loved it.  Anyways, it’s a great place to try out once or twice a month to get a taste of everything on the menu!

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I ordered the fish tacos because I’ve been trying to be good about what I eat.  I did sample the bacon jam fries and a pork belly taco. Seems every year during the winter and spring I eat whatever the heck I want.  My boyfriend has been working out consistently and trying to eat better and I am noticing a difference in his physique, which motivates me to do the same.  The work out part is what I need to work on.  I tried running last Sat with my boyfriend and playing basketball with the kids, but only ended up feeling more crippled than before the following morning!  I’m not overweight, but would love to be more toned.  We will see how this goes…

On a side note and a plug for my sister and my friend Rob.  My sister, Kate, owns her own Etsy business creating handmade tassles, cake toppers and many other creative things.  And my friend Rob owns a party bus company in San Francisco which is great if you are looking for fun forms of transportation for proms, birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, etc.  You can visit website here.

My 2014 Holiday Rant

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Well, the holidays are here and it has been exciting yet stressful at the same time.  I had hoped to get my Christmas shopping done early this year, but the procrastination never fails.  I was at the mall today with a list of things that I had hoped to buy.  Walked into Macy’s looking for Nike sweat bands in the men’s department, but they didn’t carry those.  Went to every cell phone case kiosk asking if they sold Olaf the snowman iPhone 4 cases and NOT ONE did! Hoping for better luck upstairs, I went to Things Remembered to look for an ornament frame which I wanted to engrave with my nephew’s name.  Nope, nada.  I have to say this has to be one of the worse mall excursions I’ve been on for my holiday shopping, to leave with nothing.  Well no, take that back.  I did walk away with a bottle of snowflake scented hand soap from Bath and Body Works for the bathroom! 🙂

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So my sister has every collection of Ina Garten’s cookbooks, except one.  Obviously, I was on the hunt for that book.  Found it at Barnes and Nobles, but $35 retail price.  Eh… Can you say, hello Amazon?  Yeah, decided I was going to save myself a lot of time, money, and headache if I just purchased everything there.

The holidays has also been particularly stressful because my sister is due to have a baby in a month and recently tested positive for preterm labor risk.  So she is to take it very easy, not even to take a 10 minute walk or pick up her 2-year old toddler.  I’ve been over more often now to help her with my nephew, who unfortunately is rambunctious and has way too much energy.  He makes eating, baths, and trips to the mall a huge challenge!

As I sit here thinking about the holidays, I think about how cool it would be to rent a stretch limousine and do a Christmas light tour around the neighborhood.  I have a friend who rented a limo in Sacramento with a group of 10 and says they do amazing holiday light tours up there.  Will have to make a trip to Sac one of these days to check it out.  A limo would come in especially handy for a New Year’s Eve party in the City.  San Francisco Limo Company has been recommended to me by several friends who have had good experiences with them.  I may consider it to avoid driving into SF myself, having to find parking and dealing with crazy drunk people on the streets.  I can also avoid riding in dirty BART trains like I did 4 years ago and having to walk several blocks to the BART station in painful heels, which I ultimately had to take off and walk bare foot in the dirty SF streets.  Oh the memories.