California

Bottega Louie

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This past weekend, we packed up the littles and drove down to the City of Angels.  Hubs had a work conference there and the boys and I were all to happy to tag along to a warm and sunny location like LA!  I emailed a few friends in the area for recommendations on what we should do while we were there and Michaela, who I “met” when she featured my jewelry designs on her gorgeous blog, came through with an excellent brunch suggestion that I felt obliged to share with you.  It’s just too good to keep to myself.

Bottega Louie is simply adorable.  Not only is this spot darling, it is equally delicious.  The market part of the restaurant reminds me of Laduree in Paris (a VERY favorite spot of mine!) and not only because of the stunningly beautiful macarons.  There were lots of fun treats there that would make lovely hostess or birthday gifts or a delicious little bon bon for yourself.   (more…)

The City of Angels

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The car is loaded up with kids and all of their gear (not a small feat!) and the venti lattes are in the cup holders…We are off today to the City of Angels!  We are braving a 6-hour road trip with two littles who are two and under (REALLY not a small feat!) and couldn’t be more excited for some warmth and sunshine and a lovely change of scenery.  Hubs has a conference down there and was sweet enough to want to bring us along.  We’ve got a jam-packed weekend plan and promise to keep you updated on all of our adventures.  L.A., here we come!

A Trip to Pacifica

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Today, we drove down to Pacifica with the intention of having a BBQ picnic on the beach.  Our friend Dave Lomas has been telling us about a great BBQ place on the side of the highway down there where he goes after surfing.  Since we LOVE BBQ, we’ve been wanting to check it out.  Unfortunately, they close once they’ve sold all of the meat they’ve made that day and we missed the boat today!  We got there around 4pm, but alas, they were closing the doors as we drove up.  Sad! (more…)

Wine Country for Kids – Yountville

So, you’re headed to the wine country, but you’re packing some rather active baggage (read: your children) Never fear, the wine country is very kid-friendly!  We go all the time since we are blessed to live just an hour away from this incredible area and take our kiddos almost every time we go.  (Hey, you gotta teach them to appreciate wine at an early age, right?!)  (more…)

Bouchon Bakery

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One of the fabulous things about living in San Francisco (and there are many!) is that we are so close to the wine country.  Sonoma is a quick 45-minute drive and Napa is just an hour away, making it really easy to drive up for the day.  The landscape is beautiful, the shops adorable and the weather is usually warm and sunny, which is a nice break from the city fog in the Summer!  There are more wineries than you can possible visit and more great food than is reasonable for anyone to eat and when you visit the wine country, even for a day, you feel like you’re on vacation – a million miles away from the city.  It makes for a wonderful day trip or weekend getaway if you life in SF and a fabulous vacation destination if you don’t!  (more…)

Carousel!

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Today, we went to a super fun birthday party in Golden Gate Park. Despite living in the city for three years now, we have not visited this park nearly enough.  There is just so much to see and do there – and it was a perfect spot for a first birthday party.  After the adorable birthday party, we wandered over to the Koret Children’s Quarter playground in the park, which (according to the sign there) was the first public children’s playground in the US, established in 1887.  It’s a fun (and very large) playground with lots to do.  (more…)

The Ferry Building

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Without a doubt, when people come to visit me here in San Francisco, one of the very first places that I take them is to the Ferry Building.  Even when we don’t have friends visiting, the farmers’  market there is one of our very favorite weekend activities.  If you’re coming to SF, I highly recommend you carve out a few hours to visit it – it is well worth it!  (more…)

Packing for Fog City

This weekend, two of my dearest girlfriends are coming to San Francisco for a much-needed girls’ weekend and I cannot wait!  It’s sure to be a time filled with wine, good food, shopping, heart talks and LOTS of laughter.

Whenever friends come to visit San Francisco, I get the same question – “What do I pack?”  It’s completely understandable.  A lot of my friends are coming from Texas, where it is generally hot and very humid and it’s hard when you’ve worn shorts and flops for the past 8 months to figure out what to wear in a city with weather patterns as crazy as SF’s.  San Francisco is a big city that is comprised of many small neighborhoods that are really almost like small towns themselves.   (more…)

Flour + Water = Yum

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On Friday night, we went out to dinner with some friends in town from Texas.  We went to Flour + Water in the Mission, which both of us had been wanting to try.  It was FANTASTIC!  I wasn’t totally sure what the whole flour and water deal was about, but I quickly learned it refers to the ingredients for pasta, for which the restaurant is known.  They had an entire tasting menu dedicated just to pastas and had a ton of fabulous pasta choices on the menu.  When I first looked over the menu, I was a little put off by how many ingredients listed were completely foreign to me.  (Don’t you just hate it when restaurants use ridiculous words for something totally normal, just to look cool?)  With a little explanation from our very knowledgeable waitress, however, I could see that they weren’t being pretentious at all.  They just really like to use unique ingredients – and they do so with great success!  We ended up getting a few appetizers (including pig’s feet, which was surprisingly yummy!), a few pasta dishes and one of their incredible thin crust pizzas and for dessert, the INCREDIBLE chocolate budino with espresso caramel cream and sea salt – YUM.  Every single thing I ate was delicious.  Check them out at Flour + Water and then stop by for a bite.  You won’t be sorry!