Guests in The Bay

Had a great time with the White family who came to stay with use for a few days last week.  I’ve known Briana for…20 years??  Loved the 2 days off as well, was as being a total tourist in my own town.  We were busy, saw SF, Sonoma and Marin!  We decided we need to be like the Whites and get in the car and do drives to national parks.  Rodney documents their trips on Whynotjustgo.  Give us a few years, first.

Thursday:  San Francisco
We ventured into SF for our big Alcatraz tour, then ended up with lots of stops along the way.  Philz Coffee in the morning, lunch with Briana’s cousin, Ghiradelli square for ice cream, Lombard Street and the Painted Ladies.

Alcatraz was great and I was pleasantly surprised by the audio tour.  Highly recommend that.

Friday: Benzinger Vineyard in Sonoma
This was a find.  It’s a biodynamic vineyard, was really quite, had a great little tour on a tractor and beautiful views.

We all went out for dinner to Gott’s and then frozen yogurt.  There were actually 2 stops for ice cream because 2 of the girls wanted the place with the candy and gummy worm toppings.

Saturday:   Marin and Sausalito

This was the day we all ventured out.  After a stop at Philz for coffee and pastries to bring back home.  Mandatory stop at In n Out (this was the 3rd burger for someone on the trip – and no, not me!), then to Sausalito for ice cream, and a stop in the Marin Headlands were we parted ways.  Lesson learned, when S wants the sprinkle cone, she is really not going to want to share yours.

 

 

Randy’s Donuts: LA Century City

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A bit delayed with this one.  When I saw the Randy’s Donuts kiosk at the Century City mall in LA, I had to stop.  Just one.  Always looking for a good donut, and life is too short to say no.  I got some sort of crumb one and brought it back to the office.  I didn’t eat the whole thing, impressed?

Gingerbread House: 1st One Ever!

We made a gingerbread house, a new holiday activity.  Granted, we bought a kit with the pieces already made.  Care of Trader Joe’s.  I did have to make the icing, so that counts for something.  Decorating left to Miss S.  I was curious what it tasted like so broke off the top of the tree one night.  Someone noticed.

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And the finished product, prior to the tree piece going missing…

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SF: Museum of Ice Cream

IMG_6944What a treat!  Had a last minute opportunity to join a special tour of the Museum of Ice Cream on Friday, care of work.  It’s very pink!  More than few treats to sample:  peach bellini ice cream, soft serve, mochi, cotton candy…and one final scoop of pinata flavored.  I think the sprinkle pool was the best part.  It’s hard not to get in there (the sprinkles are plastic).

Doughnut Baker

We did a little doughnut making with Auntie C last month and her doughnut baking pan.  I think we all enjoyed watching the mess being made more than tasting the end result.  But someone loved full access to frosting and sprinkles.

Quick Trip: Pacific Northwest

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Quick trip to Portland, Olympia and Seattle 2 weeks ago.  Very quick with sunset time for any exploring.  And I really need to go back.  Loved all the coffee options in Portland the could spend more time exploring Seattle and the area.  Hit some tourist sites like the very first Starbucks, the fish market and fancy Portland coffee at Coava.  I couldn’t say no to the pumpkin ginger scone or latte (should have gotten their honey latte at that point!).

Camping, We Did It!

Much delayed with this on!  Another great camping trip in September.  We were much more prepared this time, we upped our food game (salmon packets), and Stella has come to terms with dirt.  This year we were at Bear River Campground.  17 children, 20 adults.  And the couple with the 15 month old twins? Impressive!