Philz has Arrived!

The Philz in Walnut Creek has arrived!  I’ve been monitoring the progress all summer, and it opened its doors late August.  To be fair, I get my fill at the Embarcadero Philz during the week.  But it’s nice to have another coffee option in the WC.  The line was long those first few weekends.  And with Stella, the wait for my individually poured coffee, on top of the line to order is a tad much.  So we’ll still be going to Coffee Shop, Peet’s, and all the WC coffee options on the weekend.  But it’s nice to add this to the mix occasionally.

Camping Prep

We are going camping again!   This year we have a food game plan.  We also have a stove to cook on.  And boil water on.  That coffee in the morning really makes a difference.

The big addition for Stella is the headlamp which she wore to read books in bed for a few nights.  She loves the hydroflasks.  I’m not sure there wasn’t anything she didn’t want to touch at REI.

Here’s to surviving round 2!

SF Day: Gott’s

We were in SF in time for lunch the other weekend so did Gott’s at the Ferry Building. I work almost next to the Ferry Building and have never been.  The lines are too long.  But we held out so we could do a burger, hot dog and BLT for me.  A little walk along the water and a run in the grass.  Happy day for all.

 

The new OAK Blue Bottle

A new Blue Bottle in Oakland!  We had to go check it out.  They were still working out the kinks and actually didn’t open until 8 am, not the advertised 7.  We checked out the neighborhood, Jack London Square-ish.  Note on the pictures, I had the “soft” filter on for this entire trip.  So the pics are a little dreamy.

Sooo Good! Warm Pastries

On our Monterey trip, we found a local coffee place.  Bright Coffee had great coffee and fantastic pastries.  She carried the tray out of the oven when we were there.  S wasn’t totally happy with her choices, which just left more for us.  I love a blueberry scone and croissant.

SF: Dogpatch on Saturday

We ended up over in the Dogpatch area of SF last weekend.  A bit far from the downtown area, cute, sort of a little like Brooklyn in a way.   Ate lunch at a nice adult place, with burrata on crostini (compared to Chik-fil-a, this is a treat!).  Pizza is always a hit with Stella.  Some time in the park, picking other people’s plants, and eating brownies.

Who Loves Ice Cream?

Catching up with a report out of our Friday night slice of pizza, scoop of ice cream and stroll.  Living large out here on the west coast!  It was actually great.  The weather was really warm and it was the start of the weekend.  We shared a scoop of Lottie’s Salted Caramel and their homemade waffle cone.  S loves the idea ice cream, but not the actual product. That’s fine with me.