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.

 

 

DC for the Weekend

Fun times.  We went to DC to visit the Darden Girls this month.  Baby is a trooper, did great on the train and Metro.  Great weekend with the girls (lots of them, there are 5 ladies 3 and under!).  L was our fabulous host.  You know I have to post some desserts…we may have taken down 2 plates of these brownies, and a plate of M&M cookies.

Couples BBQ Baby Shower Fun

Last Saturday was friends, family and fun at what I would call a BBQ celebrating the upcoming birth of Baby Brooks.  Friends, family and kids.  Had my Darden Girls, my UVA ladies, the Lopez Family, and friends of friends.  There may have been the red velvet cake Mark requested and some spiked watermelon lemonade for the adults.  And just 1 Kim Kardashian over the shoulder pose.

Flushing, Finally: Biang!

Biang! Biang!  That’s the sound of the handmade noodles hitting the counter as the person stretches the noodle dough.  And it’s where we went Friday night for Kelly’s birthday.  Flushing, Queens.  The really “chinatown” of New York.  It’s my first time out there, and as I came up from the subway I wondered if I was in China.

For a group of 15, it was a great place to go.  Lots of skewers, and buns, and dumplings and noodles served family style.  The noodles must have been good because I had so many juice spots all over my dress from slurping the endless noodles.  It was a noodle that went on and on forever.  I’ll admit, you may need a stomach of steel to handle the extreme spice and variety of flavors.  But I’m tough like that.  Bring it on!   I’m determined to go back, and looking for a tour guide.

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TGIF. Arepas Cafe!

It’s the Friday before I jet off to California tomorrow.  Friends, family, reduced ironman training (I’m committing to 3 sessions only)…it will be nice.  Started the weekend with a trip to Arepas Cafe in Queens to meet up with Kelly and Michael.  The common connection is Team in Training, and Michael and I were co-captains of the Bloomberg team.  I’ve been here a few times with my work team.  Started with the cachapa, which has a sweeter corn outside, then moved on to my Mami of Venezuelan pork, avocado and white cheese.

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White Sangria and the magic green sauce.  Kelly told me that the green sauce in the squirt bottle is well known in all Venezuelan places.  It’s delicious and I can put it on anything.  I first had it at Venezuelan Beach Food in Norwalk, CT.  That was the tag line under the actual name, but that’s what stuck.

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And now I’m home, I’m packing, and I’m ready to fly west!

Red Velvet Cupcakery

It’s hard to resist an after dinner cupcake during a catch up girls weekend.  So we indulged at the Red Velvet Cupcakery.  A quick check of their website let me know they’ve been around since 2008 with a few shops in Virginia and Arizona.   We sampled a few and will admit that I loved the whip peanut butter frosting on the chocolate one and the almond cake part on another.   I was full from dinner, but I just couldn’t say no!

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Pink Pink Pink!

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The baby shower this past weekend was all pink for the little girl on the way.  I traveled down to Washington DC to see the mom to be and the rest of our Darden girls group.  Saturday was shower, and visiting and dinner.  Lots of fund and reminds me that we don’t see each other enough.

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A few shots of food (of course) and some baby games and activities.

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