Happenings, Part 2

Another installment of random stuff. This is actually sorta fun. And it gives me a good excuse to post pictures that have nothing to do with food, like the above one at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre on Monday night.

Without further adieu ado, here’s this week’s roundup:

  • I bought 2 dresses in less than 5 minutes of being on this site. Whoopsie-daisy.
  • Can’t wait to head back to this winery THIS WEEKEND! Hootie hoo!
  • OMG. Yes, I heart cold brew coffee, now that I tried this. Watered down hot coffee will never taste the same.
  • Who got to see Radiohead at the Sharks‘ stadium while seated in THE owner’s box? Yes, that would be us.
  • We just “invested” in one of these last week, and I think I have two handfuls of sodas I want to make. We’ve also already made tonic water. Maybe I’ll share that recipe?
  • Speaking of making things, I tried out my beer-brewing kit, and in a month I should have some tasty Chocolate Maple Porter. Watch out! Oh, and have I mentioned how my husband is the best gift-giver?
  • Excited about reading this in the near future. This chik is f-ing hilarious.
  • A lovely interview from one of my favorite bloggers.
  • Also, I changed shampoo and I am diggin’ this one. It’s not even expensive, and my hair smells like the beach. Dreamy.
  • I have some soba noodles at home that will be just perfect with all of this. (thanks, Heidi, for the link. not that you read my blog, but thanks, anyway!)
  • Oh, and my best friend had a baby! A baby, for cryin’ out loud! Which is probably what that baby is doing right now. Anyhoo, I’m so excited for her, and can’t wait to meet her!
  • Ate here and here this week. Both extra delish.
  • If you like music without words (that isn’t classical at all. for serious.), check these guys from Texas out. Saw them this week for the third time and after a slight struggle, I am won over.
  • I finally joined Instagram (of course, now that Facebook has acquired them!) and I gotta say – what fun!

It’s been a good, and sort of relaxing, last couple of weeks. But birthday time is upon us, and I’m finishing up my 31st year on earth by drinking wine (yes, again!).

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

Judy, why is your friend crossing his arms like that? tell him thanks for the lemons AND he’s weird.

Previously: Happenings, Part 1

California is too Long

Some major things have happened around here in the last two weeks, aside from the part where I was able to have a special photo shoot with my cat (see below).

It won’t surprise you that wine is involved in at least one of them, or it shouldn’t, at least…

For starters, we found a place to live! This actually happened pretty soon after I got to CA permanently, which took a huge load off. We found a super-cute Victorian flat in NoPa/Alamo Square (one of the areas in SF we’d been eyeing all along), and we move this weekend. Of course, this also means we have to soon figure out what to do with all the extra stuff that won’t fit into this place, since it was either downsize or bust. Details…

We also got a new car! Quickly realizing that gas is expensive and small parking spots are the norm around here, our 4 door large-ish car got the boot. Now we have a way-adorable car that fits into most any parking spot out there AND will get me to work and back for a week on one tank, I hope.┬áIt’s too bad some of my pictures didn’t import correctly onto my computer, because if they did I’d be showing you some really awesome windmills on the way to Modesto (the closest Car Max, where we sold our car, in case you’re nosey). Such is life.

And then, I started my new job. So far, so good! As expected, it is insanely different from either of my prior post-grad school positions (for starters, there are 11 GCs, and I’m used to it just being me!), but I’m looking forward to changing things up. Plus, I get a little time off each week, and I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that that’s going to be awesome.

We spent this past weekend (it was somebody’s birthday, remember?!) in Paso Robles, a much more quiet wine country than Napa/Sonoma area that’s halfway between LA and San Francisco. PR is full of many many great wineries and great food (links below, and again, I lost some of the pictures); it’s definitely a place we’ll visit again (since we, you know, are surrounded by wine country now). As you might imagine, we now have an extra case of wine to move. Again, let’s focus on the bigger picture here, shall we? We have more wine!

Of course, Chris and I love taking road trips together, and rarely run out of things to talk about, or music to listen to. This time, we talked about whether or not horses can sit. Despite multiple googles, I haven’t found an answer I’m happy with. So far, I’m willing to accept that in general, no, they don’t sit, but they can. It’s just not natural. Makes you want to road trip with us, doesn’t it? We put the F in fun, that’s right.

And finally, my favorite cat in the whole wide world purred in front of the camera, for a change. Remember? she’s usually clawing for bacon. Man, I love my cat.

So that’s about it for now. I’m off to move in a couple of days, so hopefully I’ll get that kitchen unpacked and get back to cooking regularly. I’d love to have something besides PB&J for lunch and frozen pizza for dinner. Wish me luck.

Paso Robles links

Food
Artisan (great dinner. get the rabbit, even if it is the day before easter.)
Los Robles Cafe (omg. al pastor burrito? best horchata ever? heck yes.)
Farmstand 46 (great stop on 46W to grab a samich and snack for a winery picnic. or eating in your car between wineries.)

Wine
Dark Star (Anderson Rd – Cab Sauv/Syrah blend)
Brian Benson (Syrah, 2005 & 2007 vintages)
Opolo (late-harvest Zin, Cab Sauv/Malbec blend)
Justin (Bordeaux blend – Isosceles)
Eberle (Viognier, Full Boar Cab Sauv blend)
Tobin James (Zin, Sauv Blanc)
Tablas Creek (our favorite, where we found 3 new 100% varietals that we really really like: Mourvedre (typically seen in the Rhone blend, GSM), Tannat, & Vermentino.)