Thursday, March 26, 2015

in san diego

While in San Diego, I bicycled around Pacific Beach and drank cheap beer in the afternoon. I attended a drag show in North Park and went dancing in uncomfortably high heels. I slept in, read a few books, and drank wine out on the deck while looking at the ocean. I ate fish tacos at the Taco Shack, a seafood burrito at El Pescador, and a fish sandwich at Point Loma Seafoods. I took an architectural tour of the Salk Institute and acquired a slight sunburn while sunbathing at the Beach and Tennis Club. I took a long walk along Sunset Cliffs and ran along the La Jolla Cove. I made dinner for my grandmother. 

Of course, the weather was stunning. Somehow I always seem to forget how beautiful San Diego is, with its cliffs and beaches, the palm trees and the blue skies. It was nice to have some time alone there.

I got back to San Francisco last night, and now I'm trying to get the apartment in order and myself situated before the start of the spring quarter. We're spending the weekend in Napa, so I'll be unpacking and re-packing my bags. Back soon.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

a spot of relaxation

Oh, this past week has been long. Really long. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and tomorrow I'm headed to San Diego for a spot of relaxation. I'm hoping to fit in some time at the beach, some Mexican food, and maybe a novel or two. I'm looking forward to spending some time with myself that doesn't involve any textbooks whatsoever.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

weekend in reno

We drove up to Reno last Friday for a short weekend getaway. Our friends moved out there several months back and we finally got around to making the trip up to explore their new town. We had such fun exploring the charming neighborhood they live in (so many cute little restaurants and shops!) and even managed to get out to Mt. Rose for a spot of snow shoeing. A great weekend escape from the city.

In other news, I'm bogged down studying for finals (Securities Regulation on Friday! Such fun.) so I'll be occupied with that for a bit. But then there's spring break, so hopefully I'll be able to stop in here again soon.

Monday, March 2, 2015

in sight

I took this photo a week or two ago. My landlord is having work done on our roof and the noise has been an unwelcome distraction, so I've found myself looking for alternative study locations close by. The above photo was taken at Heartbaker, drinking a glass of wine and making flash cards. I'm feeling a little...apathetic on the school front - it's just hard to muster the energy to care a whole lot about my upcoming finals. It's frustrating; I don't like feeling unmotivated. But I suppose there's just a certain amount of ennui that settles in at this stage.

But still things move forward. Today, I submitted my petition to graduate and registered for the California Bar, offered in July. I'm excited to graduate, less excited to take the bar (though obviously excited to have it over with), but I'm starting to really feel that the finish line is in sight. So there's that. 

I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. Daniel and I made a short trip up to Napa to have dinner with a friend of his from high school and then celebrated our (6th!) anniversary on Sunday. I can't believe March is already here.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

valentine's day

How was your Valentine's Day? I have to admit I had a pretty nice one. We didn't plan anything elaborate (we never go out to dinner on the 14th - this pretty much sums up my feelings on dining out on Valentine's Day) but we did manage to have a lovely day. We woke up early, picked up sandwiches at the Arguello Market (carved turkey, naturally) and then drove out to the Tennessee Valley. We spent several hours hiking around and soaking in the fabulous sunny weather - it really couldn't have been more beautiful out. We took pictures, snacked on fig newtons, walked a bit over six miles, picnicked on the beach and  I managed to get the start of a sock tan in mid-February. All in all, a very nice time. 

We headed back to the city around 2, showered and napped, and then spent a few leisurely hours making dinner together. I tried my hand at Melissa Clark's aioli as an accompaniment for some steamed artichokes and Daniel grilled steaks and asparagus on the little hibachi in our backyard. We ended up with a delicious meal that we enjoyed in the comfort of our own home - just as it should be. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

stormy weather

There was stormy weather in the Bay Area this weekend. Which was actually pretty nice - there's nothing more soothing than sitting inside and listening to the rain. We had a pretty low-key weekend - a lot of Breaking Bad and lounging. On Sunday, we made it across town for a little trip to City Lights and Schein & Schein, followed by a little champagne with my parents to celebrate their one-year anniversary in San Francisco. In the evening, we made Sunday dinner at home - black eyed peas with ham hocks, collard greens, and corn muffins - a warm, comforting meal on a windy, rainy evening. Hope everyone had a nice weekend and managed to stay warm and dry!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

st. george spirits distillery tour + tasting

I've been a big fan of St. George Spirits (in particular, their Botanivore gin) for a long time, and when I found out that they conduct tours/tastings at their Alameda distillery, I knew I had to go check it out. 

I thought a visit to the distillery would combine perfectly with a trip out to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, which is only a ten minute walk away. So on Sunday, we made the trip out to Alameda for some antiquing, sausage eating, and liquor tasting.

I'd never been out to this part of Alameda before and it was kind of mind-blowing how much space there is out there. We visited the antiques market first, which was cool in a quirky sort of way. We were looking more as tourists rather than collectors, so we mostly just ambled through the market looking at old glassware and fur coats and posters (I didn't take pictures for fear of irritating the vendors) and then got lunch from the stands lining the market (I got a sausage on a roll that was about the size of my forearm). Afterwards, we walked over to the distillery.

The very nice guide gave us some background on the distillery and the founder and walked us through the steps of production. The copper stills were polished to a high sheen and quite lovely to look at - really, the whole facility was quite attractive, very airy and open. Apparently the shark in the room was a movie prop that now lives in the warehouse. 

At the end of the tour, there was a tasting. We got to try the Nola coffee liqueur, Botanivore gin, Dry Rye Gin, Absinthe, and a drink of our choice (I went for the raspberry liqueur, which was terrific). At the end, I bought a small bottle of the raspberry liqueur - perfect for kir royale - and Daniel bought some tasting glasses and a very soft St. George t-shirt, which I have already appropriated borrowed to sleep in.

Really a lovely way to spend a few (somewhat boozy) hours on a Sunday. 

2601 Monarch St.
Alameda, CA 94501
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