Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Couple announcements

1. The quality of my pictures are about to get a lot better because I just got a DSLR! I'm picking it up on Friday and I've got a photography savvy friend who's going to show me the ropes. I'm really excited. Now I'm looking online at cute camera bags :)

2. For anyone that got the wrong impression, I am not married... and shouldn't be calling my boyfriend my hubby.... I have to think of something else to call him now!

3. Posts coming up include a quiche recipe and Dine About Town photos.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Yosemite

So far I haven't posted about my travels, but I'm happy to share that I am going to Machu Picchu in September to hike the Inca Trail. I am beyond excited to visit Peru and hike to this sacred monument but I definitely have some getting in shape to do! In preparation for this trip, the hubby and I are making a few trips to Yosemite to hike in higher altitudes. Our first one was last weekend and being the intuitive weather forecasters that we are, we picked a rainy weekend (can someone please explain how it can be June and still raining??). It turned out to be fortuitous though because the park was less crowded than usual and the trails were relatively empty. We hiked the Mist Trail that starts at 4,000 ft elevation and gets up to 6,000 ft, 7-8 miles round trip depending on where you start.

The Mist Trail gets its name from the mountains of mist that arise from the waterfalls pounding on the rocks. You are bound to get wet! So the rain didn't bother us that much but it did make the rocks extra slippery. I got some great pictures and it's further inspired me to get a DSLR to take even cooler pics!
Vernal Falls

Where the Mist Trail gets its name 
The rocky trail up to Vernal Falls. 

Top of Vernal Falls

Continuing on to Nevada Falls (Half Dome is on the left)

Nevada Falls

View from top of Nevada Falls

Getting to the food portion of this post... I had planned a nice, healthy dinner for us to cook over the fire on Friday night to fuel us for the hike on Saturday. Imagine my horror when we got to the campsite and found out it was sans food locker OR fire pit. Major wrench in the plan. However, pleased to report that though our combined ingenuity we crafted a makeshift grill that did the job just fine....
Grilled veggies wrapped in foil and chicken meatballs roasting on skewers

Pretty rad rock formation eh?
Being in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception is incredibly therapeutic to me. I love being able to check out and just be. There's nothing more relaxing than sitting by a bonfire and watching the flames flicker, although I'm definitely the person who keeps moving her chair around the fire to avoid the smoke!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Happiness lately 6-5-11

I'm back! I've been saving up a bunch of recipes and pictures to blog about but I've been lazy about editing and getting the posts up. To my non-existent readers, I'm sorry :)

Anyhoo, here's what I've been up to....

Hangar One vodka distillery: came here for a birthday party and had a private tasting. It's located at an old airplane hangar in Alameda with great views of SF.
My favorite cocktails were the pear martini and sidecar.

Pear martini
Sidecar
Tony's Pizza Napoletana: I read about this restaurant from the lovely Anh (if you like fashion blogs, she has amazing style) and being an avid lover of pizza I couldn't wait to try this place out. The hubby and I were in North Beach to see Tracy Morgan at Cobb's Comedy so we stopped by on a Saturday night. We got there at 5:30pm and waited about 20 minutes. Not shabby. Their most famous pizza is the margherita and they only make 73 a day. It was delicious although thin, I could have finished a whole one myself!
Margherita pizza
Old Port Lobster Shack: this is a local seafood joint in Redwood City that hits the spot when I've got a hankering for lobster rolls. I also highly recommend their lobster bisque. The photos tell it all...

Have you ever seen lobster bisque with that much lobster?!
Woodside Bakery: this is a little bakery/café in the uber wealthy Woodside area. The ambiance is always lovely and the food never disappoints. I don't come here too often (try to stay away from the area when I'm not working!) but we were craving pasta one night and couldn't muster up the energy to boil water (yes, that is my legitimate excuse and I'm sticking to it!)
Fettucini and meatballs

Chicken cannelloni
And for kicks, we passed by this on the way to Tony Napoletana:
Blinged out vampire fangs!