The first weekend of summer and the weather was uncharacteristically hot, in the 90’s hot. Growing up in the city, I can’t remember the last time when we actually spent the first day of summer at the beach. It was glorious!
I’ll be certain to remind my kids if they complain about foggy and cold summers that they did in fact experience at least one where the weather was perfect.
The first weekend of summer, I welcomed my new nephew, Winston. He really is a cutie, just like his older brother. My parents are now blessed with five grandchildren, all within the last 3 years.
The first weekend of summer, wearing nothing more than a sleeveless top, jeans, and flip-flops, we enjoyed our first outdoor concert at the Greek Theatre, where Federico Aubele and Bebel Gilberto opened for Thievery Corporation. I love listening to live music outdoors, especially on a warm evening. Nothing quite like it.
Last but not least, the first day of summer marks my mother’s birthday as well as a dear friend, who celebrated his 40th. His wife hosted a swanky shindig at the Lingba Lounge – it was hard to leave the lively music, illustrious guests, engaging conversation, and tasty food, but we had to send the babysitter home. The strawberry mojitos looked so sad as I waved goodbye.
Today, my mind and body feel a bit drained today. As I look outside, it’s windy and foggy. Welcome back San Francisco .
Recently, I received a bottle of blood orange olive oil as a host gift (thanks Lisa!). I wanted to use it right away but needed some inspiration. Well, today was the day! The inspiration? Arugula and steak sitting in the fridge. Typically, I like a rosemary infused olive oil with this combination but the citrus olive oil was just as wonderful.
Simple Citrus Dressing 3 tbsp. Stonehouse Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tbsp. Unio Moscatel Vinager Fleur de Sel to taste Mix dressing with arugula. Plate. Top with sliced steak and viola! my favorite kind of salad and just in time for summer!
Father's Day began with homemade scones and a strong latte, followed by a sweet card reading (made by our children) and gift opening ceremony. All daddy wanted were some cool socks... which he received and liked (whew). And, daddy also got a fabulous Lego-looking mini speaker so he could listen to his favorite music on his business travels. Ready to enjoy the outdoors, we checked the weather and, as usual, it was much nicer across the bridge so we packed up the car and drove over for a walk along the water. A perfect day for our little family.
My daughter recently completed her first year in preschool. To celebrate, a bunch of us organized a class picnic complete with BBQ feast, cupcakes, jumpy castle, and VIP Passes. We thought it would be a fun souvenir for the kids. Now that I'm the proud owner of a small laminator machine, I'm feeling pretty crafty.
With the advent of two children (now 3 1/2 and 2 years), nights out with my husband or friends are less frequent (although getting a little beter). Coordinating mutual times, navigating through Martin’s business travel schedule, and arranging childcare are all part of a long mental to-do list. However, every once in a while, someone sprinkles fairy dust on my calendar and like magic I’m out on the town twice a week.
Recently, I enjoyed 2 nights out in 2 back-to-back weeks. The first week was girl’s week out with dinner at Pres a Vie on Wednesday and dinner at Isa followed by the premiere of “Sex and the City” on Friday night.
Pres a Vie’s food is good and, more importantly, consistent. Beet salad and black cod are some of my favorites. If you like onion rings, try their version - you'll be back for more. In addition to their food, I also enjoy experimenting with their wine flights and have had some good finds. However, I do miss their lumpia and lechon that are no longer on the menu. Please bring them back!
Dinner at Isa was also delicious – seared dayboat scallops with asparagus and potato puree, paella, rocky range chicken (perfectly cooked crispy outside and tender inside), baked laura chenel goat cheese, spicy tuna crudo, and my cheese platter …that I was still eating as we raced out the door – where did the time go?
The next week, I attended SF Cameraworks’ annual New Fine Print party – always impressive and the ideal place to collect cutting-edge photography. I went with Michelle and Joe; and, met up with Florence and Tim at the event. Afterwards, we all headed to Spruce for a hamburger (always good!) and, of course, exceptional wine. Unfortunately, Martin was in NYC but came back in time for the Kanye West concert in the HP Pavilion. Lupe Fiasco (!!!), Rihanna, and NERD as well as Kanye put on an amazing show. Being in the 8th row wasn’t so bad either. Thanks sweetheart.
With the beginning of summer less than 2 weeks away, I always think of sipping a nice champagne or rose on the patio surrounded by good food and good friends. However, there are some other sensational refreshers out there.
This was made in a single 8-ounce glass: Add 3/4 ounce of freshly squeezed limejuice, 5 raspberries, 1 tsp. sugar and a few mint leaves. Grab your muddler and muddle! Add a little water (strain if you don’t like the raspberry bits), then top it all off with some ginger beer (I like Bundaberg) and ice. Finally, dress her up – it’s summertime!
A powerhouse of playful tang and so refreshing! It’s non-alcoholic so drink away. This concoction is easy to make, but I still think Victoria, from Spruce, makes it the best!