Year 1 Part 1: Brunch

San Francisco

Husband and I visited a spot where he had taken me back when we were dating, in celebration of our first wedding anniversary. San Francisco! It’s not the same kind of a trip as a beach vacation, but our experience this particular time was one of my favorite yet. We stayed in the city, and as you can see in the picture above, the view from our room was breathtaking. This was all thanks to a very sweet friend, Elise who made our stay here possible. As the city was booked solid with Oracle attendees, Elise secured our reservation and even sent us up an amazing bottle of Cab with an assortment of cheeses, almonds, tapenade, preserves, and crackers while we settled in.


Decorated metal plates (see pic above) adorned every tree, lining the sidewalk to the restaurant, Bar Tartine in The Mission, which was our first stop for Brunch.

At Bar Tartine, we began with Mixed brine dill pickles, Giardiniera, and Garlic Mushrooms. Next, we had Smoked potatoes with ramp mayonnaise. We then shared the Potato pancake with corned beef, fried eggs, and horseradish cream, plus the Pork loin with mushroom and fried onion SMØRREBRØD. We washed everything down with Candied beet mimosas. Amazing.

While in The Mission, we walked around into and out of different boutiques, then landed at Public. I have been obsessing over these bikes for a while now. I want this one (add a bell, please) :

Public Bikes

Stay tuned for Year 1 Part 2: Dinner…



The Big Easy

Tap New Orleans

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Husband and I just returned from my first visit to The Big Easy for a wedding. I’m not sure quite what it was, but I was mystified by these young guys in the video above. It is difficult to make it out from the video, but these guys had resourcefully added flattened beverage cans to the soles of their shoes in order to perform as they did. The Tap went on for a couple of hours at least, and they would take breaks between routines to ask for cash from the many people who had paused in their passing by to stand in awe of their talent. We were fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time on a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street for festivities that were part of the wedding that was scheduled for the following day.

The bride Rachel, looked perfect for her wedding, as did our buddy, her groom Bryce. Following the ceremony, they had arranged for a police escort, followed by a New Orleans jazz band, followed by all of us who had attended the wedding to march down Bourbon Street parade-style before the reception.

Wedding March New Orleans

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We visited several spots to eat: Coop’s Place (although we didn’t eat), The Ruby Slipper Cafe for breakfast for the best Bloody Mary and breakfast special I have ever had, Acme Oyster House (twice) for the most delicious Chargrilled Oysters and soft shell crab, and The Camellia Grill for breakfast. On our way back to the airport, I was able to finally taste beignets, both filled and unfilled. Mmmmm!!!


Baked Bacon

My favorite tip is to bake bacon. Who has time to stand over a stove as bacon crisps up while there are so many other things going on? Also, it turns out crispier, flatter, less greasy, and more evenly cooked.


All that you need is a large cookie sheet, aluminum foil, tongs or a fork for turning the bacon once while baking, a thawed package (I think this usually comes in a pound) of bacon, maple syrup or brown sugar (*optional), and paper towels for cooling.

Preheat your oven to 400°. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place each strip of bacon, one by one, slightly overlapping each other on the foil-covered baking sheet. If using the maple syrup or brown sugar, drizzle or crumble about 1 T. over the entire sheet of bacon. Bake for 12 minutes or so when the bacon is beginning to brown around the edges, then flip the bacon and continue cooking until deep brown and crispy for another 5-10 minutes.

Once bacon is cooked to your liking, remove from oven and use the tongs to transfer the bacon to a double layer of paper towels lining a sheet of aluminum foil. Put another layer of paper towels over the layer of bacon, and then you can roll the whole thing up. This will allow the paper towels to absorb some of the bacon grease, the bacon to stay warm, and it will conserve space for storing the bacon for refrigeration. At this point, after the baking sheet cools and the leftover fat begins to solidify, all you have to do is toss away the greasy aluminum foil for easy clean up.

Recipe: Baked Maple Bacon Blueberry Corn Muffins


jane and violet

Q: What’s the difference between a kick line and a circus act?

A: A circus act is a cunning line of stunts.


So, I was supposed to go to the circus this past weekend in Richfield. I was all geeked up about it, but it turned out to be muddy and rainy and grey. It was sort of like playing shoe roulette with whichever pair I wanted to completely ruin next. So I ended up giving away the tickets we had previously purchased at a discount from a local florist.

Hubsband and I went to watch the elephants “raise the roof” of the circus tent at 9:00 a.m. anyhow. We saw zebras, camels, ponies, and llamas.


I was blessed enough to meet an elephant named Tracy. She’s 32, and she has freckles. Hubs asked me if I would like to take her for a spin, and my answer…

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Moving Tips for Newlyweds

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Newlywed Move

If you’ve ever been married or moved/relocated, you know that these events can not only be blissful, but they also come with the nasty side effect of stress. Should both occur within a relatively short period of time…never fear! Here we have some great tips for newlyweds in transit.

  1. Start early, organize, and stock up on supplies.  There is nothing that adds more stress to a new relationship than time crunch. Starting a week before the actual moving day with a well devised plan and plenty of packing materials will save you from confusion, frustration, and ultimately it will allow for some time to wind down each evening with your new husband or wife.
  2. Pare down. You don’t need your ex-boyfriend’s varsity jacket, and he doesn’t need that neon beer sign. Moving creates the perfect excuse to purge all of those unused possessions, in turn saving you in potential…

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