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friday faves: may 3, 2013

friday faves

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.” — Ernest Hemingway

Well this might just sum perfectly up how I’d like to live the rest of my life!  I’m taking  my first stab at SUP this weekend (that’s stand up paddleboard – if you don’t know, now you know) with my somewhat newly minted friend Danielle, who’s lovely and inspiring blog is also where I came across that little gem of life advice.  I’m not sure what to expect, to be honest, but I’m willing to bet there will be at least a few massive dumps into the chilly Pacific waters off Sausalito, and with that I am quite sure comes an allowance for wine at lunch.  It’s our first weekend not entertaining in…..I don’t know – forever — so we’ve got little else on the docket except cooking at home, sleeping in, and hauling ourselves up the hill to attend our second Pugs in the Park afternoon.  And I cannot wait.  It’s the small things in life, right?

Here are some of my favorite internets at the moment:

Seriously, everyone has this book! Want in a major way.  And Lottie + Doof’s carrot soup looks like a total win.

I just can’t stop laughing at this.

These lemon sponge cups look too easy to be true! How perfect for a spring dinner party.  These shrimp burgers would make a mighty fine main course for said party, too.

I love this idea (the top post, from April 18th) from the Canal House for scrambling your eggs over your boiling asparagus….so smart, and also makes for perfectly not-overcooked scrambleds.

This is the best fitting tee I’ve found in awhile – it nails that elusive and perfect loose-but-fitted note. (Plus, it’s on sale in stores!)

One of my favorite baking supply sites, Bake it Pretty, has the most dizzying array of colorful birthday cake candles; just looking at them all makes me want to bake a three-layer confection!

Humans of New York (or HONY for those in the know) is just brilliant.  I get a stab of nostalgia every time I read his posts; I love it here in SF, but there really is no other place like The City.

This roasted tomato caprese is just what I’ll be whipping up this weekend for lunch.

This drink dispenser, perfect for a BBQ or picnic (I love that it is reminiscent of a Weck jar — and only $20!)

This dress. This jacket. These studs. This short & swingy skirt and this longer one (perfect for a Spring concert!). These little wedges (the perfect height for daytime).   This necklace. This breezy coverup dress. This cute button down.

friday faves: a birthday recap & links i love » 4.26.13

friday faves

James and I have a birthday tradition of surprising each other with a restaurant reservation somewhere that we have never been. It doesn’t have to be super fancy, but it needs to be kept at an undisclosed location till the moment you step in the taxi and inform the driver of your whereabouts — then, the guessing game begins. In New York that little clue alone was usually enough to narrow our guesses down to just a select few, but since we are total newbies at this whole SF thing, “Geary and 22nd, please!” meant nothing to James, and up till the moment we stopped in front of Aziza last night, he had only just guessed the cuisine we would be having (Moroccan, as it were). Sitting on an unlikely corner in Richmond, it’s somewhat of a sleeper hit, as it’s been around now for 12 years and doesn’t get the same buzz as the new up-and-comers situated in the hipper Mission district. But it still boasts a Michelin star, and to date is the best meal we have had in San Francisco. We started with flatbread and various spreads (the piquillo almond being our favorite) and a salad of the most flavorful jewel-toned beets, before moving on to a dish of perfectly medium-rare smoked duck breast for He, and a crispy skinned piece of dorade for me (over yellowfoot mushrooms with a creamy brown butter sauce….diet, who?). Their cocktail list was impressive, and centers around fresh fruits and vegetables muddled with spirits (think things like sugar snap peas and red bell peppers in your cocktail – delish), and I tried an especially tasty combination of rose, basil, and vodka. We zipped over to the Alembic for a nightcap (a pisco sour and a negroni, s’il vous plait) and were back home to our furry family at the very reasonable hour of 9:30. Birthday perfection.

Anyway I am *so* happy it’s Friday (as are the rest of you, I suspect!), and my elation over our location in the week is only augmented by the fact that one of our best friends, Justin, is flying in from LA to spend the weekend with us. (Houseguests, FTW!) We are driving out to wine country tomorrow and staying the night at a vineyard, and will be back in time to soak up some of the (hopefully) better weather that is slated for Sunday (73 and sunny!). Here are some of my favorite internets of the week:

I’m coveting these copper cups for the Summer….throw in some good vodka, some Fevertree gingerbeer, and a sunny day with friends in our backyard? I’ve died and gone to Moscow Mule heaven.

I used to LIVE on takeout from Hale & Hearty when I lived in NYC and something called a “lunch hour” simply didn’t exist (hence the crumbs I was constantly shaking out of my keyboard), and one of my favorite quick meals was their Senegalese chicken soup. Essentially a creamy peanut flavored soup studded with a few veggies and bits of roast chicken, it was filling and warming, and was especially nice over some rice. This version over at Cookie + Kate titled ‘African Peanut Soup’ looks like the perfect base recipe to try and recreate a vegetarian version. Don’t be deterred by the fact that it is peanut butter soup….it is delicious.

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the (first!) friday faves: links i love

friday faves

I love discovering new blogs, recipes, and other generally fun/cool/pretty things, and have been meaning to start sharing a weekly list of any that I happen to find and like on these tangled interwebs.  Fridays seem like a fine day to do that, so here goes! I present to you, my first Friday Faves.

Deb, the Queen Bee herself, never ceases to have me drooling over my keyboard and in stitches hearing about her culinary adventures in her tiny NYC kitchen. I suspect that absolutely none of you haven’t already found the happy place that is her blog (or her cookbook), but I have to tell you, her bee sting cake  has officially rocketed to the top of my mustbakenext list. Yeasted cake, pastry cream, and a caramelly-almond-crunch top? I die.

Rosie, the talented (and gorgeous!) baker behind the blog Sweetapolita, has an awesome tutorial for an ombre-style iced layer cake. It’s 15 minutes long, but worth every second if I can manage to recreate this at home. Now who has a birthday coming up…..

Everything about these Rag and Bone booties would be perfect for scaling the near vertical hills I now live amongst in style.  Seriously, they are perfect.

These smoky beet burgers from Sprouted Kitchen look really delicious….especially with that feta spread.  Perfect for making and eating outside in the gorgeous weather San Francisco has been bestowing on us.

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