I know, I know, I’m a bit behind on my round ups, but bare with me as I play catch up on these past few months. March was definitely a welcomed changed this year, since this past winter was no joke with all the rain. Those spring blooms could not come fast enough for this rain-weary Californian. I’m definitely looking forward to a dry, rainless summer in the following months.
Adventures and Highlights
Enjoying a warm spring day at Heather Farm Park. There’s no better way to embrace my favorite season than grabbing subs from Morucci’s and eating them in the Rose Garden at our local park. Afterward, Mustafa and I sat inside the dog park and watched other people’s pups frolic around us (yeah we’re those kind of people).
Spending time with my sister in San Francisco. I needed to drop off some tax forms in the city, so I made a day of it and hung out with my baby sis down in the Embarcadero. We got our usual takeout food from Out The Door in the Ferry Building and ate it outside with the bay as our backdrop. It’s moments like these that make me miss my home city like no other, and forget the insane rent, nonexistent parking, and strong scent of urine that permanents the downtown area, ha.
Wandering around downtown Sonoma. I have to kick myself, because I’ve never been to Sonoma since we’ve moved only an hour’s drive away. I have to say so far I prefer Sonoma over it’s more well-known neighbor Napa, because it has that small town vibe where everyone knows each other and it feels a lot more laid back.
Walking through Mountain View Cemetery. This cemetery has been on my Oakland bucket list for awhile and although it may seem like an odd destination hear me out: it has the best views of the Bay and you can see ALL three of the bridges (Golden Gate, Bay and Richmond). Also, the cemetery itself is quite scenic and you will often see locals walking their dogs or biking along the main roads.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends. I wanted to cook a proper Irish meal to celebrate with friends, even through my skills are a bit, um, limited in the kitchen. On the menu: a traditional beef stew with the help of my trusty crockpot and plenty of Guinness and an Irish apple cake for dessert. Simple and delicious.
A Sweet Affair Bakery (Walnut Creek)
I’m a sucker for a good deli/bakery combo and I’m surprised it took me this long to try this longtime local favorite. Best of all it’s conveniently located right across from Heather Farm Park, so you can take your sandwiches and sweets to go on sunny days for an impromptu picnic.
Juice Collective (North Berkeley)
Two words: banana smoothie. Who knew that a simple blend of bananas, nutmeg and soy milk/milk would taste so good together? This tiny takeout spot is a North Berkeley institution has plenty of juices, smoothies as well as more substantial dishes like sandwiches, soups and hot dishes. In true Berkeley fashion most of the items are gluten-free /dairy free/vegetarian.
AS B-Dama (Swan Market, Uptown, Oakland)
On a stormy day, I met my dad at this Japanese restaurant for a bowl of vegetarian udon soup that warmed me right up. I cannot wait to go back and try their lunch sets and gaburi (uncut sushi rolls). And as a fan of food markets I’m looking forward to exploring Swan Market in more depth in the near future!
Sunrise Bistro (Walnut Creek)
Casual diner fare that often includes a healthy twist, like a kale side salad with your sunny side up eggs. Yeah the lines are long, but worth it for the corned beef hash with a side of avocado or their breakfast burritos with homemade salsa verde.