October started out in an unseasonably warm Boston, and ended in a Halloween-themed Disneyland. These trips were exciting bookends to a full month, both professionally and personally. I love October in the Bay Area, just because it feels like a second summer at the beginning and then ends with a noticeable chill with the trees in their colorful transition. For me, there’s no better season than fall up here in the East Bay.
Here are the memorable (and delicious) moments from October!
Visiting my former home of Boston. I have a soft spot for this East Coast city, since I spent part of my undergrad and graduate school years here. It was nice to be able to go back for a brief visit, and the 80-degree weather san humidity was the cherry on top.
Finding my way with a new technical writing job. Being a freelance writer comes with its fair share of unpredictability jobwise, and I beyond thankful to have recently landed a writing gig that provides constant work every week. It’s my first encounter with technical writing, and through it’s quite different than my usual creative approach, I’m feel like my writing skills have already improved within the short time I’ve been at this position.
Celebrating my sister’s birthday. It was my little sis’ golden birthday (24 on the 24th) and we made our way into SF for a celebratory Italian feast with family and her boyfriend. It’s hard to believe she’ll be 25 next year, because to me she’s always be my little sister.
Publishing an article about the Richmond District in Curbed SF. I have long admired this architecture-oriented website, and was happy to contribute a post on the neighborhood that I grew up in and all the fascinating historical structures within its perimeters.
Visiting a Halloween-themed Disneyland. As a grown woman who still gets starry-eyed when I visit the Happiest Place on Earth, seeing the park in all its Halloween splendor took it to a whole other level. From the spooky snacks to the transformed Haunted Mansion, I was not disappointed.
Having a memorable LA weekend getaway. After Disneyland, we headed up to Los Angeles, and met up with a close friend for a little R&R at the Wi Spa in Koreatown. We stayed in Hollywood on Sunday night, and had a little impromptu date night when we realized the Grove was walking distance from our Airbnb. This city is definitely growing on me.
Embracing everything Halloween. I started decorating our apartment early in October and I am pleased with how it turned out, especially the giant spider web that has taken over our flat screen. On the actual day, we had a small party with friends and dressed up as Chip and Joanna Gaines since we’re unabashedly Fixer Upper fans.
Adjusting to East Coast time. Our trip to Boston started out a bit rocky when we arrived after midnight to a less than ideal Airbnb. It’s always a gamble when booking Airbnb, but this booking hit a new low with no towels and mice paying a visit in the kitchen.
It seem like the whole world was at Disneyland with us. Though to be fair we did choose the Saturday before Halloween. Lesson learned. As a result, we have vowed to go only during the week from now on if at all possible.
Experiencing a bit of writing burnout. I’m still learning to find a good balance with my new writing job and other articles. I’m also learning the importance of a walk outside to give my brain a break and fill my lungs with sweet fresh air.
Dole whip that is delightfully dairy free, seasonally decorated rice crispy treats, and giant dill pickles. I have to admit that Disney food is one of my favorite parts of frequenting the park. For dinner we ate at the Bengal Barbeque in Adventureland, and the kebabs were a nice break from the typical fast food that is everywhere.
Slow Hand BBQ
This BBQ joint was literally down the road from us in Pleasant Hill, but we just discovered it now (shout out to CheckPlease!). We ordered brisket and tri-tip, with a side of slaw and German potato salad that was the perfect precursor meal for our trip to Austin in mid-November.
Rio California Café
One of my assignments this month was to write about a Brazilian restaurant in downtown Oakland located in the beautiful Preservation Park. If you are craving feijoada or coxinhas, this is the spot to go if you’re in the East Bay. A bonus is the café is on the first floor of a beautifully preserved Victorian home, so there’s that.
I’ve been hearing about this burger spot for years, but we finally went there and I love the Japanese-inspired menu. Since I’m not really a huge beef burger person, I got a delicious ahi tuna burger with wasabi tartar and daikon sprouts that hit the spot.
Blu Jam Café
A new-ish brunch spot that has several branches around Los Angeles, and serves delicious food with both indulgent options like the Italian Breakfast (a pesto rice dish with a poached egg), or lighter fare like my beloved smoked salmon plate.