Groovy Saturday

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On Friday night…

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The sky was was beautiful, clear, and had clouds of cotton candy floating around.

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Meanwhile, I was in the kitchen doing more of this

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…plus note-taking…

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…waiting…

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…and taste-testing.

More on the taste-testing next time.

On to Saturday!

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Hubby and I hit up the farmers market for the first time in a long time.

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First up, we visited the Monk’s Groovy Beans table for hot coffee (we were totally out!) plus beans to brew more later.

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I loved the peace signs all over their table.

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And having locally roasted, tasty, hot coffee to sip on whilst shopping for fresh veg was pretty awesome, too.

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I visited my fave veggie vendor and found some awesome looking bok choy. Guess it’s stir fry for us later. We also came home with local eggs and a turnip! Eeks…hope I come up with something awesome for that. I’m thinking mashed potatoes with turnip mashed in…or possibly roasted root veggies. Yeaaaaaa.

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And we even swung by Great Harvest so I could get a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin for breakfast.

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I brewed up some Cocoa Chai Tea I recently got at the store, which paired perfectly.

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Hubby and I picked up a puppy-petit-four, which we called “birthday cake” for Bailey to celebrate his 3 years living with us.

(Btw, if you have a pet, I’d love to feature their photo on The Chic Life. Please check out my Facebook page for details – click)

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He was really excited about it.

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And he dove right into it when we gave him the word. I think he swallowed it in one gulp.

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Mas treats?

No, pups.

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Hubby and I had lunch al fresco at a local sandwich shop – Bedder Bedder and Moore.

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We started with artichoke and mushroom bisque.

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And I got the egg salad sammie.

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Btw, I’ve been rocking out my Uggs quite a bit. They are just way too easy, comfortable, and warm to not throw on.

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I also wore my HLS shirt (so soft!).

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Plus, I found new long-sleeve tops on the cheap for layering under sweaters this fall/winter. They were a steal at Target for only $10. Too bad they were out of my size in white and black.

We also hit up several consignment and furniture shops around town but just haven’t been having much luck furniture-wise. Guess most of our rooms will have to remain empty for awhile.

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Then it was time for some chillaxin at the hizzy before getting gussied up for a fancy dinner out.

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This dinner brought to you thanks to a Groupon I purchased.

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We hit up a restaurant I’ve always wanted to visit – Bonterra. I think this place is really cool because it exists in what used to be a church!

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Hubby and I started with wine flights. I got the Foley flight.

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And we had white and wheat bread with olive/herb butter.

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Hubby and I split a salad with warm goat cheese (I’m working on liking it…not over the tang yet, but when it’s baked and breaded it seems more enjoyable for whatever reason).

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I loved how the Bonterra on the plate was turned to face us each time. Nice little touch.

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I also liked their simple glasses.

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And tiny salt-shakers (though we didn’t even need ours).

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Hubby decided to order what I almost got – the WIld Boar. I’ve never even seen that on a menu anywhere else, so it sounded interesting. I also liked that it was served with sweet potatoes and broccolini.

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For moi, I ordered the scallops with butternut squash risotto and salad with preserved lemon vinaigrette.

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Loved the seared outsides.

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For dessert, hubby and I split the pumpkin souffle. I’ve never really ordered a souffle whilst out to eat before, but after seeing a lot of fuss about it on a recent cooking show, I had to give it a try.

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The souffle was cooked perfectly, towering high above the baking dish it was served it. The server even cut out the top and dropped some cinnamon ice cream into the center to melt.

The souffle was delicious! Not too pumpkiny. Just right. I think I may try making a souffle at home now that I’ve seen it done successfully. It seems like that could be a fun baking project one day.

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Phew! We had a busy Saturday…what did you do this weekend?

(and remember, if you have a pet, I’d love to feature their photo on The Chic Life. Please check out my Facebook page for details – click)

Team Tony + The Gold Dust Gals

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What’s stranger than 350 people from all over the world gathered in San Francisco and taking pictures of their food together? A scavenger hunt full of hostess cakes, bow ties, Goldschlager, and dancing with a stranger! Wait…actually, I’m going to guess that most people would say that whole 350-people-taking-photos-of-their-food-thing is weirder.

But whether one was one bizarre than the other or not, I participated in both. Yes, I went to the Foodbuzz Festival with roughly 350 other food bloggers…and yes…I took tons and tons of photos of my food. I estimate I took close to 2,000 photos over the weekend with most photos being of food? I know….fuh-reak! lol The festival brought all 350 people together on Saturday night for a fancy-schmacy dinner at the famous Ferry building right on the bay. But the night didn’t end there. No, at the end of the gala, we were challenged to a scavenger hunt. Now, I’ve never shared with you dear readers, but I happen to be a HUGE fan of scavenger hunts. In fact, when I was a kiddo, I used to set up scavenger hunts all around my house for my friends to do in teams. It used to be almost a hobby for me, I loved it so much. So, when they mentioned scavenger hunt, I was hooked immediately. My fatigue almost had me turning in the towel early and skipping the scavenger hunt, but after catching a second wind, I was off with the rest of the party who had been sitting at my dinner table at the gala. I told myself, “You can sleep when you’re dead.” So off we went to hit up San Francisco at night, and it was time to get all Mission-Impossibly up on some b*tches.

Our team: Me, Julie, Laura, Tsz, Madalina, Sandy, a couple people who we lost along the way, and of course…Tony!

Our team name – Team Tony + The Gold Dust Gals

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Our mission, which we chose to accept:

  • Exchange 10 business cards with new acquaintances
  • Take a photo of your team making a toast
  • Get a photo of at least 1 team member “noshing on a late night delight”
  • Take a picture of the hippest person you can find and 2 team members
  • 4 Team members must perform 10 synchronized jumping jacks
  • Dance with a stranger (1 team member)

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The business card thing was knocked out almost instantaneously. Boom. (Dramatic photo re-enactment)


And before I knew it, we were already onto the jumping jacks…and we hadn’t even left the gala!


And we hadn’t left Ferry Building property before Julie had grabbed a stranger for some serious tango. I did my best to provide some music in the form of Shakira’s Objection song, which is tango-ish. Sadly, my little iPhone couldn’t play the music very loud…and the intro of the song was reeeally slow.

Anywho, we were halway done and we hadn’t even left the gala property! I mean, if we don’t win money for Foodbuzz next year, we should at least win brownie points for efficiency. ;)

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Next up, I tried to get the team to find a stranger to pole dance on the trolley with us (you guys know I “love” dancing on poles and all). However, I settled for doing more synchronized jumping jacks in front of the trolley instead. Why repeat a task you ask? Well, I ask you, “Why ask why, try bud…I mean…why not?”

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We searched high and low for the hippest person we know and found this too-cool-for-school-dood with a bow tie who was willing to pose with us crazies for a photo. I wonder if we even told him what we were doing with his photo? Hmm…

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And then we made it for a quick pit stop at The Gold Dust (hence the team name) for team drinks…

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…and a toast with Goldschlagers, cosmos and…ok maybe water.

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Aaand…ok, one more hip person photos.

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Of course, the night wasn’t over yet. No, Team Tony + The Gold Dust Gals had one more item on our agenda. We had to end the night the way every night of drinking 5+ drinks, spastically running around a strange town, asking randoms for bizarro favors, and hanging out at the Gold Dust lounge should end – with late night delights. So, we hit up the closest store we could find for some Hostess sweets. Ok, so I didn’t technically partake of the Hostess goodies, but hey…we only needed one person to and there are clearly half-eaten Hostess eats in this photo. ;)

Go Team Tony + The Gold Dust Girls!

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Ticket to Foodbuzz: $350

Dance with Stranger: Free!

Festival Registration Fee: $35

Scavenger Hunt with New Foodbuzz Friends: Priceless

Kudos to Laura Flowers for being our official photographer of the evening.

Our Best Investment Yet

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You may be expecting me, dear readers, to say something smart and adult-y, like “Hubby and I have invested a percentage of our salaries in a 401K” (ok, we have done that) or “Hubby and I purchased a house, which is one of the best investments a family can make” (ok, we did that, too).

But I’m not talking about investments as far as monetary things. Our best investment has nothing to do with interest rates or the economy. No, our best investment is much more simple than that.

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Our best investment has been our dog, Bailey.

We brought him home with us three years ago on Friday, and he’s been such a blessing in our lives.

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He’s always happy to see us.

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He listens to anything I want to ramble on about and can even appear to look genuinely concerned with his big brown eyes or a tilt of the head. (Corgis can look very worried at times)

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He’s always ready to cuddle with me if I’m tired, sick, or just want to relax.

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He’ll even do his best to comfort me if I’m upset or crying by jumping on my lap or giving me a kiss.

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And he’s always there as my friend if I’m ever feeling lonely.

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He’s even always up to play around and do some tricks to make me and hubby laugh.

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Yup, I’m sure you can see why when we saw this adorable puppy-face 3 years ago, that we couldn’t leave without him. And he’s proven to be a worthy investment for these last few years. Really, I can’t imagine life without Bailey. He’s our pet, but he’s also one of our best friends.

I’ve created a special page for Bailey here on The Chic Life, and you can click here to view it (or locate it under my About section of my pages). I gave a sneak peak to my Facebook friends first, and then my twitter friends, so if you don’t already “FB-like” me or follow me on Twitter, you can always start today so you get the sneak peeks, too.

Reader question: Is your pet your best friend? What’s your pet’s name? Tell me about them. :)

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