Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Good morning! It’s almost the weekend! Do you have any fun weekend plans getting you through to Friday? Do tell! Velvet Husband and I are headed to Lake Tahoe for a spring ski trip to celebrate his birthday!

Have you ever noticed these knobby-looking pollarded trees looming over Bay Area streets? Check out these beauties near our flat. Kinda creepy and The Road-esque, huh?

Breakfast was Overnight Oats in a Jar Part Deux! My first attempt wasn’t too successful, probably because I left out the “in a jar” part and made them in a bowl. Super smart, I know! 😉 As you can imagine, without all the peanut butter goodness to scrape off the sides, my first OIAJ attempt was a little “meh.” This attempt, however, was a peanut-buttery success! The night before, I mixed together 1/2 cup of oats, 1 cup of water, cocoa nibs, and a few banana slices.

Searching for warmth on a cold and drizzly morning, I heated up my OIAJ in the microwave for about a minute and added blueberries and a scoop of peanut butter. I love how comforting and portable this breakfast is. Many thanks to the amazing bloggers, Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake and Kath at Kath Eats Real Food, for inspiring my little breakfast jar.

For lunch, I met Velvet Husband at a vegetarian restaurant called Greens, which I highly recommend if you’re in town. I first ate at Greens when a dear friend from Russia (she’s from Colorado; we just lived together in Russia) visited me around the time Velvet Husband and I first moved to San Francisco. Stunning light-and-airy dining room, sweeping Golden Gate Bridge views, vegetarian splendor, and a few vegan dessert options! I had fresh spring rolls (pictured here with tofu, which I promptly removed post-picture because of my soy sensitivity), spring stir fry, and a vegan brownie with almond sorbet. The spring rolls were a great starter, and spring stir fry was oh-so-delish. The vegan brownie was good, but a bit on the dry side. I kind of ended up wishing I had saved room for a cupcake instead, but hey, at least it looks pretty! 😉 Overall, a wonderful experience. Definitely worth checking out when you’re in San Francisco!

Since we had a late lunch, I skipped the leftover stuffed bell pepper and went with a Carrot Cake Larabar during a break in my Russian class. Much less annoying than a classroom carrot chomp fest, agreed?

Don’t you just love those professors who treat grown students like middle schoolers? I do, I do! And if you’re curious, this is a continuing education class I’m taking to brush up on my Russian — I already graduated from college and law school. 🙂 Anywho, our sweet professor brought us delicious Russian candy that remind me of Mother Russia! You’ll find these chocolates made by the famous Russian candy company, “Krasny Oktyabr” (Red October) all over Russia and in speciality shops stateside. Red October makes delicious and uniquely Russian chocolates with cute names like “Skazki Pushkina” (Pushkin’s Fairy Tales), “Misha Kosolapy” (The Pigeon-Toed Bear), and the one I had last night, “Krasnaya Shapochka” (The Little Red Riding Hood). I forgot how vkusno (tasty) Russian candy is! Do you have any favorite international sweets? Where do you find them in the U.S.?

Good night, San Francisco! Thank you so much for reading my baby blog! 🙂


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What a gorgeous day in San Francisco. Velvet Husband and I started our morning with a walk to Peet’s Coffee for a little dose of caffeine. He had a white chocolate mocha, and I sipped on half of this bold iced coffee. I love our silly caffeine-fueled coffee shop chats.

I was so excited to make breakfast for two this morning! Brown sugar-sweetened oats with strawberries, bananas, coconut shavings, and a splash of milk for Velvet Husband, and chocolate peanut butter oats with blueberries, bananas, and coconut shavings for me. After weeks of flying solo, my breakfast was glad to socialize.

A few hours later, we headed over to the Ferry Building for a lunch/early dinner (linner?) at Gott’s Roadside. They don’t shy away from making a point here.

Okay, if you insist. I ATE a spicy chicken sandwich with dressings on the side so I could control the spiciness. I DRANK sparkling water with fresh lime.

I love the Ferry Building! We wandered into Sur La Table, where I picked up some cute culinary accoutrements. Velvet Husband is so patient with me and my browsing/shopping. 🙂
Back at home, we watched The Road starring Viggo Mortensen, and I ate a peanut butter and banana snack with hidden glutamine.

I read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in 2007, but I had forgotten how powerful and terrifying the story is. If you read the book or watch the movie, just know that you’re in store for a depressing, albeit touching experience. There were a few tears in my eyes and oddly enough, it made me consider (for a few minutes anyway) a vegetarian, pescetarian, or (gasp) vegan lifestyle. Perfect timing after my steak dinner post, right? 😉 I won’t go into why the The Road made me rethink society’s dietary norms, but feel free to ask questions if you’re curious. Have you ever considered becoming vegan? If you’re vegan, how did you decide to give up eating animal products?

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Nothing says Saturday like a little Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Cash, and of course Willie. Oh, and chocolate peanut butter oats with raspberries and banana slices. It was a berry lovely morning. 🙂

After drinking plenty of water, I headed off to a morning bikram class at Bikram Yoga Seacliff. The hot room was extra humid today, but our teacher had a great energy about her, so she made the class enjoyable and upbeat. She directed a few compliments my way, which felt great. I’m used to getting compliments on my standing bow pose, but today I got a “Beautiful!” on my rabbit pose. Beautiful isn’t the first word I’d use to describe the oddity that is rabbit pose, but I’ll take the compliment! I felt really strong, alert, and happy throughout class today. However, I still struggle with focusing my thoughts and staring into my eyes for the full 90 minutes. I find it most difficult to clear my mind of non-yoga thoughts for the duration of class. The mental aspect is just as important as the physical practice, so I look forward to making progress on my ability to focus on my efforts. What goes through your mind during yoga class?

On my drive home, I made a wrong turn and drove through the Presidio. Getting lost in this part of San Francisco isn’t necessarily a bad thing, huh?

Given how often I’m having smoothies for lunch, I guess y’all can call me the Smoothie Queen! I can’t help myself–they make such a satisfying lunch, especially post-workout. Today’s creation was inspired by The Grass Skirt’s Strawberry Shortcake smoothie. Thank you so much for the inspiration, Erin! Be sure to check out The Grass Skirt! I modified her recipe in the following ways to meet my needs: I used Newman’s Own Cinnamon Graham Alphabet cookies, vanilla bean whey protein powder, ground flaxseeds, frozen raspberries (in addition to strawberries of course), and I used water and ice instead of milk. It was fabulous! Of course I couldn’t help myself by adding two scoops of peanut butter to the end result. I think the food speaks for itself today. 🙂

Velvet Husband should be home in about an hour! We’re going to a steakhouse for dinner to celebrate his homecoming and the end of the trial. Woohoo! I am so excited to see him and spend a romantic evening together. I’ll be sure to report back with all the dinner details! I’m off to make myself and our apartment presentable. 🙂

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