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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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I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that Velvet Husband is home! We’ve been inseparable since he arrived. Just the way it should be. A little Ella Fitzgerald for this sunny San Francisco Sunday and Velvet Husband is sitting right next to me. Life is good. 🙂

Last night we celebrated his homecoming with a dinner date at Harris’ Steakhouse. We originally planned on eating at one of our tried-and-true neighborhood favorites, but Velvet Husband was craving a steak, so we went to a Harris’ on a friend’s recommendation. Harris’ has a real old school San Francisco vibe. I’m so glad we tried something new! Someone else was happy, too…

I don’t eat steak frequently, so when I do, it better be worth the splurge. This is probably the best steak dinner I’ve had in San Francisco, but note that I’ve only had three steak dinners in San Francisco. 😉 To be fair, I have to say that it doesn’t compete with my favorite steakhouse, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Texas, both of which have superior steaks and sides. If you’re ever in Houston or Dallas and need a steak, I highly recommend Pappas Bros. or Vic & Anthony’s. But, let’s be honest–a Texas steakhouse is going to have a totally different vibe from a San Francisco steakhouse. This was a classic San Francisco steakhouse with wonderful service and ambiance. Our waiter was warm and unpretentious, so that made our experience even better. He seemed happy that we chose to dine at Harris’, and it’s always nice to feel welcome.

I had the mixed green salad and the petit filet mignon. I savored every bite and stopped before I was full. It’s called room for dessert, y’all. 🙂

We didn’t know what the dessert menu looked like, but midway through our dinner, Velvet Husband and I overheard our table neighbors utter the fateful words: “red velvet cake.” The rest is history. Hello, lovely.

Oh. my. goodness. This was my favorite part of the meal. Big surprise, right? It was topped with a delicious white chocolate cream cheese frosting and almond praline ice cream. This little slice of heaven was much more moist and delicious than the red velvet cake I had at 5a5 Steakhouse a few months ago. I somehow managed to leave a few bites on my plate. Velvet Husband loved his upside down pineapple cake with coconut ice cream and candied pineapple.

Now for the bad news. Even though I ate in moderation (for a celebratory steak dinner!), I ended up with a headache. I had a few sips of red wine, so it may be the combination of the abnormally rich food and alcohol on a day that I did Bikram, but I’m only now beginning to feel 100%. I woke up thirsty this morning, so that tells me I was probably dehydrated and I’m still not drinking enough water. In spite of this little dehydration/headache mishap, we had such an amazing time together! I’m so blessed and thankful to have him back with me. 🙂 What is your favorite place to celebrate special occasions?

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