A Slice of My Life – Week 44

November 7, 2012

Oooh boy.  This one is late.  I thought about just not posting my Slice of Life because it was kind of a quiet week and it’s Wednesday already, but I fear I am slipping down the rabbit hole of not posting.  Not good.  I miss you guys.  I miss writing.  I know that “I’m sorry I haven’t written” posts are (snore!) so boring, so I will spare you and promise to do better.  I have so much food backlogged that I want to tell you about and I double pinky swear and cross my heart that it is coming your way.

Eyes in my front yard.

Given the choice, I would wear a dress everyday.  Well, I guess I do have a choice but I don’t have a lot of day dresses.  I found this one, black and simple, in Oakland and I lurve it.

Spencer and a buddy at the school Halloween party.

Graham in the Halloween parade.

I bought these shoes last year in Seattle.  They are super comfortable.  I guess shoe shots are going to be a constant in the round-ups.

A super tasty barley dish from the new Jerusalem cookbook.  So good.

There was a little restaurant on the main strip in our neighborhood that I never got to try.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that it was bought by the folks who own A16 so Oakland is getting its very own A16.

Our school auction was on Saturday.  The theme was Hollywood.  Some people dressed in costume, others just got super glam.  I decided to channel my inner Louise Brooks and go 1920′s style.

Graham wrote his own name on his hot chocolate at Starbucks.

“Close the door!”  (What I used to say in Seattle.)  “Leave the door open!”  (What I say in Oakland.)

Denise and I waited an hour just to buy a book and then were told that we would have to wait in another line to get it signed.  We took one look at the line snaked around the block, twice as long as the one we had just waited in, and bailed.  Bummer because I really like Deb’s site and was looking forward to telling her so.

Isn’t lemongrass beautiful?  It also has one of the best smells in the entire universe.

Chile Tomato Jam – the lemongrass went in there.

Cashew Fried Rice with that amazing jam.  I almost never make fried rice and I’m not sure why.  It is awesome.  That recipe, and more – so much more! – coming soon.  Really.




  1. Love the dress and the shoes and the Hollywood style!

    Comment by Kristen — November 7, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  2. hi dana!
    i miss you too!
    you know there are times when i buy lemongrass just for the smell of it in the house
    (that sounds like me doesn’t it? lol)
    you look so pretty all dressed up <3

    Comment by vanillasugarblog — November 7, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  3. Dana!

    You’re new to my hood and teaching me things already!! So, I’ve been here 2 years and never made it to Hudson… eeee. Buuut, been dying to go to A16, as I’ve just heard great things, so this is probably the best news of the day!! :)

    Comment by elizabeth — November 8, 2012 @ 3:01 am

  4. I’m looking forward to all of these promised recipes!! And I need to get my hands on the new ottolenghi…really. Necessary.

    Here in NYC you actually have to pay just to get into many of debs signings…more even than the cookbook is worth. Frustrating but…I’m still doing it.

    Comment by Joanne — November 8, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  5. Not sure in which order to put everything I love – your 1920′s style was a killer, and the shoes are AMAZING

    everything else takes third place, all hugged together

    how about that?


    Comment by SallyBR — November 9, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

  6. That’s so funny. I was in SF last weekend and a friend and I wanted to pop into Omnivore. As we approached the store, we saw that line with no end in sight—everyone patiently waiting… I’ve never seen anything like that for a book signing before! Cars were slowing down to ask what was going on. Nice job, Deb!

    Comment by Haley — November 9, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  7. So looking forward to some recipes when you get in the groove. Great outfits!

    Comment by Luann — November 10, 2012 @ 4:00 am

  8. First I would like to say that I have loved your blog since a friend of mine told me about it! But second is that I love it even more because I grew up in the Oakland area and then moved to to the Seattle area about 6 years ago. So seeing your posts about my old stomping grounds from a new perspective make my heart happy! Thank you so much!

    Comment by Heather Erin — November 10, 2012 @ 4:33 am

  9. Dana,
    I miss you in Seattle when we come up for our occasional visit! Where did you purchase those beautiful shoes?

    Comment by Bonnie Faville — November 13, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

  10. Bonnie, I bought them at a great shoe store in Berkeley. The brand is Gidigio. They have a web site! http://www.gidigio.com/

    Comment by dana — November 13, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

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