A Slice of My Life – Week 6

February 11, 2013

Last Sunday we went to a Super Bowl party in Mill Valley which is in Marin County.  There are two ways to get to Marin County from Oakland.  The quickest way is to drive north and head across the Richmond Bridge.  The slower way is to go across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco, then go across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Because the boys had not been across the Golden Gate Bridge yet, we opted to go into the city, have lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf, and then across that beauty of a bridge.  (I realize that the configurations of the Bay Area might be mysterious to those of you who have never been here.  I’m thinking of doing a Bay Area post at some point.)  I myself had not been across that bridge in 13 years, so it was a treat for me too.

Tuesday I went back to Marin County to meet up with Denise and Tracy.  We meet for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month and it was Tracy’s turn to pick where we went.  Murray Circle is in a beautiful secluded spot in Sausalito and we had a delicious lunch.  I love a plate with lots of different things on it.

I met these two ladies back in 2009 at the first BlogHer conference and over the years we have truly become friends.  I met some other great friends at that same conference, people I have kept in touch with and seen over the years.  The moral of the story is, if you have a blog and are thinking of going to a conference, go for it.  Even if you get nothing out of the sessions, you will meet some great people.

Her name is Veronique and she is essential when I am driving anywhere other than my little ‘hood.

New birthday tradition in our house.  The birthday boy gets to pick whatever cereal he wants.  Back in November, Graham chose Lucky Charms and last week Spencer chose Trix.  I actually had a moment when I thought they wouldn’t like the sugar cereals because they have the refined palates of their mother.  WRONG!!

Me.  Bright light.  Wet hair.  I think I might be over the bangs.  Time to grow them out?

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I had experiences that continued to confirm how awesome it is to live in the East Bay.  It all started with this salad.  I met a friend for lunch at Burma Superstar, a place that was recommended to me no less than 20 times since we first moved here.  It is called the Rainbow Salad and it stars 22 different ingredients, four of which are different types of noodles.  All of the food we had was crazy delicious.

After lunch I walked around Temescal Alley, a tiny network of shops just off Telegraph Avenue.  So many great things there including this lazy Susan, with wine corks, that came home with me.

Saturday, I finally made it to the Grand Lake farmers’ market.  So much citrus!  Avocados!  Lettuce, all kinds of greens, broccoli, cauliflower, and SO MUCH ELSE!!  Also, a beautiful day.

I put my bulging bag of produce in the car and then walked around Lake Merritt.  It was hard to believe the East Coast was getting pummeled while I walked around in a lightweight jacket.

On the way back to the car, I stopped in to Oaktown Spice Shop.  I had been missing my favorite spice shops in Seattle but now, I’m over it.  There were so many good things in there and I can’t wait to go back.

Date night skirt.  Also, red boots.  I dragged Randy to a ramen place that was on the cover of San Francisco magazine and also profiled in the New York Times.  We waited 2 hours to sit down (which is what I was expecting) and then were underwhelmed by the food.

Two locals expressed shock and dismay that I had not yet been to Monterey Market.  So, on Sunday, while the boys had separate birthday parties to attend, I hopped in the car and went.  Produce nirvana, seriously.  And incredible prices.  It’s about a 25 minute drive from my house but I will be going there weekly for sure.

I made chips using my T-Fal Actifry.  Not as good as the fries I made a couple of weeks ago, but still delicious, especially considering you only use one tablespoon of oil.  And guess what.  I have one to give away.  Stay tuned!



  1. I am SO SO jealous of your farmer’s markets! Ours are so…beige…at the moment.

    And YES to Burma Superstar! I LOVE that place. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    Comment by Joanne — February 12, 2013 @ 2:20 am

  2. I love your bangs (but I’m biased because I’m a bang girl too). I think bangs add a bit of edge and they look great on you. Also, I met up with Tracy at Burma Superstar last time I was in SF!

    Comment by kickpleat — February 12, 2013 @ 4:17 am

  3. I love being your friend!!!!


    Comment by Denise — February 12, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

  4. The chips looked beyond delish! Reminded me of a sweet potato dish I found in Georgia’ bi-weekly publication called: The Farmers Market Bulletin. Each week they publish recipes utilizing in season Georgia grown fruits and vegetables. The Goldens can’t seem to give it up. Leaving the skins on just cube the sweet potatoes in bite size pieces, sprinkle with olive oil and hot red pepper flakes. Bake till tender on 350. Catherine’s brother gave his Dad a huge bag of spices from a DC Market at Christmas. We experimented with the the potato dish by substituting a spice that was in the bag, PAPRIKA SMOKED SPANISH STYLE. We loved it. All that to say, when I saw your chips…….it made me wonder what SWEET POTATO CHIPS would taste like with the red pepper flakes and/or the smoked paprika! Hm…… BTW….Cat still misses all of you in Seattle.

    Comment by Catherine's Mom - Gayle Golden — February 12, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

  5. Have you been to the Berkeley Bowl? That is one fantastic produce/organic market.

    Comment by Holly — February 12, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

  6. You make me miss SF. I know exactly where you were in the GPS shot–I used to live close by. I liked the lack of real cold and snow in the winter…

    Comment by Stacy — February 12, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

  7. Holly, I have been to Berkeley Bowl, many times. It is a great market. I find shopping in the older location (the one on Shattuck) to be fairly unpleasant. Too crowded, aisles too narrow, poor traffic flow in the produce area, a lot of stinky people. The newer location is much better but kind of a haul for me. But yes, all in all, BB is great in that it has everything you want and the prices are pretty good.

    Comment by dana — February 12, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

  8. Great idea on the sweet potatoes Gayle! I’ve made oven fries with sweet potatoes but chips sound intriguing! I love smoked paprika, one of my favorite spices. I know it would taste amazing with sweet potatoes. You should try making the oven fries on my site – lots of spice and a good dipping sauce. Here is the link. http://danatreat.com/2009/04/i-give-you-sweet-potatoes/

    Comment by dana — February 12, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

  9. Loved it all again…. particularly your striped shirt. I love stripes and the other day noticed that the majority of my clothes have stripes. Wide, narrow, all kinds of colors.

    I heard about this low fat frier – I don’t quite understand what you mean by “stay tuned”. Can’t you just mail it to me? ;-)

    Comment by SallyBR — February 13, 2013 @ 1:14 am

  10. when i saw the picture of the wine corks lazy susan on instagram I thought you MADE it and was so excited for a tutorial :) Darn!! It’s very cool though!

    Comment by natalie@thesweetslife — February 13, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

  11. That cereal made me laugh! My brother and I were the same way growing up, always so eager to get our hands on some crappy cereal. What is it about cereal specifically??? Not gonna lie, I still have a soft spot for it… :)

    Comment by Clara — February 20, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

  12. Oh seeing those pictures reminded me of when we lived in California! I don’t think you would ever run out of things to do and see in San Francisco! That salad looks great.

    Comment by Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking — February 21, 2013 @ 1:13 am

  13. Monterey Market…. How TH’s father used to rail about how people would fondle and bruise the fruit there. I loved it. I miss it very much.

    Comment by nazila — March 12, 2013 @ 2:18 am

  14. That machine does sound too good to be true! The end result looks amazing. I think you know my desert island food… Mac & Cheese. Any version you’ve served me. With a side of fries please :)

    Comment by Michelle — March 14, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

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