June 30, 2014
More than anything else this week, I’m most excited about celebrating the Fourth of July in Tahoe this weekend! We rented a house with a few friends, and have plans to float down the river, hang out at the beach and maybe get in a hike or two. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate America’s independence. But before I get too much into next weekend and my fourth plans, let’s recap this (much more low-key) weekend.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but my company is amazing (really it is), and one of our perks are Summer Fridays. Every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day we’re free to shut down at 3 if we’re done with work. It’s so nice to get a jump start on the weekend!
This past Friday, my boyfriend also happened to wrap up early too, so we met for a drink around 5 at Harper & Rye, a new bar that just opened by our apartment. The bar has a pretty typical design scheme for new bars in SF – wood everywhere, with metal accents and some shabby chic-ness going on. We got a few different drinks, but my favorite was the Tom & Diane (the pinkish drink in the pic below). It was a mix of gin, lemon and raspberry gum.
Later on, a few friends joined us and we headed down the street to Gioia for pizza before calling it a night.
Saturday morning I met a few friends at brunch at a new restaurant in the Marina called Palm House. We had ceviche, huevos rancheros and the best tasting cheddar biscuits ever. With honey butter. So good that I forgot to take pictures. Oops.
Saturday night was the highlight of the weekend – a cooking class! For my birthday this year, Rick got me a gift certificate to a cooking class, and we finally went this weekend. It was SO MUCH FUN. We made watermelon “Greek” salad, grilled Monterey Bay squid with salsa verde, harissa and dill rubbed Tri Tip with mixed summer squashes and Marcona almond pesto, and finished with a whipped honey and vanilla frozen yogurt with marinated strawberries and candied hazelnuts.
In addition to learning how to make all of the above dishes, we also learned some knife skills and general cooking tips. We also finished two bottles of wine between the two of us over the course of the class. Cooking and wine just go together
We kept it low-key on Sunday and got a ton of stuff done. Grocery shopping, laundry and meal prep for me! Not much to look at in this pic, but I made pumpkin pie chia seed pudding, skinny chicken tortilla soup (recipe to come!), my Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad and hardboiled eggs.
What was the most fun thing you did this weekend?
Any fun Fourth plans?!