Okay, so May happened all of a sudden. Were you aware of this? I totally missed the memo.
From my end, May was mostly a blur of food, mini-vacations and work. And apparently a lot of fancy drinks. That might explain the blur…
Since I haven’t been in the kitchen nearly enough lately, I’ll bombard you with photos instead!
The first outing of the month was A la Carte Art in Mountain View – a festival of art (no way), music, and general foodery. It also happened to be Cinco de Mayo, so the hubs and I kicked the day off with tamales, tacos and margaritas.
We walked around, corn in hand, and checked out some of the crafts.
Things got pretty meta, bro.
And Josh got pretty… Joshy.
Then it was back to work; nothing fun to show there.
Next up: a weekend getaway to Lake Tahoe where we met up with Josh’s mom.
I made her favorite breakfast item: maple roasted bacon. I threw some other things on the plate for good measure.
Caesar waited very patiently for his portion, as always.
I’d like to tell you that we lounged by the beach, but we mostly played pool and gambled in the nearby casinos. You know, typical Tahoe things.
A trip to the arcade was also in order. Yes, my husband and I are very much still children.
I really have no words for either of these things.
I do have words for this, however: YUM. So I guess just one word.
After Tahoe, I had one day to unpack, catch up on things, and clean my whole house… AHG. The day after that I was off to pick my mom up from the airport for a short visit. She’d never been to San Francisco, and somehow neither of us had ever been to Napa, so we had a LOT to do in a few days.
The afternoon she arrived was spent lunching in Mountain View, and cooking dinner at home.
Full day #1: San Francisco.
First stop was lunch at Fresca in Pacific Heights. Again, YUM. Also… a yoda pen.
We spent a good amount of time checking out the stores in Pacific Heights.
I tried my best not to empty my bank account at Mudpie, my favorite place to acquire things for spoiling my nephew.
After driving around a bit we made our way to Twin Peaks.
It was windy!
After some more driving, a stop in The Mission, and some more driving to pick Josh up at the train station, it was time for dinner at Aziza.
Holy hell. The drinks.
We came home and collapsed. Then it was up early the next morning for the drive to Napa! Yountville, to be exact.
Lunch (FINALLY) at Bouchon Bistro. I’ve said “YUM” too many times by now, haven’t I? Oh well. YUM.
This was my first time at a Thomas Keller establishment, and it won’t be my last. Perfection, as expected.
We ate our last California foie gras…
For lunch-dessert (that’s a thing), we went next door to Bouchon Bakery. It was really hard to not just say “I’ll have one of everything!”
We checked out the town.
I drooled over The French Laundry garden for a while.
A long while (sorry mom)…
And I drooled over The French Laundry itself. One day…
There was time to visit one winery before traffic would get real on the way back.
Aaaand then back to Mountain View; back to work. And now it’s June?
…Time to get in the kitchen!