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Sunday Outfit in the Woods + Bundt Cake

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What a beautiful California weekend! I am very thankful for sunny skies and warm, yet crisp, weather. We spent all day Saturday on a hike, starting at one of my favorite SF spots – the Lyon Steps in Pacific Heights. Just going up those stairs once is an amazing workout and a stunning view at the top to make it all worth it. From there, we weave into the Presidio, past the new Presidio Inn, onto the Ecology trail. You all of a sudden are in the woods yet hundreds of feet from the city.  The trail then takes you through the Presidio Golf Course and down Park Trail to Crissy Field. Nearly 8 miles later, ending up at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Today, we ventured across the bridge to Oakland, starting with brunch at Pican Restaurant. We indulged in fried chicken eggs Benedict, a philly waffle and biscuits.  Everything was delicious and we didn’t feel too bad since we spent the day before hiking and the morning riding nearly 5 miles on the bike at the Y. Oh – we also had the Bourbon Bloody Mary with bacon and shrimp 😉 I wore my bright red pants from Jeremy’s Department Store in South Park, paired with an eagle t-shirt from Lucky Brand and my Banana Republic Blazer. And last but not least, sandals from Zara. We then drove 10 miles down the road to Montclaire – a very cute neighborhood of Oakland. Tree-lined streets and up the hill, houses amongst the redwood trees! Definitely a great spot for some fashion photos.

For the Sunday Bundt Cake, I went with the Maple Walnut.  I love how maple syrup reminds me of mornings growing up and the weekends. A lazy day around the house enjoying homemade pancakes or waffles with maple syrup. The walnuts are toasted and then added to the bundt cake and it’s finished off with a maple glaze.

XO.

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Sunset Magazine Culinary Tour + Banana Republic Tweed

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The main lobby entrance at Sunset magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. I was invited to join the IACP Culinary Tour at Sunset Magazine and honored to be with a very high profile group of food writers, chefs, authors and other key food industry people. The day started with a tour of the Sunset magazine campus, followed by a seminar and a 6-course menu. The dishes were all from various issues of Sunset Magazine and the menu featured:

TO START: Meyer lemon spritzer (November 1994); Gabriel’s guacamole (August 2006); Indian-spiced guacamole (March 2013)

MAIN DISHES: Grilled Skuna Bay salmon in a bay laurel “cage” (July 2013); Santa Maria-style trip-tip (Sunset Cookbook 2012); Fettucine with sorrel-almond pesto (June 2013); Chez Panisse’s baked goat cheese & spring lettuce salad (May 2007); Roasted asparagus with lemon (May 2005)

DESSERT: Brown sugar strawberry tart

Wente Vineyards Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; Anchor Steam Lager

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A view of one of the many gardens located at Sunset magazine. They use the produce from these gardens in their test kitchens and outdoor kitchen.

 

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The wine cellar at Sunset where they carry many award-winning and vintage wines. The oldest being a 1935 pinot noir from Simi Valley.

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Loved the vintage Spanish furniture in the wine cellar and throughout the rest of the Sunset.

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The whole Skuna Bay salmon wrapped in bay leave branches that was cooked on a grill with oakwood chips. Skuna Bay is a Vancouver Island.

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Perfectly roasted asparagus with lemon.

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Chez Panisse’s baked goat cheese and spring lettuce salad (my favorite dish).

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Margo True, Food Editor with Sunset magazine, moderating the panel about culinary history of California food. Panelists included Jerry di  Vecchio (editor at Sunset magazine for 20+ years), Jonathan Gold (Restaurant Critic, Los Angeles Times), Joyce Goldstein (food writer, chef, restaurateur), Sibella Kraus (creator of the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market and founding director of CUESA), Charles Perry  (food historian, food writer for Los Angeles Times).

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And of course the outfit for the day: Top: Nordstrom – Trouve blouse; Skirt: Banana Republic; Shoes: Target – yes – Target; Watch:  Michael Kors.

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XO.

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Sunday Outfit + Brunch

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Sweater: Zara; Blazer: Banana Republic; Scarf: Nordstrom; Sunglasses: Chanel; Purse: Marc Jacobs; Pants: H&M; Shoes: Steve Madden boots.

What an eventful yet relaxing weekend! My husband and I had a nice Sunday walk to North Beach to enjoy brunch at Cotogna.  Cotogna is owned by Chef Michael Tusk (also owner of neighbor, Quince). The restaurant is rustic Italian with a beautiful, casual environment. It’s very warm and welcoming, with exposed brick and a partial open kitchen where you see things from cauliflower to pork belly cooking on the spit to housemade bacon being made on the grill and a wood-oven for the pizza.  We started with a Blood Orange & Cocchi Americano Mimosa and a Dry Farmed Tomato Bloody Mary with Aceto Balsamico & Espelette Pepper (both really unique and delicious). It was a really hard choice – everything sounded amazing (and we’ll have to go back). On this visit we had the Smoked Trout with Zuckerman Farm Asparagus, Rye and Sauce Gribiche and the Heritage Pork Shoulder Hash with English Peas, Cipollini Onion, and Baked Egg.  The trout was very fresh and great with the rye. The hash was served in a cast iron pan and the baked egg was great with the pork (cooked perfectly). And while waiting for our dishes, you MUST request the bread. They bring out a skinny slab on fresh, warm foccacia bread that is worth the trip in itself! Cotogna is located in one of my favorite San Francisco neighborhoods – Jackson Historic District. My first PR job was in this area. The narrow streets are lined with brick buildings that range from antique shops to art gallery’s to high-end fashion boutiques.

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The blood orange mimosa and simple, rustic plating.

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The smoked trout served on a bright orange plate.

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And the pork shoulder hash served in the cast iron on a wood board and rye toast on the side.

XO.

 

 

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Fashion Week/end ~ May 5

Blazer: Banana Republic 

Shirt: Nordstroms BP – White V-Neck t-shirt

Shorts: Banana Republic – Martin Fit

Bag: JPK Paris

Watch: Michael Kors

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Fashion Week/end ~ May 4

Blazer: H&M

Shirt: Free People – Bloomingdale’s

Skirt: Banana Republic

Watch: Michael Kors

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