Jun 122013
Beer Can Chicken on the Grill

You guys you guys you guys, I’m leaving for South America on Sunday! THIS SUNDAY! If anyone has any last minute tips about Peru or Ecuador, please let me know! I’m really excited about this trip but getting vaccines and everything has kind of been a pain–literally. I might have had an allergic reaction but won’t find out until I get an allergy test done tomorrow morning. Eek! Anyway, beer can chicken! Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Chicken…on a beer can…on a grill. And it’s delicious. Two weekends ago, some friends and I drove up to Willits (about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco) and stayed the weekend at a quaint little cabin nestled between giant trees on a 380 acre plot of land. No service (at least for us AT&T folks), no computers, and no city noise. I love weekends like these! We had three cars drive [Continue Reading…]

Jun 062013
Spicy Jalapeño and Bacon IPA Burger with Pepper Jack Cheese

I like my bacon extra crispy. Like so crispy that it’s nearly burnt. That’s the only way to eat bacon. Bacon + Avocado + Pepper Jack + IPA + Meat? Even better. Cooking with beer is awesome. It adds so much flavor to a dish and is fun to pair with your meal. My friends and I headed up north to the quiet town of Willits last weekend and we even created a beer-inspired menu! More on that next week though. This burger is a summer must. It’s really easy to throw all of the ingredients together. Switch up those boring frozen burger patties and give this a try! The IPA adds a nice taste and I love the kick that the jalapeños and cheese add. I also encourage using grass-fed beef and fresh ingredients to keep it on the healthy side (well, ya know what I mean). Also, this burger tastes just [Continue Reading…]

May 302013
Blueberries + The SF Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

This past weekend was awesome. And blueberry season has officially begun! What started as Girls Night In (proof here) became such a fun adventure in helping out at the Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm stand at the SF Ferry Plaza Farmers Market last Saturday! Some of you may remember that I also helped Armen at the Berkeley Farmers Market last year. Armen is Will’s (my good friend and college roommate’s) mom.  And this year, we joined Will’s dad, John, at the Ferry Building. As much as I missed Armen’s wonderful personality and natural ease when chatting with her devout blueberry fans this time around, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market was such a fun experience! I’ve gone here on the weekends before but have never been on the selling side of the stand. We go to our spot and started setting up at 7:30am on Saturday morning. We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day. [Continue Reading…]

May 242013
Blackberry Mint Spritzer

This week was a two dinners in one night kind of week. Literally. Pad Thai at 5:30pm and then 3 amazingly delicious pizzas (split between 9 of us) around 9pm on a Wednesday night. I mean, my co-workers and I were hanging out in North Beach and since that neighborhood is the home of Little Italy, we had to check out Tony’s Pizza. I don’t regret a thing. And yeah, my co-workers love food as much as I do!  It’s awesome. This week I watched the Great Gatsby! That soundtrack is…wack. I mean it’s good but weird. Jay-Z produced it? I can tell! Overall, I liked the movie though. There were a few scenes that didn’t fit but it was a good movie! Now when I see a pic of Leo I can’t imagine him without his Jay Gatsby accent…old sport. This week we also saw Guy Fieri at the food truck [Continue Reading…]

Oct 052012
Backpacking in Big Sur

Living in California is truly amazing. Last Saturday, my friends and I hopped in the car at 6am and drove a few hours down the coast to Big Sur for the weekend. We dropped in at Bottchers Gap and hiked down a road to Boy Scout camp. The camp area wasn’t being used but we got to see where all the boy scouts stay when they visit Big Sur! Very cool. Then we followed the Little Sur trail to make our way to our campsite. The surrounding was unreal. So green and lush! The trail was a little challenging due to fallen trees from a big fire that happened a while ago but it was actually a lot of fun hopping over tree trunks and pushing branches aside. Sometimes the redwood trunks were so big we had to help each other get over them or even throw our packs to [Continue Reading…]

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