Saturday, April 30, 2016

New House Decor...Reagan's Room

I'm taking a break from our San Francisco recap to share some more decorating ideas for our new home. The big kids are both getting a room refresh and today I will share some of the details for Reagan's new room! Pardon the single photo of the unfinished space...
Here's what we've got planned for her new room...
Wooden Monogram painted aqua to match bedding
Something similar to this (no longer available) PBK Mirror

Back to San Fran tomorrow!



Friday, April 29, 2016

A Day in Monterey

We decided to take the two plus hour drive from San Francisco down to Monterey last week to hit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and check out the area.

Of course I did some research first and found a fun spot for lunch, Hula's Island Grill.  I started with Hula's Mai Tai and we ordered some fried plantains too.
 I enjoyed the Blackened Ahi Caesar Salad.
Reagan had the Habanero Lime Chicken Tacos and the guys inhaled their Hula Burgers before I could take photo!
 After Hula's we strolled downtown Monterey which is known for its canning history.
The big kids traveled to southern California with us in 2010, but this was Rowan's first chance to check out the Pacific Ocean!
 Ready to explore the aquarium!
 Tomorrow a San Francisco donut tradition and our trip to Napa!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Exploring Alcatraz

I don't think you can travel to San Francisco and not check out Alcatraz.  It sits on an island 1.25 miles out in the bay and is easily accessible by ferry from Pier 33.  I had been there when I was ten with my parents and found it very intriguing so I knew my kids would too!
It originally served as a military prison and then as a federal prison from 1933-1963.  It is now a National Historic Landmark and is operated by the National Park Service.
 Showers and laundry area where we picked up the audio tour which was excellent!
 A B-block cell...
 A D-block cell...
 Solitary...
One of the few views of the city from inside the prison...
 Outside near the Warden's house...
After our trip to Alcatraz and healthy walk back to our hotel from Pier 33 we decided to relax on the roof deck before dinner.  It was actually so warm out that I needed to back off of the gas fire pit!
 We changed for dinner and headed to Scoma's to meet some friends for dinner...
Dinner was excellent, I had their Crab Louis Salad which was incredible followed by their Torta Setteveli (seven layer cake).  Sorry, didn't want to whip out the camera with company present :)

Tomorrow our trip to Monterey...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's the Scoop Wednesday

Humphry Slocombe
San Francisco

We visited Humphry Slocombe at their Harrison Street location in the Mission District which is one of two retail locations. It was quiet last Friday, apparently unusual for this artisan ice cream shop that's been around since December of 2008.
We were greeted by their flavor board which included a combination of their best sellers, seasonal favorites and chef's choice.
 And a smiling scooper who was quite willing to let us try anything we wanted!
They offer some pretty unusual flavors such as Red Hot Banana (bottom center)...banana ice cream with cinnamon red hots and Halvabaloo (top left)...black vinegar and halva ice cream.
We opted for smalls which were the perfect mid-afternoon snack size!  Riley tried the Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple...
 Reagan had a Malted Milk Chocolate cone...
Mr. PS had their signature flavor, Secret Breakfast...bourbon ice cream and crushed cornflakes!  It was unbelievably good!  I had a cup of their Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, their first flavor and strongest for sure!
Rowan tried their "Princess Project" Pink Lemonade (a sorbet) which helps support a prom dress donation program!
 The shop is small, but there are a few counter seats...
You can buy Humphry Slocombe pints in their shop as well as at several local Whole Foods and other retailers.
They also ship nationally through Goldbely which will make the perfect Father's Day gift for Mr. PS!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

More Scenes from San Fran

I woke up early on Sunday the 17th to run the Levi's Presidio 10!  It was a gorgeous day, with temps in the 50s at the Crissy Field start.
After we planned the trip, I did a quick search and found this race.  When I realized that I would have the opportunity to run across the Golden Gate Bridge, I jumped at it!  Destination races are fun and I was really excited to be able to run in San Francisco!
Looking back at the city with Alcatraz to the left. 
 8 down, 2 to go!
 Post race on Crissy Field with my support crew!
I cleaned up and we headed over to Oakland to watch the Oakland A's play the Kansas City Royals at the Oakland Coliseum.
After the game we took a ride north to check out Cal Berkeley, what a beautiful campus!  We love to show the kids different schools when we're traveling, while we have many excellent schools in the northeast, it's nice for them to get a sense of what's out there!
 We hit Little Star Pizza in nearby Albany for dinner.
They are well known in the area for their amazing deep dish and thin crust pizzas!  This is their meatball and ricotta deep dish...
We also tried a thin crust cheese and a deep dish cheese because the five of us thought we could eat three pizzas?  We brought home plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day!
I'll be back tomorrow with a San Francisco "What's the Scoop Wednesday"!