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scenes from the weekend

I have been getting pretty lazy about taking photos lately, but that should change next week– I’m headed to New York City! It will be my first trip there and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. I’ve been browsing the Manhattan and Brooklyn guides on Design*Sponge and the  guide to NYC Joanna (A Cup of Jo) shared last week, but if you have any recommendations for things we must see or eat or do while we’re there I’d love to hear them!

Anywho, back to this weekend. Saturday was a crazy day of errands (shopping, hair cut, cake deliveries) before running home to make a dish for a dinner party we were invited to. Some friends who are really into food and wine started a dinner club of sorts; every two months the group gets together at someone’s house to put on a six-course wine pairing dinner. The host provides the wine and every person/couple is in charge of a course that pairs with the provided wine (we were given tasting notes ahead of time). This weekend my friend Lauren was hosting and one of the couples was unable to attend, so Nolan and I were invited to round out the group. We were in charge of the pasta course, and the theme being ‘fall harvest’ we made a butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage sauce. Everyone brought their A game and it was seriously one of the better meals I’ve had! We had poached pear salad, ravioli, roasted duck with a coconut cherry compote, braised lamb with pomegranate reduction, a cheese course, and pumpkin pie, each paired with wonderful wines (I couldn’t even begin to remember what we had). Needless to say, we were in a bit of a food and wine induced coma on Sunday and spent the day recovering, watching Sports Night (so! good!) and snuggling with the kitties. I caught them taking a nap on the same side of the couch, cuties.

fleet foxes

We went to the Fleet Foxes show at the Greek Theater a few weeks ago, and I was so inspired by the animated backdrop imagery. I took a few less-than-stellar snaps on my phone, but Alyson Redding got some fantastic ones when they played in Seattle. They were designed by Sean Pecknold; you can see more of the designs for the concert backdrop on his website.

{photos by Alyson Redding, except for the block of square pics from my phone}

on top of a mountain

A perfectly intimate wedding on top of a mountain… Surrounded by only your nearest and dearest– so sweet, so simple! Kinda wishing my husband and I could get married all over again.

{photos by Sean Flanigan; see more from this gorgeous wedding on his blog}

scenes from the weekend

I’ve been battling a cold since staying out late for the Bon Iver concert Thursday night (totally worth it, the show was amazing) so it was a fairy uneventful weekend here. Gabby had her baby last week so I helped deliver a couple of wedding cakes this weekend; the picture above is of Talya putting the finishing touches on a cake we delivered to City Hall. I was getting a bit stir crazy by Sunday afternoon so I took advantage of neighborhood free days and explored the California Academy of Sciences for a few hours. My favorite part was walking through the aquarium; I sat and watched the jellyfish for a while, and was tickled to spot a clownfish and a dory fish swimming together as I had just watched the end of Finding Nemo on TV the other night. Back home to veg for the rest of the evening and play with the kitties, who are getting along pretty well these days. What a difference a week makes.

nopa victorian

One of the old Victorian homes on our block had an open house this past weekend, and I couldn’t resist stopping by. It was staged beautifully and I could have moved in right then and there. I mean, look at those built-ins! And all that natural light! Too bad I don’t have $1.5 million…

{photo credit Open Homes Photography}

scenes from the weekend

Sorry for my absence last week; Nolan and I took a quick trip to North Carolina for work (and a bit of play!). We got back Friday afternoon and spent the better part of the weekend relaxing and recovering. Highlights were a first birthday party on Sunday, a stop by Golden Gate Park to visit Meg and Siri and their amazing ice cream truck, and picking up our new kitten Lola! She is a playful and curious little thing and loves snuggling and belly rubs. She’ll fit in just fine here. :) Oliver is slowly coming around, but I think they’ll be fast friends.

cake coquette

Last week I photographed a few cakes for my friend Gabby of Cake Coquette. She is so insanely talented and her cakes are as delicious as they are beautiful. (She made my birthday cake this year!) See a few more photos I took last week here, and more photos of Gabby’s work here.

iman toloui

These leather bags from Iman Toloui F/W 2011 collection are absolutely gorgeous!

{photos by Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao; spotted on Daily Candy}

scenes from the weekend

We spent the weekend camping in Stanislaus National Forest (near Dardanelle) with a few friends celebrating our friend Trevor’s 30th birthday. (The kind of people who want to spend their birthday in the woods– my kind of people.) Trevor’s girlfriend Camille planned the most amazing meals: grilled flounder, potatoes and veggies; everything bagels with hummus and tomatoes; couscous with tasty bites and a veggie salad; granola with coconut milk and blueberries. During the day we hiked to a swimming hole where we read books and sunbathed for a few hours (Savastio was the only one brave enough to get in the chilly water), and at night we sat around the campfire talking, making s’mores, and looking at the stars. A good time was had by all. Hope your weekend was swell!

{all photos taken by me, with a Minolta x-370}

petit hotel hafa

I think I just found my next vacation destination: the Petit Hotel Hafa in Sayulita, Mexico. The six-room hotel sits just a few blocks from the beach, and has been decorated with Mexican, Mediterranean and Moroccan influences in mind. And would you believe the rooms are all under $100/night?! I think it’s time to dust off my passport…

{found via Luster; photos 1, 4, 7 from Design Tripper, photos 2, 3, 5, 6 from Hotel Hafa site}