Earth Day 2020

Headed to Alamere Falls

Staying home, this One Busy Bee will be doing my part in not driving my car, continuing to recycle, continue participating in Meatless Mondays and promote saving the bees! It it Earth Day’s 50th anniversary and I remember participating in events back in the day in grade school. I am also happy to see Google’s interactive bee homepage. Very cute.

I have a bee tattooed on my back, I have all sorts of jewelry, socks, hand bags and more. I want these bee and honey bear printed bees wax wraps too to decrease using plastic wrap. I am currently reading The Honey Factory. I am learning so much! Get educated on the importance of bees.

Engraved necklace by Stella & Dot
Socks from my cousin.

Sadly, we have been noticing a few bees not flying but walking along on the ground. I need to do a better job at doing more. I have the blackest thumb but could try to have a plant or two. HERE are 21 flowers bees love. I love mint! I can make sure I buy more organic products.

I really love The Honeybee Conservancy’s idea of having a bee bath. Provide a pool of fresh water with pebbles for them to rest on and drink.

And you can always donate. I have just donated to The Honeybee Conservancy. Join me!

I also love seeing bee artwork from my travels.

Melbourne, Australia
Agave & Rye – Louisville, Kentucky
Muhammad Ali Center – Louisville, Kentucky

And for you beer lovers, get your Earth Day Untappd badge and don’t forget to recycle those cans and bottles!

What are you doing on this Earth Day?

Resources:
The Honeybee Conservancy
NorCal Bees Rescue – GoFundMe
UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab

Easter 2020 in Quarantine

Another holiday has passed while in quarantine. Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated wine tasting in New Zealand and aboard the Golden Princess cruise ship. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day was the day when the Shelter-in-Place order began. Yesterday was Easter. My roommate and I always like to have a little fun when we’re together. Easter Sunday was no different. Bunny ears were in place.

We began with doing an Ole Henriksen Hygge HydraClay Detox Mask via an Instagram live. I am no beauty expert but lately my face feels like it needed some attention. What better way than do it with my fun roommate and share it with whoever is bored at home as well? We were also enjoying a Fieldwork Brewing Company beer. The Orange Parfait was delicious.

A couple of friends viewed it but my friend, Christina, in San Jose, California joined in. It was my second Instagram live group chat during this SIP. She is also an Arbonne representative. They offer skincare, bath and body, makeup and nutrition products. I have not personally tried it myself but I look forward to her sending me some samples to try. Contact her for more info! I haven’t seen her since the NKOTB concert last year. Life happens.

With a decision to go pick up sushi, we played Uno to finish our beer and sober up. We have a running tally of who is winning. When someone reaches 10 wining games, the loser owes the other a poke bowl. This competitive One Busy Bee owes her roommate at least one bowl so far. I am trailing.

We placed an order at Shirasoni in Alameda, California. It was about a 20 minute drive but it has been over a month since I have had sushi. It was well worth the drive. If you have been following my blog, you might remember that the Shirasoni location in Brentwood, California helped me gain my first Stella & Dot customers. I would set up in the lobby on Ladies’ Night once a week and ave my little display of a few samples. They now have three locations. I am happy I can get my Happy Roll even during a pandemic.

On a beer kick and looking to bring back some tasty beers to my favorite person in the world, I was thinking we could pick up some beers at Faction Brewing. Unfortunately, they were closed. Alamanc Brewing was alive and well. A listing of what was available wasn’t easy to review or order online so you had to call. Like a great roommate, Kim did just that. The nice gal on the phone described what was available. We picked up an apricot sour to go with our super early and filling dinner. Then I went with the kolsch and a lager she described as a close second to a porter or stout with some interesting flavors. We drove over and they delivered it to my car. All Kim had to do was describe what kind of car and they brought it to us. What service!

I decided that we can’t wait to get home to eat our food. My crispy Happy Roll would be soggy and I would not be happy about that. I drove us to the edge of the island in between Rock Wall Wine Company and Faction Brewing and we set up a little picnic using towels that were in my car along the chain link fence. The perfect view of the San Francisco skyline made it complete. We were not the only cars around. There was a good 30-40 feet in between pairs of folks who were also looking to get out of the house. We maintained our distance. It was nice to be outside, enjoying the view and the sun. People are also out and about in parks with dogs and children. We are also maintaining our distance there too.

Then, it was time to head back. Laundry was done, I didn’t win a million dollars yet thru the Monopoly game, my Sims got some attention, I completed a crossword puzzle and then the evening ended with completing Season 2 of Billions with Paul Giamatti, Damien Lewis and Sons of Anarchy, Maggie Siff.

I hope you all had a wonderful, safe and holiday weekend. Support your local favorite retailers!

Fashion Exhibit at The Met

I don’t know about you but I haven’t worn makeup in three weeks. I am now living in my favorite yoga pants and writing this post from my bed. Having climbed the same stairs in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City where many celebrities have struck a pose for the annual gala, I can honestly say it was difficult to climb my three flights of stairs to my condo in Hayward yesterday. Being quarantined doesn’t allow you to put on your best outfit or stay very active. Even though the museum is closed and we are all encouraging people to stay home and be safe, let me share with you what I saw at the fashion exhibit when I visited the weekend of March 7th.

Jacques Griffe – 1955
House of Chanel
Christian Francis Roth
Alexander McQueen (right)

Which is your favorite piece?

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So Blonde, So Similar

Where’s Pinky going?

A busty blonde was heading backstage to see my Los Lonely Boys at the June 2008 outdoor concert on the river in Guerneville, California. Who knew this same blonde would become such a dear friend? Of the 49 LLB concerts I have been to since we have encountered each other, we have grown close. She called my late dog, Bevo, her ‘boyfriend.’ Her tween daughter and I shared a concert seat. We have been to a 49er game together, wine tasting in Sonoma and have been trusted with each others furbabies.

Los Lonely Boys concert – Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California
Stella & Dot jewelry
Uptown Theater – Napa, California

Posting a photo of what I will be wearing for my best friend’s holiday party in San Francisco, I get a text from my favorite blonde.

Girl!! I need a Christmas party outfit. Anything you have that would be borrowable?

A sleepover was scheduled and many outfits were tried on. She took with her two Hot Miami Styles dresses and one I wore for my birthday out wine tasting last year. She also took my favorite Jessica Simpson pumps and great Nine West shoes. To be frank, she looked better in that dress than I ever did. It is amazing she that we are the same height, size and shoe size. Doesn’t she look amazing?

Hot Miami Styles dress and BCBG shoes and Stella & Dot clutch and jewelry.

Opening up my closet helped me find articles I haven’t worn in quite some time! I even wore shoes I wore a New Year’s Eve party in San Francisco out to dinner at Buon Appetito. They hurt and will most likely go up on Poshmark soon. There, we were able to catch up as its been a few months since I have seen her. Because it isn’t important, I didn’t realize that we had over a ten year in age difference. We discovered that we met when she was my age. Isn’t that amazing? I love how we have managed to be friends throughout the years. To many more, Teresa!

My closet exploded!

Related posts:
Los Lonely Boys Back in San Francisco

Thanksgiving Brie Bites

This One Busy Bee is usually asked to bring a dessert to Thanksgiving at my Lola’s house in Martinez, California. In the past, I have made an Oreo Pie, Banana Split Pie and even a failed churro cheesecake. This year, with very little time to rest due to the recent travels, I went with an easy recipe I found on Pinterest. Brandie of The Country Cook posted her Cranberry Brie Bites recipe. Thankfully my family enjoyed it. I used the walnuts I received when I was a wine club member with Clif Family Winery. They came in handy.

Clif, Ocean Spray, Pillsbury & Joan of Arc
Sur La Table apron, Tiffany‘s jewelry

Comment below if you have tried the recipe yourself or how you may have modified it.

HFWF19 – Pasta La Vista

What more can you ask for than an evening with wonderful friends, a table under the stars near the ocean at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa and six courses of delicious dishes using local ingredients and wine pairings? I was lucky enough to have attended a similar dinner for the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival there on Maui two years before. It was quite memorable. This year, the dishes are Italian themed. Perfecto! As my other favorite place in the world, besides Maui, is Italy.

My guests that evening included my roommate, Kim, and what has been nicknamed my #Instafriend, Julia. Kim is well aware that I blog and lets me take photos of her food before she dives in. Her friend, Becci, asks if she “Bernadette It” yet before she dives into her meal. Amazing right? I believe they were in Amsterdam when that phrase came about. My tendencies cross oceans! Julia is also a lover of food and whiskey like I am, but she is also President of Le Donne women’s Italian club in San Francisco. I thought this event was perfect for her to attend with me. Both ladies have already committed to attending the HFWF in 2020. If you can join us, please let me know so we can sit at the same table.

While at the pool, we could see the chefs in gray jackets posing for photos on the circular balcony above and near the lawn where the dinner would take place. After some time at the pool, the three ladies dressed for a wonderful evening ahead. I wore a dress by Hot Miami Styles and high heels by Jessica Simpson. For those ladies wondering what to wear, your stilettos may get stuck in the lawn so walk lightly. The walkways of the Hyatt are not smooth for fancy heels. Be safe and wear wedges if you wish to add some height to your ensemble. It will also aid in walking back to your hotel room after the nice pours of wine throughout the evening.

Check-in was easy and you were given a wristband. I introduced myself to my media contacts and thanked them for the opportunity. We were sat at a table with other media folks and it was nice to meet people with similar passions. I was sat across from the owner of the ‘foodiswhyimbroke‘ Instagram account. Yen Kim Phan is also from the San Francisco Bay Area but she has a whopping 63.6K followers. Congratulations! Also at my table were ladies from Kaanapali Resort.

The festivities began and Chef Robert Irvine was the MC. I had the pleasure of meeting him last year at the Spiked! event. He is quite the character. He had a beer chugging competition with the event’s Sommelier. Guess who won?

The first course was the most memorable. It was definitely unique and creative. The pasta was mozzarella. Kim has a tomato allergy. We waited for her plate to arrive and it was hand delivered by Chef Chiarello. How special! Then he kissed her on both cheeks. Julia and I asked “What about us?!” We got our wish.

Pasta Pomodoro
Mozzarella and Cavaero Farms zucchini, spaghettini over tomato carpacio and rooftop tomato conserva, balsamic caviar and picolo fino basil, crispy calabrian chili flake gremolata
Wine: Ferrari Brut Rose, Trentodoc, NV
Chef Michael Chiarello – Bottega Napa Valley, Yountville, CA

The second course was bright, with structure and height and a medley of textures. Some diners do not like the head on the prawns but it didn’t bother this Pinay.

“From the Mountain to the Sea”
Malokai purple potato gnocchi, sauce of kabocha and grilled Kaua’i prawn
Wine: Capichera Lintori Vermentino di Sardegna 2017
Chef Gregory Grohowski – Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

The third course was by far my favorite dish of the evening. Since my last trip to Italy in 2016, I have been on the search for the best carbonara in the United States. This dish was heavenly and what I have been searching for for years! You had me at truffles.

Tagliatelle alla Carbonara
Deconstructed carbonara with specialty sun noodle, waimana TKG poached egg, local guanciale, imported parmigiano-reggiano, cream, truffle butter and truffles
Wine: Champagne delamotte brut blanc de blancs, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, N.V.
Chef Daisuke Hamamoto – Arancino at The Kahala, Honolulu, HI

The fourth course had another prawn from Kauai’i but it was our first fish of the evening. The squid ink gnocchi was different. I have had other squid ink pasta in Italy and at my favorite restaurant in San Francisco called Seven Hills.

Cacciucco with Gnocchetti Sardi al Nero
Tuscan seafood stew with squid ink sardinian gnocchi, Kaua’i prawns, Hawaiian snapper and clams
Wine: Marisa Cuomo, Cosa d’Amalfi Rosato 2017
Chef Marco Canora – Hearth Restaurant, New York, NY

And then there was meat! The fifth course was simple and full of flavor. The salsa verde was my choice for pairing the meat with every bite. Fantastic.

Makaweli Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye
Sicilian caponata, salda verde, black garlic
Wine: COS, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily 2014
Chef Celestino Drago – Drago Centro, Los Angeles, CA

And lastly, it was time for dessert. Layered with different textures and flavors from bitter to sweet, it was an interesting dessert and not too heavy after five courses.

Maui-misu
A play on the Italian tiramisu using Manoa chocolate, coffee, coconut and Mauna Loa macadamia nuts.
Wine: Banfi, Rosa Regale Brachetto D’Acquio, Piedmont 2018
Chef Johnny Iuzzini – Chocolate by Johnny Iuzzini, New York, NY

Until next year! Save the date for October 2 – 25, 2020!

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Mimi’s Nails – Castro Valley, Ca

The spot where I have been going to for nine years is consistently good. That is Mimi’s Nails in Castro Valley, California. Located in a little strip mall with Nation’s, Subway and Little Caesars, it is the only nail shop in the center.

Hello, my friend. How come you have not come to see Mimi?” Mimi knows when you haven’t been in awhile.

Before my week-long #OBBRoadTrip across the country, I knew I had to get a pedicure as I was going to be wearing my Reef slippahs everyday. Though I was sitting on my bottom for at least seven hours a day, I was able to get seven miles in Washington, D.C. so these toes were exposed.

TIP: Bring a check or cash. They appreciate it. Bank of America is across the street if you forgot cash.

I think the below check-in may be inaccurate but I have been trying to save money. But I am still the Mayor! Mimi also asked for an updated review. I can’t believe it has been six years since I did.

Let’s be friends on Yelp

Another tip: Rose is my girl! She takes care of my shellac tips.

Get your wedding nails, special event or pretty nails for a girls’ night out. Call for an appointment. They also can do waxing.

Skyline Chili > Lawrenceburger

I have already had two coffees from Dunkin’ Donuts in my 36-hour stay here in Indiana/Kentucky. The donuts, I don’t really care for. Stan’s Donuts in Chicago or your good ol’ Krispy Kreme, that’s more my jam. Just don’t put jam or jelly in my donut. Another discovery in the food offerings in this part of the world is that Skyline Chili is better than Lawrenceburger.

Skyline Chili was recommended by my Uber driver early yesterday morning. The spaghetti on the bottom reminds me Jollibee. I just don’t do it. Today I did because when in Rome, or in Lawrenceburg. I ordered via the drive-thru and they stayed true to the fast food expectation. The bag containing a container of spaghetti and chili was in the bag, along with a container of chopped white onions and a bag shredded cheese. The nice young lady also mentioned she added some hot sauce in there for me. I told her she was the best.

First impressions were questionable. I added the cheese and onions and had my first bite. It was hot and not bad. I added a packet of hot sauce and it made it better.

For lunch, we picked up burgers and fries at Lawrenceburger. The floor was greasy and the mat just inside the door definitely needs a thorough wash or be completely replaced. My Michael Kors flats were sinking into them.

I ordered a Lawrenceburger with bacon and blue cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. It was only $6.95. For $3 more, get sweet potato waffle fries. While waiting, the small restaurant and bar was a bit. As the smoke filled the room, I turned around to discover the grill was in the same room. Well, I knew what I was going to be smelling like to the residents I was going to come across at the long-term facility: dinner!

Unfortunately, this thick patty’d burger was not appetizing. There wasn’t any flavor to the meat and the bun just soaked up all the grease. The sweet potato fries were also not very crispy or salted. I took one bite of the burger, took off the bun and tried to eat the meat and nuked bacon but I couldn’t. I barely ate the fries, which helps me out in the end anyways. Friendly staff so it’s definitely not their fault. I’m sure my coworker tipped well for our to go orders. Do keep in mind that they do not have avocados or gluten free buns. Watch out for us Californians wanting these things.

Sorry, Whiskey City, it just wasn’t a good day in food options. Will try again tomorrow.

Puerto Paraiso – Cabo San Lucas

Going to a mall isn’t even on my list when I travel. To be honest, I would stop into the Mall of America if I ever found myself on that side of the country. During my second visit to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in November 2018, I found myself at the Puerto Paraiso next to marina. It was the meeting place for a Cookin’ Cabo cooking class, which I highly recommend.

Tour the shopping area for clothing, jewelry and restaurants; some with views of the marina. I sadly left my entire Stella & Dot make up bag at home and I needed make up. I went from MAC eyeliner and more to Shiseido and Lancôme products.

It paired well with the beautiful JW Marriott Los Cabos.

I just happened to be in Los Cabos during the International Film Festival. I have been to the Sonoma International Film Festival a couple of years ago so why not do it internationally? Showings were taken place at the movie theater on the top floor and there were interviews being done. I purchased a ticket to see Feral, a movie about a fire that took the lives of a priest trying to prepare three wild children suitable for society. What happened was shown thru video tapes the priest made and thru interviews. It was really interesting. I should see more foreign films. Do you enjoy them?

After shopping and a movie, I dined on the patio at La Central Cocina and Bar. I had a nice view of the marina and very attentive service. I had to get the grilled corn on the cob and the Lobster Salad. It came with watermelon, avocado, edamame beans, spring onion and a tequila lime vinaigrette. The food was delicious and the size of the salad was perfect.

Complimentary chips and a variety of salsas

You will have to pay for parking or if you’re staying at a local hotel, this is a great place to stop in for shopping, entertainment, a rooftop bar and dining.

I will be returning to Cabo San Lucas for the third time for more research, this time with ACT Language Schools. Check them out if you’re looking to learn or improve your Spanish. Please follow us on social media for posts while we are there!

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Seattle, Washington – May 2019

Keep Going

I am again drafting this blog post from the stationary bike at the gym. I am getting warmed up for chest day and ideally 45 minutes on another cardio machine. This One Busy Bee woke up this morning seeing some progress in the mirror. My blemishes on my face is another thing. I am clearly not perfect or claim to be, but it is ok to recognize when results appear due to your hard work.

Post-workout photos I share with my fellow gym-goer to show we put the work in. They should too.

Approaching 40 and Mexico, Las Vegas and Hawaii in the near future, I felt there was a need to step it up. Things don’t tighten as quickly as they used to. Let’s see, what have I been doing differently? Well, maybe not differently. More like reminding myself and sometimes we need that.

DIET

Oh man, yes, I did enjoy those delicious fries at Quattro at the Four Season Palo Alto this week but I also had their roasted chicken, have had salads and green tea. A Vitality Bowl is also delicious and customizable. I usually have my Shredz supplements but I haven’t been taking them. I also bought a set of Elemis supplements while on the Golden Princess cruise ship but I haven’t even begun. I need to continue to eat better and make healthy choices. Buying a new car will also help you from going out and spending money on drinks with friends and coworkers, so I guess that helps too.

WORKOUTS

Yes, I have signed up for another half marathon. So much for saying, “Nope, never doing that again. That hurt.” This time will be at Disneyland Paris on my 39th birthday in September. I am doing more cardio to keep control of those heart problems and attempt to burn more calories than I take in. I still love to hit those weights and you burn more calories at a resting heart rate when your body fat is low and are muscular.

I am also starting to pick up more Wag walks (Use code Bernadette9307 for a free walk) that the weather is better. I get paid to walk people’s dogs, get some steps in and there are studies that a dog in your life has health benefits. I sure to do miss my Bevo.


PRIORITIZE

I am trying to keep my usual schedule of going to the gym or for a run in the morning before work. It helps me get the day started. However, those days I have to be at work early, I have made it to the gym after work. It’s funny to check into the gym via Yelp and Foursquare in less than 12 hours. But it had to get done.

Foursquare

MAKE IT FUN

We already did our half marathon at Walt Disney World. Nelly and I will be doing another run in June at Mare Island. I hear there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line. If that’s not motivation…

My first half marathon at Walt Disney World.

Fitness is better with friends. Though my running friends know that I don’t really talk when I have a running goal in mind, it is fun to train together some way. Whether it’s a hike, yoga or walking the streets of new cities.

Trail waking in Santa Cruz, California – March 2019

Hiking in New Zealand – March 2019

Wandering around Hobbiton, New Zealand – March 2019

Yoga at Wild Canyon Adventures with my Cugina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
November 2018

Thanks for reading! I hope this post encourages you to keep going with whatever fitness goals you may have. Fitness is a lifestyle and it will have its ups and downs. Just roll with it…on a foam roller. Kill two birds with one stone.

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