|Cocktail plus the Taj Clutch by Stella & Dot|
Three times here and always a good time. The first time was having a birthday luncheon out on the patio with Bevo after a long walk on the beach. The second time was after hiking Purisima Trail with friends. And this last time was with my sister for her birthday weekend.
I told Nelson that this should be addition to his food truck.
My sister, Melyssa, has never experienced this and we received a tray of all the local beers on tap. The Filipino in her thought we had to finish them all. Nope, just finish what you like. We took beer menu, wrote down what we thought we tasted and put in order which were our favorites.
After the flight of beer, I wanted a picture in my Kauai Island Brewing Company sweatshirt near their sign. Clearly, the beer and whiskey has kicked in.
Being a mother is just not in the cards for me and I have recently come to grips with that. As a product of divorce and my lovely dating track record, I do not wish having an innocent go thru what I went thru if I have anything to do with it. I’m OK with being a puppy momma to Bevo and an aunt to my several nieces and nephews.
Yesterday, I met up with our former Pastry Chef, Michelle, at her baby’s first birthday party in San Bruno. It was a windy day and I had to stand in the sun. It was nice to catch up and know that she’ll be A-OK after DW. Gabe is her first baby. He’s a cutie and is smiling a lot more.
Then I spent time with my best friend and my niece and nephew. I treated her to a quick beauty session at the mall and a ‘fancy’ dinner at The Habit. We sang Moana songs in the car and had some Snapchat fun. Christy works so hard, is a good mom and does basically everything for the kids. I tried to do what I can to make sure she knows she’s loved on Mother’s Day, even though we did it one day before.
Spontaneously, I ended up a the Grand Opening of Dirty Bird in Hayward thanks to a text received by my Cousin Leslie. She was there because our friend Peter knows one of the samba dancers they were having. I had no idea the Dirty Bird was there. I always saw when I drove down Mission but never went. It’s a pretty cool spot. I’ll have to try their food some time. They had a fried chicken sandwich and empanadas. I was super full from The Habit so I just stuck with water.
My Cousin Leslie has three children with the youngest being 8 months old. I haven’t met Logan yet. But soon! She’s going to school, working full time and definitely has her hands full.
Today, on actual Mother’s Day, I took my Lola to church and then went to A’trio at the Marriott in Walnut Creek. The experience was pretty terrible with the busser setting the table throwing a spoon in front of Lola and roughly putting down semi-clean coffee mugs top-side down on the table. Servers were yelling across the dining room floor at each other. Our Server, Mimi, was nice but I had a 12:30 PM reservation and they pulled the buffet at that time. Thank goodness we arrived early to get some food. We were offered the lunch menu but no offer to have whatever we wanted at a discount or comped price. Why would they offer a 12:30 PM reservation on Opentable if the food wasn’t going to be offered. They also charged a 20% service charge for three people. I can’t say I’ll ever take important women like my Lola and my sister there ever again. The topping on the cake was that I asked for a special events packet from the front desk. They told me they didn’t have any and that I should come back tomorrow. As an Event Planner and part owner of a Restaurant, how hard is it to have this information readily available? It’s kind of mind blowing how awful that experience was at a popular, international hotel chain.
Nonetheless, I was there to spend time with my family. My sister will be moving to North Carolina soon so holidays like this will be few and far between.
|Wearing the Odeon Pendant Necklace ($128) by Stella & Dot|
These are Wonder Women in my eyes. They are all different, have different responsibilities and challenges but they have chosen to take their role as a mother, own it and do what they can for their children. Cheers to you!
Perhaps it was a weekend staying in with a still sick roommate, or the walk in the wind and rain to the car from shutting down Dave & Buster’s at the Serramonte Mall, now called the Serramonte Center, in Daly City, CA or two back-to-back 11-hour days, but I had to take a sick day. Which doesn’t really mean I didn’t work. I have been doing nothing but!
In between working and writing this post, I had to get some food. I didn’t feel like cooking so I turned to the trusty Eat24.com website and ordered some food for delivery. I mostly get food from Favorite Indian Restaurant while using the app/website but I needed soup. And though I haven’t worked out at all this week besides the 12,000+ a day steps that were done and some squats in between, I didn’t hold back in ordering $40 worth of food from King Kong Chinese Restaurant, including Hot & Sour Soup, Deep Fried Wontons, Honey Walnut Prawns and Dry Braised String Beans. Yes, all for me. I offered some food to the roommate but he was not interested. I guess I will be having leftovers.
My favorite item from this evening’s meal was the Deep Fried Wontons. I usually eat all of the Honey Walnut Prawns before noticing they’re even gone but there seemed to be a bit more sourness added to it and not as crispy. The String Beans were soaking in sauce so they were a bit soggy. And the soup, the whole reason I ordered Chinese food was just so-so. Perhaps my taste buds are a bit off because of this cold but I wasn’t impressed. Sorry, King Kong. Ha-CHOO!
Hayward & Castro Valley restaurants! Please sign up with Eat24! I would really like a lot more variety in my area. There isn’t a single Thai restaurant listed.
Measurements today said I gained weight. Well damn. This isn’t going so well. And I know why. Whiskey and diet.
I also had a lot of caviar and crostinis. Damn those carbs! But nice shoes, right?
Seeing that I’m only on recapping the second day of the week and I know I make poor dining decisions with Court Court, I agree, I am eating extremely poorly. But it was SF Restaurant Week! We went to Plouf for a $40 3-course meal and then went to Pagan Idol because it was conveniently across the street! We had to get the $50 scorpion bowl-like thing. They light it on fire!
Then it was dinner with Dylan with lobster, veggies, salad, a basil cocktail and gelato and sorbet. Kind of amazing. Then we checked out the new Sons of Liberty Alehouse also in San Leandro. Who knew! They have been open for 9 weeks and it was a good time.
But it was time to hike on Sunday morning. Trying to keep up with my resolution this year to hike once a month. We did almost five miles on Mt. Diablo (last time was in 2011,) then beer and BBQ at Southern Sweetwater Tavern in Danville.
Soooo, goals for Week 4.
FOOD – I would say stop eating like garbage would be the best route. Tomorrow, Monday, will be tough. It’s my company party and Monday with MBT is usually my cheat day. I need that to be my ONLY cheat day.
WORKWEEK HUSTLE – I killed again in the work week’s hustle on Fitbit, with me in second place for the Weekend Warrior challenge and over 100,600 steps in the past seven days. I need to keep my streak going.
WATER – Need to count my water intake and flush out toxins. Sorry, Whiskey, you can’t stay in me forever!
What are your goals for Week 4?
The owners of the Stanford Park Hotel are a client of a law firm I worked for seven years and now my Cugino works there as a server. This was my second time visiting and it’s mainly because I wanted to see my Cousin. It’s been quite a bit of time.