Once I have seen the “must sees” of a city, I get laser focused on seeing the restaurants of a city. Over the summer, Vikas and I went to San Francisco for five days. And since so many of my friends live in San Francisco, I always see their foodgramming of their favorite picks in the Mission. Now, I should tell you as a child, my family once referred to me as the “garbage disposal.” If I were a calorie counter, I might be ashamed to tell you we had the cab wait for us outside Dynamo Donuts before we went to brunch. I’m not. So here are the places we hit up.
While Vikas was working, I started my tour with Mission Chinese. With no shame, I tell you I was the first one there. It’s unmarked so I was wandering around like a lost tourist. I ordered some pastrami thing, and I still dream about it. Pot stickers too.
Then I went and stood in line for a pastry at Tartine, which I got to go, so I could get salted caramel ice cream at Bi-rite. Ain’t no shame in that game.
That night Vikas and I went to Delfinas Pizzeria, where I ordered a salad but definitely snagged a slice of his pizza.
The next morning we were meeting Vikas’ friends at Craftsman & Wolves but we were sad to be missing out at Dynamo Donuts. So Vikas had the cab wait for us while we got Dynamo Donuts to go. Vikas didn’t realize that Craftsman & Wolves was a pastry place and not full-service brunch so we ended up going to Foreign Cinema for brunch. I got yogurt because I actually got a pastry at Craftsman because there was an egg baked into a muffin. Mind blown. (For reference, we both thought the donuts were disappointing when they were part of our picnic later.)
(If you’re wondering if we did anything other than food, I also hit up the de Young, Golden Gate Park, Japantown, walked around the Mission, went shopping in Union Square, Golden Gate Park and went to the flower market.)
Sunday was a bust because we ended up catching an earlier flight! Next time I want to try Outerlands, Manresa and Swan Oyster Depot. Any other suggestions?
I nailed my Halloween costume this year. As much as you can nail a costume that you purchase entirely from Target and are going as the most important person in fashion.
Planning a wedding is full of some really stupid ways to spend money. I am trying not to get caught up in the pointless spending of it all, but I really, really love over the top events. I mean…Vikas and I’s last party
included a pony, a bunny and a professional photographer. The funny thing I really want for our wedding is chiavari chairs, the beautiful gold wooden chairs.
Our venue, Rembrandt Yard, has a really affordable package for brown, wooden chairs. I hate those chairs with a crazy hatred. They are U G L Y for the look I am going for. If I were having a barn wedding, the wood chairs would be perfect. However, the cost for having chiavari chairs for 200 people would be $2,000. TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS.
For that kind of money, I could get a Bottega Veneta bag.
Or two round-trip tickets to Iceland.
The heart wants what the heart wants, but it’s up the brain to remind us that excessive spending for one day is stupid.
Vikas and I bought our first real furniture for the house this weekend. I’ve been in love with the Blu Dot Copper Chair this past year, and they’re having a sale for 20% off, so bam…our first pieces of furniture.
Both Vikas and I live in fairly small places and both of us respectively hate each other’s furniture, which leaves us with both a really long and expensive list. This is overwhelming to me because we both have really different tastes, we don’t currently live in our house and making mistakes will be costly. Buying something and needing to still like it 10 years later is kind of crazy to me. The good news is that I’m really good at sales. The rest of furniture buying? We’ll have to hope for the best.
We did our engagement photos with Rebecca Caridad of Manzanita photo. Rebecca is amazing. I had met her at blogger meetup and I am so glad I did. True story: I despise having my pictures taken, and I have thrown away every senior picture from high school that I could find. Knowing Rebecca made it so much less awkward for two people who met because they both had awkward blogs. Also, I have the world’s worst posture so I typically look so slouched over. We took the pictures in the backyard of the home that we’re renovating (hence, the power lines) and Chautauqua.
In addition to being a photographer, she also does calligraphy too. She also used to run an Etsy store that made amazing crocheted headbands. She is definitely a Renaissance woman.
This morning I am over blogging at The Proper Pinwheel on how to create a DIY polka dot picnic blanket. I met Lexy at the awesome Eat Drink Create event she hosts alongside Erin of Art Social on a regular basis for Colorado bloggers. (My recap of the event.)
If you’re not familiar with The Proper Pinwheel, you should definitely plan to spend at least two hours going through her blog with all of the awesome DIYs and parties she throws. How cute are the DIY Dipped Neon Pots? I am also crazy for the Hello Social she threw for Alt Summit!
Ultimately, I was so glad for a reason to picnic with Vikas. I’m not going to lie, several people walking by at Chautauqua commented on how awesome our spread was. = )
We are inundated with exposure to people’s spending - the trips they take, the restaurants they visit, the outfits they wear, the places they live, but we never get exposure into what people are saving. In truth, it’s no one’s business, really.
But sometimes as I feel of twinge of envy when someone has a handbag I want or goes on a trip I want to take, I need to remind myself that I have no idea what people make, and more importantly, I have no idea what they keep.
As my mom always told me, “When you make your own money, you can make your own decisions.” We’re all adults. We’re all entitled to make our own financial decisions. And we all live with the consequences of those decisions. After all, as my friend Clare always says, “It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep that matters.”
In cross country, my coach would always talk about how we’re competing against ourselves, and doing better each race. Or at least that’s the pep talk junior varsity got because we weren’t really going to beat anyone. In finances, you’re only really racing against yourself and your goals.
Just a reminder to myself really.
The outdoors doesn’t hold many charms for me, but I am a sucker for ghost towns. I am more charmed by the signs sharing history factoids than by vertical ascents. Which is how I ended up on a trail called “Rattlesnake Gulch" so I could see the remains of the Crag Hotel in Eldorado Springs.
This is the hotel in its glory when it would host both dances and tuberculosis patients, neither of which actually sounds glorious to me. You could take the train and then take a burro down to the hotel, which does sound glorious to me. Then it burned down in 1912 taking its glory with it.
I was hoping for more “town” in the ghost town aspect of the hotel remains but you could see the old fireplace and part of the foundation.
There was an overlook to see the Continental Divide. This is not the divide. This is the view of Eldorado Canyon.
And then we went for the bonus loop, so we could walk up to the see the railroads, which were still working. I wanted to walk through the tunnels but I envisioned the trains coming while we were in the tunnels, and I didn’t want to push my luck. I mean…we were already on a trial called “Rattlesnake Gulch” and that’s about as far as I like to push my luck.
The Ferris Wheel from the Boulder Creek Fest.
This memorial weekend has been jam packed. A highlight was taking a romantic ferris wheel ride…or until the guy running the ride put the girl behind us in our “bucket.”
Denver is getting a Voodoo Doughnut, and this is pretty much blowing my mind. Dave, Alice and I are going to camp out overnight. I think they were kidding…but I am not one to joke about donuts. Related: There is a new bike in Denver that goes around delivering ice cream sandwiches called Peteybird.
Erin of Art Social is hosting a party with Madewell in Denver on June 7th! I would so be there if it wasn’t the start of Big Boulder.
Last week I watched Dirty Dancing and started wondering where it was filmed, and I learned that the hotels that inspired it were called the Borscht Belt. Most of the hotel/camps have been abandoned and you can see pictures of the abandoned Grossingers hotel.
The National Geographic Tumblr is probably the best Tumblr to have ever been created. My favorite picture so far is the National Symphony Orchestra performing on the Potomac River (March 1942).
I loved this post on finding motivation from Emily of Emphasis Added.
This photo of Vikas reminds me of Selleck Waterfall Sandwich minus the waterfall.
Denver’s Riverfront Park
On Sunday, we went to my sister’s for brunch in Arvada, and then we figured since we were out of the Boulder bubble, we might as well head to Denver. When I lived downtown, I lived in what can only be described as a frat house for young professionals. Unspeakable things were likely happening in that rooftop hottub with the incredible views. A saving grace was being across from Riverfront Park and LoHi, which I still love to this day and the neighborhood continues to get better.
Here are my picks for this hood after you walk along the Platte River.
1. Little Man Ice Cream - Supposedly this is not the best ice cream in Denver, but I think it is and it is definitely the best ice cream experience. Mad love for the salted oreo and for ordering ice cream out of what looks like a giant milk can.
2. Masterpiece Deli - Hands down, the best breakfast sandwiches in Denver (pictured above). But get the bagel. The English Muffin is plan B for if they run out of bagels, which was my Sunday travesty.
3. REI - I hate the outdoors but this REI anchor store makes me want to leave with a kayak every time. It’s housed in what used to be a train museum and the architecture makes it worth the trip.
4. Savory Spice Shop - The best place to get spices in the world. Love all of their variety packs and their giant tub of cinnamon sticks.
5. Root Down - It used to be a gas station and is way better than Linger, it’s sister restaurant that used to be an obituary. Linger has the better views but Root Down is less of a scene (barely) and has better food. I might be in the minority in this opinion. I dream about their lamb sliders.
6. Mona’s - A good brunch.
7. Paris on the Platte - I have been ordering crowbars from here since high school when it still had a bookstore and the neighborhood was this side of sketch. A nostalgic choice but I still love it.
And if you want my honest opinion, skip Lola’s (amazing guac and patio but horrible drinks and service).