Sunday, September 30, 2012

Seven Snaps: Crazy Cat Lady Edition! 9/15/12 - 9/28/12

I'm squeezing this double dose of Seven Snaps in between one trip (back to Boston for family visits) and the next trip (up to Washington State for an apple picking press tour). You may notice a slight... preponderance...of cats in this week's round-up. These things happen. Max is our favorite East Coast cat and he resides with some of our favorite East Coast pals, with whom we usually stay when we're back in Boston. He's also uncommonly photogenic.

Not much in the way of news happening. Copyedits on True Brews are in (thank goodness) and I just saw the first sample design. Wowzas. It's pretty magical to see the recipes and the photos and the design all come together. In my totally biased opinion, this book is going to be a looker. Pub date is set for March 14, 2013, FYI. Feels like still so far away, but I have a feeling it will be here before I even realize it.

And so without further ado, I give you some snazzy snaps for your Sunday browsing pleasure:
Morning coffee date with my main squeeze


Beer-tasting notes!


Lunch in the park

Mushrooms, prepare to meet butter.
Scott's not digging the Virgin America party plane.
Ah, Boston.

Surveying the land

The Pru

I'm judging you.

Beignets at Highland Kitchen, what what!

Home again. Cat snuggles ensued.

Friday, September 21, 2012

One Happy Thing: Avocado Toast with Sea Salt

Sliced avocado on buttered toast is better than it has any right to be. There's some kind of alchemy going on with the combination of these simple ingredients. A pinch or two of Maldon sea salt puts it over the top.

A few tips: Make sure your avocado is perfectly ripe. Crunchy or otherwise underripe avocados just won't do. It needs to be so creamy that you can practically spread it with a butter knife. The toast should be made from good bread, though I suspect this would still be swoon-inducing even on Wonder Bread. My favorite is homemade sourdough with a touch of wheat. You can butter the toast or drizzle it (and the avocado) with olive oil; I am constantly changing my allegiances between the two. If there is no sea salt on hand, a pinch of kosher is a fine substitute.

If you've never tried avocado toast, please do so immediately. You can thank me later.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Seven Snaps! 9/8/12 - 9/14/12

Fajitas for dinner!

New sweater for fall (I went with the short one!)

I can't stay away from Lagunitas Brewery for long.

First visit to the Petaluma Seed Bank...which is in an actual bank. I love that.
Shipbuilding on the Bay
Richmond Bridge
Homemade pitas, what what?!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Seven Snaps! 9/1/12 - 9/7/12

Science + ice cream = Smitten Ice Cream!

Night cap

A peek at a new recipe (Hint: involves a double dose of peanut butter!)
Bat Cat!

Birds on a wire.

SF Chinatown

My favorite sweet-potato-eating pup

Friday, September 7, 2012

One Happy Thing: Bob's Burgers

This was a tough week. No particular reason for this: The fading daylight hours? 3am cat antics? Final copyedits on my book being due? Who knows. Regardless, Bob's Burgers has been the antidote for my bad mood all week long. Just hearing the opening notes of the intro has been enough to make me smile and relax into the couch.

Oh, man, if you haven't discovered this show yet, please proceed immediately to Netflix Streaming. It's equal parts The Simpsons, Family Guy, and...I don't know what. Awesomeness? Because it's awesome. Scott and I keep re-watching scenes just to memorize the lines and quote them to each other at random moments. It's that kind of show.

"You call that a groan?"

(Thank me later.)


Monday, September 3, 2012

Seven Snaps: Labor Day Double Dose Edition! 8/18/12 - 8/31/12

Pumpkin Spice Granola. Bring it, Fall.

San Francisco bound
I always squeal a little on the inside when I see this building.
My lap.

Sunshine umbrella

LA bound in a tiiiiny plane 
Leaning palm trees + friends

Big blue sky

Non-leaning palm trees

Fun and games at the car return

Tee hee hee!

Mandatory Twizzler tasting
Waiting to cross