Marin County Fair

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great Fourth of July. I kept it pretty mellow and went to my first county fair! We wanted Leo (my Dutch roommate who is living in SF for an internship if you are too lazy to click the link) to have an extremely American day so I rounded up a few roommates and friends to get together. I have to go to sleep early so I am just going to dump you with a photo bomb.

Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

Leo did not really get the deal with Smokey the Bear. It was hard for him to understand that almost every kid in America has seen his commercial at one time in their lifetime. Or…is it just California? Are there forest fires in all parts of the country?

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Ferris Wheels and Rides

The first thing we did was ride one of the scarier rides that the fair had. Poor Taylor has some sort of phobia and we kind of just made her go on.

We also wanted to go on a Ferris Wheel but decided to wait until night time when everything was lit up- it ended up being the only thing we did not get to check off since the line was so long.

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Turkey Leg

Ha, I think this was the highlight of Leo’s day. He saw a kiddo pass by while chomping on the turkey leg and said that he HAD to have one or he would not have felt like a true American.

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Deep-Fried Oreos

The only thing I ate and remembered to take a picture of was these delicious deep fried Oreos. We also munched on garlic fries, cheese steaks (not that great at all) and funnel cakes.

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Baby animals!

Right around the corner from the pig racing (yes that is a real thing and it was kind of sad) was baby goats!! They were so cute! Being in the petting zoo was a little terrifying, the adult goats do not know the definition of personal space and all started surrounding me. It did not help that their pupils are little slits.

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Donuts

So embarrassed to say but we spent so much money trying to win these stupid donuts. The water squirting game was the only booth that had the medium sized donuts and it took us three times losing to four year olds to make us give up. We found a booth with smaller donuts and spent a ton of money there before the guy who worked there felt bad for us and told us which fish had the donut prized.

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Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the fireworks but I am sure you can just Youtube them. We had a pretty good show though!

Incase you were wondering, Leo said he had a blast and was a lemonade away from developing diabetes and feeling like a real American. July fourth, check!

What did you do? What else do people do besides BBQ?

I forgot to ask but are you watching the World Cup? I watched my first game on Saturday (Netherlands vs. Costa Rica) and it was so intense at the end! How do you guys watch all those games? I would have probably had a heart attack by now.

A List Of Thinks

A few years ago (pre-Pinterest era if you can believe), I stumbled upon a picture of a bunch of nonsense phrases that was typed on a back of an old handwritten receipt. For some odd and unknown reason, I was really attached to it. I do not have the original .jpg anymore but I do have it written down in my journal and I thought it would be nice to share-

a list of thinkgs i should remember:

time heals

the sunrise is a constant

salt water stings

i am worth all of it

driving calms

the music will never end

books finish

(sometimes happily)

the phoebe birds will always

sing my grandmother’s name

locked doors can be unlocked

trees produce oxygen

i produce carbon dioxide

stars die all the time

the sun burns

I think everyone interprets it a different way and that is why I like it so much. Today’s entry started so random and I thought it would be good to continue and take a break from all these restaurant posts. 🙂

Typical

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Based on my posts, I should be six hundred pounds and my arteries clogged beyond fixing. I like to disregard limits when I go out to eat at restaurants so I can enjoy foods that I cannot make at home. Yes, sometimes I go a little overboard and I realize a few weeks ago that the internet does not know my eating habits outside of what I post. I am sad to report that they are pretty boring. There are a million healthy living bloggers that kick ass at posting healthy foods and recipes so I tend to steer clear and entertain my own little niche.

The above picture is a portion of a typical home dinner. If I know I am not going out, I usually eat a bigger lunch and make a smaller dinner with a few snacks to get me to bedtime. I subconsciously loosely follow MyPlate’s guidelines with 1/2 plate veggies and fruits, 1/4 protein and 1/4 whole grains. Taylor makes her amazing salads and I will grill up chicken with (insert seasonal vegetables here) and a fun rice blend. Our current favorite is a mixture of brown rice, wild rice and black rice.

Patience

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I never truly understood the limits of patience until I had to hang more than one picture on the wall. Somewhere between marathoning The Office and a trip to Ikea, I had a bright idea that I wanted a picture wall in my room. (not a bright idea at all)

It ended up being horrible in practice- I think it looks tacky. I was so frustrated at the end that I almost took them all down. They are still up as I type this because I actually really like the pictures and am waiting to rearrange some furniture before I decide what to do with all the frames. Any ideas?! I recently moved and I have one really blank wall with almost no furniture pushed against it (due to how the room is set up it would look kind of weird) so this was my solution. This is me personally asking for help.

Fortune

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I forgot to mention in my last post but Chino restaurant has song lyrics in their fortune cookies! So hipster, I love it.

Another one we got was philosophy is the talk on a cereal box/religion is a smile on a dog. I thought it was so deep until I googled the lyrics and found out that Baby Spice from Spice Girls was the singer.

West Coast

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There is this painted sign on the freeway that I have been trying to take a picture of for so long now. I never was able to catch it on time or forgot about it until I drove past it but I was finally able to snap a good shot when we drove back from our lunch at Barbacco. Taylor and I did a high five after and felt so accomplished. Another thing to check off my ridiculously long check-list of life.

PS: It’s on the right side of the 280 coming from the Embarcadero right after the Sixth Street or Mariposa Ave exit if you happen to care.

Homeless

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Wow, look how amazing the background shot is. I am so lucky to live in this b-e-a-utiful city. Emily, I am sure you are used to this view. 🙂

This section is titled homeless because I was originally getting my fashion blogger (ha, not) on when a homeless guy started doing some stuff that is not appropriate for this blog and I could not help but watch. This was after I took my best friend from middle school out for a belated birthday. That post will be going up on Monday and I am excited to show you more later.

Thank you for letting me share my list of thinks! There are a lot of pictures that got lost in the shuffle after I started to make each post centered on one topic. I am happy to finally get them out there.

What is the weirdest fortune cookie you cracked open? Mine was digital circuits are made from analog parts. How would you even interpret that? My brain is too simple to understand.

Any random things going on in your life?

P.S. I Love You

Dear, I thought I’d drop a line: the weather’s cool, the folks are fine.

Maybe last Saturday night confirmed my fears but I think I officially leveled up to a middle-aged soul.

To revisit the topic of nostalgia, I had another experience that brought me right back to childhood. My sister can (and probably will in the comment section) attest to the uncountable times that our father had us listen to the contralto vocals of the Diana Krall. Shit almost hit the fan when I found out she would perform at The Fox Theater this year.

Incase you missed the memo about who is Diana Krall, she is a two time Grammy winning, seven multi-platinum album having best-selling jazz artist of her time. (thanks Wiki)

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I usually aim for general admission so I can be as close as possible to the performers, but we settled for balcony seats since Diana is stationed at her piano the whole time. Also note that this is the second time this year I have found my way across the Bay Bridge- world record, y’all.

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We hit unexpected traffic heading across the bridge, so had little time to get some food in before the concert started at 8p. A quick Yelp search led to what was named as “the best grilled cheese ever” at Dogwood just down the street from the Fox.

They took 20 minutes so I was really excited because it must have been made with lots of love.

Another PS: I am a pretty smart cookie, but I did not realize I had two dimples until I was editing this picture below. Well, I knew I had two dimples at some part in my life but one went into hibernation for a few years and it just now came back recently!

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We ordered two grilled cheese to share, one custom (salami, pepperoncinis, truffle oil) and the other Cubano. They were really tasty but also very thin- I was still famished before even leaving the bar. We had to stop by In-N-Out on the way home, which is not much to complain about.

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The historical Fox theater is not your average concert hall. The attention to detail is incredible inside, I wish I could have taken a real picture but I was not going to be that person. You can still see a lot of the original middle-eastern/roaring 20s influences from the first owner.

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My review of Diana Krall? So amazing, seriously. Listening to live music really makes you live in the moment. All she had on stage was her piano, drummer, strings, fiddler (Stuart Duncan, omg) and key-man. No background music, nothing and they produced the music all by themselves.

With such a big auditorium, she still managed to create an intimate mood with stories of her past and her sultry banter.

I was a little nervous going into the concert because I read reviews and she seemed to play mostly music from her new CD- songs that nobody really knows instead of her classics. She surprised the audience and took requests for about 30 minutes in the middle of her setlist. Hearing her play her new album was good, hearing her play songs that I loved was on another level.

A few of my favorite songs: (aka go download/youtube them now)

S’Wonderful, Besame Mucho, P.S. I Love You (cue title), Case Of You, Cry Me A River and Peel Me A Grape

Anyone you want to go see that you have not had the chance yet? Yes, Tony Bennett! Although I have to do it soon before the old guy needs to be wheeled around. There is just something about being brunette in a crowd of white hair. 🙂

Jacque Attack

Hello beautiful, how are you enjoying this fine Thursday?

We are getting a little bit of rain here and there, which makes me happy because I ordered an umbrella off Amazon a month ago and finally get to put it to good use.

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One sentence back story: Jacq just finished her Organic Chemistry test the day before and I am celebrating spring break, so we decided a hike was in order.

I picked her up a little late and we drove down the street to fuel up with chocolate croissants and juices. (imagine our blood sugar levels like this- __^__)

She found a cool Oakland trail that we both have not tried before and that is where we headed. To be honest, it is REALLY hard to find and we might have spent more time looking for the parking lot than actually doing our hike.

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It also started raining about half-way through, but luckily we had the giant redwood trees acting as a canopy and shielding us from the rain. Our original eight mile hike turned out to be a measly four mile hike. After factoring the uphills and unexpected climate change, I would pretty much call it even. 😉

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The redwoods in the area were second and third generation. From the signs we read while trekking, we learned that most of the giant trees were cut down in the 1800s for the gold rush boom (think lodging and building a city from scratch). We even found remnants of a few grandfather stumps.

PS: This is not one of those stumps, I just thought it was a cool looking tree.

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We refueled afterwards at a new-to-us place in Oakland named Hopscotch. Both of us do not fan out of San Francisco very often, so we felt like we were in a whole new world. A local food critic gave this place a good review, so I obliged with the duck fat chips to accompany my burger.

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Since I was so ravenous, Taylor and I went to go eat a good ol’ Italian dinner a few hours later. We can also rename this post as “girls with no faces”.

They had small and large servings at Aperto. Instead of both us eating proper serving sizes, we ordered three different pastas and rotated every few bites. Our waiter was impressed.

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Oh, also we cannot forget to talk about the meatballs. Clearly today was not my most healthiest days of eats…how I am not three million pounds by now is beyond me.

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In not so blog-worthy moments of my day, I am just working, volunteering and eating unphotographable food.

What is the most exciting thing to happen in your week? I got a really exciting fortune in my cookie the other day, which makes me consider how eventful my week actually is.