Sonoma Barrel Tasting

We spent last weekend in Sonoma with great friends to participate in Barrel Tasting Weekend. There are hundreds of wineries that participate, and we managed to make it to: DeLoach, deLorimier, Cellars of Sonoma, Harvest Moon, Inman Family, Mounts, Soda Rock (they ID'd all of us more than 4 times each...we're 21, OKAY?!), and Truett Hurst. There were loads more but I can't remember them all...I'm sure that has nothing to do with the copious amounts of wine I consumed...
Walking around the grounds of Mounts. This was our collective favorite winery that we visited...it is so cute, the wines are delicious, and the wine maker wears legit overalls (as if you needed a third reason).
The whole gang at Truett Hurst! This place is gorgeous with outdoor seating right on the creek.
I love the Sonoma wineries that have games like corn hole and bocce ball (for the record, the girls won everything).
Just hanging at deLoach, a casual French Revolution era themed winery. Nothing to see here. 
Most of the wineries served free food for the event, which was such a nice bonus so we didn't have to stop for lunch. Think: mini grilled cheese sandwiches, tri-tip crostinis, bbq sliders, and grilled bratwursts. Lucas made a beeline towards the food table the moment we walked into each winery. He can put away a ridiculous number of mini grilled cheeses...it's quite impressive. Check out the above action shot. :)
Things got a little weird towards the end of the 2nd day. This event was the best...we will definitely be back next year. :)

Tahoe Weekend

We just returned from a quick ski trip to Lake Tahoe, which is about 3.5 hours from San Francisco. My family flew into Reno and then met us at this rental house, which was close to the base of Heavenly
We're in the middle of a severe drought  but luckily Tahoe received a foot of snow last week, so the conditions were perfect. It was warm but there was a lot of great powder. We skied two full days and then capped each day off with the hot tub and bloody marys.
We drove back to SF today and made several pit stops along the way (Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Target, TJ Maxx, Homegoods, oh my!). Lucas joked that we were setting a world record for stopping at the most TJ Maxx stores in one day. I was looking for a particular lamp, so haters (Lucas) gonna hate. We capped the day off with Evolution and a pit stop by The Bud Stop. :) Now back to work we go...

Last Few Weekends

We had a really lovely Valentine's Day weekend. First of all, the weather was glorious (THANKS SAN FRANCISCO!), so we enjoyed sunsets galore from our roof. Also, Lucas sort of kills it in the flower department -- this gorgeous arrangement is from Church Street Flowers in SF. We both wrapped our gifts in the exact same paper (AKA we only have one non-holiday kind of wrapping paper but let's pretend we're just soulmates on the same paper wavelength) -- can you guess which one I wrapped (ha!)? For dinner on V-Day we went to Outerlands, which is my favorite spot in SF. It's cozy and delicious and non-pretentious and just everything a restaurant should be.
My sister-in-law, Anne, was here for a hot second last week, so we gave her the full tour of SF. She picked the only foggy day we've had in months to visit, but it didn't stop us from taking her to Fort Point, Baker Beach, and of course, for both pho and Philz. Only the best for my sis!

This weekend was gorgeous (again...ugh SF you're so predictable) so we went over to Angel Island. We drove to Tiburon and then took the ferry over to the island. It sort of looks like Jurassic Park and it's the Ellis Island of the West Coast, so I.was.into.it. Don't worry though, our weekend wasn't all sunshine and party-party-party, we also had our car towed to the tune of $600 and several hours in the wee hours of the night spent in the SF impound lot. I'm over it, I swear. No big deal. It's not like I can think of anything else I'd rather spend that money on.
We ended the weekend on a high note by hosting a little Oscars party. This is weirdly the only photo I took of the evening -- whoops! High points of the Oscars: Eddie Redmayne, Oprah, and Gaga. Low points: Boyhood and Selma not winning all of the awards. Happy Monday, all!

Colorado Weekend

We made a trip to Colorado to visit my BFF, Kristina, this weekend. This was Lucas's first trip to Colorado, so we packed in as much as possible into our 3 days.
Sunset is definitely the time to fly. I even broke away from watching E! on demand for 30 whole minutes to enjoy this perfect light over the mountains. 
On Saturday we drove up to Arapahoe Basin for a day of skiing. I was by far the weakest link in the group, but it was a really pretty day, so it was fun to be outside. Lucas was excited to bust out his go pro selfie stick, so the day was wellllll documented.


On Sunday, we drove to Boulder, which is about 30 miles outside of Denver. We hiked the Flatirons, which is a 3 mile round trip hike that kicks off in Chautauqua Park in Boulder. Afterwards, we walked around Pearl Street and soaked up the last of the sun before flying back to rainy SF.

In case you're planning a trip to Denver, these are the top places we ate:
  • True Food Kitchen - A healthy restaurant in the cute neighborhood of Cherry Creek. The panang curry was out of this world.
  • Tamayo - This is a Mexican restaurant in the cute area of Larimer Square. The margaritas and tacos were on point. 
  • Rosenberg's Bagels - I would like to get down on my knees and beg for this place to open up a San Francisco location. There are super long lines, but its well work the amazing bagel sandwiches that magically cured our hangovers.
  • Patxi's - This is a Bay Area pizza chain, but they have a few locations in Denver as well. We ordered in deep dish and watched the Grammy's on Sunday night before jetting back home. Nothing like celebs and carbs to close out the perfect weekend!
And here were our favorite coffee spots:
  • Little Owl Coffee - A super tiny coffee shop in Lower Denver (LoDo) with the prettiest latte art (priorities!).
  • Crema Coffee House - A trendy spot in the River North (RiNo) district of Denver.
  • Laughing Goat Coffee - Roomy coffee shop in Boulder full of students studying. Come here if you want to feel really old and enjoy a perfectly made almond milk latte. 
Love and miss you already, Buddy! xo