Berkeley / Greek Theatre Day

A few weekends ago, we spent the day in Berkeley with our friends and then saw the Alabama Shakes in concert at the Greek Theatre that night.
We grabbed lunch at this Brazilian cafe, which has tri-tip sandwiches, pork rice bowls, and mango smoothies. The weather was on point, so we followed that up with some day drinking at Jupiter, which is a local restaurant with a big outdoor patio.
The theatre sits on Berkeley's campus and is a 15 minute walk from the downtown. You can actually bring food inside, which is awesome. We picked up hot dogs (!) from a downtown spot and then followed the crowds to the theatre. The venue itself is really cool. It's a general admission amphitheater with standing room at the bottom, concrete seats in the middle, and then a big grassy lawn at the top. Something for everyone! We arrived pretty late, so we grabbed seats on the lawn (luckily we brought blankets). The pros were that the views of SF, the bay, and the campus were gorgeous (check out that sunset above). The major con was that the hill was really steep and we kept sort of sliding down. I think next time we'll try to arrive a bit earlier and snag some seats, but we'll definitely be back to this gem of a venue. 

Tomales Bay Weekend

Lucas turned the big 27 last Wednesday, so we celebrated him all weekend long!
To kick things off, we grabbed drinks at Black Horse London Pub, which happens to be the smallest bar in San Francisco. It's just around the corner from our apartment. There are only 8 stools and 5 beer choices, and the owner, James, hangs out behind the bar and knows everyone by name. They don't have a fridge, so he just ices down the beers in a bathtub behind the awesome. We hung out with 2 other couples (and a baby!) for a few hours and it felt just like Cheers.
We followed up the beers with a much-needed dinner at our local pho spot. It was cold and dreary in SF on Friday, so it really hit the spot.
On Saturday we grabbed coffees at the Philz Truck, which is parked near Fort Mason on Saturdays and Sundays, and we had to get a bit creative on how to carry the drinks home on the scoot (didn't really think that one through...). We somehow managed to only spill a little bit.
After our coffee fix, we drove up to Tomales Bay. It's about a 1.5 hour drive north from San Francisco, but it is so scenic and feels like a total escape. Our first stop was The Marshall Store, our favorite spot for fresh oysters. 
The restaurant is right on the side of the road and the tables are set up against the water, so the convenience and views can't be beat. They have so many good food options: clam chowder, Cuban sandwiches, grilled fish, but their oysters are the best. We opted for chowder, BBQ oysters, and beers.
From there we drove up the US-1 a few minutes and stopped at Diekmann's General Store to pick up a few bottles of wine. We also couldn't resist hitting up the bakery across the street for some strawberry rhubarb pie (because, birthday obviously).
We stayed at the Inn on Tomales Bay, a very quaint and affordable bed and breakfast with sweeping view of the bay. Our room was very modest but had amazing bay windows and a cozy fireplace. Since there was no TV in the room and no cell phone or internet connection to be found, we played Scrabble (I won, of course) and listened to the extensive CD collection (Elvis, Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole - so great).
At the recommendation of the B&B owners, we went up the road to Nick's Cove for dinner. We snagged a table on the porch overlooking the water, and enjoyed the sun setting over the bay. We ate (more) BBQ oysters, lobster mac-n-cheese, clam chowder, and brussels sprouts (WE'RE SO HEALTHY RIGHT?).
The next morning we checked out of our hotel and drove over to Point Reyes, which is on the other side of Tomales Bay. We stopped at Perry's Deli to pick up sandwiches to go. We both agreed that if Perry's was in San Francisco, we'd eat there weekly. Our Reuben and Cuban sandwiches were to die for.
We drove over to the Bear Valley Visitor Center and then took a hike to the Point Reyes National Seashore. The hike was 4.5 miles each way and took us through meadows, forests, and along the shoreline.

Oh hi, Jurassic Park! 
Our favorite part of the hike had to be the cliffs and gorgeous coast line. Sadly there was a natural rock arch that collapsed about a month ago, so part of the trail was closed off, but we still managed to catch some pretty spectacular views.
The trip was so refreshing and revitalizing. Happy Birthday, Lucas! 

Skincare Essentials

I've shared some of my go-to cosmetics here and here, and now here are my skincare essentials: 
  1. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash ($28 on Amazon) - This is a miracle face wash. My BFF has naturally oily skin and I have naturally dry skin and it miraculously works great for both of us. It's sort of like the traveling pants of face washes. Bonus: it's foamy and smells great!
  2. Josie Maran Argan Oil ($48 at Sephora) - This is expensive but it will last you forever! Since my skin can be so dry, I put this on before my makeup routine to give myself a little extra glow throughout the day. 
  3. Bioderma Creáline ($35 online) - This is the best water-based makeup remover I've ever used. I loaded up when I was in Paris this summer, but you can buy it online too. It removes eyeliner and mascara like nobody's business.
  4. Fresh Eye and Night Creams ($17 to $$40 at Sephora) - I use the face cream as my night cream and occasionally the eye cream too. It's super creamy, and my skin soaks it up after I wash my face.
  5. Origins GinZing Eye Cream ($30 at Sephora) - I've mentioned this one before, but it's so essential for me that it's worth bringing up again. Dark circles come naturally to me, but this is a nice brightening eye cream. It's pretty thick, so I usually wear this cream at night along with my Fresh face cream. :)

SF Restaurant Review: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Here ye! Here ye! The cronut is out. The cruffin is in!* After hearing about this place for the last few months and seeing everyone post pics of this gorgeous shop on the interwebs, we finally made a trek to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in SF to try the famous cruffin. 
Here's the deal: they make exactly 100 cruffins a day, each person can buy a max of 2, and you have to line up to score them. We went on Sunday morning...they open up at exactly 9:00 am and we rolled up about 8:45 am and we were the last ones to get a guaranteed cruffin, so I recommend showing up a bit earlier. Still, it's not this level of hysteria, so that's nice. SF vs. NYC for the win.
The shop itself is really lovely (ignore the photo of me, because #nomakeupselfie). They have genius branding and marketing going for them and the pastries all looked / smelled amazing. If you go, definitely check out their other donuts and croissants if you aren't lucky enough to score a cruffin or need to gain some weight. :)
The flavor of the day was fluffernutter, which took me back to my elementary school days. I'm more of a savory person than a sweets person, but I must say that this thing is amazing. It blew us away how much we loved it. 
The bakery itself doesn't have seating and it's in the TenderNob, which isn't the nicest neighborhood in SF. After scoring our food, we took our new scooter up to George Sterling Park to enjoy the SF views and eat our cruffins. So worth the wait. I'm definitely a believer!

*Full disclosure - I have never had a cronut, so this is an uneducated claim.

Angel Island Birthday Weekend

This weekend Lucas threw me the best birthday party ever. We took a ferry from SF to Angel Island, which is a 30 minute trip from Fisherman's Wharf (this is the only reason I can think of that one should ever go to Fisherman's Wharf). The weather was perfect (75 and sunny...holla!) and we had 25 friends join us for the day. 
We set up shop right on the water and dug into the food / drinks immediately. We snacked on chicken salad and pimento cheese and then grilled burgers and sausages for lunch. We brought three coolers full of beer, chilled white wine, and rosé, so it was a party starting at 10:00 am. YOLO y'all. 
Food / wine comas started setting in and lots of napping / sunbathing happened.
We played Spikeball (Lucas's all time favorite game) and Catch Phrase, which is always a good idea.
Growing up, my mom made me a homemade funfetti birthday cake every year. Lucas surprised me with a 6-layer (!!) funfetti cake from SusieCakes, which is just about the closest thing you can get to my mom's and it was so so so good and incredibly thoughtful of him.
Sweet friends!
...and the party continued on the ferry ride back! Thank you to my amazing friends that came out to celebrate with me. Life wouldn't be the same without you and 26 will be the best year yet...I can feel it! :)