Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Edible East Bay

Yesterday was largely taken up with the repair of my kitchen sink. (Thanks, honey.)

It has been rainy and all-around pragmatic, in the sense that it just seems to be a time for getting things done. Car insurance, oil change, dentist, med appts., the whole responsibility routine. And this does not include the office! That's a whole other story.

I escaped for 20 minutes to the Market Hall yesterday. (Look for a future post on the Market Hall.) The rain was pouring down outside Peaberries as I stood there drinking my consolatory coffee. Walking out, all too soon, I saw and picked up an Edible East Bay.

A great, free (although you can subscribe) quarterly magazine on local food. There are at least four things in there I want to follow up on, including recipes for preparing fennel, and the Jack London Crab Crawl, which will take place on March 1st.

Check it out: http://www.edibleeastbay.com/.

Friday, January 11, 2008

New Years Day 2008

[Mike, thanks for the beautiful photo.]
It is only a myth that Greek men don't smile for pictures. In this case, I was merely cold. If you look closely you will see my lips are turning blue.
Between us and the GGB is the restored Crissy Field. One of the best places to walk and visit with people and their dogs. (I want a Lab!)
Crissy Field has a fascinating history: http://www.parksconservancy.org/our_work/crissy/resources.asp.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Back to the Grindstone/Visitors/New Years/Brazen Careerist

I am sitting here looking out at the rain. The construction workers across the street have gone home and there is a sense of peace. The holidays are over and now come the days of measuring success by the teaspoonful. But they do add up and before you know it new things will be made manifest. That is the miracle of time: there is change.

M and O came from New York for the New Year holiday and we four hit the ground running. We went to the city, Marin and Sonoma. We visited maybe a dozen coffee places over six days, lots of restaurants, wineries and a bar or two. Lots of food and talking and more talking. It was great.
My resolution is to entertain once a month this year! I made three dinners in the course of 10 days for guests and it felt good. If nothing else it forces you to look at your home through a visitor's eyes and make a few needed adjustments to things--not to mention a good cleaning.

Have you read the Brazen Careerist? For some reason I am hooked on it. Gets you thinking about work, the way it really happens these days. Happy 2008!