Dogs Are People Too

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In my obsession with all things French, I recently bookmarked the French Vogue website to get my daily fix.  I was delighted when I came across these whimsical images of Weimaraners modeling Acne apparel by photographer William Wegman.  C’est si bon!

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Orelia-Pearls{Orelia rocking pearls and a polo shirt…not exactly high fashion but lovely, still.}

Top 10 Affordable San Francisco Bites

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{Shrimp and grits at Brenda’s French Soul Food}

I love to eat.  Always have, always will.  To me, food is love and comfort.  Thank goodness I inherited my dad’s metabolism! Here’s my favorite spots around San Francisco for tasty and affordable meals.

  1. Brenda’s French Soul Food –  The best and most authentic Southern food in San Francisco. Who needs a trip to New Orleans when I can have red beans & rice, shrimp & grits and mouth watering homemade biscuits right here?
  2. Chloe’s Café – my favorite brunch spot in adorable Noe Valley.  The pecan pancakes and egg salad sandwiches are to die for!
  3. Hillstone – best burger and fries in the city.  Yes, it’s a chain, but their burger is even better than the Spruce burger and much cheaper.
  4. Giorgio’s – There’s a reason this place has been around for 30 years.  Family friendly and the best pizza I’ve had on the West Coast.
  5. Castagna – The pasta here is amazing and the adorable French owners behind the bar aren’t too shabby either. Sit at the bar and prepare to be delighted by the food and the company. Je t’adore!
  6. Bistro Central Parc – Absolutely authentic and delicious French bistro with the sweetest owners.  Wild mushroom risotto is so good and their weekend brunch menu is beyond good.
  7. Magic Flute – Gorgeous garden in the back with heated lamps, best French toast in town and heavenly beignets.
  8. Eliza’s – Great lunch specials and their wonton soup and chicken with cashews & broccoli are go-to favorites.
  9. Benihana – I know, I know, it’s a chain.  But I’ve had some of the best impromptu meals there with my BFF.  Their fried rice and lobster rocks!
  10. Godzilla – It’s no Sushi Ran, but it’s fresh, affordable sushi within walking distance of my apartment.  Plus the people behind the counter are super friendly.

A New Direction

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It’s been an interesting week with some pretty significant highs and lows.  A couple of promising things on the career front didn’t pan out as planned.  It’s disappointing, but I’m reminded of my favorite Oprah quote: “Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.”  Another direction indeed, but I’m continuing to put one foot in front of the other while looking straight ahead instead of over my shoulder.

On a brighter note, I enjoyed a couple of deep and meaningful conversations with old friends this week.  And my heart is still warm remembering how fulfilling it is being in the company of people who see you, accept you, appreciate you and love you through it all.

Enjoy the weekend!

Joy of Home

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Over brunch recently, a friend asked if I had any trips coming up.  When I responded “no,” she was shocked.  I’ve always been the type of person who needs a vacation to look forward to…even if it’s just a weekend getaway.  For the first time in my life, I have no interest in going anywhere anytime soon.

Perhaps it’s the fact that I spent 5 months on vacation and traveling around last year.  Or maybe I’m just enjoying being lucky enough to call San Francisco my home.  Regardless, it’s never felt so good to kick back on the couch with Orelia, a good book and a glass of wine.

However, the next time the travel bug does bite me (and I know it will), I’ll be going to the Blue Door Inn pictured above in Mendocino.