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100 Happy Days: Super Moon

Super Moon rising over San Francisco. I think I drove Mark a little crazy as I tried to snap the perfect lunar shot from my iPhone.

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We had dinner at Gamine with Bethany. It was a pleasure to introduce her to one of our favorite French bistros in San Francisco.
#kvpinmybelly Happy first course! Beef tartare at Gamine in #SF Marina. So rich and velvety #foodspotting #french #foodstagram
We started with Beef tartare.

I had Spaghetti Carbonara.
#kvpinmybelly Spaghetti Carbonara at Gamine in #SF Marina. My favorite #pasta dish. Love that egg yolk over noodles and salty pancetta chunks. #foodspotting #pastalove #foodstagram

We closed out the restaurant. It was a pleasure to linger over dessert and port.

The kitchen surprised us with crème brûlée.
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Day 98 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Filipino Food

Filipino food reminds me of family. I loved it when Cate suggested Boracay Garden for lunch.

We ordered too much food. Also – I was impressed by these lunchtime portions.

Lechon Kawali – so meaty! Also liked the crispy pork skin.
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Sinigang – so savory and sour!
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Kare-Kare – so nutty!
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Since Cate had the day off, we did cocktails and dessert at BJs.
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Salted Caramel Pizookie.
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Day 93 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Cooking

Cooking makes my kitchen smell amazing! I also like how it makes the kitchen the warmest spot in the house.

It was lovely to finish up my workout and watch my hubby take care of dinner.
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Mark said the Barefoot Contessa’s bolognese recipe was easy to follow. I also liked the flavor combo of red wine, meat and tomatoes.
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YUM.
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Day 92 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Conversation

Conversation over beer and cocktails at the Village Tavern in San Francisco’s Noe Valley.
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Also – I laughed when I saw this sign by the Noe Valley Courts.
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I’ve never been called Daisy’s “Guardian.”
If there was a town hall meeting on this sign, I would have loved to watch it.

Decadent dessert after a lovely meal at Firefly.
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This brioche bread pudding made my mouth water.

Day 90 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto Pasta surprised me at the Portola Kitchen.

I love my weekly lunch dates with my hubby.
Today, I kept nibbling at his plate of Lumache.

Day 89 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Monterey Bay

I love weekend getaways to Monterey Bay.

We took our time on the drive down 101. We did some wine tasting in the Uvas Valley. I was pleasantly surprised by the wines in Morgan Hill and Gilroy.
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We also had a blast playing bocce ball at Sarah’s Vineyard.

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Sampled chocolate caramels and enjoyed the view on Fisherman’s Wharf.

I started with a smoky Negroni at Restaurant 1833. We loved the tasting menu.
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Day 85 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Bone Marrow

Succulent bone marrow delight in San Francisco.

This is a tasty small plate at Beast and the Hare. It’s served with grilled toast. It’s melt-in-your-mouth good.
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Day 83 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Nut House

Lunch at Antonio’s Nut House in Palo Alto.
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I love the crazy ceiling tiles.

Antonio’s used to be a watering hole for Facebook employees.

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Also – a great spot for good, cheap Mexican food. I liked my carnitas taco.

Day 82 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Healthy Living

Healthy living and feeling stronger.
I used a 12-pound medicine ball for sit-ups and Russian twists during today’s O2 Bodyfit class. It was a tough circuit. However, I could handle the weight.
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Last year, I used a 6-pound ball.

After class, I made vegetable quiche cups with green bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and red onions. I added Pepper Plant hot sauce.
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I used a recipe from “The Kitchen is My Playground.”

Also – I love having leftover quiche cups!

Day 81 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: On the Wall

On the Wall at Smugglers Cove:


It’s thrilling to see our names up there! We worked hard on those rum tastings. Fine. “Work” may not be the right word for it.

We certainly enjoyed all the rum. I also couldn’t stop laughing at that silly hazing ceremony.


We celebrated with one of the bar’s master rums: Myers’s Planter Punch Brand 1938 Rum. It’s a funky Jamaican rum. It’s also quite complex and smooth. I liked it.

Finally, a San Francisco bar that knows both of our names. Well, they certainly can’t forget us!

Day 77 of 100 Happy Days.

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