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Travel Theme: One Colour

One colour to bring them all and in the darkness bind them…
Not exactly. Still, this is a fun photo challenge.

Street art in North Park
Cheshire Cat Smile. Street art in #SanDiego North Park

Walking behind the baseball field at Serra Mesa Park.

Arroz Negro Con Sepia at Costa Brava.
Arroz Negro Con Sepia
Paella with calamari, cooked in squid ink. It reminded me of Barcelona.

My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: One Colour.

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100 Happy Days: Baller

I felt like a baller today at O2 Bodyfit Bootcamp.

I used a 15-pound medicine ball for my wall ball circuit. I dropped it once. On my face.
That knocked off my glasses.

But I kept going.

I made a hearty lentil and tomato soup for lunch. I used a recipe by David Rocco.
#kvpkitchen Lentil and Tomato Soup w/ @DavidRoccosVita recipe. #vegetarian lunch. Added red wine. YUMMY! #kvpinmybelly #foodspotting #soup #foodstagram
His Dolce Vita episode on simple Italian soups intrigued me. I liked how he crafted flavorful broths without chicken or beef stock.

For this soup, I added chicken apple sausage and red wine. It tasted so rich and hearty.

Day 88 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.
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.
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: Drakes Bay

Hello Drakes Bay.

Introducing friends to this amazing oyster farm. Also, saying good-bye. I am quite sad that Drakes Bay Oyster Company will close at the end of this month.

We enjoyed showing Suzanne and Ryan all we knew about shucking oysters. It’s not much. I hope it helped.

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100 Happy Days: Pasta

Pasta inspiration from Extra Virgin. Debi Mazar’s family looked like they enjoyed making fresh pasta.

Plus – it looked like this family had the solution to stop noodles from sticking together: Semolina.
#kvpkitchen Fresh pasta!! Ready for some sauce!!

I followed Gabriele Corcos’ recipe.
#kvpkitchen Making adorable pasta dough! Ready to roll out!!

I was amazed by this pasta dough. It felt like we finally hit the perfect ratio of eggs to flour. I think this is our best batch of pasta. Ever.

We served it with Gabriele’s red sauce and leftover zucchini cheese balls.


Day 78 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Dinner

Dinner and a documentary on the making of “The Prisoner.”

We made zucchini meatballs. David Rocco’s recipe didn’t have any meat. I ended up calling them zucchini cheese balls.

I also made garlic mashed white beans. I used Nigella Lawson’s recipe and added lime zest.
#kvpkitchen #vegetarian dinner w/ zucchini cheese balls, tomato salad and mashed garlic white beans. Last night's #kitchen adventure! NOM! #foodspotting #kvpinmybelly #foodstagram

Day 76 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Shopping

I missed my weekly shopping trips to the Daly City Farmers Market!

Today’s market was packed with regulars and people who got an early start to their July 4th holiday weekend.

Blueberries looked popular.

For lunch, I made Gorgonzola and Porcini Mushroom Risotto. I used a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis.

So rich and creamy!
I added pink oyster and shiitake mushrooms from the market.

Day 60 of 100 Happy Days.

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Coming up for air

Tug of the leash. Groan from the dog. Daisy always wants to run up to these fine-feathered visitors at Lake Elizabeth. I try to point out to her that her floppy ears won’t help her fly across the water. Plus, she’s not a fan of the water.
According to her dog camps in Kansas and Sacramento, she won’t dive into a wading pool. I try to reason with her but Daisy keeps tugging at her leash. Poor dog.
The lake is also my favorite place to clear my head and take a break from my new life as the Newark Patch editor.

To other people – I am the Patch Girl.

When I introduce myself and my community news site to Newark peeps, I see their mouths form into an “Ah.” I see a light of recognition in their eyes. Then I hear the phrase: “You’re the Patch Girl.”

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Forget Baskin-Robbins!

“Regular or Phillips?”

Our Oakland buddy dubbed that as the name of his BBQ. Scott served up some our favorites from last time, including that amazing hickory-smoked salmon.

Home Brewed Ale w/brown sugar at the Oakland BBQ. Kept foaming!
I fried up some beef lumpia for the party. I left out the patis & peanut oil in this batch. Another party-goer offered up his home-brewed Brown Ale. He said he used brown sugar. He says that’s probably what gave his foamy beer its caramel aftertaste.

For dessert, Scott made vanilla ice cream. It tasted so creamy and sweet. I wanted seconds.
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Call Me Mrs. Potato Head

I planted the white potato seedlings last March. I started digging them up at the end of June.


My First Potato Harvest
According to a couple of garden-centric web sites, I should harvest the potatoes after the green vines died off. We had a few tiny ones, but a majority ended up being impressive in size.

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