I’m enjoying my Sunday with some indie rock/pop/electronica on KSPC. This weekend, we started covering our bare white walls with posters from Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We also started hanging up pictures from our wedding day. I get all warm and fuzzy inside watching this space transform more into our home.
My vampire shift for work is physically and mentally challenging. So, I try to find balance on my days off: going to yoga classes, catching up on chores, playing with the puppy, meeting up with friends and trying new food spots.
In San Francisco, Susan and Tom introduced us to Farmer Brown’s a few weekends ago. It’s all about local, organic farm food with a Southern twist. These angel biscuits mixed cornbread with a touch of jalapeÃ±o. The honey butter spread nicely complimented the sweet and spicy tones.
I also loved this spicy bowl of jambalaya shrimp and grilled andouille sausage.
Susan and Tom are always tuning us into the cutting-edge of San Francisco eating and I’m grateful for that. We can always expect tasty meals, cocktails and wacky tales of living and working in the City by the Bay. Since we live about an hour away, Susan said it was nice we could work out our meet-ups in a matter of hours. That’s in comparison to when I lived in Topeka and we attempted to synch up our schedules months in advance.
We’re also enjoying our new yoga studio in Davis. Barefoot Yoga has a beautiful wood panel space and our instructor is really smart and zen-like. At the end of class, he always says: “Take your practice off the mat.” I want to do that for 2008: focus on breathing, finding peace for myself and being a positive force for the world around me. I’ve spent the last two years establishing myself as a broadcast journalist. Now I’ve moved up to a bigger market and I know I’ve proven to myself and my colleagues that I know what I’m doing. I think the next step is balancing hard work with a positive outlook. I want to be able to take my ego out of the work equation and hopefully, find peace of mind inside the newsroom. I would be happy if I could figure out how to do that for 5 minutes.
And the other nice bonus about doing yoga in Davis is eating dinner at one of the fabulous food spots. This week, we did dinner at 2K Thai. This is the Gang Phed Ped Yang. It has savory blend of duck, pineapple chunks, bell peppers and other veggies — all mixed into a red curry sauce.
I don’t think we’re going to get tired of sampling all the different restaurants in Sacramento and the rest of Northern California. It’s really easy to eat local and fresh food products in this area. We’re having a lot of fun stumbling on spots like Brew It Up! in Sacramento. It’s one of the featured spots in this week’s Dine Downtown. I enjoyed last night’s Oatmeal Stout and Irish Amber. Plus – this place doesn’t skimp on the food. These fresh mussels packed a nice spicy punch in the tomato broth. I only wish I had more bread to mop up the juices!
I thought sampling Mark’s scallops was like biting into a work of art. It’s served with a yummy saffron risotto and I thought the thick rice took on some of the scallop flavors. Mark said he thought the relishes tasted like different flavors of chutney.
Overall, it was a satisfying dinner for $30/head.
And we’re looking forward to our next food adventure.