Category Archives: BonVivant

100 Happy Days: Team Zissou

My co-worker was surprised that I haven’t seen “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” She said Wes Anderson fans love this movie.

She said I had to see it.

It was the perfect film for our “dinner and movie” night at home.

After work, I came home to a steamy kitchen. It smelled so good!
Mark made Spinach Pesto Chicken.
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100 Happy Days: Mornings

My mornings start with this cutie. Daisy likes to sleep in.
She tries to get me to spend more time in bed.
Puppy cuddles are a great way to start my day.

After my workout, I had leftover ramen for lunch.
I added shiitake and pink oyster mushrooms to this roasted pork ramen from the Chubby Noodle pop-up inside Amante.
I also added Sriracha.
I garnished the broth and noodles with chopped green onions.


Day 67 of 100 Happy Days.

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.

100 Happy Days: Bottomless Mimosas

Mimosas are always a good idea.
Bottomless mimosas are better when you don’t have to work.

I had a rare Sunday off.
Mimosas at Harry's
We spent the day doing brunch and watching World Cup games in San Francisco.

A tasty breakfast burrito at Harry’s in Pacific Heights.

During my restroom break, Netherlands scored a goal against Mexico. Mark texted me about it as I washed my hands.

Adorable Barbie art inside the ladies room.

Day 56 of 100 Happy Days.

100 Happy Days: Salsiccie e Fagioli

The kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in our house. I love the smell of meat and vegetables simmering on the stove.

David Rocco’s Dolce Vita helps me soothe my travel bug blues. His life and family in Florence look fabulous. Today, I made Salsiccie e Fagioli from his Spring Break episode.

I enjoy cooking with Sinatra crooning on my iPad.


Playing on Pandora Radio: “The Way You Look Tonight.”
That made me think of the last time I danced to that song with Mark. It was the last dance at a wedding reception at Mark Hopkins in San Francisco.

“…wrinkle your nose..”
I suppose we also like this song because of it’s connection to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I always think of it as Kira and Odo’s song.

Day 38 of 100 Happy Days.

100 Happy Days: Cheese

Call me a mouse.
Nibbling on cheese makes me happy. I loved snacking on cheese slices and bread when I was a kid. I didn’t need it melted into a grilled cheese sandwich. I just wanted cheese and white bread.

We picked up this Mitica Campo de Montalban from a Whole Foods in San Rafael. It’s made from cow and sheep milk.

Day 31 of 100 Happy Days.