Key and Maki- SF City Hall Wedding

She’s loose (and not in the way you might be thinking)–gorgeous,unstructured, and fun-loving. He’s quiet, handsome, unfailingly adoring of her and ready for whatever she throws his way. Key and Maki were my dream couple. They weren’t into the whole posey-pose traditional “at San Francisco City Hall” shots at all. And yes. I had to stop her from sliding down the banister of the grand staircase–no joke–not because she couldn’t handle it–only because it was better that she not get arrested or kicked out before she got married. She is EPICALLY AWESOME.

Oh–and you might recognize a face in here, my stunning client and friend, Mommy-blogger Paala, who is Key’s cousin. Yes, amazingness runs in the family.

Key and Maki celebrated with their family with a beautiful Colorado country wedding last weekend. I wish I was free for it–always down for a destination wedding– but alas, no. Maybe for a South Korea celebration? Fingers crossed. Congratulations you two XOXOXOX!!!!

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Outstanding in the Field at Bonny Doon Vineyards

It was going to be my birthday and my friend Jessica, a food and wine writer had what she referred to as a “bucket list” assignment on that day. She was going to cover Outstanding in the Field‘s (a farm-to-table dining movement) visit to avante garde viticulturist Randall Grahm’s latest pet project, a vineyard in San Juan Baptista; did I want to go? Did she really have to ask?

I became familiar with some of the Bonny Doon¬†wine (my favorite–Le Cigare Volante) while waiting on tables many moons ago and have always seen them as consistently outstanding “go-to” wines. The quirky labeling has been a long-standing curiousity–as is the be-specticuled man behind it. He didn’t disappoint–with talk of aging one of his wines in large 5-gallon water bottles and stirring it with magnets.

Chef Jamie Smith of Foodmithput together a delicious menu sourced completely locally (the beef we ate was from a close-by farm). And I got to try something I thought I’d never eat; beef tongue. I had two bites. Mom, are you proud (or just a little skeeved out)? It was pretty darned tasty.

Jess and I got to eat some of the best darned strawberry shortcake we’d ever had (with lemon verbena creme to die for) and we even got a man who knew how to work my camera to take a bday photo of us. Score! Thanks Jessica, Foodsmith, Outstanding in the Field and Bonny Doon Vineyards for a birthday dinner to remember.

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