Today was another one of those Sundays — meaning leisurely and fun . I went up to Berkeley to have lunch/ brunch with some of of my BTVS friends. After some tamales and a tasty margarita a few of us went walking to some of the book stores . One of my favorites The Other change of hobbit is a science fiction bookstore — that has cats . ( one of which liked my scarf). We also went into Comic relief, a huge comic book store and Half Price books , which is a chain , but some how never quite feels like one. Food, walking, books , and conversation.
Tonight’s dinner was very tasty, far better than average. And that’s because most of our dinner, was given to us by friends. Last night DH was playing jazz at Federico’s. The owners have become our friends and they were very concerned that I didn’t come. When they found out that I didn’t feel up to it after my dental visit,Federico made me a velvety smooth zucchini soup. So good. That was tonight’s dinner. We paired it with one of T’s wines from Crushpad. Yummy. Meals where everything has been given to you by friends – the best
My DH and I spent Saturday in the best possible way after a busy week. We took Bart into SF , had lunch, then visited our friend T at his place of work. T works at
Crushpad. Crushpad is a winery in SF. Yes, a winery in the city. They buy grapes from vineyards all over the state( Oregon and Washington,too) and make specialty wines. As an individual, group, restaurant, or corporation you can buy a barrel and be as involved as you want in wine making process. Our friend showed us around the different rooms and told us some of the techniques ( old and modern) that are used to bring out the potential in the grapes. We also got to taste some of the young wines in the barrel. I’ve been to wineries before , and done tastings, but this was different. It was different because I got to taste the same kind of wine made from grapes from different vineyards. Chardonnay,for example, can have a much wider variety of flavors than I thought.
Walking around the barrels, learning how something I enjoy is made, while tasting what I enjoy, is a great way to spend a weekend.
Today I had a plan , not a big plan, but it started with the idea that I would be home from the coffee shop by 10am. Today, however, seems to have its own time. I spent the extra hour talking with a friend about his plans for 2008 and in the process,he realized how much he really had done over the last year.
January is a hard time for a lot of people. All the push and bustle of the holidays is over; all the day to day worries are back. But if you don’t fight January, and just look forward to the new year, the Christmas decorations will get put away and the beef stew will be made even if you start an hour later than planned