Monday, April 15, 2013


I just love a good jaunt, don't you? Over Easter weekend I traveled up to San Francisco to visit my college roommate and spend a few glorious days indulging myself in one of my favorite foodie destinations. Even though it was a quick excursion, I managed to brunch every day of the trip. Yes, brunch is most definitely a verb.

Brunch is one of my favorite things because if I'm enjoying brunch it's either the weekend or I'm on vacation. When you work full-time, brunching during the week just isn't an option. Though it should be, dang it.

Our brunch destinations included The Grove, Fred's Place and Sweet Maple. On previous trips to NorCal, Fred's Place in Sausalito won my vote for top breakfast with their fluffy omelets, crispy hash browns and killer fried french toast. You heard me. Deep fried french toast glory. But on this trip, Shannon introduced me to Sweet Maple's Millionaires Bacon, which is like the bacon the royal family would eat, I imagine. It's thick, glazed with some brown sugar, and spiced ever so slightly. It's perfection is what it is. I had an asparagus omelet filled with said bacon, parmesan and topped with rich hollandaise. It was so flavorful but somehow not at all too heavy, which is important because a girl needs to save room for wine.

We had our own TCU reunion going on up in Sonoma and visited Korbel, Arista, Mazzocco, Hop Kiln and Francis Ford Coppola between spurts of rain. My partners in the wine country have been my friends for nearly 11 years. We've all changed so much since we first met our freshman year of college, yet we maintain a close friendship despite our differences and always manage to make epic memories when we're together.

(Celebrating new bottles of wine)

Even when greeted with a downpour of rain on Easter, we took our party to the Ferry Building and sampled chocolate, cured meats and cheeses and of course, more wine. It was the most perfect weekend catching up with friends over good food and wine and exactly what I needed before my big work event.

Until next time, San Francisco...