Touch down SF!! Finally… because somehow 6 hours of traveling turned into 12 hours of traveling.
Well, actually I’m in Berkeley at my sister’s house. I have to say that I absolutely adore everything about this place. Berkeley is such a freakin sweet town.
I’ve only been here a few days, but screw it, i’m ready to move in. I love how, well, pretty everything is. I guess it’s just not something i’m used to. Hawai’i is pretty, but in a different way. The beaches are nice, the weather is temperate, but not a lot of thought goes in to things like the architecture of the buildings or the bricks used to in the sidewalks. Everything is kind of old and run down in Hilo, not much has changed since the 60’s, and that was because a tsunami wiped out half the town.
So far I’ve seen quite a bit of Berkeley and a little bit of San Francisco. The first morning here my sister convinced me to go running, I’m not really a runner (like… at all) but it was pretty fun getting to run around town. When you’re so caught up in looking at all of the beautiful houses with the quaint little gardens you don’t really notice how far you’ve actually run.
We ran up to a track and from there hiked up a GIANT hill to a view over the city.
I almost crapped my pants when I nearly took a sliding plunge to my death, and I was breathing like a 70 year old chain smoker by the time we made it to the top, but the view was pretty awesome.
The run back (well… it was more like a walk because I caught a cramp… I told you I wasn’t a runner) gave us a chance to admire all the beautiful houses and gardens. After that we showered and headed to treasure island for a rugby tourney that my sister’s friend was playing in. On the way we stopped at a local produce market and I got some fresh fruit for breakfast and some walnuts and dried fruit. We also stopped at Trader Joe’s for some champagne (it was made clear upon arriving at treasure island that rugby and drinking go hand in hand.) It being my first time in Trader Joe’s, I was pretty excited. We only stopped in but I will definitely be back.
We even ventured on to the drink menu and got the green drink. It kind of looked like swamp gunk… the taste wasn’t far off either… but after drinking it I felt like doing a backflip.
My sis cured her craving for some Mac ‘n Cheese, a staple food for us growing up. If we weren’t having beans n weenies for dinner you can bet we were having mac ‘n cheese, preferably kraft please.
I got the phillo dough pie and it was the freakin bomb diggity. Warm flaky crunchy phillo dough (almost like a pastry) filled with spinach, tofu, nut cheese, mushrooms, onions, capers, and artichoke hearts all over this red pepper sauce and steamed kale. Holy moly cannoli it was soooo good.
And it came with a pretty salad. I vowed that I would try to have at least one salad every day while on this trip.
We even got dessert! Grilled naners with soy ice cream. Mmmmm the grilling really caramelized the bananas and brought out all of the flavors. And the coolest thing happened….
I took a bite of ice cream, then I sent a message to Corinne and when I looked back down there was a perfect heart shape in the cinnamon. My sister and I think it was a sign, or all of the good vibes from all of this yummy hippie food.
Our waiter even drew a kitty cat on the back of our receipt 🙂
After that mui delicioso meal we an hour in the book store down the street. I got a Generation V for Corinne and a vegan baking book Lickin’ The Beaters for myself 🙂 I can’t wait to try out a few of the recipes when I get home. We walked home and just lounged around for the rest of the day. The sun stays out until like 8 o’clock at night, definitely not something I’m used too. Tomorrow we are going into the city because my sis has a job interview, I plan on getting lost in a book store or thrift shop while I wait 🙂 Then we are going to fisherman’s warf and Thomas is coming in a day early!!! I really miss him…
So that was my first two day’s in California and it’s been “hella” cool so far… please shoot me if I start using that word in a serious not mocking way