In the thick of this.

One week of paradise down and it feels like I've been here at least a year, and what a week it's been! So many new friends, a bike and so many great ideas are brewing!!  

 First meal.  

First meal.  

 Woke up with the sun. 

Woke up with the sun. 

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 Sunday lunch  

Sunday lunch  

 A workers dinner

A workers dinner

Sunday Boil

Thrown together last minute and it was amazing. Best yet, great food, great company and one hell of a moment. Not a bad last Sunday in the states...  

 Such a treat

Such a treat

 Heavenly snacks

Heavenly snacks

 Top chef herself. Miss Rose if Roses

Top chef herself. Miss Rose if Roses

 Pregame faces

Pregame faces

What a perfect sunday

 Dessert served. Pot de Creme. And way too much chocolate. And hands  of my mother  

Dessert served. Pot de Creme. And way too much chocolate. And hands

of my mother  

Sunday brunch in Sonoma

What a great day for bubbles and tapas. Nice turn out for a Sunday amongst the cows, bubbles and green rolling pastures.  can't wait to do it again!!

 

 

 Fine spread

Fine spread

 Wonderful host.  

Wonderful host.  

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Paella on Sunday

Paella on Sunday

I've been trying for a year to have a bbq for my birthday, but last year life was sad and just didn't seem possible. This year I came together in a day, and worked out nicely seeing how I have enough food to last all winter.  

The day was bright and very windy. We had a great spread and a nice turn out. The paella was mediocre at Best, but the thought was nice. 

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 The spread  

The spread  

 The scene  

The scene  

 The loot

The loot

 The tart

The tart

 The killer

The killer

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 My cold dead heart

My cold dead heart

Thanks to all who came and shared my birthday with me.  

Big things

The pop up at Aqua surf shop wuss fun. The prep beforehand, seemed endless and very big.  Well worth it! It was fun the people were great and the response was wonderful!!!  

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 Did I mention it was my birthday  

Did I mention it was my birthday  

 My lovely helpers

My lovely helpers

Sunday supper

After cooking all week I needed to cook for myself. Which was great! I made a delicious spainish dish of lamb shanks with 6 cloves of garlic mashed potatoes and basque bread. Holy hell of yum...

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Easter at Dads

I woke this morning with a bit of a hang over, but made myself get up and out of bed and on the road! Off to dads to suprise him. We hung out all day in the back yard while I painted and dad bbqed! It was a perfect way to spend a Sunday. 

 

 So excited!  

So excited!  

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 Me and my dad Fabain

Me and my dad Fabain

 Master at work! 

Master at work! 

 Quite the spread! Totally Lucked out. 

Quite the spread! Totally Lucked out. 

 Happy Campers. 

Happy Campers. 

 10-4 Big Buddy

10-4 Big Buddy

Heart is where the taco is

Heart is where the taco is

Visiting my home town on Merced this weekend was a real treat. Eating some child hood favorites and visiting for the place it all began! Maria's Mexican kitchen, which barely changed a thing. This was my first restaurant job, where I would sit and watch the Mexican masterminds in the kitchen in awe instead of tending to my tables and not eating all the food. Those were the days, happy to know I can return to find the same sweet ladies serving up fresh coffee and those delicious enchiladas  

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 Fish tacos to die for.  

Fish tacos to die for.  

 Classic scenes from a timeless space

Classic scenes from a timeless space

These are a few of my favorite things...

These are a few of my favorite things...

on my daily search for ideas and great grocery stores, I had the pleasure of being in the east bay today. I of course stopped at Berkley Bowl to wonder aimlessly wonder down every aisle and get lost in the land of the produce.

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Mission accomplished, I have a knack for buying more than I need and in record time. In and out in less than 15 minutes

HELL YES TO POP-UPS!

I'm having a lot of fun with this ....

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies A Hit!