Sometimes all it takes is a pair of faux leather pants to make me happy (yes, I am could be that easy). What I really mean is it takes a well fitted, well made, flexible and soft pair of faux leather pants that screams fashionista to make me happy. Lucky for me (after I’ve spent almost a year searching), I have finally found that pair.
I discovered these Blank faux leather pants on Urban Outfitters website, the reviews were positive and the price was reasonable ($88). Before I made the actual purchase online, I googled them to see if I could find them cheaper and to read what other sites and reviewers had to say. I did find them a tad cheaper ($79) on another site, but the inseam was shorter than I would have liked. I am 5’9 and wanted to make sure these would be long enough so I could wear them multiple ways (with heels, sandals, boots, rolled up…etc).
I love wine and beer tasting, but I have yet to experience a sake tasting. My friends Cat and Erica invited me along to Takara in Berkeley, California, I knew I was in for a treat. I am not as knowledgeable on sake as I would like, so I was thrilled with the opportunity to learn as well as see what a local bay area company has to offer.
The outside of Takara, a basic large cream colored building, looks like a typical factory. After entering and heading upstairs, you’ll find yourself in the tasting room, a spacious area decorated in traditional Japanese decor. It has a light, calming, airy feel. I especially liked the custom made Japanese ceiling fans.
As it was a beautiful sunny day, it wasn’t surprising to find the tasting room was crowded. Since we had a little time to kill before our turn for a tasting, we headed to the sake museum. Located to the right of the tasting room.
I’d like to believe I live to the fullest each and every day but the reality is I live for the weekends. A typical work week usually consist of the daily grind, some exercise, cleaning, laundry and cooking. You know, all the fun and exciting stuff we do as responsible adults. The weekends are my opportunity to sleep in, let loose, eat out, ride my bike and dress any way I would like without offending the office dress code.
This past Saturday was an unusual day spent as a couple eating and shopping. I say unusual because I typically only shop with my girlfriends. Jason is rarely interested in pursuing boutiques and/or malls. Our weekly quality time together typically consists of riding bikes, climbing, movies, games and eating out. The light rain that was on and off again for most of the day made staying indoors very inviting. His only request; we had to ride our bikes to any local east bay destination and/or to Bart.
First stop, brunch at Camino in Oakland, CA. I decided to spring something a little different on Jason and take him to my version of brunch. He allowed me to order for him as I am hands down the foodie in this relationship. I am aware of his food preferences so I ordered the oven cooked eggs in an herb and cream sauce, pork herb sausage and house potatoes cooked in duck fat. His initial reaction wasn’t as enthused as I would have liked but once the meal arrived he was pleased.
I ordered the poached eggs over garbanzo beans with a tomato sauce and greens. It was light, flavorful and exactly what I needed. After our delicious brunch we hopped on our bikes and rode to the Bart station. Next stop, Union Square mall in San Francisco. Continue reading →