A Family Affair
This year, I served again on the event committee for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs gala, and as a dutiful committee member, I purchased a table of ten. But who to invite to share the night of food and wine tastings? We decided to make it a family affair! My husband's mom flew in from the east coast, my sister in law and brother in law came into town from the Peninsula, and a few other friends were able to join us for a great night. As usual, my husband made me promise not to bid at the live auction, and as usual, we came home with something from the live auction. Hey, it was all for the babies!
Social Media Diet
As of about 8pm on November 8, I have not visited news sites or my personal social media accounts (other than my Instagram feed, an oasis of babies, travel, and food). I was sick of the partisan back and forth, and wanted to take some time to regroup without the endless noise of memes, comment sections, and dire predictions. And I have to admit: I am truly ashamed about how much time that has freed up! In place of the bright blue screen, I've been reading more actual books, getting more work done, and generally feeling less like a human waste of space. I don't know how long it's going to last, but I hope to be able to moderate my social media consumption more effectively in the future!
My best friend came into town for a weekend to attend our friend's baby shower, and she had one request while she was here: to take a SoulCycle class. I don't generally go in for super fad workouts, plus I was absolutely terrified that I'd keel over and die, but she's my best friend and I couldn't let her go in there alone! And you know what, it was fine. It was a good workout and the time passed quickly because of the great music and the enthusiastic instructor. I'm really not a fan of the extra hot and humid room (I produce enough sweat on my own thankyouverymuch), and I could do without all that intensity... the staff were pretty unimpressed with us as newbies and we could tell. Still, I can totally see myself going to the odd class, especially when traveling, since it's super easy to sign up online and show up.
I have a friend who's always on the pulse of the latest restaurant openings. If you have a friend like that in a city like San Francisco, you know how great it is! So it was that my three best girlfriends and I found ourselves sitting down to dinner on the very second night of service at August 1 Five, a modern Indian restaurant. There was a little comedy to do with working out the kinks - my friend accidentally got a wine menu with someone's notes on it - but everyone was friendly and the food was so delicious. We loved everything, even ordering more after we'd cleaned our first round of plates, but it must be said that the chicken biryani was stellar. And the cocktails are excellent, but also note that it's just a couple of blocks from Whitechapel, a truly excellent gin bar, should you want to extend your night on either end!