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{weekend notes}


It’s Monday.  Opps, It’s Tuesday!!  And I’m feeling refreshed after the weekend.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  I completely forgot to hit “publish” yesterday.  And didn’t realize it till late last night.  Hope you guys had a great weekend.  I did everything I had hoped and wanted too.  And even spontaneously snuck off to the city for the night.


Intentions for the week:

  • bake Christmas treats so many treats…FML!
  • caroling at GG’s ♥
  • wrap gifts as they are delivered/purchased
  • stay away from the See’s candy – FAILED miserably
  • drive around to look at Christmas lights Muller Drive in Woodland is the best!
  • plan favorite things brunch
  • watch all the Christmas movies with Bay Home Alone + The Grinch, my faves
  • serendipity/mojo’s fundraiser for Omega Nu
  • sort Christmas bins – not even close
  • sell Bay’s clothes (she wont stop growing) Found more this morning that needs to go
  • gym mon-fri – Monday – Wednesday, before the sinus infection kicked my ass


What are your intentions for the week?  Christmas is around the corner and there is still so much to see and do.

Highlights from the weekend…..


Yaya’s //

Yaya’s reunite!  Nothing better than kicking the weekend off with a Yaya dinner!  It’s been far too long.  New babies.  New relationships.  New adventures.  So much to catch up on.  Can’t wait to do it again.  And maybe stay out past 9 🙂



Christmas Traditions //

One of my (many) favorite Holiday traditions….Christmas cards with all your pretty faces.  I love them so much, that I’ve been known to keep them up well past May.

I’m displaying them the same as last year, on an old box spring from a Peterbilt.  A couple of years ago, I saw them in the dumpster and convinced one of my co-workers to help me dig them out.  I have two.  So hopefully I can fill them both up again this year 🙂  I stole this idea from Marilynn that had one in her living room years ago.




Christmas Cactus //

I’m a sucker for anything white.  Or gold.  I can across a white Christmas cactus at the Davis Farmers market a few weeks ago.  It was full of buds, so I’ve been waiting patiently for it to bloom.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful Christmas cactus.  Fingers crossed I can keep her alive forever.




Hostess Gift //

I put together my first set of Hostess gifts this weekend.  Anthropologie initial mugs.  Filled with spiced nuts.  Lori Carrion’s spiced nuts, to be exact.  I can’t remember who shared the recipe with me, but it’s a keeper.  Fresh rosemary + brown sugar + cayenne + more.

I tied a twine bow to a bottle brush tree and done!

I found these cute mini bottle brush trees in the Target dollar spot.  I’ll show you how else I used them as you keep scrolling.



Wrapping //

I set aside some time to get my wrapping on.  It’s really beginning  to feel + look like Christmas at our house.  Bay came home and was so excited to see gifts.  Especially gifts with her name on them.



The city //

Spontaneous trips to the city are always a good idea.

Especially during the Holidays.

The city lights are beyond beautiful.  Wreaths in each Macy’s window.  #goals.

The tree!



When the cable car pick up is right outside your hotel, you 100% hop on.  I was like a kids in a candy store.


We stumbled on a couple great spots….

Street Restaurant for steamed clams and chard.  First thing first.  Met some new friends.  Watched all the drunk Santa Con  peeps wobble down the streets.  I had NO idea Santa Con was such a BIG deal.  Nor have I ever seen so many Santa’s in my life.  It was un-fucking-real.



Cute little dive bar, Woods Polk Station.




Then the final destination….

Mister Jui’s.  Named the Best New Restaurant of 2017 according to Bon Appetit.  I read the article during the summer and have tried religiously to get reservations since.  With NO such luck.

As we sat in traffic going over the bridge, I looked at their website one last time.  And right there was a 10:15pm reservation available.

Booked √


Mister Jiu’s

28 Waverly Place

This little gem is legit situated in an alley in Chinatown.  Kinda like the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

My first thought was, no fucking way.  This can’t be right.  Then I saw the sign.  Oh, this is right.  The place I’ve been obsessing over for months…lol.


Then you get inside.  It’s dark + beautiful.  Super relaxing.  I felt at home.

I’ve read the menu about 10 times, but something about holding it in my hand…ha.  I could not make up my mind.

They call it high-end Chinese with a California accent.  I think it’s the perfect description.



I can’t begin to describe the food.  Super unique.  Special.  Something you literally have to try to understand.

From the oysters to the pork buns.  The crab cheong fun.

Even saved room for dessert.  Black sesame cake.

Every dish was incredible.

I could go on and on.



Best part of all……

our server poured the rest of our bottle of wine in a to-go soup cup.  With a lid on it.  She didn’t want it to go to waste.  And neither did I.  Seriously looked like I was walking around with a cup of urine…lol.  That I was sipping on.



Beautiful day //

Why is it that the day you have to go home, is always the MOST beautiful day ever?


Tiburon //

A charming little town.  Right up there with Sausalito.  Except less crowded.  Their downtown marina area is beautiful.  All the restaurant decks butt up to the bay with views of Angel Island + Alcatraz + San Francisco.


Sam’s Anchor Cafe

I want to come back in the summer and sit on their back deck all day long!  It’s what Sunday brunch dreams were made of.


That bloody mary actually tasted like shit.  No joke, the worst bloody mary I’ve ever had.  Just saying.


But, the food.  The food was killer.

Check out that Caesar salad.



Baklava //

Sunday afternoon was our new tradition….Baklava making.  Georgia Corbett’s recipe is hands down…or I’d say hands up in the air, the BEST baklava EVER!  Mark my word.

Last year she invited me over to make this delicious Greek desert.  So, when I was invited again this year, I decided this is our new tradition 🙂

Look at those golden butter layers of goodness.

The most labor intensive dessert.  Well, except Georgia preps everything for us.  She’s like our sous chef.  That serves us wine + snacks as we assemble the baklava.  The best!

Thank you Georgia + Nikki for a fun afternoon ♥


I hope you all had a good one too!  Christmas is creeping up quick guys.  I need to get my butt in gear and wrap up (literally) my shopping.  And enjoy the last couple weeks of the most wonderful time of the year.

xoxo stacyb


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