|With flowers for his teacher who we was playing violin in the symphony.
Don’t you love the Jacaranda trees in Downtown San Jose here?
|I had to sneak this IPhone photo…|
It was fun, but I also learned some great new techniques like the proper way to brown ground chicken, (or turkey), how to make the perfect jasmine rice without a cooker, and even making delicious sauces.
Gemma adds in these little tidbits of wisdom as you watch her prepare your meal in front of you. Some of the steps you can help with. Mainly you watch, learn and enjoy!
The delightful Gemma.
One summer treat that I indulged in last weekend was a frosted mocha from Cafe Barone, in Menlo Park.
Going there for lunch on the patio is quite a scene. Lots of techies, students from Stanford plus lots of dogs. It’s good people watching and attracts a cosmopolitan group. It’s not fancy at all, but the food is really fantastic. Breakfast there is especially a treat. Very fresh egg dishes, toasted baguettes, fresh juices and more. For lunch I love their chicken salad sandwich on raisin bread. If I get all the way up here I’ll usually go for the mocha too.
It’s as good as it looks. Beware those are coffee beans..I got heart palpitations last time, but it was worth it. ;D
What makes this a treat is the Kepler’s bookstore which is attached. It’s one of the few independent bookstores left in the Bay Area and I could spend all day there.
So much to love!
Home Made Summer. Gorgeous photos and recipes. I really want this book. I have the Winter version and they are both beautiful. If you cannot get to Kepler’s then you can get it at Target too.
Love the possibilities here for outdoor parties and making alfresco meals.
Check out this fabulous book. Heirloom Modern is a wonderful tome about using those things handed down to you in a fresh way that’s chic not frumpy. I love it’s ideas since I have so many pieces that I from my grandmother and I try to incorporate them into my more California vibe house. Very cool book.
I am always drawn to the paper items of bookstores. I love a good notecard or notebook.
Kepler’s has a nice selection of California themed stationery. There are some wonderful vintage postcards of Stanford, the Golden Gate and more iconic landmarks.
California books as well.
I bought this Paris Street Style book. I may do a post about this later. So many cool interviews with French women on how their style evolved and the hacks they do everyday to keep their style new.
It’s not another about how fab French women are..(Though they are!!) It’s more about their inspirations and refusal to be mainstream. I need this.. Ideas about raiding your kid’s closet, chopping your clothes with your own sheers and more wacky, but innovative thoughts. Green too. They aren’t all about buying the latest item, but making something out of what you own.
I’ll let you know what I come up with!