We’ve got the stockings, we’ve got the tree and lights, we’ve got presents! I think we’re ready for Christmas! Are you? I’m definitely ready because I am SO TIRED of being asked every single day, “Can I open a present now?”
The one in the middle doing the completely wrong move is mine.
On Saturday, we met a friend who was in SF for a conference, and took the kids to the Exploratorium for the first time. It was such a lovely huge space and surprisingly not very crowded. For the past year, we were members at Cal Academy and while we always went early (or on their Sunday early members-only hour), it always seemed very busy. The Exploratorium seemed far less so. Is it because they don’t market themselves so much? I know I always hear Cal Academy radio spots, and Cal has the benefit of animals like penguins and its famous albino alligator. But I quite liked the Exploratorium, with its beautiful newish space on Pier 15, and the views from the restaurant and some of the exhibit spaces!
Swing Time – Zadie Smith
The Fortunes – Peter Ho Davies
Mad Men Season Two
The Grand Tour
Rainy Day Brownies!
Stir-fried beef and broccoli
Maybe oxtail stew again!
Bookmarking this for myself until after I finish reading Swing Time – Carnegie interviews: Zadie Smith
Buried in Print talks about some 2016 novels that I promptly added to my tbr list (and of course my library doesn’t have 2 of them)
Not at all bookish but sounding delightful and very cozy are these Espresso Martinis from How Sweet Eats
Supergirl Vol 1 – Jeph Loeb
I liked the first few issues included but then the story is continued by a different writer and I get confused by it!
Generation Chef: Risking It All for a New American Dream – Karen Stabiner
Among the interesting things I learnt was just how much sous chefs get paid (not much, especially considering this is New York City) and how difficult it can be to sustain a restaurant and hold on to good staff! It was a pretty good read.