June 3, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

I've been super busy at work lately, so I really appreciated having the long weekend to relax and catch up on sleep. I tried to sleep at least 8 hours each night!

(1) Celebrated my belated birthday with a girlfriend. We went to happy hour and drank tons of champagne, then had sushi for dinner.

(2) Had dinner at my parents. My mom cooked a feast of all of my favorite foods. After we finished eating dinner, she packed me enough food to last for 2 more meals!

(3) Celebrated a friend's birthday at 55 South. I rarely go to downtown San Jose, but 55 South is definitely one of my favorite bars there. Their drinks are really good, especially the old fashioned and Kentucky mule.

(4) Went wine tasting in Livermore. Who knew that Livermore had so many wineries? We went to 3 vineyards and came back with 9 bottles of wine. We also stopped by an organic fruit stand to buy cherries and plums on the drive back.

(5) Watched way too much basketball. I grew up in Chicago during the Bulls era, so a big part of my childhood was watching NBA games. My in-laws were visiting earlier in the week and my FIL wanted to watch the Warriors game. Then at my parents house, my dad wanted to watch the Cavs game. The husband and I ended up watching both Warriors games over the weekend as well. And now I remember why I stopped watching basketball. It's so time consuming and I get so frustrated when the team I'm cheering for loses.

I'll be traveling to London for 2.5 weeks this month on a business trip. I'm crossing my fingers for good weather!

May 17, 2015

Vegas

I spent last weekend in Vegas celebrating my birthday. When I'm traveling I try to remember to Instagram, but I usually get so caught up enjoying my vacation that I forget.

Here is what I can remember:

(1) Ate lots of delicious food. We rented a car, so we were able to get to all of the great places off the strip. We went to Raku, Lotus of Siam, Soho Sushi, and Pho Bosa. All of them were good!

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(2) Went to a shooting range. The place that we went to was like a playground for boys. It had tons of military stuff on display, including tanks and helicopters. I fired a pistol because I'm afraid of larger guns. The husband mentioned that it was my birthday and they let me shoot a grenade launcher. It was scary!

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(3) Went clubbing at XS. This is still one of my favorite clubs, ever. It was surprisingly uncrowded and there were a lot of places for us to sit and relax. We were supposed to go to Omnia on Saturday night, but we were too busy drinking that we never made it to the club.

(4) Drank a lot while others gambled. I don't know how people gamble and drink at the same time, because after a few drinks I can't focus on what is happening in front of me.

Can't wait until the next trip!

April 15, 2015

Paso Robles

I had an unexpected few days off work, so I gathered up some friends for an impromptu wine tasting trip to Paso Robles.

We drove down on a Friday afternoon, had dinner at a local seafood market, and went to an awesome local bar named the Pour House.

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The next day, we took an all day wine tour of nearby vineyards. We had a great time eating lunch outdoors at Le Vigne Winery, tasting the huge pours of reserve wine at Hunt Cellars, and playing drunk bocce ball at Midnight Cellars. Good times!

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This time we only came back with 3 bottles of wine!