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This Saturday, my husband asked me out on an all day date. What did we do? Where did we go?
Part of the fun for me is the anticipation. I thought, “Will he take me to some of the San Francisco sights that I mentioned during my work week?”
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol 21st Amendment Bar in San Francisco|
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco|
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Palace Hotel Chair in San Francisco|
I was thinking about the popular bar that I see people flock to near AT&T ballpark. It’s right across from a gourmet grilled cheese place that seems so perfect for chilly San Francisco. Would he take me to brunch at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel that I walk past, to work, every morning?
|Photo Credit: East Bay Regional Parks Redwood Forest|
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Blue Feather at Redwood Regional Park|
Instead he took me to hike a Redwood Regional Park Forest just six miles from our home. We caught up with each other. I told him about my upcoming guest blog posts by Morgan of La Chapstique Fanatique on fashion and home decor. Then I asked him about the status of his farm in Farmville. He’s growing more dinosaurs and mongoose salesmen! I also inquired about his goal of acquiring the Emma Frost character on Marvel Avengers Alliance.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Hubby Nikolas at Redwood Regional Park|
I stirred up the Marvel conversation because I’ve been bugging him to come with me to The Cartoon Art Museum. I enjoyed my first visit solo to The Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco. It’s an attraction that SmartyGirls shouldn’t miss. Besides viewing the original drawings for Darth Vader and Son, it’s where I learned about the character The Black Panther. Nik tells me in some drawings he looks like Superman. My friend Karrie told me about the virtues of The Black Canary after my trip. Interesting character analysis to explore!
Back to the hiking.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol in the Redwoods|
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Ferns on the Bridle Trail|
The Redwoods are near Oakland. This one featured a fishway. It is famous for rainbow trout and golden newts. I love newts and salamanders. But I didn’t get to see one today. Once, when Nik took me to wade in the American River in the old goldmining town of Coloma I got to visit a newt in a terranium. Nik tends to choose a good mix of city and outdoorsy dates for us.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Outdoor Grill in Redwood Park in Old Church Picnic Area|
We walked the Bridle Trail and the Fern Trail. It was before noon but the two picnic areas we explored were already reserved. One of these days, Nik says we’ll bring something to grill there for a fun bbq!
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Kabab Burger Cafe in Lafayette|
It was a light hike that only required a bottle of water each and a column of peanut butter crackers. We ate chicken schwarma like the Avengers at a local restaurant by Lafayette’s Trader Joe’s.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol and Nik Marchol Home Office Boardgames|
Nik played an hour of volleyball at his company picnic on Friday so his arms were a bit sore.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Wild Raspberries at Redwood Regional Park|
He still wanted more of the outdoors so he planned our date day at the Redwood Park. Instead of exploring San Francisco attractions this week, we took advantage of the hiking near our home and a bite from a local eatery.
There will be time to visit The Cartoon Art Museum, AT&T ballpark, the 21st Amendment Bar, the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen and the Palace Hotel in later weeks. Give me your review of these San Francisco attractions, in the comments section, if you have been to these places this summer!
We weren’t used to 60 degree temperatures in July, after living in Los Angeles, so we decided to play Heroscape and other boardgames this evening and homemade baked spaghetti.
Barefoot Cab Baked Spag
storebought spaghetti sauce
half a tray of ground turkey
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp seasoning salt
3 cups fresh spinach
1/4 cup half and half
1/2 cup lite shredded Mexican cheese
3 TB red wine (i.e. Barefoot Cabernet)
3 TB olive oil
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
2 servings of cooked pasta noodles
Step 1: Brown ground turkey in olive oil. soy sauce and seasoning salt.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Heroscape Krav Maga Agents and Marro Warriors|
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Heroscape Two Remaining Krav Agents and Marro Warriors|
Step 2: Add fennel seeds, red wine and spaghetti sauce to meat in skillet. Cook until meat is no longer pink about 12 minutes.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol vs. Nik Marchol Heroscape Samurai, Marro Stingers and Krav Maga Agents|
Step 3: Add spinach and allow to wilt into sauce 5 minutes. Add cooked spaghetti noodles and heat through in sauce.
Step 4: Pour meat sauce and pasta into an oven safe dish. Pour half and half over noodles and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until cheese melts.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Heroscape Sgt. Drake, Marro Warriors and Samurai|
Hot pasta on a cold evening and a cozy boardgame with Marro Warriors and Samurai! On this chilly Saturday, a hike, a homecooked meal and a science fiction/fantasy boardgame was just was we needed!
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