21 Glasses Of Wine

July 17, 2008

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I have the coolest blog readers !!!! We each ordered a flight – 7 girls x 3 glasses = yum!

It’s1:38 am East Coast time and I’m pooped, but here’s a quick recap of the day:

We had a 1.5 hour layover in Dallas and enjoyed eating our freshly made lunch. OH but first, we left the house without the lunch this morning (and the surprise bagels for the blog dinner!) and had to turn around and go back. It cost us about 45 minutes, but we still made the flight.

We ate our yogurt and blueberries around 11:30 EC time (my camera was deep under the seat in front of me) but we finally got to eat our lunches in Dallas along with a cup of hot tea and picked up some wireless!

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A little airport blogging –

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Then the timing got crazy. We ate lunch around 12:30 EC time and wanted to wait until we got to SF to have a mid-afternoon snack to tide us to dinner. But on the BART (subway) around 6:30 EC time we were starving and snacked on some trial mix -

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Once checked into our hostel (we’re staying at a hostel for the first night to save some money. It’s quite interesting, but we do have a private room. Tomorrow we move to the Westin for the conference!)

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So anyways, once checked in, we were absolutely starving at about 7:30 EC time (4:30 here) and needed a mini meal to hold us until our dinner 3 hours away. We were looking for a great cafe to get a sandwich and stumbled upon the famous Boudin Sourdough cafe near Union Square. PERFECT!!!

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It is quite chilly, so we decided on soup. We didn’t realize it was a huge bowl (and not a small cup) AND came with bread when we ordered a veggie + cheese sandwich too.

Tomato Soup

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Sourdough -

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And the sandwich we split -

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We ate it ALL!!! In like 10 minutes. It had been like 6 hours since our last meal and the food tasted SO good!

After about 2 hours of walking around the city, we headed back to get ready for our dinner (and surprise surprise our appetites returned!)

KERF Dinner

Greer, Nicole, Me, Jackie, Brittany and Erin. They are all fabulous and I’m so sad I live 3,000 miles away. (And I think they are making plans to be friends without me :( )

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I had a flight of different red blends . Mmmmm! I also tried Mom’s whites in the background.

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And some bread (which was just OK) with a basil dipping sauce -

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This being my fourth meal of the day, I wasn’t super hungry and ordered a salad . It came with the most amazing blue cheese ever!! It tasted like marshmallows !!

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I also ordered the Roasted Cauliflower with Raisins, Nuts, Lemon + Parsley because it just sounded so good. I was thrilled to find it to be rather fresh and not drenched in oil and butter.

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I cleared both of my plates!

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Last, but not least (!), I brought everyone bagels made by the husband! Hope they are as good having traveled cross country :)

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It’s now 1:52 am and I’ve been up since 6 – and I’m due to go running with the famous BethT first thing tomorrow across the Golden Gate so I better hit the hay (sharing a bed with mom tonight for the first time since maybe 5th grade!?!?)

NIGHT!!

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1 Chandra (Eating to Live) July 17, 2008 at 1:05 am

Wow, everything about this post is awesome! :D and those girls were so lucky to each get one of Matt’s famous bagels!

It’s so amazing and cool Kath what you’ve done with this blog. Congrats 21 times ;)

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2 Leah July 17, 2008 at 1:21 am

Looks like you had a blast!!

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3 Foodie July 17, 2008 at 1:42 am

That is so nice that you brought them some of Matt’s bagels. What a great surprise! Glad you had such a good time :)

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4 magpie July 17, 2008 at 1:46 am

Welcome to SF :) I’m in Mountain View. The Bay Area is great and I hope you have a good weekend!

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5 Andrea July 17, 2008 at 3:41 am

ohhhhhhh my gosh those bagel bags are ADORABLE!!!! and the cauliflower/salad combo looks great. lucky you could get wireless at the airport! did you have to pay?? (at logan you do grrr). anyways, you’re such a committed blogger. it’s so awesome!!! enjoy CALI!!!!!!!
ps i just stayed in a hostel in belfast, northern ireland and your hostel looks like the Ritz Carlton in comparison hehe

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6 hk July 17, 2008 at 4:43 am

oooh so fun!!! enjoy your visit :) LOVE SF!

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7 Megan July 17, 2008 at 5:21 am

You look like you are having a blast. It must be exciting meeting all the bloggers. Looks like you were in my neck of the woods when you had your layover in Dallas. Hope you have a good run with Beth.

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8 C July 17, 2008 at 5:41 am

Looks like you are having a great time. I can’t wait for more updates!

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9 Nat July 17, 2008 at 6:28 am

That looks like a lot of fun!

They allowed you to take the yogurt through security?

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10 addicted2pb July 17, 2008 at 7:36 am

that is the nicest hostel room i have ever seen, hands down. did they have the 8 people per room options? those can end up being kind of fun actually :)

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11 Kim July 17, 2008 at 7:56 am

1. What a group of lovely ladies you all made!
2. That Boudin sandwich looks AMAZING.
3. Can’t wait to hear the feedback on Matt’s homemade bagels! :D
4. I LOVE the Westin St. Francis… if you order room service for breakfast, you must get the local fruit plate… SO fresh and delicious.

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12 Brittany July 17, 2008 at 8:04 am

I’m glad you had a safe flight and great dinner with the other bloggers. Enjoy the conference!

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13 Aimee July 17, 2008 at 8:24 am

You are so sweet to take everyone bagels!! I can’t wait to read about the rest of your time in San Fran!

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14 Quinn July 17, 2008 at 8:29 am

LOVE San Fran! If you can, try to out to Sausalito. Amazing, amazing place, and even more amazing food.

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15 Marie July 17, 2008 at 8:40 am

Hi Kath!
Just wondering if sometime you could give us all the story of how you and Matt met, how long you dated, the engagement, etc. I’m sure you have mentioned details here and there, but I know I would love to hear a complete (well, as much as you want to tell haha) story from you!

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16 Anne P July 17, 2008 at 8:44 am

come play in DC!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

looks like you guys had a great time! i’m jealous of your run over the gorgeous Golden Gate! enjoy it :)

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17 jimmi July 17, 2008 at 8:44 am

omg. san fran is soooo amazing and the food is sooo good and fresh! i hope you get good meals through the entire trip. … and maybe a quick jaunt shopping too! your trip is making me jealous- i can’t wait to go back and run through the golden gate park, shop my way through the castro and eat good seafood.

enjoy! (get some pinkberry too!)

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18 smilesara July 17, 2008 at 8:58 am

how did you get the yogurt past security at the airport? the last time, they took it away from me because yogurt is a “liquid”?!

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19 hk July 17, 2008 at 9:05 am

Smiles-
I always pack a yogurt for flights, and I’ve never had a problem. Usually I just sort of pack it and put my sweatshirt in my carry-on bag to cover it up a bit…never been detected :) I’m sneaky like that, haha

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20 Heather July 17, 2008 at 9:06 am

AHHH! You were in Dallas?? Too bad it was just for a layover :(

Looks like fun- I’m totally drooling over the sourdough… and the cauliflower… and the wine…

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21 Rose July 17, 2008 at 9:12 am

Wow.. all that wine! And I agree with Anne P – you should stop by Washington, DC some time :) have fun in San Fran!

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22 Christin July 17, 2008 at 9:17 am

Aw, how fun, Kath!! I wish I coulda made it up there! I live in Cali, but closer to LA :( enjoy SF, its an amazing city…make sure to take a trolley ride, and visit Pier 39 if you have time :)

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23 Claire July 17, 2008 at 9:27 am

Wow it looks like you had a great start to you San Fran trip! Let me know if you are ever in Boston! ciao

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24 Justy2003 July 17, 2008 at 9:30 am

I’m jealous! I want one of the husband’s bagels, too!
Looks like you’re having fun in SF and enjoying lots of food and company! :)

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25 Allison K. July 17, 2008 at 9:30 am

Sooooo jealous. I grew up in Reno, and we always went to the city for vacation. Enjoy the Golden Gate….it’s pretty crazy/awesome to walk/run across.

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26 CourtneyS July 17, 2008 at 9:37 am

How fun…and what a pretty group of blog readers! I’m glad you had a good evening and I hope the rest of your trip is fun. All your SF food looks so healthy and fresh.

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27 kelly l July 17, 2008 at 9:38 am

Has anyone read any of Elin Hilderbrand’s books? I have read the Beach Club and Barefoot and LOVED them but don’t know which one to read next, or what other ones are good.

What about Jane Green? I have read Jemima J and the Beach House. I loved Beach House, Jemima J was ok.

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28 SweetsandSweats July 17, 2008 at 9:47 am

What a perfect day. And sharing a bed with your mom. That makes me giggle. I definitely would be doing that to save money!

Have a wonderful time running across the Golden Gate. What a memorable run!

oh–and all you ladies look FANTASTIC!!!

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29 adria July 17, 2008 at 9:56 am

What a busy day- but it looks like you had fun. Wish I could comment on the wine, but I haven’t aquired a tatse for that yet- and shouldn’t for about 3 years. wow, 21 is coming up fast!

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30 Meghann July 17, 2008 at 10:03 am

Where are the comments from the bloggers who made it out to the dinner? I would love to get their opinions on the famous bagels! :)

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31 the husband July 17, 2008 at 10:36 am

Marie,

Kath and I met during freshman orientation at Davidson in 2001. Part of orientation is to do some community service with your classmates, and we both ended up with a huge group (probably 100+ people) working on a farm for disabled kids. I was wearing some Duke University basketball shorts, and in North Carolina, Duke fans are outranked by UNC fans by probably 20-1, so to meet another Duke fan is quite exciting.

Both Kath’s parents went to Duke, so she’s been bleeding dark blue all her life. We struck up a conversation about being lone Duke fans and I found out what hall she was on (3 floors above me). We actually didn’t start dating until the second semester, and in fact, dated a few of each other’s friends. My freshman hall became good friends with the girls on her hall, and the rest is history!

Our engagement story is even more fun! I was determined to make it an utter surprise because Kath claims that she’s figured it out every time when somebody tries to surprise her. And also important to me was to have a good story to tell. So, we had been out of college for about a year, and it was pretty obvious it was going to happen soon. Well a few weeks before, some of my friends had been in town to visit Davidson, and I went out partying with them. While out, I lost my class ring.

Somebody found it, and returned it to a friend of ours who worked at Davidson, Casey. Casey and Micah had been dating for just about as long as we had, and we had been planning on getting together with them for dinner pretty soon. Well that week, they got engaged. The night before they were coming over to have dinner, Kath said to me a bit forlornly, “Aw man, it’s not going to be the most fun being all excited about them being engaged when we’re not…” but little did she know I already had the ring.

When Casey and Micah arrived at our apartment, they gave me back my class ring, and we were all checking out her cool engagement ring, and I made the comment, “Well, I guess everybody has their rings now!” As I expected, Kath turns around with her hand on her hip and says, “Not EVERYbody!!!” but I was already on one knee!

Everybody was pretty shocked, and the look on her face was hilarious, and I have a great story to tell!

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32 Becky in MD July 17, 2008 at 10:40 am

Whats up with that one really yellow piece of cauliflower?

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33 Erin July 17, 2008 at 10:41 am

Kath-

Thanks so much for bringing us all together for a lovely dinner! I had a wonderful time. Hope you were able to make it up for your run! :)

For those wondering, Kath is just as fun and cute in person!

Oh, and I have to give a special shout out to the husband for his WONDERFUL BAGEL!!! Toasted mine up for breakfast this morning. TASTY!

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34 Justy2003 July 17, 2008 at 10:58 am

That is such a cute engagement story, the husband! I hope mine will be as cute/fun! ;)

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35 Lindsey July 17, 2008 at 10:59 am

Yay for DC blog readers!!

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36 vegantickles July 17, 2008 at 11:00 am

Glad you had fun.
We highly recommended trying herbivore for breakfast!!!
So far every thing we’ve had has been awesome.
My husband and I love this city, but we are returning to Los Angeles on Sat.
So sad.
Hope you enjoy this magical place.

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37 Allie July 17, 2008 at 11:07 am

welcome to sf! sorry it’s a gray and foggy start this am – hope it burns off so that your first day in the city shows off our amazing views!

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38 emmy July 17, 2008 at 11:08 am

Husband, I loved that story!!!! So cute!!! Made me tear up at my desk.

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39 Greer July 17, 2008 at 11:13 am

Thank you Kath for organizing such a fun night! It was so fun to finally meet you. Also, thanks to the husband for the delicious bagel. I toasted it this morning for breakfast with some peanut butter. Yum!

Dinner was so great — we talked and talked and all of a sudden it was 2 1/2 hours later and time to go! Good conversation and wine definitely made for a fun evening out with the girls.

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40 caitlibo July 17, 2008 at 11:28 am

awww husband so cute. i always wondered how you and kath got together.

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41 ModelBehavior July 17, 2008 at 11:49 am

OOhh a hostel how fun! Looks liek your having a blast out there! Enjoy!

http://modbehav.wordpress.com/

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42 Katharine July 17, 2008 at 11:51 am

Aww I’m so jealous! I literally just moved from San Francisco to L.A. (temporarily) two days ago! I was so disappointed to hear you’d be there and I wouldn’t get to meet you! Hope you had tons of fun…never been to First Crush but I hear it is great. A friend of mine works there :-) Enjoy your time in San Francisco and don’t forget to check out the Ferry Building…it’s a foodie’s paradise!

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43 Monica July 17, 2008 at 11:52 am

Thanks to the husband for that very cute story.
I just went to SF a couple of weeks ago and those pics from Boudin’s make me want to go back now!

Kath – do you have time for a quick trip to Napa? It’s about an hour away from SF, totally driveable if you have a rental car. I think you’d mentioned you’ve been there before, but you can never have too many wine tastings.

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44 Melissa July 17, 2008 at 11:54 am

Husband- you seriously just gave me goosebumps… Good job!

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45 Deb July 17, 2008 at 11:56 am

Two Q’s

1. How the heck did yogurt get past TSA??!! (I’ve had gel-packs taken away so now I pack baggies of ice cubes and have gotten away with it dozens upon dozens of times :-D )

2. What hostel IS that?!?!?!?!? Was it as nice as it looks? And where is it? I went to dental school at UCSF and there was a hostel near by, but it was skanky!!! Blech!

3. How was your run over the GG? Ok that was 3 Q’s.

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46 tfh July 17, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Those bagels are a really sweet idea. I am impressed that even though you’re so busy, you still find time to make such generous gestures toward your friends– even the ones you haven’t met yet!

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47 Janet July 17, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Had a great time last night – nice meeting you all! Dinner was delicious (as was our waiter from LONDON, hehe), and the conversation was great. My bagel was super yummy this morning with a scrambled egg and a little havarti cheese! I want another one. ;)

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48 Carolyn July 17, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Who is BethT? Does she have a blog?

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49 BethT July 17, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Haha, I just saw your comment Carolyn. I’m only famous in my own mind. I don’t have a blog – I’m not sure I could keep up with this madness! :P

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50 Jessica July 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Husband, I loved reading you engaging story! That was such a cute idea and the PERFECT line!! Good going!

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51 lucy July 17, 2008 at 6:35 pm

looks like a great night – i do hope you’ll plan a boston reader dinner when you’re visiting your sister. i would definitely go :)

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52 Kath July 17, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Re. yogurt,
I didn’t even think about security – I’ve never had trouble with food. It was in a soft lunchbox. Guess I better not risk have good yogurt confiscated again!

addicted2pb ,
It was a nice hostel! They had both bunk bed rooms and private rooms.

jimmi ,
They don’t have Pinkberry here or I would!!

Claire ,
I’m coming to Boston August 23-25! I do plan on coordinating a blog lunch or dinner :)

the husband,
XOXOXOX

Monica,
I wish we had time for wine country. If we’d had ONE more day we would have made a day trip, but my chem class kept us home and mom starts teaching a class on Monday.

Deb ,
http://www.sfhostels.com

Kath

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