May 20, 2009

Recovery trip highlights:

most expensive dinner to date: cocktail shrimp with a fantastic cocktail sauce made with horseradish, 8 oz. filet mignon with mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms, flourless chocolate cake with ice cream, another slice of chocolate cake, glass of Pinot Noir (Acacia) and an Old Fashioned (whiskey, not brandy).

hiking in Big Basin: I very much dislike bugs; I mysteriously bruised my finger; 90 degrees is too hot for hiking.

Fish pouch recipe: first attempt at making fish (Pacific snapper, with onion, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, lemon and couscous). Came out quite well and made tons of food.

Chinese food: all-you-can-eat hot pot/barbecue. Red broth = spicy. Shaved ice for dessert looks like vomit, but tastes fine.

Sonoma wineries: 5 total (Roche, Viansa, Jacuzzi, Sebastiani, Gunlach Bundschu). Surprisingly not as fun as the tours around the Finger Lakes, but the wine was good and we learned a lot.

Alex: met up with my eye-tracking buddy while at Google. Got to see this crazy Street View holodeck kind of thing that made me feel sick.

Also – weekend conclusion: iPhones will never leave you in peace. Being more connected is not always better.


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