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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A little bit of Europe in Mountain View, CA

Another gem fo all European expat in the Bay area

Milk Pail in Mountain View

a little market with great, tasty fruits and vegetables mainly

but also lots of goody much appreciated from European
Acme Bread

they have a few small areas with French products

a bunch of Charcuterie products

walls and walls of great cheeses, 
some you can't find anywhere else and a lot cheaper than Whole Food.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Pasta Carbonara

One of my French/Italian favorite

quick and simple

Spaghetti found at local supermarket

diced pancetta from Zanotto's,  Italian grocery store

made a light bechamel with gorgonzola and added an egg

Voila, same delicious taste as is in France.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Renegade Craft Fair, San Francisco, CA

it was another beautiful summer day in San Francisco

they say it is only 23C but believe me it was feeling more like 28C!!

I took the train then the but and walk for 20 minutes to get to this...

Fort Mason is a few old warehouse type of building were military was long time ago
it is located near the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marina.
It is a very ice area to hang out and suck up the sun if you are in san Francisco.

my mission was to visit the Renegade Craft fair
it only take place twice a year (July and December) 
and the July one is usually the more interesting
I had this on my "San Francisco great found" bucket list for a while now.

there is a lot to cover in a few hours but 
I manage to walk around a few times many booths in 2 hours.

it doesn't look very glamorous but it is full of great finds

give it to the local to transform an old trailer into a great display

love love love all the California handmade goodies!!

Fancy idea, I tried the Thai ice tea, it was awesome!!

great ideas, wonderful art craft
cute little packaging
shopping bags from Washington State
lots of dishcloths with fruits
beautiful glass bottles engraved for a great idea for a bar

one of my favorite, cute hats!!

flavored salt and sugar
very cute San Francisco painting
recycled bag packs
very fun hearings 

boat loads of tea, for all the tea lovers

it is really a great art

my favorite flag!!

lots of stuffs I wanted to buy, too many!!

I wanted to make a bumper sticker out of this picture
it would look good on my car, wouldn't it?

ideas for the little one
leggings with dinosaurs 
little flowery coats
very cool dresses
very soft baby blankets
should Henrietta have her own handbag at 18 months?

something to remember for a future trip

a little detour by Union street and "La Boulange"
love that you can dip anything in Nutella for free

we are in San Francisco after all!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Trip to Eureka, CA

let's get away for the week end, GG is clear, it is going to be hot!!

Went to visit my friend Julia family in Eureka, CA

There is a lot of farm land around Eureka, with lot of cows

they are a giant creamery in Loleta 
they make milk products and cheeses

We found great cheeses, the Fontina was delicious, at the Cheese factory
they also grow locally squash and artichokes
Julia's grand pa makes a great American breakfast with Portuguese sausages (sort of chorizo)

the local attraction is an old victorian village, Ferndale, CA, 
with a huge bridge over some very dry river.
I was told that in 1964 the whole area was devastated by flooding

the town looks like a movie set and it is quiet fun to hang out there

the Mercantile store caught my eyes, there were a lot of little fun stuff and tons of English food

after a few days, 
were were back on 101 also know as Pacific Coast Highway, 
to San Francisco 

we stopped at the Redwood State Park to admire the great tall trees

we could also take pictures standing inside of the giant trees

last pit stop before the city, beautiful Italian restaurant with delicious pizzas

Back home!!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jambon beurre!!

One of my favorite French sandwich
simple, tasty, healthy

Belgium butter, easy to spread

new Applewood ham from Safeway

Acme bread, Epi baguette

adding a few Maille cornichons

simply delicious!!

couldn't be better than if I was in Paris.