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Cherry galette
We had a little "catching-up since Christmas" dinner last night with Gabi, myself, and two other friends. I love to host these things, and I always meticulously plan out an extensive menu. I love planning everything, so this sort of entertaining style works for me. Sort of. When it comes down to it, I usually end up spending the evening rushing around, making sure that the courses are being put out, tending to drinks, and overall not getting to spend a whole lot of time mingling with guests. My plan ended up falling through, and our meal was a lot more free-form than it usually is. Although at first when I realized this, I was a bit stressed out and unsure of what to do, in the end it worked out better than ever and I had the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation. The cherry galette, pictured above, was a last-ditch effort to throw together a dessert an hour ahead of guests arriving. All in all, the meal turned out great, and it was nice to be part of the catch-up conversation for a change.

Popsicles to keep cool in the heat.
7 things you need to stop doing to be more productive.
The importance of making time for friends.
Turning jealousy into motivation.
A new to me blog that I'm really loving.

- s

Serenading cattle with this excellent trombone version of Royals.
Hats, hats and more hats (and home decor).
15 Ways to Beat Anxiety.
Chris Pratt RAPS!
Pursue everything.


san francisco, ca


Palace of Fine Arts
Typical Breakfast
Fisherman's Wharf
Craftsman & Wolves

San Francisco
Palace of Fine Arts

At the end of July, I took a long-planned trip out to San Francisco with a friend. By long planned, I mean years in the making, months in the planning. It was one of those sigh of relief, "we're finally doing this" moments, and for the most part, it lived up to the hype. The trip was definitely a short one—only four days—and we managed to cram one hell of a lot into the trip. A most-wise suggestion: Do not attempt to walk from Mission to Fisherman's Wharf, to the Golden Gate Bridge, and back. By the end of THAT day, all that was left were two very delirious, very exhausted girls. The trip was mostly food and shopping-centric, so here's some of our favourites.

flour + water. I think it's safe to say that this was both of our favourite dinner. The atmosphere of this place is really cool, and the food is amazing. We didn't do the full courses and opted just for an appetizer, pasta, and dessert, but it was all AMAZING. Get the budino for dessert.

Craftsman & Wolves. Three words: The Rebel Within.

Ritual Coffee Roasters. My somewhat surprising pick over the other coffee shops. The coffee was great, and we had some excellent pastries as well. Unfortunately, they're now undergoing renovations, but still one to keep on the list.

Bar Tartine. Brunch! Small plates! Bar Tartine has an ever-changing menu, but if you have a chance to try the smoked potatoes with black garlic, do it.

The Mill. The home of the $4 toast, and worth every penny.

Aesop. This place will bleed you dry, but the products are petty incredible and smell amazing.

- s.

with wanderlust

Grad - Gabi & Sam
High school grad, 2009

It’s been pretty quiet around here for a couple of months now. Gabi’s been busy wrapping things up in Ottawa, while I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my summer. This is the first summer in a really long time that I haven’t committed to a six-day workweek and have actually been able to see and to do the things that I want to. I’m excited to spend the next month sharing those moments with my best friend.

For a little backstory, Gabi and I went to high school together but ran in different crowds. It wasn’t until we graduated and found each other’s blogs that we became more than acquaintances. I think that we hung out once before Gabi moved across the country for school, but somehow that didn’t deter our friendship from growing. The Internet is a funny thing. Between our personal blogs, Livejournal, Instagram, and so forth, we’ve managed to stay connected for five years. We talk to each other every day via text message, and it’s safe to say that even though she’s been all the way across the country, I’m more in-tune with this girl than anyone who lives in the same damn city. We owe a lot of our friendship to social media and our trusty iPhones.

Gabi’s back in Calgary at long last, and I’d say it’s a little bit weird for the both of us. It’s definitely going to mean a lot of different things for our friendship, and also some changes around these parts. We’ve got some things in store for the fall that will hopefully be easier to put out now that we live in the same place. It certainly makes collaborating easier. Stay tuned for some older features making a comeback, as well as a lot of new. I’m sure we’ll be seeing one hell of a lot of each other in the coming weeks.

- s.


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