I thoroughly cleaned my yoga mat tonight after catching someone traipse on it in his soccer cleats. Normally I'd hose it down outside but it's been chilly in the evenings so I dunked it in the bathtub, sprayed it with a vinegar cleanser and then hung it in front of the fan. To celebrate, I did this power yoga workout from PopSugar. I'm kind of picky when it comes to yoga videos. I want them to get straight to the point (mostly for fear of people bursting in at any moment and taking over the "yoga studio" aka our room), and I want to work up a sweat. I'm not a big fan of too much talking and not enough doing.
I've decided I like yoga one of two ways: either completely restorative or really quick and difficult. I'm usually either doing yoga to remove stress or to get my heart rate up in a way that stretches my muscles. I like to tie my hair up in about 2-3 ponytails when I work out because I have yet to find a headband that stays on my head the entire workout without sliding off. If anyone has found a headband that stays put even during a run, please let me know!
Jon had the amazing idea to wake up and go to breakfast together. Actually, I guess breakfast isn't really breakfast anymore if you live in San Francisco. It's brunch. I remember once we were meeting some friends for breakfast on a Sunday and I suggested a diner I love that's in the lobby of a divey motel. I was picturing a short stack with whipped butter, a mealy slice of orange curled on the corner of the plate, and a scalding cup of coffee. You should have seen the look of horror on their faces. I'm pretty sure we ended up at some she-she place where I spent $8 for a slice of avocado on spelt wheat bread. I digress.
We went to Richmond Republic Draught House to eat. Normally I'm not a draught house eating kind of gal because I associate it with greasy and unhealthy food, but this place is really yummy and has healthy options. I had the huevos rancheros and ordered a peppermint tea. Croc kept thinking there were actual peppermints somewhere that I was hiding from him and I had to try to convince him otherwise. I love his decision tree: Mom said the word peppermint. I like peppermints. That means she has peppermints. Give me a GD peppermint!
What I also love about this place is that it's in the space that used to house Haig's Delicacies, a legendary old Middle Eastern deli on Clement Street. Oh how I miss that place. The day they shuttered it, I'm pretty sure I shed a tear or two. Walking in that place was one of the first memories I have of living in SF. The smells of garlic from the hummus, and beans from the turkish coffee, and cardamom from the spice section would hit your nose from the sidewalk and tempt you to come inside.
I loved popping in for a container of hummus, some good soft cheese, bread, and chutney. Even James Beard wrote about and appreciated the special little jewel that Haig's Delicacies was to San Francisco.
You can still buy their famous hummus in the stores, but I miss their homemade sandwiches and talking with the old owners. At least it's been taken back by local guys serving good food and wasn't taken back by "something really depressing, like a Baby Gap" (name that movie).
Toy Boat is another neighborhood gem. Like Elizabeth Taylor's hope diamond kind of gem. You must take your kids here if you visit San Francisco, and be sure to bring quarters so they can ride the mechanical horse!
Sunday mornings means farmers market time! We picked up some strawberries and granola and some of these honey sticks made from local bees. I once let The Dude slurp one down when he had a sore throat and now it's amazing how they suddenly have sore throats when we walk past the honey booth :)
If you've ever been to Clement, then you know that "Going Out of Business" signs should be taken with a grain of salt. More like a heaping tablespoon of salt. The signs are written in such a way that I feel drawn to walk in.
Jon and I like to set expectations for the other person before he or she comes home and sees that nice clean house they left has now become the eye of a storm.
And I'm happy to report that The Dude's soccer team brought home a winning season and got to take home the "winner's globe" for beating the rival team. The globe was actually a snow globe with the Golden Gate bridge inside. :)
Then we made turkey tacos and Croc wore his adorable new light up slippers. We bought them to give our downstairs neighbors a break from the boys' footsteps that seriously must sound like they are wearing shoes of concrete.
Then Croc and I made a town out of toys which was really fun.
I put Kristoff from Frozen's kilt on The Penguin and we thought it was hysterical. He's really pulling it off well.
Then we watched the clean version of Christmas Vacation, the first of what will be about 12 viewing sessions of the movie this season.
What is your favorite neighborhood gem and why?
Do you know where I can find a hair band that stays in place during a run?
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