Saturday Six #115

Saturday Six on Misadventures with AndiI just returned from a social media conference in San Diego, a spot I seemed to end up several times a year and each time I go there it grows on me more and more. I stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton where the conference was actually being held.  I am a Starwood/SPG fan, so my first inclination is always to stay at one of their properties, but there is a convenience factor when a conference is held at a hotel, so I decided to stay there.   Funnily enough, it turns out I stayed there more than twenty years ago for a business trip with my boss (now my best friend) when it was a Red Lion – it was a total déjà vu moment.  The same thing happened to me on my last trip to Tokyo, kind of funny, sometimes you really do keep repeating things in life!

For the first time in a long time I traveled without a laptop, I just took my iPad, it was a weird feeling and it prevented me from reading blog posts or writing any for that matter, but my hubby was out of town for a night and I did some voracious blog reading then.  Enough to have selected my six favorites for this week’s Saturday Six.

[1] I wouldn’t call myself a voyeur but I am curious about what people do with their lives. People that I am interested in that is, and especially when it comes to things I am passionate about like travel (which is why I started my Traveler Tuesday series) and food.  So you know I am really going to love Ann Mah’s new series called Tuesday Dinner in which she shares an interview and a recipe with some really cool peeps like Chez Loulou who is the person she launched the series with.  Love the idea, love the post and can’t wait for future weeks!

[2] I am a big fan of local food reporter (and blogger) Carolyn Jung of Food Gal.  She goes to all the restaurants on my wish/bucket list like State Bird Provisions and Meadowood. This past week she wrote about another one I’d love to get to, SPQR, I dare you to look at the photos in her post and not want to go there, trust me, it’s impossible!

[3] Africa has never called to me. But as I mentioned in Saturday Six #113, Matt from Landlopers is slowly convincing me that I may want to reconsider my thought process on this continent, or at least Cape Town. When I see the colors in the photographs like I see in the ones in Matt’s post on the Bo Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town, they remind me of Burano and Kasia’s beloved Cinque Terre and some of the new spots I am collecting on my Colors that Inspire Travel Wanderlist on AFAR, I know that these are happy places.  How can you paint homes thess glorious colors and not be happy?  Most of the time these people have tough lives, but coming home to a place that is a vibrant reflection of cheerfulness tells me about the perseverance that people who live in these places have and I thank Matt for exposing me to another spot in the world that demonstrates this attitude!

[4] Matt also had a fun post where he wrote about the five cities in the world he’d love to be an expat. It doesn’t surprise me that we had several cities on the list in common, Matt and I seem to enjoy some of the same affinities, but there were others that I would add to his list which include: Barcelona, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Moorea.  What would our list look like?

[5] Mr. Misadventures and I are serious about dumplings!  We go to dimsum nearly every weekend, I rejoice whenever I see The Chairman food truck is going to be anywhere near my office for lunch and I am a fan of dumplings from all over the world!  And while I have certainly had my own misadventures when it comes to exploring all the items on a dimsum  menu, most of the time I love everything I try.  However I know the dimsum scene can be daunting for a first timer so I have been think about writing a how-to post of tips and tricks.  In the meantime, I found two great resources. The first is one from The Bold Italic, a local San Francisco blog and the other is a dumpling guide posted on Serious Eats that past week covering dumpling styles from around the world.

[6] I am not a fan of clothes or shoes, and I don’t wear any jewelry except for a wedding band.  I do have a lot of glasses, but that is about the only thing I really spend money on. Except for food.  I  gladly, happily, blissfully will plunk down a large amount of money to enjoy a good meal (although don’t think for a minute that this is a prerequisite for a good meal, because I have had some exceptional meals that did not cost an arm and a leg).  I did it to eat at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (twice); I did it to eat at Chez Panisse (three times) and I did it to eat at The Willows Inn (and want to do that again).  I will do it to eat at French Laundry and Meadowood. Why? Because these experiences make me happy.  So when I saw Charu of Butterfly Diary write a post asking if a $295 meal buy you happiness…my immediate response is > yes, indeed!

That’s it for this week!

How about you? Have any good posts you discovered in your blogosphere journeys that you want to share? How do you discover new blogs?

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing my new blog series, Andi! I’m honored to be in such good company and can’t wait to check out these other links!

  2. @Ann, my pleasure! I love the new series!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Andi. I hope you get to try those three restaurants soon. They truly are memorable dining destinations. ;)

  4. @Carolyn, I will definitely get to them, it is just a matter of when!

  5. I love that post about Cape Town and all the complementary links of similar colorful stucco buildings. So beautiful.

    The most I think I’ve ever spent for a dinner was about $150. That was about 20 years ago! It was a place called the Eagle’s Nest in OKC. It was a really good meal. I’d pay $300 for Chairman Food Truck food. Wow. We tried Dim Sum a couple weeks ago in OKC. Ugh.

    I love Saturday Six and your generosity as a blogger in reading blogs and sharing finds. It inspires me! I feel very odd with just my iPad, too.

  6. @Jen, $150 20 years ago is a lot! What’s the name of the dimsum spot? What was bad?

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