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J’adore #57

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It’s been a while since I have done a straight-up old school style J’adore (you have to go back to Dec 2013 for #56!) and in the spirit of the recently resurrected Saturday Six, I am returning to some classic Misadventures with Andi series posts! Also since all my series badges have my old look and feel I will have to make do with playing around with Canva (I am totally addicted) until I have new badges made!

For those of you who are new around these parts, J’adore is a series where I highlight products that I have either tried recently or want to. I hate shopping, so I do a lot of it online so I am always spotting things that I want to buy (although 90% of the time I am window shopping!) and want to share with you because I think they are cool!

Cascade Ice Sparkling Water

We all know we need to drink a ton of water. But knowing and doing it are two different things. I love sparkling water. Even so, I get bored with it and don’t drink as much as I should. Then I discovered Cascade Ice sparkling water. It showed on my doorstep (okay it didn’t, the kind folks of Cascade Ice sent me a box) and my life has not been the same. The plan was to try them out, maybe get creative with them like what Kristina Vanni of Better Recipes did when she created a Sparkling Blueberry Mint cocktail. But sometimes plans change. And I drank them all. Straight from the bottle. Didn’t even share them with my hubby. I even drank the blueberry one. I don’t like blueberry. It was awesome.

Cascade Ice Sparkling Water

I forgot to take a photo,…then I drank all six bottles!

My biggest problem now? Getting more. There aren’t too many places in the San Francisco Bay Area that has them (oh, please change that situation). Luckily it seems I can get some in Fremont, which happens to be the town my best friend lives in. So next time I am paying her a visit I am driving over to Sprouts with an empty trunk and I am going to get cases of this water! I have a new addiction, and given the fact that is zero additive – no fake sugar – water, I am thinking that is not necessarily a bad thing! Who’s with me on that?

[Update: during the middle of writing this post my hubby sent me to the grocery store to get an item…he is currently making boeuf bourguignon…yes, I know…so lucky! And my beloved Berkeley Bowl carries the waters – they were on the top shelf above my line of sight which is why I never noticed them before!]

B. T. McElrath Chocolatier Salty Dog Chocolate Bar

While I was at Berkeley Bowl I picked up more of my latest obsession, the B. T. McElrath Chocolatier Salty Dog Chocolate Bar. I love salted caramel with dark chocolate (which is why I am a huge fan of Fran’s) so this 70% dark chocolate bar with butter toffee pieces and sea salt a unique twist on salted caramel is awesome. Whoever is the chocolate buyer at Berkeley Bowl does the best job of curating and there are always new chocolates to try!

Why yes, there are five bars in this photo…

B. T. McElrath Chocolatier Salty Dog Chocolate Bar

Clearly Kombucha

When I am not drinking water (or wine), my preferred beverage of choice is kombucha. At home, my hubby and I drink a lot of Brew Dr. Kombucha, but with my commute, I don’t necessarily want to lug the bottle in my already to heavy bag on Bart, so I buy kombucha once I am in the city. My favorite is Clearly Kombucha, a recent discovery. Despite the fact that the two sisters who created Clearly Kombucha reached out to me in February, it was only in the past month while getting the best breakfast burrito in FiDi (Front Door Cafe) that I spotted them and picked up the black currant and ginger/raspberry ones and I have been purchasing them a couple of times a week now for my post-lunch drink.


San Francisco, Portrait of a City

Okay, just so you know that I think about things other than eating and drinking (barely, but I do) I am really enjoying this fantastic book from Fred Lyon called San Francisco, Portrait of a City 1940–1960. Mr. Lyons is an amazing photographer, native San Franciscan and diligent chronicler of the city’s history (here’s a great write-up on him on The Bold Italic, one of my favorite San Francisco blogs) and the photographs in this book are stunning. If you like San Francisco history (p.s. did you know this past Friday was the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake? I didn’t. I’ll never forget it….) then you will LOVE this book.


Photo credit: Pottery Barn

Charcutería: The Soul of Spain

While I am reading Fred Lyon’s book, Mr. Misadventures has his nose buried in Charcutería: The Soul of Spain by American Chef and food writer Jeffrey Weiss. Despite the fact that Mr. Misadventures is French I find him to be more passionate about Spanish cooking and he loves making paellas (yes, plural), tapas, etc. He reads cookbooks like I read novels and this one is his current favorite. It is chock full of meat curing and preparation techniques and if nothing else, it will make you (a) super hungry and (b) dying to visit Spain.

Charcuteria Book

Photo credit: Relishing It

That’s it for this edition of J’adore, a few of my recent favorite finds as I travel the web!

How about you? What are you currently adoring?

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