My Weekend Routine
We do a fair amount of traveling in the Misadventures household. I usually attend at least one local food or travel event during the week and I go to restaurants (or take out from them) for lunch everyday and the hubby and I eat out for dinner a couple of times a week. But when it comes to the weekend, unless I am off exploring, my routine is pretty consistent. Refined over many years, Mr. Misadventures and I have it down pat!
Generally on Saturdays, we get up fairly early and drink a cup of coffee (these days it is an almond milk latte) and get in some computer time in. Whether that is social media updates, paying bills, researching upcoming trips or writing a blog post…like this one!).
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Then around 10 we head out the door to our favorite dimsum place. We are dimsum fanatics and go nearly every weekend. We don't eat the same thing every time, there are some core items that we order, and then we mix in new things. Sometimes that works out, sometimes it doesn't (like when I accidentally ordered frog fallopian tubes!).
After dimsum, if there is a new movie that catches our attention we will head over to our local theater. It's a pretty cool spot, the center's architect has designed beautiful places all over the world including Namba Parks which we visited when we were in Osaka.
After the movies we head back home. We love our home. And we are total homebodies. I am an introvert and I use the weekend to re-charge!
For the rest of the afternoon, we will read, maybe watch another movie, do some trip planning, or housework. I try not to be back on the computer on Saturdays for long periods of time, I might pop in to check social media feeds from time to time, but I try to do a partial digital detox.
Around 3 I start to get a little hungry! So while Mr. Misadventures starts doing his mise-en-place for dinner (he is the chef in the house), I make a nice little snack. In a francophile household, that usually means wine and cheese, sometimes it means foie gras and champagne,if we are feeling especially indulgent! I always like a vehicle for my cheese (or foie gras) and for the longest time it was a baguettes or levain bread, but that becomes really filling and that's lots of carbs. My hubby likes Wasa crackers, but I find them to be too dry.
Then we found nirvana.
On a trip to the San Juan Islands a couple of years ago, we stopped into the Whole Foods in Bellevue to buy groceries for the house we rented. We love all the islands in the San Juan chain, but when it comes to grocery options, there just aren't that many, so we prefer to stop and pick up supplies on the way to the ferry. While picking out cheeses I noticed boxes of Raincoast Crisps which just by their descriptions looked amazing!
We picked up a couple of boxes along with some cheese and wine and food for other meals and carried them on our way to the islands. After a long day – Oakland to SeaTac – Whole Foods Bellevue – Ferry station in Anacortes – arriving in Lopez Island – picking up our house keys – unpacking, etc. We decided to relax on our porch with a beautiful view of the water and partake of some wine and cheese. I served them with our newly acquired Raincoast Crisps and we ate two entire boxes in one sitting! We were totally hooked…but wishing we had maybe paced ourselves so that we could have enjoyed the second box on another night!
When I returned home to the Bay Area we found the crisps at our local Whole Foods and happily at Berkeley Bowl where we do our weekly shopping! Generally speaking, they are almost always in the cheese section.
Today, after dimsum, I stopped there because we are running low on cheese (in our house, that means we are down to only 3 or 4 varieties!). I picked up some Fiore Sardo, which is a sheep's milk cheese from Sardinia. We've been on an Italian cheese kick since returning from Florence, although our cheesemonger said depending on where you are from, you may not call Sardinia, Italy (it's like the Corsica-France debate).
No matter where it is technically from, it was up on deck with this new ume jam made right here in Berkeley by Ayako Iino. It is home made with ume and apricot which paired perfectly with the Fiore Sardo on a salty date and almond Raincoast.
I also picked up something new, they are always getting in new cheeses at Berkeley Bowl! A baked lemon ricotta, that was teamed up with a fig and olive Raincoast and a dab of my cousin's (Aloha from Oregon) apricot pepper jelly.
Throw in a bottle of pinot noir (the Misadventures with Andi household favorite) and it was a perfect way to wind down the afternoon and ease into the evening.
Saturday is topped off by dinner from chef honey, some TLC for Jessica and then a movie before bed.
Sunday is a writing day for me. I work on several posts in various state, do research and content curation and prepare for the week. Mr. Misadventures makes a lovely poached egg and prosciutto on a slice of levain for breakfast, we have salad for lunch and some sort of soup for dinner. Mr. Misadventures makes a big pot for dinners throughout the week.
No stress, quiet and restful and a great way to get ramped up for the busy week ahead.
Why am I telling you all this?
One reason is that Katie and Jen said they wanted to learn more about me and thought others would be interested too, but here is my secret….I'm kind of boring! This is what I do every weekend I am not traveling. Every.
The other is that whenever I am going to work with a brand on a project I like to write about how this brand is part of my life, what's my story. We all have affinity for brands. When I work with brands that are products I use or food I eat I want to share why so that you know I am real, that I am not trying to sell you something and that I believe in what I am sharing with you. I have done that with brands like Godiva on projects that I was compensated for; or projects like the Westfield Tastemaker, where there was no compensation. Or when I shared my coffee story when I wasn't even working on any project.
Food really is a big part of my life. Along with travel. And the in stories I tell, and in the memories I have, there is always food, there is always travel.
I have been selected as a Lesley Stowe Raincoast Crisp ambassador and while I was not compensated for this post, there will be some coming up that I will be compensated for and I wanted to share my normal, everyday, non-traveling weekend routine, a peek inside my life and an opportunity for you to see what my Raincoast Crisp story is.
But enough about me, what's your weekend routine?
My family is just the opposite, during the week we have our routine and as soon as the weekend hits we are off traveling and exploring the great state of Arizona! And your coffee looks amazing! Thanks for the glimpse into your life!
@Amber, the week brings a hole other routine, but I hear you. My parents moved to Arizona two years ago and there is so many places there to explore!
Loooove these personal posts from you! Also. Can I please move in?
@Katie, how are you with cats? My nice glass of wine and slice of cheese was interrupted by the need to take Jessica back to the vet, I could use a nurse maid for her….I’d feed you well!
I’ve always wanted to visit Lopez Island, and now I want those Raincoast Crisps too! Sounds like a lovely weekend.
@Robyn, it is was of our favorite San Juan Islands – the waving island, everyone is so friendly. And yes, Raincoast Crisps are super yummy!
looks pretty interesting
This was a fun post to read. Love learning more about people personally through their blogs!
@Christen, me too! Some of my best friends I’ve met on blogs and have never met in person.
You’re lifestyle sounds amazing. I’m so jealous. We rarely get to eat out as we don’t have the money and my other half is always at work or college 🙁
@Fi, I spent many, many years in the same position, all that work and college pays off! I have been in the corporate world for 25 years now and my hubby for 35, so I can tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
I work in retail…so most weekends I’m working, which most folks probably think is a bummer. However, I much more prefer to have random days off so that I can go virtually anywhere and get anything done efficiently without the crowds getting in my way. The only downside to working weekends is that sometimes you have to miss out on special occasions.
However, if I am off for the weekend…your weekend routine is right up my alley, Andi! Low stress and lots of food! YUM!
@Anna, I know what you mean about having weekday days off, I used to have every other Friday off and I could zip in and out of a lot of places when everyone else was at work!
I don’t know if it’s because I feel so scheduled during the week, but the weekends are kind of like a free-for-all. We just do whatever. But there’s always a lot of relaxing. Well, as much as you can relax with a toddler running around destroying things 😉
@Trish, I hear ya! We don’t really have too much of a schedule on the weekends either, but it just ends up that we sort of do the same thing the weekends we are home! We are gone a lot, so it is nice just to relax and do whatever our heart desires when we are home!
Your weekend sounds absolutely amazing! I love that you have a routine and it doesn’t sound boring at all, in fact it sounds exciting. I really don’t have a weekend routine it really just depends on if I have an event to attend for my blog or some other social event with friends and family. As my Monday – Friday work is ramping up I think that my weekends will start to consist more and more around work on my blog. I have been used to working on a lot of my posts during the week but I’m starting to be pressed for time during the week so I think adapting a Sunday work schedule that is dedicated to posting at least 3 posts for the blog will be what I will be doing. Thank you for sharing I enjoyed peeking into your world.
I like my daily also.Sometimes we order Chinese in and I love trying new foods,ugh maybe not the Frog though.
@Laurie, the frog actually turned out to be good, I didn’t know what it was until after I got home looked it up!
sounds like a lovely weekend routine!
I love these kind of posts! I love to see what people get up to on their weekends!
Andi I sooo enjoy what you’ve got going on here!!! Your photos are always boss mad the food and (especially the food) and adventures always sound amazing!!! I pin the post that mention the things that I want to try, like these crackers!!!! And stocking up on cheese!!! What are you taking photos with? You have a favorite lens? I did indeed love learning more about you!!!:)
@Liv, thanks so much, I am so glad to have discovered your blog as well, it rocks! The photo in this post was taken with my Fuji X-E2, my hubby takes a lot of the travel photos too (I usually denote them)) and he uses a Canon Mark III.
thanks for sharing your routine iwth us
We love going out for dimsum on the weekend as well!
@Jenn, where do yo go for dimsum?
Your pictures are gorgeous – and now I want cheese! Looks like you had a wonderful trip!
@Kendall, thanks! GO get some cheese (and don’t forget the Raincoast!
I do around the same things with my boyfriend – dimsum, research future trips, movies, etc. Love the weekends!
@Marissa, where do you go for dimsum? Love the weekends too! Want more of them!
I love how relaxed and leisurely weekends are compared to the week. Love dim sum too! 🙂
@Jemma, do you have to go into London to get it? I have only had dimsum in London once, at Ping Pong. Do you have a local place to go?
Your weekend sounds like a lot lol compared to mine, because of my kind of work i use weekends normally to catch up on sleep. insomnia seems to have a thing for me during the week.
@Myrabev, oh I have friends that suffer from insomnia, so not fun!
My weekends always vary depending on what my work week looked like. Sometimes we stay in all weekend to recharge while other weekends we’re out and abouT!
@Betsy, that is exactly how we figure it out too! Two corporate citizens, some weeks we have energy, other weeks, nada!
Wow so glad I found your blog through Facebook. I love it! You are a great writer, love the blog!
@Heather, thanks so much for the compliments! Looking forward to having you around!
sounds like you had a great weekend – love that view overlooking the trees to the water 🙂
@Bethani, some of my most relaxing moments, those islands are really calm and peaceful!
Your life looks amazing!!! love it.
@Aubrey, why thank you, I definitely don’t take it for granted!
This sounds like a lovely routine! I have been wanting to try dimsum. It sounds really good!
@Jenna, you must try it, the experience is a lot of fun!
Still trying to find my routine after (almost) a couple years with my little man. I’ll get there one day! 🙂
@Erica, I can only imagine. I don’t have kids but have recently had to deal with an ill cat which has wrecked a little havoc on my schedule – it is temporary, I know kids are fulltime, you may not have a regular schedule until 18!
What an amazing view! That sounds like heaven, great view, munchies, and some good wine!
@Melissa, islands are awesome for that!
I wish this past weekend was like this. Unfortunately we traveled 8 hours (well, both ways) for a race that ended up being cancelled. I’m pretty sure this next one coming up is going to be lowkey and boring – just the way I like it.
@Nancy, I saw that, such a bummer! If you are four hours away you must not be too far from me! I am in the SF Bay Area, in Berkeley and work in SF.
I want that food. It sounds like a nice weekend even if you think it’s boring. It’s not as boring as mine (trust me!).
@Alisha, food is a big part of my life, maybe too big!
Of course you’re on an Italian cheese kick after Florence. I’m so glad you found something to satiate the craving!
@Camille, so many to choose from, they might have as many as France, but I am not sure!
I love it. and I love these pictures because they seem to depict a nice calm weekend. With nice cool weather and great traditions! (:
@Alyssa, thanks so much. It is my little world that works for me, everyone has there own and it is fun to explore other people’s lives!
I read this post with great interest and then wow – I see a link to my site. Thank you for that. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your weekends. It was exciting to me as it’s so different than mine. The descriptions were great. Thank you for taking the time to put it all down. I could see the poached egg on Sunday morning. =) Congrats on the Leslie Stowe gig. You have made it my friend! I have watched you work on this blog for so long and you’ve never rested and or given up or changed directions. You truly are a successful blogger, and really it is so wonderful hearing about your ordinary day after following you and being in your friendscape so long. xoxo
@Jen, thank you Jen, it means a lot. I am constantly trying to evolve, not always happy with where I am going, but I am really good at right turns!
I recently tried dimsum and I LOVE it! I don’t know how I went so long without it <3
@Sinova, if I am stranded on an island, I want dimsum!
Wow, your weekends still sound pretty busy and interesting compared to mine! I like what you said about digitally detoxing. We all need to do that a bit.
@Lisa, I love technology as much as the next person but it is nice when you can just escape it for a couple of hours or a couple of days!
This is so fun! I love reading posts like this.
@Michelle, thanks, I do too! Let getting a peek inside people’s lives!
Yum, love dim sum! Those dumplings look delicious. And I’ve always wondered about those Raincoast Crisps – I’ve seen them at our local QFC by the cheeses!
@Jenn, where do you go for dimsum? Yes, you must try the crisps out, they are very unique and perfect for cheese!
Lovely pictures! Loved the description and I wish it was already saturday!!!
@Maria, me too!
The view from the Lopez island house you rent is amazing. I’d love to stay there forever.
@Mai, it is pretty spectacular!
That sounds like an amazing trip! Those raincoast crisps look yummy 🙂
@Brooklyn, I can attest that they are delicious!
Love this post!
I love learning more about my blogging pals. Seriously awesome post! BTW I am all about almond lattes and dim sum.
@Amby, thanks so much! Where do you go for dimsum?
Sounds like a nice relaxing weekend to me, too. It’s so hard to be on the go all the time, especially for us with kids. Definitely need the extra time to recharge.
@Jessica, kids add an extra complexity!
Routine is not a word in my vocabulary since I have a toddler. But one think that is a weekend must is the Farmer’s Market. I love love love that market!
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@TheAccidentalMama, I totally understand 😉 Love farmer’s markets as well. So lucky I work near the Ferry Building in San Francisco so I can go to the farmer’s market during the week as well.
Gorgeous photos – looks like you’ve got a good routine going there!
@Kendall, thanks, we just kind of slipped into it, we are away a lot, but when we are home, this is what we do!
I love your blog! Seriously the cutest one ever. I have a pretty solid weekend routine, too that includes pancakes, soccer, and wanting to sleep in.
@Sarah, pancakes, yum! I could get into that habit. For some reason my hubby doesn’t like them that much, or let’s say he doesn’t have an appreciation for them – so crazy!
What a lovely way to get to know you! And I think your weekend routine sounds relaxing and a great way to rewind for the coming week.
@Joanna, thanks! I have enjoyed getting to know you recently on your blog!
I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of dim sum! And I am totally clicking over now to read about the frog fallopian tubes now…
@Carly, don’t let that story scare you, dimsum is awesome!
I love taht you do this prior to an affiliate post – it really makes it feel more authentic! I need to come up with a weekend routine – I feel like my days shoot by!
@Raewyn, I feel it is important for people to know where I am coming from.
Sounds like a great way to send a weekend!
@Kristine, I can’t complain!
So envious! Looks amazing.
Our routine is so set during the week, but weekends, hmmm not there yet! I would love a little more structure that’s for sure.
@Ayana, I am not sure ours is structured, we just seem to gravitate to doing the same thing!
1. I’ve never tried dimsum. I know. It’s unbelievably sad and I need to try it.
2. I’m all about the wine and cheese… I should make that a meal soon. Ha!
3. My weekend routine is a bit different now that I have a little baby- it basically consists of catching up on all the things I need to get done! 🙂
@Leslyn, 1. Do try it, it is so much fun and delicious! 2. Me too! 3. You might get some a routine in about 18 years!
Love this! My hubby and I totally relax on the weekends only going out to eat some food. On rare occasions we prepare our own dinners, but most weekends we eat out somewhere. Our obsessions change almost on a weekly basis, but its almost like a rotation. 🙂
@Avie, where are some of your favorite spots?
I love all the food posts on this site, except you are making me hungry.
We eat out 3 to 4 times a week. I don’t like to cook, but I love to eat.
@Lourie, that sounds like a nice weekly schedule – where do you typically eat out?
I just picked up Burger King for tonight. We had chicken from Popeyes earlier & Greek food from the
restaurant beside us on Monday. I worked Mon, Wed, Fri & Saturday this week. My schedule is always
crazy so sometimes we don’t eat together & I just fix something quick when I get home.
@Lourie, oh Greek food, that sounds delicious!
I am a complete introvert it takes a lot for me to go out at all but I do enjoy seeing a lot of different things as long as I have my me time 🙂 This is very interesting!
@Kristen, so true!
I lived in Tarpon Springs, FL for the first two years that I lived in FL and came to appreciate good
Greek food. In case you don’t know, Tarpon Springs is a small Greek community.
@Lourie, I didn’t know there was a Greek community in Greece, but I can imagine that it has a lot of people from all over the world since people love from all over love to retire there!
Thanks Andi! the photography is beautiful!
My weekends don’t sound as great as yours. I rarely go to movies in theatres but would love some dimsum right now.