Friday’s Favs

While fashion is transitioning from spring and summer to fall, San Francisco (always a little behind the times weather-wise) is trying to transition from winter to summer. Our summer usually starts in September and it’s been a long time coming. I dont know about you other SF friends, but I am ready for dresses and less fog, a lot less fog. We are venturing north of the city this weekend to see the sun for Nate’s bacon birthday and hopefully going to an amusement park on Monday – you know, for some good old fashion fun! What are your plans for the long weekend?


{delicious rice bowl from Bun Mee for lunch}


{my first project, a boutonniere, from my floral design class, corsages are next}


{I really need a pair of these}


{have you ever seen a prettier cream puff}


{beneath the pines in Tahoe}

Tahoe Eats

I could write a week’s worth of posts about Stella and still not sing it’s praises enough. The food was amazing, each bite carefully crafted to deliver that punch of flavor and mix of texture. I would recommend it to anyone, for any occasion.

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We went with the tasting menu approach, in order to get a little bite of as many things as possible. For starters I ordered the duck pate, which is always my favorite. Creamy, buttery pate with crunchy bread and an acidic salad.

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The second course was this impeccable ceviche. Flakey, fresh fish cooked in the acid from the lime and topped with a little spice. I never wanted this dish to end.

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For the main I had the lamb, and while I don’t usually opt for lamb, it was the perfect choice. The medium rare meat was juicy and flavorful and the peach accents added a great burst of sweetness to each bite.

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Dessert was a smorgasbord of summer fruits and chocolaty decadence. We ordered everything (obviously) and shared.

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There was a lemon pudding and a raspberry cake with cream but the chocolate swirl was the most delicious item of the evening. I could have eaten three of them by myself.

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On Saturday, for a less fancy option we went to Fire Sign for brunch. And brunch being my favorite meal, we needed a place that the locals say is the best. Fire Sign (so named for the astrological sign) was just what the doctor ordered. Nothing fancy, but quality seasoned home fries with runny eggs and big cups of coffee – the perfect fuel to a busy day in the mountains.

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A recommendation that wasn’t on the Tahoe To Do List, was Cottonwood. And it was a good find! This place used to be an old ski lodge (Hilltop Lodge) and was cute and comfy like one. We had a gorgeous view of Truckee at sunset and enjoyed a nice dinner and wine.


We ordered many an appetizer, calamari and polenta (and short ribs, not shown), all of which were delicious.

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And dinner had an italian flair with a seafood soup, pasta and steak choices from all of us.

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Tahoe may not be known for its food but it has some truly fantastic options if you are willing to wait in line or drive to the top of a mountain.

The Weekender – North Lake Tahoe

I wish every weekend were a long weekend with my family. Sometimes it’s so nice to just hang out and laugh and tell stories with the people closest to you. This weekend was the perfect last trip of the summer and Tahoe was gorgeous. In true Chelsea fashion the only things we did on the Tahoe To Do List was eat, but those meals were so  fantastic that they deserve their own post (stayed tuned). Today is about the views.


When we arrived it was too windy to lay on the beach at the lake so we travelled to Virginia City for a dose of history and gold mining culture.

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This historic town is absolutely adorable and as kitchy as can be. It has old candy stores and saloons (with buckets of blood apparently), it has riskay 25 cent peep shows for men only and boasts this 100 mile view.


There was a casino-like saloon that had something called a suicide table. Where it is said that three people killed themselves after gambling away their life savings. This town is not messing around!

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Horse drawn carriages and a museum of horse and human drawn fire engines line the main street. There is so much history here, from the lives of the miners to their families and visitors during the gold rush.

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Being tourists and all, we also rode the train along the gold mine route through the mountains.

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After our train ride, we drove back to Tahoe and enjoyed a lovely dinner at Stella. On Saturday we drove up to Squaw and rode the tram over the mountain and above the Olympic village.


The giant tram takes you more than a mile up and over the peaks gliding right through the breathtaking views. There is a pool, a restaurant and a bar (perfect) at the top with picnic tables for you to sit back and relax.


Fun fact from our tram operator: Walt Disney designed Thunder Mountain after the granite rock formations that line the mountains in Squaw.

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You can see a little of Lake Tahoe from the top of the mountain, a thick blue smudge in between the greens and browns of the mountain tops. I feel like everywhere you look in Tahoe there is either amazing wildlife (like coyotes walking along the side of the road) or an amazing view. It’s beautiful up there and summer is just as gorgeous as winter.

Friday’s Favs

Rough week. Not sure why, not sure if it was because it was a short week and everything got crammed into 4 days or if it was the fact that I had something to do every night after work or what. But I can say that I am glad it’s over! The good news is that it’s Friday, and its going to be sunny and 65 degrees this weekend! Going outside is going to squash those bad-week blues and I’m planning on outdoor brunches and park lunches (sweet rhyme). There were a couple bright spots in my week – like the shark sweatshirt I got.

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{just look at it, it’s awesome}

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{glam doorway in Nob Hill, lit with golden light}

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{I think I would do more tie dye if I owned this book}

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{mysterious and elusive animal known as the Jackalope, was mounted in our Tahoe cabin}

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{it looked like these pillars were holding up the sky}

What are your plans for the weekend?