It started when I signed up for a food photography workshop in Oakland last Saturday which was to be a quick turn-around flight for me…
…when CollegeBoy 2, who was on break, came home and suggested he and I take a road trip up north to visit CollegeBoy 1 who was still in session at Berkeley.
What?!? My son asked to take a trip with me? I was all over it… like this ... no, not like an out of focus biscuit but like honey on a biscuit!
I put gas in that tank faster than you could say, “Fill ‘er up"!”
Last Wednesday, we hit the road at the crack of noon and headed up the 5 through the ‘real’ valley past the mounds of fertilizer, flowerless almond trees and hours of straight unattractive scenery all of which could not have been more delightful when shared with a child and ‘the sixties on six’.
While CollegeBoy1 was in class on Thursday, CB2 and I took the Bay Bridge over to city and explored the Presidio and Crissy Field where this shot was taken…
We then drove over the Golden Gate Bridge with the sun roof open (so wish I had a pic) and headed over to Muir Woods to see the redwoods.
It was beautiful.
As planned, we continued on Highway 1 up the coast to Point Reyes. It was some of the most beautiful coastline and inland pockets of meadows and forests I have ever seen. We stopped at Muir Beach Lookout. It was a little hazy, windy and chilly. It had to be in the mid to high 60’s. ‘Brrrrr’. It’s a SoCal thing.
We finished up our big loop with our third bridge of the day and went back into Berkeley for dinner. Berkeley is so diverse. Telegraph St. is still hanging onto its counter culture past although College St. is very charming and upscale and the shopping on 4th is where I could spend an entire morning or afternoon yet among the high end stores there is still a very green and organic feel to everything ‘Berkeley.’
If I were to compare Orange County to Berkeley in food terms, OC would be this…
and Berkeley would be this…
Each finding their respective place at the table.
Not one to miss a good time, on Friday, my hubby flew in. CB2 and I picked him up at SFO for a late lunch which turned into an early dinner by the time we found a place to park in the city. Later, we met up with CB1 for the real deal in Berkeley when he finished up in his lab.
On Saturday, while the boys took a trip to Napa to visit a couple of wineries, I attended the food photography workshop with Danielle Tsi and Denise in Oakland. I guess it’s kind of obvious all the food shots were taken there.
I styled. I accessorized. I put every dial and button on my camera into manual mode including the focus.
I used my live view feature for the first time and even succumbed to using a tripod.
I poured honey and melted pats of butter with a blow torch.
I fiddled around with rhubarb.
The rhubarb won.
I learned an incredible amount and had a terrific time.
There were 8 participants all with different backgrounds and levels of expertise yet all willing to share and assist one another. Danielle was extremely knowledgeable, organized and patient, as was Denise. They were very generous with their time and talent. I highly recommend this workshop and I would love to go back again for the video workshop at some point.
What? Time to eat again? Is it just me or does anyone else’s vacation seem to ask the question at every turn, “Where are we going to eat dinner tonight?”
Another great dinner in Berkeley Saturday night - this time at the pier. Seafood. A change from Thai, Greek and Italian of the previous nights.
Sunday we drove CB2 back down the coast to begin his new quarter, settled into our favorite spot to stay overnight in the area and watched Mad Men (I knew Joan kept the baby and Roger wouldn’t have acknowledged that baby if it was puffing away on an unfiltered pacifier with a double scotch in the Platex Nurser and had white hair!)
Monday, on our way home, we ventured to a recommended winery near Santa Barbara and continued on.
Luckily, CB1 flew in yesterday for a few days on his break this week so my spring break continues!
Also, I plan on winning the half billion dollar lottery today so this is shaping up to be one heck of a spring break but with or without the winfall I already know I’m a lucky lady- just look at how many nights I haven’t had to cook the last two weeks and the company I’ve kept. :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Vera Bradley Give-away next week. Oh boy!