We had a busy weekend in the Bay Area. We arrived Friday evening and
stopped at a restaurant in Alameda to visit with some former co-workers
of Bill’s from when he worked Groung Ops in Oakland. It was nice to see
many of them again as I had also become friends with a few of them. A
little while later, we had a nice dinner at Cattlemen‘s
with Patrick. We ran into a friend from high school, Joanna, who is a
manager at Cattleman’s now. She and I were good friends in my junior
and senior years even though she was in Patrick’s class (2 years
behind). She had a major crush on Patrick in high school that I used to
tease her about. In a fight between Joanna and the girl Pat was dating
in high school… Joanna definately would have won. We remained friends
after high school and she even remembered Bill. Jackie just started
working there as a hostess. We look forward to the employee discount as
Cattlemen’s is probably the nicest restaurant in Newark.
Saturday morning I went shopping with Mom to find a dress for next
weekend’s wedding in Florida. Since I had such disappointing luck at
Macys, Mervyns, JCPennys and Kohls, we went to a small outlet mall in
San Leandro. We went to Ann Taylor first and found three dresses that
were all very good contenders. One, brown and white linen dress was
good enough that we put on hold while we checked out some other stores.
We found no luck at Talbots and the store next to it… Eileen
something… We stopped at the Gap outlet just to see if they even had
any dresses, and I tried on a brown and turquoise patterned strapless
dress that was awesome. The strapless part, I will have to change. I’m
going to add some brown grosgrain ribbon to the sides as straps. As
soon as I find some shoes and a shawl, I’ll be set.
Saturday evening we had planned to take BART to San Francisco to watch
the Chinese New Year Parade with our friend Ronnie Wong and his family.
We ended up watching it on TV and chatting with Bill’s mom about
wedding stuff. She and I discussed what menu choices we wanted and what
would still be alright with friends and family who are less adventurous
when it comes to trying new foods. It was an animated debate. Later, we
did meet with Ronnie and his family at <!–
D(["mb","Scoma’snfor dinner. The food was fabulous as was the service. Bill had anbroiled King salmon with spinach and roasted potatoes. I had a wholencracked Dungeness crab. We shared a dark chocolate tart that had menspeechless. It’s a bit pricey, but this restaurant is such a greatnplace to have fresh San Francisco seafood with exceptional service. Itnwas just a wonderful and relaxing experience.
nSunday we drove out to Walnut Creek to meet our photographer and shownhim the sites. Plus, this was the first time visiting the ceremony sitenfor Bill, Mom, Mark and Laikwan. The weather was gorgeous and warm. Wenhung around for a bit talking about how we could decorate while Intracked down the photographer. He misread the emails and thought wenwere meeting at the restaurant. Oops. He finally made it and we talkednabout time of day and where the sun should be.
for dinner. The food was fabulous as was the service. Bill had a
broiled King salmon with spinach and roasted potatoes. I had a whole
cracked Dungeness crab. We shared a dark chocolate tart that had me
speechless. It’s a bit pricey, but this restaurant is such a great
place to have fresh San Francisco seafood with exceptional service. It
was just a wonderful and relaxing experience. Here is Bill smiling with Ronnie’s 4-year old daughter Susan. She didn’t really want to have her picture taken.
Sunday we drove out to Walnut Creek to meet our photographer. This was the also first time visiting the ceremony site
for Bill, Mom, Mark and Laikwan. The weather was gorgeous and warm. We
hung around for a bit talking about how we could decorate while I
tracked down the photographer. He misread the emails and thought we
were meeting at the restaurant. Oops. He finally made it and we talked
about time of day and where the sun should be. We didn’t stay at the site long because Bill and I were pressed for time to make our flight home.
Behind the house at the site there were three large camelias in full bloom. They were so full, the blossoms were pulling the branches down.
We had a great lunch at Tin’s and spent some time working out the menu with Alice. Yvonne and Kevin drove up from Livermore to have lunch with us. Kevin had never had dim sum before… he didn’t even know what it was. I think they both enjoyed the food and were really helpful when we were deciding on some dishes for the banquet. We got a menu hammered out and we picked a couple of wines from Alice’s wine list. Her brother overheard us talking about and he showed up a minute later with samples of the two wines in shot glasses. It was really funny and impressive. We chose a Pinot Noir and a Gewürztraminer. Both were tasty and light enough to go well with Chinese food.
It definately felt like we got some things accomplished this weekend.