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Make My Day: Batkid & Baptisms

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[ The view from our church isn’t pretty or anything… ]

So… this weekend was pretty amazing. The whole fam bam was in town for my Grandpa’s birthday as well as my nephew ( & godson’s ) baptism. It was such a beautiful celebration and I’m sorry but my nephew Lucho is the cutest kid to ever walk to planet ( even though he doesn’t walk yet )!!

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[ The man of the hour. ]

We kicked off the weekend in Union Square where we got to see the elusive Batkid in action. If you haven’t heard about Batkid a) where have you been, and b) check him out here! Miles is a 5 year old boy who has been battling Leukemia. His wish was to be Batman for a day, and the whole city of San Fran ( along with the Make A Wish Foundation ) pulled some serious strings to make it happen. It was pretty freaking magical.

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[ duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh BATKID ]

We celebrated Gramp’s bday at a San Fran classic, The House of Prime Rib. It was delish, they were super accommodating to my g-free needs, and we had a ball as we always do together! Seriously, my family is the best!

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[ My sweet Grampie… 92 years young ]

The baptism ceremony was so beautiful and I feel so so honored to be this little man’s God-mama.

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[ I can’t even put into words how much I love this kid! ]

IDK about you… but I’ve never seen a baptism after party quite like this. My sis and bro-in-law really know how to entertain… I’m talking a catered affair by my absolute fav Nopalito… bartender and all! Now that’s my kind of party :)

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[ Nopalito’s head chef Gonzalo Guzman comes to all catered affairs to make sure everything is perfect… and it was!! ]

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[ The “Lucho Libre” in honor of the baptism boy… a spin on the classic “Cuba Libre” aka rum + coke. ]

I can’t wait to celebrate more milestones with the little dude! So… what was the highlight of your weekend?!?

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Make My Day: Ode To The B&W Photo

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Things aren’t always black & white… or are they? If you couldn’t already tell by my recent Instys, I’ve been REALLY into black and white photography as of late. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s Fall and I’m so over the bright brights of summer. Maybe it’s that my eye is always drawn to the juxtaposition of black and white highlights. Or… maybe it’s just the fact that black is my fav color, or rather lack of color [sorry. always has been. always will be.] Whatever the case may be… I’m into it.

I love photography. You’ll rarely see me without a camera around my neck. I never studied it which is probably why I’m constantly taking photos, learning new techniques, and striving to become better. Photography is so subjective which, to me, is the beauty of it. I think Warhol said it best…

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This weekend I laid low [which was exactly what I needed]. I played around with some new g-free recipes [coming soon ;) ] , took a beautiful run through GG park with my ‘niece’ [<–she’s a Jack Russell BTW…  girl can run], babysat my nephew [can you say slumber party??], cuddled with my pup [DUH], watched some Halloween movies to get into the spirit,  and of course… snapped a few hundred pics.

Some weekend highlights via black & white photos… of course!!

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[My camera + trusty tripod… dynamic duo]

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[My muse. She has my whole heart.]

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[Seriously, good luck finding a cuter creature!]

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[Cow skulls in Golden Gate.]

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[Lazy daisies.]

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[Walk this way.]

Kikadoo and Frida

[Twinning.]

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[A good read.]

Lucho tiny toes

[My nephew… I could eat these toes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.]

So… what were your weekend highlights?

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I’ll Cheers To That…

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This past weekend was all about family, which is exactly how I like it. The whole crew was in town so we figured we might as well spend the weekend doing what we do best… vino tasting!

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Friday night we had dinner at Nopalito. OMG. Let me just say it is now my fav restaurant in SF. The food was to die, the margs were delish and kept on flowing, the service was impeccable, and practically the whole menu was gluten free! We ordered a bunch of tapas… family style, and devoured empanadas, carne asada, tamales, and more. For dessert… homemade dark chocolate cinnamon popsicles. Yum!

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Saturday we were off to wine country. It was my nephew’s first wine tasting experience. I mean, I can’t think of a better way to spend your five month b-day… can you?

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We hit our favorite spots… Jacuzzi and Artesa. We’re all about the wine clubs… joining really pays off because you get to relax in the private tasting rooms where the vino keeps on flowing. [<– I’ll cheers to that!] The chocolate port shots are an added bonus ;)

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We ended the night in downtown Sonoma with dinner at the Swiss Hotel. The food was delish… and so was the champagne gelato!

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Cheers to family, food, and fun!

What did you cheers to this weekend?

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Make My Day

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So… I basically had the best weekend EVER. It was filled with totally unplanned adventures and it was totally amazing. I’m definitely an OCD planner. Sometimes it’s so great to be reminded of how nice it feels to just go where the wind takes you.

We kicked off our Friday morning with the March For The Elephants [an international peaceful protest to raise awareness and support the elephants]. Over 35,000 are killed each year for their ivory and if things continue this way they are on the fast track to extinction. Elephants are my second favorite non-domestic animal [and that’s saying a lot]!! I’ve never taken part in anything like this, but I’m glad I did. I met some really great people and supported an important cause.

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It’s so nice to see our four-legged friends supporting one another. [That’s my ‘niece’ Tella on the left]

My sister and her hubby have the raddest house in San Fran. Golden Gate Park is literally their backyard, so we do a lot of exploring.

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A totally normal sight… The Classical Guitar Jukebox Monkey… who else?

 We wandered over to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival [a three day fest in the heart of Golden Gate Park]. We were blown away. There were so many amazing bands playing and the whole thing is free. Yes, free. Needless to say… we kept coming back for more.

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Let me start by saying that I get my love of music from my dad. He is incredibly musically talented and he is like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to musicians and bands. Growing up he would always quiz me in the car… Who sings this? What instrument is that? [He still does this BTW and I’m so grateful for it.] He recently got me a mandolin and I’m working on some tunes. Who knows? Maybe someday we’ll start a father/daughter duo. Lol.

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Enjoying this magical day with my little.

We saw so many incredible acts. Some of my favs included Conor Oberst, Bonnie Rait, Steve Martin [yes, that Steve Martin. For those of you who didn’t know… he plays a mean banjo], Chris Izaak, the legendary Emmylou Harris, and my fav act of the festival… First Aid Kit.

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These girls folk’n rock! Do yourselves a fav and check them out. P.S. They’re sisters :)

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My mini-me and I having a moment as Emmylou serenades us.

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The cherry on top of our beautiful weekend. This ridiculous view as we walked home from the fest. No filter. The sky looked like it was on fire… I think it was radiating all of the positive energy.

So, tell me… what made your weekend?

True Life: I’m Homeless [ jk ] // aka A Little Monday Rant

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Soooooo… today’s post was going to be all about how much I love Fall, but I’m just not feeling all that festive.

It’s Monday. And the last day of the month. Thank God.

I always try to keep it light, fun, and fashionable here on Kikadoo… but do you ever just have one of those days/weeks/months?

Luckily for me, October [my favorite month] is only a day away.

[October. October. I love ya, October. You’re only a daaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy aaaaaaaaaa-waaaaayyyyyyyy]

Simply stated… life is good. I love my fam, I love my job, I love my pup, and I’m extremely blessed.  I’m not complaining… BUUUUUUUTTTTTT… I am going to vent just a bit…

I relocated to the bay area about 4 months ago. I’ve been bouncing around and feeling extremely unsettled while looking for the perfect apartment. Being the OCD freak that I am… not having a place for all of my stuff to live and not having a routine has been driving me mad.

I have been apartment hunting for months and months to no avail. It’s not even that I’m that picky… it’s just that a) I don’t want to spend nearly 3 grand a month to live in a 400 square foot box with no parking, no laundry, and no room for all of my shoes and b) I don’t want to live in the Tenderloin, as I would like to live to see my 29th birthday which is just one short month away. That’s about it as far as my checklist goes.

Finally, after months on the never ending apartment search I found the PERFECT place. It seemed almost too good to be true… located in Cow Hollow, one of my fav SF neighborhoods, walk to anything and everything [shops, restaurants, bars], only 10 minutes from my adorable baby nephew, and all in all the perfect fit for a young, single girl trying to start a new life in the city. I had been corresponding with the “owner” via email… I liked him, he liked me, and it was all good. He told me alas… my search was over. WRONG.

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I should know by now… if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. I tend to be overly optimistic and get waaaaayyyyy ahead of myslef <– I see this as a vice and a virtue. Anyhow… without getting into the nitty gritty details, the whole thing was a scam. His intention was to collect money from me. He didn’t even own the apartment. Thank God I noticed enough red flags before I forked over the cash, but I still felt completely violated… and like a total idiot.

After a call to my big sis and a good cry sob fest over the fact that we wouldn’t be neighbs… I wiped my eyes, put on my big girl pants, got my butt out of bed, got back on Craigslist, and started from scratch. So that’s where I am today… square one. I guess there are worse places to be.

Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair…

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“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” 
~Henry David Thoreau

I have been super duper busy over the past month or so [busy in the best way]… relocating to the bay area, looking for a place of my own [a daunting task… I didn’t realize I had to sign away my first born child to rent a place in the city… seriously], spending lots of quality time with the fam [esp my adorable nephew Lucho], and exploring my new surroundings. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by the people I love most, in the city I love most and I can’t wait to see how this next chapter unfolds. Now that you’re all caught up, here it is. My so called life in photos over the past couple of weeks…

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Exploring with my sidekick, Frida. She is the Sancho Panza to my Don Quixote. The Ren to my Stimpy. The Pinky to my Brain. The Beavis to my Butthead. You get the picture.

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Host and parasite.

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The view from my morning run is kind of breathtaking

photo 4 … and sometimes I make some new friends along the way.

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My beautiful niece and nephew… Donatella the wonderdog and Lucho. Two big reasons I’m glad to be back in the bay!

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Spending time with Abuelito in his favorite place on earth… wine country!

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Pic of a pic. Admiring the modern art at Artesa.

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A champagne toast to the cousins being reunited… and it feels soooo good.

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Thank God!!!

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Lucho’s [and my] first trip to the Biergarten in SF. He’s breast milk wasted.

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Super cool Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael. It was about 99 degrees out but totally worth sweating our balls off to see these amazing artists in action. My fav was the pixelated Bert & Ernie.

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Frida may be Mexican… but she was looking super festive for the 4th!

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I mean, c’mon! This kid is way too cute. I can’t get enough of my little man!

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♥ Ode to Lucho ♥

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For those of you who don’t already know… I am the proud new auntie to the most amazing little man… Lucho! Today is his one month birthday so it seems like the perfect time to sing his praises! Where do I begin…?

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Luis Joaquin was born May 9th, 2013 at 3:47 am and at that exact moment… the world suddenly became a more beautiful place. Lucho has already experienced more love than many will know in a lifetime. There is no better feeling than holding him in my arms and knowing that I will be a part of his beautiful journey. I love this little man more than life!

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20130609-134456.jpg[Frida loves her baby cousin]

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[Lucho’s first walk in the park]

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[the magic man]

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If You’re Going To San Francisco…

I know I’ve been a little off the grid as of late… I’m still trying to play catch up after my mini vacay to my favorite city by the bay. I think it’s really important to get away every now and then, to unwind, escape the nuances of everyday life, and reassess what’s really important. Here are some photo highlights of the trip…

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Annnd we’re off… Frida and I en route to SF!

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I was sick the entire trip… as in no voice sick, but I didn’t let it get me down. Alternate forms of communication + sippin’ on some sizzurp.

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Nothing s’mores and whiskey by the fire can’t cure.

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Oh… and wine tasting in Carmel. Wine on wine on wine. Love the modern decor.

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The whole town of Carmel is so dog friendly… even the wineries :) it’s a dog’s life.

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A beautiful statue of the Immaculate heart of Mary.

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Morning hike at Carmel Valley Ranch. The perfect way to start the day.

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Tella turns 3!! The birthday girl celebrating in mid-air. This is what happiness looks like.

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Haight // Ashbury

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Love this mural // Trying to speak to my unborn nephew… Hi baby Lucho! Auntie Kika can’t wait to meet you!!

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Some cool sidewalk art // groovy Ashbury sign // Unlucky # 27… a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and other musicians who lost their lives at the tender age of 27. Tragic and beautiful.

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A successful day of shopping on Haight. Got to feed my obsession at the Kidrobot store + picked up some cool new kicks at True SF.

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The trip home is never as much fun… Frida agrees. Until next time SF. Xx.

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Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold…

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I know I have been MIA for the past week or so, but this absence was not without good reason. I was spending time in my favorite city [[San Francisco]] with some of my favorite people. I spent my days there doing what I do best {shopping} to doing something else I do best {wine tasting} to doing something I don’t do very well at all {relaxing} <– I blame this on technology. Though I was sick all weekend and literally had no voice at all for two days {maybe that was a blessing to those I was with as I wasn’t able to sing on our 2+ hour drive into Carmel} I didn’t let it get me down. We had beautiful weather and I had a beautiful time with beautiful people. Detailed post to come, but for now it’s back to life… back to reality.

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I’ve got a CRUSH.

This post is long overdue, but I’ve had a bit of a hard time getting back to reality after my fabulous weekend in Napa! We wined and dined like queens at some of wine country’s finest restaurants and vineyards. We were definitely in the right place at the right time. Harvest 2012 was taking place and there were crates of gorgeous grapes everywhere! The fine folks at Chateau Montelena even let us get our hands feet dirty as we stomped some grapes… a definite highlight of the weekend. Thanks Chateau Montelena! We’ll be back next year to taste the 2012 Reserve Cab!

 

… just 5 gals in a carton of grapes. Stomping the 2012 Reserve Cab at Chateau Montelena…

Post – crush with one of Montelena’s wine makers.

After a full day of wine tasting, which included visits to Sterling, Silver Oak, and of course Chateau Montelena, we hit the town for dinner at Carpe Diemyum! I had the white truffle oil popcorn and the tomato prosciutto soup. They were both gluten free and totally delish!

 

Just a quick snack between wineries. Grapes straight off the vine… mmm.

We kicked off the next morning at Ad-Hoc, a Thomas Keller restaurant, for brunch and bloodiesmmm. This place was UNREAL! From the french press coffe to the main course, and how can i forget the vanilla bean and goat cheese mousse to top it all off.. it was heaven! In the midst of our food comas we hit up Artesa for one last tasting before we hit the road and headed back to San Fran. The views here are to die for, as are the wines.

 

Ad-Hoc… you’ve really outdone yourself!

The unparalleled view from Artesa.

It was such an amazing weekend! I never wanted it to end… but you can’t always get what you want. That being said, I can’t wait to do it all again next year as we are making this trip an annual tradition.

 

Until next time Napa ❤