23 October 2009

get lost

cow hollow - san francisco, october 2009

about the best way to introduce yourself to a new city, i have found, is to get lost in it. at least that is what i experienced yesterday as i wandered around aimlessly, in quite possibly the most perfect fall day i've experienced yet in california. sunny, cool, no wind, and not a cloud in the sky. 

what started out as a quick bus ride to a new yoga class, turned adventure-some as about half-way into my trip, i noticed the bus taking a new route i didn't recognize, and moving further and further away from our home. as we passed through china town, i started to get a little nervous and thought it might be best to hop off. confirmation came when, while texting my sister about being lost, she told me that since i was out anyway, i should go get some gelato in little italy. once the smell of chinese food left the bus and everything along the street was written in italian, i figured i was close and chimed the bus driver to let me off. 

ended up in a wonderful part of san francisco - what they call cow hollow. cute, quaint, and found a lucy store on the way. had to pick up this little number. thought since i missed my yoga class, i should probably spend some money on something yoga-esque. it took me a couple of hours to eventually find my way home, but granted, i did stop for some tea and pastries (i couldn't help it, i was exhausted). all in all, the perfect way to spend a thursday afternoon, "exploring" a new city. 

on another note, i tried another gluten-free recipe for the same gluten-challenged sister. a protein-bar of sorts. 

chocolate almond butter granola bars
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup 73% dark chocolate chips (the big kind)
3 tablespoons apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup agave nectar

mix all the ingredients in a big bowl. stir together until mixture is soft and gooey.

bake in a 350 degree oven, 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

let cool, and then cut into bars

once cut, mine crumbled into a big gooey, granola mess....

still tasty though. it's a work in progress....

happy friday! much peace and love. xo. 


Chris Sargent said...

I know this is really random, but I saw your blog on Brandon and Megans and I have really enjoyed your posts. I worked in San Francisco for HP and one of my favorite Italian Restaurants was there. It's called E Tutto Qua and it's on the corner of Columbus and Broadway (Don't mind any of the several adult entertainment spots near it.) Probably the best spinach raviolli I've ever had. I love San Francisco and I'm extremely jealous you get to live there. I hope everything is going well for you and Court.

Morgan said...

THose bars look like something I would love! Did you make up the recipe? If so, you are so much more creative than me, Ii am just a good copier. I need to start inventing more. Anyways, looks delish girl!

Amy E. Campbell said...

I have been craving something like this all week, thank you!! You are my gluten-free hero!!