Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is an all-day affair.

After breakfast. (We really are going to have some serious orthodontic bills.)

Halloween parade at the San Francisco School. Anders crafted these wings, but ultimately decided not to wear them. Too bad—we loved them!

Soren came to the parade, too.

Four witches and a cat.

Halloween songs.

Pre-trick or treat party!


Pumpkin soup (made by Sigrid and Soren).

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

209 Gin: Barrel-Aged Gin Tasting

209 is introducing two new "barrel reserve" gins (in the picture, flanking standard-issue 209 Gin). The one on the left is aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels. The one on the right is aged in sauvignon blanc barrels. To celebrate, 209 sponsored a cocktail competition at RN74. A colleague who is on the 209 mailing list got an email about this, and forwarded it to me, saying the event had my name written all over it. She was right.

Eight bartenders competed. The first two rounds were judged by 209 personnel, while the guest judges (enthusiasts like me) tried cocktails like this negroni made with the cabernet sauvignon barrel aged gin.

Second round.

The final head-to-head round was a three-course pairing with dinner, and the guest judges scored the drinks along with the 209 judges.

Once I figure out where it is being sold, I'm going to buy a bottle of the cabernet sauvignon barrel-aged gin—it was really tasty!

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Gut them.

Anders: "I don't want a face. I want a peregrine falcon." (The falcon is diving.)




Cheering up his jack-o-lantern with a kiss.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Shane and Sophie's wedding

We took off, without kids, to Sacramento for the weekend—Sigrid's second weekend in a row away from home without the kids.

The occasion? One of Sigrid's first students got married! (Sigrid provided the music for the ceremony.) The festivities took place at the Old Sugar Mill.

On Friday night, Shane's mother, Sheila, hosted a cocktail party at the capitol. It's very impressive to see a light like this on the ceiling as you walk into a party.

Sigrid and I learned about a long tradition where at the end of every biennial session, lobbyists and staff try to pitch pennies from the rotunda balcony into Queen Isabella's crown. It's very hard—um, or at least so I assume.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Happy Birthday, Sigrid!

The boys and I made Sigrid a red velvet cake—from scratch—for her birthday. The icing was supposed to be blue, but turned out a bit more green than intended.

I also made French onion soup.

Happy Birthday!