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Weekend Recap: Land’s End Hike & Zucchini Noodles w/ Pasta

It’s Wednesday. It’s gloomy outside. I’m struggling to get myself up and go for a run. And I’m mopey for a cup of hot Sightglass coffee. Yes, my first world problems are getting the best of me.

Last weekend was a whole different story, though. It was filled with lots of fresh air, good memories and delicious food. My hopes are that by creating this post I can hopefully lift my mood a bit and re-focus my energy on better things like…(drumroll please)…running my longest distance ever on Saturday – 10 miles!

I can’t express how big of an accomplishment this was for me. As someone who could never finish one mile without stopping to walk during my entire school career, running 10 miles straight (and feeling great afterward) is proof that, with a lot of work and mental dedication, you really can do just about anything. Seriously.

But the daily fitness didn’t end there! I ended my run at AT&T Park, devoured a protein bar and banana, then drove across the city (sore legs and all) to hike Land’s End.

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I’ve never done the hike before, and haven’t spent much time at that end of the city, but am happy I could experience the walk/hike on such a beautiful, cloudless day.

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The beach + sunshine + fitness = a glorious afternoon.

After heading back home to Oakland, I whipped up a batch of zucchini noodles and warmed up a few servings of homemade meat sauce. (Stay tuned for the recipe.)

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I threw in an Italian sausage and sprinkled parmesan to top it all off. Ohmygosh, so good.

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Advice: If you’re going through your own case of Hump Day Tiredness, I recommend a big serving of anything covered in homemade pasta sauce.

Lunch at Gott’s & a Sunday Run

No weekend in my life is complete without good eats and a long run.

On Saturday, Michel, his dad and I went to the San Francisco Farmer’s Market and ate lunch at Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building.

The boys had burgers, and I tried the fish tacos.

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My first visit to Gott’s was at the original St. Helena location, back when I was in high school and the restaurant was called Taylor’s Refresher. I had just had my wisdom teeth pulled two days prior and, unfortunately, was still so much in pain that I couldn’t fit anything in my mouth wider than a straw. Why my dad brought me there, I’ll never know. I’m assuming I was in trouble, because watching everyone chomp into their massive burgers while I struggled sipping from my cup of water was more torturous than a Saturday afternoon of chores.

Lucky for me, this experience was so much better.

Marinated, grilled Mahi Mahi served in a corn tortilla with slaw, pico de gallo and jalapeno cilantro sour cream on top, paired with some of Michel’s fries with spicy chipotle dip was a lunch win.

And, naturally, Michel’s double bacon cheeseburger on a toasted egg bun was a thing of envy. I think I’m gaining weight just by thinking about it…

Of course, a meal like that had to be followed up with a good run!

SF Bay Bridge

On Sunday morning, I got some really beautiful views of the bay while running along the Embarcadero.

Training for a half marathon has really pushed me to get out and see more of Oakland and San Francisco, and I feel so blessed to live in an area that offers so many running routes with a view.

Out on the Town: Homeroom Mac + Cheese Restaurant

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“Life is great. Cheese makes it better.”  – Avery Aames, The Long Quiche Goodbye

It was the first rain of the season and the last day of summer. My morning run was cancelled due to the downpour, so I stayed at home all morning stealing cars and watching Michel successfully pull of a jewelry heist, along with my friend, Sarah. No, we’re not criminals.

The new Grand Theft Auto game is out.

Naturally, all that sitting around doing nothing made us work up an appetite, and the rain nixed any opportunity for a sunny patio brunch.

We set out for Homeroom Mac + Cheese Restaurant.

I’ve heard of this place through the grapevine and know they just released their first cookbook, so, stirred by the buzz, we trudged over, raincoats and all, to enjoy the perfect rainy day food.

Homeroom is a mac and cheese restaurant in Temescal and any nostalgic hipster’s utopia. Enjoy the cheesy goodness of the quintessential comfort food, but with a grown-up twist – like gluten-free mac topped with Gruyere and artichoke hearts and served with a mason jar of craft beer.

The place was packed when we arrived, so while we waited around for a table, I got to take in the decor. With an old school gym locker in the corner, the monthly specials featured on a chalkboard wall and a library catalog that stores frequent eater club cards – so on-trend, yet low-key.

We were soon seated at a long, communal table, in between what we suspected to be a declining first date and a group of girlfriends out for brunch. Overall, the vibe was warm, inviting and down-to-earth.

The menu features about 15 different types of mac. From the classic cheesy stuff to a version that’s made with creamy black truffle gouda, sauteed mushrooms and fresh time, there’s something for every cheese-loving palate.

Plus, they have a full list of add-ons to yummy up your dish even more: chorizo, peas, fried egg, spicy cauliflower, caramelized onion, buttery breadcrumbs and more.

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I had the Gilroy Mac with creamy gouda, sharp pecorino and roasted garlic, made it gluten-free and added bacon.

Michel had the same, but glutenous and topped with breadcrumbs.

And Sarah relieved her childhood and had the Trailer Mac – cheddary mac with Niman Ranch hot dog and topped with crushed potato chips.

Ohmygosh, when our meal arrived, we were all in mac and cheese heaven. Bites of hot, gooey carbs and cheese, the cold, rainy weather and good company made for such a satisfying meal.

We were too stuffed to even think about dessert, but I’ve heard that their homemade Oreos are out of this world AND that they have gluten-free options too.

We all left as happy, maybe-slightly-fatter campers, but we’ll definitely return as the weather starts to get colder and stormy weather starts to become a part of everyday life again.

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Until then, remember this?