Shopping Spree in San Francisco

We left at the end of January for our yearly trip to California, we have seen some beautiful places so far… including San Francisco…

Chinatown. Got to love those orchids... šŸ™‚

So far I’ve made three shopping trips into the city with visiting family and friends. Although hectic at times, we love visiting this city. We’ve made several trips to Chinatown where IĀ  had to visit the bakery for some seasame balls, my favorite of all Asian desserts. Yum! They were 35 cents each! Can’t beat that!

The Ferry Building

Jere and I also love the Ferry Building which is right on the Bay. Not only beautiful on the outside but tempting on the inside. It is filled with specialty food vendors and restaurants. We ate at the Slanted Door Vietnamese restaurant, which finds its home in the historic building. Our seeds supply some of the produce that this restaurant turns into delicious dishes. It was a real treat have lunch there!

Enjoying the view.

It has been an incredible trip so far and I can’t wait to see where we’ll end up next. šŸ™‚


The Chicago Diner: Totally Worth the Drive!


Beautiful Navy Pier in Chicago

To do list:
1. Make Chicago Diner Seitan (Gluten Meat Substitute)
2. Finish Christmas Gift for — —-.
3. A ton of stuff to get done for the magazine
4. A thousand things that have slipped my mind at the moment …

One of my all time favorite cookbooks comes from one of my all time favorite restaurants. The Chicago Diner is tucked away on one of Chicago’s busy streets. Being a country girl, I white-knuckled my first ride into that city. However, it has won me over! There is nothing like eating a piece of one of the many desserts that The Chicago Diner is famous for while listening to the never-ending echos of horns honking and enjoying a rooftop view of the city skyline at night.

The diner proudly boasts being, “Meat Free Since 1983” and with their mouth-watering menu, who cares if meat isn’t included! For those of us who can only stand the city for a weekend the wonderful founder of the diner has graciously printed a cookbook to satisfy our cravings. The Cocoa Mousse cake is to die for and they’ve shared their secrets in the cookbook… no hidden ingredients! I also love their seitan. Yum! Their reuben sandwich is one of my favorites.

The Chicago Diner Cookbook by Chef Jo A. Kaucher is a must have for vegans and those transitioning into a more vegetarian lifestyle! Check out their website: and be tempted!

So, now that my mouth is watering… maybe I should run and grab those cocoa mousse cupcakes out of the freezer?