Eating in the Bay Area: Part 1

Drool.

Drool.

Hooray, I’m visiting my sister in California! She’s been living out here for nearly two years—first in San Francisco (in the calf-hating neighborhood of Nob Hill) and now in South Bay. I last visited her in SF shortly after she moved out there, but this is the first time I’m experiencing her life out here in the ‘burbs. (She lives in a house!)

As soon as I landed, I ate everything…

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Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”

Don't bother wiping that troubled look off your face.

Don’t bother wiping that troubled look off your face.

Yay! After a few weeks off from Game of Thrones, we’ve found each other again. I was away but I only missed one episode (“Mockingbird”) since HBO showed The Normal Heart (so good!) last week.

Anyway, like many episodes, this one ended in your typical disturbing Game of Thrones fashion. Let’s see…

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Game of Thrones: “The Laws of Gods and Men”

Everybody hates Tyrion.

Everybody (really) hates Tyrion.

This fourth season of Game of Thrones has felt a little different, and I think it’s because we haven’t seen as much of Tyrion Lannister, probably the show’s most recognizable character to a casual fan. Sure, Sean Bean’s face was all over the first season’s promotional campaign, but it’s been Peter Dinklage hitting the late-night talk-show circuit and racking up all the acting awards amid a super talented cast.

This week’s episode, “The Laws of Gods and Men,” features a worthy return of Tyrion in all his exasperated, sharp-tongued glory.

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Brunch in the ‘burbs

One of these things is not like the other.

One of these things is not like the other.

Yesterday, a friend asked me about my weekend plans…

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Game of Thrones: “First of His Name”

Ghost is back!

Ghost is back!

This is a bit late, but I had bridesmaidy duties this weekend.

Anyway, I especially liked this week’s Game of Thrones episode, “First of His Name,” because there was so much emphasis on the awesome female characters, who range from cunning to vulnerable to naive to batshit fucking crazy. Read on…

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My sister’s bridal shower

Sarabeth's

Sarabeth’s

So yesterday, my sister’s bridesmaids and I hosted a bridal shower for her at Sarabeth’s.

Fun times.

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Game of Thrones: “Oathkeeper”

Jaime is basically the star of this season.

Jaime is basically the star of this season.

Dany’s army is getting bigger than ever, the kingdom’s moving past Joff, and Cersei’s becoming as much of a drunk as her late husband in “Oathkeeper.”

(Unfortunately no Oberyn, Tywin, Arya, or the Hound.)

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Stage dunce: Violet

The "web hip" price refers to hip people like me.

The “web hip” price is a discount for hip people like me.

So my buddy N asked if I wanted to see Sutton Foster on Broadway for $25. “Twist my arm!” I said. But seriously, considering that I recently paid $18.50 to watch Darren Aronofsky’s least-personal work, this seemed like a great deal.

Plus, I will jump at any excuse to eat at Schnipper’s and then stop by Off the Wall, some fro-yo place I’ve never heard of but was pretty good. Anyway, here are some things I’ve observed from Sutton Foster’s latest:

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Game of Thrones: “Breaker of Chains”

Emilia Clarke must want to burn this outfit.

Emilia Clarke must want to burn this outfit.

Oh goody, we’re in A.J. [After Joffrey] time. Like Tyrion astutely noticed some time ago, kings are dropping like flies. Valar morghulis.

Here are some superlatives for “Breaker of Chains”…

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Game of Thrones: “The Lion and the Rose”

Drop the goblet, Tyrion!

Drop the goblet, Tyrion!

Everybody loves a royal wedding, right? Plus, after last season’s super boring, bare-bones ceremony between Robb and Talisa, I want some pomp and circumstance during this much-anticipated union between Joffrey and Margaery.

Oh, and did “The Lion and the Rose” ever deliver…

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