Skip to content
January 1, 2012 / thenextmeal

Happy 2012!

Happy New Year! We had quite the year in 2011 with trips around the world, a move back to NYC, the birth of our first nephew, and so much more. We are excited to see what 2012 brings. We plan to post more frequently again about what we’re eating, doing and seeing. With Sandra starting a yoga teacher training program next week, we anticipate sharing some news on the yoga front in addition to food and travel.

For our own purposes we’re including photos from the rest of our trip in California below, as well as some shots from fall and winter 2011. Feel free to take a look if you’d like.

Happy, healthy new year.


San Francisco, Paso Robles & LA: July 2011
Our 36 hours in San Francisco was spent doing what we do best…eating. Our food tour went something like this: dinner a Chez Panisse (Sandra’s dream come true) —> breakfast at Bob’s Donuts (Andrew’s dream come true) —> Korean taco snack at the farmers markets —> another lunch/snack at Slanted Door (it was as if we were back in Vietman!) —> an ice cream sandwich and Blue Bottle Coffee while walking around Haight/Ashbury —> another snack of a delicious red bean bun in Chinatown —> incredible pre-dinner pizza at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana —> our “real” dinner at Bar Agricole —> and finally a truly incredible brunch at farm : table. In between all of this eating, we managed to see some sites, wander the city, and get very very very full. See below for a photographic journey of our multiple meals.

Avocado on bread...dinner at Chez Panisse

Donut heaven

View from a cable car

Korean tacos...the "shell" is seaweed. Yum.

Delicious Vietnamese food at Slanted Door

Happy Andrew eating Vietnamese food while wearing a t-shirt purchased in Vietnam

Enjoying our day in SF

Pizza at Tony's. So delicious.

That may look like salmon, but really it is pink beets on toast at Bar Agricole.

Brisket on toast with an egg on top...aka Andrew's brunch at farm : table.

Feeling stuffed we drove a bit further north on July 3 to check out the Golden Gate bridge, Sausalito (not our favorite stop), and the stunning red woods in Muir Woods.


Hello Golden Gate


After a great final day in the SF area, we started our journey back to Southern California, with a two night stay planned in Paso Robles wine country. We opted to stay in a cute B&B, which bed bugs made not so cute. After checking in, enjoying a bottle of wine, and then examining our bed, we hit the road at 1 a.m. on July 3 and found ourselves staying in a bed bug free roadside motel. Not what we had in mind, but we made the best of the situation and woke up early to begin experiencing wine country. Several vineyards later, we headed back to the comforts of Pismo Beach and spent July 4 in a clean hotel overlooking the ocean. While it wasn’t what we expected, our time in Paso/Pismo was a great way to end our road trip. On the 5th, we headed back down to Hermosa Beach, making a quick stop for lunch in Ojai, and for one final night with Mardi before packing our bags and leaving our awesome 10-day journey in California behind.

Paso Robles wine country.

Pismo Beach sunset on July 4.

4th of July fireworks over the Pacific.

Back in NYC
It’s hard to recap the past six months back in New York…so photos will just have to tell the story.

Charlie (and his parents) came over for dinner one night in July. Charlie loves Uncle Andrew's dark hair and glasses.

Thanks to Barb & Lew we hosted "Lobster Fest" at our apartment one night in July. Dan had some fun with his lobster friends.

Watch out, Andrew!

We spent lots of time with Charlie, who is growing like a weed!

Always jumping at the chance to eat lots of great food, we spent a day in late-August at the South Street Seaport Food Truck fest...yum!

On August 24, Mr. John Corbett Brady was born. Here is the little guy just one week later with his mommy, Erica.

Sandra spent lots of time cooking and baking. Here she is whipping up a nice loaf of bread.

Congrats to Becca + Adam on their September 25 wedding. Sandra had the best time celebrating the couple with some of the Ann Arbor girls in Charlevoix. (Rachel, Erica and the boys were all missed).

We hosted our first family Rosh Hashanah and celebrated Sandra's b-day in NYC on September 29.

We spent the Rosh Hashanah weekend with the Kaplan family, and had a great day exploring Brooklyn.

We enjoyed a few nice days on our roof deck. Can't get enough of the views of the city, and especially Central Park.

In late October we headed to New Jersey to spend the day apple picking...

...and even picked some cherry tomatoes too.

We love having Charlie come over to play, and even had a little photo shoot one day.

On December 9 the Ann Arbor girls headed to Philly for a little reunion...and even got to welcome Isabella and Olivia Fishman into the world. Congratulations to Rachel + Justin on their beautiful twin girls!

We finished off 2011 with one final Marco Island! Mardi was missed, but she was busy with some important activities of her own...moving to Chicago!

A wonderful end to 2011. Here's too all good things in 2012!




Leave a Comment
  1. Mom/Barb / Jan 1 2012 9:34 pm

    Enjoyed reading about the end of your 2011 experiences! And the best pictures – all that food! And of course pics of the babies – Charlie 🙂 and John and the AAMI girls… Love the pictures of S+A… Great Marco sunset shot btw. Happy 2012!

  2. Marla / Jan 1 2012 10:02 pm

    Here’s wishing you both a Happy & Healthy 2012!!! Hope to see you one day soon!!! Love Marla, Jack & Josh

  3. Lew Kaplan / Jan 9 2012 3:53 pm

    Enjoyed reading about the end of your 2011 experiences! And the best pictures – all that food! And of course pics of the babies – Charlie 🙂 and John and the AAMI girls… Love the pictures of S+A… Great Marco sunset shot btw. Happy 2012! She always says it best. Big Lew

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: