Day Date in the Bay

My first job out of college was in Sausalito. This city will always be near and dear to my heart. It’s a little city across from San Francisco, north of Golden Gate bridge. Listings for homes in this city are at minimum a million dollars. You can already assume, this place is gorgeous!

Sausalito
Foggy day today. I wouldn’t mind living here!

It’s next to the Bay, and you can directly see the city of SF. Beautiful. If you’re a tourist, you can take a ferry from the city to Sausalito. You can drive across the bridge. Or you can even rent a bike near the bridge, and bike into this city yourself. Honestly, I don’t know why tourists choose the last option because that bike ride has a lot of uphill/downhill routes. It’s vacation, not a work out! Tangent…

All this because MG had a day off from work so we decided to have a lunch date in Sausalito at Fish. Highly recommended if you haven’t been here before. Sustainable seafood, and it’s cash only. And I must warn you, this place is a pricey. Eat here on “Treat Yo’Self” day.

My all time favorite thing to order is the Crab Roll. Lots and lots, upon lots and lots of crab meat on a buttered roll. Deeee-licious. The ceviche is a great choice too. MG doesn’t like ceviche so we never order it. So sad… That’s one thing I wish I could change about him – I wish he enjoyed seafood as much as I did.

You know the “olive theory” from HIMYM? In a perfect relationship, one person loves olives; the other does not. I like crispy fries; MG likes soggy. I like the middle portion of chicken wings; he likes the drummettes. I love the Oreo cream; he loves the cookie part. Yeah, we’re good for each other based on the olive theory… But he doesn’t like seafood as much as much as me so we don’t even order it. I love ceviche. I love squid and octopus dishes. My favorite food is crab. Nope, not MG. WHY!

Anyway, Fish. Absolutely great food.

FISH

Clam Chowder
Clam Chowder

Pasta
Clam linguine (I actually had leftovers, took it home, and added some cream to this pasta). Two lunches in one order!

Crab Roll
Mountain loads of crab. Oh, and those fries are amazing too!

After lunch we went to the city and bought sweets. Our first stop was Kara’s Cupcakes because it’s my all time favorite cupcake shop. Plus, my roommate said she’d never had Kara’s before. WHAAA? We had to go.

Second stop, of course, was Ghirardelli for MG’s all time favorite drink – Sea Salt Caramel Hot Chocolate. Every time we’re in the city, MG has to get this!

Salt Caramel Hot Chocolate

Then we headed home after a full day of food with full bellies.

The perfect day date. The perfect Treat Yo’Self day.

What’s on your agenda for Treat Yo’Self day? Where do you go and what is a must do?

Love,
Jay

  

Fisherman Jay

You can now call me Fisherman Jay!

Crab Baskets

I went deep sea fishing this past weekend in a chartered boat, called the Tigerfish, with family and friends, the captain, and the 2 deckhands. It’s so fun when you know everyone on the boat. If you ever decide to go fishing in the Bay Area, check Tigerfish out because the captain is a really nice guy and the deckhands are super helpful. Highly recommended!

Tigerfish

Cabin
Cabin of the boat

We hopped on a boat at 4:30am in Emeryville. Yup, you read right… 4 fricken 30 in the morning. Once everyone is on board, the ship sets sail for 2 hours to Farallon Islands. You fish all day, until everyone reaches their quota of 10 fish, and then we head home, another 2 hours back.

BoysIt’s still dark at 4:30 am

If the sea is calm, the trip is great. Unfortunately for us, the sea was unhappy. First off, it was cold (about 50 degrees) and the fog covered up the sun (though we did get a 30 minute window of sun). The sea was rough. We would fall asleep in the cabin of the boat, and wake up when we banged against the wall, ouch. It was SUPER hard to use the bathroom… try aiming into the toilet while you’re trying to stabilize yourself. Now picture trying to squat and stabilize. That’s pro status right there!

Anyway, 6 of the 24 people that went on the trip all got sea sickness and threw up a couple of times. Thankfully, I didn’t feel any sickness. I called my doctor and asked for the strong medicated patch that you stick behind your ear. We even bought wristbands, ginger gum, and extra motion sickness pills. If you ever go fishing, just take a non-drowsy pill the night before and the morning of your boat trip. You’ve got nothing to lose! Once you feel sick on the boat, the trip is ruined. My poor friend immediately felt sick about 30 minutes into the boat ride… While throwing up on the side of the boat, she also got pour on by the crashing waves, and ended up sitting in her damp and cold clothes the rest of the trip (at least 8 hours). I don’t think she’ll ever go fishing again!

Poor Jess
Poor girl

We fished for Rockcod on this trip. They are dumb fish and eat everything, so it was fun to immediately catch fish when you cast your line into the water. The captain also has a radar to tell you when to drop the line and for how long to cast it (sometimes at the bottom of the sea, sometimes halfway up). It’s definitely an easy trip for beginners.

When the fog lifted, I was able to get some great pictures! Looksee!

Fishing

Fishing

MG & J
So hard to stand up because the boat is rockin everywhere!

MG
The captain’s 2 labs joined us on our trip. This guy loves to sit in people’s legs. So cute!

Cold
Freezing…

CleaningThe deckhands clean and gut the fish for you for $10. They will filet the meat for $15.

Catch
le tired face but happy with my catch!

Plunder
The Lam stash – 10 fish fillet-ed, and 10 cleaned and gutted

Once we got back, we cleaned up (taking a HOT shower after 10 hours of fishing in cold weather is one of the best feelings in the world), and then we cooked fish! A few people came over and we had a feast with our catch!

Cleaning up
All showered up but cleaning the fish at home now! Getting it all prepped

Dinner!
Steamed fish with seafood soy sauce – get in my belly!

Feast
Sorry for the blur, must be tired at this point…

Coma
Then I crashed after dinner… and woke up with Chubs next to me, in the same position as me. MG had to take a pic!

Who wants to come over for a fish meal? JK. What did you do this weekend?

Fisherman and pro-pee-er,
Jay

One funny story:  In the middle of the night, I was sleep talking to Ming-Gih. I told him “Honey, you don’t need to bring anymore fish home” and gave him a really big hug. Then I rolled back to my side of the bed and fell asleep. He’s still laughing at me! Must have been totally worn out Saturday night!

  

Sushiland in Hayward

Sushiland is one of my favorite places to go to in the East Bay. It’s cheap and the food is good. Weird right? Who would have thought there was good sushi in Hayward?

Storefront
^^^ Storefront

This is the perfect restaurant for a Friday date night. It’s a small, little shack on Mission, definitely something you would pass by if you weren’t looking for it. When you walk in, there are 8 tables and 6 bar spots. When it’s prime dinner time, expect there to be a line. Sushi rolls range from $6-10, bento boxes are less than $10, and the udon is so flavorful for a colder day and less than $10 too.

Restaurant

I almost don’t want to tell people about this place so that it doesn’t get so packed! It’s such a gem in the middle of Hayward. If you’re ever visiting me, this is probably where we’ll eat.

Crunchy Roll
Crunchy roll for $6

Sashimi
Sashimi platter

Salmon KamaThis is my favorite dish – Salmon Kama for $5. It’s is the collar of a Salmon, flame-grilled, and the meat is so succulent! If you’re ever at a Sushi restaurant and they have salmon or hamachi kama on the menu, do yourself a favor and order it.

We come here at least once every two weeks. In the past month, we’ve gone every week. You could say we’re obsessed with this place.

What are you some of your favorite sushi spots? Who wants to dinner date with me at Sushiland?

Noms,
Jay