If it looked like this all the time…

With clear skies, mountain views, and a ski resort 1.5 hours away…whats not to like.

After a pretty cold weekend with a little rain…Sunday turned out to be a little overcast and a Imagelittle windy. After earning the distinction of the dirtiest city in the USA (the air quality here leaves much to be desired) the wind and moisture temporarily blew all that pollution out of the city and afforded some excellent views of the Sierra Nevada range…actually the best Imageviews since I moved here in July.

The air quality here is very seasonal…I remember one time running this summer late at night and the air coming out of my mouth was cooler than the air outside. This was a big shock coming from a place where the air is crisp. Nikki and I have missed seeing the mountains every day but Sunday provided a great opportunity to see the newly snow-capped Sierra Nevada range with views stretching from KinImageg’s Canyon to the area where Yosemite is…ish.

The views of the mountains at 300 feet elevation in the photos don’t do them justice…the size and scope of these mountains that shoot up 10,000 to 14,000 feet straight up is pretty awesome…when you can see them of course.

Nikki and I both cannot wait to join family and friends in Colorado this Friday.



San Francisco Thanksgiving


Bay Bridge


Golden Gate Bridge from the Bay Bridge

We are getting this post out a little late but we had to share about our excellent trip to San Francisco to spend Thanksgiving with my cousin Jonathan, his pregnant wife Kim and their 2 year old Cal. Nikki has been to the Bay area a couple times before but this was my first time and I have to admit that I was blown away.


Cal likes Fire Trucks…a lot


Cal’s new hat

It took us about 2.5 hours to get to across the Bridge from Fresno, which I hear, is record time. We were able to wander through the City by car for a few minutes before meeting Jonathan at their apartment. After briefly dropping our stuff we ventured down Chestnut Street to find a cocktail and immerse ourself into San Francisco hipster culture. We found The Tipsy Pig, a favorite of Nikki’s…Nikki and Jonathan got cocktails and I ordered a Russian River IPA. We left and continued to walk around before heading back to their apartment to see Kim and Cal. We hung out for a little bit then left to venture back down Chestnut to find dinner. We settled in at Delarosa and shared the Burrata Bruschetta, meatballs, pumpkin ravioli, gnocchi florentine, fried brussel sprouts and the margherita pizza with burrata. We shared a bottle of wine and enjoyed a great night with family.

Thanksgiving was next and Jonathan went all out…after cheese and bread early in the day and stuffing ourselves with food and wine for dinner we decided to head out for a walk around their neighborhood.


Ben and Nikki at the Palace of Fine Arts

My favorite part of our walk was walking through the Palace of Fine Arts which is a few blocks away from their apartment, a few blocks away from the Presidio and a few blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. You might recognize the Palace of Fine Arts from “The Rock” which is definitely one of the best action movies ever…

Friday was spent venturing around the city again. We started by heading to North Beach and found a good cafe to help stave off the wine and bushmills hangover from the night before.


JB, Cal and Kim at the Palace of the Fine Arts

After heading back to their apartment for some excellent leftover sandwiches we ended up making our way back to Fresno for the rest of the weekend.

It was our first Thanksgiving ever being away from one of our immediate families and we did not really know how it would go…we loved every minute of being in San Francisco with family and could not have asked for better hosts.

Nikki and I have really enjoyed our time here in Fresno but the town leaves some to be desired in terms of culture, food, drink, and energy that we have missed from our time living in Downtown Denver. San Francisco helped fill that void and we will be looking forward to our return trip as soon as we can.

Wahoo’s Green Sauce: Make at home!

Homemade Green Sauce for delicious burritos

Tonight Ben and I were craving burritos, I specifically a Wahoo’s Fish Taco burrito. So, thank goodness for miraculous Google and it’s ability to bring me whatever I want in the recipe world. I made a few adjustments to the recipe I found and I think this is top notch. 

Nikki’s version of Wahoo’s Green Sauce

  • Large handful of cilantro
  • 1 Jalapeno (de-seeded)
  • 1 lime (juice only)
  • 1/2 cup of half & half
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Salt to taste, about 1/4 tsp

Throw all of these ingredients in a food processor and let it blend for a bit. I put the salt in after the first blend, just to make sure it needed it. Build the inside of your burrito however you like (we put rice, black beans and chicken) and add the sauce and cheese. I zap it in the microwave to warm the sauce and melt the cheese.

Delicious and really easy. Enjoy!

Cheers, Nikki