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I was visiting Dad and he had a new issue of one of my favorite magazines, AARP! I don’t know what it is about this magazine. Maybe it’s the large font or that I feel more hip than most of the 60-90 somethings featured. (At the very least, I know I still have both my original hips). Actually, it’s probably that I get inspired because I always discover useful tidbits of information. This time I found a recipe for cooking salmon & green beans in tinfoil. What??? No dirty pans! Sign me up. Their recipe called for pesto, but since I don’t even want to use a pan I’m certainly not going to whip up (or even purchase) pesto.

Here’s my no thrills (but still yummy) version:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Grab 1 yard of tin foil & fold short sides together
Place a handful of green beans in center of tin foil (rinse & trim beans first)
Place salmon skin side down on green beans (rinse filet first)
Season with salt, pepper, & olive oil as desired
Squeeze half a lemon (or a little less) over filet
Fold tin foil to create a closed pouch, place on baking sheet, and put in oven

Cook for 30 minutes or until filet is cooked through. Let stand for 1 minute before opening so you don’t steam your fingers off.

That’s it! Seriously, a monkey could do it.

Some of my besties are turning 40 this year and we’re each celebrating in our own special way. So far, no big trips or crazy expensive gifts we’re just hanging out with the people we love & enjoy the most. I mean really, what could be better?! Last week a group of friends came to SF because it was my friend Nancy’s turn to ring in the big 4-0! I was pleased as punch when she decided to go to the House of Prime Rib in SF! This was extra great because no one in the group had ever been AND it is one block from my apartment. BINGO. We had a ball! I hosted pre-dinner bubbly at my place for all 6 of us which is my largest hosting gig so far. My studio is so teeny tiny, but it was delightful.  The House of Prime Rib was outstanding! I read a bunch of reviews before going and was definitely pleased with the “House Cut” (City Cut is for babies) and the baked potato with “the works”. I think the salad & side (creamed corn or spinach) is for the birds, but it’s part of the meal so no harm, no foul. The creme brulee for dessert might seem like too much, but it’s not…YUM. I think this place is a MUST if you visit SF. And the price tag is not too bad for all you get – $45 per person without drinks.

Note from author: Ladies, order the cosmo while you’re waiting for your table. It’s $10 and they give you the shaker…which, it turns out, is about 3 drinks. Best deal in town! Teehee.

The girls!

The crew!

There was so much going on last weekend that it’s taken me an entire week to recover. The Blue Angels were in town AND we had the America’s Cup races going on so there was a lot to see. (Not to mention the Niners & Giants both had home games as well as the Hardly Strictly Blue Grass festical in GG Park). I managed to catch the Blue Angels 3 days in a row. I saw their practice show on Friday and caught the real deal both Saturday and Sunday. As it is every year…spectacular! One of the coolest sights to see was the Super Hornet doing it’s high speed pass at about 700 MPH. You could actually see the condensation around the plane. Very cool. (I had to borrow a pic from the internet that shows this b/c my camera is not nearly fast enough to capture it).
I also saw the America’s Cup World Series race on Sunday. It was fun to watch them for a little bit, but to be honest I’m not that into it. Even with binoculars I couldn’t see anything too well and the announcers were terrible. I did enjoy snapping photos of all the boats on the bay. That was hands down my favorite part of the whole experience. Don’t ask me who won…I have no idea and don’t even have the energy to Google it for you.