At the beginning of our second week in San Francisco, we laid low for a couple of days and had some relaxing family time since it was Christmas Eve and Day. In between the last-minute Christmas grocery shopping, the girls (Mum, my sister-in-law Jane and I) managed to sneak away for a visit to Anthropologie.
Being Christmas Eve afternoon it was quite busy so I’m surprised I managed to snap a photo with no people in it! The interior displays were gorgeous as expected, but, well, my hands were quickly full so that’s where the photo taking ended.
I’ve already shown you the lovely mismatching bowls, but I also bought a cute top and skirt plus a small gift for a friend. Very restrained of me I thought; I was coveting half the store.
My dear northern readers will probably laugh at this, but we were So. Excited. to spot some squirrels in my brother’s backyard.
We spent the rest of the day chilling out, reading, watching movies and preparing some food for the day ahead.
On Christmas morning we packed up an entire fridge full of food (and seemingly half the kitchen) and headed down to the apartment block’s communal pool house. It looks like a pleasant day in the photos but in actual fact it was cold and raining. The room itself, though, was delightful and cosy.
It was quite a different Christmas meal to our usual sparkling red with crayfish and salad followed by pudding. Our splendid hosts embraced the traditions of their new home (and climate) and served seared scallops for entree (that’s ‘starters’ for the US readers!) and barbecued beef rib-eye and veg for main.
My brother, wanting to be authentic, even served it with candied yams (that’s mashed sweet potato with marshmallows, for the uninitiated). I think the general consensus was that it was a fun experience but not one that needs repeating.
Palette cleansing sorbet*.
*We are not normally this fancy.
We finished off with an insanely delicious pumpkin bundt cake. Banana cake had better watch out, I think I have a new favourite partner for cream cheese icing.
It may have been a non-traditional Christmas for us – Winter! No crayfish! No presents! – but it was definitely up there with the most memorable we’ve ever had as a family.