Off I Go

Well, I missed the boat on all of the “Best of” or “Looking Back on 2009” posts. A Sweet Spoonful’s not yet a year old so maybe I get a pass this year…regardless, as I sit here this very second, drinking mint tarragon tea with freezing cold feet and a darn fine looking dog draped over my knees, there are a few things to be said.

First, it’s finally happening. What I vowed would happen a year and a half ago is going down on Saturday: Linnea and I are moving to San Francisco. Yippee. For those of you who are confused, thinking I already live in the city, remember this post? That should explain it. It was a bit of a search and we saw some pretty heinous apartments. If you follow the blog, you’ve already heard of the odd landlords and heating situations. Perhaps I forgot to mention the fabulous apartments we found in our price range BUT if you read the fine print, the rent quadruples after the second month. Nice. But, we finally found a very small (eek) little place that is in a “great up-and coming area” (as everyone I talk to about it tells me). I actually almost fill in people’s responses now before they say it because I know what’s coming. But it’s renovated, has hardwood floors and lovely period details, a nice view of the city from the kitchen, and is walkable to many cool neighborhoods (lower Haight, Alamo Square Park, lower Pac. Heights). So I think we’ll settle in there just fine. I’ll show you a picture soon.

There are so many things to look forward to about living in the city. I get to see my gal Chelsea more often, and there’s a gagjillion coffee shops with free wifi. I’ll run in Golden Gate Park all the time and eat dumplings for breakfast. Oh, and the Farmer’s Market and my favorite ice cream shop. So for today, there won’t be a recipe because my life’s pretty well boxed up. But, in addition to looking forward with excitement, I wanted to take a moment to think about what I’ll miss about living at my mom’s, in the suburbs, where I may be one of the youngest inhabitants and where–apparently–no one ever eats after 9 p.m.

I’ll see you back here soon with some exciting recipes (and a site face-lift that I’m thrilled about). So hang in there with me. It won’t be long. In the meantime…

Things I’ll Miss Around Here:

Things to Look Forward to:

In Lieu of a Recipe, Food For Thought:

Do: Project 365 There are different variations of this project on Flickr. I’ve joined a general group and one specific to foodbloggers, and I couldn’t be more psyched about it. The idea behind the project is to take one photo a day for the year of 2010 as a way to chronicle your days in photos. I’m excited to be able to look back in, say, summer and remember what I was up to on a cold January day. Feel free to check out my photos if you’d like.

Read: Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking. I vividly remember my mom giving me this book as a gift about eight years ago. At the time, I was entrenched in English nerd-dom, and wasn’t cooking much at all. I put it aside, and as I was packing up all of my books the other day, I stumbled upon it. It’s fabulous. Her voice is light and humorous, her approach is friendly–you feel like you can trust everything she’s saying about frying a chicken or making beef stew and you’re excited to jump right in. I’ve been forcing myself to put it down, and get some work done in the afternoons. It’s that good.

Look: I’m loving the site Abbytryagain. Have you seen it? This Portland, OR native posts great photos of her surroundings, capturing light and mood beautifully. She also has a way of photographing objects and creating a narrative, something that interests me a great deal in my own work.

Eat: We discovered Kika’s Treats while browsing the aisles of Dean and Deluca in the Napa Valley right after Christmas and had to try them. They were a wee bit expensive (surprise, surprise), but they’re awesome. These San Francisco folks specialize in chocolate-covered caramelized cookies, tropical shortbread, and Brazilian honey cakes. I can vouch for the coconut shortbread in dark chocolate. They’re the perfect size for an afternoon sweet with a cup of tea. Or good alone. Or good crumbled on vanilla ice cream. You get the idea.

Covet: So I’ve told you before how I love Heath Ceramics but I can’t really afford a whole lot of it. However, I just discovered these dishes from Sundance and they’ll do the trick for now. I love their organic, mishapen look and not-quite white color.


  1. Tea

    Hope you'll be very happy in your new neighborhood!

    PS. Kika's Treats are in the bulk section at Rainbow Grocery. Just sayin' :-)

  2. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Megan - there you are! Good luck with the move on Sat - I can't wait to follow you as you rediscover living in the city again!

    Slowly catching up on blogs from 2 weeks away (Google reader out of control!) and looking forward to some quality time with yours on the weekend!

    I joined Project 365 also - it's a motivator for me to learn how to use my new camera!!!

    (hey - I will be in SF this coming summer - hopefully we can meet!)

  3. Megan Gordon

    Tea: Thanks so much for the tip. Dangerous that I can find them so close!

    And Mardi: Yes, I'm finding Project 365 strangely challenging. You'd think it'd be cake to post one photo a day...but I'm sticking to it! And it should be pretty easy to catch up on my blog this weekend--it's been a bit quiet around here!

    Keep me posted on your summer travels!

  4. Shannalee

    Yay! Congratulations and best wishes and can't wait to hear how things go. I loved this recap and excellent suggestions at the bottom. Oh, Laurie Colwin, how can you not love her?

  5. Rachael

    I am loving the self portrait work and all the beautiful photos! Cannot wait to hear and see how your upcoming adventures pan out.

  6. tara

    Best of luck with the move, it's sure to be a great adventure.

    And now I'm off to peruse all the links and ideas you've kindly provided ...

  7. Megan Gordon

    Thanks for your well wishes, Tara, Sarah, Shannalee, Mireya, and Rachael. Not looking forward to tomorrow, but once it's done it'll be great! Enjoy your weekends!

  8. Kelsey B.

    Congratulations on the move - good luck. I LOVE san francisco and hope to have a chance to live there someday. In the mean time, I'll come visit soon! Also, Laurie Colwin is one of my all-time favorites. I have both of her books and re-read them every year!

  9. my spatula

    best of luck with the move, i miss our old 'hood in san francisco. what about swensen's for ice cream??

  10. El

    I'm so glad you finally found a place. I'm sure you'll miss the pool but the new neighborhood sounds great. Thanks for the wonderful list of things to check out. Here's to new beginnings!

  11. El

    I'm so glad you finally found a place. I'm sure you'll miss the pool but the new neighborhood sounds great. Thanks for the wonderful list of things to check out. Here's to new beginnings!

  12. Allison Arevalo

    Congrats Megan, how exciting!
    When we moved to the Bay Area, choosing the East Bay over the city was a huge decision. But coming from Brooklyn, we wanted to try a slower pace, and so we settled on Berkeley. Still think I'd like to live in SF for a while. I'm not quite done with city living just yet.

  13. MomGordon

    Things I miss about Megan: all the recipe testing in the kitchen, her optimism that the mail might hold something wonderful not just bills, her appreciation of dinner on the table even if it is before 9, the collection of stuff at the foot of the stairs, someone to buy ice cream for, and her voice yelling, Mom, I'm going to yoga. But at least I can turn the thermostat up past 59! Good luck, honey!

  14. Pop Gordon

    Your apartment is tres snug, classy, and very warm (aesthetically and literally) While Mom can now raise the thermostat at home you needn't in your new digs as le radiators have driven all to the stratospheric. I love your place though and know you'll thrive in SF. I'm excited for you and thrilled 'cause I'll get to learn the city all that much better through your eyes and experiences. Enjoy and bon chance.

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