the big 30 and no more crab.

The past weekend was definitely an eventful one. …and we all know how I feel about gallivanting on my days off! In honor of my brother Scott’s 30th birthday, we decided to celebrate with him by eating delicious meals and exploring the California coast out in Sonoma County.

Saturday started off with a fabulous dinner at one of my latest restaurant finds, Anatolian Kitchen! I got my brother hooked on Mediterranean food, so I thought he’d like Turkish food as well. I guessed correctly! πŸ˜‰ Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of our wine and kebabs on my camera; it must’ve been because I was too busy enjoying the dishes, haha.

After a delicious dinner, we all decided to hit up downtown Palo Alto for something sweet and delectable; Palo Alto Creamery it was!

Ice cream sundaes and banana splits kept our sweet cravings satiated.

On Sunday (Scott’s actual birthday), we started the day off early. Our first stop was Wild Flour Bread Bakery. This place isn’t just any bakery, though! It’s a really, really cool bakery! This place is a double whammy of goodness — amazing bread and a charming garden to wander.

They have almost every herb, vegetable, and fruit you can buy at the grocery store. It’s pretty amazing how rich the soil in California is.

After enjoying our freshly baked bread and exploring the gardens, we headed out to Bodega Bay. It’s been about a year since the last time we made a trip out there, so we thought it would be fun. Besides, one of Scott’s favorite places in Bodega Bay is Spud Point Crab Company. They serve sandwiches loaded with fresh crab. Sounds delicious, huh?!

It’s a different story for me.

I kept my Benadryl in hand because I knew I might be allergic to crab.

(Side note: Remember when I had an allergic reaction and broke out with hives last month? Well, one of the foods I ate before the hiving was crab. I didn’t suspect it to be crab because I’ve eaten it many times before that. However, that was the only “out-of-the-ordinary” thing I ate that day.)

After a couple of hours, I started itching and random hives started appearing on my skin. It’s official; I’m allergic to crab meat! *sigh*

Aside from the crab allergic reaction, Bodega Bay was breathtaking.

…and even the dogs got to enjoy our adventure. They were exhausted on the way home that they pretty much slept all the way home.

There you have it — my brother’s birthday weekend. Happy birthday again, Scott!

On another note, today’s my mom’s birthday, and I won’t be able to drive up to my parents’ place to celebrate dinner with the family. I love where I live, but sometimes I wish my family lived closer. Eh, c’est la vie.



Filed under beach, family, hilo, maui, personal

13 responses to “the big 30 and no more crab.

  1. OMG…I would be so sad if I was allergic to crab!….And what a fun trip!!!! Happy Happy Birthday Scott!!!

    HAHA I am first!!!

  2. Glad you were prepared with benadryl. Looks like a fun weekend – other than that.

  3. dude. what’s up with my eyes in that first picture! O_O

  4. Looks like you had a great weekend! Happy you had some time to get away!

  5. Julie Tucker-Wolek

    Awesome pics Sarah-bera … and Happy Birthday to Scott and your Mommy! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. Wow…lots of Bdays! Happy Bday to your Bro and Mom!

    Similar to you and crab, I developed an allergy to shrimp when I was in my 20s. I used to devour it, then one day I ate some and woke up in the ER. No fun. Years later, I still have cravings for shrimp.

  7. What a bummer about the crab allergy. I didn’t know you could develop an allergy like that as an adult! Happy birthday to your family members. I love Bodega Bay – gorgeous pics!!

  8. sounds like a great trip! wish i lived by the beach – just gorgeous!!!!!!

  9. Sean

    So Scott posed a great question yesterday at Mom’s Birthday dinner…”Can Sarah still eat ‘crab and cheese wontons’?”

  10. Pam

    Looks like a good time was had by all. Love the photos and those dogs just continue to give me joy. Thanks!

  11. Having just gotten back from Alaska and eating King Crab, must say I would be heart broken to find out I was allergic. Your photos are lovely. hugs.

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