Want a new camera?

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J for Jamie Blog | Of Trees and Hues Camera Giveaway

My very talented blogger friend Latrina at Of Trees and Hues, is celebrating her birthday with an amazing giveaway – a Canon Rebel T3i! I love partaking in lovely collaborations like this and what better reason than for Latrina’s 29th birthday celebration! To enter, click here or see the details below. In the meantime, check out Latrina’s blog and all the other awesome bloggers that contributed to this giveaway.

The giveaway will be running through until 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, May 6th. To enter, simply use the widget below. Once you submit your first entry, many (many!) more will pop up! You can choose one or all of them, but the more entries, the more chances you have to win!

You can also tweet once each day, and it’ll count as a unique entry. Once the giveaway is over, Latrina will select one random winner who will be contacted by her for further details. And yes, this giveaway is open to international readers as well!

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Introducing Blog Party!

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J for Jamie Blog | Blog Party Confetti

I am so incredibly excited to officially announce the launch of our new project, Blog Party - a collective meetup for bloggers of all stripes to meet and mingle. The success of our last blogger meetup at Brit + Co. inspired us to plan more parties and opportunities for bloggers to get together. We’ve been hard at work planning our next official Blog Party on July 11th at the Social Print Studio headquarters in San Francisco. We have some really talented sponsors lined up who are giving some amazing gifts and giveaways for the celebration. If you have a blog and want to get inspired, head on over to Blog Party.co to learn more and register for the next meet up - we’d love to meet you!

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Today is good

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J for Jamie Blog | Daily Reminder

Chris set this image as my computer background a while ago and I love the daily reminder. Every time I see it, I remember that despite the obstacles the day may bring, I am healthy and loved and because of that, it will be a good day. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. See you here Monday with some exciting news! (No I am not pregnant.)

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Fritz the dog

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J for Jamie Blog | Fritz the dog

We got to dog-sit a little guy named Fritz while my co-worker friend Blair was out of town. We were a little nervous to have him at our house with Roxy but surprisingly, she took quite a liking to him – even sharing her bed with him! He is a golden retriever cocker spaniel mix and just the cutest thing. We took Fritz for hike in the Fremont Older to exert some energy, he has a lot of it!

J for Jamie Blog | Fritz the dog.

J for Jamie Blog | Fritz the dog.

J for Jamie Blog | Fritz the dog.

J for Jamie Blog | Fritz the dog.

J for Jamie Blog | Fritz the dog.

J for Jamie Blog | Fritz the dog.

J for Jamie Blog | Fritz the dog.

J for Jamie Blog | Fritz the dog.

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J for Jamie 3.0

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J for Jamie Blog | Site Redesign

I’m so excited to officially share the new look for J for Jamie! This re-design was, once again, done by my talented husband Chris of I Heart Design Studio. He did this for me as a birthday present when I mentioned wanting to refresh the site. I just said I wanted a cleaner look, bigger photos and easy navigation and let Chris take the creative reigns. I am so happy with the outcome, I don’t think anyone else could have known my vision better than my own husband. We have even more exciting projects coming and I can’t wait to tell you all about it here soon!

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Asian Box

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J for Jamie Blog | Asian Box

The Silicon Valley, where we live, is flooded with Asian restaurants – Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tawainese, Hong Kong Style – you name it, we have it (and several versions of it). While these places are mostly delicious, sometimes we just want a light dinner with lots of veggies. The one place Chris and I can always agree on is Asian Box in Mountain View. It’s fast, minimal (think Chipotle-style ordering), healthy and delicious. Plus it’s on a fun street in Mountain View so we can eat and then walk around. What is your favorite go-to dinner spot?

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Tea with La Tache

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J for Jamie Blog | Tea at Tal's

I met up with my college friend La Tache for tea at a little bakery called Tal’s in Danville. It was so darn cute, complete with fresh baked scones, tea (of course) and little sandwiches and sweet treats. That was my first time in Danville but if you’re in the East Bay, it’s a quaint little place to go for breakfast, lunch or tea.

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J for Jamie Blog | Tea at Tal's

J for Jamie Blog | Tea at Tal's

J for Jamie Blog | Tea at Tal's

J for Jamie Blog | Tea at Tal's

J for Jamie Blog | Tea at Tal's

J for Jamie Blog | Tea at Tal's

J for Jamie Blog | Tea at Tal's

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SOMA Streatfood Park

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J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

My lovely friend Nova recently celebrated her birthday at the SOMA Streat Food Park in San Francisco. It’s a permanent food truck park located under a freeway in the city. The food trucks vary by the day and there are fun things like skeeball, all you can drink sangria and a converted school bus to eat in.  I had been dying to check it out and this was the perfect day and occasion to do so!

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

J for Jamie Blog | SOMA Streat Food Park

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Roxy’s 15th Birthday Party

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J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

We celebrated our pup’s 15th birthday with a little celebration with some friends and family. We made some appetizers, I baked a little cake and my sister brought over some fancy birthday treats just for Roxy. I also made treats for all of Roxy’s doggy friends and some cookie party favors for our human guests. I know I went a little overboard but I am just so in love with our little chow-chow, I had to celebrate. It was mostly an excuse to see our friends and enjoy the sunlight.

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Roxy's 15th Birthday

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What we ate

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J for Jamie Blog | The French Laundry

Since my sister and I wanted to give our undivided attention to the meal at The French Laundry, I only took out my phone to snap a pic of each course. Luckily they kindly gave us the menu from the day and now we can look back at these photos and dream about the best meal we’ve ever eaten. My sister and I both got the Chef’s Tasting menu but there were even more dishes that weren’t listed, like the amuse-bouche. From the first bite to the last, we were both in culinary gourmet heaven. My favorite dishes had to be the shaved black truffle risotto and the pearl tapioca with caviar. My mouth is watering!

J for Jamie Blog | What we ate at The French Laundry

 

Oysters and Pearls
Sabayon of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar

Salad of Hawaiian
Poached Rhubarb, Fava Beans, Sunchokes and Garden Mint

Carnaroli Risotto Biologico
Parmigiano Reggiano and Shaved Black Winter Truffle

Columbia River Sturgeon Confit a la Minute
Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Black Trumpet “Duxelle”, English Peas and Hearts of Romaine Lettuce

Pacific Abalone Piccata
Toasted Brioche, Globe Artichokes, Marinated Peppers, Spanish Capers, Meyer Lemon and Brown Butter

Four Story Hill Farm Poularde
Sacramento Delta Asparagus, Garden Radishes, Petite Onions and Bearnaise Mousseline

Herb Roasted Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Rib-Eye
Pomme Boulangere, Glazed Sweet Carrots, Watercress Blooms and Sauce Bordelaise

Charcoal-Grilled Japanese Wagyu
Ris de Veau, French Green Lentils, Savoy Cabbage Paquet, Rutabaga and Caramelized Green Garlic

Delice de Bourgogne
Ruby Red Beets, Pickled Green Strawberries and Sicilian Pistachio Butter

Assortment of Desserts…

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