Welcome! (to the newly redesigned Boston2Berkeley)

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A shiny new design, and a new simpler address: www.boston2berkeley.com If you’re reading this via Google Reader, please consider clicking through to check out the new design.  You can also update your RSS feeds. Just a little over a year ago, I started the first iteration of my Boston2Berkeley blog.  I’d been reading blogs for years, and periodically flirted with writing one myself.  After a few months adjusting to a new apartment, city, state, and time zone, I decided to create a WordPress blog, “just to figure out the software.”  Every one of the original posts is still here if … Continue reading

Photography: A One Year Journey in Pictures

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The very first posts on my blog didn’t have pictures.  I’ve always liked words, but I was intimidated by pictures.  I didn’t even have a camera other than my phone, and my pictures never came out how I intended them.  I tried to make J take pictures for me with his camera, but I also didn’t like that idea because I wanted everything on my blog to be mine. Slowly I began borrowing his camera (a Canon Powershot SX10), though I never took it off auto mode.  I produced masterpieces like these: Kale Salad with Cheddar and Apples.  A delicious … Continue reading

Looking Back on 2011

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2011 was really the year of the blog.  I started Boston2Berkeley a few months after our cross country UHaul adventure.  This year has seen some great recipes, beautiful runs, and many adventures and friendships.  (from a Bay Area Blogger Meet Up back in June) Some of my favorite posts of 2011:   Savory Stuff Grilled Cheese with Apples and Mustard: My very favorite sandwich, eaten literally dozens of times over 2011.  I loved it so much I had to post about it again once I’d sort of figured out how to use my camera because it needed a prettier picture. … Continue reading

Cupcakes and Champagne: A Brunch Bridal Shower

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The last few weeks have been a total whirlwind, between a week long work conference, some work craziness while I was home, and a crazy trip back to Boston for two bridal showers and a bachelorette party, things have been nutty!  My sister’s bridal shower had been preceded by months of emails and planning, yet somehow seeing 42 people actually standing all on my parents’ back deck was a little different then just seeing the number 42 on the list of RSVPs.. yikes!  We had a brunch menu with mimosas, and my mom and my aunt did serious kitchen duty … Continue reading

Welcome!

If you’re visiting from Travel, Wine, and Dine, welcome to my blog! I’m a life long New Englander, who decided she needed just a little more sunshine in her life. Last summer my boyfriend and I decided we should move to Berkeley (we’re still not entirely sure why we picked here!). We packed up our belongings, three cats, and UHauled-ed 3000 miles across the country. I absolutely love the Bay area, and this blog chronicles my cooking and running adventures along the way. Please have fun exploring my little corner of the internet. You can also email me at Boston2Berkeley … Continue reading

The Accidental Vegetarian: Part II

Did you catch Part I ? The next set of influential books along the accidental vegetarian journey were “Master Your Metabolism” by Jillian Michaels and The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan.  I had been a Jillian fan for a while, and I listened to her radio show while working out.  Little known fact, I actually have a black belt in taekwondo, and JM’s badass, take no prisoners, attitude resonated with me.  As a biologist, I really appreciated Jillian’s effort to get all of the science exactly right in her book, yet still make it accessible to a mass audience.  JM … Continue reading

The Accidental Vegetarian: Part I

I feel fairly certain that when I was in college I didn’t actually know what veganism was, though I probably had a passing familiarity with vegetarianism. I don’t remember any of my friends being vegetarian though. Looking back on the available dining options, I’m also certain that being vegan or even vegetarian at my university would have been a difficult thing. I actually have a pretty good sense of how much meat was in my own diet because I vividly remember that it was difficult for me to give up meat on Fridays in Lent. I remember wishing that I … Continue reading

2011 Goals

I’ve never been one to set out annual goals which is strange since I do so love checklists. I like the accountability of having a list of goals online, and I also like having them written down so I can easily refer to them. 2010 was a huge year for me, I ran my first marathon, moved across the country with J to a place neither of us had ever been, and started a brand new job. I wonder if 2011 could possibly be as exciting 🙂 1. Run a half marathon in under two hours and run a 5K … Continue reading