It was a beeeeeeooooooooo-tiful 67 degrees in Oakland today (compared to the 40s in NYC). I had an early meeting, which I was through with by 9:30, so today felt like a good old day of playing hooky from then on.
A friend and I had lunch (which included Concord grape spritzers) and then did a Rockridge to Elmwood walk along College Avenue. We soaked up the sun and ended up at ICI, honestly one of my favorite places in the WHOLE world. MSP and RCR got ice cream, while I soothed with a Blue Bottle iced latte since I. and I are having a no-sugar contest to kick off 2009. The bench outside of Ici was taken, but who cares? It’s not on the sunny side of the street! So we went to take advantage of the one good and useful thing about the strange and mysterious yoga-fitness business known as Lululemon (who shops there? and why?): the bench in front on the north-west corner of College and Ashby, which is ALWAYS sunny.
Afterwards we stopped in at Tail of the Yak, otherwise known as my favorite place in the world #1, right before Ici at #2. I picked up a simple black silk fan for $10 and some beautiful mini-tapers for $8. FYI: the mini-tapers that TotY carries in many colors may not be available for much longer. Get them while they’re hot!
PS: Regarding my favorite places in the whole world at spots #1 and #2, both of these establishments have INCREDIBLY wonderful scents. Ici is like sitting in a old fashioned glass canister of super-fine sugar and Tail of the Yak has equal parts rose, sage, and juniper. Love it! So soothing.
In other news: Ranunculus are back! More on that in the next post!