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East Meets West

Guess HOO came for a visit this past week?


Usually a plan-as-I-go-wherever-that-may-be type, I went full on event planner style to prepare for my parents’ arrival.

We did 3 days in the Bay Area, 2 days downtown in the city and 1 day in wine country.

They arrived Thursday afternoon and I had a little extra energy in my pedal home to see them! Three months of not seeing your parents is torture. I hardly recognized them. It must have been all those gym workouts. 😉

We headed downtown to Roberto’s Cantina for drinks and margs. The next day, I gave them the big bad tour of Facebook before going to Palo Alto for dinner at Oren’s Hummus (I gave it a 5 star Yelp rating- that good!) and drinks with friends.

Hanging out at Instagram


On Saturday, we checked out the Sunnyvale Farmers Market before making the trek to the Pacific coast for lunch with our cousins.


We were planning to hit the beach for the remainder of the weekend, but the poor weather made us reconsider. Instead we drove north to the city in Union Square, SF at the Palomar where I ordered a pet fish for our room. Who says you can’t have it all?


We got our tourist on, trekking the streets of San Francisco. I even busted out the selfie stick.

Hash tag winning

After 2 days of the chaotic city, my parents were ready for a break, so we headed to the Inn at Sonoma for wine tasting in the vineyards, stopping in Sausalito the following day.


“Families are like fudge…mostly sweet, with lots of nuts!”


There’s nothing like a family trip, and a fun one it was.

Mom & Dad, thanks for coming to visit me. I hope you enjoyed my long itinerary and I was so happy to have you guys out here, especially on Mother’s Day. Can’t wait to see you in a couple months back on the easy coast. xoxo

What’s the longest you’ve gone without seeing your family?



  • Beth

    You certainly did a fabulous job as an event planner!! What an awesome visit! Looks like you hit ALL of the best spots! I know they loved it … Especially seeing YOU! Can’t wait till you’re back here for a visit! Would love to see you!

    • The Zen Kat

      Thank you Mrs. S!! It was actually a lot of fun planning their trip and seeing how much they enjoyed NorCal! I mean what’s not to love, right?

      Oh, and you should download Magisto. Search for it in the app store and you can make these videos. I paid for the premium version because the videos are so cool. Text me if you have questions. 😀

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