Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Let's be honest, the 250KChallenge did not get me to where I want to be and summer will be upon us in no time. No doubt that I am stronger but I want to see some major changes in my body.

I have read several articles that you need to change up your routine every six weeks and of course, everyone knows abs are made in the kitchen. I have picked up doing two 12-14 minute HIIT videos from BodyRock and do additional weights at home. It has been kicking my ass. Some moves makes me say 'That girl (Lisa) is damn crazy!' She is! But she's fit as hell and obviously doing something right. With at least 24 minutes of her workouts, I am drenched. The fan is turning in my bedroom and the window is open. These workouts are no joke. I have also invited my workout partner, Courtney, and my personal trainer friend to join me. Here are some fun post-work out SnapChats. The peace sign is actually indicating two workouts in one day.

Bevo is also a big supporter. He's so excited.

I have also been drinking a lot more water. I put two orange slices and a lemon in my water. It helps to chug it when it tastes not so plain.

I am also not drinking much, staying away from our delicious desserts and my latest fave, cheese and charcuterie. Instead I have a salad with grilled chicken or my special dinner that Jaime knows how I like it, salmon with veggies with lemon, garlic, salt and pepper. Easy! I'm so spoiled.

Besides Summer, I am headed to the Fit Expo next Month in San Jose, California and don't want to look silly in my new Cali Muscle shirt. 😉

Have you tried BodyRock?
Anyone else going to the Fit Expo?
What are your favorite recipes? Workouts? Supplements?

I am always looking to meet other fit folks. Please say hello or comment below!

Monday, April 25, 2016


The Clicquot Journey
Dirty Water Restaurant & Bar
Thursday, April 28, 2016
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Let Veuve Clicquote take you away! Be part of Clicquot Journey with Yellow Label champagne for $18 a glass or buy a bottle for $80. Stay to enjoy the special menu created by Chef Fissel to include foie gras torchon, bruleed figs, smoked maple glazed pork belly, house made meatballs and pretzels, paddlefish caviar from The Caviar Co. and house made mango sorbet! There will be games on our lawn, swag to pick up and fun photo backdrops to take your Veuve Clicquot memories home with you and share over social media.

Earn entries to win prizes every hour including large bottles of  your much loved Veuve Clicquot, a prize pack for a performance at the San Francisco Symphony in the sidebox with champagne service during intermission, two tickets to see Kinky Boots thanks to SHN and a caviar cooler pack from The Caviar Co. A full schedule of prizes to win is posted below. Must be present to win at the time of drawing.

Dirty Water will also be doing a special announcement that evening. Be there!

Follow Dirty Water and Veuve Clicquot on Twitter and Instagram for updates and live event information.


We hope to see you all there! Please drink responsibly.

Seating is first-come first-served. Dirty Water is open until 1:00 AM.

A special thank you goes to our partners that have donated a prize for this event. Please visit their site or follow them on social media.

Another special shout out to Erika DeSimone that has put on other Veuve Clicquot events. I cannot wait to see the photos from this event. 

If you attend this event, please say hello or Tweet me at @bappletree to say you're there! I would love to meet you and ReTweet it away!

Thank you for your support.


Fun with my staff & customers

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Beer Pairing Dinner - Drake's Brewing Co.

DW has monthly beer pairing dinners that are typically held on the last Sunday of the month. Our very first one was with Mother Earth and it went very well. The Founder was awesome, helpful and great with our customers.

This past Sunday, April 24th, we had local brewery, Drake's Brewing Company come down with their Brewmaster, John. He and his wife, Natasha, and their Sales Rep, Max, came down, had dinner with us and spoke with any of guests that partook of the special menu with pairings.

Before dinner began, I had my staff of servers, host and my kitchen crew that created this delicious menu come and get knowledgable on the FIVE beers that were available. John gave additional information like some background on the brewery, how the beer was made and why it pairs well with dishes our kitchen has created. I posted a little video of it on SnapChat.

We also had a firkin to tap and offer to guests. It was and IPA made with Highwire coffee in Berkeley. One of our first events at DW was Drake's Aromacoma event. We had many people in attendance and I have video of that speech and tapping of that firkin as well.

The Drake's team had dinner and Courtney and I do too. The Lamb Belly BLTA was our favorite course. Then the Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb was excellent and the Ice Cream Cookie seems so simple but was stacked high.

Of course we had to blow up Rachel's SnapChat, a fellow coworker, with photos like this! Because that's just us.

Of the beer, I enjoyed the Stout the best. It was high in ABV. Please and thank you.

It was great to chat with Max a bit more about the brewery, Game of Thrones and music. He shared with me exactly why breweries can't market themselves certain ways and it's quite a shame. They have a great following. I wish more folks could have partaken of this delicious food pairing menu that will never be recreated.

Come by for future beer pairing dinners. Please see our Facebook page for event details. Some of the beer on the list are beers you can't get anywhere else in SanFrancisco right now. Add that to your Untappd list! I did! Let's be friends - 'bappletree'

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Fogo de Chao - Santana Row

Come hungry. For $55, get unlimited access to the salad bar and the variety of proteins will be brought to your table based on the red or green side of circular card that many of us mistook as a coaster. 

Fogo de Chao is located at the corner of Olin and Winchester, conveniently park in the parking garage below for free. They have outdoor seating with heat lamps before you enter the restaurant and are greeted by the hostess that is as professional as one at a high-end hotel. 

"The Douglas party please."

I was personally escorted to a table for eight where a flat screen television can be seen across the way and past what seemed to be a 10-foot narrow mirror along the wall.

I was a bit late and attempted one of their cocktails with vodka and mango puree. I didn't enjoy it and asked for a Jameson on the rocks instead. Their whiskey list was not extensive. I was looking to try something new. 

I was hungry so I went to the salad bar and grabbed a white plate, some kale, hearts of palm, artichokes, cucumber salad, prosciutto, cheese and some lox. I left the salad bar with the plate covered. I was going to regret that.

Back at the table, we were provided bread, sweet bananas, mashed potatoes and my favorite, polenta with Parmesan cheese. The gents with the protein began coming around with lamb, short ribs, pork wrapped in bacon and more. My absolute favorite was the flank steak. I had three pieces of that. It was to do die for. I also really enjoyed the chicken wrapped in bacon. Trying to eat right, you eat a lot of chicken but it gets boring.  This was certainly not the case. And you can't forget the chicken hearts. The server offered me five of them! I've been known to eat a heart or two. "Two is fine today, Sir."

Then it was dessert time! They had ice cream, creme brûlée, flan and a few other items. I went with the vanilla cheesecake with no sauce but extra fresh strawberries. I split it with Eunice who was pregnant and ordered the creme brûlée. She enjoyed it. I couldn't finish it. It was a massive piece. 

I had to part ways with the group but I had to take a photo of their awesome wine wall. 

Dylan and his girlfriend has the Rodney Strong Cabernet. He said he liked it. Funny, I remember when that guy didn't drink wine. Enjoy, Old Man.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Chances Are...

I have won CDs, DVDs, tickets to concerts but the biggest thing I have won was a trip to the Grammy's in LA when I was 20 years old. We sat at the very back of the Staples Center but it was quite the experience. Working in advertising, I know that these sweepstakes by large companies are legit and therefore someone has to win. I have called people in the South they have won a pair of NASCAR tickets and I can still hear their southern accent.

I enter sweepstakes to win trips to places I have never been to. It's easy to enter because my comp can simply fill out the fields due to text recognition. My girlfriend Megan and I would send each other invitations because when they enter, you get another entry to the drawing. I haven't won a big prize since the Grammy's but I'm hopeful and it doesn't take long. I use mPlaces as well on a daily basis and am still hoping to win something from them.

Wit all that said, I am participating in Safeway's Monopoly game. There is $165M to win but as far as I know, there is only two pieces left to win the $1 million dollars. No rumors have been posted about the beach house. Three three of each available to win. I am sure they have created three pieces of the winning piece and it's out there somewhere in the world. I am also missing one piece to complete the collection to win the top two prizes.

I told my roommate that I'd hook him up if he gets the monopoly piece every time he goes to Safeway. I showed him the game board and how I only need that one piece to win the $1 million dollars. It got his attention. He said, "If there's anyone that deserves a million bucks it's you." He also said he's trying to find excuses now to go to Safeway.

I would work on the pieces while I had breakfast and I SnapChatted it to my story. Next thing I know, Nelson texts me saying that I am going to be so mad at him.


"I just threw away a whole bunch of them!"

"You threw away my beach house!?!!"

He now gives me all of his pieces. Erika too! She says that she's too ADD for that. I'll take it, Girl. I'll split the winnings with all that helped me.

My friend, Tejal, is also playing. She does it with her two boys and keeps them occupied. She found out I was doing it via SnapChat as well. Follow me! 'bappletree' So we are combining forces and I am giving her all the pieces I don't need. 

So far I have won several additional game pieces, an Oikos Greek Yogurt, a free Redbox movie rental and two $10 off spending a $100. I definitely used one of those $10 coupons to buy things for the Pacquiao fight earlier this month. It helped! Perhaps I will be buying booze with this remaining coupon.

The last few chances to get game pieces will be at the end of the month. But we have until late May to redeem any prizes. I searched online to see if they posted any winners info to see how many prizes are remaining but I couldn't find anything. I did find that someone is selling a huge group of game pieces online for $5,000.  I wouldn't go that far to win. The most I have done was actually buy products at the store that will give me additional games pieces.

Wish me luck! Crossing fingers for that beach house!

Check out
Does Anyone Actually Win Safeway Monopoly? An Analysis by Broke-Ass Stuart
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Thursday, April 21, 2016


The world today is mourning the death of celebrities, Prince and Chyna. I do have a few songs by Prince on my phone and was a fan of Chyna's, a World Wrestling Federation star, many years ago. This evening, a trending topic was trending regarding the death of a 16-year-old girl in Delaware after a fight broke out in the girls' bathroom.  Fox News states that it is suspected that the girl may have hit her head on the sink after the fight broke out. However, who was really there? What really happened? What lead to the fight?

As far as I know, no confirmation is known or been released as to these three people's cause of death. Yes, Prince and Chyna have touched many people's lives but that poor girl had so much life to live and we'll never know what she could have accomplished.

We don't know what exactly happened in that bathroom or why, but it saddens me that other females were involved. In the world where bullying is causing suicides and just the pressure alone of high school and trying to figure out who you are, it is terrible that this happened to this young girl. My heart goes out to the family and reminds me that I have made a good decision in teaming up with GirlVentures to bring young women together! They will gain knowledge, experience and support from women to make a difference in this world. 

Rest in Peace, Prince. San Francisco's City Hall was lit up purple and DW had a Purple Rain cocktail on sale for $8 in his honor. Across Twitter and other Social Media, Bartenders were doing the like such as my Cugino at the Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar. On my way home, Yahoo!'s billboard had Purple Tears.

Keep those that you love close and tell them you love them everyday. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 Beer Log - April

It's another month and I need to stay on top of this because I'm not using Untappd as much as I should to keep track of my beer consumption. I know, I live such a hard life, don't I? If you're just jumping onto this blog, this year I have had to separate my beer logs by month as quarterly was getting a bit out of control.

These logs originated to help me keep track of beers I have tried to find out what I do and do not like. However craft beer and all categories of beverages are going into really unique directions and its interesting to see it evolve, to taste what all the fuss is about or to taste something that no one hasn't really tried yet. I think it's really cool and I want to share it with everyone. Once I have a moment to read a bit more (perhaps I should stop blogging....nah!), I will get to Ashley Routson's book on beer. DW will be doing an event with her on Friday, May 13th. You heard it here first!

So here is April's...

It started out with North Coast Brewing Company's Pranqster belgian ale and it was tasty. John brought it around to our table when family and I had brunch one weekend. My father enjoyed it. See HERE my nephew and HERE of John and I wearing the fun hats from North Coast Brewing. Swag!


Had a wonderful meeting with some ladies from the SF Symphony and I invited them to join me for a beer on National Beer Day. I asked John to get them something as he's are 'beer guy' (and more). They described what they typically like and John brought them both something they enjoyed, along with a minute or two of him 'geeking' out on beer and explaining why the beer tasted the way they do. He is such a wonderful part of what DW is doing.

And here again paired with a sample of one course of the Drake's pairing dinner that we will be having on April 24th. Join us HERE!

Stone Brewing Co.
This was a stout that John was almost out of and he wanted to replace it so we ran a $6 special. I forget which one it was though! Doh!

With Ms. Erika.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Briney Melon Gose

There's a lot of gose in my life nowadays. This was absolutely delicious and it paired well with DW's Crispy Pig Ears for Happy Hour. Beware, they are addicting. I actually have been to the brewery and bought Kristian a beer glass from there. This was many years ago while on way back from Mendocino. When John said this was from Anderson Valley, I immediately thought of Boonville, CA. I don't know if there are any other breweries in that town but I'm sure I will eventually find out.

Fieldwork Brewing Company
Petit Verdot Grand Gose

Had this at brunch after I asked John to surprise me. He didn't know that I had it before at Fieldwork when I met up with 'Best Friend' while on my way back from Bodega Bay. It's good but I probably wouldn't try it again. Tara said they had a limited release of a watermelon gose but couldn't take any with her for us to try. She was a happy camper all day after that visit.

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
Sculpin IPA

My best friend is going thru a challenging but important training now and has become such a lightweight. But damn she looks good. She had this bottle and asked me, "Do you want to share it with me?"

"Sure," I said.

"Me too!" says my 2-year-old baby niece, Arya. Her cousin who lives in the same house brought a cup over to my glass inquisitively. "Sorry, Love, you both will have to wait a few years."

She enjoyed it. I couldn't finish it. It was a long day that started off with Drappier and beer, then more beer.

More to come...

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