Saturday night was my 10 year high school reunion. Wow. Way to make a girl feel old!
I was actually really looking forward to going. I mean, sure we all have facebook now for optimal
photo browsing stalking. But keeping tabs on your classmates’ latest status updates is very different from reminiscing in person about everything from hideous prom dresses (and prom dates) to cramming for AP Bio tests the period before they happened…
My best friends are still very much in my life, but there were others who I am sad to say, I wasn’t as good at keeping in communication with. Are you still close with friends from grade school/junior high/high school? I’m still close with several girls I’ve known since I was 4 years old. Many were at my wedding and a few were my bridesmaids 🙂
Needless to say, I was pretty excited to see some friends that I hadn’t kept up with as well.
Before I go into all that, I’ll just share a quick build-a-sammie recipe.
Toast bread and mash half with avocado.
Crack two organic free-range eggs into a PAM-ed skillet and cover with a lid to let steam cook the top while the rest fries.
Spread hummus layer on top of the avocado.
Slide eggs from pan to toast, folding them in half to fit on the bread.
Apply top layer of bread and cut in half.
I think you know what to do from here…
No better sweet ending than a just picked Golden Delicious apple.
Now back to my 10 year.
Alene and Lauren met at my house first so we could head into the city for dinner together first. My house was always the meeting place for me and my friends before events (dances, birthdays, field trips, whatever), and that still hasn’t changed.
Wanna see some REALLY old school pics of the three of us?
Me, Alene, Lauren – yes, I’m aware that I’m swimming in my uniform and yes, I’m aware that even though this is my freshman year of high school I actually look 8 years old. What can I say, I was what you’d call a late bloomer.
Me and Lauren – band geeks!
And here are the 3 of us senior year. Ok, so maybe I can believe it’s been 10 years 😉
I’m not sure why I’m posting these, but I found them hilarious, so maybe you’ll get a kick out of them too.
After taking BART into the city, we headed to the Embarcadero for dinner. Our reunion was in Pier II, so we kept it close by.
Chaya Brasserie has 4 locations throughout California, but I’m pretty sure this is the most scenic.
I feel like I was just here…oh wait…I was!!
For those who don’t recognize this view (or don’t know where Pier II is, it’s next to the Ferry Building, which was where the Foodbuzz Gala was held).
The menu was fairly diverse, but we all wanted sushi, so that’s the only menu we bothered with.
Well, except for the wine menu, that is. This Pinot Noir was perfect with the sushi.
Red Dragon Roll – Spicy Tuna/Snow Crab/Cucumber/Avocado
Vegetarian Caterpillar Roll – Asparagus/Avocado/Cucumber/Yamagobo/Kaiware & Spicy Ponzu
California Roll – Crab/Cucumber/Avocado
San Francisco Roll – Crab/Shrimp/Cucumber/Avocado/Tomato/Asparagus/Soy Paper
Hamachi Crunch Roll – Spicy Hamachi/Cucumber/Tempura Flakes
The Vegetable Caterpillar roll was my favorite because anything topped in MORE avocado wins my heart over. The California roll was also good (yes, a bit boring, I know). The spicy roll was definitely spicy, and the sauce on the side of the plate was only tolerable in small doses. I didn’t think it was too spicy but I had to pound ginger in between bites for sure. The San Francisco roll was unique, but the tomato was kinda off in my opinion. They get points for originality, though. In the end it was all quite tasty, and I left full and happy.
I would love to go back and try the other (non-sushi) parts of the menu. The service was great, and the ambiance was nice. The price was a bit steep, but given the location, it’s to be expected. They have a happy hour menu and the rest of the menu looked tasty, so I recommend Chaya Brasserie for sure.
The rest of the night was SO fun (in my opinion). There were certainly a LOT of drunk people (not that I’m excluding myself from that, because I was rocking a good buzz throughout the night) but I definitely wasn’t in the stumbling-around-the-bar category. Turns out, switching types of alcohol four times over the course of the evening isn’t so smart. Sunday morning was rough to say the least. I may have been able to function without issue back in my college years, but nowadays I’m a wreck after nights of drinking. Again, signs that 10 years truly have passed. I’m old. :(
One of the things I noticed was how hot the girls looked, but how NOT-hot the guys looked. Seriously, 10 years seemed to take a toll on the men much more so than the women. The girls (as a whole) looked pretty smokin’…whereas the men just appeared older and fatter. I swear I’m not superficial, I’m just stating what the general consensus was. Naturally Kyle was the exception to this rule ;) …but his 10 year HS reunion isn’t for another 2 years, so I guess he has some time, haha.
Sunday morning we woke up way early and hit the road to drive back to Santa Monica. It was a miserable drive. I forgot my sunglasses, I had a headache that refused to quit, and the 1-5 was filled with too many angry and unsafe drivers returning home after the holiday weekend.
No matter, we are now safe and sound in So Cal. Who’s been to a reunion? Did you have fun? Thoughts on how people (including yourself) have changed?