Happy Thanksgiving from Kirby & Alexa. This quote is something we hope to remember every day, not just on Thanksgiving. Have a happy one!

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The Week End


...and it's the weekend. Despite being a full week it seemed to sort of drag because I have weekend plans I'm excited about. We're celebrating a friend's birthday tonight at one of our favorite San Francisco pizza spots, Regazza, meeting up with friends for brunch in Sonoma at The Fremont Diner, and then Sunday morning I leave bright and early to see family in Palm Desert.

What are your weekend plans? Are you taking off early for any Thanksgiving plans?

Here's some light reading to ease you into your weekend.

You likely saw the peace sign sketch making its way across social media after Friday's tragedy in Paris. Here's some background about the drawing.

The word of the year is ... an emoji?!

The holiday travel coming up, I bookmarked this list of how to pack your toiletries.

Speaking of travel, here's a fun work project I've been working on. Feel free to follow if you're so inclined.

Why TGIF kind of sucks. I so agree with this!

This breakfast bread pudding looks amazing.


Best Bolognese


Look, I'm Italian, and when you are Italian you talk excessively with your hands, drink wine and think about food constantly. I actually don't think there is anything wrong with that, frankly. But I have to say that I've been missing my bolognese pasta. I've refrained from making it the past few months because it's been like 100 degrees in San Diego and the last thing I wanted to do was stand over a hot stove. But the weather's been cooling down to a chilly 68 degrees, so I figure it's time to whip out the stews, soups and hearty pasta dishes. This one is great for the whole family. My kids devour it, and they are very picky.

Best Bolognese
2 cups canned tomatoes, chopped up. Include their juice
1/4 cup half and half
1 tablespoon chopped yellow onion
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 spicy (or sweet) sausage links (casings removed)
1/2 cup red wine
1 teaspoon oregano
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt and pepper

In a large pan saute the onion in olive oil over medium heat until it is translucent. Add the sausage links and cook until they have lost their raw coloring. Turn up the heat and add your wine, stirring constantly. Do this until all of the wine has evaporated, then turn down the heat and add the half and half and cook until it also has evaporated. Add in the tomatoes and stir. Add in the nutmeg, oregano and salt and pepper. Cook on low, uncovered for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Serve with penne pasta, and top with grated Parmesan cheese and hot red peppers. If you want to really turn up the dial on flavor, add a dollop of ricotta cheese. This will blow your mind.

Fall in New York


A few weeks ago I came to New York to speak on a panel at ad:tech. There were over 100 people in the room so needless to say I was nervous, but I managed to make the most of the trip, seeing some friends and family and squeezing in a perfect New York afternoon one day. Here are a few photos. There's really nothing like New York City in the fall.
The view from the Ace Hotel. There's a Stumptown Coffee and Opening Ceremony in the lobby, the bar is always packed and so fun. It's become my favorite place to stay in the city.
 Fall in Washington Square Park.
On my first night in New York, I snuck in dinner with one of my oldest friends at Café Select in Soho. It's just a few spots down from the always-Instagrammed Jack's Wife Freda
 My coworker Taylor strolling in Soho.
 On our one free afternoon, we took a cab downtown to see the September 11 Memorial and Museum.
 Walking through Tribeca, my coworker and I stumbled upon Tiny's and stopped in for lunch. The building dates back to 1810 and the food was delicious. I had the burrata and it's one of the best lunches I've had. Ever.

 A sliver of the Empire State Building walking back to our hotel.
Good night, New York!

Top Five: Camel Coats


I've always had a thing for the classic camel coat, but living in southern California I never had a reason to buy one. Now we're living in San Francisco where it gets a little chillier, I married an East Coaster so I'm headed there for the holidays, and I have family in London. 

All signs point to the fact that it's time for me to buy a camel coat. Here are a few of my favorites:

H&M / Topshop / BB Dakota / A.P.C. / Mara Hoffman

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