I spent the last of my TGIF by a toasty fire in Oakland.

Bonfire in Oakland

I love Oakland for all the tasty food spots here – greyhounds at Van Kleef to pork belly rice bowls at Hawker Fare.

I also love Oakland for bonfires. Our buddy Scott has a fantastic garden where he grows hops for beer, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. He dug out a pit under the stars and holds bonfire cookouts.

On the menu:

  • Tri-tip
  • Pork kielbasa
  • Slow-cooked beans (the beans simmered in bacon, molasses and more for more 24 hours)
  • Homemade ice cream. Mark dubbed it “Scott’s Nuts.” The flavor: toasted pecans
  • S’mores: I used ghirardelli chocolate Carmel squares. Mark and Scott went with chocolate with chili. Crazy!

The perfect ending to my TGIF and my challenging work day.
Good times.

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