Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wednesday Friendsday V1


Welcome to my brand new blog feature! Excuse the corniness of the name - I couldn't resist. One of the most amazing things for me about blogging is the connections and friends I have made. I really wanted a way to celebrate this and hence this new feature was started. Lots of fantastic bloggers are going to share their views on "blog friends" and share with us friends they have met and how they would host a friend if they came to visit. 
First up is the lovely Claire from Biocoastally....

Name: Claire Kiefer
Location:  San Francisco
Tell us a little about your blog….  I started my blog a little over a year ago as a way to keep in touch with far-off family and friends, and it's evolved into the chronicles of the single life in San Francisco, teaching kids of incarcerated parents, tales of the amazing folks I keep company with, along with a sprinkling of music, recipes, poetry, and shoes!

Claire and Micaela

1. Can you remember the first friend that you made through blogging?
My first "real" blog friend was Micaela at Dolce Vita. She's the first blogger with whom I exchanged addresses, emails, and phone numbers. 

2. Have you met any blog friends face to face?
Yes!  I've been lucky enough to meet two darling girls, Micaela and Summer. Both visits were all too brief, but I'm looking forward to spending much more time with both of them in the near future, as they've become two of my closest friends.  I can't imagine not knowing them!

3. What makes having blog friends important to you?
All the same things that make having any friends important to me--the joy of finding kindred spirits, the ability to relate to each other, laugh together, and support each other through the hard stuff.  I don't consider my closest blog friends any different than my other close friends I've met out in the world. 

4. Is there anyone that you cannot wait to meet or have plans to meet? 
Now that I've met Micaela and we're so close, I am dying to meet her twin sister, Marianne. Micaela, Marianne, their dear friend Jessie, and I are planning a girls' trip this summer.  I've also grown to love Faiza  and Sheba, long-time friends who live in Toronto, and I'd love to meet them!  Leeann from Join the Gossip is going to be in San Francisco in a few weeks and I'm hoping to have a lunch date with her while she's here. :)  I also really love Kristen at While We're Waiting and hope she decides to make a trip to the bay area someday, cause I'd love to meet her, too!  But for the record, I'm constantly reading blogs and thinking "I wish that girl lived near me so we could have a girls' night together!"

Claire and Summer hiding behind the fan :-)

5.If a blog friend came to meet you in your home town what would you plan to do and see with them?
While it's not actually my home town (I'm originally from Georgia), San Francisco is so magical!  I'd take visitors to my favorite restaurants and wine bars in the city, out to Baker Beach to see the ocean and rocky beach with a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge, up to Napa (just 45 minutes away!) to visit some famed wineries, on some gorgeous hikes with views of water (if they were into hiking, of course), on a long walk through Golden Gate Park, for some shopping in the Haight/Ashbury district, and maybe for a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway . . . scenery you'd never forget.  And for the adventurous visitor, we'd head out for a night of karaoke at The Mint in the Castro district of San Francisco!

6. What do you imagine you would chat about?
I'm an extrovert and kind of an open book, so I imagine we'd talk about all kinds of things from jobs, to dating, to food, to our families, all the while sharing hilarious stories.   

7.What would be for dinner?
Oh my goodness.  There are so many amazing restaurants here, it's hard to pick just one!  I always take visitors to Burma Superstar, the most delicious Burmese restaurant I've ever been to.  It's the kind of place you can't find in every city, so it's important to eat there when you're in San Francisco.  Another favorite is Pizzaiolo in Oakland, an upscale pizza restaurant that only uses the freshest, locally-grown food (and they make their own tonic for cocktails!). If money weren't an object, we would of course head to Alice Waters's famous restaurant, Chez Panisse.  

The other thing is that we have the most amazing farmers' markets out here, so one night we'd have to make a trip to one of them, buy some handmade pasta and local veggies and make some incredible dinner together.

8. What would your parting gift to them be?
Ooooh, that's a hard question!  Maybe some sentimental reminder of our time together?  A picture of us taken at a winery or on the beach, maybe paired with a bottle of smooth California wine?

Thank you so much Claire for taking part! I hope you all enjoy this new feature and I look forward to sharing with you again next Wednesday!


  1. I love this feature! The name is great, we all need a little cheese everynow and then :) can't wait to see more!

  2. awww this made my day!!!! I LOOOOVE claire and was soooo happy i got to meet her, even if it was all too brief. I couldn't stop hugging her! :) and it was SO natural.. as if we've known each other for years.

    and now i can't imagine not knowing her-- she's one of my dearest and best friends.

    I LOVE HER! and i love this new feature :)



  3. Great interview; she's a doll. I look forward to reading the next one.
    I also LOVED your last post with the pictures of you and your beau! Lovely couple.

  4. This was a great idea, Megan! Loved reading this and I look forward to all the others. Mine is a work in progress- I'll get it to you as soon as I can!


  5. This is fantastic, I can't wait to read the other entries!

    x Jasmine

    PS. Am working on mine :)

  6. oooh this reminded me i have not done mine!!

  7. So fun...and so great to learn more about Claire!

    (This reminds me that I need to finish mine and get it to you! ) :)

    Great idea, Megan!

  8. So sweet, Megan--thanks for including me! :) I'm excited about this series and reading everyone else's. xoxoxo

  9. Claire is the sweetest and her blog is by far one of my favorites!!
    This is such a great series and I can not wait to read others.

  10. I love Claire and love reading her answers :) I am still so happy (and jealous!) that twinkie got to meet her and I cannot wait for our summer trip to San Fran to meet her myself :) I consider some of my blog friendships as some of my closest relationships. I'd be so lost without you guys!
    I love the new series!!! :) I look forward to reading the rest of the entries and if it's okay with you I hope I can still participate :) Sorry for the loooong overdue email response. Let me know if that's okay! :)

  11. This is so awesome! I can't wait to read the rest of the entries. Claire is just lovely and her answers were so well written.

    Great work Megan :) xx

  12. awesome new feature megan! can't wait to check back here very wednesday!

    beautiful claire was the PERFECT person to start with.

  13. This really is a fabulous idea for a regular feature and great way to make new blog friends too I think!

    Mine is almost complete and I absolutely fingers crossed promise to get it to you soon. Please,oh please forgive my tardiness xx

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