What it Takes to Make It in a Michelin-Starred Restaurant

I’ve never eaten at a Michelin-starred restaurant before and to be honest, before I even moved here, I didn’t even know that Seattle had Michelin-starred restaurants at all. (I still don’t know.)  In Seattle, I just knew what was good and what I liked which was all that really mattered to me. It wasn’t until I moved to the Bay that I started learning that a restaurant with a Michelin-starred rating was kind of a big deal and that I had a co-worker who just happens to frequent them pretty often. I came across this video today of Joseph Johnson explaining the challenges that he faces working in one of these restaurants in Los Angeles and found it to be fascinating.

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Song of the Day

DJ Mustard, Fabolous, and Eric Bellinger – 4 Digits

I think I have found my new favorite song. I was perusing Kevin’s recent playlist looking for new songs when I stumbled across this gem that I would like to own as my new anthem for the season. So bad, but so good… that it isn’t even a bad song at all. I’m going to request this at all the clubs.

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Bay Area Eats:

I was feeling the brunch cravings hard this morning so I posted this latergram Instagram photo when I woke up around 8:30. I actually ate this meal a couple weeks prior. How deceiving, right? Well little did I know that only a few hours later, we would actually be having this exact same meal again! Do any of you ever have that feeling when you have one amazing meal and then you feel like you want it again just a few days or even a week later?

I really love Cafe Borrone for their simple breakfast. They make some incredible basic scrambles that you can add things to. I had the #4 which includes their salsa, sour cream, and avocado with a side of chicken apple sausage. I’m also a huge fan of their french toast (half portion) which is perfect for sharing.

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A Giant Birdsnest

I first saw these pieces maybe a couple of years ago on the internet and now it looks like they are being brought back! The giant birdsnest for human looks like the ultimate comfy, but when I envision my future home, I just don’t know if there would ever be a place for it. It does look like it takes up a lot of space, doesn’t it?

The gigantic, cozy nest is made from a foam-padded wooden backwall that’s covered with wooden panels and filled with egg-shaped cushions that allow for ergonomic sitting positions. Designed by the Israel-based design firm OGE Creative Group, the Birdsnest is a “new and inspiring socializing space: a fusion of furniture and playground” where ideas come to get incubated.

The birdsnest is available in four different sizes and range from 2,700 – 7,900 Euros. The largest birdsnest can accommodate up to 16 people! While it may not be the perfect fit for my home, I would strongly advocate it for a friend’s home or even my office.

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Music Video of the Day

I’m about a month late on posting this video, but even those it isn’t timely, I didn’t want to NOT share it. This is one of my favorite songs off of Mayer Hawthorne’s latest album and Rashida Jones even directed the music video and had this to say about it:

The video is a parody of ridiculously exclusive parties which are made nearly impossible to get to but tout themselves as ‘the party of the year.’ I liked the idea of the video starting as a sexy getting-ready video and devolving into a messy, very unsexy, unexpected trek. And the final realization is that YOU are the real party! I’m just starting to realize that about myself (which is why I stay home most nights). I am a HUGE fan of Mayer, Kendrick and of the song “Crime” and it was an honor to work with Mayer.

Here’s crossing my fingers that he’ll be touring again this year!

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Gastown Walking

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Beanie – Wilfred // Coat – Topshop by Nordstrom // Leggings – Aritzia // Boots – Hunter // Scarf – borrowed from Mom

Remember the days when I was just too self-conscious to be posting photos of my outfit that we used a space helmet to make things a little bit easier? I’ve learned that when you’re traveling for work, it’s importnat to set aside time for yourself on your trips where you do things that are just for you. Taking advantage of being home in Seattle very recently, I decided to take a trip with my family up to Vancouver so that we could do a little eating and a whole lot of shopping. This was something that Kevin and I used to do when we were younger – taking day trips up to visit our favorite boutiques. Naturally, it was pouring and made for the most unpleasant experience. Shopping in the rain is the worst, but I’m glad I was able to return home with a few new pieces that I love.

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Song of the Day

Selenaa Gomez – The Heart Wants What It Wants

Our little Selenita is all grown up! She’s come a long way since “Love You Like A Love Song” and we’re pretty happy about it. I love this song, but I really wish that she would just QUIT Justin already.

Regardless, we’re happy that her sound is maturing and we’re sure that this song is going to be a hit on the radio. I’m already singing along to it.

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West Coast Touring

It is good to be home. This past month while I was away from Yow Yow! I was back and forth between the Bay Area and Phoenix, Pasadena, and Seattle. I used to always wonder what it was like to be on tour and now I feel like I’m finally getting a small taste of it. I went through five airports, went through security six times, met hundreds of people and ate amazing meals. I am tired. I am also very grateful that I had opportunities to spend my weekends traveling always at home. It’s a pretty great place to be! ^^ We were tourists for the day!

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Song of the Day

The Harpoons – Can We Work This Out

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Our Favorite Reunion Today

10 years later and flawless…!

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Zara: Brothers and Sisters

Zara has been doing the most adorable thing lately by publishing a photo series called Brothers and Sisters shot by Maria Lang. I can’t get enough of these photographs. I actually had a conversation while pouring over these with my co-workers today and we debated whether or not we wanted our future kids to be dressed like the kids in these photos or if we wanted our kids to be wearing t-shirts with cartoon characters and Disney princesses on them like we all did as children. In one way, I want my future kids to act like kids! And be kids themselves! Then you see these photos and all of that kind of goes out the door! I’m indifferent actually and I’m not anywhere near to making those types of decisions so we’ll decide what happens when that happens :)

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Song of the Day

Zak Waters – Gimme Little Sign

I’ve been interested in getting back into dance classes again recently so while on the hunt to find a studio, I came across one that holds this type of class that was advertised as a dance party on a bicycle. Then to give you an idea of what exactly that would sound like, they had this track available to preview. I already liked Zak Waters prior to this, but this song made me more excited to learn about the class too.

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A Most Violent Year Movie Trailer

I hadn’t heard anything about this movie before watching the trailer. I’m a fan of Oscar Isaac though and am intrigued by Jessica Chastain’s role in this film.

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