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This or That: Reusable Water Bottle

When I was a very young and innocent freshman, I went on a field trip with my History of Costume Design class to an evening play. The girl that I had been sitting to (who was the sweetest gem) pulled out a bottle from her bag and stealthily put her mouth over the mini tube. Was she sipping? Breathing? It was awfully dark. I later came to the conclusion that it was not a vaporizer and that it was just a Camelback water bottle. Now, it’s silly to think that these two things could be mistaken for what they really are, but I had never seen a Camelback before and I clearly didn’t know what kind of college I was at.

When I stumbled across this overly trendy waterbottle designed by Memobottle, I knew I had to write a post about it – if not for the product itself – at least my anectdote. The reusable waterbottle not only comes in glass, but also metal and plastic. I mean do you really want to be carrying a glass water bottle around with you? Landmine. Except for those Bkr ones – those are pretty qt.

These waterbottles are totally our future.

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Samovar – San Francisco

When I first moved to the Bay Area, my goal was to immediately find replacements for all of my favorite spots in Seattle. Samovar quickly bacame that for me as I needed to replace Remedy Teas on the hill. I’ve been to Samovar twice now at two different locations. Like Remedy Teas, Samovar serves meals, snacks, and a high quality selection of teas. I had read not too long ago that they were putting in a new location in the Mission that was supposed to be a very simplified version of their other stores. They weren’t kidding. There aren’t any meals here, but you can pick up a snack if you’d like. I’d almost view this location as an express Samovar because there’s no seating at all and you aren’t meant to be perched up here for awhile like you might at other locations. Beautiful though? Yes, of  course.

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A Collection Part 40

As the years go on, the “A Collection” posts get farther and farther apart from each other! When it comes to the end of summer, I always feel like it’s the most appropriate time to wrap things up. I started this post back in April, can you believe it? It’s about time we got this published!

Goodbye summer. Hello fall! We’re so excited to be in you!

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Out on the Town: 8/23

I haven’t made my way to as many events in San Francisco as I would’ve like so I feel like by posting about them, I’m making some sort of a commitment. Will anyone else been there? I haven’t listened to Rogue Wave since I was a teenager and obsessed with that song “Eyes.” Are they still a pretty dream pop sleepy band? This is no Capitol Hill Block Party by any means, but I missed Outside Lands last weekend so…

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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Almost Back

They’re almost here! August 25th to be exact. As much as I would love to say that having the Pumpkin Spice Latte year around would make me a happy girl, I know that I just wouldn’t be as excited about them if they weren’t a limited novelty. We certainly wouldn’t write posts about them like this on a yearly basis. I am very pleased about the return though and happy that it is coming sooner than the fall. It will still be the summer because I live in California and technically it is summer the whole year round.

Yum. I am going to drink you every single day.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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It’s been some time since I’ve had a weekend of eating, but that’s exactly what this weekend was for me. Ashley completed her 8-week internship at Stanford and to celebrate, we filled our stomachs with the most delicious food. Her younger sister was also in town so we made sure to take her to all of our favorite spots in the South Bay.

First off, My Lovecats ring finally arrived and I haven’t taken it off since…except in the shower because I am terrified of getting it wet. It is the most darling little ring I have ever purchased for myself and I am even thinking about making the move to additional stacks.

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Blog Roundup

- The Best and Worst Foods to Cure a Hangover [Greatist]

- Some things we don’t really like about San Francisco (don’t worry, we like the rest!) [Refinery 29]

- Cocktails Inspired by Wes Anderson films [Paste]

- What you should never wear to a wedding [WhoWhatWear]

- “I Found Out The Hard Way That My Cousin is a Porn Star” [The Hundreds] Wow – best thing I’ve read in a long time.

- Nicole Richie tells Oprah about the easiest and hardest part about marriage. [Refinery 29]

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So This Happened Today…

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I saw this advertised on Tin Pot’s Instagram feed today and decided to drag my entire team out to Tin Pot so that I could have it. The specialty drink was only offered today so as you can imagine, I was feeling a sense of urgency. It was totally worth it. I wish this could just be a seasonal regular…thanks Tin Pot for the afternoon treat!

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The Time I Fake Cleansed

When I was still living in Seattle, the juicing craze was just getting started and I seriously considered doing a three-day cleanse meaning three juices as a substitute for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for three days. My thought process was that I would probably feel really healthy for doing it and like I had done some sort of a detox on my body, but that afterwards, I’d probably be pretty hungry. I wasn’t really thinking about some of the negative side effects that might occur from it and how this might affect me differently than it would for any other person perhaps someone who might be a little bit more healthier than me.

I put the idea of a juice cleanse behind me. That was until I went to the Stanford Shopping Center three weeks ago and stopped by Pressed. I figured that if I wasn’t ready to do the real juice cleanse that I intended a year and a half ago, I could at least try it or modify it to be more appropriate for my diet. I purchased three bottles each from a different category – citrus, roots, and greens. At the store I sampled each of them and decided that the flavor was okay enough for me to finish a whole bottle of it.

On my first night I substituted one bottle for dinner. Granted I had a meal before having the juice, but it was a late lunch and the only meal I ate for the day. After drinking the first bottle, I didn’t feel hungry later that evening. Instead, I felt pretty content. It was challenging to finish a whole bottle in one sitting though and I realized that the two days after I would get through half the bottle and put the rest in the fridge for 30 minutes until I would go back to finish the second half.

The second and third bottles didn’t act as meal substitutes, but were consumed when I came home from work as a snack. Like my original assumption about juicing, I felt healthy in the sense that I knew I was putting good things into my body. However, I did feel like I was consuming a great deal of natural sugars. I later felt the side effects from that on the second, third, and fourth day when I would get sporadic headaches. I wasn’t changing anything else about my diet those days while I was juicing so I’m fairly confident that they were caused from that. I probably won’t ever be able to do a full juice cleanse because this was a pretty strong indication that my body may not be able to handle it consistently, but I think if I walked by Pressed again and felt like having a juice, I would pick one up without too much of a second thought.

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Blog Roundup

- What the biggest companies are from each state [Gizmodo]

- America’s coolest rooftop bars [Travel and Leisure] whoo Seattle!

- 10 menswear blogs every guy should know [Cool Material] I’m reading them too!

- 12 menswear Instagrammers to follow [Cool Material]

- Dov Charney to sue American Apparel [Refinery29]

- All the jobs and the money you can be making in them – a chart! [Vox]

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The Weekend: 5 Things

Tenzing’s first time eating In N’ Out! We went all out.

Happy 5th birthday party to my favorite company!

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Steven Alan eyewear. Of course I poked myself in the eye while trying on a pair.

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Space themed greeting cards at Steven Alan.

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Three strawberry-lemonades at Plow, please.

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The Week: 5 Things

There was one more notable thing that happened during the week that I felt should be included in this post. Earlier this week, our interns and employees went on a short train ride over to Menlo Park for Off the Grid! I’ve only ever been to the one in Haight with my friend Sam a few years back so I was excited to try a different location. The first truck I made a beeline for was The Chairman, which I remembered from the last time I was at Off the Grid. The Pork Belly Bao is the most delicious bite (or more than a few bites for me!) After this, I went on to have a warm Empanada. The best thing about Off the Grid is that there is always so much variety and so many different things to try. I’m looking forward to my next trip there or even … the Fort Mason off the grid with 30+ vendors!

This movie.

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By Friday, things start to get a little wacky.

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Oyster shucking in the office! We shipped 100 oysters over from Boston – some of the best oysters I’ve ever had.

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Three juices purchased for three meal substitutions this week! The third one was my dinner tonight. We survived. By we I mean me and my stomach. We’ll make a separate post for this later once I’ve finished.

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And a bonus 6th photo of some grumpy diners at Pizzeria Delfina.

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Beating the Heat: 5 Agua Fresca Recipes

[Roasted Strawberry Agua Fresca]

I spend a great deal of time every day adding to my Pinterest boards and realizing that I never do anything with them. Since I moved to California, I haven’t cooked a real meal out of my kitchen so there’s just no use for recipes. We also discontinued “Take Me There” Fridays. However, I’ve given this a lot of thought lately. For how much time I spend on the website, I should really be putting it to better use. If I can’t do anything with all of this inspiration, I should pass it on.

So when I can or when I feel strongly towards a particular idea or a theme, I’ll be posting 5 pins centered around that.

Several weeks ago, we had the best agua fresca we’ve ever tasted during brunch at Slow Club in San Francisco. I still haven’t forgotten about it. Later that night, we decided to make our own watermelon lime agua fresca. By hand. No mixer. No blender. Just chopping everything up and squeezing it into a strainer. It turned out amazingly and our friends loved it too (or they were just being nice to us.) The past few weeks in the Bay have been scorching hot and the only thing to cool down with is a glass of agua fresca so here are 5 recipes that I would try and make myself…or would purchase if I were out. That last one seems more likely.

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Introducing: The Waffogato

Is this not the most amazing thing you have ever seen? I know it’s only 9AM, but who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? I was introduced to Affogatos a couple of months ago at Pizzeria Delfina so when this popped up on Refinery29 the other day, I was immediately brought back to that unforgettable moment and first bite.

The Waffogato is waffle-shaped ice cream (so adorbs!) dropped in maple syrup flavored coffee. Holy sweetness – now that’s something to wake you up in the morning! The Waffogato was created by Dominque Ansel Bakery – the same people that brought you the infamous cronut – and looks exactly like it does in the photograph above. When everything has all melted, it looks like a little mini milkshake at the end.

Yum. Is it brunch yet?

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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We kicked off this weekend with a trip to Planet Granite with the co-workers! I didn’t do any bouldering this time, but I did climb twice before I called it quits. It has been a long week, you guys. Instead of going to the usual Sunnyvale gym, we ventured over to the one in Belmont. As much as I love climbing and how strong it makes me feel, I know that it’s no cardio. I wish I could be incorporating a little bit of that into my activities too. Nevertheless, I was still feeling the pain this morning on my shoulders and fore arms.

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Henry’s sister Grace was in town this weekend visiting so naturally we had to take her to our favorite Sonoma winery – Ram’s Gate! We sampled 8 different kinds each of us favoring one more than the other. I was pretty partial to the very sweet white wine. Don’t ask me to tell you what it exactly was because I definitely don’t remember.

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One pretty happy family here.

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Is there anything better than lounging on this deck? Absolutely not.

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I find that on Sundays I always have very intense cravings for food. Today, it happened to be sushi so I drove 20 minutes away for these nomz right here. I just polished this off and I don’t plan on moving or getting up anytime soon. Thanks for the grub Niji’s!

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