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LA’s Churro Borough

2015 is seriously the summer for sweet treats and my many cravings. Next month, I’m headed to Los Angeles for some “me” time and to see some of my favorite people. I’m there for a longer weekend, but as always am making a ton of plans already ahead of time – well sight plans and of course eating plans. I just read about Churro Borough last week and this is at the top of my list! Yes, you’re seeing this correctly. It’s a Churro Ice Cream Sandwich! I have no sense of how close and far things are in LA so I’m imagining that I’m going to be racking up a ton of Uber rides to get to everywhere I need. Because… who rents cars anymore, right? I’m just kidding, that would probably be the smart thing to do.

Here is just a preview of some of the things I’ll be eating when I’m there next month and of course more to come!

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Blog Roundup

– America’s most popular tastes broken down by state [GOOD]
– How employees feel their leaders could improve in the workplace [Harvard Business Review]
– Amazon got torn apart last weekend [New York Times]
– 2015’s most annoying words [Man Repeller]


– 5 scientifically proven ways to ease a hangover [Cool Material]

– An app to keep you safe when you’re walking home alone [GOOD]

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Bay Area Eats:

When it comes to brunch in the South Bay, there are very few options. Typically you’ll find diner style type restaurants instead of the really fancy type brunches that you might find up in the city. Nothing against those, but I like to find a happy medium. Sometime last year I discovered Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park and never let it go. Occassionally, Diana and I will find ourselves here during the weekend and sometimes spending upwards of about $60+ on brunch between the two of us. We go hard. Borrone is a popular spot and you can always expect a line here, but it’s also such a casual spot to be dining as well since they have a large area for outdoor seating and you can order your food right up at the counter. Here is just a sampling of the spread that Diana and I have once ordered. However, if you want to do my order, here’s what you need:

  • 1 chai tea latte
  • 1 freshly squeezed orange juice
  • The scramble – with salsa, avocado, and sour cream
  • 1 side order of chicken apple sausage
  • 1 side order of cinnamon raisin bread (toasted with butter)
  • (to split) a half order of the fresh berries french toast
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Five Favorite Pins: Not-So-Traditional Breakfasts

Surprise Biscuits [Vodka & Biscuits]

This past Sunday, I found myself doing something totally outside of the norm – having two back-to-back brunches! Where do I put it away? I’m still wondering about that answer, myself. At our first place, Stable Cafe, I had the “egg in the hole” with bacon and brie cheese. YUM! Now if any of you remember, this used to be a meal that Veronica and I would make for dinner about once a week or so. It was so easy and cheap to make, but now when you go to places in the city you have to pay 8 bucks for it! We call this fancy brunch. I noticed that for awhile I’ve been saving some pretty unconventional breakfast recipes to my Pinterest board lately so here are a few that I thought I would share. Enjoy!

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Currently Snacking:

Our snack closets at work recently added these new TCHO chocolates that I have become obsessed with! The blue ones have caramel nodes and I’m a total sucker for them. Growing up, I was never that big into chocolate. I generally gravitated towards more sour or tart candies, but as an adult, I’m noticing that I do have a bit of a weakness for chocolate. During the day, I sometimes find myself headed towards that afternoon slump after lunch where I am low in sugar and a little woozy and a piece of TCHO really does the trick. I was in back-to-back meetings this week where I consumed two of these in a row. I didn’t feel bad about it.

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Bay Area Eats:

So I just discovered that we’re completely behind on all of our posts! One of the best things about Yow Yow! though is that there’s always something to write about. I never usually find that I run out of material, but I did notice that I did my last “Bay Area Eats” post back in March and I’ve definitely eaten a lot more since then so let’s play catch up!

Mandi and I had one of our girly brunch dates at Straw in Hayes Valley months ago! Now, this is a pretty unique restaurant because they put a fun spin on your favorite items with a carnival type twist. No, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. I really did order an egg sandwich in between two donuts. When Mom saw this photo she immediately thought that I was begging for a heart attack. For their dinner menu, Straw also makes a similar version with a cheeseburger in between two donuts! I was really hoping to like this because I love egg sandwiches and I love donuts independently. Together, however, was another story. It really just felt like I was eating surgary eggs and cheese combined with an already pretty sweet bacon. It ended up being a bit too much for me and on top of that – really messy to eat! I must’ve used up two of my napkins before I decided to give up – take it apart – and just eat the eggs. Has anyone ever tried this at Straw or a similar brunch meal? I’d love to know what you think!

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Blog Roundup

– How to run an electronic music festival. Honestly one of the best things I’ve read in a long time and is laying the basic foundation for planning any music festival. [The Fader]

– Cereal Milk Affogato – Yum. [Grubstreet]

– Why you should be a morning person [Medium]

– Millennial men aren’t the dads they thought they’d be [NY Times]

– Bachelorette Andi Dorfman is writing a tell-all about her breakup with Josh Murray [EW]

– According to Facebook research, “Lol” is totally old school. [Refinery29]

– Every single Starbucks Frappuccino flavor ever. [Refinery29]

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Five Favorite Pins: National S’mores Day

Five Pie S’mores [Tablespoon]

Hey y’all! Happy National S’mores Day! It didn’t make sense to not have a post about this highlighting some of our favorite s’mores recipes so that’s exactly what we’re doing. I thought it would be pretty challenging to come up with five different pins, but then I remembered how long I’ve actually been using Pinterest and how many possible things you can make with s’mores and how I’ve probably already saved them. You’re welcome. Realistically though, it’s hard to highlight all things s’mores so we’re just trying to stay in the general theme. Hope that’s okay!

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Five Favorite Pins: Ice Pops

It may be National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, but ice pops are having a serious moment this summer! I’ve been saving recipes for ice pops to my Pinterest board since I can remember, but lately, they’ve been popping up more and more! Not only do they look delicious and come in a wide variety of flavors, but they’re the ultimate summer treat and a modern upgrade to the popsicles we used to buy at the grocery stores way back when. Here are just a few of my favorite recipes below. Maybe you’ll try them out? Let me know what you think!

Sour Cherry Yogurt Ice Pops [Bake Noir]

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Blog Roundup

– I can’t even with these sushi beach towels [Colossal]

– The pain of being in love with someone you can never be with [Elite Daily]

– 15 rules for an unconventional wedding [The Coveteur]

– Things to avoid when eating out [The Guardian]

– The Real World is casting in SF next month, do you have what it takes? [7×7]

– Silicon Valley Dictionary – like Urban Dictionary, but a place where people only in tech can truly relate [Silicon Valley Dictionary]

– The most popular foods across the world calculated by Instagram [Photoworld]

– The best amenity kits in first class by airline [Afar]

– How to recover from an all-nighter

– Calculate how much time you’ve spent watching your favorite television shows [tiii.me]

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Five Favorite Pins: National Ice Cream Day

Horchata Ice Cream [Love & Olive Oil]

I feel like I missed out on a great opportunity to have ice cream on National Ice Cream Day today, but I’m glad to see that everyone else in my Instagram feed was enjoying it. I actually had my ice cream moment earlier this week at Tin Pot when Tommy and I made a quick trip after work. For the first time in years, I had my coffee ice cream in a cone instead of a cup and it was more stressful than I could ever imagine. Why does ice cream melt so fast?! I felt like a little kit again with a pile of drips at my feet outside the shop, but it was so worth it. To celebrate National Ice Cream today, we didn’t get to eat it, but here are 5 yummy flavors that you can dream about tonight!

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The Best Time to Visit Seattle

It’s actually been a few weeks since I returned from my trip back home! It almost feels a bit outdated to write this post now, but then I remembered that I couldn’t not share all of the photos of everything that I ate while I was in Seattle. It just seemed like the wrong thing to do. Even though I’m calling the Bay Area home now, Seattle is never that far away and I don’t take advantage of the short flight as much as I should. It can be challenging because I have times at work where I should be in the office and not on vacation, but luckily for me the summertime is not that time. And that time also happens to me when Seattle is the hottest and the brightest! I decided to go back for Father’s Day and a few days extra which ended up being the right amount.

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Before I even landed in Seattle, I had one request and that was for Kevin to pick me up at the airport (okay a 2nd request) and take me straight to Wasabi Bistro. I didn’t get to go here when I was in town during the holidays and it was the only thing that I wanted because no offense – California can’t even match up to Seattle when it comes to sushi and seafood. We were all thinking it. Also, I had sushi three times when I was home, so there.

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Oreo Thins

I had a small opportunity yesterday where I could sign up for a free packet of Oreo Thins and I completely blew it! I didn’t know that the window to sign up would close and when I went back today to sign up for real, I realized I had missed it by just a couple of hours. Imagine my disappoint. Oreos hold a very special place in my heart. I promise you, no one asked me to say that. The very first time I ever looked at a photo of myself or could even comprehend what that was like, I was a very small baby eating Oreos for the first time with crumbs and cream all over my face. I was sat next to my brother who clearly found this very amusing, but what baby isn’t?! When I heard about Oreo Thins, I knew I had to have it. Kevin and I used to get a packet of Oreos all the time as kids, but I’d always stop after 2 or 3 because they made me so full. However, a thinner cookie means that I can shove a whole lot more in my mouth without feeling like I need to stop.

Apparently, the new Oreo Thins are as thin as pencils – naturally because it’s a thinner cookie and it’s filled with less cream. Four of these cookie add up to about 140 calories – not that I really care about that that much though. I don’t count. These are hitting shelves next week and I can’t wait to sample them for you all and let you know if it’s really the best thing ever.

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Blog Roundup

– Which member of Taylor Swift’s clique are you? [Refinery 29]

– How Facebook changed their “Facebook Friends” icon [Medium]

– Majid Jordan dropped a 20-minute mix on SoundCloud for your listening pleasure [Fader]

– Roy Choi shows us how to make the perfect instant ramen [Tasting Table]

– How men can pull off the baggy t-shirt look [GQ]

– 5 unexpected things happy people have in their homes [Apartment Therapy]

Wow! I think this is the first time we’ve hit all 5 Yow Yow! categories!

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A Sushi Chef Reviews Cheap Store-Bought Sushi

I will admit that when I lived in Seattle and worked pretty close to a Whole Foods, I would sometimes buy their overpriced sushi because I couldn’t help my craving at the time! I haven’t actually done this in like two years now because I’ve really learned my lesson with bad sushi and that I shouldn’t sacrifice quality for convenience when it comes to sushi. Real life – sushi just isn’t an inexpensive food so once you get over that hump, you’re going to be okay splurging more for it at a restaurant.

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