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In Design Stuff Today…

For the person who just can’t get enough of McDonald’s. I’ll admit though, these fry pillows are pretty cute. Really into this trend recently of making food things into beds. I think it speaks volumes about the people making these purchases.

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Currently Craving:

A couple of weeks ago, I had the meal of my life on my day off at Takahashi Market in San Mateo. For weeks, I had been craving Loco Moco and now I’m finding myself in that same situation right now. You know how when you’ve been wanting something for some time and then you eat it and then you want it every week until you decide it’s time to stop? That feeling seems to happen to me a lot. Asian food is my comfort food and there’s nothing like a hot loco moco to make you feel warm and full on a rainy day. Must. Eat. This. Weekend. I think it’s about time that I started introducing Hawaiian food to another someone too so I’ll be rallying the friends soon.

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Currently Craving:

Fact: If you google “MSG Crackers” this will come up. Growing up, I didn’t know that this stuff was littered with MSG and now I’m not surprised, I was hooked on this stuff and could’ve eaten half the bag if my parents didn’t set parameters for me every day. Truth – I was only allowed to eat 1-2 a day because they were so addictive. I actually haven’t had these in a really long time, but recently my friends and I became fascinated when we learned that a ramen place we ate at had a small container of MSG that you could add to your broth. That seemed crazy to us. Then I remembered that MSG addiction is real and it totally happened to me with these crack crackers!

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An LA Thanksgiving

Santa Monica

For the first time ever, I abandoned Seattle for Thanksgiving! Instead, I ventured just a little bit further south for warmer weather and my relatives. It’s a little bit strange to be celebrating a fall/winter holiday in 80 degree weather, but I am not complaining. It was definitely a nice change from the chilly temperatures in the Bay and the first snowfall in Seattle this past weekend. With a year of being a California resident under my belt, I have so much to be thankful for:

  • A supportive family
  • Really great friends
  • A job that I enjoy coming to every single day
  • A home that provides me with a creative space and so much comfort
  • And lastly, a neverending urge to continue exploring this new area

One year late, I’m still loving this city and having the most fun I’ve ever had.

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Bay Area Eats:

I was lucky enough to have a random Wednesday day-off yesterday and was ready to take full advantage of it. For quite some time I’ve been craving Hawaiian food especially because when I was living in Seattle, I could always count on Kevin to go to Kona Kitchen with me. I decided to Quora question where I could find the best Hawaiian food in the Bay Area and my coworker suggested I try Takahashi Market in San Mateo. It’s not exactly right in my backyard, but I made the drive anyways because I could really go for a warm meal of Loco Moco on a cold and rainy day. I hadn’t been to this place before so I didn’t know what to expect. It really is just a market place and I think most people just order take out, however, there are few tables outside that you can sit and eat at. I considered just taking out and driving all the way back home, but no one really wants cold loco moco! So I bundled up and hunkered down and ate my meal. It was worth it. Believe it or not, this was my first time actually order loco moco despite having plenty of Hawaiian meals in the past. I loved the beef patty, the rice smothered in gravy and of course the sunny side up egg. It’s the perfect brunch meal and I can’t wait until the next time I come back so I can order their unagi and ahi poke!

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While I Contemplate My Lunch Plans

How to make a very thick Japanese pancake. Yum.

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Currently Craving:

I’m not the adult I envisioned myself to be when I was a child. When I was in 4th grade, our teacher had us interview another student within our class and one of those questions was “What is the food you like the least?” Amanda responded with brussel sprouts and while my mom had never actually introduced me to this vegetable at all growing up, I was pretty impressionable as a child and decided to go the next 14 years without ever having it all because of that one assignment. I recently ate out a restaurant where they were serving up roasted brussel sprouts and you know what? I didn’t hate it? It’s kind of like the sister side of fries, but much more trendier and hip. In fact, I had a meal on Friday in the city where I ordered a slider and a side of brussel sprouts! I think the kid version of me would be pretty disappointed, but my adult self feels like I made a good decision choosing a healthier alternative. Life. is. hard.

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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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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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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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Currently Craving:

It is typically the fall/winter time that I find myself craving sweets and desserts the most. I used to just think that it was because it was near the holidays, but there’s something really special about warming up with dessert on a cold and chilly evening. Like a little kid, I’ve been asking lately, “Can we get dessert?” after finishing our meals out. Almost always, the answer is yes! Last night we dined at Uva Enoteca because as some of you know, I’ve been craving pasta. Endless bowls and bowls of pasta. Checking out the menu online before we headed over there, I noticed that  there was a pumpkin cheesecake and I knew by the end of the night it was going to be mine. Knowing that we were going to have a movie night late on that evening, we boxed it up and took it to go. It was the largest slice of pumpkin cheesecake we had ever had, but we couldn’t stop eating into it taking bites in between scenes and I suppose a couple of movies.

For a Sunday night though, I would be okay with a more low key dessert like apple slices with caramel. :)

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Blog Roundup

- 10 Things We Learned at Fashion Week. 1. In America, we plan on having a summer. [GQ]

- 10 Dangerous Works of Architecture [Flavorwire]

- What’s it like to be a bike messenger in NYC? [BuzzFeed]

- Burger King Japan made something called a black burger and we don’t think cheese should be that color. [Grubstreet]

- F**ktionary – the new Cards Against Humanity that everyone will be talking about [Cool Material]

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Currently Craving:

My Seahawks gave me an anxious-ridden win today, but we pulled through nonetheless! Because of that, I’m currently craving Kukuruza Beast Corn from the Seattle popcorn shop. I’ve never actually tried the lime and blueberry mixture, but I’m completely mesmerized by these colors and the Seattle Seahawks spirit! Unfortunately, this was only available for a limited time, but I’m crossing my fingers that a) it will be back and b) the next time it’s back I’m actually back in Seattle to snag myself a bag of it!

This shop is just my favorite – it’s pretty exciting to see how much they’ve expanded since I last ate their popcorn in college!

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The Weekend: Last Weekend’s Seattle Trip

For the first time in a long time, I finally took a vacation! I was returning home for the wedding of my beautiful friend Natalie, but decided that a weekend just wasn’t enough so I tacked on a couple of extra days and tried to go off the grid from work. For someone who hasn’t really taken a true vacation (outside of company holidays) not checking email was extremely hard for me! I’m the only person on my team who gets a notification to my phone every time a new email comes into my inbox and it’s helpful in urgent cases, but causes me to have a sense of urgency 24/7. Having to ignore that on vacation was tough, but got easier as the long weekend went on. Here are just a few snaps from a very memorable return home.

Seattle greeted me with the most beautiful end of summer weather!

Every time I’m home, I find myself completely stretched for time and wanting to eat at all my favorite places and not enough home cooked meals as I would’ve wanted! I was supposed to catch up with a friend for happy hour at my favorite place in college – Cha Cha’s, but when I heard that he would be late, I made a very quick decision to sprint like 7 blocks down the hill to Taylor Shellfish for half a dozen oysters. That’s all I thought I would have time for! They must’ve thought I was crazy for running in and out of there and…by myself, but it was so worth it!

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Currently Craving:

Every night, around the same time every night, I do this thing where I start to get a little hungry and like that scene in Hook I start to think about what I would want to be eating if I could just magically make it appear! I know people are two things: a spam person or not a spam person, but I was raised on this stuff and had it for breakfast almost every weekend so I most definitely am a spam eater. When I was in Seattle last weekend, I was upset that I didn’t have time to stop by Kona Kitchen to pick myself up some of these and a side of mac salad! Oh the woes of no longer living in Seattle…

Just constantly hungry.

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