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Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! I was trying my hardest to stay completely off of my computer yesterday because I wanted to enjoy the time with my family and *successfully* achieved my goal. To top things off, I didn’t buy anything during Black Friday. Self control, like whoa!

Actually, I didn’t really feel like I needed to buy anything. I had recently purchased two holiday party dresses (I only needed one) so that felt like enough for me. On top of that, I’m headed to Boston next weekend and saving money just always sounds like a really good idea. I was very lucky to have celebrated three Thanksgiving this year! A record! Every year, my company hosts a Thanksgiving with an entire feast and it’s one of the most darling events we hold each year. Last weekend, I also attended Mandi’s Friendsgiving which was also very sweet and started with a win from the Seahawks. That’s always a good thing especially since we’re having an embarassing season so far. Here are a few photos from all three events for you to enjoy below. This year, I am very thankful for:

  • family in different places that I can see for the holidays
  • the best friends anyone could ever ask for
  • a job that I enjoy coming to every day
  • a home that feels like home every day
  • good food. almost all the time

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Before these became everyone’s favorite centerpieces!

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Currently Craving:

This googly eyed sundae from Tin Pot – “Sunday Breakfast” featuring: salted butterscotch & maple ice cream, salted caramel sauce & waffle cone crunch. Maybe tomorrow on my list of to-do’s!

(The hunger pains are getting worse maybe)

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Bay Area Eats: Tony’s Pizza

I had the best meal that I’ve ever had in San Francisco last week and I’m still thinking about it. One of my best friends was in town last weekend and her, her boyfriend, and I along with her group of girlfriends in SF got together for an incredible feast at Tony’s Pizza in North Beach. First off, this is minor, but let me just say that driving to North Beach takes forever! I felt like my drive home back to South Bay was a road trip in itself. I didn’t actually get any photos of any of the dishes that we ate that night, but everything was a party in my mouth. I woke up the next morning wanting to just eat their meatballs for breakfast or for dessert. That’s what those did to me. Here are all of the things that we ordered and if you’re a lover of Italian food, then you should order the same. We actually dined with someone that worked at the restaurant so she took care of the ordering and none of us were left disappointed:

  • Lillet Blanc Fries – basically pork fat fries. I could eat these for days. 
  • Caesar Salad – w/ Anchovies!
  • Deep Fried Green Beans
  • Chorizo Mussels
  • Meatball Gigante – wild mushroom, pancetta, cream sauce. You will die. It’s so good. 
  • Margherita Pizza – basically the best I’ve ever had. They only make 73 a day. 
  • Eddie Muenster Pizza – with fried kale and carmelized stuff. Yum. 

I am very hungry right now after writing this.

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We’re Talking Sushi

When I think about myself and my personality, I find it really amusing how heavily influenced I am by things I see on the internet or in social media. You know those targeted ads that you see on Facebook after you browse another website? I’m totally their audience. Kevin posted one article on my Facebook wall today about Anthony Bourdain about sushi and 15 minutes later, I found myself placing an order for takeout. Then, I watched this video from Eater that’s almost 4 minutes long of a girl eating sushi from chef Masa Takayama who is a 3-star rated Michelin chef – the only one from America. Real talk tho – I could probably eat sushi every day so this post dedicated to it means nada.

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Yow Yow! Down South

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Last week, we traveled down to the south for the very first time! I had been looking forward to this trip for awhile and after 4 days of hard work with my team in Houston at the Grace Hopper Conference, a few of us had planned ahead of time to wind down in Austin the weekend after. Houston was whatever, but Austin was extremely cute and charming. If I had to describe it, it was probably a more fast paced Portland, but with that same darlingness and Southern charm that you might expect. When planning this trip, we all kind of prioritized what mattered to us the most 1) Food 2) A great Airbnb in an awesome neighborhood and 3) the ability to get around – so we got a rental car and I played Soccer Mom the entire weekend!

It’s still summer in Texas so with the hot hot heat, we headed over to Barton Springs for the afternoon where we laid out and sort of got into the water.

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Five Favorite Pins: Cookie Thyme

Caramel Apple Cookies [Bakers Royale]

Ever since we got back from Milk Jar Cookies in LA last month, all I’ve been thinking about is cookies. I actually have much more of a hankering for desserts during the fall/winter because how great is it when you get to bring your favorite dessert home from a restaurant in a to-go box  and you get to eat it on your couch while watching a movie? It’s the best. So anyways, I’m totally craving cookies right now and while I know I could totally bake these myself, I’m most likely not going to end up doing that, but it’s still nice to dream, right? Here are 5 cookies that up the chocolate chip cookie game:

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A Collection Part 43

Sometimes these photographs and things are little reminders to myself, but basically more of a collection of my own thoughts from the last couple of months.

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Five Favorite Pins: Fall Themed Foods

Brown Butter Pasta [Project Foodie]

This is the first time in my life that I’ve probably ever been this excited about fall. I think that’s the “Seattle” in me though because living back there, summer was never enough. Now I’m looking forward to dressing in layers, Thanksgiving (though I’m not sure what my plans are yet) and more importantly all the fall themed foods and drinks we’ll be having. Here are just a few of my favorites.

It’s always during the fall and winter months that I find myself craving pasta. There’s something about a lot of carbs that makes you feel really warm and full. There’s no better feeling than that, right? I love the taste of brown butter which is featured in the pasta above and the idea of cracking an egg over it.

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Bay Area Eats:

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I’m not even lying to you. As I’m writing this post, I was thinking about what I was going to have for dinner tonight and thought about just aborting this post and going to get myself a Poki Bowl! Then I remembered, I couldn’t leave in the middle of the Emmy’s Red Carpet. It will just have to wait. Poki Bowl just opened in San Jose earlier this summer and I made a stop here about two months ago after work for a dinner date with a friend. When I arrived, the line was out the door. There wasn’t any seating inside or outside because it was so crowded and I’ll admit, I was a little bit nervous that I wouldn’t be able to order before they closed. Was it worth the wait though? Of course. You can order in two different sizes and because this was my first time, I stayed safe and got the regular. For this bowl you get three scoops of fish! WHAT?! I chose a scoop each of tuna, salmon, and yellowtail – all my favorites and a side of crab meat, avocado and spicy mayo over rice. It’s a hearty meal so if you eat here, you better make sure you come hungry.

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Currently Craving:

photo cred: Misadventures with Andi

Last weekend when I was in LA, George made Gelesia and I a late night snack of grilled cheese sandwiches at the end of our night and since then I’ve been craving my favorite one in San Francisco from Mission Cheese! They make a really scrumptious one called “Chedd or Alive” – Cabot & Vella cheddars, Apple’N’Ale chutney. Reminds me of home! And fall! This used to be one of my favorite and easy meals to make in college before I hunkered down and finished a long paper that I put off or some tedious assignment. The grilled cheese will probably always hold a special place in my heart. AWWWW <3


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Milk Jar Cookies

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While I was in LA last weekend, I mentioned to Gelesia that we had to stop by Milk Jar Cookies before my flight. I actually blogged about them two years ago when they first opened their shop on Wilshire, but because I don’t visit LA that often, I never had a chance to stop by. Luckily, Gelesia is like me and we LOVE eating multiple meals a day and both have a sweet tooth. She had never been there either so it was kind of fun discovering and introducing something new to her! We were hoping to get to the airport around 5ish and the shop itself was closing at 5 so we made it in with five minutes to spare! I was so worried I actually decided to call them up and ask them if they could maybe you know… stay open for a couple minutes after. They couldn’t guarantee it – as expected, but it was worth a shot! We were nearly frantic about these cookies. Gelesia and I weren’t the only ones who had the idea of coming in right before closing because as soon as I arrived, a line quickly formed behind me. I felt slightly guilty that I was about to purchase a dozen cookies (there was barely a dozen left!) knowing that there might be some people behind me that were going to be unhappy with me snatching them up! I guess I’m just really glad/lucky that I came when I did.

How darling is this shop though? It’s literally a pastel dream. Because I like my co-workers so much I purchased a dozen for them to share the next Monday and encouraged them to cut them in pieces so they could try a bunch of flavors. My favorite Sherwin decided to eat a whole Rocky Road cookie though because he didn’t read my email that closely. Kid couldn’t help himself!

  • Banana Split
  • Chocolate Chip Walnut
  • Chocolate Pecan Caramel
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
  • Rocky Road
  • Lemon Blueberry (which G and I shared on the car ride to the airport!)
  • White Chocolate Raspberry

I’m not even lying to you; these are the best cookies I’ve ever had. Sometimes I think I’m on the verge of shipping myself another dozen because I love them so much.

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Even the box was all done up! Each cookie came in its own plastic wrapping with a sticker detailing which flavor it was. When I sent the email out to my coworkers that I had brought these back I told them that it was “literally a party in your mouth.” And the box is a party too.

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Yow Yow’s LA Weekend!

Alright, well if you couldn’t guess it from my not-so-subtle hint last week, I was in LA last weekend! My darling friend Gelesia is engaged and getting married next year and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her. She’s been with her fiance for about six years and I really didn’t want to meet him for the first time on their wedding day. We had been talking about visiting each other for a few months now, but with her launching her own line and wedding planning, it seemed like a better idea for me to visit her right before my busy season. We enjoyed our weekend so much together that we’ve agreed that we’ll be making two trips a year to see each other in our respective cities. Next year, she’ll get a couple extra trips from me because of her bachelorette party and her wedding day, but I’m not complaining!

Above is one of the last photos we took from the weekend (at my request!) When I visited her, I couldn’t help myself from looking through some of the pieces she was creating. I fell in LOVE with this dress and begged her to let me try it on and let me wear it for a photo in her backyard. Also, how great is this view of downtown LA?

For a throwback, here’s a photo from when I last visited Gelesia six years ago in LA! We were babies and I overedited this photo.


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Bay Area Eats:


Well, now that we are on the topic of it being the last week of summer, it seems approrpriate to write a post about my favorite cold treat of the season: ice cream! I’ve been obsessed with Tin Pot ever since I moved here from Seattle and I don’t think that’s going to stop anytime soon. They are just the cutest little ice cream shop over in Palo Alto. They’re original flavors are great, but I love that they can change things up every once in a while by adding seasonal flavors, special floats, and limited edition sundaes!

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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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