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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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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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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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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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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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Why We Love Tieks

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When I first started at my workplace, I noticed that a lot of the women were donning the same kind of ballet flats in a style that I had never seen before. They looked like ordinary flats, sure, but on the heel each one had a vertical turquoise stripe, which I found to be unique and what really set them apart from any other pair of flats. A few weeks into my job I was presented with a Tieks box with my very own pair in our company’s signature red! I don’t think I ever thought I would be THIS excited, but it wasn’t just that I was getting a brand new pair of shoes from my coworkers. I was getting the same pair and color of flats that every woman received when they started working here and it was an instant bonding experience.

These flats have gone with me everywhere. I’ve taken them on all of my trips, on a hike, to the beach, to all of our recruiting events, and more. Not only have they just never let me down, but they are very versatile and make for the perfect “everyday” type of shoe. I think one of the largest benefits that I’ve had out of owning my pair of Tieks is how great they are to travel with. Your Tieks box comes with two little drawstring baggies that can hold each shoe after you fold the top part (where your toes rest) into the heel. I haven’t come across any pair of flats that can do that! I used to think that my coworkers’ obsession with the leather flats were a bit extreme, but what do you know – one year later and I’m one of them. I’ve completely sold my mom on the shoes and my dear friend Winny and I will probably continue to rave about them to all of my girlfriends. I’ll admit when I first looked up Tieks after receiving my own, I was taken aback by the price, but given how much I wear the shoes (50% of the week) I know I’m definitely making great use out of them. This past fall, our company received a very generous discount from the company so I indulged and took advantage by buying myself two new pairs (olive green and greystone wool.) I used to say that I probably didn’t need to own more than just one pair, but I’m really just lying to myself.

My friend Nadia wrote a post on why she loves Tieks on Quora recently and if you’re on the fence and not totally convinced about the flats, I think her post will squash some doubts. Feel free to check out their shop here and find yourself falling in love with what will probably be one of your favorite pairs of shoes. Ever.

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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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Treasure Island Music Fest 2014

So it’s been a busy month y’all, but somehow I managed to find time to spend the day at Treasure Island for my first music festival since living in the Bay! San Francisco is known for Outside Lands, but Treasure Island is kind of the little sister festival that sometimes doesn’t get as much attention. What I love about Treasure Island the most is that you have the opportunity to catch every act playing that day if that’s what you want! This is something that is kind of unheard of at most festivals. I don’t know how many times I have complained in the past that I have to choose one act over another or watch 30 minutes of one band before jetting off to another act to catch the last 30 minutes of THEIR set. It’s the worst! At Treasure Island, the two stages are just a few walks away from each other and the whole festival is pretty much contained to one area which is very convenient.

The atmosphere is something that I also found to be quite refreshing. Other than the group of four teenages that kept rubbing up against me during TV on Radio, everyone was around my age and older. For once, I didn’t feel like I was surrounded by a bunch of kids with their parents nearby. I didn’t have a chance to check out most of the booths, but there was a huge focus on art, which I later found out by my friend Rob that a lot of the pieces actually came from previous years at Burning Man. No surprise there – I really did feel like I was at a more musical Burning Man (not that I’ve ever been and actually know what I’m talking about)

Acts we caught:

  • Banks
  • Chet Faker
  • The New Pornographers
  • TV on the Radio
  • Alt-J (one song)

I’m going to be real with you here – I really only came for Banks and Chet Faker. Call me a music festival snob, but I’m not someone who feels like they need to get the most out of every festival by staying the entire day and catching as many acts as possible. This is probably coming from having experience with this and just knowing how tired and dehydrated I can get. Quickly. Hence, the reason why we only stayed for one song of Alt-J so I could drive back to South Bay, eat, and then go home to do work.

Banks was amazing. She was the most gorgeous human being I have ever seen. I can’t quite put my finger on what kind of genre she is, but if I had to pick one or make one up – can we just say seductive? If you’ve listened to her album at all, you’ll notice that every song has a tinge of sexiness and sultryness to it and we can’t blame her – she does it well and she knows what she’s doing.  I think she had everyone in the audience completely hooked on her every word and movement.

This is a video of her from last year performing a cover in Vancouver of one of my favorite Lauryn Hill songs.

My visibility in seeing Chet Faker wasn’t as good as seeing Banks, but it was still enjoyable. I recently started listening to more of his stuff on Spotify so it got me really pumped to see him just a few weeks later. He did a really great job live, but for some reason, I felt like his music seemed a lot slower live than it does recorded. Maybe that’s just me though.

All in all, I had a really great time. The weather was great. The tickets for the festival were reasonable and the lineup was pretty diverse. Hopefully we’ll be back again next year!

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Happy November Y’all!

Happy start of November everyone! I hope all of you had a very fun, but safe Halloween last night. I debated for weeks about what I wanted to be for Halloween this year… a loofah, a cupcake, Boo from Monsters Inc. and Ariana Grande. Eventually though, I decided to pick my favorite sassy emoji! It was such an easy costume to make, but I can’t take all the credit for it. I definitely had some help making my text bubble. All in all, it took about 45 minutes, but really it just came down to cutting and pasting. The shirt was borrowed from my mom a very long time ago and I never ended up giving it back so… uh… it’s mine now.

And of course Halloween costumes are more fun when your friends join in…

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Proud Owner:

Earlier this week, I donned a black knitted hat with my outfit that hugged the back of my head perfectly. Granted, this is the first time of the fall season that I’ve worn a hat so I shouldn’t be surprised by the reactions I received by my co-workers, but I totally was.

“Oh hey! Hat!”

“Whoa, you look good today.”

“You should wear hats more.”

So I got to thinking – what other hats could I branch out into. I’ve always wanted to own a beanie, but I felt kind of weird about it because I had side bangs and trying to manage them under a hat was a little bit tricky. I saw this one by Wilfred at Arizia this past weekend in Vancouver and while it was a price that I would not normally pay for a hat, I knew I was going to get a lot of use of it. It started with me wearing it right out of the store and the rest of my day trip.

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Yow Yow! Off Duty

I meant to write this post before I left, but then time got ahead of me and I completely forgot altogether. There haven’t been any posts this week because I’ve been hard at work with my day job and traveling for the first time with my company. I don’t talk about what it is that I do on Yow Yow! because I generally like to keep my blog life and my work life separate. However, I will say that I work in recruiting and I attended the Grace Hopper Conference in Phoenix this week celebrating women in tech!

It was the first time that I had ever been to anything like this and I found it to be not only a really positive event, but truly inspiring. It’s incredible to be amongst many talented women each expressing their passion for tech and striving for success for themselves. The conference is filled with sessions and talks throughout the couple of days, but also a career fair every day for three days. It was the most exhausting thing that I have ever been a part of, but I loved telling people what we do and seeing people come to our booth to let us know how much they love our product!

I also happened to collect the most swag that I have ever obtained at an event. It was awesome. Pouring it all out when I got home felt like Christmas. A very tech Christmas.

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So my job is at its peak season currently which means Yow Yow! posts will be few and far between unfortunately. I didn’t receive a press pass for Treasure Island next weekend and am realizing now how tough it is to build up Yow Yow! in the Bay with a full time job. I think I’ve always known that. I wish I could have both, but I am very fortunate and lucky to have my job and I wouldn’t choose to have it any other way.

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Yow Yow! Visits Molly Moon’s!

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During my last visit to Seattle, I had an opportunity to visit the office of Molly Moon’s ice cream shop! The invitation for the trip was not only humbling for me as I learned that Molly Moon herself is a Yow Yow! reader, but also very special to me as Molly Moon’s opened up shop in Capitol Hill while I was a student at Seattle University. I still remember just how excited I was to be having an ice cream shop down the street from my dorm. It was frequented by my friends and I for my entire four years there and oh gosh – that smell of their freshly made waffle cones – how could anyone forget? It’s the kind of smell that you would want in your life every day if you could have it and actually – everyone that works at Molly Moon’s appears to be just that lucky!

Together, Veronica and I have visited a couple businesses within Seattle, but by far – Molly Moon’s was the most delicious. I was contacted by Emilia Arnold a couple of weeks before my return home and it just happened to work out that I could schedule a visit when I was in town. Before I had moved away, there was an empty space next to the ice cream shop. For a long time, there was some speculation that it might be a place where you get an inside look at how they were making their ice cream and cones – kind of like a Willy Wonka type of a shop. I later learned that the space was transformed into an amazing office space for their employees. Just see for yourself!

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A Weekend of Documentaries

We had a very lazy Saturday last weekend and while we only had planned to watch one movie, we ended up watching two documentaries back to back. Blackfish is a documentary that I had been wanting to watch for a long time. I still remember when it first came out and/or was released to Netflix and that’s all anyone was talking about on my newsfeed. I’m not sure why I didn’t take the opportunity to watch it then. It’s probably because I knew that it would always be there when I was ready to watch it. And boy, do you have to be ready to watch something like this.

I had been to  Sea World once as a kid and didn’t think too much of it back then. I felt like it was a zoo with just a ton of water which is essentially what it is. However, watching this film, I felt a little bit scared for not only the orca whales, but also the humans that are constantly at risk when they are working with them. As a spectator at Sea World, you never really view it that way. Watching this was pretty depressing and afterwards, I felt like it took a lot out of me even though it was informative. We made sure that the next documentary we watched was kind of the opposite of this.

One of my brother’s best friends worked on this film last year as an editor and while this may seem biased – I actually think it is one of the best editing jobs I’ve ever seen. I’m such a sucker when it comes to kids and I knew I was planning on watching this documentary for a long time, but someone else needed a little bit more convincing. “I don’t really want to watch a movie about golf” “I don’t know anything about it.” But really, we’re not watching the film because we like golf or know anything about it. We’re watching it because these kids are amazingly talented and also because of the relationships they have with their parents. It’s pretty interesting to observe. While I’ve never been much of an athlete or a competitive person, I felt like I related with Amari who is a 7-year old in this movie who constantly beats herself up when she makes a mistake. I might not like competing with others, but I definitely can relate to competing with myself and know that feeling all too well. She’s also got the most sass out of all these kids, but really all of them are pretty great.

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This or That: The Blogger Pose

 

I didn’t know it at the time when I was taking this shot, but I was totally following in the footsteps of my blogging icon Joy Cho of Oh Joy! 

It has been several years since I read her blog for the first time, but I am still such a huge fan of hers and her daughter Ruby of course! I also had the pleasure of meeting Joy last year at Anthropologie in Seattle when she was helping them launch their Petites collection. Joy really is such a great role model for women everywhere and I’m having a great time enjoying reading Blog Inc. Even though I’ve been doing this for some time, everything that I’ve learned, I’ve learned by doing and by intuition so it’s refreshing to really dig in and learn from an expert!

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(We’re twins here too!)

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You Better Work

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I came into work on a Sunday yesterday to get ahead for the week and in a moment of weakness – or just a moment that I didn’t want to spend working, I took a snapshot of my desk set up. I’ve always enjoyed seeing how other bloggers arrange their desks and find it interesting what people generally keep on them. The Essie nail polish should probably come home at some point, but the soap was a gift from my manager from Paris and generally makes my entire desk area smell good. My wedding bride lego was a gift from an old friend (because she had collected too many of them) but also because I just love weddings and there’s really no better place for it than at my desk.

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