Tag Archives: San Francisco

Bay Area Eats:

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Last weekend, I finally had a chance to visit the Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous ice cream shop! I remember hearing the name of this place the very first day I met my co-worker Sheila. She’s been dubbed the “ice cream expert” in the office and she has sampled ice cream from nearly everywhere – even Seattle. In her opinion, Mr. and Mrs. has always been her number one spot and for good reason! It’s amazing! I had the Candied Orange Peel while he had the Banana and Milk and Cookies. By the end of it, I regretted not ordering Milk and Cookies myself. Mr. and Mrs. is very similar to Tin Pot, but one differentiating factor is that the Miscellaneous menu is always changing – on a daily basis! The next day we walked past the shop and Candied Orange Peel had been taken off the list and replaced with four other flavors that were not listed the day before. Both shops are great. There’s no denying the California knows how to do ice cream well. I’m sure their unique flavors and pairings are what keep people coming back all of the time and I wouldn’t mind being one of those people either.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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My boss had a moving rummage over the past weekend and having been an avid collector of vintage trinkets and lots of dinnerware, I inherited a set! I don’t cook very much anymore, but someday I will start it up again and when that happens, I’ll at least have this very pretty set for my guests.

I somehow convinced him that he was going to love this movie. Bachelorette is one of my favorites and is totally underrated. I think I discovered it last year with my girlfriends last summer and while I loved it, he did not.

My coworkers and I got a DJ set by Questlove on Saturday night at the Mezzanine and it was pretty rad. There were some on/off moments during his set, but it’s Questlove so can you really hate on anything he does? Of course not. I wanted to be best friends with him obvi.

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I have a slight obsession with greeting cards. We stopped by The Museum of Craft and Design in the Dogpatch Sunday morning, but didn’t really make it into the actual museum part of it – just the gift shop. We were entertained for a solid 15-20 minutes. These cute little greeting cards caught my eye, but unfortunately, I didn’t make any purchases.

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I can’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing the best part about being a boy is probably being able to wear all of these amazing pieces. As much as I love women’s fashion, there is a fascination that I have for menswear as well. I was introduced to Welcome Stranger on Sunday in Lower Haight and wish I could’ve picked out a few for myself. Well, in some ways I got to do that, but I just got to pick them out for someone else. :)

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Where Do People in SF Come From?

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The best part about living in the Bay Area is that when you go out and meet people along the way, you always learn that the people that you’re speaking with are never really from San Francisco. People living in the city are from all over the place and the ways in which they were brought here are even more interesting to learn about. I’m not surprised that Seattle, WA is number two on this list of where most people are coming from because the two cities are quite similar. It’s interesting to see how the range of locations varies though. Las Vegas and Nevada seem vastly different.

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Outside Lands 2014

Wow. No words. What an amazing lineup! I’m super excited to be attending my first Outside Lands festival this year!

God, please bless me with a sacred press pass :)

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The Weekend: 5 Things

I just realized that the past two posts in the series have been 5 Things: The Weekend. I’m not sure if it really works both ways so we’re taking it back to the original. This year’s birthday celebration was similar to years prior in that I prefer to stretch it out. After celebrating with my friends the weekend before my birthday, I decided that the weekend after I would travel to sunny San Diego to visit my BFF Ash!

It was an incredible weekend full of shopping, seafood, and pampering.

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My weekend actually got started on a Thursday since I was flying out Friday morning. On Thursday evening, I drove up to the city (what?! In the middle of the work week!) to catch London Grammar at The Independent. I had listened to a few songs before randomly, but never consistently. They were amazing live and with a packed house, it was pretty apparent that nearly everyone in the room was a hardcore fan. I didn’t feel worthy enough to be there, but I did feel pretty lucky since I heard it was a sold out show. Hannah was phenomenal. Her boys are pretty dreamy too.

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During our shopping trip at Fashion Valley, we stopped by “Typo” – a division of Cotton On that sells cute desk accessories, trinkets, and home goods. How cute are these straws? They’d be perfect for any summer soiree.

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Pacific Beach was perfection and so are my new favorite sandals by Dolce Vita. More on that later.

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Whoooo!! This girl is my best friend. Since we’ve been friends, we’ve never spent a summer apart and this year, we won’t have to because we’ll both be in the Bay Area while she is interning at Stanford. Summer 2014 – the summer of Ash and Katie.

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We found the Oh Joy! collection at Target and we fell in love. Definitely more on this later.

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Vintage Photos of SF Vacationers

[The Bold Italic]

If there’s one thing that I miss the most out of my childhood, it would probably be the number of vacations my family took together. When you’re a kid, you absolutely love spending time with your family. You can’t get enough of it. Even fighting with your older sibling is like – awesome because you realize that you’re having some kind of interaction with them and it’s better than nothing at all. The trips to Disney Land (Whoa – I almost write Disney Island) Hawaii, Canada, and California – I’ve never forgotten those. I’ll never forget posing in front of tourist spots and looking kind of geeky. Now when we see that as adults, we laugh to ourselves because we recognize that people are tourists, but as kids you just don’t care. I came across this post from The Bold Italic recently and I knew I wanted to post it. I wasn’t sure what I would say at the time, but I knew that it had resonated pretty strongly with me.

I must confess, I do miss my family having now been away and calling another city my home.

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San Francisco in 23 Pieces

I came across this print by a local artist and illustrator named Lisa Congdon on The Bold Italic today and thought it was a perfect post for Yow Yow! How cute is this? According to her, these are the 23 items that make San Francisco the city that it is. Want it? It’s only selling for $20!

I wonder what 23 items would best represent Seattle…

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Bay Area Eats:

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It’s just not even possible to go hungry when you are living in a city like San Francisco. I’m constantly surrounded by exciting restaurants and new dishes that I can’t wait to try. For the past several weeks, I’ve been eating out like it’s my job and I’m not hating it. This morning, my favorite designers Henry and Richard whisked me out to Serpentine in the Dogpatch. At 10:30, we had beaten the brunch rush that would soon come. I ordered the Savory Bread Pudding (pictured above) -

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rutabaga & turnip, served with mixed greens

I’m not sure if it was that I felt like I wanted something healthy this morning to eat or if it was because I thought it would be easy on my stomach after a night out in the city, but it was perfect. The vegetables were so flavorful and the mixed greens on the side reminded me of the mixed greens at Skillet Diner in Seattle that I would always get with the Daily Scramble. The Bread Pudding may seem small, but this dish is HEAVY. It’s all mixed in with pieces of bread, cream, and cheese and it is perfection. I probably would’ve eaten more had I been feeling a little bit better this morning, but for what it was, I really enjoyed it. Worried that the dish itself might not be enough initially, I decided to order a side of eggs over medium to top it off.

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Bay Area Girl Scout Wins At Selling Cookies

A young Girl Scout made headlines yesterday when it was discovered that she had set up shop right outside the Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. 13-year-old Danielle Lei sold 117 boxes in one day because of her genius idea! Do we have a future entrepreneur on our hands? Looks like she’s in the right place!

Danielle’s mom, Carol Lei, tells Mashable that she usually has Danielle and her sister, who is also a Girl Scout, “set up shop at various points around San Francisco so they can learn about different environments while earning some cash. Plus, she figured this might be a good way to start a conversation about drugs and how some people use marijuana as medicine while others just get high.”

“They learn that they’re not drugged out,” Lei said, according to the East Bay ExpressLegalization Nation blog, which says it reports on “California cannabis culture.” “Many have serious needs, and are just a little different.”

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“All We Do Is Win!”

I wish I could have written this right after we won the Super Bowl this weekend, but I was too busy celebrating. This win means so much to the city of Seattle and more than anything I wish I was home to be with the city and storming Capitol Hill like I know everyone else did. Every non-Seahawks fan called the game boring, but like…that’s because you weren’t dominating! I’m not sure what I would have preferred – a game that forces me to have a heart attack every minute or to rest easy knowing that you’re just going to win the whole damn thing.

I can’t even tell you for how long it has been that Seattle sports hasn’t been taken seriously – The Mariners, The Supersonics getting taken away. We needed this. Everyone said that we would never make it – that we weren’t the team to watch out for – that making it to the Super Bowl in 2005 was just a fluke, well what do you have to say about us now? We earned it.

I am overcome with this joy of having the best football team, the most driven and hungry players, crazy fans, and being from the city that backs all of this up completely.

Mandi and I couldn’t contain our excitement, clearly. After the win, we rounded up our crew and took on San Francisco with our Skittles and our Gushers (we love you Lynch and Sherman) and distributed our snacks to the best Seahawks fans in the city. We pretty much fed San Francisco.

Super Bowl 2015 – we’ll see you there!

Some of the the best articles came out yesterday after the win so here’s a roundup below:

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Bay Area Eats:

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Long extended holiday weekends are perfect for brunch and there was no shortage of it this weekend. If I had to pick a very meal, it would be brunch. Hi. It include two meals in one – breakfast and lunch. Basically if you’re trying to be cost efficient by not eating three meals a day, you could eat two and it would be pretty much the same thing because you can eat your breakfast at lunch time. The logic is so clear to me somehow.

On Saturday, I went on a friend date with Francis where I had to choose our brunch spot and he had to pick our activity. Of course I chose Plow – my favorite brunch spot in Potretro Hill. This was actually the first place I went to with Kevin and Veng when I moved down here and on a whim and since then it’s been a favorite…this is my second time here. The wait is a little bit crazy, but I’m someone that doesn’t care about that that much. I’ll wait as long as I need to for good food even if that means close to an hour and a half. The first time I visited Plow, I ordered the Soft Scrambled Eggs, but this time I opted for “The Plow” because I really wanted some of their infamous Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. YUM. Francis got the Egg Sandwich which was a delicious gooey mess.

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You can’t start an entire day of football watching without a hearty meal. I recently decided to start “Brunch Club” with two of my co-workers which involves me dragging them along to a different brunch place every other weekend. This weekend, we hit up Pastis French Bistro in Palo Alto – Tommy’s pick! It was such a gorgeous day so we opted to sit outside with a view of the farmer’s market. I ordered the Omelette de Campagne – Spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, and shallots, served with hand-cut potatoes. Yep, it’s a french twist on what I usually order – a classic veggie omelette.

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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

Wowowow. What a year it has been for Yow Yow!

I’m not all that sad to see 2013 go because I am so looking forward to what 2014 has in store for us. 2013 was a big transition year for Yow Yow! Postings became a little bit more consistent because I was no longer in school and it started to become predictable that I would just log on right after work. It’s nice to be able to have a set schedule to be honest. When I was in school, I would post any free moment I had, which was great because maybe sometimes I would be inclined to write a post about something because it was convenient. However, I appreciate now, that I get to wait until the end of the day to sort out my thoughts and to spend some time thinking a little bit more about what I am writing. Yow Yow! has turned 5-years old! It’s hard to believe that this blog has been with me for that long and that some of you have watched me transition, grow, and hopefully write better content in that time. Thank you x 23984298 to everyone who has supported the blog during this time. If I didn’t have that, I may not still be writing today. We know for sure though that Jennie and Ashley have at least helped me keep Wedding Mondays alive.

Stats from 2012 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2013 will be right and bold.

1,130,911 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – -  1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow!

*In just 2013, there were 163,975 visits to Yow Yow!

7,067 Posts, 2,187 Comments 10,229 Tags – – – – –  9,167 Posts 3,152 Comments 12,122Tags (cumulative)

Top Post of 2013 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 15,726 views (written in 2012)

Top Post Written in 2013 – “Meet: Hollis Wong-Wear” – 2,071 views

Busiest Month in Terms of Views – October 2012 (49,821 views) – – – – – January 2013 (24,905 views)

Highest Average Visits Per Day – October 2012 (1,607 views) – – – – -  – January 2013 (803 views)

*Busiest Day – October 5, 2010 (4,239 views)

Credits + References

Worked with

  • Gilt City
  • Postmates
  • Dry Soda
  • Gratify
  • Nordstrom Wedding Suite at the Seattle Nordstrom Flagship

“Women Who Are Making It” Series:

  • SuChin Pak
  • Molly Young
  • Kendall Herbst
  • Hollis Wong-Wear

Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:

  • Pinterest.com
  • Facebook.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Android.pinterest.com
  • holliswongwear.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom

Music Festivals Covered:

  • Capitol Hill Block Party
  • Bumbershoot

Other:

*We started a new series on Fridays called “Take Me There” and “Truth and Words” Sundays

*We ended the series “Thought Catalog Roundup.”

*New graphics and headers by Leanna Robb! [Facebook, Twitter, Blog]

* We made a Facebook page! Like us.

*We packed up and moved to the Bay area! [Seattle, forever <3 - I promise]

*Veronica became an official part of Yow Yow!

*We received our very first press passes for Yow Yow!

*We started “Conversations From 20-Somethings.”

*We hit 1,000+ subscribers!

*We followed-up with some of our previous guest writers from a year ago:

*We made some videos! Like this unveiling video below:

and one last hoo-rah with Space Girl

*We had a memorable Twitter interaction:

Here’s to what we hope will be a very exciting 2014!

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AmazonFresh Launches in San Francisco

Watch out Google Shopping Express! Seattle’s very own AmazonFresh launched last week in San Francisco and we heard that this could be a complete game changer. When I lived in Seattle, I never took advantage of the opportunity to use the service, but I’ve always heard good things. The delivery ws fast and convenient not to mention the customers were usually pretty pleased.

AmazonFresh offers same-day grocery delivery on orders of more than $35, which you can bundle with books, electronics, and 500,000 more items from the Amazon warehouses. Orders placed by 10 a.m. arrive “by dinner,” orders placed by 10 p.m. arrive “by breakfast.”

The online supermarket also includes an area called “SF Spotlight” that highlights a number of local food producers and restaurants. Order coffee from Philz, bagels from Beauty’s, meat from Avedano’s, seafood from the San Francisco Fish Company, pasta from Baia, and more, along with readymade meals from restaurants like Homeroom, Rosamunde, and Curry Up Now.

I am very excited to see how well this Seattle company fairs down here in the Bay! My co-workers have used Google Shopping Express for quite some time now to order Kit Kats and various candies for snacks while others have tried out Good Eggs – another grocery delivery service.

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San Francisco Postcards

It may seem like a silly thing to spend money on, but I love my greeting cards and postcards. There’s only one store back in Seattle that I will purchase these goods at though and that’s Elliott Bay Book Co. They may be a little bit more pricey there, but it’s so worth it.  The cards are ones that people will love receiving since they’re unique and quirky. The other day I stumbled across this post on The Bold Italic – obv. my favorite San Francisco blog on some pretty funny San Francisco themed postcards.

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San Francisco Has the Most Attractive Residents

According to Travel + Leisure, San Francisco has the most attractive residents in the U.S. Whoop! How exciting. I thought the number one choice actually would have been Los Angeles so I am only slightly surprised that we took the top spot. While San Francisco is full of pretty people, we definitely don’t top the charts for being the most affordable city to live in landing at #33. We have some work to do y’all. So we don’t win in being cheap, but we are also the most gay-friendly, most intelligent, most tech-savvy (HOBviously) and are home to the best wine bars.

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