Tag Archives: San Francisco

Seattle, You Haven’t Changed

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I spent a grand ten days back home in Seattle for the holidays – the longest visit out of all of my visits since I moved to the Bay. Prior to flying back, I thought that my duration was going to be a bit too long for my own comfort, but I actually found myself really enjoying being home. In the past, I had to make all of my plans one week ahead and jam pack my entire day so that I could see everyone and not have to drive back and forth out of Seattle. This year, I decided to not really do any of that. The home was quiet, the silence was nice, and my parents are funny so they make for some pretty good company. On my second day home, my girlfriends from college and I brunched at Portage Bay in the land of Amazon buildings! This area is so quiet because people only come to Amazon to work on the weekdays.

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SF’s Late Night Foods

I haven’t spent as many nights out in the city as I should be and last night happened to be a very unexpected late night. When I’m in Seattle, I know my go-to’s for food – Dick’s Drive In, street meat, Hot Mama’s pizza or Pita Pit (RIP.) However, I haven’t been around the block in SF to know what’s good around here. The people I was with last night introduced me to this very vibrant and colorful eatery called Coco Bang – the perfect stop for Korean bar food and open until 4:00 AM. Christ, can you imagine staying out that late? I’m pretty much a granny. After a night out, a shared meal of fried chicken, kimchi fried rice, and marinated beef was the perfect end to the evening. What I wish I would have tried? The cheesy corn that I’ll remember for next time!

So out of curiosity – SF locals – where do you go for your late night eating?

*note the photo above is not from Coco Bang, but just of kimchi fried rice for reference
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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

Everyone who knows me knows that I love data and statistics as long as it means that I don’t have to be one compiling all of it. This has always been one of my favorite posts to look back on, but boy is it just a little menace to put together. Lucky for me this time, I had Gossip Girl Season 1 to keep me company while I worked on this. It’s been quite the year for Yow Yow! We’ve focused on some new content mostly my transition from Seattle to the Bay Area and mostly just tried to do our best to keep up on all the news – the one thing that seems to keep me on my toes these days.

Yow Yow! is 6 years old now! Welcome to 1st grade, baby!

Stats from 2013 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2014 will be right and bold.

1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – –  1,400,602 total visits to Yow Yow!

*In just 2014, there were 105,260 visits to Yow Yow!

9,167 Posts, 3,152 Comments 12,122 Tags – – – – –  10,113 Posts 2,878 Comments 12,926 Tags (cumulative)

Top Post of 2014 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 5,133 views (written in 2012)

Top Post Written in 2013 – “18 Types of Asian Girls” – 1,552 views

Busiest Month in Terms of Views – January 2013 (24,905 views) – – – – – January 2014 (11,072 views)

Highest Average Visits Per Day – January 2013 (803 views) – – – – –  – January 2014 (357 views)

Credits + References

Worked with

  • Molly Moon’s Ice Cream

Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:

  • Pinterest.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Facebook.com
  • Quora.com
  • holliswongwear.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom

Music Festivals Covered:

  • Treasure Island Music Fest

Other:

*We reached 1,000 posts for “Songs of the Day”

*We reached 10,000 overall posts!

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Favorites of 2014

Favorite Style Icon: Lily Aldridge

Lily is a style icon both on the runway and on the red carpet. This year, we really got to see her show up at a lot of events dressed to perfection. She was featured in our “Snaps for a Snapshots” several times in 2014 so even by the numbers alone, she beats everyone else. We’re looking forward to seeing more of her in 2015 and someday taking over the head angel slot when Adriana and Alessandra retire.

Runner up: Jamie Chung

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A Collection Part 41

Happy almost New Years readers! We’re really looking forward to 2015 and what’s in store not only for me, but also for Yow Yow! We never go into the new year with a plan so it’s always a surprise for us. There’s a whole lot of love today in this post because well, everyone is getting engaged and love is just all we’re thinking about right now.

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HotelTonight

For my company’s holiday party last week, Ashley and I decided to give HotelTonight a try for the very first time. I’d been following the app for awhile now, but hadn’t quite found the perfect reason for me to even use it. Since our holiday party was in San Francisco and I didn’t feel like driving back south afterwards, I thought that we could not only get a room to stay in following the party, but also have a place to get ready with the girls as well.

As a first time user, I found it to be fairly easy. It was simple to enter in all of my information and book the room that I wanted without any hassle (except for the part where we forgot to confirm and had to go through the process a second time.)

Here are my biggest takeaways from using HotelTonight:

  • The later you wait to book a room, the cheaper it is. However, you should be weary that some rooms will get snatched up quickly and you might not want to wait. It’s important to just set a boundary for yourself as to how long you’re willing to wait to book.
  • This app is perfect for non-planners. As someone who is a planner and likes to be thrifty I kept checking the app every half hour to see if prices would change. It was kind of stressful. However, if you’re someone who likes to be adventurous and do things on the fly, HotelTonight is probably your dream app.
  • It’s important to figure out how much you’re willing to pay based on what you need. For us, Ashley and I decided that we just needed one bed and a bathroom. We got just that and a whole side of mirrors for us to use to get ready as a bonus for just $200. We really didn’t care to have any extra ammenities like a place that has a pool or a spa or living area within the room.

Using HotelTonight the night of my party was a really great idea. If I had to use HotelTonight in another city, that might make me a little bit nervous given that I might not know the neighborhoods as well and planning a trip in advance, you kind of want to have those details set prior. With that said, I would probably use HotelTonight again for events like the one that I just had. I also think they’d make for the perfect spontaneous date night!

PS: Does anyone know why their tagline “I want tonight to last forever” is so seductive? Just me?

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Warby Parker in SF

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When I learned that Warby Parker would be opening up a shop in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, I couldn’t contain my excitement! I had read about all of the other shops they had opened around the country and knowing that they would have one so close to me meant that I had to take a trip there not long after its debut.

The shop is gorgeous and set up to look like a library as shown above. The book are essentially props, but they’re real books! Natalie and I even pulled a couple out to see that they were all still entact.

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San Francisco Explained by Emojis

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Thrillist wrote a post the other day about San Francisco neighborhoods and things explained in emojis and they nailed it.

To view the rest, click here.

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The Flavr Blue in the Bay

It just so happened that my day off landed on the day of The Flavr Blue concert in San Francisco. I’ve missed countless shows from not being in Seattle for the last year and every time I did come back to Seattle, I would always miss their shows by a couple of days. It was the worst luck. I’m so glad I got to see them this week because they are even more wonderful than before and it’s nice to have a slice of home in your new home.

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Hollis and I also finally got the chance to meet each other for the first time! “Of course I know who you are, you’re Katie Yow Yow!”

We’ve always liked working with her and can’t wait to see what amazing things she’s going to do next with The Flavr Blue and on her own.

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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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Out on the Town: 11/19

I know we’re a little bit early on letting you know that The Flavr Blue is going to be in the Bay, but that’s just how excited I am about this! I love when pieces of home find me in the Bay and I’ve been waiting for The Flavr Blue to return back to the Bay Area so there’s no way that I’m missing this show at DNA Lounge. A concert on a Wednesday evening? Looks like we’ll have to find a way to make this work. Also, while we’re thrilled about the San Francisco date, we figured that the group might have fans all over the West Coast so these dates are for you too!

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SF Rent Compared to Other Places in the US w/ Food

It’s no secret that rent in San Francisco and the Bay Area is pretty much absurd. In comparison to other cities around the rest of the country, we trump them all… and not in a good way. The worst part about coming home is catching up with my friends and talking about rent. So adult of us, right? And then they tell me that a nearby building in Bellevue is offering up a studio for $1,700 and I went, “Only 1,700?!” Because yes, that’s the kind of price I would jump for over what I am paying currently. The Bold Italic recently created a post comparing rent in San Francisco to other places in the country for the same price. It’s no shocker that everywhere else is better. Check out the full post here.

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Samovar – San Francisco

When I first moved to the Bay Area, my goal was to immediately find replacements for all of my favorite spots in Seattle. Samovar quickly bacame that for me as I needed to replace Remedy Teas on the hill. I’ve been to Samovar twice now at two different locations. Like Remedy Teas, Samovar serves meals, snacks, and a high quality selection of teas. I had read not too long ago that they were putting in a new location in the Mission that was supposed to be a very simplified version of their other stores. They weren’t kidding. There aren’t any meals here, but you can pick up a snack if you’d like. I’d almost view this location as an express Samovar because there’s no seating at all and you aren’t meant to be perched up here for awhile like you might at other locations. Beautiful though? Yes, of  course.

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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It’s not often that we make a weekend post so close to the weekend that’s coming up! It has been a week though – busy, but short and I certainly didn’t want to forget all that I did. It was my first weekend in a very long time not at Bumbershoot back in Seattle and while I thought I would be suffering from FOMO the entire time, I managed to do alright. We ventured over to the Sausalito Art Festival this past weekend and on the ride back, took a drive through Marin and stopping at Rodeo Beach. I haven’t been to any other beach in the Bay Area since I moved here and this one was gorgeous and so so close to San Francisco! We decided to get out of the car and take a short stroll before going on our way.

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The Bay Area Rattled

I experienced my first California earthquake in the middle of the night! When I lived in Seattle, I remembered how those earthquakes felt and none were ever at the level of this one. Going through it, it felt a lot more powerful than I had realized. The earthquake affected all of the Bay Area hitting Napa and Sonoma the hardest and registering at a 6.1 magnitude level. This was the strongest earthquake to shake the Bay Area in the last 25 years.

We’re all safe here in the South Bay and I hope everyone else is doing the same!

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