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Bay Area Eats: Leo’s Oyster Bar

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A few weeks ago, my gal pal Andie and I decided to try out Leo’s Oyster Bar which has only been open for just a couple of months. It had been showing up on my Instagram feed more than usual, got a solid review from Mandi, anddd I just love oysters. Having been disappointed by the other oyster places in the city, I was really hoping that this one would not disappoint. And it didn’t! Andie I showed up without a reservation and were seated in under 30 minutes. We had the option of sitting in the main area or the lounge in the back – the only downside was that we wouldn’t have access to three of the menu items (which was fine by us!)

Here’s what we ordered and what we recommend:

  • a selection of raw oysters
  • Oyster Carbonara w/ crispy pancetta
  • Rock Shrimp Toast, Bacon and Lemon Aioli
  • Seafood Bisque w/ Lobster, King Crab and Rock Shrimp
  • Dessert: Lemon Mousse w/ Brown Butter Streusel

Andie let me know that she’s never been a huge fan of oysters so I shared with her the menu beforehand and after our evening together, I think she was a converted fan. The two of us have had our girl dinners for the past few months now, but Leo’s was definitely the most fun for us! You’ll love the decor, but you’ll love the food even more.

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Blog Roundup

  • Cheese triggers same part of the brain as hard drugs [Standard]
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Instagramming your proposal [WhoWhatWear]
  • 30 Traditional Wedding Rules You Should Break [Style Me Pretty]

  • An adorable trip between a dad and his daughter [Upworthy]
  • How much should you spend on a wedding gift [WhoWhatWear]
  • 17 Reasons Why People Have a Mid-Life Crisis in Their 20’s [Thought Catalog]

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Currently Snacking: Pop! Popcorn

It’s Saturday night and my snack is better than yours. Growing up as a kid, every time the Boy Scouts came around the neighborhood, I would beg my parents to order one of those tin cans with the varied popcorn? Why? Because it was delicious and I love caramel corn and white cheddar. Together. What did I tell my parents? That, but also – please support my peers? they’re just trying to hustle! I think my parents saw through this and eventually when the Boy Scouts started coming around every year and I asked my parents who it was, they would just wave me off and go “No one!” It was the end of the popcorn era for me.

Before we went to see Zootopia today, I was in desperate need of a coffee so we stopped by Starbucks and you know how they have those aisle ways of food and snacks as you’re waiting in line? Well, this little bag was sparking in the corner of my eye and I shrugged my shoulders, “Well, I’m going to a movie! Why not?” I’ve now been eating this for a couple of hours…because I’m trying to savor every bite of it. I think I paid $1.25 for this? It looks like I’m going to be buying a whole lot more of it…um… for the rest of my life.

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Nike SB Dunk High – “Chicken and Waffles”

This was the first thing I woke up to this morning and this is genius. I’m loving the waffle looking texture and the hue of the shoe itself. The advertisement is also pretty cheeky as well. This makes me miss home a little bit because one of my favorite spots in Seattle – Skillet Diner serves up a mean chicken and waffles. I sometimes remember just going to that place to get a different meal and then asking for one piece of chicken to go afterwards. I hope someone I know buys these kicks.

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Blog Roundup

  • How chefs pack their kids’ lunches [Bon Appetit]
  • Stay up to date with this Election Calendar [The Skimm]
  • Tindr for baby names! [Babyname App]
  • Just several examples of perfectionism [Bored Panda]
  • Why it’s important to remember your friends’ sad anniversaries too. [Adulting]
  • 10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has to Be [Thought Catalog]
  • The beauty standards flight attendants have to follow [Cosmopolitan]

  • A funny little story about dating [Cup of Jo]
  • How to support sexual assault survivors [Ask Men]
  • In random news, Katy Perry is moving to Seattle [Headline Brief]
  • The worst kind of bosses [GOOD]
  • A sweet husband’s kind gesture to his blind wife [GOOD]
  • What time to go to bed [calculator]
  • How to microwave leftovers [the kitchn] Yeah, I didn’t know this either.
  • The cutest way a mother could break the news to her son about being a big brother [Facebook]
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Currently Craving:

With the ongoing rain that has been happening all day today, we’re pretty much having the coziest Saturday ever! I’m not sure if this is something that I adopted when I was in Seattle or if it was here, but every time it rains at night, I’m always craving a warm dessert. We didn’t make this French chocolate mousse because – let’s be real here – I know nothing about baking desserts, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting it! We’ve also got the candles burning and a scary movie on in the background. But how are all of you spending your Saturday? I know most of my friends are binge watching House of Cards and us? Well, we’re headed to New York next week so we’re trying to take it real easy because Mandi has promised me miles and miles of walking all over the city!

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A Collection Part 44

I think I’ve always loved putting these posts together because these are the types of photos I’ve always wanted to take. They’re so simple and minimalistic, but yet they say so much and they say something different to everyone. I’ve asked Veronica a couple of times now why she enjoys these posts and now that I think about it – I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten a real answer. Veronica, can you let us know so I can include it in the next post? All I know is that in college she would hound me to get these done and out. And then after she had spent some time scanning over the photos (a few minutes) she’d ask for another one. (DJ Khaled) I think I would always just laugh and say, “Veronica, these take time.” And they do! This one post took about three months to put together.

I’ve done 44 of these now. That’s an incredible number to me. And it’s interesting to me that each one of these tells a different story though I’m not sure what that story is. I look through some of the older “A Collection” posts and sometimes I wonder why I chose a certain photo. I’ll look at it and scrunch up my face and be like, “Why? What did this mean to me?” But I guess what it just means is that it was all about timing. In that exact moment that I saw that photo as I was scanning over lots of photos, that one spoke out enough to me that I had to include it. Maybe I was feeling sassy, meek, contemplative, curious…I’m not able to put my finger on it for every photo and I like that I don’t have to.

Sometimes I write posts on Yow Yow! that are very personal and I look at the words and I question if that’s what I actually wanted to convey or if people will interpret it in a different way than I attended. With these posts, I don’t have to worry as much, but these are just as personal because I’m really saying how I feel, but in the most visual way.

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Home for the Holidays

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There’s nothing worse than being sick during your vacation and of course the holidays! In the month of December, my company gives us a generous amount of time off so that we can get away from work, unwind and actually relax, and spend time with friends and families. A lot of my coworkers actually go on elaborate trips during this time and I always get so jealous, but it’s also the perfect time for me to just return home to Seattle too. The first day of break, I came down with the flu. Hard. And it was absolutely miserable – so bad that I didn’t even get to go visit all of my favorite places and eat at all of my favorite restaurants! Despite the flu though, I’m surprised at how many photos we were able to capture from the trip. Above is a snapshot of Oddfellows’ outdoor holiday decorations that I took when I met up with Max, Veronica, and her boyfriend Alex over brunch.

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My Favorite Posts of 2015

As we were writing our top posts of 2015 the other day, I realized that a lot of them hadn’t been written by me! They were, in fact, written by Mandi and she’s so deserving to have many of those posts receive that many views this year because she had worked hard on them. In addition to that, she was honest and vulnerable and I know through speaking with her she spent a lot of time putting her thoughts together and getting second opinions from Eric and I. After writing that post though I was a little embarrassed that my own writing hadn’t been the majority, but I realized that even though many of the posts didn’t receive as much viewership, they were still very enjoyable to write and I didn’t want them to go unnoticed. So here are our top 12 posts (one for almost every month!) and the reasons why they meant something to me.

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  • Super Bowl 49 – We’re Comin’ For You – Never have I ever written a post with so much emotion! I still remember this day like it was yesterday. That Packers game was nuts and I remember being heartbroken watching the majority of that game and wanting to throw in the towel and drive all the way home to South Bay before the game was even over! It’s not bandwagoning, it’s just heartbreak and disappointment. Luckily though, we had reconvened at Mandi’s to finish it out and it was worth the wait because that’s where this photo comes in.

  • “After Us” – Watching this Wong Fu Productions video this year was super relevant to me and it was a great reminder to pick myself up again after a split. Additionally though, I became much more aware of the videos that Wong Fu put out and found myself watching video after video after video. I’ve never been the most “Asian Asian,” but I have to admit that I do find comfort in watching these videos that feature predominantly Asian characters and their life experiences similar to mine. It’s kind of an interesting way for me to identify a little bit more with my roots when it’s not my usual.
  • I’m 25. – I feel very blessed this year to have had the best birthday celebration that I’ve ever had. Thank you so much to everyone that helped ring in my 25th birthday and for making it so great. It really has been a year of fun, experiences, and lessons (some good some bad, but still worth it!)

  • Wedding Rules You Can Throw Out – Quite a few people in my life have come to me this year asking me for advice and opinions on wedding ideas and wedding planning in general. Now, I’ve never been close to marriage, but I am really flattered that people value my thoughts on this. It’s not for everyone though. There are definitely people that disagree with my views against tradition, but I felt really good about writing this post and laying it all out on the table.
  • Find Foxy Films – When my brother’s friend Phil started his own film production company and started sharing short stories, I was intrigued. These are the types of stories I LOVE sharing on Yow Yow! – so raw, real, and personal. Phil is embarking on his own battle right now with Stage 3 Nodular Hogdkin’s Lymphoma, but that isn’t standing in his way. It’s inspiring to see him continue pursuing his dreams even while he’s still receiving treatment.

  • Natalie Tran – Asians in Media Talk – This is one of the first times that I ever struggle and discuss the issues that I’ve faced with my identity and being an Asian American. This was a particularly difficult post for me to write because I like to think it’s 2015 and this stuff doesn’t have to exist, but it is real and there are times when I get uncomfortable having to answer questions about my “Asian-ness” to other people and face the prejudice from others about those that I choose to date as well. I’m very optimistic about this and how things will look in the future and I think these things just take time.

  • Wedding Mondays – It’s so hard to choose a favorite! I didn’t think that I would be able to, but honestly this one made the most sense to share. I actually knew Justin in college so watching this video made this all the more memorable for me. I’m sure that next year when my own friends get married, they will find themselves on this list too.

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  • The Best Time to Visit Seattle – We took quite a few trips this year in 2015, but we never have a bad time when we return home to Seattle. During this trip, I got to see some of my favorite people and eat all of the things that I crave when I’m in the Bay Area.
  • The Instagram Project – It sometimes seems a little crazy how much time I may spend thinking about the perfect picture to post, but Instagram is a great daily outlet when I can’t get to writing a post on Yow Yow! everyday. While it does take some added time, I’ve actually enjoyed the pictures that have come out of this project even more and am looking forward to continuing on with it into 2016.

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  • Last Weekend’s Halloween Wedding – I just noticed – today – that the title of the post said “Weeding” instead of “Wedding.” How did no one catch this?! Oy… so embarrassed. Anyways, this was the first time that I could ever go through and talk about every detail of a wedding – what I liked and disliked – cause I didn’t know the couple! We won’t have this opportunity for a long time! Also it was my first themed wedding ever – v. steam punk and it was quite the experience.

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It was so hard to narrow this post down to just 12 favorites and this took me the whole evening to go through a whole year of posts. I know I’ve written repeatedly this year that I didn’t get to write as much as I would have liked to and at the volume I’m used to like in the past, but I’m very proud of what I’ve put out. There are things that I’ve written on Yow Yow! in 2015 that I could’ve never had the experience or knowledge to write about back in 2009. I think this is the reason why I sometimes feel the need to keep pushing. There’s so much more for us to discuss on Yow Yow! and it’s important that we see it through. Thank you for reading. :)

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Currently Craving:

The worst thing about being sick is all of the things that you can’t eat. Since I’m currently home and sick over Christmas break, my parents have got me on a strict diet that includes no dairy, no butter, no sweets of any kind, and nothing that will make me even sicker. I realize I  did this to myself so they’re really not to blame, but it’s torture! I’ve been having a very heavy craving for duck pate on toast – 25 year old me is so refined these days! – and not having it over the holidays is kind of a huge bummer. I haven’t even made it into the city yet to have all of my favorite meals. Happy holidays to sick little ‘ol me! Current status: starving.

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Blog Roundup

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  • The top 10 Instagrammed restaurants in America [Cool Material]

  • Polly Pocket sets that every 90’s kid loved [BuzzfeedI owned 75% of all of the sets that were shown in these photos.

  • The 10 biggest trends in 2015 [High Snobiety]
  • The 41 most Instagrammed It Items of 2015 [Refinery29]
  • The 6 Shoes Every Grown Man Should Own [Cool Material]
  • Dropbox was given a Michelin Star [Medium]
  • Things that Pitchfork was disappointed about in 2015 [Pitchfork]

Also, just want to note that there will be many more round-up posts as we get closer to the end of the year! I just need to wrap everything up with work first before my focus shifts to Yow Yow! Don’t worry, we’ll do our usuals that we love to do every year and look forward to.

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Yow Yow! Takes the East Coast!

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We survived Boston! That’s not the first thing I thought would come out of my mouth, but after two long flights and one switchblade scare leaving the train, we are very happy to be home and writing this post :)

I had a chance to visit Boston for a work trip this past weekend and I was so so very excited for it especially since I hadn’t been back since I was 14 years old. The work trip included me bringing along three of my co-workers (all previous Harvard alumni) including one of my good friends who happens to be a local from the city so we were in good hands! I don’t think I’ve visited as many cities as most of my friends, but I find that I’m always kind of in lust with every city that I get to see. Boston was incredibly charming with the old buildings, agressive people, and refreshing cold weather. I was nervous that it was going to be something worse than Seattle, but it was right in that wheelhouse!

We stayed in Harvard Square which was perfect! It kind of reminds me of a more upscale and cleaned up Capitol Hill. Even though we had three days there, it still didn’t feel like we had enough time to do everything we wanted!

I bet you’re wanting to know what we ate though…

  • Tasty Burger (the first meal we had getting off our flight at midnight in Boston)
  • Crema Cafe
  • Lo Cante’s for Italian in the North End
  • Neptune Oyster
  • Russell House Tavern
  • Clover (for their breakfast sandwiches)
  • Bon Me (food truck on Harvard’s campus for a quick eat)

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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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