Monday, May 27, 2013

28 before 28 update

my 28th birthday is in just about a week now, which made me pull out this list and wonder about my progress:

run a 10k and/or half marathon
 planning on one in the summer. i have been very on and off about my running (run 5-6 miles 3x a week for 2 months, then not run at all for a month), so i'm trying to get more consistent first. 

get back into photography again working on it.
 new branding, new website, setting up some styled stuff. i watched jasmine star's reSTART workshop on creative live and was totally inspired so this is a big goal of mine this year. 

read 6 new books
fail. i have a huge stack of unread books, too. 

go to yoga
fail. my gym offers yoga classes and i really should take advantage of them. 

\make more time to be creative.
i feel like i've done good on this.

go to portland 

go back to NYC.
i'm putting this back on the list for next year. 

take a vegas trip with the girls
i went to vegas, but not with my gal pals. i'm going to cross it off anyway. 

see 3 new bands live.
 i'm at two. (frightened rabbit and animal kingdom). guess i need to see another show in the next week! 

take an illustrator class.

master latte art.
 i can pour a decent rosetta into my lattes, so can i cross this off now? i can do better, though. 

ask a boy out.
 uhm. yeah. 

blog once a week
epic fail. 

cook once a week
epic fail. i need to stop putting this one on the list every year, because i seem to just set myself up for failure.

upgrade camera.
coming this summer! 

create a budget and stick to it.
i've been better at this some times than others this year.

bike to sausalito.
i'm going to put this back on the list. 

go to a music festival.
didn't happen.

go to the symphony, ballet, and/or opera. 
i went to see the ballet a few weeks ago - yay! i still want to go to the symphony and opera though. 

have a picnic. 
i've picnicked several times, but not what i had envisioned in my head when i put this on the list. i'll still cross it off though. 

go to sleep earlier

watch sportscenter again
fail, but does checking the ESPN app on my phone count?

set up a styled shoot

photograph a wedding
didn't happen. played assistant to one of my favorite wedding photogs this year, though!

go to an amusement park.
 i really want to go to disneyland. 

discover a new hobby.
i didn't even figure out what hobby this would be!

hmm...not great progress this year. oh well. working on next year's list though - and putting some stuff from this year's list back on it - and hopefully will do better! will share that list soon!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

adventures in seattle

took a little getaway to seattle a couple weekends ago. it was full of adventures and tons and tons of (over) eating. i've had a love affair with seattle since the first time i visited two years ago, and it's probably my perfect little getaway city. i still haven't recovered and am having trouble adjusting to reality.

here's a little long rundown of our trip!

first stop upon arriving: macrina bakery.

my travel companion had mentioned this place to me and i had been reading about it, and it was near where we were staying so we made it our first stop. there were soooo many delicious-looking pastries, and i wanted to try them all!!

lunch was a meat sandwich of some sort (i can't remember what was in it, ooops) and a quiche. i also got myself a nutella brioche, which was tasty. we also ended up making a return trip later that weekend, and i got a delicious hazelnut orange pinwheel pastry and a spinach pastry as well.

we walked up the waterfront up towards the olympic sculpture park. the weather that weekend was PERFECT - mid-70s to low-80s every day (warmer than san francisco!). this view of the cascades was pretty awesome...

the olympic sculpture park is one of my favorite places in seattle. it's the perfect spot for a nice little walk, and the beautiful weather made it even better (last time i went, it was misty). and that ampersand sculpture is my favorite thing there.

took a little break, then drove up to capitol hill. it's probably my favorite neighborhood in seattle, mostly because that's where i seem to find the best food and coffee. it's where my favorite coffee shop in the world - espresso vivace - is located.

oh, vivace. you are the best.

dinner that night was at poppy, which i ate at the last time i was in town, and has become another one of my seattle favorites.

isn't the branding awesome? their cocktails are also tasty, and i looooove the little thali concept (thalis are a southern indian platter that is a collection of small dishes).

i went ahead and ordered a 10-item thali, and went the veggie route. lots of deliciousness, including a paneer dish, and a goat cheese ravioli, among other goodness. we also HAD to get the cute little dessert thali - lots of sweet treats!

the next morning, we headed back out to capitol hill and hit up crumble & flake. this was highly anticipated, as it came highly recommended by my foodie friend trisha, and because i spent a good two weeks drooling over the photos of the pastries on yelp.

their pistachio croissants are AMAZING, and their macarons were some of the best i've ever had (they have a really bomb strawberry cheesecake one). my travel companion said they had the best croissant he's ever had. we loved it so much that ended up going back the next day, and now i'm having withdrawals. sigh.

we had a little bit of time to kill before brunch, so what better thing to do than eat more - this time, at top pot, another seattle fave of mine!

they have the bestest old-fashioned style donuts there. had a salted caramel one this was quite delicious.

brunch was at lola. i am a huuuuuuge tom douglas fan (that man can do no wrong in my eyes), and i enjoyed lola when i went for lunch. however, the last 3 friends of mine who went to seattle all went to lola for brunch and loved it, so i decided that i had to try the brunch there too.

i had an omelette, with feta, nettles, caramelized onions, and mint. it was a great combination of flavors - that mint made it really different, but it was the perfect touch. travel companion had a lamb burger.

we headed over to the seattle center, and made a stop at EMP.

they had some cool stuff, like a fantasy exhibit and a video game exhibit, in which they let you play on game consoles from throughout the years. it made me want to play super mario bros. allllll day long. some of the hands-on activities were fun too, though i found out that i suck at playing drums.

and this sculpture was really cool.

probably the coolest thing i did on the trip was go to the chihuly garden and glass. i've always been a dale chihuly fan (the glass ceiling in the lobby of the bellagio is my favorite), and so i knew this was going to be a must-visit.

lots of amazing glass sculptures. i also loved the reflections the lights cast on the wall here:

the glass house, and how the glass flowers frame the space needle was pretty freaking awesome, and probably my favorite in the entire museum. apparently, the lighting from the time of day changes the look and feel. next time, i want to see this at night.

we then headed to bathtub gin for a little afternoon cocktail. it's a tiny little speakeasy that you enter through an alley in belltown, with very well-crafted cocktails. we did the dealer's choice, where you choose your base alcohol and then choose between sassy, sweet or savory. i went with gin and sweet, and the bartender whipped me up an amazing concoction with some peach in it. he was pretty awesome and we had an awesome time chatting him up. i must say that the drinks here are STRONG.

dinner the second night was at tavolata, which is one of ethan stowell's restaurants. since stowell is the other well-known restaurateur of seattle, i wanted to try one of his restaurants as well. tavolata is well-known for its pasta, so that's what we ordered here.

the rigatoni, with spicy sausage and tomato sauce, is their signature and was phenomenal. we also ordered a paperdelle with pork belly and egg which was also delicious. our waitress was also pretty awesome, and they gave us some of their pasta to take home! all in all, a pretty amazing meal.

the next morning, we headed out to fremont for  brunch at joule.

joule is a koean-french fusion place and i thought it would be an interesting twist on brunch. i was right. travel companion got some sesame waffles with a fried chicken steak (so basically, a korean-style chicken & waffles), and i got a sausage mac 'n cheese. both were delicious, although the wafffles were heavy on the syrup. each brunch entree comes with a breakfast buffet, which includes salads, sides, and pastries, and there were some tasty items there as well.

we tried to go to the mobile food rodeo, which ended up being a big fail: too many people in a too narrow street, which ensued in chaos. we kind of just gave up. oh well.

travel companion wanted to take a nap, but i wanted some oysters and a glass of wine on the water. so, i left him in the apartment, and i headed down the waterfront...

the weather was still amazing, and so the views were equally amazing. mt. rainier made an appearance all weekend long.

i stopped into elliott's oyster house.

craving satisfied.

we had some time to kill, and travel companion wanted to watch some games at a sports bar in queen anne, so i made him make a stop at kerry park, which is where they take that photo of the space needle and seattle skyline in all those postcards.

how can you beat that view?!?! you really can't.

dinner was at serious pie, tom douglas's pizza joint.

this place had been on my to-eat list every time i headed up to seattle, and i failed both times i was there before, so i made sure i went this time. we had a sausage & fennel pizza. it was delicious. the crust was perfection.

on our last day, we finally made our way to pike place.

all the activity and the array of goods is just so inspiring to me that i can't stop snapping away every time i'm here.

had to make a stop at the gum wall, just cuz. it's equally super disgusting and super awesome at the same time.

ate something like 4 lunches, while at the market...

our stops:
- le painier. they have tasty pastries and macarons (the noisette/hazelnut one is by far the best).
- beecher's cheese. the mac & cheese is amazing.
- pike place chowder. it was something like 84 degrees out that day, and it was not the best day to be eating chowder...but it was damn good chowder.
- piroshky piroshky. i had to cancel a trip to seattle last fall, and while my friends were there, i had a dream about pike place and the piroshkys here. i was so sad when i woke up. it was extra satisfying to finally have one.
- pike brewing company. i keep hearing that seattle has some great breweries and i keep meaning to try them, but i never do. we did the flight here.  

headed to bedlam coffee for some joe. i loved the funky interior of the place.

they have some fun stuff, like a lavender mocha.

our last stop in seattle was umi sake house, for a quick sushi dinner.

they have some great happy hour specials, and i wish we had time to stay and eat longer, but we had to rush off to the airport after 30 minutes. oh well. i will be back next time, for sure.

an iphone snap on the way to the airport:

mt. rainier always looks so majestic.

i miss seattle already. can't wait to be back.

(i also shot a couple rolls of film there, so i'm sure that will be eventually be another post...along with the 5 rolls of film i have yet to develop. oops).

Sunday, May 12, 2013


sometimes, as much as i love living in san francisco, i miss my friends back at home. and then they end up in a bunch of my scrapbook pages...

i especially miss them when they text you about how they went to eat at your favorite places, like fosselmans and zankou chicken. then somehow you start talking about how you miss portos and savoy's too...i apparently just really need to get my butt down to LA again soooooon.

here's another scrapbook page that is probably my current favorite!

epic seattle post to come sometime this week.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

seattle instas

i've just returned from a long weekend in seattle and i'm not taking kindly to this whole "return to reality" thing. so i'm posting some instagram shots to help me relive the good times...

a more detailed post on things i did/saw/ate to follow soon.