Too Soon

Hello all, I am going to assume your Thanksgiving went just as planned.

My day consisted mostly of cider, football, pumpkin pie and The Godfather. I could not ask for anything more on such a relaxing day.

Are you one of those people that put up the Christmas tree a few days after Halloween? I will not judge you if you do that. However, I like waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to start bringing out the ornanments.I usually have to work the next day, but this year I have the day off. My co-worker and I did an awesome job last year, no?

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You should see our tree, Al adds a really nice touch.

I do not usually over-do it on the holiday cheer, but there is one thing that is truly magical in the month of December. Christmas songs! I love everything about them.

Because today is my day off, I wanted to stop by and say hi and give you a short list of my favorite Christmas songs. I gave Thanksgiving a chance and now it is time to sing carols! I have not done a Friday Five in awhile, so I figured it would be nice to bring it back. 🙂

Without further ado,

(My) Five Favorite Christmas Songs

1. Frank Sinatra- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Call me stereotypical, but nothing is more inviting and warm than the old croony voice of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. What I wouldn’t do to be able to attend one of his live concerts.

2. Dean Martin- Baby It’s Cold Outside

Tell me one person who can sing this better than Dean Martin and I will personally fly over to your location and bow to you. Because it can not be done. 😉

3. Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby

Marilyn Monroe who? Eartha Kitt, the original singer, kills this version. This song adds a little spice to the fuzzy-feel good Christmas list.

4. Nat King Cole- The Christmas Song

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire + Nat King Cole = enough said.

5. Tony Bennett- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

To my recollection, this is the first song I remember actually knowing the words to. I tried to include most of my favorite artists and this fit the bill!

Don’t you feel all warm and cozy now? I am in the middle of making my holiday playlist now so I can listen in my car. It is going to be really fun for all my friends. 🙂

PS: The Christmas part of Godfather just came on, how fitting.

What is your favorite holiday song?

Do you even like Christmas songs?

Hodgepodge

Hi. I want to know everyone’s Thanksgiving plans this year. What are you making? Is there an original family dish that you must have every year or something unique that I might not have thought of?

My family is small and scattered throughout the West coast, so I have not done a traditional Thanksgiving in a long time. It will be only a few people at the Lisbon House and I want to keep things nice and easy. Perhaps I will make Brussels sprouts and order the #2 at Popeyes. If only that was possible.

The weekend was far from eventful. There was a lot of lazying around the house, research on Pink Slime (remind me to never eat a burger again) and taking naps while trying to watch Donnie Darko for the first time. I am going to get through it one day, I promise.

While working on Saturday, Taylor texted me and told me that she wanted to go eat ramen. Since it was less than five blocks away from my job, I happily agreed and walked over after work.

I had to make the hard decision of choosing between my classic habanero ramen or a new spicy sesame cold ramen. I really wanted to try the latter but knew I would miss the habanero if I did not order. Next time, I promise myself I will let my hair down and order a new kind.

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In la noche, the whole gang went to Dear Mom, a cool hipster bar in the Mission, to celebrate a roommate’s birthday. Yes, there are a lot of November birthdays at our house, we are all Valentine’s babies. 🙂

Taylor and I had a fail of a Photo Booth session.

Picture 1: Okay, let’s do a smile pose. 1, 2, 3…oh shit. I’m not looking up.

Picture 2: Kiss me on the cheek. 1, 2, 3…dude you’re hover kissing me. Okay, my turn to show you how it is done.

Picture 3: 1, 2, 3…um. Whoops, sorry. I was not ready yet.

Picture 4: We get four pictures? Okay…do the hand glasses. 1, 2…what’s the hand glasses? Ahhh 3.

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Sunday morning was nice and relaxing. I tried to do an artistic shot but clearly it did not come out correct.

Just wanted to show that you need to put on your rose colored glasses sometimes when blogging.

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The bread looks like ordinary white raisin bread but it came from a Chinese bakery. Anyone who has had Chinese bread knows that it is 20% soft, 20% buttery and 60% delicious. My vanilla cappuccino was awesome, although it started to settle in the picture below.

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After breakfast, I headed to the Farmer’s Market to pick up delicious Bolani, hummus from The Hummus Guy and various fruits and veggies for the week to come.

Taylor and I always crack jokes about each other because we will bring home a ton of produce only to be counterproductive and get Chipotle for lunch. You can not mess with tradition, right?

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Just like Underground Ramen, I have to get the same thing every time. White rice, a tiny amount of black beans, fajita veggies, 1/2 chicken, 1/2 steak, hot sauce and lettuce.

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After the smallest bit of homework was completed, we set out to bake a surprise brownie cake for Sarath. My floor does not have an oven so we baked our little hearts out on the second floor.

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Sarath came home from a long Sunday Funday and made a wish for the new year.

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Ghiradelli brownie cake, vanilla bean ice cream and fresh Farmer’s Market strawberries. 🙂

I feel kind of bad because we made her serve her own cake. Happy birthday Sarath, we love you! xxx

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Also, in the midst of all this extreme baking, I busted my lip open and now I look like a football playing hooligan. 🙁

What do you get at Chipotle and is it the same thing every time?

Who else does not care for the word ‘hodge podge’?

Grub Down

Introductions suck.

I don’t mean to sound blunt and rough, but there is something so nerve-racking about having a blank screen staring at you. Not only is it waiting for you to make your first move, but it also wants you to fill in the whole screen with senseless banter and colorful pictures. The latter part I can deal with; I can take the pictures of my food and I can write about my day, dining escapades or what have you, but how do I pop in every morning to say hello?

I’ve read somewhere that you should write your blog like you’re writing to your sister. It’s inviting. It gives you your writing voice and it’s how the reader can relate to you. When did I miss the lesson where I learn how to introduce myself to my family members? (By the way, I know I’m big time now because my sister now reads my blog! Hi Jie Jie! I love you!)

Anyways, I think I proved my point because that is my introduction for today. And I am going to leave it at just that.

Close curtain.

I have been eating out so much lately, which is good and bad at the same time. On one hand, it makes my blogging hobby easier because I can show off shiny pictures of delicious San Francisco food. On the other hand, I look back at my old posts and wonder what people think of my eating habits. It seems like a lot, but I still cook at home at least 3-4 times a week. I know it’s healthier, cheaper and a lot of fun to eat something you prepared yourself, but it is SO HARD to say no when someone texts/invites you to a night on the town.

With that, I’m going to show you pictures of one delicious eat in the Mission District. If you check out my Restaurants page, you might notice that most of the places are in the Mission. That’s because I live near by and there are so many options on Mission St., Valencia St., and now Guerrero St., that I don’t feel like making the trek to the north side of SF to eat.

If you’re not from or familiar with San Francisco, just ignore everything I said previously.

Fun fact: While checking my site stats, the majority of my readers are from the Bay Area and the second runner up is NYC. Feeling the love from both coasts. It’s like a warm love hug and I am just taking it all in.

Okay, on to pictures.

Grub is located on Valencia St. I was driving by, looking for somewhere new to try and stopped in when I noticed there wasn’t a wait. Being empty is an understatement, but it was maybe around 4:00pm on a Sunday and the dinner rush did not hit yet. I really digged (is that even a word?) their decor, especially the printed tables and funky art.

Their sign outside is just a picture of a fork and knife, kind of like my blog button up top. 🙂 It made me feel a little close connection with them.

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Who doesn’t love spicy popcorn instead of bread and butter for a pre-appetizer treat? It was a nice change of pace and I ate it faster than I am proud to say.

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Horrible photo, but all bottles of wine were 50% off. I said no and thought I was pretty stern with my dinner companion, but they somehow convinced me that it was too good of a deal not to pass up. Okay, fine, I will drink half a bottle of wine when I have a million things to do when I get home.

Just kidding, I just had a glass. Maybe two.

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Since we were going balls to wall for our appetizer and main course, I had to add a little bit of veggie to not feel like a total failure. This was a side of broccolini (love) with lemon, garlic and olive oil.

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The next plate to arrive was their chorizo and bacon Mac and Cheese, provided from their famous Mac and Cheese bar. The fusilli pasta was coated in a creamy blend of white and sharp cheddar, topped with grand padana parmesan breadcrumbs. It was a mouthful in person and in writing.

See, I told you I have been eating A LOT of mac and cheese. I think it’s time for a break before I get MnC’d out. I just think the Burritt Room Round Table really got the ball rolling, because before that event, I have not ate this kind of cheesy dish in quite a long time.

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And for a disappointing grand finale, a delicious burger with no picture. Whomp whomp. I know everyone is on the edge of their seats wondering what accessories I dressed it with. Did I cash out and add avocado? Sriracha aioli or white truffle? Sadly, this will forever remain a mystery…

Shortest post but I’m in the middle of what might be the longest week ever and will come back with cool things for you to read about soon. I promise. Well, I’ll try to promise.

50% off a bottle of wine, do you buy it or pass? What’s your introduction writing strategy? Try not to feel like you’re in an English composition class in college.

Farewell And Kudos

I finished Game Of Thrones last week. Can we please talk about the Red Wedding? I’ll stop there because it was too much for me to handle!

This weekend has been non-stop, I’m happy I finally have a chance to just relax and do nothing all day. In fact, I just woke up from a nap that gave me a migraine; perhaps, this was a trade off for trying to sleep during the day. Silly me.

My roommate and friend of over two years is leaving San Francisco next week to start law school in DC. Saying all of us will miss him will be an understatement. To celebrate, we threw him a farewell party at the Cigar Bar and Grill in the Financial District. I didn’t feel like bringing the old ball and chain (my camera), which I immediately regretted. It would of been awesome to be able to document our night, especially our cool private room that had a pool table just for us. Instead, my memories were left with a few iPhone pictures.

The only one that didn’t become an Instagram video or embarrassingly blurry and dark was one of my two friends and I.

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Yep, I have gorgeous friends!

We stayed until the late hours of the night and a few cigars might of been rotated between everyone. They don’t call it the cigar bar for nothing.

Saturday, after an early and long day of work, Chi and I drove out to Los Gatos, CA to meet everyone to celebrate our friend D completing her masters!

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There were close to 100 people in attendance! To feed all these people, they hired a taco guy to help out with the hungry stomachs.

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I got there around three, and had not ate the whole day, so he was the first guy I paid a trip to when we got there. I ordered two tacos and a side salad to pull me over until dinner time. I’m so spoiled by Toma tacos, because these bad boys just weren’t cutting it for me.

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The girls and boys split up. When we were walking to get something from the car, we came across a gaggle of geese blocking our road. It was a pretty intense few minutes as we figured out a way to maneuver the animals to get to the other side. We have heard rumors that these geese were really vicious and would not hesitate to chase you if you came to close to the babies. Let’s give thanks that I made it out alive from that situation.

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On our way back to the area, we found all the boys playing horseshoe. Chi looks like a professional, no? Look at that angle and look of determination. He ended up winning by one point, sorry Abs!

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Brenda, from Bravo Image, took a group picture of our little group. Our graduate, D, is the beauty in the green dress.

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It also felt nice to see so many familiar faces!

On our way to her grandma’s house to hang by the pool, Chi pulled over so fast and scared me. I asked him what the hell he was doing and he pointed to this sign.

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There are no DQs in/near San Francisco and both of us never tried it before. I actually walked in with no expectations and was surprised by the vastness of their menu. We asked the cashier what to get and she basically made us get a Blizzard.

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I’m not a fan of those kind of drinks, but Chi finished it before we even got to our destination.

Sunday, I spent the morning volunteering and came home to watch American Psycho. I think I confused it with plain ol’ Psycho, because it was not exactly what I expected. The weather dropped from 80s to low 50s in less then 24 hours. It even started sprinkling at some point during the day.

My work schedule is also a lot lighter this week, so I think I’ll have plenty of time to cook.

Some ideas for the week-

Breakfast

Lunch

  • Flatbread Pizza
  • Caprese Salad
  • Veggie and Hummus Sandwich
  • Chorizo Lentil Soup (recipe coming Wed!)

Dinner

Of course, sprinkle a few snacks in between. I have been obsessed with my garlic parmesan dip with Social Snackers from TJs!

What’s on your agenda this week? Do you prefer warmer or cooler days?