Jacque Attack

Hello beautiful, how are you enjoying this fine Thursday?

We are getting a little bit of rain here and there, which makes me happy because I ordered an umbrella off Amazon a month ago and finally get to put it to good use.

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One sentence back story: Jacq just finished her Organic Chemistry test the day before and I am celebrating spring break, so we decided a hike was in order.

I picked her up a little late and we drove down the street to fuel up with chocolate croissants and juices. (imagine our blood sugar levels like this- __^__)

She found a cool Oakland trail that we both have not tried before and that is where we headed. To be honest, it is REALLY hard to find and we might have spent more time looking for the parking lot than actually doing our hike.

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It also started raining about half-way through, but luckily we had the giant redwood trees acting as a canopy and shielding us from the rain. Our original eight mile hike turned out to be a measly four mile hike. After factoring the uphills and unexpected climate change, I would pretty much call it even. 😉

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The redwoods in the area were second and third generation. From the signs we read while trekking, we learned that most of the giant trees were cut down in the 1800s for the gold rush boom (think lodging and building a city from scratch). We even found remnants of a few grandfather stumps.

PS: This is not one of those stumps, I just thought it was a cool looking tree.

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We refueled afterwards at a new-to-us place in Oakland named Hopscotch. Both of us do not fan out of San Francisco very often, so we felt like we were in a whole new world. A local food critic gave this place a good review, so I obliged with the duck fat chips to accompany my burger.

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Since I was so ravenous, Taylor and I went to go eat a good ol’ Italian dinner a few hours later. We can also rename this post as “girls with no faces”.

They had small and large servings at Aperto. Instead of both us eating proper serving sizes, we ordered three different pastas and rotated every few bites. Our waiter was impressed.

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Oh, also we cannot forget to talk about the meatballs. Clearly today was not my most healthiest days of eats…how I am not three million pounds by now is beyond me.

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In not so blog-worthy moments of my day, I am just working, volunteering and eating unphotographable food.

What is the most exciting thing to happen in your week? I got a really exciting fortune in my cookie the other day, which makes me consider how eventful my week actually is.

Some Explaining

Can we pretend it is last Monday? That way, this post will make a little more sense and not seem so stuck in the past. I feel really bad about not blogging last week but my real life always comes first. Truth is, I have a Biochemistry exam tomorrow and have been studying for it like it is my job. Not to mention all my other obligations such as 10+ hours of volunteering every week, working and my three other classes. This semester being overwhelming is a bit of an understatement.

However, I know that all work and no play works for very little people, so I wanted to share some of the cool stuff that I have weaving in and out of my crazy schedule.

I think I mentioned in my Chinese New Year post that our celebrations lasts for two weeks and we ended the night with one of the best CNY parades in the nation. I was lucky enough to not have to stand in the cold outside and watched it above from an art gallery that had a great view of Post St.

Pictured below is the finale with the 250 ft dragon and the lions helping scare off the bad spirits for the new year.

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Abby and I stayed warm with our open-bar plastic cups.

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We also passed time by looking at all the cool pieces that were hung on the wall.

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The best part of the night was having the pleasure of sitting on this awesome rocking chair made out of wine corks and yarn.

The title of coolest chair in the world is probably my 1971 Herman Miller original Eames lounge chair and this is officially the second.

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On President’s Day, I snuck out of school in between classes and had lunch on the beach with one of my favorite people in the whole world.

Our beaches are nothing like SoCal’s, but they are not too shabby either.

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This extremely spicy Bloody Mary was probably not the best decision before heading back for a three hour lecture on “What is Health?”, but it felt so right at the time. I usually do not order cocktails, but this hit the spot and helped calm down the mild anxiety attack I was having about school.

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A classic American burger with white cheddar cheese and garlic fries was another thing I needed.

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Also just one bite of these crispy beer battered fish and chips.

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Great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts (daytime view here) from Jacq’s roof also helps out when having a long day

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and a cheese plate being put together by Maresa never hurts either.

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Or it could be the wine. It is probably just the wine.

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I am hoping to have a recipe posted on Thursday because it is long overdue. I am excited. 🙂

Also a congrats to Bobbie S. for winning our last giveaway!

What are your favorite things to do when you feel over your head?

Made any crazy concoctions lately?

By The Bayou

This week, there has been too little this:

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These Belgian truffle fries received an impromptu serenade from moi.

(Also could not leave out the picture of pear, Nutella and roasted almond crepes.)

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And too much this for my liking:

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I have never been happier for a Friday to come along. Although, I am sure I will say the same thing next week. Gravity is out in theaters and I was suppose to watch it today, but now have to wait for Friday night. I feel like I have not watched a movie for a really long time but it was actually the middle of May when The Great Gatsby came out in theaters. Crazy how time passes in my brain.

So instead of a movie, I went to eat at The Front Porch. Located in Bernal Heights, they dub themselves as “Southern Mission Hospitality”.

I did not notice that the restaurant is located in the garage of an house until I was editing this picture. You would not even notice sitting inside.
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Also loved seeing them dress up the restaurant with Halloween decor. I do not celebrate much on the actual day, but it makes me happy because it means the holidays are right around the corner!

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Okay, this was not the best example but inside had black and orange all over. Promise.

I found my new life motto.

“Tara, what do you think about the financial crisis happening in America?”

Fucket, get a bucket.

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These little cornbread muffins were really filling! The dip was interesting, I had to ask the waitress. Honey and some kind of chili pepper, but it tasted a bit nutty to me. Hmmm.

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I ordered the Spicy Shrimp + Grits: wild Louisiana shrimp, garlic, shallots & andouille sausage red eye gravy.

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This burger is funny to me because the top bun reminded me of a shiny bald guy’s head and that’s all I could think about when the waitress brought it out.

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Could not resist sharing the baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese, I have been on such a kick lately.

PS: I think my camera is lactose intolerant or something, I can never get a good shot. It just looks really blah when in reality it tastes like it was made in Zeus’ kitchen.

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Going to polish this post off with my ice cream happy dance. Mitchell’s is only a block away and I could not resist a junior sized coffee and ube ice cream.

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Have a great weekend! Xx

What’s your plans for the next two days? Have you/want to watch Gravity? How can you say no to George Clooney? He is my old celebrity crush! So dreamy.