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, I even got an A level chemistry tuition to help me with this. 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?

Taglia Il Pane

Remember when I mentioned last time that all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book? Well, I did just that and it felt amazing. I was in bed by 8:30pm on Friday night and got five chapters done before passing out. I should probably update the sidebar because I finished A Moveable Feast back in January.

Back when I use to go to Toma at a minimum of 3x/week, there was frequently a huge line next door at Ristorante Parma. I was a little confused, mainly because the menu seemed simple enough and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. However, I would always overhear patrons raving about how good the food was when they were leaving this cozy establishment.

A few friends of mine and I had original plans to eat at a Japanese tapas restaurant over in the Sunset. Reservations were hard to get, so we ended up walking around the Marina to find a place that was 1. delicious and 2. no longer than an hour wait. Our requirements seem fair enough, but rest assured, eating out on a Saturday in San Francisco can be a total pain in the butt.

The owner of Parma is a total bad ass.

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He was standing outside of the restaurant with his glass of wine and a gaggle of women. There was no list to put our names down outside, it kind of seemed like he was the Sphinx of the place and only banter and a nice smile will get you in. After going back and forth for a little bit, he told us it would be roughly an hour.

Eating at 6:30p slowly ended up being eating at 8:30p because we were having so much fun at Jacq’s house looking over wedding booth pictures. We were getting hungrier by the minute and ended up putting our names inside. To kill time, we went around Chestnut St., did a little restaurant window-shopping and came back only to find that it was our turn. Did he come out and say, “your table is ready”? No. He looked at us through the window, winked and nudged his head for us to come in. Wahoo!

I apparently can not sit still for pictures.

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The best part of the meal was the bread dipping sauce. You would think that this would be the simplest thing to over look, but they did something that most restaurants do not do. They added garlic! Olive oil, vinegar and garlic. Just one simple ingredient and it turned our table to a bunch of savages. Some of us could not wait our turn and it was a free-for-all. (AKA me).

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While we were waiting for our table, we saw that they had a low corkage fee. Jacque’s husband went to the store to pick up two bottles of wine for us to imbibe with dinner.

I like their inspected sign. Such an honest and straight-to-the-point statement.

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Bailey’s boyfriend and I shared the Affettati di Salumi. He asked me last minute right before the waiter left and it was such a clutch decision. There was salami (genoa, maybe?), mortadella and two types of prosciutto.

I was surprised at how fast we finished it, but I remember that eating cured meats is one of the finest pleasure in life and smiled to myself.

Yes, they might be high in saturated fat & salt content, but I do not feel guilty because you just have to pick and choose your battles.

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Parma’s decor made me feel like I was right in Rome. From their grand collection of vino, to the arches in the mirrors and all the way to the plastic track lights up above.

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The entrees served at this restaurant are all no frills, authentic and plain Italian comfort food. I ordered the Penne Romanoff, with sautéed sausage and mushrooms in a tomato vodka sauce.

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All of us had a bite of this Molten Lava Cake except Michael. He is allergic to nuts and chocolate, poor guy.

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I am trying to milk as many Farmer Market posts as I can before they get boring to read every Monday.

Persimmons are one of my favorite fall fruit, the Chinese eat it a lot and I never knew they were popular outside of Chinese households until a few years ago when my American friend was eating it for lunch. She looked at me like I was crazy when I asked her how she knew about them.

Excuse the tired eyes, I passed on a cup of Joe before leaving the house.

PS: I love the lady next to me, she looks like she is getting low while picking the ripest persimmon out of the bunch.

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I am dying to remake my Brussels sprouts recipe, they are too good to be true. On the agenda this week is chicken and bok choy, possible turkey stuffed bell peppers and more grapes than I can personally consume.

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Farmer’s Market Sunday is not complete without Chipotle. Taylor, I like this thing we have going on.

Chipotle is one of those places where I have to get the same thing every time or it does not feel right.

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And finally, when is the last time you have seen these bad boys?! I was at Walgreens on Friday when this bright orange bag caught my eye. I totally forgot about them!

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Any nostalgic snacks from your childhood? Do you have to order the same thing every time you go to a particular restaurant?

Guess Who’s Back

My technology meltdown is over. Thank you for all the comments! My best friend actually sent me my favorite picture in the whole world and I laughed for almost two hours because I haven’t seen it in so long. I would post the link but it is not the most appropriate humor to share. It has to do with a dog that does a face every time it’s owner comes home, have you seen it?

Time break-down of my computer accident:

6:26p: While in the middle of writing my Wednesday post, I got up to get water. Hoped to finish by 7:00p, but ended up putting down my cup by the laptop and got distracted by something in the other room.

6:45p: Came back and accidentally knocked the cup over and spilled water all over my keyboard. It took me a minute to realize, “Gee, I should probably do something about this'”. I grabbed paper towels to soak up as much as I could and took out the battery and other things to make sure they weren’t wet. At first everything seemed fine but when I started typing, everything was in caps lock and every time I scrolled it highlighted the whole page. I think the water made my Shift key lock.

6:54p: This is when I started getting panicky. I tried to restart and it wouldn’t log me back into my account. My roommate works at Apple so I ran to her room, only to find her not at home.

7:04p: I drive to the Apple Store and strap my computer into the passenger seat. My laptop wouldn’t load anything and was stuck on the loading page with the Mac icon. That stupid icon was taunting me the whole ride there.

7:20p: I got to the Apple Store and ran in like a lunatic with my sad Macbook opened and went straight to the Genius bar. They surrounded my laptop and someone yelled, “Quick, get this laptop to a room! We need 20 CCs of power and a hard reset, stat!”.

No, that’s not what happened at all. Instead, I had to wait an hour and a half but I didn’t care. All I wanted was to make sure they were able to save all my information, because I have my whole life’s worth of pictures and documents that I really didn’t want to lose.

I’m sure most of the girls here have watched Sex And The City. That episode when Carrie’s computer died was exactly what happened to me.

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The only difference was that the dreamy Mr. Shaw was not there to assist me.

I ended up having to buy a new Macbook Pro and they were able to transfer all my files to the new computer. I just picked it up a few hours ago and have to mention how smooth the new keyboard is under my fingertips. The good news is I actually was planning to buy the new one that is coming out next month and the manager said he would extend the exchange policy for me. I had already been thinking about upgrading, so maybe this is a sign? I had to get a replacement quickly to be able to get work done, but I had my sights on a new desktop pc since all this talk of the new ray tracing GPUs has been around. Looking at factschronicle, I could at least get a few of the options off the table, but I’m not dead set on which one to get yet. I think I still need to think it over a bit more, maybe while I buy the other parts I know I’ll need. I’ll keep you guys posted that’s for sure.

I didn’t mean to make this so long but I felt like I have to tell you about my disaster of a day.

Actually, the whole day was not a disaster. I spent the majority of it hanging out with my pallie, Jacque.

After class, I went to her house for a few hours to help her with a project she’s working on. I can’t wait to share when she gets it all together, I think you guys will like it.

We got hungry and decided that burgers would be the best decision for lunch. The hardest decision I had to make all week was whether Roam or Umami Burger would be our winner.

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Roam won because it was about three blocks closer to her house. It’s actually a pretty cute eco-friendly restaurant, with their motto claiming “pasture to plate” and everything being sustainable with premium meats.

We shared the Fryfecta, which came with sweet potato fries, french fries and the zucchini and onion haystack. They were so addicting with the chipotle habanero hot sauce.

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Jacque and I both ordered the French and Fries, which was dressed with truffle parmesan fries, gruyere, avocado, onions and watercress. The only difference between our burgers was that she had a veggie patty with lettuce wrap and I had the traditional with beef patty and sesame bun.

I might be a little biased because I love truffle on everything, but now I have high expectations for Umami whenever I get around to trying it. Stay tuned for the verdict.

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Also, can we take a minute to talk about her tea collection? I didn’t know about this gem until I read a note that her friend wrote for her when he stayed over. Holy shit there is a lot of tea. The cabinet comes up mid waist and the first shelf is filled from back to front full of Matcha teas. If anyone has any questions about tea then she is the person to ask. Seriously.

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I’ll leave this post with an example of how excited I get at dinner time.

Tip #1 on how to make me a happy girl: feed me well.

Don’t mind the scrubs. 🙂
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Sorry for this post being all over the place. My technology woes made me forget how to blog. I’ll be back to normal on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

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?