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 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!

An Eco-Friendly Kind of Day

Today was a whirlwind of healthy, non-GMO and organic everything!

My friend Jacque and I sought out with a game plan in mind of things we wanted to cover. We figured lunch first would keep us happy, followed by shopping on Valencia St in the afternoon and wrapping up our day with grocery shopping.

I have heard mixed feelings about Gracias Madre, which is a vegan new-aged Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the Mission district. It’s hard to imagine vegan and Mexican food in the same sentence. When I think of delicious Mexican, I think of cheese on top of meat on top of more meat. However, after much deliberation, I give it two thumbs up!

Not only is the food vegan, but all the ingredients are produced organic and local, which is something I really admire in a restaurant.

Jacque and I decided to do family style, so we can maximize the deliciousness. We started off with papas al horno, which are basically potatoes roasted in olive oil and garlic topped with cashew nut cheese. This was the first time I tried cashew nut cheese, and I must say that I am impressed. It didn’t taste 100% like dairy cheese, but it had a similar consistency and the flavor was not too far off.

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The next thing to come to our table was an empanada. We ended up getting two appetizers and an entree, which was more than enough. The empanada was stuffed with plantains and served on their special spicy mole sauce with the same cashew nut cheese layered on top. This one happened to be Jacque’s favorite, I liked it but didn’t go crazy for it. Before we left the restraunt she decided that she would be ordering it in the future through one of the food delivery platforms.

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My favorite was the chilaquiles, which was very different from what I imagined. The typical chilaquiles served in a traditional sense is fried tortilla, scrambled eggs, beans, rice and your choice of red or green sauce. Gracias Madre had to maneuver over some of the ingredients and delivered the fried tortilla with a tomato salsa, cashew crema, avocado and black beans.

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After wrapping up our food and paying our bill, we headed over to The Detox Market only to find it closed for good. The store was empty and anything remaining was boxed up and ready to go 🙁

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I honestly never been here before, but Jacque raves about it. They sell organic beauty, health and wellness products. I was looking for a new face wash without harsh chemicals so I was kind of bummed. But, I bumped into a girl who told me about an amazing household oder eliminator that can be found at https://odorklenz.com/home-odor-eliminator/ so that cheered me up a little.

The next place we ended up was The Scarlet Sage Herb Co.

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They had a huge assortment of bulk tea ingredients and we went nuts. Jacque had a handy book of different elements of tea and the different properties that each herb has. It was a new experience for me; she made a tea for her boyfriend’s circulation and I made one for relaxation. With the day ending, we made one final trip to Rainbow Grocery, which is what I was looking forward to all day! Rainbow is a San Francisco co-op that serves only organic, local, sustainable, affordable vegetarian food and household items.

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Their produce is fresh and it’s one of my favorite places to shop. The pricing is somewhere between Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, so it’s not crazy expensive for the quality you get. My days are usually not so green and healthy, so it’s nice to have something different every now and then!

Do you have certain expectations when you grocery shop?