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If you asked any of my friends to describe me, I can almost guarantee that the words “domesticated” and “crafty” would not come up. At all.

This is completely true.

Yet, for the past three years, all I’ve been doing is compiling endless lists of recipes to make, DIY projects to try, etc. I almost feel more domesticated because of all the time I actually spend scouring the web for all these ideas. My “Food to make” Pinterest board is growing daily. One of my biggest (and somewhat legit) excuse is that I don’t have all the tools that I need. I don’t have all the cookware available, I don’t even have the basics (i.e. salt, pepper, soy sauce, butter, etc). I keep telling myself, Once you get married, you can finally start building up the kitchen you never had because you’ll have a permanent home to call your own. I keep telling myself that but I really don’t know if it’s in my nature to even do it.

For the past six months or so, my roommate and I have kept a somewhat regular schedule of cooking for the house. Most of the credit should go to her since she does all the actual cooking and I’m the professional bag-opener and vegetable cutter. We’ve had many dinner-almost-burned-but-quickly-salvaged-at-the-last-second moments but honestly, it’s a steep learning curve for me. Mostly because I still spend 10 minutes just trying to figure out where a basic kitchen utensil is.

However, at the end of the day, it’s all about the willingness. The willingness to take that first step to actually trying. The willingness to actually be okay with messing up and accepting it as part of the learning curve.

Here’s to taking baby steps and making it count.


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Holiday addiction

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Work has been so busy this month that Ive almost forgotten that we’re in the holiday season. I’ll still have subtle reminders that bring me back to reality such as autumn leaves and white lights on houses but for the most part, my head has been buried in front of my work computer as clients have become my “holiday”. Heck, I haven’t even done my Christmas shopping yet!

However, one thing has been keeping me in the holiday mood and it has become my new addiction: peppermint bark

I can’t believe I’ve never tried these before but since my company is all about food, I’ve had the opportunity to try a number of different batches and I can conclude that I love them all!

The peppermint bark has become my holiday amongst all my documents, files and emails. Now I just need to find someone who can make this or somewhere that sells a box load for cheap.

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Earlier this week, a friend of mine and I decided to keep each accountable on having a healthier diet. For those of you who know me, my diet usually consists of chips, candy, juice, and more sweets.


After documenting everything we ate yesterday, I realized I had a longgggggg way to go. Mine is the one on top, my friend Jon’s is the one on bottom. Clearly, we already know who’s the winner so far.

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Food Heaven

This morning, my boss sent me this: http://foodgawker.com/

It was like he was purposely trying to make me unproductive at work today.

As soon as you click on the link, your face is bombarded with images of drool-worthy food.

I can’t stop looking at this.

Basically, it’s food porn and the recipes to go with each one.

I really need to use this as an excuse to start learning how to cook.

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Sunday Afternoons

One of my favorite things to do is drive around and food hop. Since we were  in the city to see the Shanghai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, we decided to stop for some snacks and dessert after.

First stop: Nook in NobHill

I love this cute cafe where they have an assortment of breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and small plates. Not to mention a happy hour during the week. It’s a nice place to take a break with friends and grub on some food.

Smoked Salmon with crème fraiche, lemon on top of whole wheat crostini

Cheese and broccoli quiche

Next stop: Mr and Mrs Miscallaneous

This ice cream shop just opened two months ago and it’s already a hot spot. Delicious ice cream, friendly service, big portions and lots of parking in the area. What else could you really ask for?

The owners working hard

Praline Cream, Beer & Brittle, and Crema Catalana.
All unique and delicious and best of all, only $5 for three big scoops

If only every Sunday afternoon could be a food feast..

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La Folie is supposedly considered “one of the best French restaurants in San Francisco”. I can see why. While nothing on the menu completely blew me away, everything was consistent in regards to presentation, quality, and quantity. Don’t you hate going to a restaurant where one dish is absolutely amazing and the rest are mediocre? This place does a great job of making sure each dish was delicious.

Don’t mind the description, I barely remembered what I ate but I do remember everything being yummy.

Amuse bouche: Foie Gras with…something

Amuse bouche #2: Raw duck egg with toasted brioche (the duck egg was SO good!)

Appetizer: Frog legs with custard and vegetable puree (tasted like chicken)

Appetizer: Foie Gras in Caramelized Peach Sauce

Butter-soaked lobster on top of seafood ravioli

Duck cooked medium rare with a side of intestines (SO SO SO good)

Bread pudding with a little note 🙂

Cheese souffle

Passion fruit-filled chocolate bombe with a side of lemon sorbet

Thanks for such a nice meal 🙂

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Thanks in large to my boyfriend for making me a foodie (although true foodies are way too intense for me), I’ve become such a huge fan of trying  new  restaurants. I’ve had the opportunity to try a few already and now I can’t wait to try them all.

This is a never-ending list since there’s so many restaurants and there’s always new ones popping up.

Since I can’t keep up, I’ve started accumulating a list of restaurants that I want to try at some point (in no particular order):

1.  Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon , Las Vegas, NV
2. Urasawa, Beverly Hills, CA
3. French Laundry, Yountville, CA
4. Bouchon, Yountville, CA
5. Momofuku, New York, NY
6. Fleur de Lys, San Francisco, CA
7. Per Se, New York, NY
8. El Bulli, Catalonia, Spain
9. Boulevard, San Francisco, CA
10. Masa, New York, NY
11. Le Cinq, Paris, France
12. The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton, San Francisco, CA
13. Coi, San Francisco, CA
14. Alinea, Chicago, IL
15. Jean-George’s, New York, NY
16. The Fat Duck, London, UK
17. Daniel, New York, NY
18. Table Spoon, Hong Kong
19. Lung Keen Heen, Hong Kong
20. Shake Shack, New York, NY
21. Ike’s Place, San Francisco, CA
22. Providence, Los Angeles, CA

To be continued…

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Every year, my boyfriend and I would make our annual (soon to be bi-annual) trip to Vegas. It always happened to coincide with our anniversary so it just gave us more reason to celebrate. Neither of us are big gamblers and I can’t drink. So we did what we did best: EAT!

Since we stayed at Mandalay Bay and The Hotel, we decided to try all the restaurants there.

Here are some of the highlights:

First stop, Strip Steak inside Mandalay Bay Hotel. The food wasn’t exactly memorable but the restaurant setting was nice. All my pictures ended up coming out blurry so here is my favorite part of the meal: our free dessert. Yay!

Next, we hit up Mix Restaurant at the top of The Hotel. BEAUTIFUL view, beautiful restaurant. The appetizers and desserts were amazing. Unfortunately the entrees left something to be desired. So close.

Easily the nicest restaurant decor I’ve ever seen.

Foie Gras in it’s purest form. It was my first time trying it and I fell in LOVE.

Mix Candy Bar. Rich chocolate and graham cracker piece with lime coconut sorbet. It complements each other so well. Glad we started and ended the night with such winners.

The view from Mix Lounge. Gorgeous

Our last stop was Fleur de Lys. I’ve been DYING to try this place for so long now. This was in my “Top 5 Places to Try” and now I can finally cross it off my list. It definitely lived up to the hype!

Truffle Onion Soup. Such an uppity name but it lived up to it so well! I was pretty appalled at the $20 price tag but the soup is definitely worth trying. Delicious!

Hands down, the best filet mignon I’ve ever had. Cooked to perfection; very tender and juicy. I was literally in awe and speechless.

Thanks to my dearest for another wonderful anniversary 🙂

Finally, my boyfriend is a HUGE (that’s an understatement) fan of musicals. It’s a shame I don’t share that same passion. Nonetheless, we went to watch The Lion King, which turned out to be pretty good. Plus, it was free so why not?

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Cereal & Milk

Cereal and milk make the best midnight snack

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf

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