Giants Tailgate 2014

Giants Tailgate 2014

Russell’s uncle hosts a yearly Giants baseball tailgate party. It’s always a good time with way too much food and fabulous company. It’s even better when the Giants win, which they did! Here are some scenes from the ball park that day.  {My brother-in-law captured this great panaromic shot of all the food}   {Russell … Continue reading

Summer So Cal Trip

Summer So Cal Trip

Here are some pics from our recent trip to Southern California. We spent time with my sister and her boyfriend in West Covina, I got my hair done in Beverly Hills, we visited our friends we met in New York who now live in the Arts District of Los Angeles, and my friends Helen and Richie … Continue reading

My New ‘Do

My New ‘Do

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I’ve been sporting a new ‘do. Here’s how it went down. Phase 1: Cut off a foot of hair at Salon Alta in San Francisco. I had it done by the owner, Cirrus. She’s awesome. I loved how she supported the big chop … Continue reading

Day Trip to Yosemite with the Family

Day Trip to Yosemite with the Family

A few weeks ago I visited my parents in Central California. My sister and her boyfriend came up from Los Angeles too for the family reunion. We made a day trip to Yosemite, or actually a picnic site just outside of Yosemite since the park is way too crowded at this time of year. While … Continue reading

Business Trip to Portland

Business Trip to Portland

I went to Portland for a hot minute for a quick business trip. I wish I’d had more time to explore. I’ll definitely be going back for a proper visit soon. I flew in early in the morning and grabbed lunch at Tasty n Sons. It was a half hour wait on a Thursday before … Continue reading

San Francisco Ramen Festival 2014

San Francisco Ramen Festival 2014

I’m a little behind in my posting after being on business trips last week in Chicago and Grand Rapids. But here’s a quick recap of the San Francisco Ramen Festival that I went to three weeks ago. It was crowded…way too crowded. The two friends we went with gave up within 10 minutes and went to … Continue reading

Weekend in Ibiza

Weekend in Ibiza

While visiting Paris with my girlfriends, we took a weekend away in Ibiza. Yes, it was fun. No, I’ve never partied harder.              Where We Stayed:  Hotel Torre del Mar on Playa d’en Bossa. Where We Ate:  Restaurant near our hotel (can’t remember the name, but has “Fish It” on its sign) for a … Continue reading

A Vacation in Paris with Girlfriends

A Vacation in Paris with Girlfriends

One of my best friends is taking a sabbatical in Paris this summer. Lucky her and lucky me for being able to visit with my other girlfriends. It was cold and rainy until my last day there, but Paris never ceases to amaze and it will forever be one of my favorite cities in the world. … Continue reading

Out of Office

Out of Office

I’m on vacation in Paris and Ibiza for the next week! It’s a girls trip and a 7-year reunion with these two ladies, who came and visited me while I was living in Paris in 2007. Our friend Jess will be joining us this time.  (This is us in France for Kirby’s wedding 2 years ago) … Continue reading

A Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

A Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

My friends just had the most beautiful and classy wedding ever in Napa County. I went up just for the day with Russell and my friends Janee and Jessica. Wish we’d had more time in Napa, but we maximized with a lunch at Bottega, wine tasting at Elizabeth Spencer, and celebrating at the wedding at Calistoga … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What I Read in Napa

What Russell Wore, What I Read in Napa

What Russell Wore: Carrera sunglasses Rented 3-piece tux with shawl collar David Yurman and Scott Kay bracelets Multicolor Fly Knit Racers What I Read: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. In the introduction by Harold S. Kushner, Kushner says “Typically, if a book has one passage, one idea with the power to change a person’s … Continue reading

Wedding at the San Diego Hard Rock

Wedding at the San Diego Hard Rock

My good friend from college got married last week at the Hard Rock in San Diego. Doesn’t she make a beautiful bride? For party favors the bride and groom donated to the ASPCA on behalf of all their guests. So sweet and perfect for this pup-loving couple. Such a glam venue. We had a great … Continue reading

Sea Ranch Travelogue: May 2014

Sea Ranch Travelogue: May 2014

Russ and I have hit our stride with planning quick get-aways to Sea Ranch. We wait for 3-day weekends then power our way through all of our favorite things to do (which involves a lot of carbs from Two Fish). This past Memorial Day weekend, we drove up early on Saturday, picked up garlicky delicious … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What I Read (in Sea Ranch)

What Russell Wore, What I Read (in Sea Ranch)

What Russell Wore: EMS beanie Rec Specs goggles (with prescription) Home-made fishtail tank Air Jordan shorts Nike Combat tights Nike Hyperfeel Trail shoes What Erynn Read: ONCE THE SHORE by Paul Yoon. A collection of short stories set on a fictional South Korean island. Some golden lines: “Maybe going somewhere else was an act of remembrance of … Continue reading

Bay to Breakers 2014

Bay to Breakers 2014

A typical foggy San Francisco morning… With costumes, naked runners, and jello shots before 9 AM… also known as Bay to Breakers.  I got too distracted by all the sights to take many photos. But I hope these photos are enough to convey that a good time was had. ;)

Isla Vista On My Mind

Isla Vista On My Mind

I’ve been debating whether or not I should put in my two cents about the recent tragedy in Isla Vista. Ultimately, posting anything else this week seemed trivial. As a UCSB alum, I feel sad for all the students whose college experience will now forever be tainted by this heinous crime. As a woman, I … Continue reading

Fall 2014 Kick-Off @ Chronicle Books

Fall 2014 Kick-Off @ Chronicle Books

We had our Fall 2014 Kick-Off party at Chronicle Books last week. It’s a time for the whole company to get together and see/celebrate the books we have coming out in the upcoming season. Since I’m in Sales, I’ve already seen (and sold) most of the books on our Fall 2014 list, but that’s not the case … Continue reading

Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California

Another reason why I hella love Oakland: The Oakland Museum of California. On Friday Nights they have half-price admission, Off the Grid food trucks, live music and dancing. There are Vinyl and Giant Robot exhibits happening right now that are definitely worth a visit. I can easily say this was my best museum experience, ever. … Continue reading

Sunday Supper: Japanese Theme

Sunday Supper: Japanese Theme

Our friends Evan and Jessica hosted the latest edition of Sunday Supper, and they cooked a Japanese-themed feast, including chicken karaage, tofu, brussell sprout kimchee (genius!), and more. We brought the spam musubi. The food was delicious and spending quality time with friends is always a good idea.   _

Wedding in Fairfield, California

Wedding in Fairfield, California

      Fairfield, California: famous for being in the middle-of-nowhere and home to the Jelly Belly Headquarters. I’ve only stopped by on my way to Sacramento, but I’m so glad we ventured in further for a recent wedding. Such gorgeous farm and wine country out there!  It was a beautiful wedding with sparkling lights and … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What I Read

What Russell Wore, What I Read

What Russell Wore: Vintage plaid shirt Stussy fleece jacket Nike Tech fleece pants Asics Gel Lyte III sneakers What I’m Reading:  THE SWEET LIFE IN PARIS by David Lebovitz, in preparation for my trip to Paris this summer! Musings on life in Paris interspersed with delicious recipes; doesn’t get much sweeter than this. And yes, I’m … Continue reading

Wine Tasting in Livermore

Wine Tasting in Livermore

Livermore is a great alternative to Napa for wine tasting. It’s closer to the East Bay, less crowded, more affordable, and the wines were actually very good. I recently went with some co-workers from Chronicle and we visited three wineries: McGrail, Wente, and Rios-Lovell. Here are some photos from that gorgeous day. McGrail’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon … Continue reading

Quote of the Day: Kafka on the Shore

Quote of the Day: Kafka on the Shore

“I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fadeout, the real world evaporates. I’m alone, inside the world of the story. My favorite feeling in the world.”  “Every one of us is losing something precious to us…Lost … Continue reading

Swooping by Seattle

Swooping by Seattle

I was in Washington state recently for a business trip at the Costco headquarters in Issaquah. Typically, I make this a day trip only, admiring the Pacific Northwest pathetically from the car on the short drive from the airport to my meeting. But this time I spent the night and squeezed in a quick trip to the … Continue reading

Josey Baker Bread

Josey Baker Bread

I’ve been baking bread from scratch, thanks to this new cookbook, Josey Baker Bread.   Josey breaks down what seems like an intimidating process, into a very easy-to-follow and gratifying adventure that results in delicious, really delicious bread.    The most difficult part about baking bread is all the waiting time. Overall, the process can … Continue reading

Spring Break in NYC: Day 4

Spring Break in NYC: Day 4

Our trip went by too fast in 4 short days. But we did everything we intended to do: eat, see friends, eat, shop, eat, walk. On our last day we ate bagels for breakfast from where we used to get bagels all the time- I don’t even know what it’s called, I just call it … Continue reading

Spring Break in NYC: Day 3

Spring Break in NYC: Day 3

Day 3 started with breakfast  at one of our favorite restaurants, Egg. They just moved into a bigger, sunnier space. They’re still serving the best egg dishes in town (maybe even the state, the country?) We checked out of our place in Brooklyn and spent the next day with our friends on the Upper East Side. … Continue reading

Spring Break in NYC: Day 2

Spring Break in NYC: Day 2

On our second day in New York, we started in Harlem for brunch at Lido for some quality time with two of our favorite people. All-you-can-drink-mimosa brunches are a New York must. And so is Levain Bakery, which was conveniently across the street from Lido. From Harlem, we entered Central Park on 110th Street, picked up … Continue reading

Spring Break in NYC: Day 1

Spring Break in NYC: Day 1

I’ll be sharing some photos from our recent vacation in New York City over the next few days. Though it’s only been 9 months since we moved from New York to California, we missed a lot of our favorite restaurants and friends. It was so good to be back. We took a red-eye in, dropped off … Continue reading

On Hiatus

On Hiatus

Please excuse my absence from this blog. I’ve been on the road! Russell and I spent his Spring Break in New York last week, then I had a business trip in Seattle, followed by a girls weekend in Las Vegas. I’m catching my breath this week before taking off again for another business trip in … Continue reading

Napa with New Yorkers

Napa with New Yorkers

My friends from New York visited San Francisco recently and invited me on their trip to Napa. You don’t have to ask me twice! Tasting #1: Schramsberg Vineyards A sparkling wine tasting in underground caves. The candle-light in the tasting room added an extra nice touch to the experience.      Tasting #2: Chateau Montalena Felt too … Continue reading

What to Read Next?

What to Read Next?

As a serial reader, I’m often jumping from book to book without pause. I wanted to share my process of deciding what to read next by showing you an example of my current reading selections and how I came across them. My method is pretty systematic: Hear about a book from a friend, review, Shelf … Continue reading

Sunday in the Sunset

Sunday in the Sunset

Despite sunny weather forecasts this past Sunday, the Sunset district of San Francisco stayed stubbornly foggy throughout the day. Our plans to go to Ocean Beach were ruined, but we improvised and had a great time anyways. We spent the afternoon at Park Chalet, stopped by the cold beach for a quick selfie, had champagne in … Continue reading

Tilden Regional Park Hike

Tilden Regional Park Hike

There are endless trails to explore in the Bay Area. We recently hiked a small section of Tilden Regional Park which stretches between the Berkeley Hills and San Pablo Ridge. We started at Inspiration Point to Meadows Canyon Trail to Wildcat Creek Trail and looped back to Inspiration Point via Nimitz Way. Here are the … Continue reading

Sunday Supper: Make Your Own Pizza

Sunday Supper: Make Your Own Pizza

Back in January, Russell and I kicked off a series of Sunday Suppers with friends, where everyone takes turns making different parts of the meal. Here’s a look at our second gathering that our friends hosted at their new home in San Francisco. They bought the raw sourdough pizza crust from a popular pizza spot … Continue reading

Quote of the Day: Cool Gray City of Love

Quote of the Day: Cool Gray City of Love

“Golden Gate Park is so big – at 1,017 acres, and it’s 20 percent larger than Central Park, and much more overgrown and opaque- that if you don’t approach it methodically, you’ll just keep forgetting whatever you learned. So I divided it up into rough grids and started exploring. It took about 20 days, walking … Continue reading

Sunday Picnic at Millerton Lake

Sunday Picnic at Millerton Lake

I was in Fresno visiting with family last weekend. My mom and dad took us to Millerton Lake for a picnic. We didn’t see any of the bald eagles that the park boasts about, but a beautiful day nonetheless. I’m loving the opportunity to explore Central California with my folks. -

Travelogue: Sea Ranch, February 2014

Travelogue: Sea Ranch, February 2014

Over President’s Day weekend Russell and I went to Sea Ranch. Even though I’ve been a dozen times, it never ceases to amaze and surprise me. We have a new commitment to explore all the trails within the 10-mile stretch of the Sea Ranch community. (Trails are private and require permits.) Here’s a little of … Continue reading

The Vision of Sea Ranch

The Vision of Sea Ranch

“The Sea Ranch grew out of the vision of a unique community that would understand, respect, and work to protect this remark- able natural environment. Members would share a commitment to ‘live lightly on the land.’ This vision and these shared values became known as The Sea Ranch Concept. It was a grand experiment that … Continue reading

Wedding at the Marvimon House, Los Angeles

Wedding at the Marvimon House, Los Angeles

We went to LA to see a dear friend get hitched! Helen and I met in Korea where we were studying abroad 11 years (!) ago. We’ve traveled together to Dublin, London, and Paris. Lived together in New York. She’s one of the most out-going, sociable people I know. I credit her for so many fun … Continue reading

I Could Live in LA…

I Could Live in LA…

“I could live in LA” kept coming out of my mouth last weekend when we were in town for a wedding. I’ve since retracted the statement (my heart belongs to the Bay), but really, LA kind of seduced me. Sunny skies, Korean food even better than what you can get in Korea, my sister, good … Continue reading

Business Trip to Chicago

Business Trip to Chicago

Chicago was cold. Obvious and understated. I spent less than 24 hours in Chicago but maximized my time by scheduling 4 meetings and eating at a few key places. One of my four meetings got cancelled last-minute and I nearly missed my flight back, but I still count it as a pretty successful trip. Here … Continue reading

Business Trip to Michigan

Business Trip to Michigan

My first time in the state of Michigan! I was in town for one day for a meeting in Grand Rapids. I landed at 9:30 PM and went straight to a microbrewery, Mitten Brewing Company for some beer and pizza. I wish I’d had more time to do this ale trail. The next morning I … Continue reading