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

The Traveling Salesman

The Traveling Salesman

I’m traveling to Michigan and Chicago (brrr…) for work this week, so I’ll be taking a blogging hiatus until next Monday. Wish me luck with surviving in temperatures under 30 degrees again. Cheers, Erynn

A Hike in Mount Diablo State Park

A Hike in Mount Diablo State Park

I see Mount Diablo in the distance almost every day while driving. It was time to get to know it better. So during the MLK holiday weekend Russ and I went on a 7-mile hike around Mount Diablo State Park. The hike was strenuous with lots of climbing and little sun coverage in most areas. … Continue reading

Sunday Supper: Korean Tacos

Sunday Supper: Korean Tacos

My friends and I are starting a new tradition of Sunday Suppers. We’re aiming to meet once a month, potluck style. Russell and I kicked it off at our place. We made Korean tacos. And it just so happens that a plaza in Concord conveniently has both a Mexican grocery store and Korean grocery store, … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What I Read (in Concord)

What Russell Wore, What I Read (in Concord)

   What Russ is Wearing EMS beanie Damir Doma hoodie Rick Owens shorts Jordan “Playoffs” XII sneakers Vintage glasses G-Shock x In4Mation watch What I Read FRENCH MILK by Lucy Knisley My first graphic novel! And what a treat. I savored each page about Lucy’s eating adventures around Paris. Melodramatic writing at times, but overall … Continue reading

A Day in Sonoma County

A Day in Sonoma County

Can’t get much more California than this day I recently spent in Sonoma County for a good friend’s birthday. On a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon, we went to a holistic day spa, to Whole Foods (twice) for picnic provisions, hiked, did a wine tasting, then had dinner at a vegan, gluten-free restaurant. So different … Continue reading

Friday Links: Books with Coffee, Bathroom Bookcase, Library LOLs

Friday Links: Books with Coffee, Bathroom Bookcase, Library LOLs

I’ve decided to give up on coffee, besides the occasional mug on the weekends. This picture makes me feel all cozy inside. Books being read aloud:   This bathroom bookcase looks completely impractical and yet totally enticing. LOL. Creative library shelving. Looking forward to my weekend latte. Hope you have a good one. _ _

Quote of the Day: Bird by Bird

Quote of the Day: Bird by Bird

I just finished reading BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott. It’s a book with instructions on writing and life. I loved Anne’s humble and humorous voice. She’s got a knack for cracking jokes at just the right moment. And though I have no aspirations to write a book, I connected immediately with the way she … Continue reading

Celebrating the End of 2013

Celebrating the End of 2013

Happy New Year! I took a week off from work between Christmas and New Year and spent some time with my family and friends. Hope you enjoyed your holidays too. Here’s a look at my vacation! Kicked it off with bubbly with friends at Water Bar with amazing views of the Bay Bridge Opened gifts … Continue reading

Chronicle Books Holiday Party 2013

Chronicle Books Holiday Party 2013

Happy holidays! One of many things that Chronicle Books does really well is parties. Last week we had our holiday party at The Great American Music Hall, complete with karaoke and fireball martinis.   See you after the new year! _

Christmas White Elephant Party with Friends

Christmas White Elephant Party with Friends

It’s that wonderful time of year to celebrate the holidays with friends, co-workers, and family. Last week my friends and I exchanged gifts at a white elephant party. There was a game of King’s Cup as a throw-back to Cabo, lots of cheese, wine, laughs, and overall merriment.      Merry Christmas! _

What Russell Wore, What I Read

What Russell Wore, What I Read

On the afternoon of Thanksgiving, we prepped the fire pit outside so we could sit around it later. Here’s Russell chopping the wood for it. And me interrupting him to squeeze an outfit post out of the lovely setting. What Russell Wore: Norse Projects beanie Ralph Lauren Polo shirt RRL jeans Red Wing boots What … Continue reading

Spring 2014 Kick-Off

Spring 2014 Kick-Off

Though it’s only the first week of December, I’ve been living in the world of Spring 2014 at my job. We have to sell books months in advance, so I’m constantly thinking ahead. We just had our official Spring 2014 kick-off party in the office. There were drinks, snacks, games, book displays, and even raffle … Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

After five years of spending Thanksgivings with friends in New York, Russell and I were home with family for the holiday for the first time in a long time. My in-laws hosted over twenty people in their lovely home. We started a new tradition this year of reflecting on our year and thankfulness with a … Continue reading

Half Dome, Yosemite

Half Dome, Yosemite

For Russell’s 31st birthday we went to Yosemite and climbed Half Dome. Hardest hike of my life. And I wasn’t prepared at all. Next time, I’ll be doing some cardio training for weeks before to prepare. Yoga isn’t cutting it. We started the day at 5 AM- woke up early in Fresno and drove from … Continue reading

Chronicle Bake Sale for the Philippines

Chronicle Bake Sale for the Philippines

On Monday Chronicle hosted a bake sale with proceeds going to the Philippines Red Cross. Over 30 co-workers baked masterpieces that were both beautiful and delicious. And people from all over the neighborhood stopped by. In the end, we were able to donate over $3,000 to the Red Cross! – -

What Russell Wore, What I Read (at Home)

What Russell Wore, What I Read (at Home)

What Russell Wore: Woolrich Coat, altered. He added the hood from an old sweatshirt Ten Deep shorts, altered. They were originally pants. Ugg House Slippers I should also mention that Russell made the bridge he’s standing one. He’s one handy man! What I Read: LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS. In turns hilarious and insightful. I … Continue reading

30th Birthday Celebrations, Part III

30th Birthday Celebrations, Part III

For my third and final 30th birthday celebration, I hosted a joint birthday party with my good friend Edward in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 10 of us rented a house and soaked up the sun (and tequila). We all met at SFO and flew down via Virgin America together on a Thursday. The party got … Continue reading

Halloween 2013 at Chronicle Books

Halloween 2013 at Chronicle Books

This year was my first Halloween at Chronicle and though people told me what a big deal it was, I had no idea just how elaborate and fun it’d be. People did not joke around. Work stopped at 2:30 and festivities ensued for the rest of the day. The over-arching theme of the party was … Continue reading

30th Birthday Celebrations, Part II

30th Birthday Celebrations, Part II

The weekend before my 30th birthday, I celebrated with family in Central California. My parents recently moved from Southern California to Madera, which is just outside of Fresno. Most people respond to this information with “oh my god, why??” I answer with 1) to be in between my sister in LA and me in the … Continue reading

United Nations Day Potluck

United Nations Day Potluck

October 24th was United Nations Day. To celebrate (any opportunity to eat), some of us at Chronicle participated in an international potluck. Here’s the full blog post on Chronicle’s official blog: Happy United Nations Day!  I brought the Korean kimbab, cucumber kimchee, and assorted Korean cookies. Here’s the instgram video, with me in the left corner with … Continue reading