NYC Trip Recap: WANDER

While food is always a highlight, my favorite moments during this NYC trip were spent just wandering around the city. I hadn’t spent much time in Brooklyn, and one day the beautiful weather demanded that we take a nice, long walk from Crown Heights to Williamsburg.

Our lovely hostess, Miss India, took this super cute pic of me and Kelly. I want to frame it. 

Isn’t the Brooklyn Library pretty? I totally would’ve gone inside but it was just way too nice outside to spend hours poring over books. 

I loved our walk through Williamsburg. So much to look at — so much potential shopping I had to say no to. Such is the life is a poor girl like moi.   

Our beautiful view while we snacked on treats from Smorgasburg. There were SO MANY options to choose from, but I finally settled on a Asian inspired taco with ahi tuna. It was amazing.

Hi Kelly.


On our very first day, we walked ridiculously far, finally ending up at the High Line

I love how New York has all of these hidden spots, nestled between the bustle. It’s like a totally different world. 

I was a big fan of these birdhouses. I’d love to put one outside our window so Sawyer can get some decent bird watching in. 

Early evening view off of the High Line.  

It’s funny, since New York is in so many movies/TV shows/books/photos, I always feel like every single bit of it looks like it popped off a movie set, you know?

I’m already excited to go back. Luckily, I don’t have long to wait! 

Isn’t it the best when you have visitors? San Francisco is so much fun to show off. And she was at her finest this weekend. Clear, sunny days made everything seem 10 times more beautiful. All of the houses seemed brighter and more colorful than usual, and the sky was the most brilliant blue.

On Saturday, we decided to make the most of the sunshine and have an outdoor adventure. 5 of us packed bags of bread, cheese, grapes, wine and a bottle of whiskey (!) and cabbed out to the Sutro Baths.

It was so windy when we got there. Of course, none of us had considered this. It was a fierce and bitterly cold wind that almost pushed us backwards as we walked down the hill to the ruins. At first, we were all a little unsure if this trip had been worth it. It was freezing.

But as we all tiptoed across the old ruin’s walls to the water, we were suddenly right at the edge of the ocean. Salty mists of water spritzed our faces, and the ocean churned into pure white froth all around the rocky shore. We all looked at each other. “This is pretty great,” someone said.

We trekked along the cliffs and found a cave that led all the way through to the other side. We huddled against the wind and snuck sips of the whiskey, and then decided to find a place to picnic.

After wandering through the cypress trees, we found a sunny and grassy spot just off the footpath. We all sat, broke bread, and sipped from our various bottles. We talked about old friends, new jobs and future adventures for a long time.

After battling the freezing wind back to the street, we hopped on a bus back to Van Ness. At the spur of the moment, we decided to finish off the day with a warm plate of mashed potatoes and gravy (and a gigantic turkey leg for some) at the oh-so-famous Tommy’s Joynt.

It was a good day. A very San Francisco day.
I love having visitors.

We’re still in the middle of San Francisco summer.

It’s slightly cooled down this week, but this weekend it was a perfect 80 degrees all day long. After a month or so of nothing but fog, this weather is much needed.

Here’s what I did this weekend:

1. Friday night dinner at Nojo in Hayes Valley. All of these small Japanese plates were bursting with fresh flavors, but this simple cucumber and nori salad was my absolute favorite. The chef simply broke up small cucumbers in a rough manner, and sprinkled the salad with torn nori and a rice wine vinaigrette. Even though I’m a mess with chopsticks, I managed to eat every last bite.

2. I had to go downtown to get my haircut Saturday morning (at the Cinta Aveda School. Best. Deal. Ever. Seriously, the girl did a great job and I honestly saved myself $50. Do it.), so I decided to take the long route back and walked home since it was so nice out.  The weather was surreal, and so was the view. On days like that, San Francisco looks like a gigantic postcard to me — perfectly framed and color corrected.

3. Amanda and I wandered back downtown later that afternoon to peruse H&M for cheap Halloween costume supplies. The flower carts down by Union Square were just exploding with fresh flowers! I couldn’t believe how bright and beautiful the sunflowers, hydrangeas, irises, and dahlias were. I stopped and smelled them until the cart owner started to give me dirty looks.

4. Sunday was just as warm and balmy. After a long run out to the Golden Gate and back, I met Kelly out in North Beach, where he was drinking beers with the boys on a friend’s rooftop. We shimmied down a tiny ladder, and hiked up the steep hill on Taylor to a little tapas bar on Mason. It was one of those perfect meals that makes you feel like you’re on vacation — I wore a sundress and sandals and we sat outside while eating garlicy mushrooms. We sipped white wine sangria (for me) and light Spanish beer (for him) while watching the overflowing Mason cable car wind its way down the hill. Moments like that make me feel like life couldn’t possibly be better.

Hope your weekend was just as heavenly.


{Here are ten little things I love right now…}


Badger Balm in Highland Mint (perfect for literally any part of your body that needs a little moisturizing).


Basil, Parsley, and Oregano growing on my windowsill.


This perfect spring dress (I have a couple weddings to attend) from Lulu’s.


Long weekend runs on the Marina Parkway.


These beautiful warm weather wedges from Jeffrey Campbell.


Little brothers in Duck gear.

How handsome is he?


New cardigans (I just got this one in tan a couple weeks ago and I’m a little obsessed).


Hearty, homemade tomato sauce.


Messy braids.


Pineapple popsicles.

Happy Monday!

{I feel silly saying that. Mondays are the worst}

I had a fabulous Saturday at the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building, and I’m loving that I get to enjoy my purchases all week long.

Personally, this is my favorite SF Farmer’s Market. They have the best food cart selection. I had a mouthwatering butternut squash and Swiss chard tamale from PrimaveraYUM. Amazing to say the least.

I always feel like Farmer’s Market produce lasts so much longer than your average Trader Joe’s produce, don’t you?

After my Saturday shopping, I made: pasta with mushrooms/sage/brown butter/parmesan, arugula salad with pomegranate and lemon mustard dressing, French sourdough bread with butter.

{From the top left: 1. Bartlett pears, herb seedlings for sale, 2. heirloom tomato sauce from Happy Girl Kitchen, 3. more pickled goods from Happy Girl Kitchen, 4. gorgeous mushrooms from Far West Funghi Co., 5. ditto}

That’s all for now loves. Have a good week!


Ten reasons I love Christmas:

1. The smell of pine. Everywhere.

2. Having multiple excuses to eat icing out of the bowl.

3. Getting a new Christmas ornament from my mom, and looking through all of the old ones with my siblings (and, inevitably, fighting over which ornaments belong to whom).

4. Having Seth wake me up at the crack of dawn to open our stockings.

5. My mom’s amazing blueberry strata for breakfast.

6. Sipping on hot apple cider while taking pictures in front of the gigantic tree in Los Gatos.

7. {Wrapping paper fights.}

8. Pork tenderloin/lamb/roast beef/whatever new and delicious feat my dad  and stepmom cook up this year.

9.  Still leaving out cookies and milk for Santa. Just because.

10. Staying up late, eating cold pie, with the living room lit by {Christmas lights} and {embers} from the fireplace .

Why does everything just feel like magic around Christmas? I love it.

I hope you all are gearing up for cozy/delightful/family filled days.

Everyone deserves to have something special happen to them on Christmas.

(This is why I’ve been keeping a little extra change in my pocket, for the sweet man who sits on the corner around from my office. It’s Christmas for pete’s sake.)


{A brief Thanksgiving recap}

Yes, a little late. But I’m still eating leftovers so I think it’s relevant.

This year, we had Thanksgiving at my dad’s house in Potrero Hill.

It was quite a crew–about 18 people! But I love crazy family gatherings. I brought the boyfriend along for the adventure, and he got to witness the silly, laugh out loud shenanigans that me and my three siblings love to pull.

{One appetizer table of many. Crostini, nuts, and olive tapenade.}

{Cozy fireplace. I want one.}

{Soft candlelit glow with the aid of tissue paper.}

{Blurry shot of the kids playing Scrabble Slam. My new favorite.}

{My stepmom has been using carpet samples as coasters (which I love), and she made those little fabric leaves by hand!}

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. I love Christmas, but what I like about Thanksgiving is the emphasis on family, and the lack of presents. It’s genuinely about quality time with the people you love, and sharing good food together. What more could you ask for? It’s consistently one of the most memorable days of the year for me.

The rest of the weekend was just a delightful swirl of lazy fun.

My sister and I rooted for our respective teams for the Oregon/Arizona game.


I made a ridiculous amount of Turkey noodle soup.


And ended the weekend with a trip to Fisherman’s wharf with my sister, brothers, Mom, and her boyfriend.

Paper plates covered in buttered crab, big bowls of thick clam chowder, and Heineken cans served in paper bags made a perfect ending to my Thanksgiving weekend.


I hope you all got to spend time with those you love this weekend.

Next up… Christmas!


{Just a few things I consider more luxurious pleasures in life. Yes, kittens included.}

I usually stick to a “moderation in all things” approach to life–but I love this quote by Mae West. Sometimes, you deserve to indulge yourself, you know? Sometimes, there really is no such thing as too much of a good thing.

I probably won’t be wolfing down pints of gelato anytime soon… but I like feeling like it’s all right to reward yourself from time to time. Even if it’s just with the simple, little things.


(images from weheartit)

Happy Friday!

I found these pretty leaves on my way to work.

Mmmmm I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–I love love love fall.

{leaves like this remind me of being little and throwing handfuls at my sister…}

{…they also always make me think of this poem…}

{…and pumpkin pie. weird? maybe. oh well.}


What are you up to this weekend?

On the agenda for me:

-delicious comfort food in SOMA with not one, but two very dear and old friends

Ducks vs. Huskies

this brilliant event in the Mission

-Sunday dinner with the family

Have a great weekend xo

PS: It’s almost Thanksgiving!!

What is it about rainy weather that immediately makes me crave comfort food?

And by comfort food I mean pasta and cheese.

Occasionally I meander into soup mode. Or tea and toast. But nine times out of ten, I’m going to choose a pasta + cheese combo.

These are my latest drool-worthy obsessions. I may have to make all of them this weekend.

Garlic Dumplings with Emmentaler cheese from SAVEUR (my favorite food magazine)

These two baked macaroni and cheese recipes: From Smitten Kitchen and The Chef and the Photographer

I have literally been daydreaming about this gnocchi mac and cheese from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary. Seriously–how amazing does that look? Sitting down with a big bowl of this and a steaming cup of tea and watching an Audrey Hepburn movie sounds like the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.


xoxo have a happy weekend lovelies! whether there’s rain or shine…