Monthly Archives: May 2010

As American as American Cupcake

Learning the first rule of blogging is painful. Wanna know the first rule of blogging? TAKE YOUR CAMERA EVERYWHERE YOU GO.

In the past few days there have been so many instances where I’m literally trying to kick myself in my own ass. And we all know that pictures tell a thousand words–I’m pretty sure anything that I describe would be lost on my little blog followers! Lets just say I saw a 3 month old kitten on Muni (yes Muni) swaddled like a baby, and I could not put into words how freakin’ cute this kit was.

Anyway, on to more pressing subjects. Like the grand opening of American Cupcake. From the start–with it’s bright white banquets and cotton candy hued interior to the extensive cupcake selection–I could tell that this one would be a ballerina’s dream. Throw in the candy cocktails, like “The Shameless” and “The Flirtatious” and you’ve got the little girl inside us all completely hooked! Here are the menu items I tried:

  • Truffle Parmesan Popcorn
  • Tater Tots with curried ketchup and wasabi aioli
  • Organic Asparagus Soup with Riverdog Farm Asparagus, pancetta, poached egg, parmesan, and smoked paprika
  • Pulled Pork Sliders with housemade jack n’ coke bbq sauce,  pickled vegetables, and chili smoked sea salt
  • Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs with tobiko
  • Kobe Beef and Quail Egg toasts topped with caviar
  • Dungeness Crab and Corn Chowder

And I didn’t even try their PB&J menu!. By the way, I absolutely love the revival of the chinese-takeout boxes-as-serving bowls thing.

In case your in the Marina/Cow Hollow, check em out! They are located at 1919 Union Street. As for me? Well I’ll get back to munching on my Pixie Stick Cupcake…



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Lunch Fit for a Queen

I’m always on the hunt for a new spot to grab lunch at in South Park, which is why everyone in the office was über-excited for the opening of American Grilled Cheese. Too bad the line was all the way around the corner! Next time guys.

We did end up sauntering down this little gem called South Park Street, which seemed so perfect for a picnic! I was kind of jealous of all the moms on play dates with their baby strollers, and those web developers who can afford to take a 2 hour break.

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We settled on Caffe Centro (102 S. Park Street), and I got the Cobb Salad.

Cobb Salad from Caffe Centro

It’s not a surprise of what is beckoning me to dig in (notice the plastic cutlery) to this little to- go box — grilled chicken, hard boiled egg, crumbled blue cheese, sliced tomato, bacon (has to be Applewood) on a bed of mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette. But let’s be honest here: not many can get a Cobb Salad right. Quizno’s anyone? NASTY. So I am happy to report that my chicken was juicy, my tomato was fresh, my greens were crispy, and my slice of foccacia was freshly baked and soft. YUM!

In closing, I have to give a shout out to Kally! We are so sad she is leaving us, but know she will do amazing things at Blackboard Eats SF (coming soon). They were just named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Brightest Ideas of 2009, check ’em out!


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Save the Drama for Yo Moma

Roommate woes are the worst to have–there’s nothing worse than fighting with someone you share close quarters with, amirite?

The hardest thing is when you diplomatically say how how you feel, and the other person involved is not mature enough to separate themselves from the issue at hand. We all have to feel comfortable in our homes, so I’ve put together a short list to help us all remember that we are not the only person that lives in this universe.

1. Accept that you are not always right.

2. Be mature. If you are not mature enough to handle conflicts, maybe you are not mature enough to live on your own.

3. Clean up after yourself, period. No one needs to tell you what to do, just do it.

4. Be respectful of those around you. Remember in SF walls are thin! And most of us wake up at a decent hour.

5. Replace the roll of toilet paper if you have used the last of it. Replace the sugar if you have used it all. Hey–replace anything that you have used the last of.

I know this list is short and sweet, but hopefully it will be enough to get you started!


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Family in da House

This weekend the Fam-Bam officially took San Francisco by storm. It all started Friday at about 1 o’clock. Mom picked up Aunt Terri, Aunt Dede, and Gramma Tess, then Uncle Tom, Aunt Judy, and Cousin Kai from SFO. Mikey and Angel rolled up sometime after. It was like a horse race–The Hamiks/Dunns checked into their rooms, and then we were off! First stop: Coit Tower.

Freezing up there!

Next Stop? Fisherman’s Wharf and Boudin Bakery for some eats!

The Clam Chowder in a bread bowl was a popular choice–after all, The City by The Bay is the sourdough capital of the world (or something like that). Unfortunately it wasn’t clammy enough for Uncle Tom, so next time the order will be “Clam Chowder, heavy on the clam”. At least the sun was out but it was was frickin’ freezing! Thank God we had a couple mini bottles of wine to warm ourselves from the inside. Next stop? The Golden Gate Bridge!

Where's Aunt Dede?

At this point, we are all freezing our booties off, but all in the name of a good picture, right?

Good 'ole Ging-Ging

Then it was off to the Palace of Fine Arts!

Where we did a little goofing around:

I learned you need to *bend* the knees when landing.

Fast forward to Saturday, of which graduation took up almost the entire day. Can I just say, it honestly seemed as if NO ONE knew what they were doing (at the ceremony, that is). I’m just glad I didn’t miss out; note to self: set clocks ahead for certain family members. Later on we had dinner at McCormick & Kuleto’s, and boy did we have a blast! Thank you again for everyone’s cards, contributions, and well wishes =)

I think this is enough for one day! Will recap more tomorrow, y’all!


P.S. I’d like to shamelessly plug That Takes The Cake at 2271 Union Street. Today at work I tried the Red Velvet, Keylime-o-licious and impeach my hunger-yum! These things were addicting and sinful! Check em out at


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Once upon a time…

Once upon a time, a boy and a girl lived 6 houses down from each other on a street named Jumilla Avenue. The girl was the middle of 3 sisters; the boy was one of 6 brothers and one sister. These kids grew up together, along with the entire block, and experienced love, loss, triumph, and failure. This little girl was very popular and was the object of many boys’ affections, and grew into a young woman.

There was one boy in particular who turned out to be a special one. He was an altar boy and attended catholic school. Although at times he seemed a bit goofy with his large hands, this boy grew into a fine young man who captured the young woman’s heart soon after she was in a terrible motorcycle crash. As the story goes, they fell in love, were married, and had a beautiful son and daughter.

In case you couldn’t tell, this is the (very much) abridged version of how my mother and father met and I came to be. They brought together 2 families, The Dunns and The Hamiks, and as I listened to stories of their mischief this past weekend I gained insight into the people they were, and still are. I’m sure everyone believes their family is slightly crazy–they wouldn’t be our family if they weren’t.  But I want to truly thank my family from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t have done it without you!

If there is one thing I have learned this weekend is that no matter how crazy your family may seem (at times), you’ve got to love them because they are all you’ve got.


P.S. Will do a weekend recap mañana.


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This f*ing Gucci Bike

This Muni situation is getting to be too much. As many of you know, SFMTA, the managing company of Muni, made service cuts again on May 8th despite receiving an earmark from Sacramento to help with the deficit. More service cuts translates to fewer and far between buses, which means I have to leave earlier and wait longer to get to where I need to go. Now I’ve been living in this fine city for almost 2 years, and have not once owned a car. I’m not saying I didn’t need a car, because those times have definitely arisen. But to keep from paying $150-200 per month for a parking space and $100 for parking tickets, I choose to ride Muni.

More and more recently though, I’m beginning to wonder if I need to re-think this decision. Which is where the bicycle comes in. I’ve heard that you never forget how to ride a bike. But what if you never knew how to ride competitively in SF? I mean, drivers have it bad but bikers have it worse! I have seen 2 people get hit while biking; one was by a Muni bus. I think the scariest part is worrying about the right hand turn lane, or T-boning you with their car door. And to top it off I spoke with someone last night who told me and I quote, “If you ride a bicycle in The City, you have to expect to get hit at least once.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t like those odds! So while I may not be ready to be plowed to the ground, I’d rather do it in style, which is why if I were to get a bike I’d make it a Gucci Bicycle!

Photo courtesy: jezeerpar

This ride will set you back a cool $6,365.

While biking may not be for me, just gotta make sure you’re wearing clean underwear for that sexy firefighter who’s cutting your pants off. =)

And don’t forget your helmet!


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The Girls!

I totally love my job. One of the perks? Sometimes the girls make an appearance in the office.  When they do, my heart smiles =)

Below are some pictures of the cute munchkins!

Oh a walkin' we will go!

Head to head! Daisy and Tulip

Aren't they adorable?!

Another perk? We are right by the ball park!


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