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I’m baaaaacccckkk!!

Bonjour! Nice to see you again. And if you are new to join me, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve decided to dust the cobwebs of le old blog over here, now that I have my head screwed back on straight. I’m so ecstatic to be back blogging again! Many of you know me from my previous life, not quote an accurate reflection of who I am. I’m in the midst of a life transition, a “quarter-life crisis” if you will, and right now I’m taking time to find myself and explore new opportunities. Cliche, right? Well, a secret that I kept hidden was that I was not in the place that I was meant to be. The situation was not right and unbeknownst to me, causing more distress and imbalance in my daily doings that I, myself, wasn’t even noticing how it was affecting my health and peace of mind. Sometimes you need to snap your eyes open in order to lift yourself from the fog. I’ve been reassessing life, reconnecting with myself, and embracing this reawakening, both physically and mentally.
Are you my mother
And guess what? Things have never been more crystal clear. I finally notice the little old man buttering his muffin at the local cafe. The blue eyed boy chasing the peacock at the zoo. You see, before I was so caught up in my own unhappiness that I couldn’t pull myself out of the constant negative mind reel that would catch me off guard and interfered with my other happy thoughts, that’s where “the balance” became unbalanced. I’m a Libra…we’re all about the beauty of balance around us. Life is amazing gift, but you won’t really know that until you start living it.
I’ve finally started doing things that I never felt I had the capacity or wherewithal to do. I’ve never felt so free, happy, or emotionally and mentally light as a feather. Sometimes you must face the unknown to discover your true character.
I’m going to be updating as life happens in the same way that I did before…only this time I feel as though I’ve finally come into my own and matured beyond my years. It only took me 27 years, but I made it and it doesn’t stop here.
Like a phoenix rising…

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Why Being In Your 20s Is Awesome

Once again, Thought Catalog comes through with Why Being In Your 20s Is Awesome:

“I’m going to be a twentysomething because that’s what I am and all I know how to be.  And you should too. You should love every single moment of this hot mess of a decade. Chances are you’ll miss it before you even get to say ‘I’m 30’.”

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Twenty-Something Musings

Sometimes it’s tough being twenty-something. You’re trying to figure out who you are, where you’re at in your career, not to mention what your relationships mean to you. Things are always swirling around in that big noggin’ of yours. One site that I always enjoy is Thought Catalog. It may sound weird, but two posts that I’ve read recently have been so spot on that it’s been eery. Almost as if they are in my head. If you are a twenty-something [and even if you are not] peep below and check these links out — they are sure to make you think twice. Most I agree with, some I do not. But hey, that’s the point right? To make you ponder your existence.

20 New Year’s Resolutions For 20-Somethings

What 20-Something Has Their Dream Job And Their Dream Relationship?



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Weekend Recap

Heyooo folks. I might be one day late, but can you blame me?! Monday was extra special with the 2012 Zagat San Francisco Restaurant Guide Launch at Park Tavern with Google! Let’s briefly review my twenty-something meanderings from a weekend out and about in San Francisco!


  • Don’t: Rickhouse. I love Rickhouse, but it’s absolutely impossible to grab a seat, let alone a drink in the bar after work on a Friday. It’s packed! Their cocktails are top-notch, so I’d recommend going on off-peak hours.
  • Do: Otis Lounge. 2 for 1 drink specials from 5pm to 8pm. Need I say more? Take a seat downstairs at one of the lounge tables, check out the scene and admire the peacock accents at this hidden spot on Maiden Lane.
  • Bruce Hill’s Zero Zero in SoMa: OBSESSED! Start your meal with a punch bowl. All of the food was amazing: Pork and Veal Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Fonduta, Fontina Stuffed Arancini [balls] with Black Garlic Aioli, Ricotta Doughnut [balls] (are we noticing a theme here? tehehehe), Rigatoni with Piquillo Peppers, Pancetta and Ricotta Salata, and Fillmore Pizza with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Leeks, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Pecorino and Fontina. BTW I saw this pizza on 7×7’s Top 50 Vegetarian/Vegas Dishes To Try Before You Die. Oh yeah, and did I mention they have soft-serve ice cream? Get the vanilla topped with De Vero Olive Oil and Sea Salt.

From top left: Arancini, Meatballs, Rigatoni and Fillmore Pizza

From left: punch bowl, vanilla soft serve, ricotta doughnuts


  • San Francisco Public Library: awesome way to save money on those books! I don’t know about you, but I don’t like keep my fiction books after I am done so as long as you can finish them during your rental period (or at least remember to renew).
  • Figs topped with bacon and goat brie cheese are simply divine, as I experienced at Sabrina of @thetomatotart‘s Intense Dark Party.
  • Chris Cosentino’s Incanto in Noe Valley: Eating for the first time at Incanto, I knew I was in for something special. And that something special began in the form of Ibérico di bellota lardo and Asian pears. I almost didn’t feel bad that I was eating pure, unadulterated fat. Then followed was a crazy special: Truffled Uni Sformato and Sweetbreads alla Puttanesca. My tastebuds could not believe what they were experiencing! So much decadence, and only in the first three dishes.
  • Then we moved on to the Spaghettini with Sardinian cured tuna heart, egg yolk and parsley. Simply amazing: the saltiness of the cured heart and the yolk added another layer of complexity to the dish. After that was the Pork Belly with cabbage, apples, rose geranium and pickled mustard seeds. Is it healthy to eat this much fat? Probably not. Does it bother me? Not in the least.

From top left: lardon, sweetbreads, spaghettini, truffled uni sformato

From top left: Mystery Flight! Guess your wines! Pork belly and delicious bread plate. I know it's just bread. Don't judge!


  • North Beach: There are so many fun shops in NB to hit up! Lola, Alla Prima Fine Lingerie and Craig Fonarow Photography were just a few that I admired while strolling Grant and Columbus Streets. After you’ve had your fill of browsing and window shopping, take some gelato into Washington Square Park and enjoy watching the dogs and families!
  • La Mar on the Embarcadero: Always a winner; Cebiche Clásico and the Grilled Chicken Skewer with fried potatoes and Peruvian corn. Tip: spoon the juice or “leche de tigre” from the cebiche onto the rice. You’ll be glad you did.


  • Gary Danko: “My advice: check your ego at the door” upon receipt of his award
  • Tim Zagat: “Study the service numbers…we’re essentially giving you a free market study [with Zagat]”
  • Tim Zagat “we’re handing our baby over to a great company…Google with local, maps, street view…it’ll be the perfect fit with Zagat.”

Bad pic I know, but the man himself.

I finally had the opportunity to try some light bites from Park Tavern and they were delicious! Especially loved the Fried Oyster “Caesar” Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Pork Belly bites. Also, the Deviled Eggs with bacon was a tasty bite. I  can’t wait to check it out for dinner!

I hope you all had a fab weekend as well! Xo.

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Seattle: Pike Place Market

As I mentioned in my last blog, I just recently visited Seattle for business trip. Of course it could not be all work and all play! I’ve decided to start my series of blogs about my travels with the historic Pike Place Market. Naturally, I’d like to give you a little history: Pike Place Market was originally started back in the 1907 as an outcry to the outrageous prices that the middlemen were charging for fresh fruit and vegetables. Basically they were acting like greedy Americans, purchasing the produce and marketing it up to make big bucks on the margin. Umm…I wonder where they learned that?! Anyway, luckily these farmers wisened up [and listened to the people], and Pike Place Market became the bustling mecca that it is today!

The famous "Public Market" sign

Sure…we all know Starbucks began in Seattle and seriously, for someone who doesn’t even LIKE this java chain (sorry!), I still had to get a picture of the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market. Yep – we all know why their house blend is called “Pike Place”.

I would never wait that long for a coffee!

Of course I’ve heard of the “flying fish” at the Pike Place Fish Market and I quickly learned that the reason why the owner began this policy of encouraging his fishmongers to throw around the fresh catch and chant along with each other was to inspire a business that was on the verge of bankruptcy – who knew? You can read about the story in John Yokoyama’s book entitled When Fish Fly. If you’re really ambitious, buy some fish to take home because they guarantee no leaking or stinking for 24 hours (though I’d hate to be sitting next to the person on the plane if that claim failed).

Walking through the market was quite a zoo and filled with slow moving tourists, so I recommend getting there early to browse the unique wares. Among the items for sale were paintings, scarves, jewelry, honey, lotions, flowers and so much more!

Beautiful flowers!

Naturally you must take a pit stop to rub the nose of the golden pig for good luck!

I didn’t even know about this infamous gum wall until I checked in on Foursquare (thanks tipster!), but I stumbled onto this colorful wall of ABC gum, which is simultaneously disgusting and breathtaking at the same time.

It's the Space Needle and an Argosy ship!

Wandered onto this European-inspired cobblestone walkway

Seeing as it was 80 degrees the whole time I was there, I didn’t know if I could handle the heat from the Pike Place Chowder, so I am saving the pleasure of indulging for the next time I venture up to The Evergreen State. I did, however, enjoy a cup of the “World’s Best Mac ‘n Cheese” from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (definitely best I’ve ever had) and devour an Onion-Potato-Cheese Piroshky from Piroshky Piroshky (there’s something about the carb-carb-cheese ratio that just gets my engines goin’).

Mac 'n cheese with a glass of vino

Massive, warm piroshky

Another culinary treat I indulged in? Ice cream. But not just any….Pomegranate Cheesecake from Snoqualmie Ice Cream, a local purveyor. They did have some ice cream from a San Francisco vendor up there, but I just had to get the local stuff, yaddamean! I was glad to see SF representing to the fullest, though.

I tried to capture a photo pre-lick, but it was already melting!

Last but not least, I’ve got to include the random tidbit in here. Sure, it’s not in Pike Place, but Top Pot Hand Foraged Doughnuts had to make it in somewhere, right? I held off for 2 whole days, which was a struggle given that this outpost of sugary goodness was only 1.5 blocks from my hotel. The build–up came to a finale with the Raspberry Old-Fashioned, which satisfied my cravings and effectively made the happy places in my brain *sing*. If I ever go back, I would bring a friend (or 5) to break bread with and share in these doughnuts as featured on the Cooking Channel!

Top Pot is in top form!

Pike Place Market felt like a huge version of San Francisco’s Ferry Building, so I felt right at home and in my element. Rich with history and filled with tons of vendors, this is a must on any Seattle itinerary, and plan on spending AT LEAST a few hours browsing and exploring!


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What I’ve learned about business trips

Not every twenty-something is fortunate enough to go business trips for their job. Some types of careers do not afford the luxury of travel as part of the job description – and that is completely normal! Especially in the recent economic downturn, many companies have been slashing budgets and being more frugal with their spending and expenses.

That being said, with Viator I’ve have the opportunity to take a few business trips — most notably to Las Vegas! Though it may not be the “Viva Las Vegas” or “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” approach of a leisure vacation, I quite like being there in a work mindset. Once you step off the plane, the hot air hits you and while a lot of people go to party at the nightclubs or play the poker tables, when you are there for business — well, you mean business.

Where you stay always matters, but the last two times I’ve been to Vegas I have stayed at hotels without casinos. Let me tell you, this also adds to the relaxed vibe because you don’t have to spend miles walking through the slot machines AND you aren’t subjected to the patrons’ cigarette smoke. If you are a budget-minded traveler who likes to live life on the edge, try Priceline‘s name your own price feature.

Here are some tips that I’ve learned while on the road (pun intended):

  • Take advantage of amenities. Aveda hair products, plush white robes and fresh sheets every night? Yes please!
  • Go with the flow and accept that there may be delays. ESPECIALLY when flying back to San Francisco
  • Learn to chat up others if you are a solo traveler
  • Ask for recommendations from friends on where to go in your down time — it’s a great opportunity to try new restaurants and bars
  • Carry on luggage is a MUST (if you are a chronic over-packer like me, try to change your habits!)
  • Soak in the bath. I don’t know about y’all, but I am not afforded this luxury at my apartment in San Francisco!
  • Televisions in the mirrors are an awesome invention, but might slow you down in the morning

I can’t wait to learn more tips and tricks as I start down the path to becoming a seasoned traveler. And if you are not already, than you will too!

At the end of the month, I will be going on my first solo trip to Seattle…eek! Wish me luck! If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

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SF Chefs 2011

I know that I’m a bit late posting on this (hello Ashley, where have you been?!), but I wanted to at least note that YOU MUST BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW for SF Chefs 2011. In its 3rd successful year, SF Chefs is a food/wine/spirit extravaganza that you simply do not want to miss where culinary-admirers, oenophiles, cocktail aficionados and anyone in-between descend upon Union Square to indulge to their heart’s content.

If you’ve [hopefully not] been a slacker like me, you might have missed out on some of the sold out events — however I think the real bread & butta’ are the grand tastings. It’s so fun to socialize, meet other like-minded foodies, sip some great wines and taste bites from some of the best chefs around. Keep an eye out and drool over culinary innovators and trendsetters such as Hubert Keller, Ty-Flo and Chris Cosentino.

Credit: Robin Jolin, courtesy SF Chefs

Once you’ve had your fill (and are feelin’ a little tipsy), be sure to kick back and check out some of the chefs demos that take place on center stage throughout the day. Or check out a seminar or two — I know The Secrets of the Sommeliers or The Real Restaurant Wives of San Francisco both look very intriguing.

One of my morning seminars last and food pairings at 10am!

If you want to skip the events all together but have been dying to check out hot spots like Dosa, La Mar or Ragazza, be sure to hit up SF Chefs Restaurant Week which kicked off yesterday and goes until August 7th.

The epic bread display from the inaugural year.

The tickets are a bit expensive for a twenty-something on a budget, so the seminars and/or SF Chefs Restaurant Week are two great ways for you to get involved. Alternatively, next year I would highly recommend volunteering some way — the past years I was fortunate enough to attend all events because of my previous jobs with Moet Hennessy and Andrew Freeman & Co. And hey hey, if you are a Visa Signature® cardholder, you even receive 20% off all tickets — score!

Hope to see all of you out there!

SF Chefs 2011. Click here for tickets and more info.

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