If you haven’t heard, I’ll be hosting a POP-UP SHOP with Kim Le of Lace and Locks and Morning Lavender this coming Sunday, August 30. There will be a bevy of pretty clothes, skincare from Yepeau, bites and rosé !
So if you run out things to do after you Sunday Brunch make your way over! I’d love to see you all there!
Although I am an SF resident, I’m a SoCal girl at heart. I prefer palm trees, sun and blue skies over the chilling SF weather. Where ever I may go in the world, home will always be LA, actually I grew up in OC but would never move back there… unless you love track homes, chain restaurants and establishments closing at 9pm.
So on my last visit to LA, it was a real treat to visit Griffith Observatory between meals. Yes, I plan trips around meals. From the expansive view of LA from downtown to Santa Monica, it was every bit comforting and equally nostalgic the memories this place brings of my brother and I running around doing the tours and learning about the galaxy. It was more special because I got to share this experience with my mom, who neither of us have been back for close to 15 years… actually, longer for her.
Hope all of you have a chance to visit someday! The views are incredible.
Griffith Park Observatory
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
How lucky am I to bid adieu to a great summer season amongst wonderful friends and this gorgeous mountainous backdrop. This past weekend was every bit perfection as we kicked off each morning with mimosas, beautiful lake views and scenic bike rides to the local store. There was even a crowd source Tinder swiping session on the big screen TV complete with unfiltered commentary. Very entertaining. And, for just a fleeting moment, this city girl thought to herself “hey, I can get used to this life”. But as the summer slowly began to escape us and as the sun laid to rest that evening, we were met by mother nature’s cold breezy touch and beautiful aromatic scents that welcomed us perfectly into fall.
After Seoul, we hopped on over to Tokyo join my hubby on his work trip. Unfortunately, his flight was canceled so he arrived 3 days later than planned. I must say it was quite an adjustment going from Seoul to Tokyo. There was a lot of modern conveniences that we had gotten accustomed to in Seoul which wasn’t exactly available for us in Tokyo. Nonetheless, our agenda is always food and we were quite happy with the places we dined at. What’s unique about Japanese cuisine and restaurants is that a chef will specialize in one dish and spend 20, or sometimes 30+, years mastering it… whether it’s sushi, tonkatsu, ramen, udon or soba. What’s so humbling is, if you ask these masters if they feel like they’ve perfected their dish they’ll most commonly answer that it will never reach perfection.
Maisen Aoyama for some amazing tonkatsu!
Hanging in Harajuku
Busiest cross walk in the world. Photo taken at the busiest Starbucks in the world.
My favorite place in Tokyo was Ueno Park. It’s reminiscent of Dongdaemun
I am so envious of people who take great travel photos. I stress a lot when taking a photo because I’m unsure if i’m taking a food good photo and often times the subject is out of focus. Oh well, I heard soft focus is the trend now. Hope you enjoy the 2nd part of my Korea trip… we did a lot more eating! It’s been a week and I already miss Seoul so much!
Night shopping in Dongdaemun
Favorite new store
another favorite meal… raw crab marinated in soy sauce. heavenly.
this is my favorite photo that I took.
More street food!
in the popuar food alleys, its common that the restaurants cook the main dish outside. this was the fish alley we visited in Dongdaemun.
My favorite hodduk! The shell was crispy like a cracker and the inside had a thin layer of brown sugar. It was much lighter than the fried ones I’m used to. I couldn’t find it after this :(
trinkets in Insadong
views in Itaewon
an old school fruit vendor
a parade at the Noryangjin fish market
the daily selection
One of my favorite meals
our fish monger enjoy their lunch
This sums up Korea. Well… mostly :) Tune in for my Japan pics!
I was recently invited to check out a beautiful new day spa that opened up close to home. Organic Shimmer, is a one stop shop for some rest & relaxation with a healthy dose of beauty. They offer tons of services from facials, spray tans, body treatments and, my favorite, lash extensions!
I must say I was always kind of afraid of getting lash extensions since my lashes are already sparse and I like to rub off all my eye makeup when I wash my face. However, I am now a believer! It’s so nice not having to worry about eye makeup and waking up actually looking awake! I had them touched up just before my trip to Asia and it was so convenient not having to worry about eye makeup nor spend the time putting it on. It just adds the perfect amount of definition and still looks so natural. Megan, my lash gal, was amazing, quick and so personable. Check them out!
I’m not one for sightseeing or major tourist attractions. Instead, I much prefer gorging myself on the local fare and experiencing what foods truly makes that particular city or region unique. On this trip, I side stepped most of the tourist destinations, I’d be lying if I say I didn’t get some shopping in, and visited night markets, street markets, food alleys and ate up as much street food as my belly would allow… enjoy!
Always maintain a good skincare routine when traveling especially in extreme weather changes.
Chili pepper vendor… lots of of chili powered for your choosing
Love street food… this was a hot dog wrapped in fish cake and deep fried
Strawberries in Korea are insanely delicious and juicy
This food alley was truly an experience. All the stalls sell the same foods but what makes this place fun are the aggressive food hawkers, who literally grab you by the hand and make you sit down at their stall
Korea would be lost without scissors
Stacks of trays with banchan already assorted and ready to go out for delivery. Delivery in Korea is so unique, they use dishes they would use in the restaurant instead of to-go containers. Then someone from the restaurant swings by later and picks up the dishes.
Korea’s version of a farmers market
The dried fish monger’s inventory of the day
Gwangjang Market was my favorite place that I visited! Its endless aisles housed various vendors from fabric, shoes, vintage shops and tons and tons of food!
I am beyond fortunate to live in a city known for its food. What’s better is that I share a neighborhood with some truly amazing gems, whose fame far exceeds our tiny neighborhood. Mr & Mrs Miscellaneous is my favorite ice cream shop in San Francisco. With a menu that’s ever changing, the smell of fresh sugar cones permeating the air waves and an amazing homemade selection of candies, cookies and caramels, their peanut brittle, in my opinion, steals the show for when i’m not in the mood for ice cream (gasp!). This tasty, crunchy, nutty, delectable goodness is perfect for those itching to cave into their sweet tooth cravings.
My recent vacation to Thailand has truly been a life changing experience. It has made me appreciate my life in ways I never thought I would… in the smaller things. The simple things.. As Americans, we are afforded the luxury of a dishwasher, washer and dryer, western toilets, clean water, hot water, air conditioning, cars and more. These are day to day necessities for us Americans but even in a major metropolitan city like Bangkok it’s still not readily available to some of it’s inhabitants.
In particular, my heart goes out to this dessert cart owner making thin wafer marshmallow cookies (which were delicious, btw) in the sweltering heat with 2 young children playing behind her. This particular street cart vendor really tugged at my heart strings because her story seemed a little too familiar. Though I don’t know any of her back story, she reminded me very much of my mother who struggled and singlehandedly raised two young children as an immigrant in a foreign country. Seeing this woman struggling to walk in life’s foot steps, brings back so many memories of my childhood and my mother. At first glance their similarities end, unlike the cart owner, my mom was able to plant her feet in the Land of Opportunity to begin, what would be, a new life for us. It is here that she sacrificed and it is here that I gained the opportunity to do what I love to do. Though now appreciate all the simple things in life such as hot water, air conditioning and western toilets, I can’t put into words how much more I appreciate my mother for taking a leap of faith, taking one of life’s biggest risks and ultimately sacrificing her life and well being to make everything possible for us.
Much love to all the single mothers who make the impossible possible for their children!