The Great Outdoors in Portland, Oregon

For our two year anniversary, which is conveniently around the same time as a 3-day weekend (Memorial Day), we went to Portland, Oregon. I haven’t been there since I was a kid and have no recollection of it, but after watching Portlandia and sometimes acting out the episode about Colin the chicken in our San …

Farewell, San Francisco

A couple weeks ago, I left San Francisco, my home for the last six years and went to work in Palo Alto. When I arrived, I realized my new house in Menlo Park was only a couple miles away and I was already home. This University Avenue in Palo Alto is now the center of …

San Francisco: The cool, grey city of love

When people ask me, “where are you from?” and I answer “I was born and raised in the Bay Area.”, they’re usually surprised that they’ve encountered a native. But if you were born here, why would you ever leave? I’ve been spoiled by the beautiful buildings and architecture, the eclectic cultural activity, the liberalness and …

Wine Country

Two girls in Wine Country for a weekend…couldn’t get any more perfect. My best friend Azhar and I headed up to the Wine Country for a weekend getaway while our husbands were preoccupied with work. The goal…relax, eat, drink, and repeat as many times as possible. But since we’re both the goal-oriented, must-exceed-expectations type, we …

Disneyland Holiday

When I was a child, vacation equaled one thing…Disneyland. Every year, my parents would pile us into the station wagon – ¬†grandparents, children and all – and drive down to SoCal to spend a few glorious days at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Even when we all went to Hong Kong for the most …

4th & Swift (Atlanta, GA)

We recently went to Atlanta for a wedding and I had grand plans to hit up all the best restaurants. I had scheduled a lunch or dinner for every day I thought we would be there, only to have to cut our trip short due to Andrew’s work. Right before we were to fly out …

The French Laundry

Andrew took me to the most amazing meal at the French Laundry this weekend in Yountville. It was an incredible 9+ courses that lasted over three hours. As the only restaurant with 3 Michelin stars in the Bay Area, Thomas Keller’s restaurant is in high demand, hence my frantic dialing two months ago with two …

Spice Market (NYC)

Final post about dining in NYC…If you’re in the Meatpacking District, don’t go to Spice Market. Or if you do go, just get drinks and appetizers and skip the entrees and desserts. It was our final night of the trip and we didn’t have a dinner reservation. After walking along The High Line and browsing …

The Mermaid Inn (NYC)

Yet another post about dining in NYC…and yet another brunch in NYC. This time brunch was with Andrew’s friend Stanley on the Upper West side. While Andrew preferred the Mermaid Inn to Locanda Verde, I was still smitten with the latter. The menu at The Mermaid Inn consisted of your typical brunch fare. If you’re …

Locanda Verde in NYC

Locanda Verde in TriBeCa came highly recommended from my friend Jack, a former Manhattanite. So when my friend Marie suggested we meet her there for brunch, it seemed like the fates were conspiring to get us there. I liked the atmosphere of Locanda Verde instantly with its warm and inviting wood decor. I was even …