Spring is coming, spring is coming! Literally, it's coming. The Bay has been unseasonably warm (isn't everywhere unseasonable lately?) and dark, thick jackets are no longer a thing. Even though I keep mentally telling myself that I should spice up my wardrobe, in making this outfit I only further solidified my love of neutral colors, simple and understated jewels, and white tops with jeans. Call me boring, but I'll just keep wearing it.
February 25, 2014
Lately I found that my Sundays have been what I have dubbed, The Cooking Day. Every Sunday (for the past 4 Sundays) I've spent half the day doing something in this order: read food blogs/recipe book, bookmark 7-10 different recipes, spending an hour at the grocery store (mostly) buying things I need, then coming home to watch 2-3 episodes of The Office, then unpacking all the groceries I bought, and then finally cooking, then eating the meal of the day. This Sunday's victim was 6 beautiful pieces of juicy, chunky, organic chicken thighs that were whipped into shape with Chrissy Teigen's Southeast Asian Chicken Recipe plus Asian Slaw.
For those of you who don't know/don't know me well, I love Chrissy Teigen. Actually, no one knows how much I love her. At first I was disgusted by her unladylike tweets, but hey, I do that too. Then I saw her blog, then I saw how much she loved food and how much she cooked food. I. WAS. SOLD.
But I digress, back to the chicken.
So first, I started with making the slaw with green and red cabbage, green onion, some bean sprouts, and finally, some baby bok choy. I finely sliced all the veggies and put them in a bowl together to hang out while I made the dressing.
I forgot to take pictures of the sauce, sorry about that.
Next, came the chicken and the dressing for that. Keep in mind, these chickens were meant to be put on a wooden stick, then barbecued on a grill which I do not have. Instead, I decided to forgo the skewers and the grill and just pan fry the thighs. While making the sauce, I realized that I had forgotten the sugar that was supposed to go into the sauce and I was okay with it!
To compensate for not having a grill, I broiled the chicken for a little bit to make them even more roasty toasty on the outside. Then, I mixed a little dressing with the slay, made some white rice, and put a little piece of chicken right on top.
And voila. Some Chrissy Teigen inspired Southeast Asian Chicken THIGHS and Asian Slaw.
December 8, 2013
How is SF you ask? Cold. I've never been this consistently cold in my life. My SoCal body is going through major shock and has been punishing me with illness after illness every other week it seems. The other day I woke up and my apartment was 57 degrees, I promptly went and bought a space heater that day. I feel like I've been in a frosty mood lately (get it), hence the bitchdon'tkillmymuthaeffingvibe look complete with leather pants and a long black coat. What can I say, the cold puts me in a mood.
August 4, 2013
July 11, 2013
|Took a wayward turn after finding a secret beach on the island.|
|Discovered that Plumerias were my favorite scented flowers.|
|The beach where snorkeling with turtles is as common as finding a traffic jam in LA.|
|GPOYT. Freckles multiplied by ten-fold while on the island. That smile? A result of ZERO mosquito bites on this trip (last time I went I got bit over 50 times).|
|One of our new friends.|
|The littlest one looking in the biggest freshwater pond by the ocean.|
|A snapshot of the secret beach we found and the tree we climbed, just for the sake of some really cool pictures. Oh, and memories.|
|Ran through a Hawaiian farm with this little girl.|
|Let me introduce you to a little thing called a Kimchi burger.|
It's been exactly a year since I went to the Big Island, Hawaii for a weeklong vacation for the fourth. It's crazy to think about how much can change in a year. One year you can be on an island, relaxing in the sand, snorkeling with turtles and then the next year, you can be on top of the Visa parking structure and watching fireworks go off in three other cities across the San Francisco Bay.
July 9, 2013
July 6, 2013
Chronicle Books seems to be at the helm for all of my favorite paper goods and reads. Ubiquitous at all of my favorite stores, I’ve been less surprised every time I pick up a book and see Chronicle Books on the label.
1. Because my love of Frida Kahlo runs deep.
2. Possibly a good way to learn about the city I moved to.
3. Farmers Markets are my jam, these cards will help me remember what’s in season and what's not.
4. History is always an interesting read.
6. Watercolor painting should really become a hobby.
June 21, 2013
I know that there has been a lot of talk (from me) about moving as of late. I just can't help it though! This is my first move to a place that's more than 20 minutes from family and friends. Juggling school and work was hard enough, but throw job hunting and then apartment hunting into the mix and you have yourself one big and very overwhelming mess. As I searched, I wish that there had been someone, somewhere who had gone through what I had, someone to look to, but alas none of my friends had looked for apartments in a faraway place, nor had anyone in my family.
Photo courtesy of DesignSponge from the amazing home of Raya Carlisle, what I hope my home can one day resemble.
So Craigslist it was. Every hour of every day since I had secured the job, I was checking Craigslist looking for apartments. I probably sent over 150 emails and only received replies from about 15 of them. So friends and readers, here are my tips for apartment hunting. Yes it's daunting, but it's a completely doable task.
1. Be organized! As you comb through the hundreds of Craigslist postings and begin to contact them, it’s important to remember which ones are which. I bookmarked everything on my computer, which helped me check in with the listings that I was interested in, but hadn’t heard from yet. When it came time to setting up appointments with people, I found it easiest to enter my appointments into my phone calendar with the address as the title. However, be sure to enter in the contact phone number. I ended up having to go through my entirely recently called list as I tried to get a hold of a homeowner that I had made an appointment with.
2. Only send a message to the spaces that are within your price range. I found myself getting a little overzealous at times, thinking, "I could totally afford this," but it the end excitement of living in a better location overshadowed the sheer truth. I was holding myself to a strict budget and no matter how hard I wished, that person's price was not going to waver.
3. Going off of number two, only reply to the spaces that you are interested in. For a lot of the listings that I saw there was a lot of “NO KITCHEN PRIVILEGES” and “NO ACCESS TO COMMON AREAS.” You want to live in a space where you feel at home, not like you’re imprisoned.
4. Only give away information that you’re comfortable sharing. Many listings asked for more detail such as your schedule, hobbies, interests, and personality traits. The nature (and the danger) of perusing Craigslist is that you never know exactly who you’re talking to. Most of the posters I sent a message to were fine with the basic information that I provided like my age, my line of work (but not my workplace), and what my hobbies were. However, one individual I was emailing kept asking me more specific questions like where I was going to work, where I was from, and repeatedly asked me to be even more specific about my schedule, hobbies, and interests – without even inviting me to come see the space that was up for rent and an in-person meeting. I thought it was a little unsettling.
5. Of course, BEWARE OF SCAMS. The first reply that I received was from a man named Joseph who was offering an unbelievably inexpensive apartment in a prime location. I guess my red flag should have gone up then. He then responded with a message saying that he was an “honest and hardworking man” who was completing a missionary trip in the Philippines and had the keys and the documents with him there. He asked me to wire transfer money to him and then he would send over the keys. HELLO! Be smart with the people you reply to, and if you ever feel like something is fishy – go with your gut.