Sunday, October 13, 2013

Kauai


Last month, I had the opportunity to leave California for the first time in too long and go to Hawaii for a wedding. As someone who has never been to Hawaii, you can imagine how in awe I was the second I landed on the island of Kauai. It really is a paradise. Some highlights include:

Stopping at view points on the drive from the airport to the hotel. Every twist and turn along the highway was an adventure from the start.


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Peering past the tall grass and foliage that line the Kalalau Trail to see the blue.


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Lava rocks!
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No big deal, but Dom took me on a helicopter ride! I pushed through the motion sickness and took as many pictures as possible of the Na Pali Coast, the most dramatic coastline I've seen yet. With most of the island inaccessible, it was nice to have the chance to see it all from above, a new perspective of the world I could get used to.
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Stopping off at one of the fruit stands along the main highway to drink a mid-day smoothie.

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The event of the century and the reason why I went to Kauai took place in the botanical gardens.
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Another pretty scene in the botanical gardens and the site of the wedding ceremony.
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Monday, July 15, 2013



Comfort reading is just as fun as comfort eating. I just finished Julia Child's My Life in France and enjoyed every second of escaping to Paris last week. 

Now I'm working on Alice Waters and Chez Panisse!

If you have any other food biographies, pass them my way. I'm hooked! 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year's Trip

Before I fully get into 2013 mode, I'm still reminiscing about my new year's trip to San Francisco. With all my extra days off, it made sense to have one last trip up north. Even though we rang in the new year in the quietest way possible (watching North by Northwest and eating food), the trip itself was a way to go out with a bang. So much socializing, and eating and coffee drinking and pub crawling, city romping and downtown ice skating, and long walks from the Mission up to Japantown.

Happy New Year!

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(passing by a community garden in Hayes Valley)

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(coffee at Heath and Smitten Ice cream)

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(windows at Heath)

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(florals at Mission Pie)

Thursday, December 13, 2012


My work schedule can be pretty erratic. Sometimes I work 10 hour days and sometimes, like yesterday, I have a mid-week day off. It's usually on those days off where I get stressed and try to make grand, conclusive life decisions and can't appreciate the moment at all, but yesterday I made an effort to just appreciate and remind myself that "life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" (John Lennon).

Sunday, December 9, 2012

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This might be the prettiest people-in-their-garden-spaces photography spread I've seen yet.

Image credit: ye rin mok for Wilder Quarterly 

Sunday, December 2, 2012




I'm really loving all the fog and clouds these days. I come from a town that was once rated the second best weather in the nation by Nat Geo, so you can't blame me for wanting some drama every now and then. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Day Trip to Solvang

My friend, Ilissa, and I were dead set on having a day trip this weekend as we were craving quaint town strolling with some nature. The weather was bad, but we didn't let it stop us. We chose Solvang even though we know it's old people town, but Danish pastries are tasty and it's just fun to stroll through a small town drinking tea. Even though I live in this area code, I never make it out here because normally if I'm going north, I'm just going to Santa Barbara. We stopped by a miniature pony farm (the highlight of my day) and made it up to Mission Santa Ines too. This day reminded me that there's so much to do around here and hopefully next time we can do hiking around Lake Cachuma and go wine tasting.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

The Last of Summer

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Here's my mini tribute to all that was good in these last few weeks of summer. Some highlights:
-a trip to sf
-dom's visit to camtown
-pili's visit
-quiet evening nights with ilissa

Sunday, October 7, 2012

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It's fun to take pictures of flowers in other people's gardens. Lots of new vignettes and varieties to admire. Happy Sunday!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Staying Local


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My oldest bestie moved back into town a few weeks ago and, while I know this will be a very brief chapter in the grand scheme of things, I'm going to take full advantage because we both haven't lived in our hometown at the same time since high school and it will likely never happen again. Until now, most of my socializing consists of me driving an hour in either direction. Don't get me wrong, I'm always up for adventures out of town because it feels like there's always more to do elsewhere anyways, but it's been nice having someone to hang with locally. Just the other night we talked for hours at the Marie Calendar's bar lounge and even that was fun. Then on the holiday weekend we opted for local adventures so as not to get stuck in holiday traffic. So, Ventura was our best bet with beaches and the pier and Main St. .

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Good drinks.

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And, good ambiance.

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