Love n’ Haight

Having a car in SF is a love-haight relationship in and of itself (see what I did there). On the one hand, it’s nice being able to leave the city or drive to the store and get a ton of groceries (or Target bags). But on the other hand, it can be a huge responsibility, and an expensive one at that. It could get towed, or you could get a parking ticket or it could get stolen (not likely but it happened to by boo). Even after seeing all of these things happen to people I still find myself wanting one.


If I did have my own car, I wouldn’t draw unneeded attention to it, or bedazzle it, like this one (resale value is not looking good). But I would wear these bedazzled boots, for the sole purpose of drawing attention to them. I want them, and a car – where is Santa when I need him?

Summer Bucket List

After the summer solstice and noticing it’s almost July (wait, where did June go) I realized there are a lot of things I would like to do this summer. So in the spirit of the first official day of summer, and the longest day of the year – I thought would make a summer bucket list of things I hope to get out and do in these warm summer months.


1.) Go to the beach more (we went to Baker Beach for the summer solstice and it was beautiful)

2.) Make summer summer dishes with fresh produce for dinners at the farmer’s market and dine al fresco

3.) Enjoy some summer sangria

4.) Host a Hawaiian shirt themed party (possibly housewarming – I love this one)

5.) Swim in a lake – going on a girlie weekend in July to my friend’s cabin and renting a pontoon boat on Pinecrest Lake

6.) Buy tickets for Summer at the Symphony – we went last year and saw the Wizard of Oz while the symphony played the along, it was so cool!

7.) Travel – many weekend trips and a big vacation are in the works for the summer!


Friday’s Favs

Happy longest day of the year! Are you going out to take advantage of it? I think my boo and I are going to try a picnic and watch the sunset. It’s been so busy around here that I didn’t notice it was Friday. Surprise the week is over and its SUMMER! The week sped by and was filled with dinners out, musicals, outside meals and tastey treats! I hope you all have a lovely first weekend of summer!


One of my favorite summer drinks – sangria.


My first arm party, I think it turned out pretty well!


I’m a band geek at heart, playing saxophone for 10 years will do that to you. That being said I’m addicted to musicals (see here), I love them all. So anytime there is a chance for me to see one I jump on it. We got tickets to Into the Woods (one of my favorites) and the performance was really great.


It’s been so nice out this week that I ate lunch outside – on a roof!


My parent just got back from Hawaii (super jelly, I know) and they sent me chocolate covered macadamia nuts – this box was gone in 10 minutes.



Dine about town is back (remember this beauty) and this time we ventured over to Dosa, a southern Indian restaurant on Fillmore. There were three courses on the DaT menu each with three options to choose from. So we got down to business and decided to share everything to maximize our tasting potential.


To start, they gave us these lentil chips (their equivalent to bread) and they had so much flavor! The most flavorful plain chip I have ever had, rich and salty and cumin-y, yes cumin-y.


For the appetizer course we chose the grilled calamari that came with a great cilantro, chile, lime sauce, and the Chennai chicken – think gourmet fried chicken, with a yogurt sauce.


I wanted to put the yogurt sauce on everything, I could literally drink the stuff. The squid was perfectly cooked, not chewy, but you guys know me, the fried chicken was my favorite.


For the second course we both chose a dosa. I didn’t know what a dosa was so if you don’t know – a dosa is a large pancake-like Indian dish made from a rice and lentil batter. I called it a galette (it’s the frenchness in me), and it’s filled with all sorts of things.


We chose one with paneer cheese and peas and another with potatoes and peppers.


Both were delicious but the real stars were the dipping sauces. The green one was coconut (my fav) the red one was tomato (my boo’s fav) and the big one was like a curried soup, spicy and thick.


By this time we were full, but still had one course to go, so we powered through and got the prawn masala curry and the vegetable curry.


The prawn curry was sweet and really thick and delicious, with a good number of plump shrimp. The veggie curry was very traditional tasting that went perfectly with the rice and yogurt sauce for me – this one was a little hot!


We were so full when we were done, we were ready to burst but so happy.


Strawberry Lemon Bars


Summer isn’t necessarily warm here in SF, its know to be foggy and cold until our actual summer comes in October. So while the rest of the country (and state) is feeling warm and summer-like I decided to make my own taste of summer with these Strawberry Lemon Bars. I’m a huge fan of strawberry lemonade and that combo in general (see here) so I thought this would be a great start to summer treat.




These are definitely sweet and sour. I juiced about 4 lemons and used the zest of three. That pop of sunshiney taste is what I was looking for!



The recipe is very simple, and this is such an easy summer snack with just a couple of ingredients.



It kind of looks like a strawberry deep dish pizza.


I love this combination of flavors because at first its sweet, then its a shock of sour and it really excites the taste buds! It’s also a great dessert for summer BBQs and picnics.


Love n’ Haight

June in San Francisco means the start of street festival season. This is one of my favorite times in the city, each neighborhood hosts a street festival highlighting their personalities (yes the neighborhoods have personalities, am I going crazy, probably). Union street festival kicked off the season the first weekend of June, next weekend is the North Beach festival and this past weekend was our very own Haight Street festival. Needless to say, the Haight Street festival’s personality is a little weirder than the rest. All the festivals include live music, crazy costumes, lots of vendors selling trinkets you don’t need but want to buy anyway, and always really delicious street food.


After eating the really delicious street food (we got chicken teriyaki on a stick, with pad thai noodles and a giant lemonade) and in honor of eating healthy in the summer –  I feel the need to make and eat this beautiful salad – and I want to share it with this guy from the fair (crazy costumes indeed), we would just match so well. Happy Hump Day friends!

Bated Breath

We have been waiting with bated breath and finally our search is OVER! After almost four months of searching and I don’t even want to think about how many places we looked at – we finally have an apartment!



We are so excited! It has everything we want, our perfect little home – it’s in the right neighborhood, it has a gas stove (I cook too much to deal with electric), it has room for a dining table, back yard space, storage space for our bikes, lots of light (I could keep going) – the only bad thing, and I mean the worst thing about this place it that there is a pink tile in the bathroom – and if that’s the worst I think we can live with that!

Friday’s Favs

Karl the Fog has rolled into SF, and the June gloom has set in. What is different this year, or what I always forget, is that he comes in the morning,  blanketing the city but then by 1 pm he is gone and has left a beautiful sunny day. This week was full of sunny surprises, sunshine everyday, beautiful sunsets and bright summer flowers!


Funnel cake is my weakness, it’s not a successful day at an amusement park without it.


Pretty peonies, I saw the color and bought two bouquets they were so gorgeous!


A co-worker visiting from Japan brought these for my team – so cute!


I totes need this (get it?)

Pretty sunset from this week, hope you have a colorful weekend!

Annual Ball

I’m going to a real ball  – it’s going to be just like the movies where they walk into their hotel rooms and there is a box waiting for them on the bed that holds the most stunning evening gown. Well, its going to be kind of like that. I have to pick out my own gown but I do get to go to a posh event! The Spinsters of San Francisco host two black tie events each year, Holiday Ball (in December, not that I needed to tell you that) and Annual Ball (in June, to the year in swanky fashion). These are two options I am deciding between:


I love the idea of this dress that is so many dresses in one, it would work perfectly for this event and another black tie event (a wedding in LA) that I’m going to in August.  Simple strappy shoes and a statement necklace would play up the beautiful emerald color of the dress.


I’m a girly girl and when it comes to sparkles I can never get enough. That’s why I love this sequin number, it is a statement in itself so I would pair it with toned down shoes and jeweler y.

Which do you like better? Which would you wear to a swanky event?

Foreign Cinema

I love chicken – especially when it’s fried and in finger form. I was notorious for ordering chicken fingers every single time we went out to eat when I was little – even on vacation, which meant multiple chicken finger meals a day. I still love it (as you can see here and here) and I love trying it at different places to see their take on it. If you are a fried chicken fan and you have not been to Foreign Cinema – stop what you are doing, go down to the Mission and order it – STAT!


I had a friend visiting this past week and I had heard a lot of good things about Foreign Cinema so we decided to try it out. For appetizers we got a cheese, a meat and a fish. The cheese was baked goat cheese with lavender and cardamom strawberry relish. It was such a burst of different flavors in your mouth, it was very satisfying. The warm cheese spread over the toasty bread had such an earthy salty taste to it.


The beef carpaccio was delicious! It was presented in such a unique way too, they spread the meat out paper thin on the plate and you scraped it off with the BBQ flavored chips they served with it.


My favorite of the appetizers (I think I’m addicted to raw fish) was the sea bass ceviche. It was served on these little tostadas with avocado and crema and it was like a bite of heaven. It was juicy and creamy and salty and citrusy – heaven I say.

For dinner (yes there is more) we split the risotto – not the most photogenic of foods – and the fried chicken, you may have heard me reference it before.


The risotto was good, I’m partial to my dad’s version but it was pretty tastey.


Nothing compares to the chicken though. I would venture to say it is the best fried chicken (by it self) that I have ever had, and trust me, I have had a lot of fried chicken. It came plated with a little hummus with spiced baby carrots and honey and sesame seeds. What made this chicken different from all the rest is the subtle sweet curry flavor from the batter. It was not dry, it had amazing flavor and the crunchy outside was perfect.

Ok enough drooling for now – you can’t celebrate seeing an old friend without dessert so we got these two gems – an apricot blackberry turnover with caramel and pistachio dusting on top (mini hand pies with great buttery dough)


– and the chocolate pot de crème with caramel popcorn. Don’t know about you but I have never had a bad pot de creme. It’s just too good of a combination of things to turn out bad.


This place is definitely a special occasion spot but it is absolutely worth it! PS. Get the fried chicken…