Eat real wrap-up

The eat real festival this weekend was delicious. Jon and I managed to scarf down beef empanadas, carne asada tacos with cilantro salsa, cheese tamales, pickles, chicken adobo, falafel, chicken and sausage rice with fresh veggies, more carne asada tacos, another pickle, mango sorbet and curdled milk ice cream.

But who takes the prize from the carts we tried? Hands down Adobo Hobo, Los Cilantros and Nieves Cinco de Mayo ice cream and frozen yogurt. Check out all of the food on yelp. We really wanted to try the korean bbq cart, but the line was around the block. Oh my gosh if they had this every weekend, I would be as big as a house.

I was just happy to take a break from real, adult life like bills, cars, stupid insurance. . .and I digress. I can't wait to hit up Urban Nectar and Cultured Pickle Shop again either. mmmmmmm, food.


Renegade Bouquets and good food

I'm still midway through "Omnivore's Dilemma," and it's freaking me out in a good way. It's not overly dramatic like "Fast Food Nation," but I've definitely been intrigued and tried several new recipes this week to avoid corn, corn everywhere while I continue reading. Amazingly, everything I tried this week was delicious. There were no fails in the bunch, so I've shared a few links below. 

Disclaimer: I'm no Martha Stewart. I like following recipes and every once in a while get bold and concoct my own creations in the kitchen. I'll leave food blogging up to the professionals and keep it simple.

The recipe calls for rigatoni, but this would be sooo much better with soba noodles.

Okay, I accidentally picked up broccoli slaw at Trader Joe's, but everything was good. What can I say? I love pickles, vinegar and capers.

Yesterday was the shittiest day ever (and poop on you insurance), so I didn't feel like being healthy. Out went the spinach and in went the bacon. Breakfast for dinner is so good sometimes.

Jon and I are also hitting up the Eat Real festival this weekend in Oakland. I can't get enough food! Have a happy weekend!


Daily Drool

Today's daily drool is courtesy of the massive design firm Gunkelman Flesher. Unknowingly, I gravitated towards their white ensembles. Color, color, color I know, but something about white paired with subdued hues or one, strong colorful piece is so serene. A few of the rooms are so clean I can't even pretend to sit on the furniture, but they are admirable and pristine.


Work aka the home away from home

During my library days, a friend vehemently refused to decorate his cubicle because he claimed that was the true indication you're staying at your job for the long haul (by the way, he was there for four years). I realized that there isn't much in the way of personal expression currently happening on my desk either. The job started as a temp gig, so I wasn't expecting to stick around. But, I'm here and except for the items below, it's pretty drab. 

I know you're impressed with my rubber band ball.

So if were to cozy the place up a bit, I wouldn't mind having the following:

Mateo Ilasco desk calendar

Moma store paperweight

Jac Zagoory bear claws staple remover

Dbros apple and pear note pads

Acmestudio Eames chairs card case

Moma store woodgrain file folders

Holy cow, I just went accessory crazy!


Cool bouquets?

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I just saw these on etsy and know there has to be a use for them. They'd make a cool arrangement on a head table. . .and the cheesy wedding talk is over. Thank you for the indulgence.

Are you ready for it?

It's the Modern Economy virtual sale Sept. 9! The best things about it is that you don't spend forever in line to checkout or spend valuable time digging through piles on tables for the perfect score. I wouldn't mind grabbing some wood stones from Domestic Aesthetic.

or a few pillows from Soft Goods Design.


It was all a blur

I meant it when I said blurry.

This weekend went by way too fast with my mom. Jon took her sightseeing Friday, we headed to Napa on Saturday and finished off the tour with martinis at Top of the Mark on Sunday night. Jon took some great shots of the Golden Gate bridge and our favorite subject: fog. His painted lady shots are well worth the peek too. 

View from mom's hotel room.

I'll probably be a little pouty the next few days. My mom told me that when I was little she asked what I did on the first day of preschool, and I said, "walked around and cried." So that pretty much sums up my Monday blues. I'm going to be cleaning incessantly though. For some reason that woman makes me want to clean every inch of my apartment even though I just did. I swear I could see her taking note of the dust bunnies and hear her rewashing glasses before pouring the daily allotment of diet coke in them. 

Oh, I remembered another tip from mom's house
Always place the openings of your pillowcases towards each other (rather than facing the edge of the bed) because it's bad luck otherwise. Honestly, I don't remember the reason being an aesthetic one. Apartment therapy did a survey about this recently and public opinion seems to like outward.


It's Friday already?

This week has flown by! I hope everyone has a great weekend. We're taking my mom sightseeing, getting her a bowl of clam chowder and showing her the painted ladies. Here's some more lovely bouquets from the floral design of Jon. See you Monday!


Tips from Mom's House

My mom lands in foggy San Francisco this evening, and I'm so excited because I haven't seen her in nine months. I love my mom so much and wanted to share a few things I've learned growing up in her house. I can't divulge the family's fried chicken recipe, but here's a few random tips and advice.

Feeling a cold coming on? It's Hot Toddies and Chicken Noodle Soup with egg, immediately. This woman can stir up a mean Hot Toddy, and I have yet to recreate it. I don't know what she does over her stove, something like a witch's brew from her cauldron, but here's a recipe that's close. Screw scotch or brandy, it's bourbon all the way for Appalachian folk. Also, the egg in soup - don't ask, but it knocks it out of me every time. She just drops the yolk in while it's heating up and magic happens.

Mr. Ellis was the nicest man who helped my mom with yard work during the summers and gave us a homemade concoction for plants. It was approximately 1 can beer, 2-3 tablespoons dishsoap, the recommended amount of plant food and 2 gallons of water. Some mixtures call for ammonia, but I don't ever remember doing that. Trust me, if you haven't used this one, your plants will like you. My mom has had a spider plant that's older than me!

Always have a yellow kitchen. Again, don't ask, but it makes her happy. When she's happy, there's good food.

Always turn the flat sheet inside out, "so the pretty side is next to your skin." I like that.

Yes, I'm still dreaming of the Draper Sheets.

Dinner time is family time, and there will be no television unless it's Andy Griffith.

Wipe the kitchen table and counters after every meal, which may seem obvious. Some people are lazy and don't, but we were always healthy. It's silly, but I do this at work every time I've finished lunch. Obsessed much?

My mom's house = good food, immaculate and always dusted surfaces, spider plants overflowing from macrame hangers, plenty of yellow and downright comfort. I hope she brings some of the cheer to lift the fog off this town for a while!



Do you ever feel like the to-do list is a mile long or that you need to make another list to organize the first list that's spiraled out of control? Yeah, that's about how I feel right now. I used to know someone that would organize her to do lists down to the minute. It seriously would read:
  1. 7:15 a.m. - wake up
  2. 7:18 a.m. - brush teeth (At this point I'm thinking, "it only takes you three minutes to get out of bed?")
  3. 7:20 a.m. - put on outfit that was picked out the night before (Again, "you're really one of those people that brushes their teeth for two minutes?")
You get the point. I have so many things to share and not enough time to concentrate, so right now I'm letting another blogger share the goods. Yolksy is a new blog for me, and I love her finds and perusing the pictures. Enjoy, and I'll get my head out of my ass soon enough. Hopefully by 9:00 a.m.


Extending the vacation a bit

I'm a morning blogger. I never thought I'd be a morning person, but it seems that I'm turning into an old lady after all and enjoying the sunrise. However, when I'm still catching up on sleep because I was on the worst red-eye ever and a little surprise phone call comes through at 6:00 a.m. (bless you east coasters that forget time zones), I'm sleeping in. 

I have to make sure the creative juices are in prime condition. See you tomorrow for sure.


I'm east bound, just watch ol' bandit run

Jon and I are off to Northern Virginia/D.C. for an extended weekend to celebrate friends and catch up. See everyone Tuesday.

I'll take. . .

This room

with these lights - either clustered or spaced evenly in several rows.

The daybed as a couch in your main living space is perfect. Why not? When you get the itis from all that food you'll be eating at that long table, you can just roll over and take a nap.


If I had all the money in the world. . .

I would buy this table and put it under bullet-proof glass for safe keeping. That way, no crazy nut (like the woman who threw a mug at the Mona Lisa - how do you get a mug into the Louvre anyway?) can deface my expensive property. Excuse me, my personal Mona Lisa. If there's an ambitious DIYer out there, please crochet one and epoxy the hell out of it for me!

2001 Marcel Wanders design from moooi.com

Today is my weekly blogging break to read the latest in my library - The Omnivore's Dilemma. I'll let you know how it goes.


Daily Drool

I'm showcasing the daily drool early because the new(est) collection of Harlequin wallpaper is just that good. 



I could sit in this room all day.

Images above from the Identity line.



It's not wallpaper, but I love the Kalaya fabric on a chair!

Get to know someone

Each square is a letter mailed to a stranger during the 300 Love Letters project.

Read a few - you may be surprised.