LA Restaurant Week

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Restaurant Week is one of my favorite events of the year. Almost every major city will do a version of Restaurant Week. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Restaurant Week, it’s basically a bunch of restaurants, I’m talking 100+ restaurants, that will create prix fixe menus at a special price. A two-course lunch option normally ranges from $15-$25, and a 3-course dinner will range from $30-$60. Some restaurant weeks even donate a certain percentage of the proceeds to a charity. For me, restaurant week is a great way to discover new restaurants and be able to try a variety of dishes at a great price. While I was in LA this past weekend, restaurant week had just started, so Dylan and I decided to go on a food adventure and filled our weekend eating delicious meals.  Continue Reading

Trapped in DTLA: A Travel Diary

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Whenever I pack for my weekend trips to LA, I am always torn between packing clothes that I just bought, but haven’t figured how to style and my closet staples – items that I know will go with everything and are extremely versatile. Since it was supposed to be cloudy and raining all weekend, packing was quite easy because the possibility of rain really limited what I could bring. Continue Reading

Travel Diary: Palm Springs

At the end of March, I travelled to Palm Springs for a weekend to attend the Indian Wells tennis tournament with my friend and his parents. Since we only spent one day at the actual tournament, there was lots of time to explore Palm Springs.

Besides going to Indian Wells, we went on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and on the way out of Palm Springs, we made a pit stop at the Cabazon Dinosaur Sculptures.

Below are some of the photos and stills from the trip.

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Waiting for Federer and Berdych

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Federer vs. Berdych

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Cooling off and celebrating Federer’s win

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The drive to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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Up, up, and away!

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Where’s Waldo?

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Discovering San Francisco

Having been born and raised in the Bay Area, I’ve taken the culture and beauty of San Francisco for granted. I have become accustomed to tourists blocking the sidewalks of Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf to capture a family picture and have learned to avoid these tourist-filled attractions. In doing so, I lost sight of what makes San Francisco so unique.

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When three of my friends decided to come up to San Francisco for Valentine’s Day weekend, I was excited and a little bit overwhelmed. To be honest, I didn’t know where to take them or what to do. They were only here for two days so I wanted to pack as much in as I could. I wanted there to be a nice balance between good food, famous tourist spots, and an epic night out in San Francisco.

My friends arrived Friday night and after a nice sushi dinner, I whisked them off to their hotel in Union Square, but not before a quick pit stop at Twin Peaks.

Saturday was when the fun began. First stop was brunch at Oola in SOMA. They had traditional brunch options such as Eggs Benedict, but also some unique spins on classic brunch dishes, such as Waffles and Chicken Nuggets and Nutella Filled French Toast. Can you guess which one I chose? They also have bottomless mimosas for $22, which seems pretty steep for a champagne flute of orange juice and champagne, but after four of these, it seemed like a good decision.

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After our boozy brunch, we headed over to The Ferry Building and walked to Pier 39 because who can resist Trish’s Donuts, am I right? After downing a bucket of mini powdered-sugar donuts, it was time to head back to our hotel and get ready for dinner. The rest of the night was spent eating and drinking and catching up. I didn’t take any photos at night because nobody likes flash in a dim-lit environment.

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Sunday was all about the Golden Gate Bridge.

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After being up close and personal with the bridge I brought them to Lands End where you see the bridge from afar. We also briefly walked around the Legion of Honor Museum.

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Finally, we decided to take a scenic route that went through the Sutro Baths and Sea Cliff.  We got stuck in traffic on our way to Highway 1 to get to SFO, but we got to experience the sunset in my car.

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My friends honestly could not have picked a better weekend to come visit San Francisco because it was in the high 70’s for the entire weekend. It was a great weekend to just walk around and rediscover the city I grew up in.

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