We decided to ring in the 2016 Chinese New Year at one of the largest celebration outside of Asia, in San Francisco’s Chinatown!
If you are looking for some interesting sights and sounds and tons of great food, stop by Chinatown for a visit!
We entered Chinatown at the infamous Dragon’s Gate, located at the intersection of Grant Ave and Bust St.
We wandered down Grant Ave admiring all the red decorating and popping in little shops selling all type of Chinese themed goods. It was around noon so we decided to grab some lunch at Hunan Home, I had the delicious seafood fried rice.
Chinatown is situated in the middle of San Francisco’s Financial District leaving you with views of the towering buildings, the Transamerica Pyramid here is the tallest building in San Francisco at 853ft.We decided to wait in the 35 minute line for the prized egg custard tarts from Golden Gate Bakery. Talking the the local in line is well worth the wait. This hours here vary drastically, so always call ahead. They were so worth it, fresh out of the oven – so warm and flaky!
There is an abundance of great food in Chinatown especially bakeries, I could not believe there was a Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco. It is a small space and you do not get a tour, they are just there to sell you different types of fortune cookies. Though there is large machines pressing out the cookies and then they get pressed into a round mold for folding. We took a final stop for coffee and mooncakes at Eastern Bakery and then headed to the parade!
We saw the start of the parade at the cotton candy sunset was setting on the City. It was a beautiful day and Chinatown is always a fun spot to explore!
Happy Year of the Monkey!
The Point Reyes peninsula is a well defined area, geologically separated from the rest of Marin County and almost all of the continental United States by a rift zone of the San Andreas Fault, about half of which is sunk below sea level and forms Tomales Bay. The fact that the peninsula is on a different tectonic plate than the east shore of Tomales Bay produces a difference in soils and therefore to some extent a noticeable difference in vegetation. A Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sighted and named “Cabo de Pinos” (Point Reyes), but missed the entrance to San Francisco Bay, a lapse that mariners would repeat for the next two centuries and more, due to the mass amount of fog that characterizes San Francisco and Marin.
We took a Saturday trip to Point Reyes National Seashore because I always hear about its beauty – and wanted to see it for myself. Luckily, every foggy turn was incredibly vast and purely amazing.
We first stopped at the Cypress Tree Tunnel, who doesn’t love a tunnel of trees?!
Then made our way down the 308 steps to the lighthouse – WOW!
The fog and intense winds off the ocean made the infamous cypress tree slant in one direction! We took a short hike to sea lion overlook and saw a few babies on the beach! We also got to see deer, elk, a fox, cows and many different birds! We stopped by the shipwreck on our way out – what gorgeous sites and interesting fauna and flora this place has to offer! Overall this is a great day trip for anyone – we cannot wait to come back when it is a clear sunny day and maybe spot some whales!
This place is truly a slice of heaven! Do you have any favorite spots around Point Reyes?
We got settled in to our Airbnb in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco and biked to Golden Gate Park. It was a gorgeous sunny day in San Francisco’s west side, which is not very common but much enjoyed, I LOVE the houses and the colors and the vibes, San Francisco is my spirit animal. We got to Golden Gate Park and it was lush and green, there was laughs, smiles and crazy festival fashion – it felt like home. We laid in the grass and listened to Leon Bridges then headed to the main stage and sang along with First Aid Kit. We moved up to get close for St. Vincent – oh my god! I saw her last year but she never fails to disappoint – she is such a BADASS! Wilco played next, one of me and Seth’s favorite bands. Always a fun time singing along to Americana classics with them.
We woke up Saturday and biked to see Twin Peaks, it was early show around noon – wow it was incredible. These guys are young and full of angst! Later that day, we got to see two of my favorite bands – Mac DeMarco and Tame Impala! Tame Impala was my favorite show from the festival – the lights and visuals were excellent! The night ended with the rowdiest crowd of the festival – Kendrick Lamar!
We saw Givers, Benjamin Booker, Odesza. Elton John came on and played all his classics – it was a short set but throughly enjoyed!
We grabbed our bikes and headed home after a whirlwind weekend in the city of music and hills and love. Anyone planning on going to OSL 2016?
The Grateful Dead reunited for a 50th anniversary Fare The Well tour. Seth and I got lucky and scored tickets to both nights at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The core four members were present – Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir; they were joined by Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, pianist Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The first night, they gave out thousands of roses at the beginning of the show – it was incredible. On Saturday, it started to slightly drizzle then a giant double rainbow came out and the sky exploded into a fiery orange – we all knew Jerry was there. Some of my favorites were Uncle John’s Band, Sugar Magnolia, and Brown Eyed Women – classics. Here are some outtakes from the weekend. Cheers to all you Dead heads out there – the crowd was wild! Great weekend – good times.
Take Care, Lucia
San Francisco is absolutely breathtaking and a must see on any travel bucket list! It is rich in history and vibrant in character. It has a mystical quality to it and truly is a magical city with so much to offer. It is packed full of local gems and well known attractions. Here are a just a FEW of my favorite places and all time classics of San Francisco!
1. Visiting Sutro Baths
Ancient swimming pool ruins from the late 1800s. Gorgeous and eerie at the same time…
2. Golden Gate Bridge
The world’s most photographed bridge…
3. Amoeba Records & Haight Ashbury District
Intersection of the 1960s counterculture movement. The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin lived in this neighborhood. Coined “Hashbury” by Hunter S. Thompson.
4. The Warfield Theater
A gorgeous 2,300 seat music venue opened in 1922.
5. San Francisco Bay
Ferry rides from Sausalito back to San Francisco are amazing!
6. Pop Up Art Shows
The Beehive Society present Springfield, Springfield!
7. Baker’s Beach & Fort Mason
Gorgeous views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge – fun for the whole family!
Santa Cruz, California – A picturesque beach town located South on Silicon Valley with a famous Boardwalk, bustling surfer culture and a hip music scene.
Seth, Bayla and I took a trip to Santa Cruz! We arrived Friday evening and walked a couple miles along the coast and saw the Boardwalk lights glistening on the ocean water in the distance, it was so beautiful. We let Bayla run on the beach, one of her favorite things to do.
The sky was a beautiful orange, purple and pink mixture. California beach sunset are truly hard to beat! We grabbed dinner at Hula’s Island Grill and headed over to the Catalyst to see Sturgill Simpson – OH MY THAT VOICE! The show was incredible, I am sad I didn’t get any pictures! Saturday morning, we walked on the beach and got to the Boardwalk as it was opening at 10am. We decided to take the skyline lift across the park, as soon as we got on and our feet were dangling 30ft above the ground, we were feeling pretty scared! We headed to the 5th oldest roller coaster in the United States, The Giant Dipper. It was an old rickety wooden roller coaster – but still fun. The look on excitement on Seth face as we rode the rides was totally adorable and heart melting.
We grabbed Bayla and headed to the beach – it’s so funny she knows the word ‘beach’ – Santa Cruz has an amazing beach area where dogs are allowed, Bayla had so much fun running with all the other mutts. We explored the beach and jumped around on slippery rocks.
We headed across town to Aldo’s Harbor for a fresh seafood lunch. We walked along harbor, there were giant jacks blocking the waves – they were so interesting looking! We laid out on the beach for a bit while Bayla chewed a stick. We packed up and headed home. Santa Cruz left me lusting for the laid back surfer beach life, luckily it is only 45 minutes away!
A day on the hunt!
I am a thrifting junkie and I admit it. My favorite places are old, eclectic vintage shops with tons of clothes, records, furniture & lamps. I have always been a lover of the 60s and 70s aesthetic, there is just something about the bright colors and geometric prints that I really inspires me. Who doesn’t love to find that perfect vintage treasure? I sure do – through all my days of thrifting adventures, I have learned to always prepare myself with a couples items to make the day go smoothly.
1. Make a List
I always jot down ideas of things that could work in my space or DIY projects I’m working on. Right now, I am looking for vintage cocktail glasses for my bar cart.
2. Arrive Early
The old adage is right – early bird does get the worm!
3. Bring Essentials
Small Tape Measuere, Notepad & Pen, Scarf, Water
I like to keep little swatches of paint & fabrics in my notebook so I can reference hues and patterns in items I already have.
Take pictures! It helps to inspire creativity and maybe you should run back and grab that mirror that would fit perfect in your entryway!
6. Be Open Minded
Always have your creative thinking eye on full alert on when thrifting. A fresh coat of paint can help the most dingy of items. Items like bottles & wire baskets can easily be turned into lamps with a simple light kit from a hardware store. Look for unique colors and patterns you don’t traditionally see. Check the bottom of glass and dish ware to see where it was made.
7. Be Patient
Think about where and how a piece can fit into your space. If you are on the fence about it, sleep on it. If it is something that truly represent you and your style and you can’t stop thinking about it, get it – life is short. Enjoy the little things that make you happy.
8. Keep Searching
That perfect items you are searching for is out there. Whether it is the perfect vintage Kilim rug or an antique vanity set. Keep your eyes and ears peeled! That perfect piece could be right around the corner.
What are some of your most treasured thrifting finds?