Smitten Ice Cream – Hayes Valley, San Francisco


What’s better than ice cream on a warm gorgeous day? Freshly made ice cream with liquid nitrogen!

In case you haven’t been, stop by Smitten Ice Cream in Hayes Valley for some freshly made-to-order ice cream. It’s a fun spot to bring out-of-town friends & family as they can watch cream turn into delicious ice cream right in front of their eyes. They have seasonal flavors but I love the classic vanilla.

The best way to do this? Stop by Souvla first for their Greek sandwiches and then grab an ice cream at Smitten. Delicious!


Decoy – West Village, NYC

Perk of having foodie friends all over the world means we always eat amazing food wherever we go. Our trip to NYC was no exception. Meet our newest favorite, Decoy. Located in West Village (my favorite neighborhood in NYC!!!), they serve tasty Peking duck and other Chinese-fusion dishes.

The food was delicious (loved the pickled side dishes) and what really intrigued our tastebuds were the cocktails Igor was serving up at the bar. He is not only the most knowledgeable bartender we’ve met, but the most creative! He made us drinks off the menu using is own creative genius. I don’t want to spill his secrets, so head over to Decoy if you are ever in NYC and want some delicious duck and cocktails.

This is a popular spot so definitely make a reservation, or arrive early (like us!) and sit by the bar. That way you can meet Igor and have him enliven all your tastebuds.

Here are some photos, if you’d like to see!









Thank you Decoy + Igor for having us. Definitely adding this as one of our top spots in NYC!


Decoy – 529 1/2 Hudson Street, NYC

Sneaker Outfit Inspirations

Have you jumped on the sneaker trend? I’ve started to see them everywhere and could not be happier. With the properly cuffed jeans and the right pair of sneakers, these outfits look polished and chic enough for the office.

Here are some of my favorite outfits I’ve seen:




After considering various pairs of sneakers, I’ve decided to get the black Nike Lunarlon! I love having a pair of sneaker that are comfy enough to walk forever in and chic enough for the office. I’ve been able to put in extra steps on days I wear them. Clearly, need to keep this up!


Have you jumped on this new trend? Which sneakers are you wearing?

PS: How cute are the overalls Happily Grey is wearing?!


(Images in order… 11Ground // Refinery29 // Happily Grey)

Weekend Snapshots

How was your weekend? The weather in San Francisco was amazing so tried to be outside as much as we could. We started our Saturday early with a trip to Blue Bottle in the Ferry Building. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the Blue Bottle Coffee and waffles without a long wait!

Farmer’s Market was in full swing, so we stopped by to see what was new.



We also went on a hike to Bernal Heights Hill. I think it’s one of the rare spots in the city where you can get a full 360 aerial view of the city. Left me breathless! A full post with photos from the hike is coming.


Random note, have you noticed the flowers blooming all over the city?!



Lots of fun posts and updates coming your way this week! Have a lovely day.

Souvla – Hayes Valley, San Francisco

Happy Friday! Do you have fun plans for the weekend? The weather is supposed to be amazing here in SF, so we’ll be spending it outdoors. We’ve been spending the last few weekends in Hayes Valley, so thought we’d share one of our favorite spots, Souvla.

One of the most talked about restaurant in Hayes, Souvla serves up mouth-watering Greek sandwiches and salads. I am completely smitten with their avgolemono soup. It’s a Greek egg-lemon soup with rice and chicken. Imagine creamy chicken soup with lemon. Delicious! Our Greek friend swears by their soup, so definitely don’t skip on that. They also serve frozen Greek yogurt!

The restaurant is a bit small, which means seating is a little difficult to secure, especially if you travel with a large entourage. In that case, get it to-go and eat at the park in Hayes! Problem solved. Have a lovely weekend!


PS: They also have this gigantic piece of art on their wall of a man drinking and holding a chair. I’ve strangely been obsessed with the photo so don’t miss it.



Our Trip to NYC

Last month, I went out to NYC for a quick work trip. It happened to be right when NYC was experiencing lowest record temperatures in two decades. Joy!

Otto came to join me at the end of my trip and we stayed through the weekend at my brother’s place. Because the weather was so cold, people were staying indoors and off the streets. We felt like we had the city to ourselves.

Here are some pictures of what we did, if you’d like to see!





















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Perfect Backpack for Work

Lately, I’ve been on a search to find the best backpack for work. Yes, you read that right. Backpack. They are the most logical bag for carrying notebooks, laptops and other knickknacks but I just could never wrap my head around owning one. It just looks so funny, never quite fit me right and I have yet to find a backpack that I love.

With my new job, I now just take the bus every morning (vs driving). This means I need a solid bag that won’t slip off my shoulders and can withstand my 100mph speed walks / runs to catch the bus. Sad to bid adieu to my shoulder bag but the time has come.

I’ve done the initial search and here are my top candidates:

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Which one do you think is the best? It’s been a billion years since I ever owned a backpack so this is going to be interesting. Do you happen to own one? Which one do you have and do you love it? Any tips would be great!


(Top three images – via Herschel // Middle image via Everlane // Bottom images via Topo Designs)