Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tilth - Seattle, WA

Brunch is my favorite because I love breakfast food but sleeping > everything so I've never been an early bird to make it to breakfast. On a chill Saturday, we went to Tilth (where I was in this post), an organic restaurant opened by Maria Hines who is a James Beard Award winner.

Started with some hazelnut fig scones with spiced port butter. So delicious, the sugar crusted top gave it a crunch while the rest of the scone was moist.

Steel cut oatmeal with maple syrup, cocoa nib, and pecan. Lightly sweetened, and the cocoa nib added a hint of bittersweet chocolate flavor. Steel cut oatmeal is my favorite because of the gritty chewiness and also it's least processed.

Side of cheddar biscuit and smoked pulled chicken gravy with fried egg. A half portion of the usual, the quality ingredients made it taste fresh and not heavy.

House smoked salmon hash with frisée and a sous vide egg. So light yet flavorful, not like a typical heavy hash.

French toast with satsuma confit, almond, and chantilly. They changed breads from the last time I was there so I had some getting used to, but it's still one of my favorite French toasts. Fluffy with a delicate citrus flavor and just the right portion.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I want life in every word to the extent that it's absurd - San Francisco, CA

Enjoying salted caramel and earl grey ice cream from Bi-Rite Creamery at Dolores Park on a sunny day. Living is easy in times like these. Though the biggest treat was probably taking my sunglasses out of hibernation, they haven't had much play lately since I've returned back to cold (and today it was snowing) Seattle.

Gucci aviators, H&M paisley fringe scarf, Rag & Bone leather jacket, American Apparel tee, F21 jeggings, Aldo metallic cutout oxfords, Banana Republic suede fringe bag

Comfy casual look for roaming around town, leather and a scarf to shield the San Francisco wind. And a tee shirt that I slept in the night before, rolled out of bed, and made the executive decision that the effort to redress was just too much.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The whole world is moving and I'm standing still - San Francisco, CA

ASOS back cutout dolman top, Chanel earrings, Hermès enamel bracelet, F21 jeggings

The interior of this hotel room is like my ideal place, original exposed brick wall, and a vintage vaulted window frame that opens (reluctantly, with a lot of wiggling) to lead up to the rooftop overlooking the city or down to a fire escape (have always romanticized fire escapes from that Postal Service song), and it lets in a glorious flood of light.

I'll be the fire escape that's bolted to the ancient brick
Where you will sit and contemplate your day.

Brand New Colony - Postal Service

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Commonwealth - San Francisco, CA

In continuation of Taste Thursdays, featuring one of my favorite restaurants we went to while in San Francisco: Commonwealth. I love tasty pretty food and this place was perfect.

I ordered this drink called the Gozer, which was a pomegranate and kaffir lime margarita. The coolest (ha no pun intended) thing about it was that it's frozen by liquid nitrogen. Took me back to high school chem lab days!

Foie gras bon bons with brioche. Foie gras covered in chocolate, just the right bittersweetness to pair with the smooth subtly savory flavor of foie gras. So good with the lightly crisped brioche.

Asian pear, chicories, pomegranate, cured ham, idiazabal cheese, long pepper salad. Don't know if I've ever had idiazabal cheese before but not sure how I lived so long without it, it's gooey and rich, great complement to prosciutto and offset the fresh and light salad.

Kabocha pumpkin, black kale, yuba, sprouting broccoli, coconut milk, peanut. Gorgeous presentation.

Squid and pork belly, jidori egg salad, potato croutons, herb vinaigrette. The squid was cooked so tender.

Duck, the most amazing thing was the garlic mashed potato filled eggroll, it was so flavorful and fluffy.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This night is flawless

3.1 Phillip Lim dress

Currently at the San Francisco airport awaiting our flight home, been a fun packed trip with a lot of eating and shopping so expect some pretty food and outfit posts to come! Wore this one shoulder Phillip Lim dress for Valentine's Day dinner at Angèle in Napa Valley, the grecian style and pleated draping has made it one of those timeless pieces that's perfect for an occasion.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Life is too short to not experience the madness of love - San Francisco, CA

Happy Valentine's Day! A photo of love and I at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on a perfect sunny day. We're going to Napa Valley today for wine tasting and dinner, so excited. Have a beautiful time with your loves!

Friday, February 11, 2011

San Francisco, here comes your wandering one

H&M elbow patch cropped sweater, F21 jeggings, Tory Burch patent flats, Marc Jacobs shoulder bag

Boyfriend and I are currently in San Francisco, here for a few days then to Napa Valley for Valentine's Day. The trip so far consists of sunshine, amazing food, sightseeing, shopping = perfect. Lots more photos to come! These were taken while shopping on Haight today. Had lunch at Tartine Bakery before, then walked off the food coma with some intense and prolific retailing. The weather was gorgeous, we ate outside, left our coats in the car, and roamed around all over Mission. Anyway, think this sweater is so adorable, stripes, cropped, and elbow patches (! obsessed with that lately..)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Not all those who wander are lost

Rag & Bone leather jacket, F21 faux fur vest and jeggings, Dries Van Noten boots

Soften up leather by styling it with a differing texture like fur (hold the red paint, it's faux..) However, especially living in the Pacific Northwest, this look may have reaped some confusion and probably slight anxiety from civilians thinking Sasquatch had run loose. But I'll take being mistaken for Bigfoot, that furry vest is super warm.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

On the fringe

AllSaints Spitalfields beanie, T by Alexander Wang blazer, Vince chambray shirt, F21 jeans and boots, Banana Republic bag

I like that this blazer is jersey but has leather trimming on the pockets so I can dress it up or down, dressing it down here for brunch this morning. Anyway, was shopping with a friend a couple weeks ago and she found this bag on major sale, like 90% off $250 (which.. why is BR charging that for their bag?) Love all the suede fringe cross-stitching goodness, think it'll be a great transitional piece into spring.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Revel - Seattle, WA

I've noticed my food posts as of late have been on homecooked meals, while we do try to cook often (healthier plus we love it), we actually eat out all the time. Boyfriend recently suggested a midweek "try a new restaurant" night, since many of our dinner dates have randomly fallen on Wednesdays and it's something fun to break up the week. So I thought I'd start a tradition for this blog too: Taste Thursdays, to feature some of the spots we've tried. This week: Revel!

Revel is an Asian fusion restaurant in Fremont with a modern interior, bright, spacious, and an open kitchen connected to the bar offering front row seats to the chefs. The pop art on the walls was colorful in a kitschy way for an otherwise clean and simple space.

Pork belly, kimchi, bean sprout pancake. We love pork belly and order it at every restaurant that offers it, I really think pork belly can do no wrong. This dish came with four dipping sauces that brought out the flavors well.

Chorizo, jicama, cilantro dumplings. Cilantro is one of those keywords that if I spot I will order the dish whatever it is. Also, my mom says I hold chopsticks wrong.. my rebuttal is that it hasn't failed me in life thus far..

Five spiced duck meat balls, lacinato kale, smoked chili noodles. So savory and flavorful.

Lastly.. I'm a little into dessert. By "a little into" I mean I look forward to it before appetizers even arrive. They offered three ice cream sandwiches, which is an adorable idea. We couldn't decide which to get.. so boyfriend ordered them all. (This man was made for me.) From L-R: vanilla pound cake, coffee, milk jam (which is caramelized condensed milk); coconut maccaroon, Kaffir lime, huckleberry compote; chocolate chip cookie, chili, chocolate caramel. My favorite was the vanilla pound cake, who knew you could improve on condensed milk, but apparently heating it slowly on the stove for 3 hours browns it into a thick delightful creamy sugary paste.

The head chef and owner of the restaurant personally stopped by our table at the end of the meal, and I found out he and his chef wife also owned Joule, this other Asian fusion restaurant in Wallingford that I love. He described the food he makes simply as, "food we like to eat." Well, it's food I like to eat too.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Shipley & Halmos book: "We're An American _________"


Shipley & Halmos is one of my favorite designers (worn in this post), and they traveled to Barneys CO-OP stores around the US this summer to personally meet and shoot their customers for their book We're An American _________. I was out of town this past August so I couldn't meet them, but definitely adding this to my coffee table books collection, especially because my boyfriend made the book! (He's in the red checkered Shipley & Halmos button up on the bottom left corner, the shirt may look familiar because I wore it for my Christmas video.)