Tag Archives: San Francisco

Raving About My Baseball Jacket

3 Apr

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Who’s excited about baseball season? After the Giants won the world series last year, my family and I were able to take photos with the World Championship trophies that the Giants won in both 2010 and 2012 at beautiful AT&T Park. I was excited to share in San Francisco’s celebration of the Giants’ big win, and equally excited to get some baseball gear at the Giants Dugout Store. While searching for gifts as well as myself, I learned that the men’s section had so much more than the women’s section… the guys seemed to have all of the good stuff. There were a ton of really cool letterman and baseball jackets that I wish they made for women or children, or even in smaller men’s sizes. Even while attempting to find a size small in the a men’s letter jackets, I was informed most of the styles weren’t even made in a size small. I wanted a Giants jacket, but I didn’t want one that was going to be giant on me. So, I decided I was going to make my own San Francisco Giants baseball jacket, one that was going to fit. There are so many trendy baseball style jackets for women, so it was easy for me to pick out a simple black jacket with white vegan leather sleeves and white buttons from H&M for a reasonable price. I carefully took off the letter “B” that was originally on the jacket and went on eBay to look for some San Francisco Giants patches. I found two vintage Giants patches that I thought would look great on my jacket, each under $10. The patches were super easy to iron on and I was left with a baseball jacket with a vintage feel, that represents my favorite team. Creating a team jacket turned out to be a lot less costly than purchasing one in-store, but a lot more form fitting and unique to personal preferences. Nothing should stop us from something that we want, especially if it’s easy enough to make ourselves. Now, we can be all excited about dressing for baseball season. Go Team Go!!

Raving About A Run Around Lake Merced

25 Mar

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Is there something we’ve ever done years ago and disliked it, and found that once we’d given it a chance, it might not actually be that bad? I’m talking about Running again. Yes, the one I didn’t give a second look at in high school, but now, can’t get away from. I’ll admit it’s been a love hate relationship for me, and for most of this relationship, I’ve kept it indoors, in the privacy of a gym or the confinement of a treadmill. It’s almost like I’ve been keeping Running a secret, but lately I haven’t been making an unavailable treadmill an excuse not to run. To be honest, running outdoors has actually been quite enjoyable. So while I was in San Francisco, I decided to take a break from the usual run of the (tread)mill and instead, I ran around Lake Merced, which I haven’t done since I was on the Lowell Girl’s Drill Team in high school. The run is about four and a half miles, and surprisingly, it wasn’t at all what I had remembered it to be. Of course, in high school, running around the lake was never a choice, but rather a “punishment” from the Commander or for better terms a “team building experience” (after not doing something well). Back then, I still felt accomplished after completing the run; but, it almost feels like when we’re kids and we go to Disneyland and it’s this huge, magical place, and when we go again as adults, while it’s still huge, it’s not as gigantic as we remembered it and while it’s still magical, Mickey Mouse doesn’t really have the same star appeal. This might be a bad example, but the point I am trying to get at is that our frame of minds shape our experiences. Through out the run, that used to be a “chore” back then, I did not think about “when this run was going to be over”, “how many miles are left,” or “how tired I was going to be after.” I actually enjoyed the beauty of the lake, reminisced about the great times on the Drill Team, and just ran. Who would have thought I would actually be raving about it running around this Lake Merced?

Craving Chocolate Covered Strawberries

3 Feb

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Aren’t these chocolate covered strawberries with the football designs the cutest?! I was passing Godiva and saw them in the window and the cravings hit, bringing me back to those days when I would go to Pier 39 in San Francisco to get a few. The white chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite, I can’t wait to eat them. They are a perfect dessert for Super Bowl Sunday. I will be cheering for my 49ers, almost game time…

Raving About Fan Footballs and Baseballs, Island Style

2 Feb

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Who’s got it better than us (San Francisco Fans)? Nobody! It would be pretty amazing if, or rather when, the 49ers win tomorrow’s Superbowl; which would follow the Giant’s World Series win. After coming back from Hawaii, I thought I’d share the pieces of art that I ordered from an artist who resides in Maui by the name of Vince, who hand paints coconuts with various designs. Being a big time sports fan, I ordered a football and baseball with our sports teams logos to give to one of my best friends and her hubby to add to their extensive fan memorabilia. They are usually sold in Hawaiian flea markets as souvenirs, but can also be ordered by sending an email to: salondelacruz@yahoo.com. I enjoy supporting local artists and think these make great and unique gifts. The ultimate gift to us fans; however, would be the Superbowl trophy going to SF.

Dim Sum Mania

16 Jan

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What always good for brunch? Dim Sum and you know it! Over the weekend, a group of us went to Hong Kong Lounge in San Francisco at the suggestion of my beautiful Taiwanese Barbie connection, Bananniekins. You can’t be in SF and not eat dim sum, that’s gotta be against the law. But don’t take my word for it. Also, don’t ever let me order for the table, you won’t ever have enough space for all the dishes. Actually what table? When all the food came, I couldn’t even see it anymore, it was completely covered. I’m glad that one of us in the group can speak Mandarin (not I, although, I am attempting to learn) as in my experience, English can be limiting in the best and most authentic dim sum restaurants. Now; however, there are paper menus that can be fill out by writing the quantity next to what you would like to order. After handing the completed menu to the server, some one almost always comes back to ask us, “Are you sure every one can eat all this? Food is too much for you.” When this is said, this person has obviously never met me or my friends… Some of the highlights of the meal include the sliced fish porridge, vegetables and mushrooms in noodle roll, stuffed eggplant, Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce, shrimp and chives dumpling, shrimp in noodle roll, steamed special clam, shrimp dumplings, clams with black bean sauce and my favorite desserts: sponge cake, steamed custard buns, fried sesame balls, and sweet tofu. My stomach is growling right now just writing this post. Thank you dim sum for being invented, my life wouldn’t be the same without you.

My Favorite Hotel In San Francisco: The Four Seasons

15 Jan

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What’s my home away from home? Now that I live in Pasadena, when we visit my family and friends in SF, I’ve been making myself at home at the Four Seasons on Market Street in Union Square San Francisco, where I recently spent the weekend. With beautiful views of the city by the bay, friendly service, the best room service breakfast menu, and a Joseph Cozza Salon and Sports Club L.A. (gym and spa) on the 4th floor, it’s everything I could ask for in a hotel and more. An elevator must be taken to the fifth floor lobby, and upon check-in, we are greeted with a warm welcome. We almost always take advantage of the third night free promotion, which would make two nights in a suite cost less than paying for three nights in a regular room. We’ve even been lucky enough in the past to be upgraded to a larger suite at no cost, based on availability and the kindness of the person at the reception desk. In the larger suites, Blvgari soaps, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion are available to enjoy (which can also be requested as a guest, if you’re in the know). Some people (such as my boyfriend) are not fans of the light fragrance of the Blvgari products, so L’occitane is the other brand option, if you decide against packing these toiletries. We like to be comfortable where we choose to stay because we end up making a lot of use of the amenities. On the 2nd day in SF after a good night’s rest on a comfy bed, we had breakfast ordered to the room. I had the ruby red grapefruit sections and the steel cut oatmeal with bananas, berries, soy milk and brown sugar. On the last morning of our trip, I ordered the seasonal fruit plate with banana bread and the San Francisco Bay Omelet with egg whites filled with Dungeness Crab, tomato, avocado, green onions, and I requested added mushrooms. The omelet came with an assortment of bread (English muffins) and if you are ever in a hurry, there are room service options that will have food to your room or front drive in fifteen minutes, which is unheard of at some places. One of the main reasons I love staying at the FS is the exclusive Sports Club LA, which you can only use if you are a member of the sports club or a guest or resident at the hotel. It is a spacious and beautiful gym with 3 floors filled with with state of the art equipment, machines, specialized rooms for classes, a basketball court, an Olympic size salt water pool, and giant windows with views looking out at Market Street. Right after my workout and morning swim on Saturday, I was also able to get a blow dry at the Joseph Cozza Salon, where I spent a pleasant hour chatting and getting styled by Dan. The concierge is always more than helpful, recommending places to eat and making reservations. The hotel is also very accommodating when it comes to late check out. I’ve been able to push check-out time as late as 4pm, which is really convenient for late flights or last day spa treatments. Although I am having some withdrawals from our stay at the FS, I am happy to be back home, where the heart is, and that’s with my four doggies who I missed so much.

Craving Genki Crepes

13 Jan

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What is the sweetest thing to eat on on your birthday? Genki Crepes! Genki Crepes is one of the first things I think about whenever I am in San Francisco. Genki Crepes & Mini Mart sell these thin crepes filled with tasty goodness, in savory and sweet flavors, the sweet crepes have the option of ice cream. I always get the sweet crepe filled with mixed fruit, Nutella, and whipped cream. It is heaven! What’s funny is the paper wrapper reads: “It’s so great! It’s so great! It’s so great!…” and that’s exactly what I say to every one when I talk about this crepe. I have a serious love affair with this crepe and eating it is one of the most amazing dessert experiences of my life. The line to get in, the amount of people that fill this Asian mini mart, and the people I have introduced this place to all lead me believe that there are a ton of others who share my sentiments about this tasty dessert. My entire day was filled with amazing people and experiences, and getting a late night dessert with my friends after watching the 49ers beat the Packers was the ‘icing on the cake’ to make it the sweetest way to end the day.

Savoring My Birthday

12 Jan

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What’s the sweetest thing to wake up to on your birthday? The amazing birthday wishes from your friends and loved ones. In addition to spending time with my family, my boyfriend, and my friends who live in San Francisco, and being able to savor our time together, I also feel the love from my friends who aren’t in town. Being really new to the social media, I’m now dialed in to all of the events and communication that happens on Instagram. I woke up to texts and messages via Instagram from my besties of pics from awesome moments with them. There have been countless wonderful memories with my girls, and I am so blessed to have them in my life. I am looking forward to eating dim sum this morning with a dozen of my close friends, including my brother and nephew. I am also super excited to be rooting for my 49ers at Candlestick Park tonight, with tickets gifted from my best friend Dreams and her husband Ray. I have the loveliest people in my life, it wouldn’t be the same without them. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.