Special post: eat n love (friends n food..)

20 Dec
One of the main purpose of my visit was to meet my friends!!! We haven’t seen each other more than 7 years, so it was thrill that I managed to see them all. Too bad, some of them I didn’t get chance to take picture with. But thanks to all of them, I had a great trip!!! Wish to see you guys again one day…YEY!

Deep thanks to (in no particular order… *.*)

San Francisco:
Brenda, John, Elizabeth & William
Aline & Masa, Cindy & hubby
Indi
Reina
New York:
Mika, Josh & Kai
Rosita
Noriko

ENJOY!

DESIGNERS GATHERING.. We had a great design conversation besides a great dinner at Village Yokocho, New York. First time my friend, Mika and I fell in love with radish sprout. We had this amazing boiled tako served with it and it tasted so delicious that I still have a crave of it until today.. LOL.. Plus I finally ate one of my favourite dishes, enoki and beef. YEY!

This pic was taken at Cha House, a Japanese Tea House. Very nice place. Though I had a funny experience. Since the place was very dim light, when I went to the bathroom, I was shocked by the automatic toilet that could open its lid by itself. For a moment, I really thought there was a ghost or human inside. ROFL…..Other than that, the place was fabulous…

mochi..
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This was taken from google search — Village Yokocho, Lower East Side, New York.

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This next one was my last night in NY. So Mika, Josh and Kai took me to a nice italian restaurant… which I forgot the name… LOL

Little cute and adorable Kai!!…
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Kai never liked to be taken pictures by anyone else, except his parents. But I managed to take this good shot!! YEYYY….
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Kai had admirer instantly, as you can see.
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This two pics were taken by Mika. The restaurant has great outdoor details!
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Kai, taken by Mama Mika….
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Calamari appetizer. We all loved the dried leaves… SOOO MUCHH…
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Cheese balls.. forgot the real menu name.. hehehe..
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I loved that little jacket. It certainly made Kai more handsome…
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Mika and Josh…
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The restaurant table. It will be perfect for your date!

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Last night in San Francisco… Sushi with Mama Brenda

We were so happy to see this generous portion from Shimo Sushi (recommended by Aline.. Tx we really enjoyed it!) We were so full that we had trouble when we need to run to catch our bus… hahahhaa… Luckily we managed to catch it… The sashimi was the most generous portion I’ve ever eaten in my whole life with decent price too.

Mama Brenda and me..
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I stole these pics from Mama Brenda’s archive.. These are her lovely Korean children..
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Twin Peaks with Aline and Masa
On our last meeting, we had a great lunch at Hotei Japanese Restaurant, a relaxing stroll along Irving area. After that, we went to Twin Peaks. Believe or not, though I used to live in SF for some time, but that was my first time been there… So thanks to both of them, I could ‘cross out’ Twin Peaks from my need-to-go list.
Sweet couple Masa & Aline

Some favourite food

20 Dec

This is one of my favourite food! First time I tried cheese platter with meat and fig jam. I fell in love so much that I was so happy we have fig jam here in Jakarta. Unfortunately, cheese price are.. well a bit expensive.. But as usual, I forgot this lovely restaurant name in New York.. though I love the place so much. I also ate gnocchi with pesto! Hahhaa (I’m sure someone will laugh at the pesto sauce)

This is mustard that you eat with meats and bread
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And these are the cheese.. I remembered they were Gouda, Emmenthal, Brie.. The other two I forgot. Hahaha.. But they were so delicious.. I still want more!!
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I love this vio drink tropical colada.. They taste like they want to be— like ice cream. Perfect for  a hot weather in New York. Unfortunately, I could only found them in Gourmet Garage Supermarket New York. Nowhere else..!! Aahhh..
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MAOZ!!!!!! It’s  vegetarian falafel! I love it so much and still miss it until today. The belgian fries are great too!! Definitely a must try!! First tiem I think that carrot is delicious… Hahaha….
Visit their website for more info!
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My welcome food in NY, the famous Lombardi’s Pizza. Meatball toppings.. Ooh I want more….
Panya Bakeries!!! Love their melon pan, cappucino pan and cookies!!
Though I can’t provide you guys enough pic, but here are some links to another great food that I’ve tried during my trip Somehow,  whenever I ate, I enjoyed it too much that I forgot to take pictures.. LOL…
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San Fran’s cheesecake factory: a beautiful place with great desserts. Though my sis and I only order a slice  a cake, they still gave us a basket of bread.. Very nice, huh??
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San Fran’s Creperie ST. Germain: I always have a thing for crepes. And this crepes is the best of all. Because it’s  a healthy crepes!! Made of buckwheat, so you don’t have to worry bout your calorie and cholesterol.. I want more of these too…
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Jamba Juice: favourite drink of all time.. Peopla say don’t miss sumemr without your sunblock, I say don’t miss summer without JAMBA! Get the POWER size!!! LOL
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San Fran’s Osha Thai resto: Great ambiance with great food
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Other great San Fran’s food:
Thanh long Crab house: Great crab, Great garlic rice!
Tofu Village:  Authentic Korean dishes, love their beef soup!!
Chinatown’s Napoleon Egg tart: the best egg tart!!!!!!
Monterey clam chowder: Rich, creamy and addictive
and many more….
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So, whenever you come to these cities, you know what you’re looking for… See ya next time!!!

Duboce Park for all the dog lovers

20 Dec
This is one of my favourite park in SF. Especially if you have dogs, you will LOVE this park. I wish I took pic of this park earlier, since the day that I took the pic they had sort of renovation project. So some of the parts were closed and they weren’t many dogs as usual. However, still just enjoy these pics!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North beach stores…

1 Nov
Still in the north beach area.. They have many interesting and lovely stores here.. One of them is Crown & Crumpet.. I love it.. Their design is like a small tea house.. Very cute, girly and chic!!! Any little girl will love to come here…

North Beach

1 Nov
Back in SF, I’m happy to see that blue sky, green grass and bright sunlight… (most of the days that I visited here, the sun was a little too bright…hick3 ) But wherever you go, especially if there’s a small crowd resting and relaxing, you somehow can feel the warmth.
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So did this place, North Beach. I came here before.. but never explore much. And it turned out to be a lovely place, perfect for lazying or simply people watching. If you are an ocean type person, but feels that ocean is too far, you can come here instead. It also has small sand and water area. The air smells the same too. Plus, you can also get the beautiful view of the lush green field. And some queuing up tourists hahaha.. Some of them are cute though..
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love this view a lot!!!
I love this pic series.. Never took this kind of pictures before..
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ehmm.. pse don’t tell the girl i took this pic.. LOL
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You can also view GG Bridge from here..
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just relax and enjoy the breeze…
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nice combination of 2 of my fav things… green field and ocean!!
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Golden Gate Bridge viewed from North Beach

1 Nov
Believe it or not, this is teh first time I’ve been to this area.. It turned out that you could get magnificent view from here. I loved it so much!! Especially the time that I went there was almost dawn (or dusk??) so the sky colour was super nice.. Here are some pic. And tell me what you think..!!

This one is my fav!! Love the colour result!!
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This one.. I feel like I’m taking  a postcard pic.. LOL
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Ohhh.. love this view so much!!! I feel that I can jump right into the ocean.. hahhaa.. but someone pse save me..
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Birthday cakes!!!

1 Nov
First time birthday with 5 different cake slices!!! Presented by my sis.. We bought it at Cafe Madeleine, SF. Why I said ‘we’?? Cuz I chose the cakes LOL.. They were pretty delicious!!! Opera was my favourite!! And below, you can see how my sis tried to fit all the letters in one small slice of cake.. She did pretty good job.. hahahhaa… I forgot most of the names actually.. But I’ll try..
I think this one is chocolate cake

 

strawberry shortcake

 

 

Opera.. Look at the details!

 

This one.. mmm I know the yellow one is banana plus strawberry.. And the strawberry.. I forgot the name!!! LOL.. Or maybe this one is strawberry shortcake.. hahaha…

 

 

 

Btw.. as the bday girl.. I was the one who took all these pics.. (sigh..)

 

This one is Kinder Bueno’s happy hippo.. My sis fav snack. The shape is really cute and inetresting

 

Look at the mouth!! Full of chocolate.. hahaha..

 

Isn’t he so cute???? Cute hippo!!! It tastes pretty good, too..