Roadtrip

Earlier this month, we drove up to San Francisco for Kristie’s wedding and on the way back we took the scenic rout. The section from Big Sur down to Hearst Castle was so beautiful especially with the fog. Here are some pictures from the road:

Photo Jul 06, 4 11 34 PMBig Sur – no filter!

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Photo Jul 04, 12 12 01 PMAmerican BBQ on Fourth of July

 

Photo Jul 06, 7 43 33 PMGolden hour
Photo Jul 07, 12 03 28 PMEvery time we’re in the bay area we try to make our way over to Back-A-Yard for this delicious Jamaican pork jerk. (actually Back-A-Yard was closed that day so this was at its sister restaurant Coconut)

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07-07-14 PCH (D800) 120We’re still not sure if these seals were rescued or what, but for a few bucks we were able to feed some pretty funny seals … or sea lion?

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Photo Jul 07, 12 28 57 PMHearst Castle designed by Julia Morgan, who was the first female registered architect!

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Surfing

We went surfing for the first time on Saturday! It was so much fun … nothing like snowboarding but thrilling nonetheless. Aaron was able to get up on his board on his first try – like a ninja! We were pretty exhausted after just 1.5 hours but we’ll be back soon!

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Photo Jul 26, 5 18 18 PMPost surf feast @ Oscar’s

Homesick for DTLA

Aaron and I both grew up in suburbs of LA, met at UCLA and we’re pretty sure we’ll eventually make our way back to LA to raise our family. Growing up we never hung out around downtown LA – it was always a little sketchy. The only time we would go is for the occasional dim sum, wedding (at the dim sum restaurant) or to catch a LA phil concert. Then in 2009 I started my masters program at SCI Arc which was in the art district, smack in the middle of downtown. As with all architecture programs, even though I lived on the westside, I pretty much spend most of my time at school. Luckily in the last few years, the art district have really blossomed. It’s becoming a trendier place to hang out and new hip restaurants are popping up left and right. But the best part of downtown in my opinion are the old buildings. Oh man, there are so many beautiful facades and brick buildings (I don’t want to get all nerdy but it’s not easy finding brick buildings in LA because of our earthquake codes. It takes a lot of money and work to retrofit an old brick building and sometimes it’s just much cheaper and easier to knock it down) This morning I saw Ian Wood’s DTLA video filmed with gopro and a drone …so lovely! and it made me a little homesick.

Masterpiece

While unpacking I found two of Aaron’s masterpieces from when he was 6! (What’s a pushcat?)

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Weekend Goodness

Hope everyone had a good weekend. A couple of our good friends came down from LA to spend the weekend with us – it was so good to see them! The weekend included visiting a couple local breweries, rummaging through goodies at a garage sale, eating out on the deck of our favorite neighborhood restaurant, making brunch together, baking plum torte, chopping salsa, making craft beer ice cream and kayaking through the La Jolla coves…we got so close to baby sea lions! Here are some pictures – not pictured was the kayaking trip and thank goodness because Aaron and I flipped over so had we had our phones, they would’ve been at the bottom of the ocean right now. hashtag fail.

Photo Jul 20, 10 52 14 PMI’ve come to really enjoy my morning laptop-coffee-egg-me time :) Good for the soul.
Photo Jul 19, 5 31 23 PMWe visited two local breweries this time (San Diego, to our surprise, has around 100 microbreweries): Saint Archer & Ballast Point
Photo Jul 19, 2 48 05 PMIt seems crazy to me that I’m just NOW learning how to make my own salsa. I’m so addicted to this stuff!

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Photo Jul 19, 3 04 20 PMPlum Torte: recipe from Smitten Kitchen

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Photo Jul 20, 10 37 43 PMBeer ice cream: recipe from America’s Test Kitchen

Dress Painting

Photo Jul 18, 12 08 24 PMThree years ago when I was planning our wedding I had came across Lauren Maurer’s artwork on Etsy where she would paint portraits of people’s wedding dresses with pencil and watercolor. I loved it, but you know how wedding planning goes – everything costs way more than what you want to pay so I didn’t have the heart to spend more money on something that was just a keepsake for me in the end. A month ago I was in search for a bridal shower gift for K and decided this would be perfect, so I was able to get both her and mine dress painted. Voila! Three years later, you are finally mine! (you can see pictures of the actual dress here :))

wishlist

Checklist

Here are some things I’ve been drooling over lately as I try to finish up the house. OooOoO we are so close to being finished I can taste it!

(The lights are from Schoolhouse Electric Co. – I want everything from there! The bed is from Brookstone – surprised right? and everything else from West Elm – because when in doubt, go to West Elm)

Suzie’s Farm

Did I ever mention Aaron runs a farm? Well, now you know, I’m married to a farmer!  Ok ok, he doesn’t actually farm as in being out on the field but instead runs the business. One of the things that we’ve been wanting to do is visit and meet local farmers as well as chefs that value cooking with fresh and local farmed ingredients. Most of what Aaron’s farm grow goes directly to markets across the country, so this is sort of a side venture that we are exploring, wanting to be more connected to the local food community … plus doesn’t it sound fun to visit nearby farms and restaurants?! This past weekend we visited the only urban organic farm in San Diego, Suzie’s Farm. I’ve been seeing their names everywhere since we’ve moved down here. They’re at wholefoods, farmer’s market, menus in restaurants … it’s quite impressive and worth learning from! They grow seasonal organic produce as well as run a fairly extensive educational programs for kids. oh and chickens!

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Photo Jul 12, 1 13 10 PMThey grow some beautiful stuff: heirloom radish, armenian cucumber and yellow back squash (I think that’s what it’s called)

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Photo Jul 15, 4 22 07 PMThe best part was of course coming home armed with fresh veggies…and we’re still working our way through it.

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Dog Beach

 

Since moving, one of our best discovery in La Jolla is the dog beach. There are so many to choose from and everyone (and their dogs) are so friendly. It’s dog heaven!05-03-14 Dug Beach 004

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K&B

Last weekend I had the privilege of being a part of my dear friend K’s wedding day. I have tons of pictures to share but until I get it all organized, here’s a little film that captured the behind the scenes of the day. You’ll have to excuse the music – when K and I lived together, we use to sing along to High School Musical (among other things that we were too old for) :)

click here and here to see other iphone movies

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