Ike’s Place

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Ike’s Place

3489 16th St

San Francisco, CA 94114

I have a confession to make. When I was in college (probably in 2009, so about 7 years ago), Charles, Kris, and I drove up to San Francisco for a sandwich. We left in the wee hours of the morning, drove about 7 hours, arrived around 9 in the morning, ate a sandwich at Ike’s Place, walked around, and drove 7 hours back home to Los Angeles. Was it worth? Absolutely. Call me crazy but I absolutely love their sandwiches.

Pictured above is the Fat Bastard: American cheese, bacon, dirty sauce, and ham. I ordered mine with lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapenos for the extra kick. I get this sandwich EVERY SINGLE TIME and it doesn’t fail my taste buds. Why all of a sudden I’m now craving a sandwich and living 2,000+ miles away doesn’t help. Oh, my food photos as an effect doesn’t it?

Hopefully you guys had a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend (whether you are single or not). Charles cooked brunch and I can’t wait to share it with you all! Happy Tuesday!

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San Francisco

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San Francisco

Excuse me as I have nothing “clever” to say for my introduction so let’s just go straight to the photos from last year’s San Francisco trip!

Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate Bridge and fog: screams San Francisco doesn’t it? I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get a good photo of the bridge but hey, the fog mystifies the photo in some sort of way.

Ferry Building Marketplace

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Wander Hour - Ferry Building Marketplace

Wander Hour - Ferry Building Marketplace

If there’s one thing I love, it’s markets and lavenders. The Ferry Building Marketplace is such an awesome place and of the six times that I’ve been to San Francisco, I didn’t even know this place existed! Since we were there over the weekend, the farmers’ market was going on so I picked up a bouquet of lavenders. The scent of lavender is one of my favorites! It reminds me of New York; it was there where I fell in love with the scent when I was at the L’Occitane store. Charles enjoyed his time there browsing deli meats (soppressata and the oils) and I picked up juice from Pressed Juicery. It was delicious!

Skyline

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Told you I love a good skyline! In this photo, you can see Alcatraz (which I have never been to surprisingly) , Coit Tower, and the Transamerica Pyramid.

Chinatown

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I have always wanted to eat at Chinatown here but I never got the chance to. I believe by the time we made our way here, everything that we wanted to try were already closet. Note to self: come a little earlier.

There are so, SO many things that I’ve wanted to do in San Francisco last year but we didn’t get the chance to. Here are a few places that I wanted to make a stop at but didn’t:

  • de Young Museum: I love going to museums! Some of my favorites are the iconic Getty Museum in LA and The Art Institute of Chicago. I wanted to stop by but due to time constraints, we weren’t able to. But speaking of, there is a Honolulu Museum of Art here and Bank of Hawaii customers get free admission every third Sunday from 11am-5pm. I must check it out!
  • Baker Beach: I envision myself taking a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge at golden hour!
  • Brenda’s French Soul Food: I want to try their fried chicken eggs benedict with creole hollandaise that they serve during their weekend brunch! Doesn’t that sound delicious?
  • Twin Peaks: another place with a great view. I’ve never been here but I see it on my feed a lot!
  • Anthony’s Cookies: cookies are my guilty pleasures. I love a good chocolate chip cookie and once you give me a good chocolate cookie, I can eat it for days until I run out. Actually, I can eat a whole box in a day. Not even kidding. Okay, slight exaggerating but my love for cookies is strong!

If you happen to have been to any of the above or do plan on going in the near future, let me know how it is! Happy Wednesday!

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Remnants of California

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Remnants of California

Remnants of home. A few photos of California in the last few years that haven’t been seen on this blog yet. I’m that type of photographer who has a hard time deleting photos from my memory cards because I love going back and finding new gems. It’s like seeing photos with fresher, wiser eyes, that keeps me from deleting them. I also take so much photos that certain images just get lost in the 1000s of photos in each memory cardI use. I’m pretty impatient (my boyfriend can attest to that) so I just skim through my memory cards. Time to break that habit so here it goes:

  • Of all the times that I took sunset photos in California, the sunsets seems to be stunning in the fall. Not sure why and I don’t have a scientific explanation about it, but I managed to get this stunning photo and another one the year prior (at the same exact time). This sunset photo was taken at my mom’s house. I believe it was taken in 2012. That month (semester) was the toughest semester that I’ve ever had to go through. I was taking 6 courses: microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, business law, law and economics, a geology lab (because I carelessly didn’t take it when I took the geology lecture), and managerial economics. Seeing the sunset was almost impossible since I was in school 5 days a week (who does that when they’re juniors?) and if I wasn’t in school, I was at home studying or taking a nap after those terrible all-nighters so I usually missed the sunset. I would be so upset whenever I woke up from a nap and my Facebook and Instagram feed would be flooded with sunset photos. The one time that I didn’t take a nap nor was I busy, it was such a spectacular sunset. I haven’t seen a sunset with this sort of vibrancy here in Hawaii but the one time it did flooded my Instagram and Facebook, I was in California.
  • San Francisco photos that didn’t make it to my San Francisco post because I admittedly overlooked them. Well that skyline photo is probably just a different variation, but hey I love it. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge. I had a different composition of the Golden Gate Bridge in my mind leading up to the trip but of course, it doesn’t always go my way and that’s the beauty of photography sometimes. I try not to have expectations and sometimes I’m just too hard on myself. I’m learning day by day to just do what I love and not worry about anything else.
  • Beautiful ranunculus flowers from that one time in the spring. I’m sure you all know that I love flowers. My current favorites are peonies, dahlias, and proteas.
  • Larchmont Bungalow red and blue velvet pancakes. One thing I miss about living in LA are the brunch options. I have spent hours researching places for brunch that’s reminiscent of LA but to no avail. I LOVE bottomless mimosas, eggs benedict, pancakes, and people watching. The closest that I’ve gotten to that would be Orchids at the Halekulani hotel. It’s at the pricier end, quite fancy, gorgeous restaurant, and delicious as far as food goes but definitely not comparable to LA’s brunch scene (but that’s not surprising). Maybe I’m not looking for a resort type of brunch; maybe I’m looking for something more city-like I guess.
  • Pretty roses from the boyfriend’s parent’s house. His dad has spectacular blooms in their backyard. His dad is more into the orchid varieties than the ones I’m fond of but they’re pretty nonetheless. This rose is actually his mom’s roses.
  • Daffodils from The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The Huntington is one of my favorite places to stroll back in California; such a beautiful place. Have very fond memories there when the boyfriend and I would have dates there.
  • Me and a bunch balloons for my mother’s birthday. It will be her birthday on the 19th!
  • Artwork found in the Arts District in LA. The Arts District and Little Tokyo was my spot when I was living in California. I was there at least once a week to eat at Shabu Shabu House, vegan sushi at Shojin, grab coffee at Cafe Dulce, macarons at ‘Lette Macarons or mochi at Mikawaya.
  • My home airport; LAX. I’ve gone through this airport so many times throughout my life that it feels like home. People love/hate this airport but my love for it is so strong.

This week and next is going to be crazy so I’m trying to manage my time as efficiently as I can. It’s been overwhelming but I’m going to get through this. What’s your secret to manage your time? I feel like there is just not enough hours in a day to get everything done!

I want to thank everyone person that has continued to visit my blog so far.  I just love sharing everything that I’ve captured and experienced with my readers, and the comments and feedback is what makes it so worthwhile! If you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin!

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