Monday, March 2, 2015
Speaking of food you can only get in the Bay Area, I was fixated on trying Burma Superstar on our trip. I don't know why out of all the food I hadn't tried in the Bay Burma Superstar was the one I was really upset about, but I couldn't get it out of my head. My instincts did not lead me astray; the food was incredible. It was pretty dark in there so the pictures aren't the best but oh my goodness was it delish.
We split the Oh Noh Kauswer soup and Sesame Beef, and I'm still dreaming about that soup. I know Burmese food is a blend of all the countries that border it and I felt like a lot of those flavors were present in this soup. The coconut base reminded me of Tom Kah, but while Tom Kah is usually light and lemony the Oh Noh was really rich and savory. I could have finished the entire bowl by myself, it was so good. I've been inspired now to try out some of the Burmese restaurants near my house and I'm hoping their Oh Noh will be just as good.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Anytime I talk to someone who mentions they're going to be in the Bay I tell them they have to eat at two places: Homeroom and Tartine. Homeroom is really close to my heart because the first time I went was a few weeks after they opened, and I fell in love with it immediately. I don't know how anyone (except maybe the lactose intolerant & vegans) can not instantly fall in love with a place that only serves mac n cheese. I have the cookbook now so I can bring a little bit of Oakland to my kitchen in LA, but it's not the same as having the real thing. When I was up North I decided to branch out from my usual Gilroy Mac and I tried a Smoky Cheddar Bacon Mac which did not disappoint.
When we went to Tartine though, I stuck to my usual. The pastrami sandwich at Tartine is perfect. The bread is amazing, the horseradish is wonderful, and the spicy pickled carrots they serve on the side are incredible. Sometimes it's best to stick with the old fave.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Maybe it's because I grew up in LA so I'm used to spending a ton of time driving from place to place, but I love road trips. I've talked before about how much I love driving to the desert, but I just also really like the space/atmosphere that road trips provide. (Rant kind of touches on this too in the party crashing scenes, and is also just a fantastic book that you should definitely read right now.) I'm not a morning person so road trips are also pretty much the only time I get to see the sun rise, and it's nice when someone else is driving so I get a chance to snap some pictures of it.
And if we get to stop at the garlic capital of the world on the way to our destination, that's just the icing on the cake.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Last weekend me and my mom took a quick trip up to Oakland, and it was such an amazing weekend getaway. Honestly it had been way too long since the last time I was in Oakland, and I could feel the change in myself as soon as we got onto the 580. I just adore the Bay Area so completely and I feel so great while I'm there. I used to tell people that I felt like LA drained my soul, and while I don't completely feel that way anymore (or at least, not always), I had forgotten how much it feels like the Bay feeds my soul. I know I'm getting really hippie here but the whole trip left me feeling really replenished. I got to see some friends that I hadn't seen in far too long and I left the Bay reluctantly, but so inspired.
It would be hard to explain to anyone outside my head how this connects, but the first thing I was inspired to do when I got home was clean my room. Not just tidy-up and dust around things, but like REALLY deep clean my room. I've been watching Rosianna's videos about this and something about the trip clicked the procrastination switch in my mind off so I'm ready to do all the things right now. I started by going through the stacks of paper sitting on my closet floor and scanned everything I wanted to save, and then threw it all out. So now the notes from all my college classes, the ticket stubs from London/Amsterdam, old papers with nice notes from my professors are all backed up on a hard drive and my closet floor is clean. I really want to use this book as a guide, but while I wait for it to arrive I basically asked myself "Do I want this thing? Have I even thought about it in the past year?" and that really helped me get rid of a lot of clutter that had been living in my closet. I also moved my spare duvet & blanket to a basket on the floor of my closet from where they had been on the top shelf, so now when I have friends spend the night I don't have to pull out a stepladder to bring them down. Small changes, but I really cannot emphasize enough how great I feel about them.
I've got a clean closet and I'm walkin' on a cloud.
p.s. Happy Lunar New Year!
Thursday, February 12, 2015
I took the top picture at Kew Gardens when I was living in London in 2012, and the bottom picture last Tuesday. I've always had a soft spot for Victorian things, especially because my mom's name is Victoria, and I loved the design of Queen Victoria's cipher. I knew I wanted the crown and my mom's initials, but the tattoo came out so much better than I could have imagined! If you're in SoCal and want a tattoo, you need to call Sara Fabel because she is amazing.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Let me tell you guys, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night may just be my new favorite film. I had the pleasure of seeing a screening at the Hammer Museum as part of their The Contenders series and there was a Q&A with director Ana Lily Amirpour following. For those who haven't heard about it yet, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is an Iranian vampire western set in "Bad City." The story focuses on Arash, a young guy living with his heroin addicted father, and the Girl, a vampire.
The one image that stuck with me, just from seeing the trailer before I even saw the film, is of the Girl in a chador skateboarding down the street. In the Q&A Amirpour said that the idea for the film came to her when she put on the chador and immediately felt like a badass, and that the first thing she wanted was to be on a skateboard and feel it billowing out around her. She said that her next thought was the Iranian vampire idea, that obviously it would be this way because the Girl would be the last person anyone expected.
At several points in the Q&A Amirpour referred to the film as a fairytale, and I felt like the black & white coloring really adds to that element and makes the film timeless in a way. (Also, as a sidenote black and white was such a cool stylistic choice for the movie. Eliminating the color turns the focus towards the lighting, and I loved the way the film played with light and shadow.) Even though Arash drives a classic car and dresses almost rockabilly in a white tee and jeans, there are cds in the characters rooms and at one point Arash and the Girl dance to a New Wave song. That combination of dated elements come together to make the film feel almost removed from time, like a fairytale. The landscape also adds to the fairytale feel. Bad City is almost a ghost town, in the shadow of the oil rigs. It carries this intense loneliness that you can feel in every character.
I'm enamored with this film. I think when you hear "Iranian vampire spaghetti western" it feels like maybe the film is going to get lost in all those genres but it doesn't at all. They all come together so organically to tell this story, and the end result is amazing. Also, if anyone knows how I can get a still of the image of the Girl skating away please email me because I need that hanging on my wall.