2017 PBP Plate by Plate LA

Last year, I flew to LA for a long weekend for food.

No really, it was just for food. Particularly for this one event called “Plate by Plate” presented by Project by Project. That’s a mouthful.

Since their annual tasting event is happening this year on August 4th, 2018, I decided to dust off the old photos from last year’s event and post them here. (I was just lazy)

So here we go…

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Inside the Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center. Can you spot a celebrity?

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Bobagasm!

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Kazu Nori had the longest line, of course.

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SOOO GOOOOOOD.

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And then this photo was taken outside the venue with my Samsung Galaxy S8, using the pro mode (just thought it was cool).

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Tanoshi (NYC)

Tanoshi offers one of the most affordable omakases in NYC, and it’s quite easy to make reservations online. I also love that it’s BYOB. For $99, you get 10 courses of amazing fresh fish, and you can add more if you want from their menu on the wall (which changes according to what’s in season).

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Cherry trout

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Amberjack with cherry blossom leaf

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Sardine

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Botan with uni (one of my faves)

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Blue fin toro

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Miso soup

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Additional courses that we ordered a-la-carte.

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Salmon belly

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I had to get more of this!

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Yellowtail belly.

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Nakaochi

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Sea eel

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Crab brain

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Tanoshi
1372 York Ave
New York, NY 10021
b/t 73rd St & 74th St 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/tanoshi-sushi-sake-bar-new-york

LA: Irvine, Laguna, LACMA (Nov 2016)

My first stop after getting out of horrendous LAX traffic: Irvine.

Sit at the sushi bar at Taiko and tell the chef what you want. The sushi there was amazingly fresh and I loved everything we ate! Very affordable too.

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At the Irvine Spectrum Center:

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Check out Honey & Butter and their unique macaron flavors!

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The matcha one was so good!

Right inside the same shopping center is Hello Kitty Cafe.

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We drove to Laguna Beach, just in time for sunset.

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Stumbled upon a wedding shoot!

Back to LA…

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Fat Sal’s — I love that everything here is “fat” and it’s good to be fat. My fat sandwich had cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, crisp bacon, fried eggs, fries, mayo, ketchup, etc. How could you resist?! Best sandwich ever. Also got the milkshake but it was too thick to sip.

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We headed over to LACMA to take pictures with the “Urban Lights”. If you’re only there for this outdoor exhibition, you can just park your car temporarily right outside where the signs are. We didn’t know this and looked for parking forever.

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Sushi on Jones (NYC)

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Sushi on Jones 
Bowery Market
348 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

The timer starts. It counts down from 30 minutes. You have 12 courses of sushi presented to you individually and beautifully seasoned. Plus a hand roll for $12 extra. The omakase is only $50, quite a steal in New York City. Oh, and it’s outdoor seating only — 4 seats, for which you have to make reservations for (via text (917) 270-1815). Late for 2 minutes and you don’t get to eat.

We made sure we would be early — in fact, we were in the area an hour before. A few blocks away is Coffee Project, where the deconstructed latte lives.

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But I digress.

Back to the Bowery Market.

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This outdoor foodie paradise has quite a variety of eateries — tacos?

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The Butcher’s Daughter.

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Still waiting…

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There it is. The 4 coveted seats.

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Tea is $2.50 extra. And it’s Yogi tea. Felt a little jipped. No real matcha? Boo. But that’s not what we’re here for. Ready?

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One of the creamiest uni I’ve ever had.

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What you come here for. Uni on wagyu action.

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After the last course, the chef asked if we wanted anything else. We asked for the uni wagyu hand roll, of course!

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At the end of the meal, I wasn’t quite full yet, but the quality is definitely top notch. After the extra hand roll, tax and tips, it came out to be about $84 per person. Try it and let me know what you think.

Travelogue: Hong Kong Day 3: Eat & Yoga & Eat (Dec 2015)

I took the MTR to Causeway Bay on a Sunday morning and felt like I was the only one awake in this whole city. Only a few people (domestic workers) were on the train and the streets were empty! It certainly did not feel like HK. Nothing was open so I walked around…

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I walked around until it was time for the free yoga class at Lululemon in Hysan Place. I was the first one there, of course…

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I was surprised when the class started filling up. I had registered ahead of time (I always look up free Lululemon classes before traveling!) and asked to borrow a mat. They were accommodating.

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The yoga class was led by the lovely yogi-extraordinaire Héloïse Chong in English and I felt invigorated!

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They even had free apples.

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Héloïse Chong! She was really lovely to talk to.

There was a LINE store at Hysan Place for a limited time so of course I went.

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Got a drink to go.

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Star Wars at Times Square!

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Christmas decorations in HK are the best! This was at Elements.

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Pretty elaborate and detailed.

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Naked bear!

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More bears.

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Bears.

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A bear.

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My cousin Eunice took me to Tai Cheong Bakery in Central for their AMAZING egg tarts. Really good when they’re fresh out of the oven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Others may disagree, but I loved their egg tarts. I personally don’t care for the flakey crust and prefer this instead.

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PMQ! The former Police Married Quarters located in Sheung Wan, in the middle of SoHo, has been converted to an arts and design center with shops, exhibits, food — a great place to show off to your friends and hang out.

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I really enjoyed walking around this area.

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We turned the corner and went to Little Bao for a snack.

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LB fries – THEY WERE SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!! Pretty much the best fries ever.

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Pork belly bao! Slow-braised pork belly, leek & shiso red onion salad, sesame dressing, hoisin ketchup.

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Fish tempura bao! Fresh market fish, tamarind palm sugar glaze, pickled lemongrass fennel salad.

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DESSERT. Ice cream baos!

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Next time I’ll get the matcha with condensed milk! Can’t wait.

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Went to a store called “Homeless” and bought some trinkets as souvenirs. Loved browsing here!

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Cupping Room – another coffee place recommended by a friend.

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They’re serious about coffee here.

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More random HK pictures.

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Walked out to the pier and it was time to meet up with my friend Melody from Primary school! Back to Causeway Bay…

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Via Tokyo!

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Down the block is “I see I see“, an ice cream pop place.

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Chunks of mango!

After dessert, it was dinner time.

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Blogging about this has made me very hungry.

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Travelogue: Vancouver – Part 1 (June 2015)

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From the previous post, the sunset from BC ferry (From Victoria to Vancouver).

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Stanley Park — like Central Park of NYC, lots of biking and scenic views of water and trees.

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Spent the morning at the park and went to the Lululemon Lab (pictures were prohibited) — got hungry and ate at the nearby Benkei Ramen:

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After lunch, we went to Aberdeen Centre in Richmond — an Asian shopping mall with a food court.

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I love mango drinks.

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My loot from a candy store.

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Really wanted to try these sushi but was too full…

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Next, we drove to Granville Island, which has a ton of shops and food. In Vancouver, you never stop eating.

We came here for one thing: The Lobster Man.

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You pick your own oysters, clams, anything you want and they weigh them — at great prices!

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We walked around the island some more.

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Back at the hotel, we shuck our own oysters.

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We also got live spot prawns.

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From our hotel, we saw the sun set and also to the right (not pictured) was the Richmond Night Market setting up for the next day (for the next post!) — I was pleasantly surprised that it was happening right across from where we were staying.

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At night, we went to Ho Yuan Kee for the famous Vancouver crab with sticky rice. To be honest, I’ve had better in NYC. This was a full day of nonstop eating…

Nakazawa Dreams of Sushi (NYC)

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Located in the West Village of New York City, notorious for the online reservations that are next to impossible to obtain, Sushi Nakazawa has been on my radar since the well-known documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”.

To get a reservation, you must plan a month and a day in advance. Literally. You better be on your computer at 11:55PM the night before you make the reservation for 30 days later. They take reservations for the bar on OpenTable.

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There are only 10 seats at the bar, which is really where you want to be if you want to be served by Chef Nakazawa. $150 for 20 courses. Sake pairing optional — my dining companion chose the $40 sake pairing.

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Scallop

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There he is. Chef Daisuke Nakazawa, operating with precision and passion at the same time.

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Cuttlefish / shiso leaf
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Golden Eye Snapper 
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Fluke / Yuzu

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Mackerel three way
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Mackerel three way / Spanish / Horse / Saba

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Chef Nakazawa is playful, friendly and down-to-earth. He’ll try to accommodate all his guests and make them laugh. I truly enjoyed his presence.

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Sayonara Prawn / White Sturgeon Caviar

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Dungeness Crab

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With only a finger towel (for eating with your hands) and a bowl of ginger, your sushi is placed on this black slab. Simplistic. The focus is on the sushi.

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Yellowtail / Aged 7 days
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Bonito
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Bluefin Tuna Trio 

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Chef Nakazawa prepares the uni.

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Maine Uni
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Ikura

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After the hand roll, we had an option to get another serving of any course we had. We chose the scallop and uni. Keep in mind this costs extra.

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Freshly grated wasabi.

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Unagi / Tamago

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We finished off the meal with green tea and lychee sorbet.

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It was a great experience that spanned about 2+ hours. There were so many highlights throughout the meal and each course was exquisite. Although I am not a food connoisseur of any kind, I would say that was one of the best meals of my life. Note: There is only one bathroom.

Sushi Nakazawa
23 Commerce St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-2212

Travelogue: Maine Day 4 (hiking & eating)

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We start the day off with breakfast in Bar Harbor. 2 Cats, a cute brunch place with bright decor.

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I was looking forward to their lobster benedict (above) and lobster omelette (below), but their strawberry butter turned out to be the best thing there.

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Inside the omelette were big chunks of lobster meat. The egg was a strange texture though, so I didn’t care much for it. After fueling up, we were ready for another day of hiking.

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We planned to hike up to the Cadillac Mountain this time, but one section of the trail was closed so we took a detour.

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Lots of blueberries on the way.

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We went up Dorr Mountain and it was pretty fun; lots of scrambling and big rocks to climb. We reached the Cadillac and went back the long route.

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It took us about 5-6 hours to complete the hike this time, and after that we looked for food on Route 3 again. But everything was closed except…

Shinbashi.

I know. Japanese food in Maine of all places?! It was pretty good!

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Lobster tempura!

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Sashimi was super fresh. Thumbs up for sushi in Maine!

Travelogue: San Francisco (Day 3 of 4)

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One of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had — Taylor Street Coffee Shop! Highly recommended. I can’t rave enough about their Sailor’s Hash: Hash browns topped with an omelette with shrimp, crab, bacon, jalapeno peppers, and a heaping portion of smoked salmon on top. My mom had the french toast and she liked it, which is rare (she’s more critical than I am)!

We took 2 buses to get to the Japanese Tea Garden. Mom is very much into tea, Japanese anything, and flowers. This was perfect. It was free admission because we got there before 10am (every Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays 9-10am!)

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You can reserve a tea ceremony for $25 on Wednesdays and Fridays. I tried to do that but nobody picked up when I called… so instead, I sat near them and sort of experienced it…

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We got our own mochi and tea. They offer other food items as well. Check out the gift shop before you leave!

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Right next door was the SF Botanical Garden. How convenient.

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Next up on our itinerary was Japan Town — we took 2 buses again to get there.

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Japan town had 4 main buildings that house a whole bunch of restaurants, stores, supermarkets. The streets adjacent to them were lined with residential apartments that had a Japanese flair.

It was time to go. We walked to the cable car station and took the least popular one — California-Van Ness line.

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It was a short ride, we didn’t really have to take it but hey, why not?

After we rested up at the hotel, I asked mom what she wanted for our last dinner in SF. She said “seafood”, so I Yelped a restaurant nearby with great reviews — Kim Thanh (Vietnamese), it was AMAZING.

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Sugar cane shrimp — first, you place the shrimp in the middle of the rice paper, then vermicelli noodles and veggies, and then you roll it up yourself. Shrimp was perfectly fried and full of flavor!

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What they were known for was their salt baked crab, which lived up to the hype! Seasoned with salt and pepper, fresh and meaty!

This was a day of good food.

Travelogue: San Francisco (Day 2 of 4)

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We woke up bright and early to grab a quick breakfast before we met our bus driver in front of our hotel — I booked a Muir Woods + Sausalito tour through Viatour. It was a half day tour, from 9am to approx 1pm.

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The bus dropped us off at the central Viatour place at Fisherman’s Wharf, where we switched to another bus that would bring us to Muir Woods. They gave us our vouchers and tickets there. After that, it was pretty much a self-guided tour, about an hour or so.

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I enjoy the sounds of wind sifting through leaves and the occasional birds. Once you reach the fourth bridge, you know it’s time to turn around and rummage through the gift shop for souvenirs.

After that, the bus took us to Sausalito, a quaint little town full of shops and cafes. I could’ve spent the whole day here sipping on coffee in front of an ocean view.

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This boutique is owned by a very nice lady who handpicks every item in her store; scarves, clothes, jewelry. My scarf still gets compliments to which I can reply, “Oh this? I got it from Sausalito/San Francisco!”

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On the way back, the bus driver paused at this lookout for us to take pictures. Very thoughtful. It was my mom’s dream to see the Golden Gate Bridge!

Tempura Udon
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Tanin Don: barbecued marinated ribeye with egg over rice
Tanin Don: barbecued marinated ribeye with egg over rice
Sashimi Salad
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Early dinner was at Sushi Boat because we were tired of walking… 

My mom rested at the hotel while my friend picked me up to go running.

And guess where we ran?

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It’s about 1.5 miles one way — we ran across to Sausalito side and walked back to take in the sights.

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I have a thing for running bridges in other states/countries. Mission Accomplished!

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Art pieces at the park.

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She took the scenic route to show me the bay.

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Top left: Roti bun at Honeyberry.

I wanted to try pho in San Francisco since everyone keeps telling me it’s the best in the entire world except for Vietnam. So we went to Pho Phu Quoc. They’re famous for their 5 spices chicken and I can see why!