Ooh, my favorite!

Anthony’s Cookies
August 31, 2010, 1:48 pm
Filed under: Sweets

After a lazy Sunday morning in the Mission we finally made a stop by Anthony’s Cookies on the way home. I’d heard wonderful things about the all-cookie bakery, and since I don’t bake as often as I cook, it was the perfect excuse to get some gourmet cookies for an afternoon snack before naptime. Plus, anywhere that uses organic ingredients whenever possible always gets extra points in my book.

It’s a cute little raspberry and chocolate brown storefront with the drinks and cookies of the day listed on butcher paper.  The bottles of bottled organic milk that lined the wall to the kitchen were calling to me; there’s just something about jarred milk that reminds me of a simpler time, complete with milk mustaches.

I just ran in for the cookies, but there were a few small seats if you wanted to hang out. Anthony himself wasn’t there but I’m eager to head back to meet him as I’ve also heard he’s a really nice guy, (and a self-taught baker if I’m not mistaken). There was a fairly long queue but it moved pretty quickly, and when a couple came in behind me and talked about leaving everyone in line ahead of me whipped around and ordered them to stay: “Trust us, it’s worth the wait!”

We really only needed a half dozen, but of course I opted for a full dozen…you know, just in case. It was so fun running back to the car with a box full of cookies to show my Lova; I was completely giddy, and after he took a peek so was he.

In order of appearance: chocolate chip, Cookies & Cream, organic peanut butter, Ghirardelli white chocolate chip, whole wheat chocolate chip, toffee chip.

I stole a bite of the Cookies & Cream before I remembered to take a picture. It really was a miracle that I didn’t steal a bite from each one, but we decided to wait until we were cozy in bed to sample the rest. Once we were settled with our cups of tea we made our way through each one. They were all so wonderful; a nice crisp outer layer with the perfect soft and gooey center. I think my favorite was the toffee chip, which is surprising because I’m not a toffee girl.

Anthony’s Cookies is definitely a fun stop if you’re in the neighborhood and are craving something sweet. I can’t wait to swing by again to catch Anthony himself and sample a few more of his wonderful cookies.

I’m on Tumblr!
August 31, 2010, 9:44 am
Filed under: Personal

Image via wecanflyaway

I’ve started a Tumblr page! It’s really just a streaming collage of other peoples images that I use to express myself (totally lame when you think about it that way, so let’s just say it’s where I find inspiration) but so far it’s quite fun. It’s easy and simple, and most importantly there seems to be a great sense of community. So until I awaken my creative genius, or at least until I learn how to take a decent photograph, swing by and check me out:


Just a warning: it’s really girly, but also has some movie and Family Guy pics thrown in for good measure.

Chasing a butterfly
August 30, 2010, 7:09 am
Filed under: Smile, Videos

This might possibly be  the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. (And a great way to start the week, no?)

Happy Friday!
August 27, 2010, 9:44 am
Filed under: Personal

Place Vendôme at night

We made it through another week! The weekend is here and we can do whatever we want; think about that for a second, isn’t that the greatest feeling?

Tonight I do have a little night on the town with my Lova, but tomorrow I have all to myself while he head’s off to work for the day (and night, too). I’m not going to make any plans just in case I decide to be a bum, but I’m hoping I’ll make it to the Ferry Building and maybe some window shopping in Hayes Valley. Sunday we have a wedding down in Santa Cruz, so no lazy Sunday for us this week, or next for that matter. Part of my weekend will be dedicated to preparing for my brother and his girlfriend’s visit for the long weekend. Can’t wait to tell you more about that, I’m so excited!

Whether you’re planning or winging it like me, I hope you all have a beautiful, sexy, fun weekend ahead of you.

[image via bienenkiste]

Cardboard cuteness
August 26, 2010, 10:26 am
Filed under: Photography

These tiny cardboard people have been appearing all over Singapore thanks to photographer Anton Tang. I loved the Tweenbot concept from a few months ago, and these guys are just as sweet but are also positioned in some very human situations. It’s surprising how much emotion is captured in these shots. So wonderful! Beautiful work Mr. Tang.

All images via Anton Tang, found here.

See by Chloe
August 25, 2010, 7:50 pm
Filed under: Fashion, Shoes, Yes please

I need to find a way to make these mine. A clever twist on a classic clog, I’m totally diggin’ the taupe with the burnt orange heel strap, which ultimately make this the perfect shoe for the transition from summer to fall. Oh I hope they become available soon. No longer available at Zappos, but black is available for pre-order at Neiman’s. I sense a shoe challenge and I’m game!

Happy Birthday, Meem!
August 25, 2010, 7:26 pm
Filed under: Personal

image via we heart it

Today is my mom’s birthday! I’m bummed that I can’t be there today, but I have the most amazing family so dad and brother are making sure to spoil her with dinner at The Stumbling Goat. It’s not quite the same, but we did get to celebrate her birthday a little early when she came to stay with me for a week at the end of June. Lots of good food and shopping!

Even though I’m not in Seattle anymore we talk everyday, IM each other at work, and play Words with Friends in the evenings. My mom is my very best friend and I love her so much.

Love you, Meem!

SF Street Food Festival
August 24, 2010, 9:01 am
Filed under: Food, Green, Restaurants, San Francisco

The second annual SF Street Food Festival was this past Saturday, and as promised we stopped by to sample some small bites from some of the city’s most popular restaurants and street food vendors. We had a really nice time. The weather was a little gloomy but it was a nice way to spend a lazy Saturday morning. Since we got there early (around 11:30) we were able to stroll around without too much hassle from the crowds.

After about an hour it got a little crazy and it became really hard to navigate through the lines. Fortunately by that time we’d had our fill of snacks, so we hit the road and went up the street to Beretta for a relaxing lunch.  It was fitting because Beretta had one of our favorite snacks and drinks.

Here’s a peek at our what we got into at the festival:

Beretta – Spicy marinara pork slider and ginger, lime soda

So good. Tender and flavorful slider with the most amazing soda ever. I’m so inspired to start making my own summer spritzers now.

Flour & Water – sausage and white beans, melon proscuitto salad

Surprisingly Flour & Water had a nice little menu. Definitely what I would consider one of the city’s most overrated restaurants, they did step out with a nice housemand sausage and melon salad.

Hapa Ramen

This was our first stop to try to warm up a bit. It was a nice broth with some tender pieces of pork but the noodles were not great.

La Mar – ceviche

Clean and nice!

Kung fu tacos
Overrated! Just didn’t get it. Korean flavors served on a corn tortilla. No thanks. Gimme one or the other, Mexican or Korean.

Perhaps one of my favorite things about the festival was that nearly every container and utensil was compostable – barely any plastic used at all. There were stations like the one above set-up throughout the area and many of them had people on hand to help make sure you were placing your garbage in the right container. So cool!

Happy Friday!
August 20, 2010, 2:22 pm
Filed under: Food, San Francisco

Welcome to the weekend! Another crazy work week winds-down and I couldn’t be more excited. Tomorrow we’ll be making our way out to the San Francisco Street Food Festival. Not excited about the impending crowds, but my hesitations are completely trumped by my enthusiasm for the culinary delights that will be served by over 50 vendors for $8 and under!

After reading that last sentence I realize that I may be a bit too excited; you see, I’ve been let down by events like this before. Perhaps I should put myself in check but remain cautiously optimistic – just in case, right?

So that is my sexy event for the weekend. What will you be up to?

August 19, 2010, 7:54 am
Filed under: Green, Nature, Photography

Hill of up-country Sri Lanka by dinusha123

Sometimes I have to search for images like this to remind myself that there are still places in the world that we haven’t managed to destroy yet.

[image via the world we live in]

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