Month: June 2014

This Week’s Scrapbook

Happy Friday!

I wanted to share a random collection of happenings from this week. It was a fun one, with lots of being social. We had a lot of fun with our friend who is visiting from London and staying with us. Let’s just say I’m tired, but happy!

Monday

I am so creepy and was obsessed with this girls shoes and outfit…. I took a creeper picture on the bus, you guys. New low.

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But seriously, how cute are those shoes!? Anyone know where I can buy them? I was going to ask if I could give her a 20 and we could just trade shoes, but then she got off the bus.

Tuesday

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We made momo on Tuesday, a dumpling dish native to Nepal. Our roommate is Nepali and making this meal with him has become a tradition in the house. The whole idea is to wrap the dumplings as a group and spend time together while you make dinner. And they are soooo delicious – D (our roommate) makes this amazing spicy sauce. We always make so much and everyone is almost in pain afterward from being so full!

Learn more about momo here.

Wednesday

image (2) I went shopping at Ross while waiting to meet up with friends and bought like 5 new tops for work. I have a new job so whatever. But I was debating about these shoes… I was desperate to find some like the Bus Girl. I didn’t end up pulling the trigger, but what do you think? I want different kinds of comfy shoes I can wear to work, but I don’t know how many things I would wear these with. Thoughts?

Thursday

So last night this happened.

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We ate sea urchins.

Our roommates Franco and Onur are pictured murdering these things and scooping out their insides. Which they later put into pasta. Franco is from Italy and Onur is from Turkey and they are always collaborating on these interesting meal plans. It is so cool that I can come home to this kind of thing and have a worldly experience while wearing pajama pants after work.

Here was the menu:

  • Sea urchin pasta (tasted just exactly like the ocean. If the ocean was food, that is what it would taste like.)
  • Rabbit with cooked veggies and potatoes (delicious – tasted like chicken but richer and better)
  • Cooked pears in a red wine sauce with vanilla ice cream ($^#&%!!! This was the BOMB)

Friday

When sending a text to my sister this morning this is what I encountered:

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I was pretty impressed.

Tonight we are going to the end of the year show by all these amazing music/computer science students at UCSB. They have the coolest installations – and free wine. I also am so excited to tour the Allosphere this year!

I feel super sophisticated this week, haha! That’s what happens when you live with graduate students from other countries.

Speaking of, we are all planning on moving out in July, which is so sad! I think I will have less awesome stories like this after that, but I will have pictures of me decorating my new place with Anthony!

Have a great weekend guys!

 

 

Delicious Oat-less Oatmeal

Hello hello! I’m up in Santa Cruz right now to throw my sister-in-law a baby shower, so this is just a quick post. First of all, another thank you to Kate from The Kate Keeper for her amazing post on life in San Fran! We can’t wait to collaborate more with her. Check out her amazing blog for more amazing posts :) ALSO, I’m so excited for my bestie, Steph, for getting an amazing job in her dream city! I’m so proud of my friend, and I couldn’t think of anyone who’s more deserving than her. I’m not gonna lie, I’m friends with some pretty smart and talented women :)

SO, today I have an awesome little breakfast recipe for you to try. We’ve been eating gluten-free for awhile now and we really like it. However, it’s never fun to feel like you’re missing out on your favorite foods even if the health benefits are worth it. Cue my new favorite Oat-less Oatmeal. It’s warm, filling, full of flavor and super healthy! You should all definitely give it a try. We topped ours with fresh berries, shredded coconut, seeds and a drizzle of honey, but feel free to get creative and add whatever tickles your fancy (yeah, I just said that).
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Oat-less Oatmeal
(Originally found in Grain Brain)

Serves 2

1/4 cup raw unsalted almonds
1/4 cup raw unsalted walnuts
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3 eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 banana, mashed
1 tablespoon almond butter
2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds (optional)
1 handful Berries (optional)

Combine the almonds, walnuts and allspice in a food processor or blender and blend until the consistency is like a course grain but not a powder. Set aside.

Whisk together eggs and almond milk until it’s thick like a custard. Blend together banana with the egg and almond milk mixture. Stir in the course nut mixture.

Warm the mixture in a saucepan over low heat, mixing frequently, until the batter reaches desired consistency. Serve with pumpkin seeds and berries on top, and add more almond milk if you would like. You can get creative with what you top it with :)

Please let me know if you guys try it and tell me what you think! It’s just good and healthy even if you’re not gluten-free, so don’t shy away from it just because of that!

Have a great week you guys, I can’t wait to share photos of the baby shower!

Xo,

Em

The Golden Ticket

Some of you may have seen me post this picture on our Instagram a while ago:

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Well, that was for an interview I had for a fancy job at Citrix.

GUESS WHAT. I got it.

After six months of being unemployed, I finally got a job.

Not only a job, but a job I really wanted. And a job that pays well, better than my last position. A job in Santa Barbara at a company I really like.

I feel like it hasn’t totally sunk in yet, so I thought I would celebrate a little with you guys.

Being unemployed is really weird. I talked about it in my 25, Broke and Fabulous post. It messes with your head. It gives you this kind of identity crisis, even though it is totally common to be unemployed right now. Especially at this age. Whenever I read stats on Millennials, it makes me feel so much better about my life. You should try it when you are feeling unaccomplished in any way. What you’ll find is that EVERYONE in their 20s right now is doing the same thing. Living with family, trying to hold out for a dream job, or working a random job that feels like it makes no sense. Oh, and we all are totally screwed with student loans, obviously.

I told myself every day that being unemployed was fine right now, and that this is the ideal time in my life to be looking for work. But DAMN AM I GLAD THAT’S OVER!

I got the golden ticket guys, the one that gets you into Real Adult Life Land. A good paying job. I don’t have to feel guilty every single time I spend money. I can start actually paying my student loans back, instead of watching the interest continue to loom over me like Godzilla (yay?). I can feel like a normal functioning member of society again.

And it just feels so good because I wanted it so bad, worked hard for it, and it paid off (I wish everything in life worked that way!). I interviewed for an hour and a half one day and felt exhausted from trying to prove myself so hard. And that was only one day! I had two other interviews. I tried to not over think it and to just be myself. It’s hard to keep yourself from looking up every interview tip online and just do what feels right. My advice is to just go with your gut and remember that they primarily want to hire someone they get along with. It takes a lot of the pressure off and you can feel a lot less nervous going into it.

I also learned to be flexible and adapt to the opportunities I had available. I originally wanted to work on the UCSB campus, but nothing ever came of it. Now I’m really glad that I am where I am. If you are looking for work, I highly recommend a temp agency to get you money fast and so you can get a feel for different companies and positions. I wish I had gone to my temp agency, AppleOne, sooner. They were AMAZING.

If you are on the job hunt, I would check out this article. It really made me feel better about following my gut when it came to interviews.

Please tell us: How do you handle nervousness about things like job interviews? I hated feeling that way! I would get sick to my stomach all day until it was finally done with. Ugh. Any tips for getting out of your head?

And any interview horror stories are definitely welcome. Just to make us all feel better about ourselves. :)

Happy Hump Day!

{Guest Post} On Calling San Francisco Home

We would like to introduce you to Kate, our friend over at The Kate Keeper. We are both huge fans of this blog, so we wanted to share her writing with you!

We asked her to write about living in San Francisco, just to drive ourselves crazy with jealousy. Enjoy living vicariously through this smart and talented blogger as she tells us about her city!

~ Miss Mélange

 

On Calling San Francisco Home

sf1 Before moving to San Francisco, we were planning to move to New York, one of my favorite places on the planet. The things I love about New York—its cosmopolitan manner, never ending list of things to do, and lively, center-of-the-world energy—were the things I suspected San Francisco lacked. San Francisco was on the table and all, because it was the closest city to both of our homes. When considering it, though, I thought of San Francisco as a crunchy, granola city, which is to say earthy, slow-paced and small town.

Maybe it was because San Francisco was the closest city growing up, and I had my sights set on the East Coast, or maybe it was because I had lived in a small beach town for two years and was itching to get back to urban life so badly that I thought no city but New York City would quench my cosmopolitan thirst. Even after college back east and many a weekend spent in Manhattan at my older sister’s place, my love for the right coast had only been solidified, but San Francisco is where we (me and a handsome mountain biker) moved.

sf2 I realize what a ridiculous sentiment this was to have about such a world-class city now. A year and half into our San Francisco adventure, I love this city like a sister; I know its quirks and faults and love watching it show off its fortes—mainly views, vittles, and outdoor diversion. So when Emily and Stephanie asked me to profile a bit of San Francisco life, I jumped at the opportunity. I hope you enjoy this virtual walk through my city set against the backdrop of the San Francisco things that won me over, things that make me sigh in happiness that this place is my home.

San Francisco Stereotyping

When I first got here, I fretted that the city was filled only with people that were into yoga and vegetarian cooking, which was particularly amusing since I like both of those things. To my ignorant surprise, many types of people live here. Meeting people in San Francisco that weren’t from the area and hearing them talk about how they had “always wanted to move to San Francisco” helped me start to see San Francisco for what it really is: more cosmopolitan than I expected.

sf3 Not that “crunchy” fits poorly on this city. It’s just that the crunchiness exists on a scale from neighborhood to neighborhood, from coffee shop to coffee shop, and there’s so much more to this city than organic food and Patagonia jackets. More than anything, I’d say it’s an outdoorsy city, and who doesn’t like that? All the perks of a bustling metropolis, plus mountains and beaches? Oh, if I must.

Throw out your high heels

One of my favorite things about living in San Francisco is something I expected I was going to like before we moved here. That’s how walkable it is. The weather is temperate year round, and the city is pretty compact, so I walk a lot when I’m in the right shoes. I joke about my shoes needing replacements every hundred miles like car tires, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard San Franciscans say, “I never wear my cutest shoes anymore!” The hills are killer in flats. In heels they’re a face-plant waiting to happen. Cabs Uber rides exist here for girls in heels.

sf4 Walking around town is a treat, not just for the exercise, but also for the views. Here, your eyes feast on architecture, ocean vistas, and the way the busy streets fade into oblivion at the crest of the hills, like this.

sf5 I particularly love walking north along Fillmore Street to Broadway, where you’re rewarded with this view.

sf6 During the day, sailboats often play upon the white caps in the bay and at night, Sausalito and Tiburon—across the bay—light up like an evening wedding. Notice that the grade is so steep here that the sidewalk has been carved into a set of stairs. This is one of my favorite places in the city.

I’m always hungry for San Francisco.

Another realization made me love San Francisco even more: If you walk enough, you can do what I do and enter a state of perpetual mild hunger, which is perfect since San Francisco is bursting with culinary delights. In a short amount of time, San Francisco proved its food chops to me, and the first step was finding a burrito place. It’s actually a funny story.

sf7 Said handsome mountain biker and I had walked past Tacobar for months before he suggested we try it. The only taqueria we’d tried so far was delicious but far out of the way, so we were still in the market for one. Considering we’d lived in the city for six months tops, I have no idea why that day I adamantly suggested the less-than-authentic taco place we’d been to a few times. I’d barely scathed the surface of Mexican eateries, and I was already waving the red flag, signaling that we’d never find a closer-to-our-apartment taqueria!

If I had to venture a guess about why I put up a fight about it, I’d guess it’s because I can be judgmental (of taquerias) and stubborn (in general). Fortunately, stubbornness is something we dabble in together, and he won that day. Yes, I lost by having to eat the best damn veggie burrito in the city. This is both the story of how we found our burrito place and why we’re good together. Barely a week goes by that we don’t visit Tacobar.

But there’s more than burritos here. Whether you want a cocktail made by a mixologist with business cards, cold-brewed artisan coffee, carbs from an establishment dedicated entirely to the business of turning bread into toast, or a bacon-wrapped hot dog from a stand, you’ll find it here. And, since you asked, yes, I will supply you with a short list of things to consume from some of my favorite places in San Francisco.

That should get you started. When you’re full…

Escape the city

One thing that San Francisco has on New York is its wide variety of city escapes just over yonder. Actually, you don’t even have to leave the city to escape the city here, though you definitely can. For inside-the-city escapes, note that not all of the hills here have hotels and restaurants on top of them. The untouched ones are hardly untouched, since San Franciscans make hiking and biking trails up them. I love that in this city, you can park your car in a neighborhood, hike for an hour to the top of the hill and back, and then walk just past your car to a café for brunch or beers.

sf8 If you want to leave the city, Yosemite, Tahoe, Santa Cruz and so many other vacation destinations beckon from mere hours drives. Still, you don’t have to go far for even more al fresco adventures. Stare up at the redwoods just across the Golden Gate Bridge, head to wine country for outdoor day drinking or a spa day, drive in any direction for hiking, or head west out of the city until you hit the beach. Part of this city is the outdoors, and it makes for urban living that feels both metropolitan and rustic. Yin and yang, folks.

San Francisco is a treat.

So, I was wrong guys, and I’ll be the first to tell you. Do I still fantasize about traipsing between the five boroughs in amazing shoes, reading my book club book on the most efficient subway system on the planet, and living with the knowledge that at any moment Jerry Seinfeld or Joanna could sit down next to me at the bar? Practically daily. New York might never be mine in the way I want to be, but in the meantime, San Francisco and I have a great thing going.

sf9 I’d love to know how long it took you to settle into your current city. Did anything take you by surprise? Was it your first choice of place to live?

For more San Franciscan adventures and stories about things I care about, come say hi at The Kate Keeper.

 

 

 

 

 

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