All five of these favorites are food-related. Hope you’re not hungry! =)
My brothers both had Spring Break last week, so on Tuesday, I asked them if they would like to go watch a movie and then have lunch. I guess it’s no longer embarrassing to be seen with their big sister and mom, so they agreed. Well, the movie I chose, completely bombed with my mom, who fell asleep in the middle of the movie, and my youngest brother. His exact words to me at the end of the movie: “How could you do that to us?” T_T
Luckily for me, they had a great time having lunch at Ohgane off Broadwin in Oakland. This was only my second time having AYCE KBBQ (all you can eat Korean BBQ), but their first. They all took to it like fish to water, though, and pretty soon my younger brothers were expertly handling the grill and partaking of all the different ban chan.
I don’t think my dad has ever done this before, so now I can’t wait until he comes back so we can go as a whole family. =) For those of you with family and friends around, make sure you GO and do things together; you really never know how quickly those circumstances can change, or if you’ll lose those opportunities forever.
When I checked my purse upon returning home after Youth Fellowship a few months ago, I found a handmade envelope with two pieces of paper inside. On one piece of paper was a really thoughtful, encouraging letter, and on the other piece of paper was information on a 2-hour Chocolate Tour in Downtown SF. My boyfriend, Matt, really knows me, haha. We took the tour last Thursday and it was great to just take some time to stop into places that I rush by on a weekly basis. I work nearby, but you can only do so much with your lunch break. =) My favorite stop was definitely Spicely. They have such a unique selection of tea and spice-infused chocolates, whole and ground spices, and tea blends (from caffeine free herbals to strong black teas, and everything in between).
After the chocolate tour, Matt and I headed to USF for their 12th Annual Human Rights Film Festival. We watched Jose Antonio Vargas’s moving documentary which really gave me a new perspective on the things I would hear my mom discussing with her siblings when I was younger (we immigrated to the US from the Philippines when I was 1.5 years old). That can be an entire post, or series of posts, so I’ll fast forward to say that after the film, the two of us ended up heading to Old Weang Ping for an extended discussion over dinner. We had the “Barbarian Soup,” trout w/ smoky eggplant sauce, sticky rice, and chicken pad see ew (no photo, sorry!). If you live in the Bay Area and like Thai food, it’s a definite must.
My mom’s new favorite thing is froyo, so I took her out to pinkberry last Sunday. I normally stick to chocolate with mochi and/or gummy bears (plain, not coated with those sour sugar crystals), but they only had a chocolate chip flavor, so I opted for mango with mochi. She went for salted caramel and coconut with mochi, strawberries, blackberries, and mango. I’m not a fan of salted caramel, but I thought the coconut was really refreshing.
All in all, I’m so, SO grateful for that moment last Sunday. I’m struggling really hard with being patient and loving towards my mom because I really hate all the things I hear her tell my dad when they talk on the phone. It’s nice to know that we can connect with similar interests in food and dessert, and in those semi-neutral moments, when we’re enjoying something together and have our guards against one another down, can also finally have the space to talk about the heavy things.
My friend, JQ, and I have been friends for over a decade (since freshman year of high school). I started working in SF last June, and then at the beginning of this year, she started a new job in SF, too! Neither of us ever dreamed about this being a possibility when we were in high school, so it means a lot to be just a few city blocks away from her now. She’s got a sweet tooth that rivals mine, and has been the best lunch buddy a gal could ask for.
Yesterday, we hit the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop at the Macy’s in Union Square. I got Chunky Monkey in a cone, and she got the new Hazed & Confused Core ice cream in a cup. The line was long, but sooo worth it. Yum!
5. The Most Important Meal of the Day
I have some (fairly) unhealthy eating habits. I know that I eat wayyy too many sweets. I know that I don’t eat enough fresh vegetables and fruits. I know that even though I am not hungry, I shouldn’t be skipping a meal (or two) in a day… and definitely not breakfast. I know that on other days it isn’t good to be snacking for hours on end. Blegh.
Well, when I was getting ready to leave work yesterday, I checked my phone and saw a missed call and voicemail message from my Mom. It’s not unheard of for her to call and ask me to stop by the store on my way home from work, but those things are few and far between. She knows that she’ll see me when I get home, so she doesn’t call unless it’s important and can’t wait until then (i.e. the last time she called me, was at 8:30 AM in February to tell me that my dad had been laid off. Good Morning, right?). Anyway, she called to let me know that Matt had dropped by with something and that they had talked.
I really thing teleportation would be the best superpower, y’know? The first thing I did when I got home was ask what she had said to him and what they had talked about. She shrugged and said they just chatted. Mmhm. I bet. She brushed off every question and just pointed at a Trader Joe’s bag near the dining table. I looked inside and found everything in the photo above.
He even made sure to buy CHOCOLATE breakfast items. So sweet. =)