DETAILS Mag & Herradura, SF

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Fall semester is finally winding down, and since my workload is a little light this week, I decided to treat myself and my +1 to some midweek partying  . I just came back from the DETAILS magazine part at the Terra … Continue reading

Put Some Hot Sauce in my Burrito Baby

Daisy and I spent Cinco de Mayo soaking up the sun in the city of Berkeley. I brought along my DSLR to get familiar with it’s functions.

Later that night, we attended the grand opening of Los Toros Restaurant & Bar in Concord, CA.

Hope your Cinco de Mayo was as awesome as ours, L.

Convert shoe boutique Opening @ Berkeley, CA.

Jeffrey Campbell. Love love love!

After an exhausting day at our day job, me and Lulu were excited to attend the VIP party opening to the new Convert shoe boutique in Berkeley CA. Walking into the store, we were greeted by Becca of Ruby Press PR, a champagne glass, and an entire room full of some beautiful shoes! Oh geez, shoes and wine?! Needless to say, me and Lulu’s exhaustion from work was no longer present. It was time to start snapping away for Lulu, for me to take a gander all the tasty footwear and for the both of us to meet all of these fashionistas and stylistas!

Convert shoe boutique is all about carrying labels that are eco-friendly, socially conscious, and locally established. They carry labels like Toms, Jeffrey Campbell, Civic Duty, Doc Martens, just to name a few. From the products all the way down to the store itself, Convert strives to promote being eco-conscious. The store itself is creatively displayed with recyclable such as cardboard shelves and those little styrofoam “S”‘s decorated in the front window. When I shop at places like Convert, I feel good about shopping here because I know that my carbon footprint is a lot less then if I was to shop at a big retailer. I also love to help out local designers, and Convert showcases local designers like Oaklandish. -Daisy

All the women wanted to give this little boy a hug! Isn't he the cutest thing ever?!

Oh, you know, just another girls night out for Daisy and I. Well, not quite, this was actually our first time attending a grand opening and we described it as “another dimension”. You should have seen us with our timid steps and puzzled faces asking questions to each other like, “what do we do now?”

That was the first 5 minutes because shortly after we were shaking hands and introducing ourselves left and right. Could it have been that liquid courage? Neh, everyone there was easy going which made it simple to create new friends and being encircled by the one thing women love most didn’t hurt. As always, it was great meeting new people and the shoes, Lord those SHOES, were to-die-for. Not only were the shoes stylish and eco-friendly but they literally weigh as much as diddly-squat. Overall, this event inspired both Daisy and I. It shall not be our last! -Lulu

We had a great time, and you can count on us both shopping regularly at Convert shoe boutique. :) -D&L

Bucket List: Watch A Kickboxing Fight? CHECK

Winner of California Super Lightweight Title, Nemo

 

Who: Me, my friend Tiffany, her hubby, & his co-workers

What: Internation Kickboxing Federation (IKF)’s Muay Thai fight competition

Where: Fairfield, CA.

Who competed? From SF to Merced & in between.

     Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a Muay Thai fight in Fairfield, CA. It was my girlfriend’s birthday and her husband who’s an instructor in Martial Arts had tickets. For a first timer, I had a really fun time and I tried my best to keep up with the hits and all of that. Walking into the auditorium, the setup and everything was what I expected. There was a fighting ring that looked super legit. We ended up sitting at a reserved table, and I was able to sit up really close. Beers, hot dogs and nachos were being served by sexy chicks, and the whole scene was a total guy experience. All ages, kids all the way up to grandparents were cheering on their fighter.

Dustin Andrick



 

Steve Swaby throwing a punch

It was a very exhilerating experience to watch the fights. It’s totally different to watch it on TV and when you watch it live. You can hear the slap of the roundhouse kicks on the fighter’s thighs. The bleeding noses dripping on the fighter’s white shorts. It gets pretty gory. Anyways, it was a good time, and I can’t really say anymore since I am not really educated on this subject. But I do look forward to watching some Kickboxing and MMA fights in the future!  ;) -Daisy

He tatted up!

Adventures @ FIVE in Berkeley, CA.

FIVE @ The Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Berkeley CA

 

It’s been a very long weekend for me and the rainy weather didn’t help much in production either. After lounging around the house for the entire weekend, I was excited for the upcoming outing that me and Lulu scheduled. On Tuesday, Lulu and I met up with Becca of Ruby Press for some good food and drinks. We ended up at this beautiful romantic hotel bar in Berkeley, CA. Located on the urban Berkeleyesque Shattuck Street, finding the classy Hotel Shattuck Plaza was a bit unexpected.  When I walked in, I was pretty much in awe and surprise that there was a place so classy and elegant in this busy and eclectic boulevard. It had sort of a parisienne or romantic feel. I instantly fell in love with this place.

Hotel Lobby

We ended up at the bar, where local commuters were chit chatting and drinking after a long day’s work. The man next to me was enjoying some delicious appetizer while reading Time Magazine. Through the large windows, I can see the rain pouring down hard. Around me were people talking politics, enjoying cocktails, and connecting laptops. This made me feel like I was in another world.

 

Ari, our bartender was really cool and made us some secret-not-on-the-menu drinks. We both started off with the Chocolate Martini. I thought that was delicious. It had an espresso mocha taste that I know coffee lovers would enjoy. Lulu had the Converter which was this delicious fruity drink which he lit on fire. I ended up with this hibiscus, eldeflower, margarita (forgot one ingredient) that was distinctly tasty and different from what I’m used to. We both had some pulled pork sliders with onion rings that reminded me of sloppy joes. I love my sloppy joes so this was a definitely delish.

 We ended up meeting with Becca, one of our PR coordinators and we shared some good laughs and conversations. We ended up talking about some of the events that we’ll be attending, and all of that good stuff. All in all, it was a great meeting and it was great to meet Becca! Me and Lulu are looking forward to working with Ruby Press :) -Daisy

Events for the Month of April

  1. April 1, 2012- Lulu’s 24th Birthday!! Make sure to send greetings!
  2. April 4, 2012- Convert Shoe boutique opening @ Berkeley, CA.
  3. April 6-8, 2012- SF Fashion Film Festival @ San Francisco, CA.
  4. April 7, 2012- Lulu’s Birthday Celebration @ Osha Thai Embarcaderro (You’re Invited ;))
  5. April 21, 2012- Dina Yuen’s Indonesian Cookbook Launch Event @ San Francisco CA

Osha Thai Adventures 03/10

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Me and lu ended up competing taking pictures of these peanuts. Anyways, I guess her ass wins.

Essay VS. Osha Thai? Yea right, Osha Thai Wins!

In SF, it is rare to find a swanky lounge/restaurant that has an affordable menu. Thankfully, I discovered Osha Thai a couple of years ago.

Last saturday, I took Lu with me to get some happy hour drinks and eats before meeting up with some other friends. We were working at our day job earlier in the day and I basically had to convince her to forget about her essay and come frolick in the city with me. We went to the lounge on Embarcadero. I love the convenient parking garage. It’s a bitch to find parking in the city. The happy hour menu is amazing. Seven dollar special cocktails!??! Count me in. We started with the lychee martini. Deliciously light and fruity, this martini even came with a magenta orchid floating atop.

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You have to order Volcanic Beef. It comes with onion rings!! (Way better then Burger King's)

Girl Talk about Boys Men

We ended up having some girl talk about boys. Correction, Men.  Lu has a boyfriend, and I am the single one. She basically mentors me, and I go in the complete opposite direction. Once you get to know us a little bit in our future posts, you know that our dynamic personalities mesh together but our dating patterns? A complete opposite.  She is my Marshall, and I am her Ted Mosby. She may be my Barney Stinson, minus all the sexcapades.

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Pad Thai w/Chicken.

 
Anyways, we ended up getting a bit buzzed and I got a bit irate at the conversation about men so we ordered some Pad Thai w/chicken and Volcanic Beef. And another drink. I forgot what it’s called, but it was delicious. It had four types of liquor in it, and it was reddish?? I don’t remember. If you ask the bartender, just say, “it has 4 types of liquor, and these two asian chicks had it and said it was delish” Note to foodie: If you ever go to an Osha Thai, order the Volcanic beef. The meet is tender and the sauce is perfect.

After hopping into my jeep wrangler (I gotta name it something, maybe Dundee?), we were well satisfied with our visit to Osha. We ended up venturing off to other places. But that’s all secret for now. Until next time. ;)

-Daisy