Star Wars Exhibit

On Friday afternoon after lunch, I took my friends to the Tech Museum to check out the Star Wars exhibit. I’ve been wanting to check it out and was excited that they had extended the exhibit. They were excited to check out the exhibit so I was relieved that they’d enjoy it. Before we started talking through the exhibit we asked someone to take a picture of us in front of the Star Wars sign and we all stood there doing the Spock hand gesture. Obviously we know it’s Star Trek but we just thought it’d be funny lol. It was pretty cool to see the models of the crafts and costumes. It was a small exhibit but definitely worth checking out if you’re in San Jose. We didn’t get to explore the rest of the Tech Museum as much since my friend wasn’t feeling well. We were playing with these light magnets on the wall and just played around with that and I spelled out ‘Boston’ haha. It just seemed like a big playground for adults as well as children haha. I definitely want to come back and check it out again. I heard about the Tech After Hours event that they have on Thursdays. Hopefully my next visit here will be for that. 🙂

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Great Day in the Bay

On Wednesday night, my friends from into SJ from Boston to visit me for my birthday. I was so exhausted waiting up for them since their flight got delayed. Once I saw them walk out I got out of my car and ran to them and started crying. I know I’m such a softie lol. I was so happy and relieved to see my friends. After I picked them up we went to Buffalo Wild Wings for some drinks since the options to grab a drink on a Wednesday night were kinda limited. Of course we’d have a few shots and drinks, but it was nice hanging out like that even for a little bit before we got some rest. I felt like my old self again and I was just really happy.

We headed to SF on Thursday afternoon and made it in time for brunch at Mama’s on Washington Square. Parking was kind of a pain but luckily it didn’t take too long and waiting in line to get seated wasn’t too bad either. I heard that there’s usually a crazy line. It was a cute and cozy place. The food there was good, but I’ve had better brunch lol. I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars. I got my usual smoked salmon eggs benedict, but they call it the Norwegian here. The Bloody Mary was alright. It had soju in it instead of vodka. Once again, I’ve had better brunch elsewhere haha.

After brunch we headed straight to the Golden Gate Bridge. This was my second time here and I was at more of the touristy side where they had a cafe and a souvenir shop. The last time I went I drove over the bridge and was in a parking lot. I preferred the side I was at this time. Got much better views and we got to walk a little bit over the bridge. I was scared shitless to walk over it because I’m really scared of heights. Got some great shots of the bridge. It was awesome that it wasn’t foggy like last time. We lingered around and took lots of photos.

Afterwards we headed to the Japanese Tea Garden. Luckily we made it in time because they were about to close in 15 minutes. Even better that I found parking on the street. I really loved this place! I definitely wanna come back here again and just chill with a book or something. It was really small but it’s was very relaxing. Maybe one day when I become a baller, I’ll build a garden like this in my back yard haha. It was a really cute place and we got to chill for a bit and enjoy some tea.

Our next destination was the California Academy of Sciences. I always heard great things about Thursday nights here because of their “NightLife” they have here weekly. We browsed at the map of what to check out, instead we just walked around and got to see a lot. It was pretty cool. I think we might’ve missed seeing a couple of things but that’s okay. It was still a good time.

The final destination was to get dinner at The View. It was located on the top floor of the Marriott Hotel. Pretty much suppose to be a great view of SF. I have to say Boston’s Top of the Hub and the Signature Lounge in Chicago had better views of the city. At least there was glass windows all around so you can see better. Nonetheless the seat we got, we were able to see the Golden Gate Bridge so that was cool. The food was actually pretty good. Got myself the braised short ribs and the drinks there were good too. I guess I can’t complain too much about the place haha. After we finished our dinner and as I was staring out the window, I noticed the waitress’ reflection. I saw her holding a dessert platter with a candle lol. I was thinking I hope that’s not for me and possibly for the table next to us. Nope! Haha. My friends were so sweet and arranged for this. I started crying because I was so surprised and overwhelmed by their kindness. I rarely ever get surprises especially like that so it was extremely sweet and thoughtful of them. The dessert sucked here but hey it was the thought that counts lol. My friends picked up what to get on the dessert platter. The only one I liked was the espresso creme brûlée. Creme brûlée is one of my favorite desserts and I’m glad they remembered since I don’t have much of a sweet tooth haha.

At this point we were so exhausted and it was only 9 or 10 PM haha. Talk about grandma status. We accomplished a lot with the sightseeing. Definitely a productive day. It was nice to have checked out these places with someone that’s actually never been to these places. I just couldn’t get over how nice it was that day. Perfect weather with great company.

Hands down one of the best days I’ve had since I’ve been here in Cali. 🙂

De Young Art Museum

Finally got to check out the De Young Museum with some new friends. I’ve heard good things about this museum. There was an exhibit that my friends had planned to check out since it’s last day is January 20th. They were nice enough to invite me and I definitely took advantage of getting out of San Jose for the day. When we arrived there was a misleading sign saying the exhibit sold out. So glad it wasn’t. They were doing 15 minute rotations so that disclaimer wasn’t posted on the sign at all. Luckily we managed to get to the last rotation for the exhibit. We had a good chunk of time to kill so we decided to just walk around the museum since it was my first time there. Saw a couple of cool things, but their permanent collection didn’t fascinate me. I was told this museum had great exhibitions, but their permanent collection was blah.

Anyways, after lingering around for a bit we finally got in line for the exhibit. Total bummer that we weren’t allowed to take any photos. I was looking forward to giving my DSLR some more action but I had to put it away. I’m sure I could’ve taken pictures with my phone but it was way too crowded. The exhibit displayed work by this artist named David Hockney. I think his work is amazing. As you walk through the exhibit you notice the different mediums he works with. It ranged from watercolor, oil paints, and then iPad drawings and video. It was really interesting with the iPad drawings that he’s done. If you look at a piece of his work from far away it looked like a painting using actual paints…not an iPad. Very interesting stuff especially after viewing his sketch books in the displays. I think it’s really innovative for what he’s created since we’re such a digital era with everything.

So glad I went 🙂

Chicago Fun! (April 2013)

I was supposed to post pictures on my Xanga of my 3 day trip to Chicago back in early April of this year. Never got around to posting pictures yet alone uploading pictures up until last week haha. I absolutely miss Chicago. I wouldn’t mind living there one day. It’s like a great combination of Boston and New York but rolled up in one and even better than the two cities combined haha. Ate tons of great food and did lots of site seeing as well. The architecture is so beautiful and amazing! Definitely can’t even compare to New York or even Boston’s buildings at all. If you never been, I definitely recommend checking it out. Thanks again to a Xangan for your suggestions of what to check out in Chicago!! It was very helpful!!

Here’s a list of the restaurants I went to that I suggest you try:

– RPM Italian Restaurant
– Purple Pig
– Girl and the Goat (make reservations in advanced! I was lucky to even get a reservation during my last night in Chicago, which was 11PM haha)
– Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
– Portillo’s
– Vanille Patisserie
– Joy Yee’s
– the Barrelhouse Flat (if you never tried absinthe, definitely check out this place; beware it was lethal lol)

Places I went to:

– Millenium Park
– Willis Tower/Sky Deck
– Lincoln Park Zoo
– Art Institute of Chicago’s Museum
– Navy Pier
– Signature Lounge at John Hancock Tower (great view of the city along with some drinks)
– Wicker Park (went bar hopping around there haha)
– SoundBar (if you feel like clubbing)
– Michigan Ave. to shop

I feel like I forgot to mention a few places. Oh well!

Enjoy the pictures! Sorry for the long post. I thought about it half way through posting the pictures that I should just break the posts up into 3 for each day I was there, but too late haha. Anyways, ENJOY! 🙂

Good morning Chicago!

Chicago Riverwalk
Walking around Michigan Ave. and damn that is one fancy ass Burberry store!
First grub spot: Lou Manti’s Pizzeria
Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza. The picture doesn’t do it’s justice for how bomb it was haha. Got so full from 1 slice. Must try!
Saw this nearby the hotel haha
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Lobster Caprese
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Truffled Garlic Bread … it wasn’t anything spectacular
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Prime Beef Meatballs …pretty good with the truffled garlic bread
Dinner at RPM Italian Restaurant: Spicy King Crab Squid Ink Spaghetti. Must try! It was so good!!
First time trying absinthe at the Barrelhouse Flat
Day 2 we had lunch at the Purple Pig
Roasted Bone Marrow with Herbs. MUST TRY!
Before: Pig’s Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers & Fried Egg
After picture of the pig’s ear when we mixed it up. MUST TRY!
Some bread with coppa (cured meat) and I forget which cheese we selected
Olive Oil-Poached Tuna with Greek Lima Beans ..this was okay. It wasn’t horrible but wouldn’t really recommend
Tuscan Kale & Romaine Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Quail Egg & House Cured Anchovies
Pork Liver Pâté … yum! I love pâté!
Definitely over ordered that we got stuck with leftovers haha
Affogato (Espresso Served Over Peppermint Ice Cream with Peppermint Candies) Somehow we still had room for dessert lol

Went on an architecture boat tour of Chicago. So that’s what most of the upcoming pics are lol
Apparently the building on the left with the gold on top has REAL gold on the top of the building lol

At the Willis Tower heading up to the Sky Deck!

In the elevator heading up! Man my ears were kinda hurting and they popped.
Sky Deck Ledge. I was scared to go near it but then my friends and I sat down and took pics haha. Literally felt like I was sitting on top of the world.

Day 3. Spent our morning at the zoo bright and early!

Waiting at the bus stop to go to Portillo’s
Day 3: Lunch at Portillo’s after the Lincoln Park Zoo
Italian Beef Sandwich, Jumbo Hot Dog, and Cheese Fries. YUM!
At Millenium Park at the infamous Cloud Gate or the Bean. Took a buncha jumping in the air shots infront of it with my friends.

The Art Institute of Chicago Museum

Great Picasso exhibit!

Last piece I saw from the Picasso exhibit

If you couldn’t tell, I love Asian art haha

Joy Yee’s in Chinatown
Outside of Joy Yee’s
Day 3: Random munching at Joy Yee’s …got a pineapple drink with strawberry popping boba. Good drinks!
Joy Yee’s: Thai Beef Lettuce Wrap
Joy Yee’s: Thai Beef Salad
Joy Yee’s: Wonton and Seafood Noodle Soup
Joy Yee’s: Fried Soft Shell Crab … My fav outta the 4 dishes we got.
Navy Pier!
Too bad it was closed 😦

Chicago is absolutely and equally as beautiful at night as it is during the day.
Signature Lounge at John Hancock. This was pretty much like Boston’s Top of the Hub at Prudential lol

Too bad we couldn’t get a seat by the window, but it was still close enough. Enjoyed some drinks before dinner and the beautiful night view of Chicago.
Last night and dinner in Chicago at Girl & the Goat.
Goat Empanadas with romesco and radish-endive slaw. Not too bad.
Escargot Ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce
Diver Scallops with brown butter kimchee, hazelnut rapini and avocado
Before pic of the pig face: Wood oven roasted pig face with a sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple and potato stix. DEFINITELY MUST TRY! By far the best part of a pig I’ve ever had haha.
After pic of the pig face. It’s supposed to be all mixed together so you can get a better taste
Roasted Cauliflower with pickled peppers, pine nuts, and mint. Don’t bother ordering this. It was okay.
Crisp braised pork shank with grilled spring onion kimchee, buttermilk dressing, and naan. MUST TRY. The pork was so tender and BOMB!!!
Don’t remember what this dessert was but there was gelato. It was pretty good!
After dinner we hit up Soundbar. Loved this club. The DJ was actually really good. Had a great time!
VIP status at Soundbar lol
Had to try and bring home some macaroons! 🙂