Work Field Trip: Ai WeiWei Art Exhibit on Alcatraz

It was nice to get out of the office and go on a little field trip for work today.  Instead of heading to the office, a few of us from the Marketing Team went to Alcatraz to check out Ai WeiWei's art exhibit to get some inspiration and a fresh breath of air.  It was cool to see an art exhibit within a former state penitentiary and I appreciated the meaning behind each art installment.  I think it's definitely worth it to take a visit to Alcatraz to see, hear, and read the artwork for yourself.  My favorite pieces were With Wind and Stay Tuned.  The art exhibit runs till April 2015.

 

Read all about Ai WeiWei and his art exhibit here.

Good morning San Francisco!  We took the 11am boat out to the Rock.

Good morning San Francisco!  We took the 11am boat out to the Rock.

With WindT

With WindT

Trace

Trace

View from the upper level.

View from the upper level.

Refraction.

Refraction.

Stay Tuned.

Stay Tuned.

Yours Truly. They gave us the opportunity to communicate directly with individual prisoners.  

Yours Truly. They gave us the opportunity to communicate directly with individual prisoners.  

I randomly chose a prisoner in Vietnam.

I randomly chose a prisoner in Vietnam.

Blossom.

Blossom.

Till next time!

Till next time!

RECIPE: (Paleo) Chocolate Muffins

I know, paleo chocolate muffins may sound gross to some people.  But these muffins are really good.  They taste like chocolate cake from the good ole' Pilsbury box mix - chocolate and fluffy.  I'm not sure if how I make these muffins make them paleo since I replaced the Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips with Guittard Dark Chocolate Chips, but nonethless, these are pretty healthy chocolate chip muffins.  Great for breakfast or a pre/post-workout snack!

[RECIPE from PaleOMG]

Happy Friday!

Super busy week - here's what my day looked like today:

  • 5:30am - wake up
  • 6:00am-7:30am - swim practice with Albany Masters
  • 8:30am - breakfast
  • 9:00am - photoshoot with NutHouse Granola in Berkeley
  • 10:30am - meeting with Michelle Tam from Nomnompaleo in San Mateo
  • 11:30pm - quick lunch at Whole Foods Market San Mateo (sushi + kombucha)
  • 12:30pm - 5:00pm - photoshoot for Whole Foods Market Nike Women's Half Marathon sponsorship
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm - stuck in SF traffic!  woot!
  • 7:00pm - Christine's Catholic wedding rehearsal
  • 8:00pm - home at last with dinner and cheesecake!

One highlight from today - meeting Teddy, a 6 year old Pomeranian dog with his owner.  Him and his owner walk to Golden Gate Park everyday to people watch.

Golden Gate Park - a man with his 6 year old dog named Teddy.  He comes to the park everyday to people watch.

Golden Gate Park - a man with his 6 year old dog named Teddy.  He comes to the park everyday to people watch.

Some other snapshots from my day:

Seattle

My new favorite summer travel destination!  This past weekend was my first time in Seattle and it was awesome!  Such a green and beautiful place with lots of hiking trails!  I went up to celebrate my good friend, Christine's bachelorette party and our time in Seattle made it a memorable experience for all of us!  I'm backlogged in uploading my photos, but here's a few photo highlights from my trip. 

Lake Serene Hike  - the hardest and best hike I've done in a while.

Lake Serene Hike - the hardest and best hike I've done in a while.

Lake Serene hike pit stop at Bridal Veil Falls.

Lake Serene hike pit stop at Bridal Veil Falls.

Doing the touristy thing - Pike's Place.

Doing the touristy thing - Pike's Place.

Cute and delicious brunch -  The Fat Hen .

Cute and delicious brunch - The Fat Hen.

Berkeley's Little Gems - Morell's Bread & Jered's Pottery

Today for work we went out to Berkeley to check out some local vendors.  To my surprise, there were so many local foodmakers and artisans just a few blocks of where I live!  We first visited The Berkeley Kitchens, which is a food hub for food artisan makers.  The Berkeleyside wrote an article about it and you can check it out here.  Within The Berkeley Kitchens, we met the makers of Baron's Baking, Muffin Revolution, Living Hypothecary, Ruby Roast Coffee, Nuthouse Granola, Morell's Bread and Shrub & Co.  As always, it was a neat experience being able to meet the people behind all the amazing food that is being produced here in the Bay Area.  Besides tasting all the delicious food, here were some cool history facts I learned about each of the vendors:

  • Baron's Baking - Tom, the owner, started the company about 2 years ago.  He was a expediter in the restaurant business and personally loved baking so he decided to start his own company.  He works really hard - 12 hour days, 7 days a week.  
  • Muffin Revolution - I'm not paleo, but Marirose and Christy, the founders, create amazing and delicious palo muffins and soon to come granola.  They started their business after a local climbing gym, Ironworks, asked them to sell their muffins there.  I can't wait for these muffins to be sold at Whole Foods.  I can see myself eating them on the go after swim practice.
  • Living Hypothecary - The owner started this company while she was a waitress (and still is) with another co-worker at the restaurant who was a mixologist.  She creates great juices, kefirs and vegan milks.  She's launching a tumeric almond milk which is soo good.
  • Ruby Roast Coffee - A coffee roastery owned by 2 sweet ladies.  They started their business through their pure love of coffee.
  • Nuthouse Granola - These guys started their business after being in the hotel industry.  The owner wanted to have a side business and when the hotel requested his granola, he started his company to sell to hotels and other retailers.  He has a Orange and Fennel granola which is really unique and delicious!  
  • Moller's Bread - Eduardo is a self-taught baker who makes bread from whole grains.  He had a Master's in Filmmaking and he always cooked to make money.  He hopes to start a read subscription service and I'd sign up!  
  • Shrub & Co. - Their ginger shrub is the best shrub I've tried.  A deep ginger flavor without any sugary aftertaste.  The founders have background in the beverage and farming industry and are a power team!
Eduardo from Morell's Bread.

Eduardo from Morell's Bread.

Eduardo explaining his breads.

Eduardo explaining his breads.

Standard Fare  - They make a delicious meyer lemon marmalade!  Seriously, it's good.

Standard Fare - They make a delicious meyer lemon marmalade!  Seriously, it's good.

Bread, cheese, and marmelade sampling.

Bread, cheese, and marmelade sampling.

One of the best local bread I've tasted.

One of the best local bread I've tasted.

Morell's bread with Standard Fare's Meyer Lemon Marmalade.

Morell's bread with Standard Fare's Meyer Lemon Marmalade.

I love their logo!

I love their logo!

After the visit at The Berkeley Kitchens, we walked a few blocks up to San Pablo to Jered's Pottery.  I've driven by this place soo many times and didn't realize it's kind of a famous place.  It's like a Heath Ceramics, but a different version and in the East Bay.  They use local California Clay to make their pottery and all the pieces were lovely in this place!  You should check out Jered's profile for his history - it's pretty cool.  Plus, his wife Sarah is the poet laureate of Emeryville!  One day I dream of having an entire dining set of Jered's Pottery!  

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Foram & Atit's Wedding - June 21, 2014

I had the honor of celebrating Foram and Atit's wedding in SoCal.  It was such a beautiful and colorful day!  I am so happy for Foram and Atit.  I knew Foram at UCLA and we would study and walk to class together.  And she also introduced me to my first Bollywood film when we were back in the dorms.  Foram is an inspiration to me in that she stays dedicated to her studies and family!  I only wish Foram and Atit a happy and wonderful life together!  Cheers!  

P.S. - Thank you Foram for inviting me to my first Indian wedding. :)


Packing Efficiently

I learned a new way to fold my clothes today thanks to a video shared by swiss-miss

Check this out - How to Army roll a t-shirt!  This significantly freed up space in my luggage as I packed tonight.  I hate packing/laundry/folding clothes, so this video made my day. 

Watch the video below and if you love planning in excel spreadsheets, here's how i planned my pack list for Europe on Google Docs

Europe Here I Come!

I'm heading to Europe in 2 days!  And as usual, I haven't started packing and probably will be scrambling to pack the right things in my luggage tomorrow night.  This is the first time I will be traveling for work internationally!  

I'm heading off to Emilia-Romagna, Italy for a Whole Journeys Team Member Educational Trip and then spend some personal time exploring the Allgäu region in Germany.  

Why am I going to Italy for work?  

  1. To learn where our Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and other Italian products are sourced.  
  2. To experience a Whole Journeys trip.  Whole Journeys is Whole Foods Market travel agency company.  They organize food related vacation trips.
  3. To eat good food.  :)

Anyways, I'm super thankful and excited to be heading off on another adventure.  

Stay tuned for more details!  This time I plan to document my travels everyday!  

Ciao!

Make Work Your Passion Project

One woman I look up to in the work & fashion/lifestyle world - Eva Chen, Lucky Editor-in-Chief!

She really stays true to what she says here in the video.  I've reached out to her on her blog and Instagram and she's always replied back to me.  If you don't follow her on Instagram,  you should @EvaChen212

Eva Chen is one of my role models in life!