California Food Photos

Leaving my heart in San Francisco

I was just in San Francisco a few days ago, enamored with the Bay Area, and unable to imagine life without so much nature and delicious food. I suppose New York has its way of sweeping you off your feet, but looking at the photos makes me all the more excited about my growing connection to the west coast.

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Banana cream tart from Tartine: flaky pastry coated in dark chocolate with caramel, banana pastry cream, and lightly sweetened cream, topped with chocolate shavings and powder sugar.

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Oh, Tartine!

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Three scoops at Humphry Slocombe: secret breakfast (bourbon + cornflakes), bluebottle vietnamese coffee, malted dulce de leche. I need the recipe book!

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Mission Chinese Food was my first meal, literally minutes after landing at SFO! It was delicious and very much American without witholding the spice.

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We ordered chilled buckwheat noodles with tea-smoked eel, mouth-wateringly spicy kungpao pastrami (my favorite), sizzling cumin lamb, and beers.

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Remnants of Dia de los Muertos festivities.

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Taurin’s baconified bloody mary and my basil gimlet at Chop Bar (Oakland).

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Basil gimlet: crop organic cucumber vodka, basil, St. Germain elderflower liqueur & lime juice.

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I baked some Milk Bar compost cookies for Taurin and his housemates, and felt zero guilt about munching on potato chips in the morning. The cookie is named for its assortment of ingredients, including chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coffee grounds, graham cracker crust, crushed pretzels, and potato chips. Here’s the recipe!

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Thanks to Kelly’s recommendation, I made a trip over to Japantown. I was mostly really curious about American versions of the 100 yen shop.

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We got some adorable bento boxes for $1.50 at Daiso. Taurin wants to turn them into mini synthesizers, which would be really fun.

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We have a Kinokuniya in New York, too, and it’s a dangerous place for your wallet! I’ve got my eyes on some of these sewing books…

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Last but not least, I got a bottle of Calpico and Taurin got his canned Oicha fix. I remember when I was a kid, my younger brother and I thought that mixing milk and sprite would yield Calpico..

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Back in New York.

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And I just had to include these photos of me and Taurin taken at a friends’ wedding in Virginia!

13 Comments

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    Matthew Pike
    November 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    you captured you time so well, really enjoy what you pick up on. are those floating books of magic?

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      Sewon
      November 17, 2012 at 1:59 am

      Perhaps they ARE floating books of magic! :)

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    ねこちゃん
    November 17, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I love your pictures so much Sewon! It’s a riddle to me how you make the colors shine so much… I enjoy every single one of your shots but the last one of NY is so impressive! 1.50 for a Bento box is pretty aweome too! …but what does he (Taurin) mean with “mini sythesizers”?! I’m really curious 😉 .. and the persimmons make me miss Japan so much!! You look so elegant on the pictures with Taurin (whose smile is awesome!)

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    Veronica Fish
    November 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Oh my gosh, stunning!

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    jamie-lee
    November 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    You are lucky to have had such wonderful weather! I went last year and it was cloudy and cold the whole time. Looks like you had heaps of fun and heaps of delicious food xx

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    winnie
    November 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Gosh I so love these pictures Sewon – the food looks so delicious and those persimmon fruits always remind me of my grandma – she eats so much of those fruits when they are in season!

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    Eileen黃愛玲
    November 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I really like your haircut. I thought about getting short but always tend to back out. The purple complements your skin tone. :)

    I’ll add your blog to my blogroll so you can get more traffic.

    I like San Fran. I went there when it was freezing cold, though. =/

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    Crystal
    November 19, 2012 at 1:05 am

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time in California! I love the picture of the books in the window. And all of the food looks delicious, as usual!

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    kelly
    November 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Wow Sewon your photos are always so amazing!! The cookies you made look so yummy too. The photo of you and Taurin is so cute too.

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    Sarah
    November 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I miss Daiso so much. I used to shop there just about every week in Korea. I wish there was one on the East Coast somewhere!

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    Sarita
    November 21, 2012 at 5:46 am

    glad you’re enjoying California! how’d you like the Daiso? Personally I’ve found that the Irvine Daiso is much better than the San Diego one, but I’ve yet to see the one in San Fran!

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    celsy sabilla
    November 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I adore all your food photos sewon, they’re so delicious and i’m looking at them after waking up in the morning. Makes me wanna go into a food adventure! Ahhh i love Kinokuniya, we have them in indonesia and i could spend ages standing around just trying to find the right books to buy because they’re all so good!!

    That Milk bar cookies looks delicious, i’m definitely going to give it a try!

    You both look lovely! :)

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    Rina
    November 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Oh, I am DROOLING over all the delicious food pictures you’ve taken. I wish there was a Kinokuniya in my city. although, maybe it’s best there isn’t, because I would probably be broke all the time.
    How I miss those 100 yen shops! ) : very convenient we have dollar stores in the U.S. but it’s not the same!
    Taurin is going to tern a bento box into a mini synthesizer? how can that be done!? haha.
    he must be very creative/smart. And the pics of you two are just adorable. : )

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