The other day I was in drugstore and noticed the Back To School aisle and it hit me- summer is really almost over. Tear. Wasn’t it just Memorial Day yesterday? On the one hand I cannot wait for the fall (holy hell its been hot here), but on the other hand I want to savor these lazy summer days just a bit longer. The good thing about summer here in the Bay is that it last well into October, before it finally starts to cool down for good.
Here’s what I got up to this past month.
Adventures and Highlights
Making an appearance at Friday Nights at OMCA. This event has been on my bucket list since I heard about it last summer, but only managed to go to it recently with my baby sis in tow. It was a great community event that included lots of good food, live music and plenty of spontaneous dancing. Also, if you’re in the area, I highly recommend seeing the moving Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing exhibit that has been now extended to August 27th.
Road trippin’ to San Luis Obispo. Since July 4th fell on a Tuesday this year, we decided to make it a four-day weekend and drive down to the Central Coast. I was surprised it took us so long to get down to this beautiful (and often underrated) part of California.
Watching Dirty Dancing at Jack London Square. This outdoor viewing was hands down my favorite event this month, mostly because it combined two of my favorite things: the spirit of Oakland and Dirty Dancing. Nothing like watching Patrick Swayze saunter into a dance hall and hear the women (and some men) in the audience let out a collective sigh. Also, the sunset on the waterfront as a backdrop didn’t hurt either.
Dashing down to Southern California. I headed down to Santa Barbara to visit a close high school friend who had come all the way from Sydney. A girl’s night with wine tasting at the Funk Zone and watching the hilarious Girl’s Trip movie (so worth it) was a great way to catch up and pick up right where we last left off.
Getting a new writing job. I will be working with the travel start-up Arrivedo as a writer for their hotel neighborhood guides and I could not be more thrilled. I’ll start interviewing hotels in San Francisco, but hope to branch out to nearby cities like Los Angeles and Portland soon.
Asha Tea House (Berkeley)
If you are as much of a tea enthusiast as I am, this is your haven. Their tea drinks are my go-tos on hot summer days, especially the matcha latte or their strawberry cold ice tea with plenty of warm, honey-sweetened boba at the bottom.
Vientian Café (Oakland)
One of my assignments this month was to write about Laotian food in the East Bay, which included a whirlwind tour of five different restaurants. My favorite was the last one that was run out of a family’s home in East Oakland, where I’m still dreaming of the nam khao (crispy rice salad) and sai oua (spicy sausage).
Tomate Café (Berkeley)
I’m not much of a brunch person, because waiting in long lines when I’m hangry isn’t really my thing. This café though puts my faith back into brunch, with its hidden location in West Berkeley, dog-friendly patio, non-existent wait time, and healthy meal options (get the Harvest Brunch, trust me).
Little Tokyo (Los Angeles)
This is one of my favorite neighborhoods for wandering around in Downtown Los Angeles and stocking up on snacks. I’m such a superfan that I took a detour to and from Union Station to get mochi from Fugetsu-Do; Pocky, onigiri with salmon and Pocari Sweat (I’m obsessed) from Nijiya and addictive red bean cake from Mitsuru Café.