September was a good month. It included a bit of travel in the beginning, but it was mostly low key, and gave me time to focus on a few new writing projects. Fall could not come sooner, since it has been hotter than hades around these parts this summer. As a San Francisco native who thrives in cooler temperatures, I’m looking forward to misty morning, and even wouldn’t mind some rain (though I should be careful what I wish for since last year it never seemed to stop).
So without further ado, here’s the highlight reel for September.
Adventures and Highlights
An end of the summer trip to San Diego. To be honest I’ve never been so stressed about a trip before. I made a huge mistake and forgot to add Mustafa as a companion to my ticket, and realized it only the night before when I went to check-in for our trip. Oops. Luckily, I was able to find a flight later that night and all was well. The next day Mustafa’s birthday activities (beach! tacos! beer!) went without a hitch and it was all worth it when Mustafa told me at the end of the night that it was one of the best birthdays he’s had in awhile.
A very Turkish picnic. Mustafa works in an American company that has a Turkish owner, and as a result has a high percentage of Turks working for it. We attended his company picnic at a nearby park, and it felt like we were right back in Turkey with the kofte, raki and baklava. In true Turkish style, it lasted until dusk and ended with Turkish coffee.
Celebrating my dad’s birthday. I don’t get to come into San Francisco, as often as I want, and it’s always nice to have a reason to come into the city and see my family. We celebrated my dad’s birthday with take-out from Mai’s, a nearby Vietnamese restaurant and got a chocolate mouse cake from Schuberts, our family’s go-to bakery. Best way to spend a Sunday.
i-Tea (Walnut Creek)
One of the benefits of doing extensive boba research for an article is my discovery of i-Tea and more specifically Mango Crystal drink (mango slushy with an addictive clear jelly at the bottom). i-Tea just opened a branch dangerously nearby in downtown Walnut Creek, and I can get my fix without having to go all the way down to Oakland’s Chinatown.
Sahn Maru Korean BBQ (Oakland)
I watch a local show called Check Please! which highlights three restaurants in the Bay Area, and I’m always finding new spots, including this one. Located in Temescal, there are plenty of Korean restaurants nearby, but I really enjoyed this one with its cozy interior and pre-set meals that include steaming hot tofu soup, BBQ meats, and plenty of ban chan dishes.
Battambang Restaurant (Oakland)
My dad has worked over two decades in Oakland, and knows the best restaurants around the downtown area. I have passed by this Cambodian restaurant numerous times, and we finally tried it last month during his lunch hour as an early birthday meal. I have only eaten Cambodian food a handful of times, but the grilled beef and prawns was excellent and I would love to go back to try more dishes.