Tuesday, August 19, 2014

food trucks with friends

we have to bring every single one of our visitors to try 
san francisco's food truck scene. what's better than a 
food truck parttt-ayy!? when our cute friends came to 
visit last week we ate very well, and part of those good 
eats came from our favorite, off the grid. we showed them 
all of our favorites and then forced ourselves to try 
something new, and we're so glad we did. fresh baked
empanadas, yes please. also chimney cake: have you heard 
of it? you're about to be really thankful to me for 
introducing you :) loved this night with our friends!
we went with el sur empanadas this time. we fell in love 
with empanadas on our trip to miami but haven't found 
good ones forever! problem now solved by: el sur. they 
sell out almost every week at off the grid, so what does 
that tell you? i love their old school van and the entire vibe.
there is something for everyone with all different and 
unique flavors whether you want meat, cheese, vegetables, 
or a combo. loved the pollo saltado, verde, & champiƱones.
 the best part of this truck is the story behind the owner. 
she is a classically trained chef who attended culinary 
school at the famous cordon bleu in paris, then worked 
at some incredible restaurants (like french laundry in napa)
before deciding she wanted to return to her roots and make
the food she grew up with in argentina and peru: empanadas.
i love the quote that she wants to make empanadas the way
they are made in "sleepy towns across rural argentina."
authentic comfort food from the chef's childhood.. you know
it will be good! i love food trucks because they can specialize
in just one thing and do it great, which is the case here. 
we also all sampled bini's kitchen, which is known as
"nepalese cuisine from the soul." i've never had 
nepalese food in my life, but i could still tell this food 
is from the soul. it was so so delicious and i will 
definitely be coming back here. we all shared a 
combo plate of nepalese turkey dumplings with 
the kukhura tarkari curry chicken. it was so  
flavorful and we all loved sampling it.
also, bini herself is the cutest person. i've never 
met a food truck owner that i didn't want to be 
friends with. i swear, they are all the coolest 
people! and, they share a love of good food :)
last but not least, i promised you i'd tell you about 
chimney cake, right? well here you are. i had never 
heard about it before last weekend, and now i'm a 
big big fan. it is a traditional hungarian wedding 
cake with the best texture and cylinder shape. the 
outside is sweet and carmelized, but the inside is 
soft and melt-in-your-mouth. it's actually so 
incredibly good and i don't know how they make it. 
keep rolling is the cute name of the truck with this 
goodness. please read this short little description of 
how this truck began and tell me we don't all want to be
friends with her. i told you, i love food truck owners! :) 
so glad vicky experienced it while traveling so she 
could bring it back to us in SF! it is so uniquely delicious
that i can see why she fell in love with them + recreated. 
cinnamon sugar rolled chimney cake for the win!
and, one rolled in oreo with nutella dip.
would you look at that?! i'm in love. 
love all three of these cute faces ^^^
we took a trip around the world this night 
between argentina, nepal, and hungary. 
you have to love food trucks for that! 
still so happy from these visitors .. and from this food!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

weekend with the woods

i love visitors, and i was especially
excited for our friends anna & randy
to come visit. they are unlike any other
friends, and we have the BEST times with
them. i lived with anna in washington, DC
right when i was starting to date chase, so she
quickly became one of my closest friends and
we are 100% kindred spirits. then, i lined her
up with our great friend randy back home and...
the rest is history! now two of our favorite people
are married and being with them is >>>>>>>.

a few examples of why they are one of a kind
before i shower you with photos upon photos:

..highlights of the weekend..
1. randy and anna showing up with 6 bags, a COOLER full of food, beach gear, etc. they had just come from newport beach, so it was priceless loading their things up the stairs into our apartment. it felt like they were moving in! (i wish they were)
2. the lamp getting knocked over and falling OUT THE WINDOW of our 2nd story apartment and smashing down onto the alley sidewalk below. (it didn't hit anyone!!) but laughter came out of this the next 3 days and will for years. classic!!!
3. randy and i taking a million pictures while anna and chase rolled their eyes
4. anna & randy walking through chinatown and casually deciding to buy a HUGE vase the size of a person, then having to walk all over with it and carry it inside and up to our apartment.
5. NO waking up before 10:00 AM...strict rule :)
6. ^^ also NO going to bed before 2:00 AM due to our catching up and long chats all night with laughter so hard our stomachs hurt
8. wondering if the restaurant put whiskey into our appetizer popcorn because we were sooo hyper after that meal.
9. a few trips to bob's donuts, adding "a dozen more doughnut holes" to the box because they somehow vanished so quickly!
10. plans every night to watch a movie turning into long chats and youtube videos.
11. randy leaving his backpack in a bike at google and being SOO WORRIED it was stolen. we told him no one would take it at google, but he was stressin! ...priceless when it was RIGHT where he left it. another reason to love the googs!
12. as we were walking along a city street, a lady in a giant truck trying to parallel park into a tiny spot on a steep hill. she looked so distraught that chase knocked on the window and asked if he could park it for her, and she let him! we're thinking of a new city parking start-up now :)
13. randy video taping EVERYTHING and commentating where we were. "here we are in san francisco, there's a cable car, there's emi and anna, say hi!!!" hahah wondering what he would do with all of this footage.
14. randy being so nervous about taking his first uber ride...now he's a believer!
15. circling every night in their car trying to find parking for 30 minutes... and both boys getting SO frustrated while anna and i laughed our heads off...very bonding for all 4 of us! :)
16. talking too late each night and having to blow up the loud air mattress in the middle of the night and probably wake up all the neighbors.
17. randy stopping and making chase take a picture in front of the "chase bank"
18. anna refusing to walk up one more hill.
19. sunburned noses from the prettiest weather weekend!
20. randy and anna walking along the street with a map when a homeless man walks up to them and yells DAMN TOURISTS! and walks away :) welcome to san francisco!

now i miss them all over again

after writing that list! you can
see why they are such great
friends and we LOVE when we
are with them. photos below!

^^ they loved our favorite breakfast place in the city,
farm : table. we make every visitor eat here! //
also, since anna is an AMAZING artist i am going
to hire her to paint every san francisco scene for me 
like this pretty harbor one above. she's a talent!

^^ first night late run to bob's donuts, //
and our favorite guests in our living room..
our new aerobed literally fits like a puzzle
piece in there perfectly. i think they should stay!

^^ twin peaks view, always a must for visitors

^^ and randy's photography skills

^^ so happy to be reunited with this girl
(ps that was the popcorn in question from #8! :)

^^ nighttime walks through the 
city for the best views

^^ pizza dinner at tony's, SO GOOD.

^^ and of course, the google fun.
^^ had to get a picture here
because of our LOVE for
froyo...especially when we
lived in DC and got it nightly!
^^ g-biking!
^^ worlds colliding introducing anna to kendall.
utah besties and california besties = happy me!
^^ we are all so so obsessed with seals.
i really would take one home as a pet. 
^^ second bob's donuts run...
it's too close to our apartment!
^^ the "chase at chase bank" photo i mentioned in 
above in #17. randy keeps us laughing!
^^ haha, my favorite picture. 
they thought they were so clever!
^^ could they BE any cuter!
so much love for these two.
^^ one more bob's donuts stop
for the road, and thumbs down
to them leaving. sad goodbye!
 of course they are the CUTEST friends
and left the most perfect present.
there is something about friends from home. 
people who know you best, who've known
you in different stages, who you have so many
memories with. creating new ones with them is
priceless. we love these two and are so proud of
them for graduating law school and grad school in
DC and now about to start big time jobs in SLC!
we're sad they don't live here, but at least they're
closer than the east coast now :) we LOVE you 
woods! come back again soon!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

"once" on broadway

we've always been big fans of
broadway musicals...and not 
just me, both of us! we've seen
lots together and separately, 
and when we were dating chase
surprised me with NYC for valentines
with 5 broadway shows in one
weekend. (standing room tickets
for us college kids!!) safe to say
we've seen our fair share, and on
any given day it's no surprise to
hear chase belting out broadway
songs in the shower... :) we
wanted to see once on our last
new york trip...but ended up
seeing pippin instead. so when we
saw that it was coming to SF at 
the curran theater right by us,
chase got us tickets for my birthday
and we finally went! this post is overdue
from last month... it was sitting 
in my drafts but here it is!
the entire theater is so old-fashioned + beautiful.
waiting for the show to start! this show is really
unique in lots of ways, one being that before it
begins there is a live irish "pub scene" on stage
where audience members can go buy drinks and
cast members are playing music. (you can see this
happening in the background ^^) it's lively and fun
and really different from any other broadway. it
feels more relaxed and open from the get-go.
^^ cheesy picture by the cheesy tagline,
but the show and music are darling.
i loved the accents, the simplicity, and
the acoustic music stripped down of all
the normal broadway fanfare..although we
love the classics, once is refreshing and new.
really though, this chandelier...
it is a show-stopper itself!

thanks for the date night, husband!
i hope we always see broadways together
and that you never stop singing them :)