I am back in San Francisco! I have finally recovered from jetlag from my trip in Taiwan. Weeee!
As I was contemplating on what to share for my first post upon returning to the U.S., I started craving for Dochi Juice. I knew right away that’s my topic for the post. During my stay in Taichung (middle of Taiwan), I discovered this super cool juice shop called “Dochi Juice” (it literally means “Which Juice” in Japanese). This isn’t your standard juice shop where you pick a juice blend from a preset menu. See the image below? You pick up your own “fruit or vegetable Lego” from this giant display wall.
Last week my sister and I set off on our very first sister road trip down the Pacific Coast. It was not our first time traveling together. In fact, we have been on a lot of crazy adventures together on our own like hiking the Inca Trail and canoeing up the Columbia River. I used the term ‘crazy’ because we encountered some major “glitches” like having difficulty breathing due to high altitude sickness or getting caught in a current we couldn’t get out. Fortunately, we always overcame those obstacles and laughed about them later (after we recovered). Continue Reading
Although I very satisfied with the finished result of my Konmari-ed my apartment and smart phone, something seemed to be missing. It took me nearly half a year to finally realize that surrounding myself with joy is not the final destination. The highest level of happiness is being able to share and bring joy to others.
Surround yourself with joy & SPREAD it!
Once I realized what I had been missing, I knew I had to act on it immediately. I decided to launch The Joy Club where everyone can share their simple moments of joy and share them with people from all around the world.
When I think of fall, I think of red, orange and brown. But in the Pantone world, it’s a totally different and rich interpretation. This year, Pantone has developed a gorgeous palette for fall that I couldn’t help resist making a post on it. Here is the link to the full story behind each color they selected.
Here’s all my favorite things about fall with Pantone inspired color palette:
I L O V E nature, it never ceases to amaze me. Last week I went on an 8 mile hike where I was thoroughly immersed in the fall season with changing foliage. Leaves were turning from green to yellow to red and the trail was covered with fallen leaves. I was snapping away like a detective, recording everything I saw on my little adventure.
I was so inspired by the experience, when I got home, I began to doodle like mad in my sketchbook. This “Joy of Fall” is one of my finished drawings. It depicts one of my favorite things about fall – stepping on colorful and crunchy leaves and kicking them up! It makes me smile when I look at it. I hope it will do the same for you!
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I love buying jewelry, but I always struggled with how to organize them effectively (necklace get tangled up, earrings lose its partner, etc.) Thanks to the KonMari method, I have reduced my jewelries in half and decided it was time to finally find a “home” they rightfully deserve. Continue Reading
After decluttering my entire house according to Kondo Marie’s method, it’s time to apply her philosophy to the digital “stuff” stored in my computer, phone and tablet. It’s a daunting task, but I figured, if I could clean out my house, I could do anything! I decided to tackle my smart phone first since it’s something I use everyday and it’s always running out of memory storage.
Decluttering your phone will speed up your phone and help your batteries last longer.
I LOVE the fall season!! It is my favorite season of all. Crisp air, falling leaves, burnt amber foliage, everything about it is so beautiful and inspiring. Get your F R E E Fall inspirations printable HERE)
If you saw my previous post on toast, you will know that I am a little obsessed with toasts. Whenever I make a toast for snack or breakfast, I feel like an culinary artist. The toast is my blank canvas where I can add anything I like, really, anything. Salsa and egg when I feel bold. Pbnj when I feel nostalgic. Avocado mash when I feel free. Continue Reading
One of my favorite things about being a student was shopping for school supplies! Back in those days, I loved the end of August because I could go on a back-to-school shopping spree where I bought enough colored pens and highlighters for a whole class. Nowadays, I buy stationery for a slightly different reason. I buy stationery as a small treat for myself.
They do say it’s the little things that count 😉
I have walked past this shop so many times because it’s a block from my fav salted caramel ice cream. But I never noticed it because usually my mind is on what ice cream I am going to have. I finally learned about this shop through a friend who lives nearby, and what a gem! Rare Device carries a curated collection of locally and internationally handmade creations. Every time I go, something new and fun is on display. It’s like a bazaar full of artistic inspirations! Continue Reading
Yes, the second roundup of top ice cream spots in San Francisco is here (Part 1 here)! This second roundup is comprised of winners in the Gelato, Softserve and Frozen Yogurt categories. To make things less confusing, I made a poster to show the differences between each type of ice cream. During my research, I found some surprising facts. For example, I always thought frozen yogurt was the healthiest option, but it has a lot more sugar than the rest even though it’s low fat or fat-free. So if you are counting calories, fro-yo doesn’t work because it actually has similar amount of calories as ice cream. But who counts calories when they are having ice cream?
One of the perks of living in San Francisco is that the city is very health conscious. You will find that many of the ice cream shops are not shy about sharing what natural and organic ingredients they use. But if you live elsewhere and eat ice cream regularly, I recommend sourcing out higher quality ice cream for your indulgence.
16. Holy Gelato – Holy it’s amazing! Besides having a large selection of gelato and sorbets, they have an array of vegan gelato as well. ( 1392 9th Ave San Francisco, CA94122 | 415-681-3061 ) O / V
Don’t miss:Honey Lavender & Irish Morning Continue Reading
I have officially reached and probably exceeded my yearly quota of ice cream. San Francisco is an Ice Cream Mecca. I had no idea there are SO MANY amazing ice cream spots when I first decided to take on this ambitious mission. The amount of ice cream calories I consumed for this mission is…worth every count! My husband would agree, he was always delighted when I asked him to help me finish my cones.
If you are in San Francisco, THIS LIST IS ALL YOU NEED. These 30 golden spots will satisfy any ice cream cravings this summer (or year round, nobody is judging).
PART 1 has all the ice cream spots whereas PART 2 has all the gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt and soft-serve spots (some places sell more than one type). Confused by all the types? Here is a visual comparison of ice cream and gelato (sorbet is simply gelato without the dairy (replaced with water or soy/coconut milk).
Every single one has something special (flavor, texture, ingredients, toppings, etc.) that makes it popular and beloved by locals and tourists alike. To make it easy for your next visit, I have selected 1 or 2 flavors that you must not miss (at least ask for a sample when you are there) based on customer reviews, scooper recommendation and my taste buds of course =) Now, get your napkin ready for your drool, here is PART 1 of my ice cream adventure!
1. Bi-Rite Creamery – Legendary ice cream. Each flavor is spot on delicious!
( 3692 18th St San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415-626-5600 ) M / V / O
Don’t miss: Salted Caramel (tad sweet, but burnt caramel flavor is spot on) & Balsamic Strawberry
Have you Konmari-ed everything? I am still stumbling upon items that I had missed! So I decided to do this once and for all, a COMPLETE checklist to help you thoroughly Konmari your house (including your children’s room) Exclusive for Sprinklesletter subscribers! Become a subscriber now (sign up HERE) and receive it for F-R-E-E via email!
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Coffee much? I wish I could everyday, but I have a super weak stomach. I can only have a few sips before the acid starts to make tornadoes in my tummy. But I still love coffee, I would kill for an iced coffee on a hot day. Well, no one needs to die thanks to cold brew coffee! My husband introduced me to cold brew coffee sometime in May when he stumbled upon Stumptown coffee at our super badass neighborhood bakery. I didn’t think much of it at first, but since I started drinking cold brew, I noticed my tolerance for coffee has increased from a few sips to almost a whole cup. I started to research into this cold brew miracle and found out that it has a lot less acid and many other great benefits. So here is everything I learned from my research, hope you will try cold brew coffee on your next coffee break! (it’s my first time making an infographics, hope you like it =)
Apparently this year’s food trend is toast! Really? Toast? I decided to find out what the big deal is about and there is no better place than The Mill in San Francisco. In case you haven’t heard, their toast is $4 dollars each and they are selling out like hot cakes (or toasts?). The Mill has created quite a buzz around the nation for their posh toast (probably due to $$$$). But I must admit, it is damn good.
What a monumental day it is! Nasa’s New Horizon spacecraft has just completed its mission to fly by Pluto after NINE years in space. It’s the first time in history that we have a close snapshot of what Pluto looks like. I can’t wait to see what they will discover on this tiny planet. Although Pluto was re-classified as a dwarf planet in 2006, it will always be a real planet for me! Celebrate and enjoy this moment!
My husband never comments on my blog. He did yesterday because he found out I tossed out some of his stuff when I KonMari-ed the house. But it’s fine, he said some of the stuff needed to go anyways. Yay, I am off the hook!
So have you been able to influence your significant other to KonMari? I am curious about how it went. My husband actually KonMari-ed his clothes and books, but the drive somehow stopped there. I am wondering how to get him to continue with his miscellaneous stuff category. Any suggestions? Meanwhile, I am having some sleepless nights thinking about stuff he needs to get rid of. Does this happen to you, too?
I might have “accidentally” KonMari-ed some of his stuff without his permission. But I have a valid reason!!! It’s hard to keep stuff separated when you are living with someone else. So it’s not my fault when his ugly shirts appeared in my sight when I was KonMari-ing my closet. For those who have KonMari-ed, you know what I mean right? When you are in the KonMari zone, you are unstoppable!
Anyways, this is just one of the many common KonMari “side-effects” I came across. I want to draw more, but we will see how this one goes (if it doesn’t get me in trouble).
Ever seen an edible arrangement at a party before? I have always wanted to make one because a fruit bouquet makes a beautiful centerpiece at any events. However, it seems like a lot of work and doesn’t allow you to make it ahead of time. Well, I decided to make one for my sweet brother-in-law’s surprise graduation party to thank him for being so amazing. As shown in the photo, it was a success! Here’s the actual cost breakdown, all for under $20! Continue Reading
5. Bye bye impulse purchase, hello smart shopping! Everyone I talked with has become a more conscious shopper! When you use the Spark Joy philosophy to shop, you become immune to discounted deals and special sales.
So what happens after you have KonMari-ed your house? Have you noticed anything different? It’s not just the house that feels orderly and tidy, my life has entered a brand new stage as well. Is it the same for you? These are 9 amazing changes that I have noticed after completing the KonMari method (Part 1 and Part 2). I even Konmari-ed my smart phone and tablet. Checkout how to do declutter your phone and tablet here.
1. Spark Joy decision making goes on autopilot! It’s so much easier now to decide if something sparks joy or not. You become a master of saying YES to what works for you and NO to what doesn’t work!
I am not really crazy about cheesecake, but if it’s from Zanze’s, I am willing to make an exception! Mr. Zanze has been making cheesecake for over 36 years, so it’s no wonder his cheesecakes have won me over. Their cheesecakes are not your typical dense New York style cheesecakes. They have an airy mousse texture that melts in your mouth (somewhere along the line of ice cream and whipped cream). There is also a light sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs on the top and bottom of the cake that blends harmoniously with the creamy cheesecake. I am officially hooked on these cheesecakes. I was looking forward to having it last night, but my husband had polished off the last 2 pieces before I got home. How could he!!! Things you tolerate for love…
If you are not an almond croissant fan, now you will be. As you probably already know, I am on a dessert mission to discover all the best sweets in San Francisco. So far, I have found the most delicious kouign amanns, monkey breads and scones in San Francisco.
Now it’s time for the much beloved almond croissant. Thorough Bread and Pastry has perfected the almond croissant with flaky and buttery crust and creamy but not too sweet almond paste.
There is a good reason why this is the best almond croissant. The owner Michel Suas is the founder of San Francisco Baking Institute specializing in artisan bread and pastry. He has published Advanced Bread and Pastry with in depth information and techniques on baking and he is also a partner at b. patisserie (extraordinaire of kouign amanns). So it’s not hard to imagine why Thorough Bread and Bakery creates the most prize-worthy almond croissant I have ever had. Behold, my Thorough experience:
Summer is in full swing and so is the farmers market! I have been going to the farmers market for years, it’s the only place I get my fresh produce because I love to eat with the season and support local businesses. Farmers market is also a great place to get culinary inspirations. Here are the tips that I have learned from my experience at my farmers market!
1. Early bird gets the best picks! If you can’t go early, then go late because you can get discounted prices since the vendors want to sell all their products before they go. The trade off is limited selection.
2. Bring your own bags / wheeled cart. I highly recommend a wheeled cart, it makes the shopping experience a breeze because you don’t need to walk around with a handful of heavy groceries, plus you can look stylish. I usually have a cooler bag in the car so that I can put fresh cheese or eggs in it. Continue Reading
Welcome to part 2 of my KonMari summary. (Part 1 HERE if you haven’t checked it out already!) I hope you will enjoy these illustrations and share this KonMari magic with others! Did you know that Marie Kondo has published a second book called “Spark Joy” with more insight into mastering the art of de-cluttering? Check out the 12 illustrated wisdom about her new book!
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