Travel & SF

New York: the shopping

I took a much needed break during “spring break,” a term which technically applies to the undergrads but since we’re first years, our schedules are still “school-esque,” to go to New York!

This was the third time I went to New York for fun and first time I traveled with this particular friend. We had similar priorities… shop and eat, eat and shop. And maybe a museum.

And we did a lot of shopping… but even more eating. ūüėČ I thought I’d break up the trip into a shopping post and an eating post starting with the shopping post.

We were in New York from Monday night to Thursday noon and we allotted the entirety of Tuesday for shopping, in and around SoHo.

The two stores we wanted to hit up were & Other Stories and COS, both of which are owned by the H&M Group but only recently came to the US, with physical stores found only in New York. We spent about half of our shopping day in & Other Stories and COS. Amazing. Simply amazing.

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part of the shoe section at & other stories

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My music festival survival guide

So you’re heading to a music festival soon? First time? Or just curious how other introverted festival attendees deal with the masses of people? Then congrats, you’re in the right place. Titling this post “survival guide” is being a bit dramatic but it caught your interest, right?

As mentioned at the bottom of my last post, I going to SF’s Outside Lands music festival with Tammy on Friday. This will be my second large official music festival but my fifth time heading to a multi-artist/multi-stage music thing. Previous to this, I’ve attended Warped Tour x 2, Lilith Fair (does this count?) and Coachella. All very, very different things with very different attendees. But I’ve learned from my past experiences to prepare for this one.

Here are some of my (personal) tips that I like to try to follow for music festivals in no particular order:

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SF eats: Craftsman & Wolves

Hello again. (Hi, Amy.)

I haven’t been posting here so frequently these days, and it’s not for any good reason – I just keep forgetting. (And, lab isn’t always so thrilling for the general populace, you know?)

Anyways. I just wanted to pop by and say that I was biking in San Francisco today and stopped by Craftsman & Wolves, a bakery in the Mission. It’s a super hipster spot with industrial-looking decor, a few doors down from Dandelion Chocolate (highly recommend – their hot chocolate is amazing, if you don’t think about it too hard and realize you just spent an exorbitant¬†amount on a small cup of hot chocolate. They also have free¬†house-made marshmallows!).

But back to Craftsman & Wolves. I ordered the Rebel Within, which is a savory muffin with cheese, sausage, and green onions mixed into the batter. At the center is a soft-boiled egg, which I realize is a highly polarizing food, like olives or mushrooms. I am personally a huge huge fan of runny yolks.

And oh my god you guys/gals, the muffin¬†was amazing and transformative. I don’t know how they baked a perfectly shaped soft boiled egg into a muffin, but it was cooked just right – runny yolk, mostly solid white. The only downside is that it was room temperature; if it was warm, I don’t even know, I might have eaten two right then and there.

They also had cashew curry cookies, which looked really interesting. I would have tried one if I hadn’t just spent $7 on a (beautiful, beautiful) muffin.

Business on the outside, party on the inside.

Business on the outside, party on the inside.

-T

My Taiwan skincare haul

Did a little bit of research before heading to Taiwan on what skincare items would be good to look for while in Asia. I mainly consulted the “Asian Beauty” subreddit and a bit of Googling. Tammy also sent me a list written by our good friend. So I had a general idea of what I wanted to look for.

Here’s a photo of part of (half of my haul consists of boxes of masks so you’re not missing much) my haul all laid out under incandescent light:

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from top left corner going clockwise: Etude House face masks (singles), Skin Food Black Sugar Mask, Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil, Nexcare Acne stickers/covers, My Beauty Diary face masks (Black Pearl pictured), Missha Snail Sheet Masks
not pictured: Biore Deep Free Facial Bright Wash Foam

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SF eats: Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous

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Background reading.

Let me talk to you about one of my favorite ice cream shops. I tend to think of myself as a rather avid fan of ice cream, and I am the first to suggest scoping out a new ice cream spot. Though Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous is not exactly new (they opened¬†almost exactly four years ago, in May 2010), it was way out in Dogpatch and I never had reason to go there until I started working in a nearby lab. Now, of course, it’s a nice excuse to take a break from lab and go on a short bike ride in the warm sunshine – or extreme gusty¬†winds, as was the case today. Their hours can be¬†a little odd and unpredictable, and sometimes you’ll go on a Saturday¬†afternoon and find that there’s a half hour-long line stretched out the door. But! It’s good ice cream, man. What can I say?
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Noah and the Whale concert

Yesterday my friend and I went to a Noah and the Whale concert at the Fillmore in SF. The timing of the concert was absolutely perfect. On their end, their latest album was released five months ago in early May. That gave people enough time to listen to the new album and fall in love with it. A concert too close to the album release date runs the risk of the audience being clueless and slightly bored. On my end, I had just gotten back into their music at the end of summer. Since tickets can be released several months before the concert, often I will buy the ticket so far in advance that by the time the concert rolled around I had moved on to other bands. But not this time! (more…)