my saturday afternoon

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

― Jack Kerouac, Dharma Bums


NYC food porn

While my trip to NYC back in September was the shopping tour of the city, this trip was most decidedly the ‘Eat and Drink’ tour of New York. Wish I had taken more pictures but here’s a little bit of my tour….

When I asked my roommate who recently moved from NY for some recommendation on where to eat she could barely get out the word ‘Momofuku’ without tripping over her own giddy excitement. She even ran into her room to get the cookbook which she promptly plunked on my lap and forced me to read through. You HAVE to go, she said. Now while my work friends here in SF have said there is just as good of noodle places out in the Richmond, I have to say, Momofuku Noodle Bar is so bomb, if you are a giant bowl of noodles and veggies and intense, interesting mixed asian flavors person like me. Plus, they have these amazing things called ‘Pork Buns’ – yes, but so much better than any you’ve ever had before. Delic.

Now, if you didn’t already know this about me, you should know that I am somewhat of an omelette aficionado. It’s pretty much the only kind of eggs I like, and I really like me a good omelette. Thankfully, dearest Eliot chose the most magical and lovely omelette brunch locale for our Sunday afternoon meetup in the Meatpacking: Fig & Olive. You must go. It’s classy in a ‘ladies who lunch’ way and you can drink rosé without judgement. Plus its an old meat warehouse which is kind of cool too. The herbs, the veggies, the cheese, the dipping sauce. yummm. Oh and the Crostini sampler? Divine Providence.

Also on Le Tour de Cuisine was the yummy Gemma in the Bowery Hotel, for their rustic Italian homemade pasta; the secretive underground in Chinatown mexican restaurant Pulqueria for their pitchers of Margaritas and 3am dance floor complete with Mariachi band (and yes, the enchiladas were insane too)- I am not kidding, this place was; Elsa for delicious chick-friendly cocktails, the adorable Cornelia Street Cafe tucked away in the West Village for a cheese platter and a bottle of wine, and Joseph Leonard, on Waverly also in the West Village for an unreal Pork Chop with butternut squash puree and an entertaining wait staff (hey girl hey) and fun atmosphere (this place is a total end-of-the-night cocktail party in a tiny 7 table WVillage walk-up pretty much every day of the week, all day. Plus the food is fantastic). Bon Appétit indeed.

Happy Weekend loves!

holiday mix-up

handknit poncho, Clu reversible gold skirt, scarf from Nepal, Frye shoes

This is my holiday ode to ‘Ugly Betty’ look (remember that poncho she wore in episode 1 that was so fashionably misguided? Hopefully I am pulling this off better…). My mother actually knitted this for me (hmm… I may be digging myself further into this Ugly Betty hole, yes?) several years ago during the last poncho trend phase and I have always kind of loved wearing it around the house, curled up on the couch. Here I decided to pair it with one of my favorite holiday-esque gold skirts (it reverses to a more toned down black with gold shimmer) as an ode-to-craftsy-70s alternative to a chunky sweater. Sometimes you just have to mix it up. Have Betty and I inspired you? (I actually think I also look a little bit straight off the old-school Marni runway, a designer who always loved the craftsy-chic, and for that, I love her).

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. I took a little break from everything in life to relax and hang out with my family, and it felt oh-so-good. I got to enjoy a little/a lot of these seasonal treats:

Mom’s homemade Pumpkin Pie with Tartine Bakery pie crust from their beautiful cookbook I gave her last Christmas


I am back to the grind now for a couple days, and then off to New York City on Wednesday for some work and play over the weekend, yay! Expect some fun pics coming up of my escapades in the city during Holiday time!

beauty & essex

Cocktails at Beauty & Essex on the Lower East Side anyone? Pawn shop meets cooler than hip bar. Take me back.


p.s. this post making anyone else totally ready for the weekend/boozing? I’m getting a head start on the weekend tonight – going to see the Hood Internet and will be dancing my little heart out! xx

p.p.s. yes, taking you back to my NY trip with these pics- I miss it!

tourist season

A sunny Saturday in San Francisco:

Stroll through the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market. Vintage Shopping in the Haight. The Mission Dolores.

last photo: My vintage scores from Wasteland in the Haight (outfit posts to come!)

p.s. exciting news! I’ll be in New York City for Fashion Week next week! Yay! There will be lots of fun reporting back on the blog don’t you worry! xx

I also hope to see and meet some of you other bloggers there!


While in Santa Barbara last weekend for a family friend’s wedding we took a day trip to wine country, ‘Sideways‘ style, to taste what the region had to offer (lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, yummmyyy). It was, of course, scenic and gorgeous and I ended up trying some new things that I loved, such as a White Syrah (that resembles a rosé, but doesn’t taste nearly as sweet) and a Viognier (never had before). My father congratulated me for paying attention and learning all sorts of new things! I couldn’t resist some pictures of the day, so sharing with you here. Is is wine hour yet?

wineries from the top: Babcock, Melville, Dierberg/Star Lane



Raspberry, Jazzberry, Razzmatazzberry, Berryband, Merryband, Jamming in Berryland

one of the best things about summer is jamming in berryland! i love summer berries, on my cereal in the morning, for an after dinner treat with sugar and whip cream, or just out of the box in the afternoon. when i was at home in seattle over the 4th of july mom and i hit the berry farm for fresh picked bainbridge island berries and i took these pics. i managed to get a box of them on the plane home with me, but unfortunately, they’re all gone now.  i am thinking i may have to have her send me another!

p.s. if you didn’t read this book as a kid then you missed out!

joie de 4th

morning view: sail boats in the sound

belgian waffle brunch

fisherman sweater and nana’s 4th of july pin

hanging out with kitty jasper and…

…brother John

dining alfresco

sweet seasonal treat: italian strawberry almond creme cake

sun setting over the sound

i’m heading back to foggy San Francisco tonight after a leisurely week long vacation over the holiday weekend at home with my family on bainbridge island, wa. the weather has been glorious here and it has been so nice to take a break from it all in the city. unfortunately it’s back to work and real life tomorrow, although thank god it will almost be the weekend! i am looking forward to weekend plans of lounging in the park with a blanket, a bottle of wine and friends as well as a night on the town with fancy cocktails and a concert. looks like real life ain’t so bad!

i hope you all had a lovely 4th of july with your friends and/or family!

xx, Tara

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Chambers Eat + Drink in the Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco

be amazing

a little sunshine, a little vino

This past Saturday my girlfriends and I spent the day in Napa celebrating the final days of Alicia’s bachelorette-hood. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, as it was a beautiful day, and so much fun. So much sparkling, rose, merlot, pinor noir, chardonnay and girlfriend fueled fun. Cheers to you, Alicia.

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