Jack of All Trades Fair in Jack London Square, Oakland


Last weekend, Oakland was teeming with life as the Jack of All Trades Fair in Jack London Square unofficially kicked Restaurant Week off (in my mind anyway).

Similar to the Renegade Maker’s Fair in San Francisco, it was full of neat crafts, quirky art and overall very enticing fair!

Jack of All Trades Market, right this way!

Jack of All Trades Market, right this way!

Succulents

Succulents

More beautiful succulents

More beautiful succulents

Refurbished just about anything into a working radio

Refurbished just about anything into a working radio

Now what do these remind me of...

Now what do these remind me of…

Thought the Burning Man crowd would love these!

Thought the Burning Man crowd would love these!

So here's where you can get them ;)

So here’s where you can get them 😉

There's something touching about the juxtaposition of beauty and it's fragility

There’s something touching about the juxtaposition of beauty and it’s fragility

Adorable!

Adorable!

But don't forget Wall-E

But don’t forget Wall-E

These are going to be EPIC next Halloween!

These are going to be EPIC next Halloween!

I just had to...

I just had to…

Apparently you can get these at Cost Plus World Market. Brilliant!

Apparently you can get these at Cost Plus World Market. Brilliant!

When I get married, this little beauty will be there

When I get married, this little beauty will be there

And a last few sappy shots. I just love those little Star Wars-inspired cranes (or is it the other way around? 😉

Star Wars in Oakland

The perfect time of dusk

The Jack London Square harbor in Oakland

Some pictures you just can't pass up...

Until next time!

Little Trip Down to SLO


I took a quaint little last minute trip to SLO for a concert Thanksgiving weekend and got to try out my new camera 😀 (oh, Black Friday… so many great deals!) So here are my first shots with the Alpha 6000 (excepting the MANY shots of Phelps the cat).

We stayed at the famous and adorable Apple Farm Inn.

The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

Christmas decorations at The Apple Farm Inn

And look what I discovered the next day!

La Fromagerie Sophie

La Fromagerie Sophie

La Fromagerie Sophie

I got some delicious cheese from there 🙂

Hmmm

Took a pit stop from Thanksgiving traffic to take some photos of road-side llamas for Anthony and Davide.

Llamas!

Llamas!

And that’s all for now, folks!

St. Patrick’s Day, California Style


I recently realized that, with all of my articles on resumes and interviews… I just haven’t been posting about all of my adventures and travels anymore.

So, to the many friends I’ve had the pleasure of making all of the world, sorry!

And here’s a step in the right direction ❤

We have our very own Dublin in California, and, like their namesake, they like to feel the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day! Dublin, Ca put on a 2-day fair of their own, complete with a parade on Saturday. I unfortunately couldn’t drive there on Saturday, but I did get to go enjoy the festivities Sunday.

Following, a few feature snippets:

Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, ands other rides aside, one of the funnest parts of the fair was… what would I call it… an outdoor mall? There was a whole section full of small stands selling diverse wares, not unlike a Renaissance Faire, come to think of it.

Custom made birdhouses!

Custom made birdhouses!

Click on me for larger view

I have to admit I really loved the animal puppets and mini-purses =]

Animal PuppetsMini-purses

The best part of the fair was undoubtedly the live entertainment though! Dublin hired and flew out Celtica, an Irish rock band, all the way from Ireland!

Celtica

Celtica

Think American rock bands rock hard? Check their female vocalist out.

Can you juggle fire balls?

Can you juggle fire balls?

Want to give them a listen?

Delicious, Affordable Spanish Tapas in Santa Clara


La Catalana España Restaurant

Tried out a great new restaurant: La Catalana España in Santa Clara.

They have an awesome menu of yummy Spanish tapas. Check out what we had!

Crunchy tomato toast with Spanish dried Serrano ham and meatballs with rice and mushrooms

Their salad (not pictured) is also very good — it’s leafy greens (no blah iceberg lettuce greens here!) with a vinaigrette style dressing.

Ended on a sweet note with a crema catalana, kind of like the Spanish version of crème brulée.

The staff is very friendly and the decor very chill. I definitely recommend it for lunch! =3

Cool Store in Santa Cruz!


I took a trip to Santa Cruz the other day and discovered THE coolest store: Herb Room!!

It’s got tons of holistic medicinal cremes and even homeopathy and “magic Chinese oil” (my personal pet name for it — it really is magical!)

Let’s just say I’m in love ❤

 

 

This place is chock full of cool stuff!!

 

 

Herbs, …..… candles, …

… even incense!

And now to satisfy the consumer in all of us O=] …

This stuff smelled amazing! And felt even nicer on my skin ^^

 

 

This stuff truly is magic. It cures muscle pain, tendon strains, stomach aches… any kind of pain really!

 

 

They even have homeopathic ointments here!! =D This stuff was the best — my Mom put is on my bruises when I was a little kid (and boy did I get a lot of them ><;)Last but not least, this stuff is amazing for panic attacks!

 

And there you have it folks!

Come wander around in this cool store and have some yummy free tea =3

 

 

 

 

Pedro’s, the Cool Bar / Restaurant Down the Street From Work


I discovered the coolest place upon joining Astreya. Pretty much every week, my recruiting colleagues go out for drinks and free food at Pedro’s Restaurant & Cantina.

 

This place is so chill! The outside is super pretty and you see local engineers from Intel and whatnot hanging out outside, taking in some sun with their dogs.

I really love how this place looks. I’ve never been to Mexico, but I imagine this must be what rich people’s homes in Mexico must look like (wonder where I get that from — Zorro maybe?)

 

The inside is really well decorated too! Check out the lobby…

 

 

I kind of forgot to take pictures of the free buffet (there are animal style fries in there, some chicken wings…. ) but here’s the bar instead!
This place is great for cheap drinks with coworkers after you get off! And their margaritas are only ~$5 on Wednesdays O=] (they have strawberry margaritas! Yum =3)

 

 

Ethiopian


Last week I went to this amazing Ethiopian restaurant called Café Rehoboth with my friend Mara. I was so excited — I hadn’t had Ethiopian food in almost a year!!

 

 

Before we get into food… Let’s take a sneak peek inside =]

 

 

This place is so cozy! It’s decorated really ethnically — it’s a lot of fun checking all the deco out while you wait for your food.

 

 

The owner was so sweet and helpful! I always forget what everything is called ><‘ (maybe Mara will leave a few hints in the comments section? O=] ) but it was all so delicious! I always love Ethiopian food =3 The sour bread and meat / veggies always taste so good!!