Underground Brunch at I Forgot It’s Wednesday


I recently discovered a friend of a friend, Jenny Wang, is a magnificent chef who runs an underground dinner and brunch club, I Forgot It’s Wednesday, out of her Lower Haight home with her partner in cooking and life Matt.

A Sales Operations Specialist at Hired by day, Jenny uses her culinary school background to concoct unbelievable meals on the evenings and weekends. Delicious food and impeccable presentation aside (you’ll see in the photos ;), their apartment is rustic chic, gifted with ample natural light and makes you feel right at home. My only regret? I forgot to snap a photo of Matt’s beautiful Bloody Mary and mimosa bar! I’ve never had a Bloody Mary quite like Matt’s 🙂 I hear the secret ingredient is pho broth!

Jenny and Matt made spiced pop corn for appetizers

Jenny and Matt made spiced pop corn for appetizers

Matt and Jenny's beautiful table

Matt and Jenny’s beautiful table

Jenny made the terrariums herself

Jenny made the terrariums herself

Our brunch menu! 3 courses of deliciousness

Our brunch menu! 3 courses of deliciousness

Multicolored beet and goat cheese gem with parsley and jicama in satsuma-argan oil vinaigrette to kick things off

Multicolored beet and goat cheese gem with parsley and jicama in satsuma-argan oil vinaigrette to kick things off

Rosemary & mullberry buttermilk loaf, millionaire's bacon, 64 degree egg, whipped yogurt, watermelon radish, baby kale and scallions. Yum!

Rosemary & mullberry buttermilk loaf, millionaire’s bacon, 64 degree egg, whipped yogurt, watermelon radish, baby kale and scallions. Yum!

And to polish things off, kettle corn-infused panna cotta, Dick Taylor dark chocolate shavings, granny smith apples, and a sweet stout reduction for an air from the fair

And to polish things off, kettle corn-infused panna cotta, Dick Taylor dark chocolate shavings, granny smith apples, and a sweet stout reduction for an air from the fair

Not pictured: Matt’s Bloody Mary and mimosa bar, and the sorbets served in pho soup to cleanse our palates right before dessert. Jenny tries out a different combination each time, and to welcome spring we were served kiwi, lemon and dill sorbets. And I almost forgot the peanut butter and bourbon cream filled oreos at the very end.

Jenny, you always know how to treat us 🙂

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The Crunchies: Tech Awards, Shocking Winners, and Crazy Laughter!


TechCrunch Crunchies

First of all, I am incredibly thankful to my boss at RocketSpace, Duncan Logan, who very generously sponsored any of his employees who wanted to attend TechCrunch’s Crunchies.

I’m ashamed to admit that, as a complete noob, I had no idea the whole point was the drinks, networking and other cavorting after the awards and promptly snuck out when I miraculously got a SideCar right after the last award was dished out (hey, who knows if I could have gotten one at 11:00 pm?!)

Even so, man were the Crunchies awesome! John Oliver is ridiculously funny, and some of the award presenters weren’t half bad either.

I did write a blog post about the Crunchies for work, but here’s my unfiltered (well, lightly filtered) and completely personal account! *There are more than enough websites where you can peruse the list of nominees and winners so I’ll spare you the lists and get on to the juicy parts.

Oh yes, the fine folks at TechCrunch know their shit. The whole thing started off with a very sarcastic musical opener (“Technical Issues,” just a guess based on the number of times that phrase sprang up) performed by none other than theater actress Spencer Rose, who made a slew of playful jabs at corporate sponsor Yahoo’s endless acquisitions, the colorful selection on Tinder and surge pricing.

Since I figured you’d wanna watch, here’s the Youtube vid ;D

As amazing as that intro was, John Oliver really drove the entire thing into helpless hysterics, ripping on everything from nerds judging each other, to Uber’s shady kitten deliveries & surge pricing, to the tech industry itself (who else would start off with chastising the crowd “Why does the tech industry need an awards ceremony? You already have most of the money in the world!”), all the way to CNN’s sad analysis of 2013 as the year of the Selfie. But, oh wait! He then went on to describe a vivid shot of some crazy guy jet skiing smack dab in the middle of a hurricane in NYC… and stopping, why else? To snap a Selfie.

Yes, I did have a hard time narrowing it down to just those 3 choice moments, and yeah, John Oliver told that jet ski anecdote so vividly I actually thought I was dreaming it!

The Daily Show vet wasn’t the only one who could pull a joke though. Dave McClure ripped on Clinkle’s inability to create well, much of anything really, by sarcastically declaring it the best bootstrapped startup of the year, and FiftyThree’s John Ikeda shocked (and dare I say delighted?) everyone by slipping in an “and we’re hiring!” before taking off with the Crunchy for Best Design to an acute and contagious outburst of laughter.

This is getting long so I’ll have to leave the rest to the net, but don’t be shy, Google and Youtube all of this. You won’t regret it!

KitTea, Where Cat and Tea Lovers Meet


Phelps discovering the wonders of tea.

Phelps discovering the wonders of tea.

First of all, thank you very much to the many friends who heard about KitTea, immediately thought of me, and sent me links to articles.

So what’s all this hullabaloo about KitTea KitTeaanywho? Sometime in summer of 2014, San Francisco will follow the example of cat lovers and tea afficionados in Japan and finally get its very own cat cafe.

A huge shout out to Courtney Hatt and David Braginsky, the founders, for working with local animals shelters to help cafe patrons adopt felines they develop a special bond with.

I’ll definitely be getting in line to sip some tea, nibble on sandwiches, and make some new purry friends once this place opens up!

KitTea has gotten a very nice amount of press already – check out these articles and their website to find out more:
Cat cafe, KitTea, sets sights on San Francisco [San Francisco Chronicle]
KitTea cat cafe welcomes feline friends [CNET]
Here Comes KitTea, San Francisco’s First Cat Cafe [Eater SF]

Found an Awesome Brunch Place in SF: Bullitt


I went out to Ruby Sky for the Kaskade after party last weekend and one of my coworkers who lives nearby took us to the coolest brunch places the next morning: Bullit.

 

This place is located on Russian Hill up in SF and is just the coolest joint to get brunch after a good night of dancing / partying! They play hip music, serve cocktails (silly me… I tried to get hot chocolate — they don’t have any!)

 

 

I ended up with a grapefruit mimosa (which was delicious!! =3) and the food was great too! Check out their menu:

 

I’m a sucker for eggs benedict so I just had to try it… and boy, I was not disappointed! =3 Definitely check this place out next time you’re up in SF ❤