Three Things

January 2020 — Issue No. 73

Hello! Welcome to 2020! We're off to a shaky start, but it's not how you begin the race—it's how you end, amirite? In the past three years, I've really enjoyed setting yearly goals and using this newsletter to hold myself accountable.

This year I want to:
- Read 12 books 
- Cook 119 recipes from Nothing Fancy
- Travel to three new places
- Run 600 miles and 3 half marathons

What say you? Can we do it? Let's go!

Anything exciting planned this year? 

Nothing Fancy

—–Things I Ate

Last year I made my way through 24 recipes in Salt Fat Acid Heat. This year I want to Julie and Julia my way through Nothing Fancy. I'll put up a lil website soon (as a treat). 119 recipes is a bit ambitious. So far I’ve made four: Butcher’s Steak with Roasted Radishes (above) and One-Pot Chicken with Caramelized Lemons with Roasted Squash with Buttered Pistachios (below).


So far these recipes have a bit more flair than Samin’s humble book. The skirt steak came out perfect. And the buttered pistachios with turmeric were something to behold. 

Miracle Pancakes

—–Things I Ate

Sophia’s friend, Lisa, drove up for a weekend this month. This is usually an excuse to take her to the “touristy” places that we can't be bothered to do. We went to the always-crowded brunch-famous Zazie, promptly at 9:05 am to get in line. Also turns out Sophia had never been there. I got the crab eggs Benedict which were divine and we shared a “miracle pancake”, a skillet cornmeal pancake that tasted like a cinnamon roll. Everything was amazing. 

Grilled Short Rib, Escargot-Bone Marrow-Twice Baked Potato

—–Things I Ate

Yes. That is correct. Ever since we discovered Sophia gets 50% off of food at Liholiho Yacht Club (one of my favorite restaurants in the city) our attendance has increased. While Lisa was visiting we used that as an excuse to go again. For some reason we always skip the short rib in favor of other limited items but this was easily one of the best things I’ve had here.

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Fourth Annual Shorebreak Classic

—–Things I Saw

The past couple years when all of us are home we get a group together to have a surf competition while friends judge waves on the beach. It's always so fun to be out in the water while trying to out-surf everyone. Obviously Christian won the event scoring two perfect 10 waves. 


—–Things I Saw

Sophia, Maia, and I went to see Parasite at a theater in Japantown. I didn't really know what to expect, Bong Joon-ho, who also directed another favorite movie of mine, Snowpiercer, has a lot of critiques on society and class structures. But woah man, Parasite was really something. He toes the line of thriller and comedy and just great story telling. Something I think Jordan Peele does really well. I would definitely recommend seeing Parasite. 


—–Things I Saw

We hung out with Emily and Tyten to watch some of the championship sports ball games this month. We then ended up at their place for snacks and hangs with their Siamese cats, Boots and Panda.

Also shoutout Maya Suzuki-Jones for the #HalfFace inspa ✨

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—–Places I Went

I go home every year and I’m so blessed to be able to call this place home that has so much love and so much food after all aren't they kind of the same thing? Michael made his glorious return to the islands after being absent for 3 years (thanks, Davis Stark). We spent a lot of quality with my family and with the boys. It was excellent. 

Cobb's Comedy Club

—–Places I Went

Sophia spontaneously got tickets for us to see a comedy show in North Beach. The show was called Iron Comic, where like the show Iron Chef, comics get jokes/ideas from the crowd and then have 10 minutes to write new content to perform in front of us and judges. The show gave me major "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" vibes, which was my mom’s favorite show. The comics were hilarious and it was a great way to get the whole crowd invested.

We didn't take any pictures at the show but we did stop and get a few Irish coffee's from Buena Vista Cafe beforehand!


—–Places I'm going

Excited for this year to get started!

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✍️ Hand-typed in San Francisco by Darren Wong.

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