Three Things

January 2019 — Issue No. 61

Aloha Kakahiaka <<First Name>>,

January felt like it was 2 months, 6 weeks, and 19 days long... but we made it to February. Praise the lordt. It took me a while to transition back to life in San Francisco. I honestly forgot how to do my job for the first few hours. I'm happy to report I'm back into the swing of things but I can do without this rain and the freezing chill of 40º.



Owen hung old fishing nets high up in the trees. We like to hang out here now and watch the sunset. 



Got to be back home with my favorite crazies! 

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Tuscan Bean and Kale Soup

—–Things I Ate

One of my goals this year is to cook through Salt Fat Acid Heat. I made this soup and salad one sunny Sunday afternoon. I’m not a huge fan of kale but the market had these v fresh bunches so I had to pick them up. Samin, the author of the book, loves to macerate red onions in red wine vinegar which cuts the bite of onions making them perfect for salads. The lunch was superb, maybe I’ll start eating kale now, who knows?

Ramen Nagi

—–Things I Ate

Every year our company flies in all of our remote employees for a week of company alignment, team building, and fun events. We had a dinner planned at Ramen Nagi and wow it was amazing. It’s based on the restaurant with the same name in Tokyo. They open at 5:30, and there was a line of about 20 people at 5pm. In the Bay that’s how you know a place is good (or overhyped lol). They have you fill out a sheet of add-ons and other settings like spice and garlic level. We sit down and on the table are these amazing pickled sprouts and kimchee greens. The ramen was perfect. Super flavorful, perfectly cooked egg, and chewy noodles. If it wasn’t so far away, that would be my new favorite ramen spot. 

Cacio e Pepe

—–Things I Ate

On my tour of Salt Fat Acid Heat, I also made the simple, cheesy, Cacio e Pepe. If you’ve seen the show, you know Samin loves salting pasta water as it’s truly the only time it’s seasoned. You’ll see her drop handfuls of salt into water until it “tastes like the sea.” So being a young student I do the same, feeling the power of slowly releasing copious amounts of salt into the water tasting as I go. It finally tastes as the Pacific Ocean I grew up in. However in my novice ignorance I made two crucial errors. One, the salt I used is much “saltier” than the one she uses on the show. And two, pecorino is some of the saltiest cheese I’ve ever tasted. Both made the end result a little more salty than I would have liked. I also served it with a tomato forward salad that cut a little bit of the salt. Good things to remember as I cook through this book!

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Real World Nihon

—–Things I Saw

We had our final Japan planning trip at HARA, a favorite bar of Maia and Matt. We got our transportation and lodging squared away. We’ll be going to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. I’m friggin excited and I’ll have more to share next month.


—–Things I Saw

I’ve been working on a freelance project the past couple of months designing an iOS app for a swimming education company called GoSwim. We’re getting into the details of some of the screens that I’m pretty happy with. Also we might be bringing on a coworker to help build this thing which would be awesome!


—–Things I Saw

The famous Pillbox hike is a short jaunt up a mountain overlooking Kailua. Perhaps it’s a little too famous. [Extreme Grandpa Voice] Back in my day you could have that hike all to yourself taking self portraits on your Nokia Razr to post on MySpace. Now you’d be hard pressed to find it without a gaggle of tourists with their selfie sticks. It’s still a gorgeous hike but I won’t stop yelling “Get Off My Lawn” in my best old man voice every time I’m there. 

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Marshall's Beach

—–Places I Went

Sophia and I had planned to go down to Kirby Cove on the other side of Golden Gate Bridge to have a picnic but on the drive there it was closed so we rerouted to our side of the bridge and the much closer Marshall’s beach. It’s at the bottom of a cliff so the sand of the beach is replaced by rocks and boulders. Since you’re backed up against the cliff it feels like you’re in the middle of the ocean. It was a gorgeous, we had some sandwiches and continued on with our day. 

Cat Club

—–Places I Went

Alakai got a group of us together to hang before he left for Hawaii. We started at Nick and Carla’s for some excellent margaritas. Then we went down to a club that was supposedly going to play hip-hop music but when we got there they definitely were not playing hip-hop music. However, we ended up staying and made the best of it. It was a super fun night with great friends.

Last Hawaiian Lunch

—–Places I Went

On our last day in Hawaii, Sophia and I went out to a last lunch with her parents and my mom. The restaurant had a brisket Bahn Mi and wow it was tender and flavorful. There was one point of the meal where I was just looking at the sandwich trying to think critically about the flavors and how it made me feel, Sophia caught me and started laughing. 

Sophia and I were in Hawaii for 2 weeks and it was jam packed with friends, family, and food. My mom and I planned a lot of family events and I was really happy to spend so much time with them. This was the first trip where I really wasn’t ready to head back to reality. It’s strange having my life in two places. I love the lifestyle and community of Hawaii and I love the passion and professional life I have in San Francisco. My dream would be to have my career back home in Hawaii and I hope to make that a reality one day. For now I’ll just exist in both places.

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