Copy
View this email in your browser

Three Things

August 2020 — Issue No. 80

Gutentag <<First Name>>,

This month we made it a point to take a weekend trip almost every weekend. Two of the three Suzuki-Jones sisters celebrated birthdays in August. I finished one cookbook and started a new one. I found a new workout routine. Onward to the pictures!

Things I Ate

Finished Nothing Fancy

8 months
118 recipes
1 smoke alarm triggered
2 meltdowns
100+ great meals with great people

I finally finished my goal to cook through Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman. I learned a lot about cooking and myself during this process. I learned that I really enjoy specific, measurable goals. It’s nearly impossible to hand-cut fennel seeds. Sophia pretends to be irritated by all the cooking but she really just needs to be fed. The right kitchen utensils/tools are absolutely necessary, i.e. do not bake things in a springform pan that does not call for a springform pan… it will get everywhere. Alison Roman really loves sardines, like really really loves sardines. Turns out I don’t really like trout roe. The right lighting can make or break a photo. Macerated onions are a kitchen staple. Fresh herbs on any dish will make it better. Similarly, a dollop of labne, Greek yogurt, and sour cream goes a long way. I will always use 5x the amount of garlic that a recipe asks for. There’s nothing better than cooking a meal for people that you love.


See all 118 recipes here: A Little Fancy

Things I Ate

Six Seasons

As I mentioned above, I really enjoyed a cookbook challenge. So much so that I’ve already started by next cookbook, Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden. My good pal Haleigh Johnson recommended this book to me, its a produce-forward journey through the various seasons. The few recipes I’ve already made have been very tasty and I’m already learning a lot about the seasons and what to look for when selecting produce. I’m working on combining the two cookbooks under the same website so until then you’ll just have to enjoy this photo of rigatoni with broccoli and sausage.

Things I Ate

New World Sourdough

Guess what? It’s another post about a cookbook. Actually, Alison Roman posted about this guy, Artisan Bryan, on her Instagram and he had just published a book called New World Sourdough. In it, he uses a rye flour starter and his Honduras roots to bake perfectly imperfect loaves. At time of writing I’ve baked a pan rustico (his take on a country loaf) and it was delicious. His technique differs slightly from Tartine. I’m not sure if I’ll also cook through his cookbook but I have nothing but time these days so…

Share your thing

Things I Saw

Peloton

The four stages of quarantine are denial, anger, acceptance, and peloton. After 6 long months of isolation, I finally reached stage four of quarantine. And like most people who have one, I absolutely love it. I was still figuring out ways to keep active while staying stationary for the better part of 12 hours a day. I was running outside but doing the whole mask thing wasn’t fun. Also, the thing about running is, when you run a far distance and you feel like you’ve achieved this big thing, your reward is to run all the way back to where you started. I digress. The peloton bike is stationary which already matches my stationary life. It’s so convenient and I feel like I get a great cardio workout every time. This ad is paid for by Peloton™ 

Things I Saw

Adios Paiger

My friend Paige is moving to Mexico for a few years with her new Mexican bae! So Megha and I went to see her off for some dinner and vino all whilst wearing our masks. It was the first time I had a meal at a restaurant and all things considered, it was pretty great, well Paige spilled water everywhere, but besides that it was great. Super excited for her new journey and maybe when we’re able to travel again we’ll come down to see ya!

Things I Saw

Golden Gate Park

We went to the park to celebrate Matt’s bday, many hard seltzers were drunk and we also had these incredible hoagies from a new spot in the Sunset called, Palm Wines. Would definitely recommend to a friend. It's days like these I'm reminded that everything just might be ok.

Share your thing

Places I Went

Santa Barbara

Early in the month, we went to Santa Barbara to hang out with Alexx and Kevin for the weekend. We stayed in a little Airbnb near the beach and spent the weekend cooking and going to the beach. There were no waves but I got a chance to surf the world famey break, Rincon. Turns out there are these oil rigs outside of Rincon and on multiple times I felt like I was paddling through oil and Sophia got tar on her beach towel… Hawaii beaches > California beaches. I also saw Nick, Nate’s brother while in Santa Barbara. We got tacos and this really great spot near the beach and hung out with his adorable dog, Lucy.

Places I Went

Yosemite

For Emma’s birthday, we took a trip up to Yosemite just before the fires hit California. We did the Mist Trail which was a first for most of us. It was a seemingly easy hike but ended up being a 5-mile hike that took us 4 hours to do… The following day we were pretty over hiking so we went down to Shaver Lake and rented a boat for the day. It was a super fun weekend and these little trips are the only thing keeping us sane during these times.

Places I Went

Sea Ranch

Maya’s birthday was up next so the three sisters and I got an awesome Airbnb in Sea Ranch which is about 3 hours north of San Francisco. All the houses are nestled into the hillside and were built to match the topography of the landscape. The roofs are all angled to allow for wind to flow through the sites as naturally as possible. I made Maya’s favorite Kalbi for dinner, sponsored by Liholiho. I also made some sourdough cinnamon rolls for breakfast the day after. Another great weekend trip in the books!

Share your thing

Three Things is a way to connect with my family and friends through photos and stories.

🙌 You made it to the bottom. Thanks for taking the time to read this email :) see you again next month!

✍️ Hand-typed in San Francisco by Darren Wong.

🙏 Catch up on all the past issues here: Three Things Archive

Want to change how you receive these emails?

You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

🙌 You made it to the bottom! Thanks for taking the time to read this email :) See you again next month! Three Things is a way to connect with my family and friends through photos and stories.

✍️ Hand-typed in San Francisco by Darren Wong.

🙏 Catch up on all the past issues here: Three Things Archive





Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp