Three Things

December 2019 — Issue No. 72

2019 was pretty incredible. I had three goals at the beginning of the year.

1. Read 12 books
2. Cook my way through a cookbook
3. Hire a personal trainer

• I read 10 books (working on number 11, see my list of books)
• I made about 21 recipes from Salt Fat Acid Heat (see them all here)
• I did hire a personal trainer, still figuring out what works best for me (I ran 303 miles and went to 50 yoga classes via workout tracker)

In addition to those goals, I went to Japan for the first time. Ran in my first marathon with my brother and father. Took Ittai to see his favorite band, Coheed and Cambria play in SF. Continued to work on a fun side project, designing a swimming app. Helped Sophia set up her first classroom. Celebrated two years with Sophia. Went to Austin for the first time with Mike. Took a solo trip to Cabo. Went to Yosemite twice. Cooked for 40 people. Started at a new amazing job. 

Still thinking through some goals for 2020. Wishing you an amazing new year!

House of Prime Rib

—–Things I Ate

Mike, Chris, and I planned a dinner with our favorite bartender this month but he had to change plans to take a final (he’s learning to code). So we used this as an opportunity to get our house together for one final dinner before everyone starts their travel plans. As always, House of Prime Rib provided a consistent and delicious dinner. 

The photo above is the exact moment they opened Sophia's Christmas present. 

Japanese Curry

—–Things I Ate

On a particularly dreadful and rainy day Matt and Maia had us over for some piping hot Japanese curry. They had just returned from Japan with stories and treats. Matt made some whisky highballs and we played a few games. 

Furikake Chicken Dinner

—–Things I Ate

Whenever I'm home my mother makes my favorite meal: furikake chicken with baked beans, noodles, and rice. It's the best thing of all time. What makes it even sweeter is that it's an opportunity to get my friends and family together for what is always a fun evening. Michael J. Kuykendall flew in to Hawaii (first time in two years!) and we used his arrival as the perfect time for this dinner. Ittai graciously shared some Asato Family sherbet and we played some card games with the crew.

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—–Things I Saw

Chloe, Christian, and I grew up together as little groms in Kailua. We surfed together, we partied together, we did all the Kailua things together. When I left for school we kind of lost touch but Christian remained great friends with her. She came up to visit and we took her to our favorite bar (Barvale) and caught up on the past 10+ years. It's always so interesting to look back at who we were at 15 and where we are now. I think we have all grown up quite nicely. 


—–Things I Saw

Wow. First off, thank you to Michael Kuykendall for the amazing tickets (and sorry you got sick). THIS WAS THE BEST SHOW I’VE EVER SEEN. From the moment you sit down you're completely consumed by the world they've created. I went into it only knowing that my man Hamilton got shot at some point. But what followed was the story of the birth of our nation through rhythmic rapping. I was completely entranced. I can't recommend this show enough. I'm trying to get my brother up here to see it. 

And yes, I've been listening to the soundtrack non-stop.

OpenTable Holiday Party

—–Things I Saw

Our holiday party was prohibition themed and they really went all out by hiring a jazz band, a contortionist, and creating a speakeasy in a back room. It was a lot of fun and I got to introduce Sophia to everyone. Sophia was also at the roulette table and ending up taking home the most chips!

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Museum of Ice Cream

—–Places I Went

On my sisters last day in San Francisco I took her to the “Insta-Worthy” Museum of Ice Cream. This place had it all: slides into giant sprinkles, hot chocolate, and unicorns. We took all the pictures and now my sister wants to open up her own interactive museum.

Johnson Family Cookie Party

—–Places I Went

For the last seven years, the Johnson’s have thrown an epic cookie decorating party complete with food, costumes, and of course, cookies. Every year there is a new theme and this year we decided on the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. Nate also hired a band which proved to be an amazing addition to the night. Sophia and I dressed as the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who. My family dressed as yellow belly Sneeches. We swept the costume contest (obviosuly). Sophia and Sarah both won awards in the cookie decorating contest. It was one of the best #JFCP ever!


—–Places I Went

Spending the last week of the year in Hawaii is always such a blessing. Love seeing my family, friends, and eating all the foodz. I’m pretty sure 90% of my rice consumption of the year happens in that last week. Also I’m thankful to you my loyal readers for scrolling through. Here’s to an amazing 2020!

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✍️ Hand-typed in San Francisco by Darren Wong.

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