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food of DC.

I can’t recap a trip without a food posts! Here’s a food overview for my DC trip plus links to my in depth Yelp reviews.

Jinya Ramen

My coworker friend and I stayed in the Logan neighborhood, and after a day of traveling, we decided on Jinya Ramen, just a few blocks from our lodging. I had the Slurp up Cilantro Ramen and we shared the cripsy chicken with garlic and pepper.

Compass Coffee

Before the conference started, we adventured to the U.S. Botanic Garden, then stopped for a quick bite at Compass Coffee, conveniently located near the Convention Center. The iced jasmine green tea was perfectly steeped and perfectly perfect for the hottest day of our trip.

Poke Papa

Fish for dinner! This place has sakura-shaped radish and unlimited fried garlic toppings.

Milk Bar

There’s a Milk Bar in DC! I went for my fill.

National Portrait Gallery Cafe

We went to the gallery to see the Obama painting plus lunch. You might choose to go for wine by the glass!

A Baked Joint

I met up with my old grad school classmate at A Baked Joint. This place is part coffee shop, pizza place, bakery, and maybe night club? It’s a versatile space with yummy bread!

Tiger Fork

I made rezzies a month prior to our trip. It was worth the wait. Take me back for cucumber salad and chueng fun. Easily the best meal I had in DC.


My grad school friend is also a fellow Yelp Elite, and she suggested SundeVich. She speaks truth! I had the Istanbul as a salad because I can never have too many veggies on vacay.

Unconventional Diner

Turns out I know more people in DC! I had breakfast with friends from San Diego. Unconventional Diner has all kinds of egg dishes on the menu and their blueberry pancakes are like whoa.


Have you ever had a zen bakery experience? There’s a guy at Seylou who is like a bread spirit guide. You can learn about bread, enjoy the bread, and take the bread home. I brought a couple of smaller loaves home and enjoyed a pear tart and golden milk for here.

Ben’s Chili Bowl

A DC landmark serving up chili and hot dogs since 1959.


No, Leftovers is not a trendy restaurant in Logan Circle. 🙂 On our last morning in DC, my friend and I tried to eat all the leftovers. We made a Tiger Fork double fried rice.

Un Je NE Sais Quoi

I picked up a chocolate tart and enjoyed it to go! Yum!

Kramersbook & Afterwards Cafe

A bookstore and a cafe in Dupont Circle! The chicken was overcooked, but regardless, I wish we had more time to spend exploring the neighborhood.

Have you visited DC? Share your favorite food finds below.

tea | shop hop.

My friend May of Timmy Mays hosted a studio sale at her maker space along side Cinq and Kaoru Sanchez so my friend Joy and I made a crafty lady date out of it. First stop: Malaya Tea Room in Alameda.

Malaya is the cutest tea room I’ve ever been to – ever! Seriously. All the other tea rooms are too stuffy and old feeling. The space was so inviting and beautifully decorated. Even though most of the plants were fake, they still brightened up the room. The tea and snacks – brilliant! Especially the chicken curry sandwich and warm scones. I felt like I was on vacay. They even offered to take our photo on our way out.

Then, to the studio sale! May has her studio space at Phoenix in Alameda. I had a pop-up here a few years ago and it’s supah fun. May creates leather goods including bags and belts, and also intricately painted wearable art! And this is her pup Mycroft, the shiest pup I ever met.

Plus, jewelry by Cinq and colorful garments and bags by Kaoru Sanchez.

Pop-up haul! I snagged some tassels from May – she hand made the beads, too! And I couldn’t resist a bag sale – Kaoru Sanchez puts the fun in functional!

And then as if one pop-up was not enough, Joy and I continued our crafty lady adventures at another pop-up, mainly to see more crafty friends! Patchwork Oakland was happening that day…

It was a beautiful day for an outdoor show. Spotted: TropikaliThe Cloud FactoryMorninGloriasS for SparkleBurnal Burrow – so many makers! I snagged some goodies from Luna Sibai (ceramic planter), Bottle of Clouds (his and hers pins), Sugar Cane Apparel (a poncho), and Sketchy Notions (stickers!). Since I’m usually vending at a craft show it’s always a nice change of pace to be a shopper at a craft show!

I’d say this was a day well-spent. And now back to prepping for my own craft show schedule!

eagle rock.

A quick work trip to LA meant I got to visit with my FamBam. We spend the afternoon together in Eagle Rock before I had to catch a flight back to the Bay. So much fun togetherness times! Here are a few things you can experience in Eagle Rock.

Heart Wall

Do it for the ‘gram.

Milk Farm

Cheese experts will walk you through the cheese experience. We took home a few slices.

Bok Bok Chicken

I love the name. Falafel plates for all!

Folia Collective

You know how much I love plants.


Cafe hangs! And such a good smoothie with ginger and citrus.

Yay FamBam! Where do you like to hangs with your fambam? Share below!

shops of DC.

DC adventures continue with shopping!

Union Kitchen

My favorite souvenir shopping happens at local markets. I love finding the “made in [insert place of vacay here] items.” Union Kitchen is a boutique market that carries lots of locally produced goodies, most of which unfortunately I could not bring home this time around (luggage constraints) but look! Stuffed bagel holes! Pickled jalapeños!

National Museum of Women in the Arts

We didn’t have time to visit National Museum of Women in the Arts, but we did have time to visit the museum shop! I think it gave us major FOMO though. A collection of women empowerment, women made, and inspo…

Salt & Sundry

Salt & Sundry is a cute gift shop in the Logan neighborhood. Soft light, home goods, jewelry…. It was less easy to find the made in DC items (or maybe there just wasn’t a lot of them), but I did score some made in DC chocolate bars!

Little Leaf

Little Leaf is a sister store of Salt & Sundry. It. Is. So. Lush. The store is tiny and packed with plants so it’s a bit difficult to walk through, but who cares! Plants! I’ll take one of everything please!

The DC Pop-Up (at the airport)

The DC Pop-Up is where I bought the bulk of my souvenirs. I scored snacks, stickers, and a super cute ceramic planter. Seeing locally made goodies in airports makes me happy.

Here’s my mini bounty – most were for sharing. 🙂

Where are some of your favorite boutique shops? Share, share!

kain’s cottage.

Last month, my friends at Sticky Art Lab hosted an art show in a neighborhood backyard. They invited me to join in the festivities. I picked the corner booth by the chicken coop.

Throughout the afternoon, backyard was full of laughter, great conversations, and friends. The event felt like a big reunion, even though I didn’t know half the people. The Sticky crew made the event feel so inviting!

I reunited with Dawn of Dawn Kathryn Studio and met new creative friends – Marlys Mandaville, Susan Ito, and Emma Asano. I also met Misty, Freddy, and five chickens.

As part of the event, Sticky Art Lab kids had art on display, and there was a room filled with art by local artists. The space is usually used as a meditation room / guest house, but today it was transformed into an art gallery.

And I added to my collection of locally made goodies and art!

Thank you to Terri, Pollyanna, Samara, and Hiphung of Sticky Art Lab for organizing this art show and for inviting me to be a part of the celebrations!

craft beer and craft crafts.

This quarter’s Crafty Lady Night was at a brewery!

We enjoyed craft beers and craft crafts! This time we made yarn wrapped plant hangers and keychains.

This is a great project for on the go, and you don’t need that many materials. Plus, it’s a fun gift idea. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Here’s the how-to for the plant holders:

Materials: cotton cord, ring, assorted yarn, scissors

Cut at least 4 strands of cord, 5 feet in length. Fold all cords in half and place a ring at the midpoint (or tie an overhand knot).

Start with a foot of yarn. Fold yarn so there is a U with one short and one long end. Hold the strands securely on the cord and begin wrapping the cords with the long end of yarn. Wrap starting from the loose yarn end and ‘up’ towards the bottom of the U.

Place the long end through the bottom of the U. Hold the long end securely as you pull on the short end of the yarn. This will pull the bottom of the U inside the wrapped yarn.

Once snugly inside, pull on both ends of the yarn to tie a knot inside. Trim loose ends. You can also leave the short end if you want dangly yarn.

Repeat the wrapping process with different colors. Leave some cord ‘blank’ and continue wrapping the cord. Make sure to keep the cords parallel to each other (don’t let them get tangled). These wraps will be the part of the plant holder that holds the bottom of the plant container.

Trim cord to desired evenness and insert plant container.


For a keychain: Cut at least 2-4 strands of cord 1 foot in length, depending on the size of the key ring. Fold all cords in half and place the key ring at the midpoint. Attach the yarn in the same way as the plant holder.

Most friends opted for keychain and one brave soul made a plant holder!

Yarn crafts and craft lady meet ups for the win!

costume contest.

Somebody won second place in a Yelp East Bay costume contest! Hint: it was us!

This year Hubby and I dressed up as a pair of cacti. (Unfiltered: We were a couple of pricks. :P) I was most excited about making our headpieces. For my headpiece, I created a large pink cactus flower on top of a cushion-shaped cactus. For Hubby’s, I went with more of a bunny ears cactus look. I decorated some of our green clothing with felt Vs. I used double sided tape so our clothes wouldn’t get ruined. I’m a big fan of making costumes with normal clothes, felt cut outs, and double sided tape!

We don’t normally go out for Halloween, but this year we went to a Yelp Elite event at East Brother Beer. There were cupcakes, tacos, pizza, and beer, plus all the fun costumes!

We met childhood friends Arnold and Helga, world renowned super hero fashion designer Edna Mode, Beast (as in ‘Beauty and the’), and a deer (an Oh Deer!). Our costume prize: a gift certificate to the brewery!

More costume photos!

Hope your Halloween celebrations were spoop-tacular!