The power of a good meal and dear friends

For a few reasons, I took a break from photography and blogging this summer (…and autumn… and now we’re approaching the end of the year… yikes!). But one of the instances that brought back my love for photography was this get-together with 2 dear friends, Chrystine and Nicole. Chrystine hosted us at her house, and it could not have been more perfect.

We started off with appetizers…


…and some of the best tea I’ve ever had (ginseng oolong, I think?). It left you with a sweet taste in the back of your throat, almost like honey.

Then we moved on to the main course, cooked by Chrystine herself:

the best steak salad ever with butter-and-garlic roasted mushrooms and butter lettuce, with a side of potatoes au gratin with cheese and bacon (sadly not photographed because I instantly started eating it).

And even though we were stuffed, we still had room for coffee and chocolate.


But even topping that was the company and conversation. (~Thank you, N & C, for the lovely day!)


Sideboard Cafe // Danville, CA

Oh Sideboard, you are most favorite cafe ever because of your amazingly delicious food, beautiful lighting, Blue Bottle coffee, and ginger cookies so good it’s ridiculous.

The Danville Hotel
411 Hartz Ave, Ste L
Danville, CA 94526


At the Grove in the Marina District

A too-quick meet-up with friends a few weekends ago. My chicken salad was a-mazing… I still remember it so clearly. Next time we’re in the area, I will definitely get it again, and then stop by SusieCakes for some cupcakes. How I love the Marina district.


The Grove
2250 Chestnut St
(between Avila St & Scott St)
San Francisco, CA 94123