sweet maple in san francisco

On my recent trip to San Francisco, I was able to eat at a bunch of places! One of my favorites was Sweet Maple located in Lower Pacific Heights, close to Japantown. It is a popular American breakfast/brunch spot, and I can see why! Walking up to the restaurant, there was a huge crowd waiting to be seated. We ended up waiting about an hour, but it was worth the wait!

We ordered the "Oscar Benedict", which was made with fresh dungeness crab, asparagus, capers, lemon, and cucumber wasabi hollandaise! It also came with a side of roasted potatoes. The second plate was the "Marnier French Toast". We both got a side of "Millionaire’s Bacon" which I thought was the best part! It's basically a thick slice of bacon baked with brown sugar, cayenne, red and black pepper. It was wonderfully sweet and spicy. Ahh~ just thinking about it is making my mouth water...

This is one place I will for sure go back to! It's a bit pricey, and there can be a long wait, but definitely worth it! If you are in the area I urge you to go and try it!   — Minna

Feb 25, 2015

i love san francisco

It's been a busy few days exploring San Francisco. I am so amazed with how much traffic there is! I thought I was going to die. I was driving somewhere that was only one mile away and took more than an hour... Now I learned it's better to just walk! 

Last saturday was Valentine's Day! I was walking around and spotted some sweet hearts on the streets. I also got to see the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time yesterday! I can't wait to show you more photos later on... Hope you all have a wonderful day!  — Minna 

Feb 16, 2015

take a breath

There are days when we feel like doing nothing, and that's okay. Life can be overwhelming at times, but taking the time to relax and breathe is a good way to meditate and think. When i'm feeling stressed, I like to go out and take a long walk, not focusing on anything in particular, but just enjoying the scenery and feeling peace.  — Minna 

P.S. I will be re-designing the blog today, so I apologize for any problems you might run into!

Feb 13, 2015


Arrived to San Francisco last night! So excited to explore this wonderful place. Here was my view out the window of the plane. It was so peaceful... even better was having the entire seat row to myself! Heheh~

Feb 11, 2015

new nail polish

I recently purchased this Deborah Lippmann nail polish set. I already have a huge collection of nail polish hidden in a box, so I am not sure why I purchased this, but it was too pretty to pass up! I can't wait to paint some glittery nails (;

Feb 7, 2015

here i come san francisco

I'll be flying out to San Francisco next Tuesday for two weeks! It'll be my first time in Northern California, so I am super excited! I'd love to know if you have any recommendation for food and places to see!   — Minna 

Feb 5, 2015

super bowl 2015!

It is Super Bowl day!!! Who are you rooting for? Everyone here is feeling proud of the Seattle Seahawks! This photo was taken from the Microsoft building on my drive home. I already hear people yelling and screaming outside my window! This is going to be a serious game... Good luck!

Feb 1, 2015

keep fighting

People always strive for progress. Change is inevitable; but it's important to stop and appreciate the person you are now. Sometimes we only pay attention to the person we want to be instead of who we are in this very moment. It's good to have a goal in mind, but don't forget about the amazing person you are in the present because you are on the right path.  — Minna

Jan 21, 2015

mmm what's that smell?

Here are my top five favorite perfumes:

1. Chanel Eau Fraiche
Feminine, floral, citrusy & fresh, with light woody undertones.

2. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Clean & citrusy, with apple & woody undertones.

3. Marc Jacobs Daisy
Sweet & floral, with berry & woody undertones.

4. Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay
Deep, tart berries, with woody undertones.

5. Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit
Zesty & fresh, with some peachy undertones.

As you can see, i'm a sucker for citrus/floral scents. The one that seems to stand out though, would be the Jo Malone perfume which has the strongest woody scent out of all of them. The rest of them seem to be lighter and fresher, like you just walked through a field of flowers (and lemons). All of these scents tend to last throughout the day which I appreciate due to the fact that they are a bit pricey. Although, perfumes are one of the items I tend to splurge on. What is your favorite scent? I'd love to try some other ones!   — Minna 

Jan 20, 2015

the starbucks reserve roastery

Starbucks recently opened a new special location in Capitol Hill (Downtown Seattle). It is a beautifully designed 15,000 square-foot space with a heavenly aroma. I was quite surprised when I entered the building because it was like a factory! It is a roasting facility, cafe, and a restaurant, with plenty of seating. You won't find any frappuccinos here; they have a unique menu available only at this location. I ordered the "Shakerato Bianco" which is a classic italian shakerato with a shot of fior di latte (aka sweet cream). Everything here was extra fancy, and I liked that. You'll definitely get a different vibe here compared to all the other Starbucks. Be sure to make a visit if you're in the area!   — Minna

Jan 15, 2015