For Thanksgiving last year, we decided to take a quick trip to Los Cabos super last minute. We stayed at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, which was absolutely wonderful. It was adults only, so it was definitely more relaxing and had a more sophisticated vibe. I’d say it was probably the best all-inclusive resort we’ve stayed at so far!
Watching the twilight from the pools:
The weather was gorgeous every day.
The beach was beautiful, but very large waves made it impossible to swim in unfortunately.
But we’re not going to complain when we can lounge on a day bed by the ocean with a cold drink in our hands.
Lounging by the pool.
Food was great. Lots of different options with buffets and a la carte restaurants abound. And lots of pina coladas.
We took a day trip to downtown Cabo San Lucas and rented a boat for a couple of hours.
Our hilariously entertaining hibachi chef on our last night at the resort. Loved this guy!
There was a professional photography around the resort taking photos of the guests and we agreed to have our pictures taken one day at the beach. It was fun pretending to be models for a bit! And we actually got some pretty good photos, so we ended up buying a couple of them. Hey, gotta keep some records of when we’re still young and beautiful, right?
We had an amazing (albeit too short) stay at Secrets and I’d highly recommend it for anyone traveling to Cabo!
I’m solidly into my D3 year now, but I guess it’s never too late to share some tidbits and highlights from D2 year at UCSF!
Presenting my poster for my summer research project at UCSF Research and Clinical Excellence Day 2014. It was my first poster presentation ever! Had a really great experience.
My dental frat family at the annual Delta Sigma Delta initiation dinner! We welcomed 4 new D1’s into the family. We’re a good looking bunch if I do say so myself.
Fun girls night in with classmates. We cooked fresh mussels that were harvested illegally on Ocean Beach earlier that day!
Group photo after doing dental education, screenings, and fluoride varnish applications at an elementary school in the Mission. For one of our classes last year, we went on 3 outreach events like this. Very rewarding even though we had to get up very early those days.
Halloween last year! A classmate and I dressed up as Kevin and Russell from the movie Up!
One of the best things I did last year was to join the board of ADEA (American Dental Education Association) at UCSF. I got to be a part of an amazing group of people and we put together so many great events. Here’s our board photo last year.
And here we are again at the annual High School Outreach Conference!
The theme of the conference last year was social media and we had this Instagram photo frame for the participants (and us) to take photos with!
Another student group I’m a part of at UCSF is the Chinese Health Professional Students Association (CHPSA). Here’s the board at the annual Chinese New Year celebration!
PaintNite with dental school friends!
Delta Sigma Delta family dinner!
CHPSA dental outreach event in Chinatown!
Last year I had the honor of receiving a Craig Memorial Scholarship from Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the national dental honor society. Here I am with 2 of the other scholarship recipients in my class at the convocation dinner at the Cliff House.
And one more DSD photo: me with my big and little at senior dinner:
D2 year was definitely the best year in dental school! Not as much work as D1 year, much more free time, and before the stresses of clinic!
Slowly but surely, I’m catching up on blogging! Here’s another restaurant review summary for this past winter.
We took a weekend trip to Healdsburg at the beginning of the year and ate at Spoonbar. Delicious way to start 2015! The chicken wing appetizer:
Pork tenderloin and riblet:
Next up we have Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant. We discovered this Muslim Chinese place a while ago and it has since become a favorite spot for us. Super authentic and amazing food! The beef pancake and cumin lamb are some of our favorites:
The crack fish was on point too! Covered in a thick layer of chili oil:
We also tried their hot pot recently and it was fantastic as well. If you’re looking for authentic northern Chinese cuisine this is the place to go!
For this year’s Restaurant Week, we hit up 2 places. First we had lunch at Spruce. I really liked the space that the restaurant is in! Reminded me of a lot of places back in New York. Food was great and service very attentive. Pork loins:
Scallops with ham and broccoli Romanesco:
For our Restaurant Week dinner we chose Isa, a French restaurant in the Marina. Salmon carpaccio appetizer:
My duck breast entree was fabulous:
the food was great but we were not too happy with the service. We waited forever for our food and had to ask about our orders multiple times. They also did not discount our glasses of wine on the initial cheque even though we ordered them before the cutoff time. All of this made us think that they simply forgot to put in our order until we checked with them much later. Kind of put a damper on a otherwise great meal.
Next we have the Fly Trap, a Persian restaurant recommended by a Persian classmate of mine. We had a mini Columbia reunion here back in February. The food was all wonderful but sadly the only thing I managed to take a photo of was the baklava:
Another ramen joint! We had wanted to go to Ramen Dojo but it was closed that day so we decided to go Himawari instead. It was pretty good!
Lastly, Statebird Provisions! Yufei had been here before but I hadn’t, but I had actually unknowingly walked past it countless times going to and from my dentist! There’s no sign or anything on the outside so the only way you’ll know it’s there is the line that starts forming 2 hours before the doors even open, since reservations are notoriously difficult to obtain. We arrived about an hour before they opened and were still seated in the first batch they let in. The definitely food lived up to expectations and the dimsum ordering/serving style was fun. One of my favorite dishes of the night was this pork belly citrus salad:
The desserts were great also – ice cream sandwiched and white chocolate parfait:
Their menu changes all the time so I definitely want to return someday! If only it wasn’t so hard to get a seat there!
We’re finally coming to the end of our journey in Iceland! Writing this now almost a year later is making me very nostalgic…
On the morning of the 7th day, we woke up early and drove to Glacier Lagoon. The color of the lagoon and the giant blocks of ice in it makes for a spectacular view like nowhere else on earth.
We then went to Vatnajökull National Park and hiked to Svartifoss, also known as the Black Waterfall. The basalt columns surrounding the waterfall were so cool!
In the afternoon we went to Fjaðrárgljúfur, a majestic canyon. It was one of my favorite places we visited in Iceland. The green of the canyon against the blues and yellows of the late afternoon sky made the whole place seem magical. It was unreal.
We stayed the night in Vik, and we asked the hotel to give us a wake-up call if there were any Northern Lights that night. And indeed there were! We ran outside in the middle of the night and caught a very brief glimpse of the lights, and I was fortunate enough to capture this photo!
The next morning, we got up and drove a short distance to the black sand beach near Vik. More basalt columns!
Our next destination took a while to find since it was kind of unusual. I read online about this plane wreckage on the beach and we thought it would be really cool to see it. The plane wreck against the backdrop of grey clouds of the gloomy sky made for some very dramatic photos.
Next up is another unusual place: Seljavallalaug, an abandoned swimming pool filled with natural hot spring water. It took a short hike to get there and it started drizzling on our way there, but the water in the pool was nice and warm.
Definitely the coolest swimming pool we’ve ever swam in!
After that, another waterfall – Seljalandsfoss.
And then it was onto Geysir, a park with lots of geothermal activity.
Saw a geyser erupting!
And then it was yet another waterfall, Gullfoss. Very big waterfall!
As the sun was starting to set we did a quick drive through Thingvellir National Park, only having time to stop a couple of times.
We drove back to Reykjavik, where this whole adventure started, and stayed the night at a small hotel near the airport. We were far away enough from the city that we were able to see some more Northern Lights on our last night in Iceland.
Then the next morning, we said a very reluctant goodbye to this amazing country. We had such an amazing time and it will forever remain one of my favorite trips!
Alright, some of these restaurants deserve their own posts but since it’s been so long since I’ve posted restaurant reviews, I really need to catch up and I’ve unfortunately forgotten a lot of the details from some meals, so I’ll be doing a bunch of summary posts on all the restaurants I haven’t written about yet.
First up is the one Michelin star Japanese restaurant Maruya, which we went to for our 6-year anniversary last fall. We had the Omakase (first time doing omakase!) and it was amazing. All the seafood was incredibly fresh and perfectly seasoned, and they even gave us a complimentary dessert at the end of the meal.
Next we have one of the many ramen restaurants we’ve been going to over the past few months, Santa Ramen in San Mateo. There’s usually a wait out the door for dinner, but we’ve never had to wait more than 30 minutes (though they do run out of certain broths sometimes). Yufei likes their spicy miso broth:
While I prefer the black garlic and tonkotsu broth:
It’s a pretty good ramen spot, the noodles and nice and chewy and the broths are always rich and flavorful. If only it wasn’t so far away!
Alright, back to another one Michelin star restaurant, Coi. We went there for my 25th birthday dinner last year.
Sturgeon caviar with smoked egg yolk and creme fraiche, one of my favorite courses of the meal:
Fried oyster for me and cucumber for Yufei (he called it the best piece of cucumber he’s ever had) on cracked wheat, tabouleh, fermented chile, and rau ram:
Coconut mochi bun with kiwi and shiso:
It was a good meal overall, but for the price it was a bit underwhelming and not all too memorable. I think there are definitely better meals out there in SF for the same (or less) money. Such as the nest restaurant on the list – the one Michelin starred Aziza (it was a good fall). It’s an innovative Moroccan restaurant in the Richmond. We went there on a random Friday night and had the tasting menu and I was blown away. I can’t remember everything we ate but honestly every course tasted amazing. The food was creative and the flavors were incredible. The presentation was beautiful for every course and the service was great as well.
This was one of the coolest things I ever ate – a soup (?) encased in a gelatinous membrane. It’s literally a burst of flavor when you put it in your mouth! So innovative.
It turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve ever had and I would love to go back some day!
Anybody home? Does anyone still read this thing? *Crickets chirping*
Well, this is awkward. I’ve fallen oh about 9 months behind on blogging. Oops. I guess this is what happens when you’re a dental student, even though second year was supposed to be the chillest of all of dental school. Anyways, I’m back and I will try my best to catch up on everything soon! Expect posts on my travels (finishing up Iceland – finally, lots of weekend getaways all around California, Los Cabos, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, Aruba, and most recently Colorado), my food adventures (oh god there are so many food pictures), and what I’d been up to at UCSF.
In the meantime, follow me on Instagram @wendandelion for much more timely updates on all of the things you’re used to seeing on this blog!
This week I’m wearing Zoya’s Flora, one of 3 colors I got from Zoya this year.
It’s the perfect medium pink: not too bright, not too dark, not neon, just the prettiest Barbie pink.
Application was great like all Zoya nail polishes. It took me 2 coats to achieve full opacity. It’s a lovely color for spring and summer and I can’t wait to wear it more!