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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Yufei and I had a lovely dinner at Chapeau last Friday. It’s a cute little French bistro in Inner Richmond, a short bus-ride away from where we live. The dining room is lively yet intimate, and we got seated at a nice little table in a corner.

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We both decided to get the prix fixe menu, where we get to choose our own 3 courses. After we placed our orders, we received bread and complimentary cauliflower soup served in expresso cups.

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For Yufei’s appetizer, he got the creamy roasted chestnut soup, with duck fat croutons, crème fraîche, and white truffle oil. I had a couple of spoonfuls and it tasted really good (I’m a huge fan of chestnuts but had never had it in soup form!).

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I got the trio of salmon (gravlax, tartare, and caviar), with egg mimosa, fried capers, crème fraîche, and micro herbs with lemon dressing. It was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented.

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Our glasses of wine and pretty fresh flowers on the table.

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For entree, I got the canard au miel & aux épices, which was a duck leg confit and pan seared duck breast, with celery root, braised bok choy, honey, and spiced duck jus. Yufei had the filet mignon, with pommes de terre Landaise, king trumpet and oyster mushrooms, and sauce à la Périgourdine.

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We both enjoyed our entrees and I loved how mine had 2 different kinds of duck in it.

And for dessert, Yufei got the warm Valrhona chocolate cake with banana flambée, rum-raisin ice cream, and caramel sauce.

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I got my go-to dessert at French restaurants, the Tahitienne vanilla bean crème brûlée.

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I was so stuffed from the meal that I couldn’t finish my dessert, even though it was so scrumptious.

I thought it was so cute that they send the check to your table in a hat (Chapeau means hat in French).

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All in all a wonderful dinner. I would love to be back!

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I love books. I love getting lost in the different worlds of novels and learning cool new things from nonfiction. I’ve loved books ever since I learned to read in English (age 12-ish, for some reason I never read that much in Chinese). Unfortunately, it’s so hard to find time to read for my own pleasure during school. So my gap year between undergrad and dental school was an amazing gift to me in terms of reading books. I wrote about this in a previous post, and here I just wanted to share the books that I’ve read in my gap year (May 2012 to September 2013). I feel pretty accomplished and happy when I look at this list :) I may not have as much time to read this year, but I’m going to try my best to squeeze in a few books too.

Fiction
Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
Laurie Fabiano – Elizabeth Street
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants
Phillip Hawley Jr – Stigma
Neve Maslakovic – Regarding Ducks and Universes
Karen McQuestion – The Long Way Home
Carlos Meza – Silicone
Kyle Mills – The Immortalists
Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus
Haruki Murakami – Sputnik Sweetheart
Haruki Murakami – Kafka on the Shore
Robin Sloan – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Wendy Nelson Tokunaga – Falling Uphill
Wendy Nelson Tokunaga – Midori by Moonlight

Non-Fiction
Izzeldin Abuelaish – I Shall Not Hate
Zac Bissonnette – How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents
Susan Cain – Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Charles Duhigg – The Power of Habit
Nora Ephron – I Feel Bad About My Neck
Nora Ephron – I Remember Nothing
Joshua Foer – Moonwalking with Einstein
Malcolm Gladwell – The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell – What the Dog Saw
Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers
Malcolm Gladwell – Blink
Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha – The Start-up of You
Meg Jay – The Defining Decade
Mindy Kaling – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Maria Menounos – The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life
Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow – The Last Lecture
Oliver Sacks – The Mind’s Eye
Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In
Hervé This – Molecular Gastronomy

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I got my 3 free Zoya polishes today, just in time for Mani Monday! I decided to try Cassi first – a peachy coral color with subtle glitter.

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It’s a very pretty color, cute but still appropriate for professional settings, super versatile. I can see myself wearing this color a lot in the future!

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Man, I missed thrifting! It sucked that I have no time to go thrifting during school, but I made up for it over winter break! Here are a few of my lasted finds.

1. Billie & Blossom dress – Goodwill

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The tag on this one says 10, and at first I thought there’s no way it would fit me. But then I looked at it more closely and it looks to be my size. so I tried it on and it was a perfect fit! Turns out it was a British brand and UK size 10 is like a US size 6. This is a pretty good rule for thrifting – never just look at the size on the tag. You never know if the piece is from a different country or time when the sizing is not the same as today. Anyway, it’s a gorgeous dress, the black down the sides is really slimming!

2. Forever 21 dress – Goodwill

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Pretty basic dress, but it fits well and was less then $3 so why not.

3. Another Forever 21 dress – Goodwill

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This dress is so cute! I love the mesh yoke neckline, the white lace, and the black ribbon detailing. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and edgy and can be dressed up or down.

4. Ann Taylor tank – Goodwill

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A cute tank that can be taken from day to night. So soft and comfy!

5. Twisted flats – Crossroads

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These are the perfect wear-anywhere shoes for spring and summer!

6. Spring heels – Goodwill

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Got these just in time for the Twitter holiday party this year. I had been looking for heels with straps across the top of the foot and these fit the bill!

Can’t wait to wear these newest thrift shop treasures soon!

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Today is the last day to get 3 Zoya nail polishes for free (just pay $12 for shipping)! Details here. I’ve been taking advantage of this annual promotion for 3 years now and I’ve gotten myself a nice little collection of Zoya polishes. One of my favorite colors from Zoya is Kelly, which I’m wearing this week.

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It’s a dark purplish grey color that is very chic and neutral. It’s perfect fall and winter!

Can’t wait for my new Zoya nail polishes to get here! I will show you guys the colors once I receive them!

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I can’t believe it’s been a week since winter quarter started… 3 weeks of winter break went by so fast! Here are some of the stuff I did over break that I didn’t already talk about.

I got a perm the weekend after finals. I went to Star East Hair & Beauty for the digital perm and it was awesome. Yufei paid for me as a part of my Christmas present :)

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Lunch at the Twitter office with some of my friends from dental school. I miss being able to go to Twitter for lunch any time I wanted before school started.

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Girls date with my big sib from Delts, Jenny. We went to Revel Spa to get our nails done. Like I said before, they have a lot of Chanel polishes, which you don’t see at many salons, and the interior is so peaceful and relaxing. Definitely a nice treat! Afterwards we went to the Haight and got dinner at Parada 22. So much fun!

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Sharing my 2 latest nail colors. I love darker jewel tones for winter. First up is Chanel’s Bel-Argus. I picked this color from the salon that Jenny (my big sib from Delts) and I went to. They had a bunch of Chanel polishes (fancy!).

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It’s a shimmery medium blue color, very pretty and perfect for the holidays. It was a pretty durable too and it lasted me more than a week with minor chips.

Now I’m wearing e.l.f.’s Party Purple, a deep purple with subtle shimmer.

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I wish it was a little bit lighter since it’s hard to notice the purple color under certain lighting. Maybe I should try layering it over a brighter purple?

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