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April 6, 2017

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My work flew me up to San Francisco this past week. The last time I was up in the bay area was two years ago for a spring break trip with my boyfriend. Even though I usually have limited opportunities for sightseeing, I enjoy the traveling experience. Oh, and expensing all of my meals is even better. I was mostly hanging around the Financial District, which reminded me of Downtown Los Angeles.

People in San Francisco walk everywhere and take public transportation all the time. Parking and the standard cost of living seem pretty expensive. This makes me feel lazy for driving everywhere in LA but considering the size and population of San Francisco, it makes sense to avoid driving. I’ll admit that I wasn’t comfortable with exploring the city on my own and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even so, San Francisco is a beautiful city. There’s The Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, beaches, beautiful parks, conservatories, and etc.


Considering how everything is expensive in San Francisco, I had a hard time finding a decent hotel within budget. I would typically stay at Embassy Suites but settled for the Galleria Park Hotel. It’s a cute boutique hotel at the Financial District and it’s a five-minute walk from the office. The hotel had a complimentary wine hour every day at 5:30 PM and a gorgeous half-acre park on the third floor.

Meeting Julia

For a couple of years, Julia and I talked about meeting each other. On Tuesday, we finally made it happen by meeting up for dinner at Cocobang. Initially, we wanted to have dinner at a different restaurant but it was closed during the time. Either way, I enjoyed eating Korean food with her and discussing a lot of interesting things. I really respect the actions she has taken, such as promoting women + minorities in tech, encouraging others to open up about mental health, and reminding us that we’re awesome human beings. Meeting fellow bloggers in person is a great experience. 💜💜💜

Akiko’s Restaurant

My team and I had a team lunch at Akiko’s Sushi Restaurant. We’re lucky that we booked a reservation because the restaurant got filled pretty quick after we arrived. This restaurant serves high-quality sushi. I ordered a sake (salmon) and negi toro (tuna belly) roll for myself and agedashi (fried silken tofu with roe) for the table. Everything was delicious and perfectly crafted.


I didn’t feel comfortable going out alone during the evening for dinner so I had food delivered to my hotel through Postmates. I still wanted Japanese food and settled for unagi donburi (bbq eel rice bowl) and ikura (salmon egg) nigiri. For $22, I felt the unagi donburi was a bit overpriced for what it is. However, I still enjoyed the food so I suppose it wasn’t a total loss.

Ohana Poke Bar

My coworker recommended this place so I dropped by this poke place during lunch. The best thing about this poke bar is the +$2 ikura topping. The staff loaded my poke bowl with ikura and totally made my money’s worth. If any poke bar in LA has this sort of topping, take my money!


Julia took me to this sweet Korean restaurant when we met up on Tuesday night. There were so many delicious-looking things to choose from. I ended up settling with the spicy cold noodle thanks to Julia’s recommendation. This was my first time trying out cold noodle and I actually enjoyed it even though I have very low tolerance for spicy food. I would definitely order it again next time.

Lobster Me

I was seriously craving for a lobster roll/sandwich (even though I didn’t want to walk far for one). My coworkers and I went to the Westfield San Francisco Centre and I found Lobster Me at the food court. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about the poor ratings but my cravings just wanted a lobster roll. The good news is that the lobster roll was delish and I didn’t get a stomach ache from it.

The Rockin’ Crawfish

My coworkers and I had a girl’s night out and drove out to Oakland for some cajun goodness. The wait was pretty long but mostly worth it (pro tip: call for a reservation). I ordered a pound of crawfish for myself and shared some clams, shrimp, mussels, and a couple of appetizers with my coworkers. I also ordered a “luscious lychee sakitini” (sake + martini). The only thing I don’t enjoy after eating cajun is my soul smelling like cajun… Clothes too.

Boudin Sourdough

San Francisco is the motherland of Boudin Sourdough bread. There is a difference between the taste of the sourdough bread made in San Fransico and Orange County (something to do with the bacteria used in the yeast). I am not a bread person unless you entice me with sourdough bread. Since this was my last meal before heading back home, I bought two loaves of sourdough bread for my boyfriend and my mother.

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15 Responses

  1. Holly ☆ April 7, 2017 at 12:36 am

    San Francisco is so high on my travel bucket list. It looks like such a beautiful city.

    It’s great that the hotel did a complimentary wine hour. The hotel we stayed in when we went to New York did this and they put on loads of complimentary food as well.

    Meeting up with fellow bloggers is the best. It’s handy that you could arrange this while on a work trip.

  2. Eena ☆ April 7, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I am actually headed to SF this summer with my boyfriend so I might just have to check out some of these places you mentioned considering I’m a huge foodie myself!

    Glad you had a good time despite being there for work. It’s always so nice meeting fellow bloggers isn’t it? 🙂

  3. Pauline ☆ April 8, 2017 at 12:40 am

    II’ve been talking about San Francisco a lot this week online and offline, I think it’s a sign that I need to visit or at least try and visit the US within the next two years. Your work is honestly super awesome – flying you out and getting that experience, that’s pretty cool! <3

    I loved reading about the different places you went to eat! I'll always refer back to this if I ever set a plan to go to SF. 😛 You should totally travel the world and just find restaurant recommendations for us, haha, I know I had a hard time finding good places to eat when I was away! But tbh, I didn't really plan that part of the trip xD

    Meeting bloggers is awesome, I have yet to meet one YET but Chynna and I have a date set for June. WATCH THIS SPACE! xD

    • Chynna ☆ April 9, 2017 at 6:34 am

      I SEE MY NAME! Hahaha, watch this space <3

  4. Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's ☆ April 8, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Finding an affordable place to stay in SF is so hard haha. Eating and walking through a city are my favourite ways to experience it! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  5. Tara ☆ April 9, 2017 at 12:58 am

    It’s good you returned to San Francisco, despite it being a work trip. Expensing your meals are a good thing 😀 San Francisco reminds me of Seoul with people walking and public transporting everywhere. That’s something I like a lot, so San Francisco sounds like a city fitting for me . . . minus the high cost of living. It’s good you chose to be safe! Nothing wrong with that move.

    Ooooh! Your hotel sounds like the one I am going to in Japan! Mine is a boutique hotel and they have a happy hour from 5pm to 9pm! I can’t wait to try theirs out.

    Yay for meeting online friends! I’m glad you had that opportunity to meet up with Julia 😀 Korean food — can’t go wrong with that choice! Surprised you liked the cold spicy noodle — was it naengmyeon? Those are awesome.

    Good on you for getting your sushi fix at Akiko’s Restaurant XD $22 seems a bit pricey X_X At least you liked it, so it wasn’t a total waste. The poke bar sounds like a better deal! The lobster roll sounds so good *_* I am not sure about crawfish, though . . . but I do love cajun flavouring ^^ I would have totes gone for the sourdough joint!

    Thanks for sharing your San Fran adventure! I hope to visit there one day! ^_^

  6. Georgie ☆ April 9, 2017 at 4:47 am

    It’s really neat that your workplace sent you to San Francisco! I mean, the bay area is sort of the place to be when it comes to tech. You lucky girl. 😉

    I used to talk to Julia a long time ago. I’m not sure how we lost touch… but I noticed she was raising awareness for women in tech – which as you know is something Ir really stand for 🙂

    I have tried cold noodles before, and the concept sounds a bit odd at first, but when there is some flavour involved (even a bit of spicy flavour) it can be super enjoyable and quite a surprise! A nice change from hot noodles, too. 😎

    I can understand feeling a bit uncomfortable exploring the city on your own. I think the sensation comes with any new place… a deep adventurous feeling inside you wants to go about and get lost in it all, but at the same time it’s a bit scary! I’m glad you managed to scout out some places with really awesome food, though. 😄 Nigiri looks soooooo gooooood!

    $22 is pretty pricey for donburi… in Australia, that is overpriced and something you’d pay in Australian dollars for chirashi or sashimi :O

    I used to really like bread and eat a lot of it. I actually avoid it these days, but I like avocado on sourdough! Otherwise, I usually choose the option that does not have bread. I never knew there was a difference between the types of sourdough in different areas… who knew. I think I have noticed that some are subtler than others.

  7. Chynna ☆ April 9, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I would love to visit San Fran! I was there on a layover when I flew back from LA to Seattle, but it wasn’t long enough to explore 🙁

    London is the same with transportation. I think because of the way it’s laid out, it makes it easier to take the bus/train/tram/whatever. Since visiting LA I can definitely see why everyone basically drives, though!

    I love the sound of complimentary wine hour! When I visit San Fran (When NOT if, haha), I will definitely look into this hotel!

    AND OMG, YOU GOT TO MEET JULIA! I follow her on Twitter and she is honestly amazing. Ah, it makes my heart so happy when bloggers meet 😀

    You ate so many good things, I am jealous! As always, your photos are amazing <3 And making me so hungry, haha.

  8. Aki! ☆ April 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    So much amazing food on your trip! I’m very jealous!

  9. Gillan ☆ April 10, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Wow, it seems like you enjoyed your San Francisco trip! And it’s great that it’s because of your work; it’s like hitting two birds with one stone.
    I’m glad you got to meet up with Julia. It’s always been a dream of mine to meet an online friend in person 😊
    Ahhh, your food photos look so delish! I am now craving sushi and lobster 😂😭
    The park in your hotel looks lovely! 💖

  10. Teesh ☆ April 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I agree – the best part about business trips is not spending anything! I am now craving for everything you ate lol. San Francisco seems like such a nice place to visit, considering the US is nowhere near my travel bucket list. I hope you get more travel opportunities at work!

  11. Cat ☆ April 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    That’s awesome that your work flew you to San Francisco! It’s a great city that I plan on visiting more since I have friends and family there now. When my friend moved there, she got rid of her car since it’s so inconvenient and expensive to have one there. She and her husband have a Zipcar subscription instead and frequently use rideshare.

    All of the food you got looks delicious! Food in SF is so good. Even better that you can expense it, haha. I’m also glad you got to meet a blogger friend while you were there!

  12. Claudine ☆ April 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

    So beautiful! My dad always tells me that San Francisco is a must-visit, but I never got around to actually visiting it because whenever I come to the US I always stay with a family friend living in LA. Lol. But yeah, maybe someday I’ll be able to visit <3

    Wow, I've never met any of my blog friends before but if given the opportunity, I would love to! It was so nice that you were able to arrange this meeting even though your trip was originally just meant for work! 🙂

    Looks like you had a great time! 😀

  13. Rezina ☆ April 13, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I heard San Francisco was really similar to Seattle and walking everywhere + taking public transportation sounds awesome! I really want to visit but maybe one day, haha.

    That’s also awesome you managed to find a nice hotel within your budget. And also super cool you got to meet a fellow blogger!

    And all the food looks really yummy! I tried poke before and it was really interesting. Reminded me of a Korean food called bibimbap.

    Thanks for sharing – sounds like you had a great time!

  14. Kim ☆ April 25, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Yum! I would totally eat sushi in San Francisco! Looks so fun, I want to visit someday! Hope you enjoyed your trip!

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

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