Review: Itani Ramen

San Francisco and Oakland’s ramen scene used to be positively *dismal.* If you wanted good ramen, you had to trek out to the ‘burbs. But in the last few years, several new legit ramen restaurants have opened up – and I’d argue they are just as good as some of the options in San Mateo, if not better. The trouble with the majority of these SF spots are the crazy long lines.

So you can imagine my relief when I paid a visit to Itani Ramen, which I’d heard fantastic things about.

Born in SF

I was so honored to be chosen to participate in SKYY Vodka's #BornInSF campaign <3

For those of you unaware, I'm a true San Francisco native, born and raised. (Well, technically I was "raised" in Hillsborough/San Mateo, but I spent the first two years of my life in the Outer Sunset before my parents moved us to the 'burbs.) I've always known how lucky I was to live in the Bay Area, but this belief was only reinforced the more time I spent away from my hometown

Allbirds Wool Loungers

Never heard of Allbirds? Allow me to fill you in. They’re a San Francisco-based label dedicated to producing the most comfortable shoes imaginable (and I’m here to verify that they’ve achieved their goal). They use innovative materials (i.e. merino wool sourced from New Zealand) designed to minimize odor, regulate temperature and wick moisture, instead of the cheaper, synthetic alternatives most mainstream labels rely on. In fact, you don’t even have to wear socks with their kicks! (I’m serious. I don’t.)

Review: Chambers Eat + Drink Brunch

Brunch in San Francisco is almost always an ordeal – especially if you want to eat anywhere decent.

I’ll be honest: I still have never made it to Plow, Aina or Zazie’s. Not because they’re not delicious (I’ve heard from many credible sources that they are indeed worth the hype), but because I simply refuse to wait 2+ hours for any meal.

That being said, I have had the privilege of eating at Brenda’s and Outerlands (among other local gems), and plan on writing up a list of my top brunch spots in San Francisco soon… stay tuned!

In the meantime, though, I want to shed light on one of my most underrated favorites: Chambers Eat + Drink.

Luxury Shopping on a Budget

In love with my new Saint Laurent tote bag, obvi. I know I already have plenty of black bags, but this one was on sale on Reebonz and I couldn't resist!

Speaking of, Reebonz is an online shopping platform that sells brand-new and gently used luxury goods from a wide range of labels, from Acne Studios to Celine and Chanel. I hadn't heard of them before but it turns out they're huge in the Middle East and Asia. And this month, they're celebrating their 8th Anniversary with huge markdowns and new arrivals stocked daily - so you can snag name brand items that won't break the wallet!

San José del Cabo: Travel Diary

Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo may be separated by just a 20-minute drive, but they’re worlds apart. The “Cabo” you’ve heard about in college and seen in Hollywood movies is more representative of the former rather than San Jose del Cabo, a quiet, artsy town with more galleries and farm-to-table restaurants than nightclubs.

I thoroughly appreciated the quiet streets, touring the weekend farmers market, and the free-spirited people that San José del Cabo seemed to attract.

There were so many places I wanted to see (most notably Flora Farms and Acre), but two days just wasn’t enough time. I will, however, be returning within the next year for another visit, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing photos of those spots on my blog and Instagram in the near future.

In the meantime, here’s some places that I was able to experience, and personally recommend: