Los Angeles to San Francisco | California

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Hey friends!

Leili here. I just got back from a mini family vacation to California, traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco and eating everything in between. And now I get to share all that good stuff with all of you wonderful people.

View of the Bay

Not to rub it in, but it was pretty great. I had never been to California before, and I can now safely say that I’m a fan. Aside from the gorgeous weather and the “ooh”-and-“aah”-worthy scenic highways, the Golden State has a very calming air to it. Which explains why its culture appears to be one of perpetual leisure, I suppose. Continue reading

Two Years of Blogging: What We’ve Learned

 

Wei Leili NYCHey friends!

Today marks two years since this little blog of ours took its first steps into the real world, and we think that’s one hell of a feat (if we do say so ourselves). So today we’ve decided to share what we’ve learned these past two years, and also give you a little insight into our future plans. Because whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or you’re just now stopping by for the first time, you guys are what makes this blog worth writing every week. So, this one’s for you. (And for Harry Potter, wherever he may be now – anyone else excited about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child coming out today? Well, you should be.) Continue reading

Dig Inn

Dig Inn

After months of anticipatory hunger, we finally ate dinner at Dig Inn when it opened its doors on Boston’s Boylston Street in early July. Founded by Adam Eskin, the chain of eateries first began in 2011 in New York and locations spread quickly throughout New York City. This Boston location is Dig Inn’s first venture outside of New York, so we were eager to see if it lived up to the hype.

Spread

The insufferable mugginess of the day had given way to a cool, breezy night, so we were happy to grab a table outside. Along the perimeter of the outdoor seating area were lavender plants, which not only smelled dreamy but also created a rare feeling of seclusion from the busyness of Boston. Continue reading

Perfect Beach Day

singing beach

When beach season hits Boston, we like to hop on the commuter rail out of North Station and head out to Manchester-By-The-Sea. This is our quick and perfect getaway from the city for the day – the area is famous for its Singing Beach, lobster rolls, and ice cream. There is literally not one bad thing to say about this local oasis.

lobster roll 7

manchester by the sea beach

The beach is called Singing Beach because the sand squeaks when you walk on it. Well, it’s barely audible when crowded, but it’s still charming all the same. Singing Beach is a popular destination and we’ve been coming here for the past two summers. The sand is fine and beautiful and the view is spectacular. We typically like to bring treats and splay them out on the beach blanket while we get some vitamin D. Really, no complaints. Continue reading

Banyan Bar + Refuge

Banyan

This has been a post long in the making – we’ve been talking about going to Banyan in the South End since it first opened last July. Banyan Bar + Refuge replaces the iconic Hamersley’s Bistro on Tremont Street and brings with it an Asian fusion and flair. Banyan’s executive chef Phil Tang definitely has a fun way of pairing classic Asian ingredients with Western foods, and we’re thrilled to tell you all about our wonderful experience.

Banyan Dining Room

The space is handsomely decorated with wooden chandeliers that instantly take you away from the city, with beautiful signature green leather chairs to add a bit of color and sophistication to this already stylish space. Continue reading