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Hi, folks.  I’ve started a new blog:

http://jeanneyangphotography.wordpress.com/

I promise I will be much better about updating there than I have been here.  Jeanne Yang Photography is a blog focusing on my love of photography and less on my love for food.  But, of course, there will most definitely be food.

Why did you stop blogging here?

The shortest, bluntest, and saddest answer is because I stopped cooking.  I stopped baking.  I stopped taking photographs.  Being a lawyer took its toll on me.  I was working and billing all day and all night.  I switched jobs.  My new job was an hour’s drive away from my house.  I worked even harder.  I found myself in a three month trial, working over 20 hours a day.  We lost the trial.  I lost weight.  I gained weight.  I was unhappy.  I got surgery.  Was I depressed?  I don’t think so.  But updating my food blog was the furthest thing from my mind.  What was the point of updating a blog when I had no decent photos to show for it?  My camera sat, quiet and dusty, for months on my shelf.  Before I knew it, one year– two years– had passed.

What now?

It took many months of soul searching, a long period of struggling with my last job, anger, sadness, frustration, and finally making a decision to get to where I am now.  I’m still not where I want to be, career-/day-job wise, but I’m a lot further down the road than I was six months ago.  And I’m pretty sure I’ll be in an even better place six months from now.  Pursuit of happiness and fulfillment and achievement!

I started over.

So far, so good.  I am a lot happier now.  Photography and writing has been a good outlet for me.

Thank you for following this blog.  It’s been stagnant for so long that I’m not sure if anyone out there is still looking at it.  But if you are, please make a little jump over to my photography blog.  I think you’ll like it.

Best regards,

~J


French Macarons

08Oct12

Just because . . .
French Macarons (from Bouchon Bakery)Bouchon Bakery French Macaron CuttingThree Flavors of French Macaron


Congratulations - Apple Galette Tart

I was flooded with an insane amount of good news recently.  Friends, this entry is for you.

Med School Win!

I received a phone call on Friday from L, my best friend since High School.  Awesome news!  She was accepted into UCSF med school.  I, in the middle of crossing the street at this point, screamed and promptly got several weird stares.  (Come on, folks, you’ve seen stranger things happen in San Francisco besides an ecstatic Asian girl.  Move on.)  Ah, joy.  I am stoked.  Not only for L (that girl deserves to go to the best med school), but, more importantly and more selfishly, this means that she’s returning to the Bay Area!

L– can’t wait until you’re back and we can scurry around San Francisco together. Last time you were here, I was in school and you were my escape from the law school community.  This time, you’ll be in school and I’ll be there for you.  It’ll be epic.

February Bar Results Win!

California’s February Bar results came out on Friday, as well.  Congratulations to all of the people who passed– especially to those who experienced less than pleasing results last time (or multiple times) before.  You did it!

Graduation!

Another round of law students bite the dust.  Went to my school’s commencement last weekend to see all my friends graduate.  Congratulations, friends.  It’s been a tough three years, and you’ve still got your toughest times ahead of you– good luck!

PS– for those of you who know me in real life, if you ever need a coffee break while you’re studying for the Bar this summer, call me- I’ll treat you to a cup of coffee.

(FYI, the photo above is an apple galette from an adorable shop in the Ferry Building.)


Long delayed photos from my trip to Taiwan in August 2011.  Buddha fruit, watermelons, bakery, city scenes in Taipei . . .(I’ve been having problems with wordpress handling my photos– I’m going to have to re-edit and resubmit them. )
Longtan, Taiwan - Market - Watermelons and BuddhafruitTaiwan Street Food and Fruit - Buddha fruitTaiwan - Baked goods 1Taipei, Taiwan - Streets and BuildingsTaipei, Taiwan - People Tech


A Perfect Morning - With Coffee Waffle Lemon Curd (Topshot)

Woken up by a phone call (not so perfect, actually, I suppose).  But it was my mother, who was astonished that, for the first time in months, I was still asleep after 10:00 AM.  I was also pleasantly surprised.

I slowly crept around my room, quietly stretching out and becoming human again.  My door swung open quietly, and sunbeams rushed up to greet me, laughing and smiling.  My eyes, unused to such levity in the morning, hid briefly behind closed lids, seeking comfort.  But the warmth coaxed them forth, and I continued to the kitchen.

No one can ever complain to a shot of espresso in the morning.  Or two shots.  I made my own rendition of café con leche. A dollop of homemade lemon curd was spread vigorously over a formerly frozen (and now microwavably warm) waffle.  A light jazz beat played.  Warm cloth seats beckoned, and I curled my legs under me and grabbed my book and lost myself in the fairy tales of someone else’s mind.

It was, in essence, quite . . . perfect.

A Perfect Morning (waffle, coffee espresso, lemon curd)

(This was written a couple Sundays ago, but I think it’s still applicable, especially on a beautiful weekend like this one in San Francisco.)


Bisou (Castro, San Francisco) - Club Sandwich

Sunday Funday, my friends, is dangerous.Sunday Funday in the Castro with the Boys (Girls?)

The Girls

Went out with some friends last weekend for my first ever Sunday Funday.

This was our itinerary:

  • Bisou– First stop @11.30 AM.  Bottomless mimosas.  An excellent club sandwich (see top photo).  Fun company!
  • Lookout SF– Stop two.  Seemed like everyone from Bisou decided to migrate over to Lookout.  Craziness ensues.  We lose two of our party (they couldn’t keep up and had to go home).
  • AG Ferrari– Stop three.  We  got a loaf of bread.  Onion spread.
  • Blush! Wine bar– Wine and meat and pate.  Craziness continues.
  • Dolores Park– Finally staggered over to the park and lay out in the grass lawn on a beautiful Sunday afternoon… And may or may not have rested our eyes for a brief period.

It was fun, it was crazy, and I definitely overindulged quite a bit.

Blush, Castro, San Francisco

It’ll be a while before I do another Sunday Funday, I think.  But it was definitely tons of fun!

(This post was fairly short, I know.  I’ll be posting again, soon.)


Sidewalk Empire and Hyphen - Feb 22, 2012 @ MaVelous (flyer)Come out and support my friend, E, as he launches his booklet!  In my last post, I met with E at a coffeeshop (slash-winebar) called Ma’Velous, where he was setting out and planning the layout for his upcoming show and fundraiser.

The event is co-hosted by Sidewalk Empire (www.ehacomics.com) and HYPHEN Magazine (www.hyphenmagazine.com).  There’s a $10 at the door entry, and there will be an art auction and t-shirts being sold at the event.  Proceeds from the night go to support both Hyphen and Sidewalk Empire!

Here’s the 411:

WHERE.  Ma’Velous Coffee and Wine Bar

WHEN.  7.00-9.00 PM, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

RSVP. Online here: sidewalkhyphen.eventbrite.com  (Tickets are $10)

EHA Art Action at MaVelous

Support local art!  And have some good coffee and/or wine while you’re at it!  You’ll get a chance to bid on E’s original, framed artwork, and support a good cause, to boot.

I’ll see you there, right?

Sidewalk Empire - Event at MaVelous on Feb 22, 2012


Mavelous Coffee - Owner Phillip Ma | Vacuum Brewers

Coffee coffee coffee.

What’s better than taking a coffee with a good friend on a chill San Francisco morning?  Taking the coffee at a place like Mavelous (maveloussf.com).

I’ve passed Mavelous countless times since it opened in 2010.  With it’s elegant yet chic decor, it’s a place that I always wanted to venture into, but until I started drinking coffee a year ago, I was too afraid to let my unconnossieur’d foot step through the door.  (Plus, I was a student and always in a rush to go from point A to point B to stop and smell the coffee.  Literally.)

So when I ran into a friend last week and he suggested we meet up and take a coffee at Mavelous to catch up on old times, I jumped at the chance.

I walked in this morning to see my friend, E, and the owner of Mavelous, Phillip, examining some framed artwork in preparation for a art show E’s putting on in a couple weeks.

[My friend and former classmate, E, is the artist for EHA Comics (www.ehacomics.com).  It’s really great and was published in the latest issue of the magazine, Hyphen (www.hyphenmagazine.com).  Please check it out and support!!]

I’m always excited to meet the owner of an establishment.  Let me tell you– Phillip is awesomely nice and was kindly patient as we took photos and examined the menu.  He’s also quite knowledgeable about all things coffee.  I learned about civet coffee (also known as kopi luwak) today!  Dude– US$50 for a single glass of that coffee?  Reeeediculous!

In case you’re wondering, NO, I did not try civet coffee.  No, thank you.  Mavelous is the only place in town serving Stumptown coffee, so I had the Sumptown Guatemalan coffee.  It was delicious!  I usually add some milk when I take my coffee, but Sumptown was smooth and tasty and I found I didn’t really need or want to add milk (apologies: this is the extent of my vocabulary when it comes to describing coffee– “smooth” and “tasty”).

Mavelous Coffee - Pouring the Coffee | Vacuum Brewers

Mavelous serves coffee and wine– Can’t wait to go back soon so I can try their selection of wine.


Breakfast Perfection - Panforte and Espresso

I’m a simple girl, really.  Give me a slice of panforte from Tartine and a steaming hot, rich espresso, and I am content.  Christmas morning was quiet.  Simple.  Delicious.

Tartine Christmas Panforte

(I want to post more and allow people to enjoy my food with me– which may mean entries that are out of order chronologically, depending on when I get around to processing my photos.)


Happy Holidays!

24Dec11

Happy Holidays 2011!Dearest readers,

Happy holidays!  Consider this my little holiday card from me to you. Complete with a recipe down below (under the fold)!  Hope this e-card finds all of you happy and well– and fattened up with great holiday food!

What are all of you doing for the holidays?  Best wishes for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, and New Year’s!

Love,
~Jeanne

For all of you who follow my life’s little adventures in the world of food (and, I suppose, photography), thank you for it!  I hate making new year’s resolutions, but I will definitely try to make a point of updating more frequently.

In any case, it’s amazing to believe another year’s passed already, isn’t it?  Let’s see what’s happened this year for me– as well as play a little bit of catch-up:

  • January: I return from Europe refreshed and energetic, ready to finish off law school
  • February – May: I graduate from law school!
  • June-July: I study for, stress out about, and take the California bar exam
  • August: I move to the Sunset, then fly back to Taiwan for two weeks (food!)
  • September: I begin working at a small law firm in San Francisco (and subsequently fall off the face of the blogosphere)
  • November:I PASS THE CALIFORNIA BAR (look at the California Bar website– I’m there!  I’m legit!)– lots of celebrations all around!!
  • December: I realize that 2011 has been ridiculous and amazing.

This is the second year in a row that I haven’t been able to go home for Christmas (last year I was in Europe).  It’s a bit sad– I miss my family!  I miss the cold, barren East Coast winter.  San Francisco isn’t too shabby, though.  As I sit in Hipsterville (see my list of places to go Hipster-watching in San Francisco), taking my coffee and eating a morning bun from Tartine, I remember that life is all about the little things.  Happiness comes in small packets.   I’ll be with family tomorrow in the East Bay, eating and drinking to my heart’s content.

Continue reading ‘Happy Holidays!’




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