San Pedro Square Market

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San Pedro Square Market.

Think SF Ferry Building x OC MARTMIX x A Foodtruck Fest (but without wheels). Lots of hipster food booths, ranging from a poutine shop, to a Neapolitan pizza joint (update: a frites joint is in the making). Incredibly large seating area. Booze all around, AND a 3rd wave coffee shop just to cover all the bases. PLUS, it’s baby friendly, so that’s always a bonus.

It’s in the heart of downtown San Jose, so if you’re up here for convention, have a looksie. You are bound to find that you will enjoy.

 

San Pedro Square Market
87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 444-7227
www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com/

 

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clay-pot catfish

 

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An excerpt from Andrew X. Pham’s Catfish and Mandala. This book was given to me in high school as gift from my dad. It’s delicious, sad, bittersweet, soul-searching, pretty much all the feels.

The writer goes on a mid-life crisis bike ride after a tragic event, and is taken under the wing of an old crippled man. The arc explores the definition of family and identity, while describing this delicious sounding dish. So I had to draw it.

 

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something new is coming….

PREVIEW

I have been thinking about the future of food blogging, or at least the future of i nom things a lot lately. I haven’t been able to blog at all. I don’t have the energy or drive really - I’m trying to juggle a full time job and motherhood at the same time. And have you ever tried to eat out with a baby in tow? It’s a lot of effort and babywipes.

Plus, is it just me or are food blogs a little… Out dated? There’s no longer a reader market for restaurant bloggers (let’s face it… we all go to Kevin Eats orOC/LA/SFweekly for blog reviews, or even sites like Yelp and Tabelog if we have the energy to filter out the crazies). And recipe blogging? There are thousands of mommy bloggers out there who actually have the output to follow up their posts with Tastespotting, Pinterest, Twitter, AND Instagram. Market’s overcrowded, guys. And I hate being one of many. I have to be a one and only.

But I like blogging, and I LOVE food. What else do I have that sets me apart?

I can draw good. I think.

So, I’m going to be drawing a little more around here. For starters, I’m drawing out excerpts from books that really left an impression on me. About people’s memory about food, the emotions attached to a dish. Because that’s what food blogging is really about, right? Documenting an experience.

The first installment will come in a few weeks. Stay tuned.

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baby nom

the other day i was going through my album on my phone, and i FINALLY came to realize that i only shoot photos of 1) food and 2) baby eating food. and the cat. sometimes the cat. anyways, here, have a butt ton of baby-eating-stuff photos.

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xoxo, casa inomthings

 

ps. the bibs from cotton on are pretty amazing

pps. babies and pasta sauce are definitely not amazing.

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Cana SF @ San Francisco

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welcome to CANA SF, land of delicious rum and pork.

a few weeks ago, i hosted a bachelorette party for my dear sister in San Francisco. my sister, being a quiet little lady who is (deathly) afraid male strippers, penis pinatas, alien green appletinis and all things associated the quintessential american bachelorette party, we had to come up with something a little more muted but equally memorable. after furiously searching OpenTable for reservations on the fly, CANA SF came up. reservations were made, drinks were poured, food was devoured, and we were very very happy. [click to continue…]

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Half Moon Bay Art Glass

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tiny glass pumpkins.

 

living social had a deal for glass blowing classes at Half Moon Bay Art Glass.

i was looking for bachelorette party ideas for my sister, who doesn’t drink or party much, but LOVES crafting.
timing was perfect, cue angels singing, vouchers were purchased. it was fun, it was awesome, it was glorious. the end.

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Hopscotch Tavern @ Fullerton, CA

during my last business trip back to the OC, i had two dinner destinations that i was determined to go to. one was to visit my old haunt at CH1, and the other was Hopscotch Tavern in downtown Fullerton.

Hopscotch is where Chef de Party (as well as my OG pastry chef) was headhunted off to after i left CH1. it’s a whiskey tavern helmed by Chef Cody Storts, and one of the very few refuges in downtown Fullerton where adults can enjoy food and drink, away from the raucous college crowd.

even after we’ve parted our ways, Chef de Party would often text me questions like “what kind of yuzu pepper should I get?” or “”what’s the difference between katsuo and furikake?”, or send me photos of a vanilla foie gras torchon that they were working on at Hopscotch. last time we talked, he was trying to make a tobacco dashi dish. TOBACCO! and DASHI! what sorcery!
curiosity got me, and i finally had the chance to give it a try – and boy am i glad that i did!

house made pickles - seasonal. green papaya, watermelon rind, red onions, spicy cucumbers. so delicious. housemade pickles are a great way to showcase that the restaurant likes to have fun…

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