Tokyo - Day 1

First day in Tokyo. Warm and humid.

Staying at a hostel in the Asakusa district with mostly students & other young travelers.

For breakfast today, we had a chicken katsu sandwich, hard boiled eggs, bananas, broiled mackerel, a tuna/mayo onigiri (rice ball), and milk tea that we bought from the dollar store down the street.

I don’t know how, but we’ve got to bring this dollar store/convenience store culture to the U.S. At the 7/11 here, you can pay your rent & utilities, reload money on your cell phone, buy actually edible/decent food (including sushi grade sashimi), get shampoo and other toiletries, and buy housewares.

Pictures coming soon.

xo,

Shiyuan

A Whole Crop of New Stores

So many new stores recently!

The Pasta Shop (Oakland/Berkeley) :: At both their 4th Street Berkeley and Rockridge locations.

Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop (Oakland) :: The meatloaf and Swiss on Texas toast is killer here. So is the tomato soup - just a touch spicy.

Avedano’s Holly Park Market (Bernal Heights, SF) :: I love their selection of condiments and sauces - heaven! When I’m here, I always get the chicken + bacon + jalapeno jam sandwich with a touch extra jalapeno jam.

Cheese Plus (Russian Hill, SF) :: Ray, the owner, used to be the director of cheese, wine, and specialty foods at Whole Foods. In addition to cheese, Cheese Plus also caries Northern California artisan produced charcuterie, chocolate, specialty condiments, oils and vinegars, and their own house made sandwiches, salads, and spreads.

Canyon Market (Glen Park, SF) :: The cold case here is to die for. So is the chicken + gruyere sandwich. The perfect little neighborhood grocery store.

Hollow (Inner Sunset, SF) :: Part coffee shop, part boutique, this place is a tiny little gem in the Inner Sunset. They carry Tokyo Milk perfumes, dishware, fancy pocketknives. Basically everything you need in life.

Oakville Grocery (Napa, Healdsburg) :: The Napa store has started setting a grill in the back where they do sausages & buns. Amazing! I love their breakfast burrito & house made pies.

Viva Cocolat (Petaluma) :: This store has chocolates, a chocolate cafe, and chocolate classes. A one-stop shop!

Sunshine Foods Market (Saint Helena) :: The perfect place to get picnicking supplies. I especially love their freezer aisle - all-natural gelato & ice cream as far as the eye can see.

Olives & Grace (Boston, MA!) :: This place takes the prize for new store I most want to visit. They feature emerging artists, gift producers, and small batch food makers from big cities and quiet neighborhoods across the country. Doesn’t that sound like heaven?

xo, 

Shiyuan

Minis for @FrogHollowFarm? Or maybe just myself.

Gift packs for Little Vine

Every order will be accompanied by a hand stamped enclosure card! Can accomodate brief gift message, too.

Luis and I cutting gift tags in his Mission print shop.

New sign

You’ll be able to snatch up Ramona bars at The Cheese Shop in Healdsburg, California VERY SOON. 
Perhaps even later this week. 
A little bit about this lovely store: Located in Sonoma County (where it is going to be 87 degree tomorrow - in October), The Cheese Shop carries - in addition to artisan cheeses - Fiorello’s gelato, dry cured meats, a stellar wine collection, and a wide collection of chocolates made both locally and internationally. 

You’ll be able to snatch up Ramona bars at The Cheese Shop in Healdsburg, California VERY SOON. 

Perhaps even later this week. 

A little bit about this lovely store: Located in Sonoma County (where it is going to be 87 degree tomorrow - in October), The Cheese Shop carries - in addition to artisan cheeses - Fiorello’s gelato, dry cured meats, a stellar wine collection, and a wide collection of chocolates made both locally and internationally. 


Early morning photo shoot.

Vintage reusable gel packs. Doing mail orders has given me a love for all forms of ice.