pasta, chocolate, and a thirteen year-old.

happy thursday friends! let me show you some weekend hangout with friends lately:

hangout with richie and aryan.

first was with my fantastic friend richie who i hadn’t seen in a pretty long time, since he’d been in LA for a while. but now he was back, and he had his little cousin aryan visiting!

hangout with richie and aryan.

we walked around the mission and did some café hangouts, tried on shoes, and checked out vintage clothes.

hangout with richie and aryan.

then i took us to dolores park for a bit of course! no weekend is complete without some hanging out in dolores park. for me, at least. this is what i looked like! it was warm enough to be dressed like this. in h&m tank top and the vintage style tennis skirt from the fila x urban outfitters collab.

hangout with richie and aryan.

cool boyz.

hangout with richie and aryan.

we walked from the park to the castro, where it’s always colorful and rainbowy. we stopped by at an ice cream shop before we hugged each other goodbye.

hangout with patty.

another weekend hangout lately was with patty. she hit me up for lunch which was perfect, because i had just come from the gym and needed to eat.

hangout with patty.

we went to barzotto, an italian place close to my house where i’ve been wanting to go for a while. the pasta was great! al dente af. plus points for very instagrammable table.

hangout with patty.

we walked slowly through the mission, checking out some stores, and then ending up here, at dandelion chocolate, for some dessert hehe. dandelion is a super small chocolate factory in the middle of the mission. so nice.

hangout with patty.

patty ordered their cold hot chocolate (hehe), and i the house hot chocolate. aaaaaand then i was full for the rest of the day :))))

friends + food + sun + san francisco = some of my favorite things in life <3333

 

två häng på sistone! först med fina richie och hans lilla kusin aryan som var på besök. vi provade skor, kollade vintagekläder och hängde i dolores och castro.
sen ett lunchhäng med patty, vi käkade supergod at dente pasta på barzotto, prommade genom mission och drack chokladdessert på lilla chokladfabriken dandelion.

NICE VA.

my birthday: flowers, sea bass, and a pink dress.

birthday saturday at boxing room.

here’s part two of my birthday! so—after the brunch, dolores park and all that i told you about in my last post, i went home to change. was met by a birthday flower bouquet from my roomie mira! thank yooou. so colorful.

birthday saturday at zuni.

and soon enough, it was time for dinner at this fancy place! this is zuni café, a classic san francisco restaurant—an institution even—that i’ve been wanting to go to for years now. and it finally happened!

birthday saturday at zuni.

a white-cloth table for two at the window on the upper level. very nice indeed.

birthday saturday at zuni.

siri was my dinner company of course. this is actually the third birthday dinner that i eat with her. very lucky to have a friend like her. (#1 here and #2 here).

birthday saturday at zuni.

she gave me a beautiful box filled with gifts!! fantastic. i’ll show you some of them in a separate post later.

birthday saturday at zuni.

we ordered drinks while we waited for food, and cheered for my 26th, for us, and our FANTASTIC friendship. <3

birthday saturday at zuni.

this is how i looked! forgot to take a full body picture, but i had a new pink dress with a plunge neck and flowy sleeves.

birthday saturday at zuni.

and then our food came! just look at my gorgeous sea bass. like a piece of art!

birthday saturday at zuni.

siri ordered a lamb dish. we were so excited—because food, because birthday dinner, because zuni, and because we both had watched the show looking and this is where the character dom works, hehe. he was nowhere to be seen this day though ://// heh

birthday saturday at zuni.

YUM. the food was absolutely SPLENDID. after dinner, we took an uber to southern pacific brewing where we met up with a bunch of my friends, babbled, and had wayyy to many drinks. thanks to everyone for a fantastic birthday!!!

 

andra halvan av min födelsedag! åt middag med siri på fantastiska zuni café och fick tjusigt paket! sen åkte vi till härliga southern pacific brewing och skålade i tusen drinkar och kramades med alla mina kompisar och skrekbabblade tills jag fick ont i halsen. SÅ FIN födelsedag TACK ALLA!!! tack ni som grattat mig online med herreguuuu vad det betyder massor. puss!!

my birthday: brunch, wine, and sun.

birthday saturday at boxing room.

on saturday the 29th, the day after mine and ivana’s dinner, it was my birthday! i woke up early enough to see the sun rise over my backyard, which rarely happens and which was really nice.

birthday saturday at boxing room.

birthday brunch was on the schedule! and this is where i had wished for. boxing room in hayes valley! they do new orleans-style southern/cajun-type cuisine.

birthday saturday at boxing room.

my favorite siri was there of course! and as per usual, we were on time (aka 30-40 mins earlier than the rest of the california population eheee).

birthday saturday at boxing room.

but it was ok, because it was my birthday and boxing room was really pretty inside (which you can’t really tell from the outside).

birthday saturday at boxing room.

also, we had drinks! a strong tropical one for siri and a watery bloody mary for me.

birthday saturday at boxing room.

yay vicky 26!!! thanks for celebrating with me siri!

birthday saturday at boxing room.

finally our brunch company arrived: lance!

birthday saturday at boxing room.

and daniel! ok boyz let’s eat now honestly

birthday saturday at boxing room.

and so we did! siri ordered this cute frittata. i had fried catfish po’boy with hushpuppies. good but not as photogenic! last time i had po’boy was actually on my birthday weekend last year. yum.

birthday saturday at boxing room.

hi from a one year older little person! :) i was dressed in a new off-shoulder top, sharp black sunglasses and black skirt so that i had a 60’s pinup vibe going. one of my favorite styles, in other words!

birthday saturday at boxing room.

speaking of favorite—we of course had to follow brunch with hangouts in dolores park, my fav spot in sf, if anyone had missed that…

birthday saturday at boxing room.

the weather was fantastic and we drank rosé in red solo cups which was nice. after a few hours of hangouts in the sun, it was time to go home for a bit and change for dinner! but that’ll be in the next post. SUCH a nice first half of my birthday!

 

första halvan av min födelsedag! vaknade i soluppgången vilket var ovanligt men fint. sen var det födelsebrunch på g. hade bestämt boxing room som är amerikanska södern/new orleans-style på maten. åt och 26 års-skålade med siri, lance och daniel. sen hängde vi i dolores och drack rosé tills det var dags att byta om inför middag (men det kommer i nästa inlägg). så fin första halva!!

pre-birthday michelin dinner.

hey there. sorry for my silence the last couple of days. i have been feeling a little off, and it has just been feeling stressful with some social media and such. just like i’ve seen happening with other bloggers out there, i think i’m gonna switch down the posting frequency in here. at least for now.

oh well! as you know, it was my birthday on saturday. but my celebration started already on friday night:

birthday friday at al's place.

after work, i got ready and walked the couple of blocks from me to the location of my friday night plans.

birthday friday at al's place.

the sun was just setting and the mission looked fantastic. this time of year is really great birthday weather always.

birthday friday at al's place.

this was where i was going! al’s place, which is a veggie-centric (but not vegetarian) restaurant with a michelin star. i had booked weeks and weeks in advance and had gotten a table! yay.

birthday friday at al's place.

my friend and old roommate ivana was my dinner companion for the night which was nice, since i’ve barely seen her since i moved back from new york.

birthday friday at al's place.

al’s was so cute, with plants and lights along the walls, and the servers dressed in differently patterned clothes.

birthday friday at al's place.

this was me! hello hi.

birthday friday at al's place.

in an all-black dress and platform shoes which you can’t see.

birthday friday at al's place.

we ordered rosé bubbles of course, because celebrations!

birthday friday at al's place.

and then food. they offer small plates to order several of, and sharing them. we got a few, starting with this one.

birthday friday at al's place.

trout, potato, and turnip something. very cute. our second and third plates (which i didn’t shoot pics of) were a campanelle with asparagus pesto and a sunchoke curry with black-lime cod and citrus jewels. *food tv show voice*. i realize this might sound like gibberish and it kind of did to us too, but it was lovely however.

birthday friday at al's place.

we ended with sharing a caramel-filled brownie with peanut icecream. yum yum yum. and then we went into the friday night and drank what felt like 10 glasses of wine (don’t worry though, it wasn’t). great start to my birthday celebrations!

 

jag fyllde år i lördags som ni kanske vet? hehe klart ni gör. började firet på fredagkväll på flotta michelinrestaurangen al’s place med ivana! vi drack rosébubbel och delade på fyra spännande knäppa rätter. var himlans gott! och sen gick vi ut i rödvinsnatten. så bra start på födelsehelgen!

och sorry förresten för några dagars tystnad. kommer dra ner lite på bloggandet framöver, kanske tre-ish gånger i veckan istället för sex. ok? <3

just a lil sunday brunch.

helloooo new week. here’s just four quick pics from my yesterday.

brunch with mj.

weekend brunches is like the best thing! yesterday was also a great 1 o clock brunch mode because i was a little tired from going out the night before, and also hungry from just working out.

brunch with mj.

my brunch friend for this sunday was mj! i hadn’t seen him in forever, and then i ran into him at a bar in the castro on saturday, so we “oh my goood”-ed and made brunch plans for the morning after. i looked up yelp for a place i hadn’t been to (anyone else who loves trying out new places instead of just going to one same spot all the time?). chose this one in the mission—hog & rocks.

brunch with mj.

i had a breakfast sandwich with homefries and a bloody mary, and mj did a scramble with homefries and a mimosa. so brunchy, right? (also sorry for the awkward lighting here)

brunch with mj.

and afterwards, we got so full and needed to walk it off, and went to the east side of the mission towards potrero hill to this pretty place, sightglass. sat down with a latte for a while before heading out and hugged each other goodbye. and then i laid down in bed and basically didn’t leave it for the rest of the day.

hope you had a great weekend filled with great food yeah?? HAPPY MONDAY EITHER WAY. <3

 

mao

i lördags sprang jag in i mj när jag var ute i castro och dansade med siri, så vi gjorde brunchplaner till morgonen efter, så igår möttes vi upp på hog & rocks i mission och käkade massa gott och babblade ikapp om livet sedan vi sågs sist. jag älskar fan att bruncha!

brunch and ikea excursion.

brunch and ikea.

the other day i told you about mine and siri’s saturday brunch. but! on sunday it was time again. at this place.

brunch and ikea.

little gem! a clean and hipstry little place in hayes valley.

brunch and ikea.

with lucas! hadn’t seen him since before i moved to new york, and even before then, we were always too busy with our own lives. it was about a year ago that we went to portland and seattle by the way, if any of you remember that :) (wanted to link the posts here, but there are a lot of them! find them in the “travels” category and/or in the archive under march 2016).

brunch and ikea.

i ordered this extremely fancy salmon and avocado toast with a poached egg. plus coffee of course. and then vi had a 1,5 hour catchup on our lives. we used to be in the same class in school, and now we’re both working as copywriters in ad agencies here in sf, which is fun.

brunch and ikea.

and then i hugged him goodbye and met up with siri…for the third day in a row, hehe. we jumped on bart (san francisco’s subway) over to oakland.

brunch and ikea.

i wore my halloween-y vampire fang shirt, black levi’s and leather jacket with white nike theas.

brunch and ikea.

this is where we were going! home to sweden! hehe. since i recently moved to a new place, i needed to get some stuff (for all my clothes!! since one closet and one chest of drawers wasn’t enough ..).

brunch and ikea.

but mostly, we went for the food of course.

brunch and ikea.

if my brunch was fancy, this late lunch was the complete opposite. but you gotta love it, right? and then we went to the swedish food market and bought a ton of candy to bring back home too. yum.

 

mao

från min söndag! brunchade med lucas på little gem i hayes valley och spenderade resten av dagen med siri på ikea. mumz mumz.

brunch and season premiere in my favorite park.

el techo.

since weekends are for brunch, i had booked a table on saturday morning at el techo, which is like one of sfs super hyped places i feel. it was just me and this bloody maria.

el techo.

noooooo jk. and siri of course! we had hung out the night before too, cooking food and going to the cinema, then said goodbye for a few hours, and then met again saturday morning for brunch (and then we would hang out on sunday too. more on that in another post). hehe. <3

el techo.

i love a simple bloody mary, but this bloody maria (with tequila instead of vodka) was so so strong. i got drunk off of half the drink. then again, i drank it before i got the food and i just came from a workout without eating anything this day :[

el techo.

brunch is my top 3 fav weekend things. lucky me i love in a city that’s very embracing of the brunch culture.

el techo.

our food arrived! this is siri’s french toast. doesn’t it look amazing?

el techo.

uh, yes it does.

el techo.

i had the techo rancheros with tortilla, fried eggs, salsa verde and beans. it was good but i guess i expected more of a huevos rancheros kind of situation. (the best one i’ve had in the city was this time at 398 brasserie).

el techo.

el techo is on a rooftop, by the way. this is the view from up there, over mission street and downtown in the far back.

el techo.

as per usual the last weeks the weather was weird, shifting with rain sprinkles and really sunny every other minute.

el techo.

but when we were done with brunch however, it was sunny and dry and we could go to dolores park for the first time this year! if you know me, you know that’s my favorite park in san francisco. and despite the sometimes-cold winds passing by from time to time, we could lie down on the grass without jackets for a while. thank you san francisco!

 

mao

i lördags brunchade jag och siri på el techo (efter att ha lagat mat och gått på bio några timmar innan på fredagskvällen, hehe. vi skulle även hänga på söndagen sen : D). vi beställde french toast och techo rancheros och jag blev full på en jättestark bloody maria. sen premiärhängde vi i dolores park för säsongen! det har varit så kallt och regnigt i år liksom. men äntligen fick vi till det!

what i’m consuming right now.

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the other week, i received my first-ever company-blogger gift sent to me since i moved to the us. kind of nice and a little surprising, since i still feel much more like a part of the swedish blogger community than the american. so now, my kitchen is stocked up with energy drinks and teas. thank you runa!

other than bottled beverages, some things i’m consuming right now are for example:

music-wise: what a time to be alive because i’m on that drake flow right now.
food-wise: a lovely lasagna because there were leftovers from the valentines dinner that a person cooked for me.
snacks-wise: a shit ton of chewing gum because i bought 10 packs last time (addicted).
podcast-wisecall your girlfriend because these two ladies, ann and aminatou, are not only woke and on point but also amazing and hilarious.
book-wisepaper towns and animal farm kind of parallell. i don’t like reading multiple books simultaneously, but still. i can’t fully commit to one or the other.

plus an ungodly amount of phone battery and wi-fi every day because of 1) my long commute to/from work and 2) i haven’t been sleeping very good lately (hence scrolling through the internet for ever).

 

mao

vad jag konsumerar just nu! förutom drickorna jag fick i mitt första usa-bloggbud (hurra! jag finns även här! det trodde man inte) är det till exempel drakes gamla album, jättemycket mobilbatteri och rester från en lasagne som en person lagade till mig på alla hjärtans dag.

sunday brunch in the sun.

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sundays are made for brunch! especially in a rainy february like this one, you really have to capture the few hours in the sun. so that’s what i did yesterday with my friend lauren who i hadn’t seen in a super long time and sat down at an outdoor table at mymy in nob hill and cheered and caught up over eggs salmon benedict (my favorite) and bloody marys.

there is always a line, but it’s always worth it. at this place, i feel like their secret is frying the bread in a pan too, instead of just stacking the benedict onto an english muffin. however, both the food, the sun, and talks gave me energy to spend the rest of the day walking around the sunny city that was san francisco this very day.

this upcoming week it’s gonna rain again (when will it stop???), but i will be working and probably be mostly inside. got a sunny saturday (when i was moving one million things into my new place) and a sunny sunday at least. thank you, sf!

 

mao

kolla min fina brunch från igår. det är min favvo eggs salmon benedict från mymy i nob hill där jag och min gamla klasskompis lauren möttes för första gången på superlänge och babblade ikapp på uteserveringen med bloody marys.

det har regnat och ska regna så supermycket här i sf, men har iallafall fått en solig lördag och en solig söndag och det är jag så tacksam över!

a pastel city after the rain.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

on saturday, me, mark and ivana had a brunch date. the place we originally wanted to go to was closed, so we crossed the street to try out this new place instead, finn town tavern.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

it was really really pretty in there.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

all three of us ordered a hot mama, with vodka, lemon, tomato, balsamic vinegar, grain mustard, pickled beet juice and sesame oil. IT WAS SO GOOD. i’m a forever-fan of bloody mary, but this one beat it. (or should i say…beet it?)

post-rain san francisco saturday.

and over food, we caught up on the last couple of months that i’ve been in new york and the like. plus a lot of trump talk. this man is polluting every single person’s mind i kid you not.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

after hugging mark goodbye, me and ivana took a long and slow stroll through the city, starting through duboce triangle.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

i was wearing all black, with black h&m dress and coat, dr martens heels, tote from american apparel and beanie from obey. plus choker!

post-rain san francisco saturday.

it had just rained, and this pastel city was extra quiet right here.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

while working our way up towards alamo square, the sun came out and we passed even more colorful facades, like this mango/raspberry one.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

and then we reached the painted ladies (aka the full house houses) at the top. pretty as always.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

he we have her! ivana. most of you maybe remember but if you’re new here, me and ivana used to live together here in sf before i moved to new york.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

we passed by the houses i always think look like something from ladurée.

post-rain san francisco saturday.

and after our long and slow walk, we ended up at starbucks where we sat down and babbled for another like FOUR hours. good to catch up with sf friends though. <3

 

mao

i lördags käkade jag brunch och babblade ikapp med ivana och mark på finn town tavern. jag åt en fantastisk eggs salmon benny och drack den helt ärligt godaste drinken nånsin. jisses gå hit och beställ en hot mama om du är into tomatjuice och sånt.

nåväl, efter maten vinkade jag och ivana hejdå till mark och tog en lååååång och sakta promme genom stan. kollade på drömmiga pastelliga hus som vanligt pga stan är ju full av dem och hamnade till slut på starbucks där vi satt och babblade bort typ fyra timmar till. så fin så fin dag.