I can’t believe I’m already on the last part of my California trip. Even though it already ended a week ago, I’m so not done reminiscing.
Speaking of so not done, I’m not done catching up on reading blogs either. You’ll be able to tell I got to you because you’ll have back to back comments from me 😉
So lets do a little recap before my real recap
Tuesday-Friday: SAN FRAN HERE
And that leaves Friday-Wednesday in
Santa Clara was added onto me and Andrew’s trip because long story short: my company wanted me out there to visit our headquarters (obviously, located in Santa Clara).
Luckily since me and Andrew’s original trip ended on a Friday, we were able to use the weekend to explore Santa Clara before I had to go into work and before Andrew had to leave on Monday.
Friday mid day, we ubered to our new hotel, which we loved! We arrived around 2ish and it was crazy because out of San Diego and
San Fran, Santa Clara had the best weather- high 70’s, low-mid 80’s. AH, PERFECTION!! Not to mention my sunburn and discolored skin that I was so self conscious of was FINAAAALLY healed. And whatever cold I got from my sunburn had vanished #win.
The one thing I loved about Santa Clara were the gorgeous mountain views as you were driving, especially during sunset time.
We arrived mid day, it was 80 and all sun out so Andrew and I decided to go sit by the pool for an hour to gather composure and relax. We eventually got ready and headed to Santana Row for dinner which was the only thing I knew of that was nearby.
I was actually REALLY excited because I was in dire need of a manicure. My nails were horrendous by the end of San Fran and I wasn’t going to go to my HQ with bad nails! I looked up a nail place in Santana Row and jetted for the nail salon while Andrew made his way to Left Bank for a beer.
Okay so Santana Row was fabulous! It was definitely the California version (aka much nicer version) of Assembly Row here in Boston. But I loved it. Andrew and I got dinner at Maggiano’s and after I did some shopping at the H&M 😉
Andrew and I mutually agreed that since the weather was nearly perfect while we were there that we’d spend the days by the pool and go adventure somewhere later in the afternoon. Don’t worry guys this time I lathered myself up with A TON of sunscreen!
After the pool day, we got ready and headed over to
We were wicked excited to go roam around the campus! I remember seeing Mack’s posts about it when she went with her aunt and uncle and again with DJ’s mom and step dad, so I knew I wanted to go check it out.
Oh my lord the campus was HUGE, very modern, and all around gorgeous. There were tons of miscellaneous things (fountains, archways, art exhibits, structures) throughout the campus which was very cool to see as a visitor.
We also had to buy Stanford t-shirts to go with our Harvard University ones 😉
So all throughout my Santa Clara trip I was in contact with Mack because I was in her neck of the woods (which was SO EXCITING). Oh my gosh ya’ll she is the most helpful sweetest soul you’ll ever meet! While we were at Stanford we decided to go to Cupertino to get dinner and she gave us a list full of sushi places to go to. Not that I was surprised; but guys, she knows her sushi spots! So what happened was we planned to meet right before dinner, but between where my uber dropped us off at and where the restaurant was got mixed up… BUTTTT thank God for Mack who came to me and Andrew’s rescue and drove us there. Aside from the drive there, the fact that her and I were meeting for the FIRST TIME EVER WAS AMAZING! It happened so quick and the 2 minute drive just wasn’t enough but it was magical. More to come on that.
I was so stoked because Saturday night when Andrew and I got back to the hotel, we realized that the plaza behind our hotel was SO much closer than we thought, like walking distance. But even better there was a Starbucks AND Krispy Kreme donuts. Oh my lanta. This girl LOVES Krispy Kremes and its such a rare commodity on the East coast (to the point where I literally ordered a dozen Krispy Kremes off of Amazon once)
So when Sunday AM came rolling in, I knew exactly where we were going first thing….
Success! Back to the hotel we went to lay out by the pool for our last day of lounging. The Warriors vs Cavs game was on so we watched that and got dinner at The Lazy Dog. Another place I remembered from Mack’s blog, so back to Cupertino we went! Which BTW everyone, I’m in LOVE with Cupertino.
Monday – Wednesday
I was at my company’s headquarters and my, oh my, oh my! Now I know what the hype is all about. It was really cool to see and meet my team in person rather than via email. Putting a name to a face was fun.
So Monday Andrew left to go back home and get back to work so I was dining solo for dinner. I went to the Pho place in the plaza behind my hotel called Pho Hoa- and I was devastated that I JUST found this place because their pho was PHOnomenal (hey Mack, I feel like you 😉 ).
Tuesday was a REALLY good day and you’ll find out why if you keep on reading 🙂 On Monday the girl I was shadowing was asking me what kind of food I want and she mentioned how Santa Clara has a very big Korean population with a lot of Korean food etc…. Music to my ears…. I told her I wanted a specific Korean noodle dish called Jajangmyung, its a black bean paste with veggie dish (A huge Korean staple, which you’ll see below) So she so kindly found a place that had it and she took me there for lunch.AH I was in heaven!!!! As unappetizing as it looks, jajangmyung is my favorite Korean dish ever. I justify the authenticity of a Korean restaurant if they have this dish because most American’s have a preconceived opinion just by the looks of it so not many places sell it. Don’t judge a book by its cover!!! We also ordered a very popular Korean pork dish that was covered in a cloud-like batter, also very delicious and on par.
After the work day, my team arranged to have a dinner with me. More food!!! They chose this hot pot place in Cupertino, which I love hot pot, so good choice by them! And we feasted not to mention this wasn’t even half the food we ordered..
Okay but now to the good part!!! After dinner Mack and I arranged to meet up at my hotel so that we could really talk because that 2 minute car ride was surely not enough!
Ah I was in literal heaven! I cannot put into words how cool it was to meet a fellow blogger and now friend ❤ It was amazing to just girl talk and I swear I feel like I’ve known her forever as if we were just old pals catching up on life. She has such a great energy about her and she’s just the prettiest little thing!!!
We eventually headed inside because we obviously had to have a little photo shoot. She had me at “We can take as many as you want” ❤ Britt, you would love her!!!
As much as I miss her, we already planned and mapped out our meeting spots when we move to Texas so we’re good! xoxo
We’re slowly coming to and end…. Almost last thing, I tried Philz Coffee!!! Thanks to Jacqueline Joy who told me I must must must try the mint mojito coffee….like, mint mojito? I was skeptical but OH MY WORD…. unbelievable. I couldn’t believe I was saying this but Philz exceeds Starbs.
*Sigh* Although I’m not certain but it sounds like Philz is trying to pull some strings to open up some locations over here in Boston 😉
ONE LAST THING…look what we added to our collection!!!
Ah sorry for the lengthy post! I hope you guys made it through!!! Sending all my love to everyone!!!