100 COFFEE SHOPS: 02. HOME SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Coffee Shop Series No. 2! This post is long overdue. Just got back from our Europe vacation and now just getting back into the swing of things. So to celebrate my coming back to reality, my coffee-holic friend, G and I went to another coffee shop. This time in San Francisco, CA.
Our coffee shop destination is Home. We found this spot through Yelp! We we’re intrigued about their Birthday Cake Latte and Condensed Milk Toast. We left a little later in the day and got stuck in traffic and almost missed our chance to check it out.

The place had a clean and modern look. It had white walls, with a blue tile wall accent and the lit letter decor spelling the word, HOME. There was a huge skylight and the front windows let in a lot of natural light (perfect for selfies and taking coffee pics!) I love the simple design of the place and the home-y feel of it. I wish there was more seating, but they tell you to feel free and share tables with other people.


G decided to try the Birthday Cake Latte and I had the Nutella Hot Chocolate. I was sad because my cup was not as cute as G’s but at least it was DELICIOUS! I was also sad because they informed us that the kitchen is closed and that we cannot order the Condensed Milk Toast *sad face* We then sat and chatted up about my vacation and planned our future adventures over our yummy drinks. All of a sudden, it was closing time. I wish we could’ve stayed longer to take more pictures and enjoy the place. We’ll definitely go earlier next time.

*If you’re planning on checking this coffee shop out, make sure to check their hours (HERE)! Some drinks to try are the Birthday Cake Latte, Lavender Latte, Cookie Monster and Red Velvet Latte. Also try the Condensed Milk Toast.

That’s it for now, until next time!

♥ kai

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MINI-ADVENTURE 01: Dubz Against The World Art Exhibit


Hello there! If you didn’t know already, I am from the Bay Area. I live about 45 minutes away from San Francisco, and as you can probably tell from this post. I AM A WARRIORS FAN!

HELLO, DUBNATION!


Last month, they had an art exhibit on anything and everything Warriors called #Dubz Against The World. It was at the SOMArts Cultural Center in SF and was for a limited time only, so of course me and my fellow “Splash Sister” had to go see it.


The ticket was pretty cheap at around $10 per ticket and I’m always down to go to the city to do some exploring. We decided to take Bart (our metro system) to avoid any slow traffic and paying parking fees…not to mention crazy drivers…just kidding, I AM THE CRAZY DRIVER. LOL! The Bart ride was good, but I didn’t account for the walking time from the Bart station to the actual place. It took us probably around 20-30 mins (with my short legs) to get there.

We got there early enough that there was not a lot of people. The walls was filled with different art works, and the tables with random Warriors items for sale. They had the place set up with a DJ, a bar and food trucks. I was surprised to see that the artworks on the walls were for sale too. I was tempted to snatch some but the ones I liked were too out of my budget. I did end up getting a poster! See some of the artworks below and comment on which ones you liked the best!

"W!!!"


Here’s G exploring the wall of bball players XD…

…and ME. Hello there! 😀

Here are some drawings inspired by Jordan sneakers. So creative! ♥

I love the portraits above!

Below is one of my faves!
Riley Curry is so cute!

Splash Brothers… Bahahahaha XD

Be sure to comment which ones you like the most. Thanks for stopping by.

For inquiries, email me at hello[at]kaisotto.com.

♥ kai

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Style Snaps: Black & Gold with @JPINSIDER

While cleaning out my hard drive, I saw tons of old photos that I have not blogged about. Including this session! So I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from this photoshoot with travel and style blogger, Marika (@jpinsider).

We decided to meet up and shoot at the Ferry Building in the afternoon. The lighting was perfect and San Francisco is always a great backdrop. It was the first time I worked with Marika and she was just the sweetest, not to mention adorable! She even brought me a little bag of goodies!

She wore a black and gold outfit paired with a leather jacket, a matching bag and a fedora hat. If you like info on the items she’s wearing, check out her blog post here! This was such a fun shoot. Check out the rest of it below.

Thanks for stopping by!

For session inquiries, email me at hello[at]kaisotto.com

♥ kai

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100 COFFEE SHOPS: 01. COFFEE SHOP WALNUT CREEK, CA

I’m so excited for this new series! I will be visiting 100 coffee shops all over the bay (for now) to find spots with yummy coffee and teas. I’ve always love finding quaint and unique spaces; so that, plus my love of lattes, and taking photos, this series is perfect!

Lucky for me, I have a coffeeholic friend to tag along with me on this series. Say Hello, G!

 
 

Our first stop is a spot in Walnut Creek, CA called the Coffee Shop. We decided to visit on a Friday after work. I was surprised that they were open until 11PM. I guess it’s never too late for coffee! It was a really cold night so a warm beverage was just fitting.

The place had an industrial style. The tables, chairs and decor was made of wood and metal, which I dig very much. You would think that because of the style it would give a cold vibe, but it was actually pretty warm and cozy. There were a good amount of people inside. A handful of them were there to share artwork, almost like a meet up. Some people were doing work and others catching up with friends.

The service was prompt and the people making the coffee seems nice. I wanted a Matcha green tea latte but they ran out of matcha *bummer*. Instead I asked for a Peppermint Mocha and G ordered a Maple Latte. Overall, it was a good experience! Coffee was good and company was nice. Maybe we’ll check out the other locations too. Here are some of the photos I took:

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A Great View of the Grand Canyon

During a trip to Las Vegas, NV last year, my family decided to take a 4-hour drive to the beautiful state of Arizona to take a looksie of the Grand Canyon. My mom has been wanting to go and we’ve been putting it off because it is a good 10-hour drive from the bay. The weather was WARM, even warmer than Las Vegas so we made sure to pack a lot of sun screen and hats. Even the drive up was beautiful, we stopped by for a stretch break and saw the beautiful view above.


When we arrived at the Grand Canyon National Park, we stopped at the gate to purchase a vehicle pass. The entrance fee was $30, and it was good for 7 days. What a deal!

We parked and started walking up the visitors center. Everything was marked and going around was easy. You can either take the bus around to see the spots or walk around. We decided to take a walk.

The rocks (or I guess boulders?) was massive and I had to take photos. BTW don’t mind my not suitable for the occasion foot wear (it is a result of poor planning). Here’s a snap, Tada!

Look at this rock wall, interesting eh? Nature sure is beautiful!

We got lucky with the weather. The skies were clear and the sun lit the Grand Canyon beautfully. I was at awe at how beautiful the view was. Every couple of steps and the view of the canyon changes. I probably took hundreds of pictures there. Here are some of my faves:

You can see how GRAND the Grand Canyon is compared to those tiny people. Whoa!

IT IS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL!

 

After hours of roaming around, we had food at their little grocery store. The sun was setting and we started our 4-hour trip back to Las Vegas.

I really wish we could stay more days and explore the canyon more. I bet I have not even fully experienced the Grand Canyon yet. I will save that for another trip. This is definitely not the last time I visit this wonderful place. See you later, Arizona!

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