san francisco

Cheers to Us

by tatiana on March 22, 2010

This week, not only did I celebrate my 26th year on this planet, but I also celebrated my 6th month living in San Francisco.

Six months ago I drove across the Bay Bridge with my Dad in a rental truck with all of my belongings. Six months ago my mom and I said goodbye through tears just like when I left home to go to UC Irvine. Although I can’t drive home when I miss my family, I’m lucky to have my San Francisco family, the family I have created.  I often find myself walking down the street or sitting on the train and I think to myself “I fucking live here.” Maybe the shock and excitement will wear off eventually, but maybe it won’t. All I know is that right now, today, I love it here. Maybe it’s like the beginning of every relationship. Perhaps San Francisco and I are in our honeymoon phase. I mean, really, we’ve had our differences, but for now everything is pretty great. So cheers, SF. Here’s to many more great months, years, decades, who knows.


My Kind of Valentine's Day Greeting

by tatiana on February 12, 2010

Taken at Blush Wine Bar on Castro St. with my iPhone


I Saw the Sign: Mission Edition

by tatiana on February 9, 2010

Man, I have been lagging with my I Saw the Sign posts. Today I bring you storefront signage from one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco – The Mission. The Mission is known for it’s thriving latino culture, amazing food, and even more amazing murals. But let’s take a journey and appreciate the beautiful and historical signage that the Mission has to offer. [click to continue…]


Blast from the Past: Rewind to 1994

by tatiana on January 11, 2010

My cousin Natasha and me on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, 1994

It was April of 1994. I had just turned 10 a whole month earlier. DOUBLE DIGITS! And yes, I was clearly going through my ugly stage. Haha. My Uncle flew my cousin and I up to visit him and my Aunt in San Jose and we took a day trip up to San Francisco. The only things I knew about San Francisco at this point in my life was that the Tanner family lived there and that Rice-A-Roni was allegedly the city’s favorite food. Little did I know that 15 years later, I would call this crazy place home.


What’s Goin On: December 2009

by tatiana on December 9, 2009


Ahhhh, tis the season for “gaudy decorations” as my friend Bri mentioned last week when we were decorating her house. Also, tis the season for busy schedules made even busier by cool things going on around town. Here are a few things to pencil into your day-planner. (Does anyone use those anymore?)

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Not Your Granny’s Craft Fair!

by tatiana on December 7, 2009


I don’t think I can adequately express how excited I am about Bazaar Bizarre. I’ve been dying to go for YEARS, and finally, the stars have lined up and I will be able to be surrounded by handmade goodness and the awesome people who make it all happen.

I know it’s a little difficult to buy exclusively handmade items during the holidays… but it’s good to try! This is where Bazaar Bizarre comes in handy. Support those who are trying to create goods in ethical and sustainable ways. Also, handmade gifts are extra special because they’re often one-of-a-kind… and they’re made with love. “It’s all for love. L-O-V-E.” – Michael Jackson (Did anyone else see This Is It?)

Here’s the info:

What: Over 120 Vendors, Free Craft Workshops, Food, Music <– I love all of those things.
When: Saturday December 12th & Sunday December 13th 2009
Where: San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Admission: $2.00 for adults, Children under 12 FREE (half of admission is being donated to art education organizations)

ALSO for $5 and a bag of your own old clothes that you no longer wear, you can pick up some new rags and upcycle the crap out of them.

SORR Postcard

How excited am I? VERY. I live for this shit.

For more information, head over to their website:

Hope to see you there!



Martuni’s Piano Bar, Hayes Valley, San Francisco
Homegirl was singing a Ting Tings/Toni Basil medley. So much fun was had here.

Oftentimes when visiting friends in the city, we’ll go somewhere more than once in one weekend, which is a bit silly considering how the city is bursting with quality bars and venues. But Martuni’s was so much fun on Saturday night, that we decided to hit it up again on Sunday. It’s a really great martini bar in Hayes Valley/Castro. The atmosphere was like hanging out with musical theater friends. Boisterous, fun and super sassy.

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“It’s true what they say in that song…”

by tatiana on September 8, 2009


“… ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’. I’ve moved away several times only to find myself wanting to come back. No place in the world is like San Francisco. There’s just something about it.” Faye, our Realtor said to me as we looked out of the vacant Noe Valley bedroom window overlooking a beautiful cityscape, with the Bay Bridge in the distance.


“I want to go to there”: or, SF Pride

by tatiana on June 30, 2009


My lil sis registering to vote! SF Pride, 2009

This weekend was full of exercise, good TV show quotes, delicious food, laughter, amazing friends, the occasional naked or half naked person, and of course, PRIDE! My graduation gift to Ms. Riot Grrrl Jr. was a trip to the beautiful San Francisco. We picked an amazing weekend to visit! Not only was SF Pride happening, but it turns out, some other good friends were in town as well. I seriously have the best friends ever. I’m a lucky gal.


Here’s looking at you, kids

by tatiana on April 25, 2009

In honor of Mr. and Ms. Guava’s wedding today. May it be the most beautiful and perfect day, with lots of crazy and kooky things to look back and remember. This is the first time I think I’ve ever said “I can’t wait for line dancing!

Photo taken in San Francisco’s Mission District with my dear iPhone