This was one of the ultimate impromtu FWB episodes. I brought my mic along to my friend, Patty’s going away party in Dolores Park because I made a plan to make a video with my friend, Kyle. Lo and behold, Polly was in town from NYC and attending Patty’s party (they went to college together). While waiting for Kyle, we were catching up and she started explaining what her lesson would be. I quickly stopped her and got out my IPhone to make it happen. Polly and I met through friends (Patty and co) during my first run in SF and it was so great to see her and have her participate in FWB in one of our favorite places in the city. I love and totally appreciate her enthusiasm for FWB which was so encouraging and awesome to hear. She’s definitely a natural in front of the camera;) Thanks Polly for being so fun and proving that SF is such a special place that we’ll always have no matter where we live in the world.
Bi introduces me to his favorite Banh Mi place in San Francisco, Saigon Sandwich. I was super excited about his idea to deconstruct the Banh Mi because it’s an amazing sandwich which a lot of people don’t know about and I’ve been craving one for a really long time. My friend, Liz, introduced me to Banh Mi when I moved to Brooklyn in 2010. Since then, I’ve been hooked and eating four different sandwiches at one time was pretty stellar.
I’ve known of Bi for years but it wasn’t until after he met all of my other friends that we finally connected. Here’s the timeline: Bi met Ashley and Tracy at Nicolle’s birthday party a while ago. They all hit it off and when my friends from Canton came to visit the girls in SF, Bi met and became friends with them. I heard a lot about this Bi but never got to meet him until I moved back to SF. We’ve hung out a bunch since then and I now know why all my friends love him. Bi is such a great person and I’m lucky to finally get to experience it for myself. Thanks Bi for exposing me to SF’s best food and of course for being awesome.
And yes, I apologize for the poor angles. It’s time to invest in tripod. My lamp with tape tripod is failing me.
My good friend, Nicolle, introduces me to the Breville juicer and teaches me how to make a juice. Since moving to SF, I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends are on the juicing and smoothie bandwagon. I think I need to jump on. With all the benefits, it seems like there is no reason not to. Thanks Nicolle for showing me your juicing ways and being an amazing friend and now neighbor!
On my adventure, I traveled to Bali for 10 days. My good friend from growing up, Melissa, lives in Ubud and hosted me for the majority of my trip. She of course offered to do an FWB lesson. It was so nice to be with an old friend in a new place and reflect on our childhoods as well as rediscover our friendship in new ways. Check out how to open a coconut and watch Emilie, Melissa’s gf do it in a minute thirty. http://youtu.be/heWprF278vs
Makasi Meliss! Much love!
Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday. I spend it with the people I love in my hometown and it’s always filled with love and laughter. This Thanksgiving, my family friend, Craig showed me how to carve a turkey. I went into this not knowing a single thing and now feel like I could take over the job next year. But let’s be for real, I’ll probably go back to drinking, eating and gossiping while Craig carves the turkey with my dad assisting. Thanks Craig for showing me your master carving skills! I think the next stop for you is the Food Network:)
Due to Hurricane Sandy, my friend, Katie was displaced from her home in SoHo and stayed at my house for the week. She was so nice to show me how to make her amazing salted fudge brownies. They are so good! You just can’t have one which has contributed to the Sandy 15. I apologize for the technical difficulties during this FWB. Not sure what’s going on but this is definitely a learning process. Thank you Katie for your patience with my lack of baking skills. You’re the best:)
This week has proven that I am so grateful for everything I have in life. It has also shown that it’s the little things that can make a huge difference in other people’s lives whether it’s providing a warm place to sleep or donating blood which I will be doing on Thursday. Enjoy this Friendships With Benefits and please donate to help Sandy victims recover as quickly as possible. You can donate to the Mayor’s Fund or the Red Cross. Anything helps. Thank you. In the end, we are all friends who can provide some benefits no matter how small.
Liz is on of my oldest and dearest friends. She is basically the reason why I have lived in Brooklyn for the last two and a half years. In this FWB, Liz teaches me how she makes her beloved BoardSnacks. She has always been a whiz in the kitchen and knows how to put together such a good spread that I convinced her to start a blog to share her goodness with the world. Check her out at BoardSnacks.com. Thanks Lizzy for showing me your awesome skills and saying yes to being on FWB. I really appreciate it and heart you big time! xo
Today my friend and roommate, Steve, shows me how to make your own soda water with your own soda water making machine. Steve is a Do It Yourself kind of guy and this FWB proves that. Thanks Steve for showing me something that I would NEVER be able to do own my own and showing me that it can be done! Good luck in your new house! You’re going to missed.
My friend and neighbor, Cindy, teaches me some serious knife skills. As you will soon find out, I’m not the most talented with the chef’s knife but Cindy knows what she’s talking about and shows me her ways. I’ve been trying to cook more so I think this lesson will definitely help the cause. Thanks Cin for teaching me and always being there for me! xo
My friend and former camper, Emily, teaches me how to make an insanely delicious grilled cheese. Emily and I have known each other for 15 years (I was 14 and she was 10 when she started camp). I love our relationship and it has been really special to watch someone grow up and then become equals. She is such a smart and hilarious person and of course, makes a damn good grilled cheese! Stech, thanks for being the little sister I never had. xo