explore: civic center farmers’ market

The other day I went gallivanting around San Francisco to celebrate the end of exams. My original intent was to find a certain thrift shop, but my poor sense of direction successfully managed to hinder this attempt. (Slightly) disheartened, I decided to find something else to do; in other words, walk around until I encountered something interesting. Thanks to my aimless wandering, I found myself at the UN Plaza and the home of this lovely farmers’ market!

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It had been a few years since I’d last been to the market, so I was really happy that I managed to get there on a day that it was open. The market has lots of vendors selling little trinkets, jewelry, clothing, and produce. Towards one end of it, there were also a few delicious smelling food trucks. For anyone looking for a place to get their last-minute holiday shopping done, check this place out! The market is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays — rain or shine.

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holga

This week I bought a Holga lens for my Nikon as a sort of (early) Christmas present for myself. As someone who has never really gotten into film, but has always wanted a Holga camera (I will forever regret not getting one when they were only $10 at Urban Outfitters) this lens is great! Now I can get the fun distorted images without the hassle of having to buy film and get it developed. Perfect!

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It’s a bit tricky to get used to it, as it has a fixed focal length of 60mm and an aperture of roughly f/11 (aka it would do best outdoors in the sunlight), but if you ramp up the exposure, shutter speed, and ISO you should be able to get some really cool shots. I can’t wait until I can really take it for a spin!

foodstuff 11: avocado-lemon cream pasta

I think this is the first time in a long time that I’ve followed a recipe rather closely. By some lucky stroke of fate, I saw the recipe for this (and a convincing photo!) posted online just as I was about to start debating what to make for dinner. Making this dish was my first foray into (consciously) making vegan food and needless to say, I’m convinced! It’s incredibly fast and simple. The pasta came out amazing and I have a feeling that it’ll even taste great cold (leftovers!!!). I even had some remaining avocado mix, so I decided to save it in the refrigerator to use as a dip or spread.

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indian rock + tilden park

Earlier in the week I went up to Indian Rock and Tilden Park. It was coincidentally the first rain of the season, so everything was fittingly grey and gloomy. If it hadn’t been raining the entire time, I would have climbed to the top of the rocks; from there, there’s a fantastic view of the entire bay. Looks like I’ll have to go back some other time!

Indian Rock:

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Tilden Park (these photos were taken on my iPhone because by this point it had started pouring and I feared for the life of my camera):

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Other random shots I took on the excursion:

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fall wardrobe

I keep talking about fall, but it’s my favorite season, so what else would you expect? It’s when I finally get to throw on layers upon layers  in various muted shades. It’s when I finally get to dig out all of my chunky sweaters, boots and scarves and wear them all in heavy rotation.  Boom yeah.

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