DIGITAL DIARY: JAPANTOWN, MONKEY BRAINS, & A YOGA WORKSHOP

what I did in San Francisco this weekend
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Sutter street in japantown, san francisco, california • essellesse visits japantown!
sakura cherry blossoms in japantown, san francisco, california • essellesse visits japantown!

Happy Sunday!!

It’s fun to have some casual posts here on the blog like this. I don’t really do much over the week other than work, Japanese lessons, cook & practice yoga so when I do have things going on, it’s fun to update them here. Very much like a Digital Diary.

Think a fun light-hearted lil conversation with a peek from my iphone – basically what photos of over the past 48 hours 🙂

I just made a chemex of Sonoma Coast coffee. Lofi is playing – my high on lofi playlist to be specific. Reallllllly into lofi these days! This playlist is great for lazy mornings making a pourover or if you, are as the name suggests, during the day. Windows are open, the light is bright, & it’s a beautiful breezy California day. My husband {bc I love calling him that} is currently golfing in a tournament so I’m here blogging and getting my ducks in a row for the week ahead.

sakura cherry blossoms in japantown, san francisco, california • essellesse visits japantown!
cherry blossoms!
peace plaza in japantown, san francisco, california • essellesse visits japantown!

This Friday, I took the day outside and went to Japantown! It was Valentine’s Day and I was planning on surprising Erik with the Yasukochi Crunch Cake! Not to mention, it’s been BEAUTIFUL in San Francisco lately.

Anyways, this cake has been on my list for a long time: vanilla, with vanilla icing coated with a toffee streusel crunch. Basically our dream cake.

The Yasukochi crunch cake is known to sell out daily so I planned to get there right at 10 but lost track of time!! I got there at 11 and things didn’t go as planned.

The lady in front of me got the last one so all they had were slices. Change of plans but that works too! The slices were HUGE too.

Thennnnnnn they didn’t take cards – cash or check only. Bummer but def coming back with cash soon!

But on the major brightside, I’m in Japantown so I decided to spend the day there! It’s an activity I want to do more here in San Francisco. There’s SO much charm and wonderful shops – sooooo much to explore.

I went across the street to the Japantown mall and got Erik some Valentine’s goodies like ceramics, fish chopstick holders, & plenty of desserts. He has two Valentine’s Day presents coming in later so I wanted to get him something special day of.

kippu sushi & roll house in japantown, san francisco, california • essellesse visits japantown!
mokey brains {tempura fried mushroom stuffed with spicy tuna} at kippu sushi & roll house in japantown, san francisco, california • essellesse visits japantown!
mokey brains {tempura fried mushroom stuffed with spicy tuna} at kippu sushi & roll house in japantown, san francisco, california • essellesse visits japantown!
peace plaza & kippu sushi & roll house in japantown, san francisco, california • essellesse visits japantown!

For lunch, I went to Kippu. Cute little sushi spot with fun rolls. I’m obsessed OBSESSED with spicy tuna so I got the spicy country roll {spicy tuna roll topped with seaweed salad} & monkey brains {tempura fried mushrooms stuffed with spicy tuna OMG}. So so so good & such a lovely Friday treat.

ALSO- in Japantown, there’s an amazing store called Candy Doll Beauty. They sell ALL the Japanese beauty and skincare I’ve talked about here. THey had Heroine Make, Canmake, boxes of sheet masks… it was heaven. If you love Japanese beauty & skincare as much as I do, you have to check this store out. PHENOMENAL!!

Another Japantown treat? It’s only 6 minutes by car from the Marina or a 20 minute walk! I can’t wait to discover more places here. Any places I need to check out?

Friday night situation: commonplace book, bolster, chardonnay, mint tea, & sunset
gaiam yoga mat in cool mint & candy stretching strap on essellesse
my new yoga mat & strap <3
shannon silver schuchard wears gap fit in san francisco on essellesse • girl in blue sports bra and yoga pants

Then, on Saturday, I attended a yoga workshop!! Basically, it was a 2 hour workshop explaining & walking through basic yoga poses and incorporating the principles of pilates with it since they go hand in hand. I thought it would be handy as I create some “at home” workouts & stretches for myself.

LOVED it. Practicing yoga has already been so transformative for me & I’m only 45 days in! That said, I really wanted to learn the specifics on the basic poses.

The poses we covered were Downward Dog, Warrior 1, Warrior 3, & Pyramid. It was so helpful to be walked through exactly what’s right and what’s wrong & feeling the difference. I knew I wasn’t hitting these basic poses correctly so I got a lot out of the class.

Especially Downward dog, it’s an “easy” pose to do and everyone knows it but I was never truly walked through it. Think how to hold your hands down, how to push, where your tailbone should be, etc. It was so helpful to have someone literally push and pull my body in the 100% correct position.

I learned a LOT and even more excited to continue my practice with all the tweaks.

the pad yoga at union street in san francisco, california on essellesse
the pad yoga at union street in san francisco, california on essellesse

Then, I met Erik & his friend Scott at a local wine bar called West Coast Wine and got, as we called, Chardonnay drunk… and now, well, here we are.

But it’s a beautiful morning & a lovely weekend being out and about in San Francisco. It’s fun to talk about the day to day stuff here too. Not only is it like old school blogging {which I highkey miss} but it’s a great way to stay present and explore this city. It’s easy to take for granted & these posts are basically like journaling digitally…. my digital diary 🙂

What did you do this weekend? x

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16 Comments

  1. 2.16.20
    Mica said:

    Looks like you had a really fun weekend, and you got some great photos! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    • 2.16.20
      Shannon said:

      Thanks so much, Mica!! It went by too fast! 😉

  2. 2.16.20
    Jessica said:

    What a charming place indeed. Those tuna looks so yummy!

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    • 2.17.20
      Shannon said:

      LOVE anything spicy tuna! & a lil tempura fried never hurt a flea 😉 thanks so much Jess! x

  3. 2.17.20
    cate said:

    All those cherry trees in blossom are so dreamy! I’d be there taking so many pictures all the time!(:

    ☾ 35mminstyle / blogging + photography

    • 2.17.20
      Shannon said:

      It was SUCH a treat, Cate! I didn’t realize they all bloomed here & can’t wait to take more pics 🙂

  4. 2.17.20

    I haven’t ever been to Japan Town before, but I’d love to visit as it looks like such a great place xo

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    • 2.17.20
      Shannon said:

      You HAVE to go!! SO many cute shops and restaurants – it’s such a gem in SF and always a good time!

  5. 2.17.20

    Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

  6. 2.19.20
    Nina said:

    Japan is a wonderful place!! I need to come back! Have a wonderful day dear! xx

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    • 2.19.20
      Shannon said:

      best place in the world! Thanks so much, Nina! <3

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