Went hiking at Muir Woods National Park located 1hr North of San Francisco, CA. We went on the perfect day where it wasn’t too cold or too warm and we had a great time exploring the famous redwoods and enjoying our hike throughout this beautiful and quiet park full of vibrant greenery. As you may already know, I love hiking and have climbed Mt. Fuji, Takaosan, Komagatake, Half Dome in Yosemite, etc and now adding Muir Woods to my repertoire :)
They have multiple trails to choose from and you can mix the trails too which is nice. We got there first thing in the morning when the park opened at 8am and had a great ~4 hour hike. We then headed to Muir Beach and explored a bit plus stopped by Marin Country Mart as well.
Next up is an uber stylish company located in San Francisco. I recently had a chance to visit my friend at the Pinterest HQ which is located in SoMa. Their office is in a warehouse space that has artistic architecture and screams industrial cool. Their open-space concept with high ceilings, pops of colors throughout, and fun detailed decorations make the space more like a lounge than an office space. Loved the clean modern space with all the little touches throughout their office that made the place fun to work in yet cozy. The best part is, even the employees are surprised by the constant change in their office space as the designer keeps adding/moving around their furniture to keep it exciting.
As for their food options, the employees get free lunches everyday. Their lunch is catered daily but always has a salad bar/deli section. They also have lots of free snacks and drinks to choose from as well. The day I visited was Indian Curry day so I had some curry + salad. The last photo of the pink flamingos are from the women’s bathroom! Check out more photos after the link below.
Guess what? I am currently in Sunny California making my tour around this awesome state, and I got to visit Facebook Headquarters located in Silicon Valley (Menlo Park, CA to be exact). It’s probably one of the largest scale campuses I have visited for a tech company, and believe it or not, they are building a new larger campus across the street because they are outgrowing their current space!
My visit to Google Japan’s office was quite exciting but this is a whole different scale and it feels like you are visiting Disneyland or something. As I walked through their campus, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in college as everyone seems young and dressed in relaxed outfits. So different from the Japanese salary-men style. The office layout is open concept and it definitely feels like the “IT” place to be.
The food is the best part. SO many options to choose from!! There’s a specialty BBQ place, Burger joint, Sushi restaurant, Coffee shop, Sweets shop (Bakery, Ice cream, Froyo), and a cafeteria that changes their menu daily, Juice Bar, Salad Bar, Make your own Sandwich/Panini section, just unbelievable. The most amazing part is, aside from a few restaurants, everything is FREE for employees and guests! I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat due to so many options, I decided to get something from the cafeteria and Sweets Shop and had a pretty good experience :D
Found a pretty good sushi lunch spot in Ginza. Located in a back alley behind the Matsuya Ginza Department store, this is a hidden but popular place amongst Japanese businessmen and OLs. It’s easy, good, and affordable. We came here on a weekday right when the restaurant opened and we were 3rd in line. The line was a lot longer when we came out after eating though.
Pictured above are the “Zukeana Chirashi/づけ穴ちらし” (1200yen) and “Tokusen Chirashi/特選ちらし” (1500yen). The Zukeana Chirashi comes with Anago + Tuna but all sorts of yumminess is hidden underneath the rice plus it even includes a soup and all this for only 1200yen. The Tokusan Chirashi comes with a whopping 16 pieces of sushi + soup for only 1500yen and it was quite filling- I almost couldn’t finish my lunch. This is a nice option for those of you who are already in Ginza and feel like eating sushi for lunch.
Lunch Hours // 11:30am – 2:30pm
Address // 3-8-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3564-8601
Website // n/a
Hand-drip coffee shop Hoshino is located throughout Japan but one of their stores is located directly above the Shibuya Scramble. If you sit by the window, you get a view of the cross-walk while sipping on some delicious hand-drip coffee. Visit between 11am – 3pm and you can get your drink for 300yen if you order any food along with it.
The Souffle Double Pancakes are 680yen (a single pancake is 530yen) and it comes with your choice of maple, honey or black syrup. The souffle pancakes were so fluffy, thick, yet tasty. (The pancake takes about twenty minutes to be made). I really enjoyed their hand-drip coffee as well. If you are looking for a place to take a break right by Shibuya Station, this may be a good option. The coffee shop is separated into smoking and non-smoking sections which was nice.
Address // Shibuya 109 Men’s 2F, 1-23-10, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (map)
Phone Number // 03-3477-8038
Website // http://www.hoshinocoffee.com/