Girl Meets Pizza Review: Cheeseboard

Ah, Cheeseboard. The antidote to the make-your-own-pizza place with an unlimited but overwhelming choice of toppings. The pizza place with one choice of pizza per day. There used to be no substitutions allowed, but I noticed during this last visit that there were gluten free and vegan options available. I mean, this is Berkeley.

Since Sliver came along, I haven't been out to Cheeseboard as often, considering its farther away from Downtown Berkeley and always has a longer line.  The day we were in Berkeley, Silver had their most whack flavor on the menu (potato) so we decided to make the trek out to the Gourmet Ghetto to get some Cheeseboard and of course stop by Philz on the way.

Predicting the Comeback of the Visor

This past weekend, while shopping for officially licensed Cal gear, I had my hair in a top knot because it was hot outside and I was wearing a turtleneck and a wannabe Patagonia down jacket from Costco.  Such top knot prevented me from trying on any baseball caps or beanies with ease.  I also don't need another Cal baseball cap or beanie, considering I already own several, but when in Rome. Plus, Bancroft Clothing Co. was having a sale on baseball caps, and a pink one was calling my name. On the far side of the sale table were the sale visors, and I had an epiphany. I needed one. A visor solved my problem of wanting to have my hair up but have my forehead and face protected from the sun at the same time. Why aren't all girls wearing visors?!!?! We all already wear top knots! You heard it here first, the visor is the new dad hat. It's just a matter of time before we see visors at urban outfitters embroidered with "it's lit" and nail salon roses and emojis.

Honestly a perfect juxtaposition with my mom turtleneck

101 in 1001

Inspired by blogger Mackenzie Horan at Design Darling, who created this challenge and is on her THIRD iteration of it, here are 101 things that I want to do within 1001 days (roughly 2.75 years).

She split hers up into the following categories: personal development, professional, marriage, family & friends, home, Connecticut, New York, Nantucket, travel, and just for fun. Obviously, my categories will be a slightly different, but it really does help to organize in this way!

Start date: October 24, 2017
End date: July 20, 2020

Girl Meets Pizza Review: Jon & Vinny's

This is the pizza that changed my life.

I am not being dramatic about this pizza. Andrew and I have been to Jon & Vinny's 5 times now.  The first time, we didn't even order the life-changing LA Woman pizza, yet still came back -- a testament to how good all of their food is.

We joke that we should have a standing reservation here every weekend, but it's really not a joke. It sort of is still a joke though because we have each been out of town for several weekends so we haven't been going every weekend. But almost. We went this last weekend, are going out of town again this weekend, but will probably be back the weekend after.  Plus it is not cheap. But it is worth. every. penny.

Below is my review of the best pizza in the world, also known as pizza eaten by Kanye West!

What to Wear to a Backstreet Boys Concert

I'm going to a BSB Concert in Vegas with Melanie in November, and now that I am on the verge of booking flights, I have been daydreaming about to wear to the event.

My lewk inspirations include: a) bachelor contestants in the BSB episode, or b) Kardashian in a vintage band tee.

Photo: Leena Tailor via etonline

Photo via Glamour
Both looks seem relatively easy to attain, and inexpensive. At first I had wanted Mel and I to both wear the Bachelor outfits, but that was also when we were planning to go at an earlier date, closer in time to when that episode aired. Now I fear too much time has passed and no one will "get it."  But it's the internet, so maybe they will. Plus I could just use the multiple pictures option on Instagram to really spell it out to people.

Getting to the Greek: Los Angeles

The Greek Theatre. Subject of that one movie with Jonah Hill and Russell Brand as a spin-off from 00s cult classic, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I've only gone to one other concert here during my time living in LA (John Legend - highly recommend). The movie is all about crazy antics in getting a performer to a performance at the Greek on time, but what about regular audience members? How do LA folk get to the Greek? Luckily for you, I know the best way how.

HOW TO Take Photos of Girls

If a girl hands you her iPhone and says "HIYEEE CAN U TAKE A PIC OF US/ME??????" what should you do?
(a) Take one picture and hand it back to her
(b) Hold the phone, wait until she smiles, take one picture and then hand it back to her
(c) Hold the phone, angle it to the position you think is best, take one picture and then hand it back
(d) Take multiple pictures, regardless of whether she is smiling or looking at you, just keep clicking that little picture-taking circle, until she reaches for her phone back
(e) Tell her you are going to take multiple pictures, so act accordingly, and then click away as the girl poses and laughs and looks away, until she reaches for her phone back

It shocks me that so many people choose any of the options (a)-(c).  I can understand if I just handed you a camera with ACTUAL FILM in it, that you wouldn't want to waste the film on pictures of the same thing, however, my IPHONE should have space for you to give me a few (or more) photos to choose from.

HOW TO: Our Disney Couple Halloween Costumes

When I was growing up, my mom always told me it was better to make costumes by hand, rather than buy the store-bought versions. I had always attributed this to her being cheap, which made me want the store-bought kind even more. It wasn't until college that I realized that my mom is always right, and that the store-bought costumes actually look cheaper than those you can make by hand, not just physically because of the ill-fitting polyester fabrics, but it also cheapens your outward creative expression. It also limits your choices of costumes.  Maybe I just think that now because I'm over the "sexy" fill-in-the-blanks, and especially now that I've been able to come up with some DOPE costumes that are unique and still relatively inexpensive (many items that can be reused in daily life). It also helps that I've realized a hot glue gun can replace sewing.

My most recent halloween costumes have been couple costumes with Andrew, for our annual attendance at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, an event where adult costumes/cosplay is not only encouraged but celebrated.  The first time I went to MNSSHP I wanted to take pictures of everyone. It was a world of costumes that would only make sense to other Disney fans -- rare and obscure characters, characters' different outfits, theme park-themed outfits, the list goes on and on.  Unfortunately we aren't attending this year for a myriad of reasons: 1) no Saturday dates, 2) ticket prices are way up, and 3) I think we peaked with our costumes last year.

Our last two costumes have gotten a lot of attention and approving comments from our last two visits to MNSSHP, I think mostly due to their obscurity.  They were all actually VERY EASY to make (with the exception of the Mulan/Ping costume).

HOW TO Instagram Pizza

After my brief stint as a pizza blogger, I spent a lot of time eating pizza and taking pictures of pizza. After a cursory review of my Instagram, I've posted approximately 12 different photos of pizza. This is a small percentage of both my 392 Instagram posts and an even smaller percentage of the pizza I've consumed since joining Instagram in 2010. Because, honestly, how many different-and-cool ways are there to take a photo of pizza?  Currently I've come up with 8, which is why my pizza content is limited to 12 photos thus far.  Below are 8 different ways to keep your pizza content hot and fresh.

1: Flat Lay

The most common yet difficult-to-make-interesting shot. Works best when you have an interesting layout of pizza like the one at We, the Pizza (above-left), or if you and your partner happen to get the same exact pizza and the tables happen to be marble, like the 800 degrees shot to the above-right.

2: Close-up 

Best used when you have interesting toppings on your pizza or the details matter. I posted this to get 800 degrees' attention on a #pizzaoftheday contest so I zoomed in on the chopped broccolini, a topping they unfortunately no longer have.

3: Stacked Slices

This pose clearly won't work with Neapolitan pizzas, but will with slice places. Especially Sliver, which is known for including a small "sliver" with its by-the-slice slices. This "sliver" slice made it on my Instagram because its unclear which slice is the sliver. Funny, right?

4: Side view with a glass of white wine

The above two posts were made mostly because they are from two of my top 5 pizza places, Il Casaro in SF and Wood Handcrafted Pizza in Silver Lake. The pizzas are so good I didn't have time to think about how to make the posts interesting, I just wanted to share my experience and prove to Instagram that I'm living my best life.

5: Holding a slice

Now we are in the territory of pictures of yourself with the pizza. If you look closely, I'm actually holding two slices. LAYERS, PEOPLE. This pose is also related to number 7 below. Let it also be known, that this is outside of the famed Joe's Pizza. The sign outside may have been visible in the photo, but that's not what's important here. What's important is that I already took a bite of that pizza and still asked Andrew to take a pic of me holding it up to my face.

6: Holding a slice and a glass of wine

I almost got 100 likes on this photo, and it definitely has the most likes out of all of my pizza Instagrams by far. I am convinced its because my arm looks abnormally skinny.  Although now that the photo is enlarged on here it doesn't seem that skinny.  Competing theories include that I'm holding both wine and pizza in my hands. When you really think about this photo, I cant be drinking and eating at the same time, so it really just conveys gluttony and my inability to do one thing at a time (or let go of the wine glass). Still, 97 likes.

7: Selfie with your tongue out towards the pizza 

This photo works best when you happen to be out eating pizza by yourself and you don't have anyone else to take a fire pic of you. It's silly yet shows how much I love this pizza (at Sliver, again). I captioned it "Can I just spend my life with you." I also liked it myself, likely on one of those scrolls through my own feed to admire my choices in posts.

8: Mid-chomp (my new favorite)

On our trip to NYC we planned to go to Best Pizza (owned by host of The Pizza Show, Francesco Pinello) and I had planned this photo op in my head already. All it came down to was making sure Andrew could capture the essence of what I wanted (a candid photo of me eating pizza that didn't look disgusting). I specifically asked him to include the paper plates in the background, because they add another pizza layer that likely increased the amount of likes the photo got.

I'm finally visiting Pizzana tomorrow night, and have been thinking about what kind of Instagram post I could get out of it. The popularity of the place seems largely due to social media, so we'll see what I can come up with. Maybe I'll be able to add a 9th type of shot!

Please let me know if you have any questions and/or comments, thanks!