๐ŸŽผMelody @imelody

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#UCBerkeley ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’› & #WheelofFortune๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŒ€alumna! Love exploring my home of LA ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿก going on adventures โœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŽข and eating everything in sight๐Ÿน๐Ÿ›๐Ÿด๐Ÿฐโ•

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About last weekend.... #triciaandblake #mrandmrswhetstone ๐Ÿ’ Sibling love! 
We had so much fun celebrating our girl, Tricia, this past weekend. Thank you for including us in the all-weekend celebration of love @meeeski @stephou812 ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค
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About last weekend.... #triciaandblake #mrandmrswhetstone ๐Ÿ’ Sibling love! We had so much fun celebrating our girl, Tricia, this past weekend. Thank you for including us in the all-weekend celebration of love @meeeski @stephou812 ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค

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Mission control through the decades โœจ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿš€
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Mission control through the decades โœจ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿš€

Traveling for work is physically draining. It sucks to be away from home, oftentimes all alone in a strange city. (Not to mention the havoc it wreaks on one's inbox.) I try to make the best of it by fitting in brief moments of speed-sightseeing and excellent meals. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ . 
Last night in Nashville, I visited @lttleoctopus for a Miami-inspired, rum-infused, umami feast, hand-delivered by the chef himself. Serendipity sat me next to another solo business-lady in town from SF. What's more delightful โ€” conversation with a new friend over a shared meal? Or watching the line cooks dance? We got both. โœจ Thank you, Chef @danherget, for treating this tired out-of-towner like a Caribbean queen. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿน.
\\\\\\ #LittleOctopus Dinner time role call โ€” Oyster on harissa; a coconutty-pineapply cocktail in a mug called "Pusser's Painkiller (was very confused when the server asked if I wanted another painkiller); beets with sunchoke purรฉe (I'm going to attempt to make this one); wood ear mushroom farro (favorite!); eggplant with cashew cream; octopus with chorizo. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ
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Traveling for work is physically draining. It sucks to be away from home, oftentimes all alone in a strange city. (Not to mention the havoc it wreaks on one's inbox.) I try to make the best of it by fitting in brief moments of speed-sightseeing and excellent meals. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ . Last night in Nashville, I visited @lttleoctopus for a Miami-inspired, rum-infused, umami feast, hand-delivered by the chef himself. Serendipity sat me next to another solo business-lady in town from SF. What's more delightful โ€” conversation with a new friend over a shared meal? Or watching the line cooks dance? We got both. โœจ Thank you, Chef @danherget, for treating this tired out-of-towner like a Caribbean queen. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿน. \\\\\\ #LittleOctopus Dinner time role call โ€” Oyster on harissa; a coconutty-pineapply cocktail in a mug called "Pusser's Painkiller (was very confused when the server asked if I wanted another painkiller); beets with sunchoke purรฉe (I'm going to attempt to make this one); wood ear mushroom farro (favorite!); eggplant with cashew cream; octopus with chorizo. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ

Nashville twice in two weeks, lucky me ๐Ÿค ๐ŸŽธ Fun fact: Southerners don't like it when coastal folk call their cities "cute". But I can't help it, LOOK AT HOW CUTE. ๐Ÿ˜
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Nashville twice in two weeks, lucky me ๐Ÿค ๐ŸŽธ Fun fact: Southerners don't like it when coastal folk call their cities "cute". But I can't help it, LOOK AT HOW CUTE. ๐Ÿ˜

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Parked under the big beautiful tree in our front yard as usual. But was greeted this morning by a new springtime development: my car covered in sap! ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿš™ The optimist in me is looking at this as an opportunity to visit a local business: my new neighborhood car wash joint.
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Parked under the big beautiful tree in our front yard as usual. But was greeted this morning by a new springtime development: my car covered in sap! ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿš™ The optimist in me is looking at this as an opportunity to visit a local business: my new neighborhood car wash joint.

Nashifornian ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽธ
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Nashifornian ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽธ

Spam, egg, fish balls, mussels, shrimp, octopus, steak, crab, tofu, tofu skin, mushrooms, zucchini, corn, and cilantro ๐Ÿท Quite a lot of stuff to fit into one bowl, which is why the rice and noodles come on the side. #TBT to my solo dinner in Sac, a few weeks ago.
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Spam, egg, fish balls, mussels, shrimp, octopus, steak, crab, tofu, tofu skin, mushrooms, zucchini, corn, and cilantro ๐Ÿท Quite a lot of stuff to fit into one bowl, which is why the rice and noodles come on the side. #TBT to my solo dinner in Sac, a few weeks ago.

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My cool guy hiking buddy pal ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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My cool guy hiking buddy pal ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Sizdebedar selfie ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Sizdebedar selfie ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท

Downtown Culver City from another angle. ๐ŸŒธ Every nook and cranny of this little town is too quaint to handle. I'm so glad we didn't move too far. ๐Ÿก #HomeAwayFromHome
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Downtown Culver City from another angle. ๐ŸŒธ Every nook and cranny of this little town is too quaint to handle. I'm so glad we didn't move too far. ๐Ÿก #HomeAwayFromHome

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Only natural that our first #Norooz in our new home be a vibrant one. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿก๐Ÿ’ž Eid mobarak to everyone on this first day of Spring and sacred celebration of nature and family. Norooz offers something for everyone. If you're not familiar with the holiday, ask your closest Persian about it! ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒธ It's the time of year we're happiest and proudest to be who we are and to represent the motherland. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Now, let's get superficial and talk about this funky sofreh. Was definitely inspired by @britandco's recent exploits with pattern and color (the geometric plate is a cheeseboard!). ๐Ÿ”ถ Mixed textures: a scrap of astroturf for ever-lasting sabzeh, wood planks for height, and a Moscow mule mug because I love its reflective material. Again, nixing the cruelty to animals (per @kylemurphey request) and put up @peterhanstyle's fish art instead of live fishies. ๐Ÿ  My hyacinth has yet to bloom, so I'm happily displaying the wooden tulips I picked up in Holland last year (visiting @miranda.dcro!). ๐ŸŒทBecause samanu continues to be gross, we're masquerading coffee syrup from @kaitlinmurphey in its place. Holy book is none other than my favorite, #hitchikersguidetothegalaxy. Just missing seeb (apple), but we're low carb this year so we doubled the eggs instead ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Only natural that our first #Norooz in our new home be a vibrant one. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿก๐Ÿ’ž Eid mobarak to everyone on this first day of Spring and sacred celebration of nature and family. Norooz offers something for everyone. If you're not familiar with the holiday, ask your closest Persian about it! ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒธ It's the time of year we're happiest and proudest to be who we are and to represent the motherland. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Now, let's get superficial and talk about this funky sofreh. Was definitely inspired by @britandco's recent exploits with pattern and color (the geometric plate is a cheeseboard!). ๐Ÿ”ถ Mixed textures: a scrap of astroturf for ever-lasting sabzeh, wood planks for height, and a Moscow mule mug because I love its reflective material. Again, nixing the cruelty to animals (per @kylemurphey request) and put up @peterhanstyle's fish art instead of live fishies. ๐Ÿ  My hyacinth has yet to bloom, so I'm happily displaying the wooden tulips I picked up in Holland last year (visiting @miranda.dcro!). ๐ŸŒทBecause samanu continues to be gross, we're masquerading coffee syrup from @kaitlinmurphey in its place. Holy book is none other than my favorite, #hitchikersguidetothegalaxy. Just missing seeb (apple), but we're low carb this year so we doubled the eggs instead ๐Ÿ˜‚

Doesn't look like much, but it's my first tahdig, and it came out perfect. A #norooz miracle! ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ’ (I have yet to master "the flip"... that's next on the list of Persian domesticity).
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Doesn't look like much, but it's my first tahdig, and it came out perfect. A #norooz miracle! ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ’ (I have yet to master "the flip"... that's next on the list of Persian domesticity).

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