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sushi heaven in {san diego}...

Sushi-ota-san-diego

The Tsukiji sampler plate {top photo} from Sushi Ota in Pacific Beach is the best plate of sushi I've ever had. Seriously. Special weekly batches of fish are flown in from Japan, then served as a sample appetizer. Each slice is topped with a complementary sauce or topping...Japanese Butterfish with Yuzu Kosho, Sea Bass with Wakame Shoyu, for example. I don't even know exactly what they all were, but they were amazing. The Kumamoto Oysters {bottom photo} were delicious too as was everything we had. {This is one of the few restaurants in San Diego that actually lives up to the Yelp ratings it has!}

Final thoughts...5 out of 5 happy ladies!

{photos by Oh Joy}

found in nature...

The-evolution-store-butterflies

I've always been obsessed with butterflies and find their natural colors and patterns to be so fascinating.

{All butterflies here from The Evolution Store}

feeling like a trip to emerald city...

Feeling-emerald

{left to right, top to bottom: tom dixon glass pendant {via design crush}, amelia ban.do corsage, dvf flip flops, kate spade glass studs, jeweled urchin knob from anthropologie, glassy baby, and marais espadrilles.}

{taste tested}: michael mischer chocolate bars...

Michael-mischer-chocolates

My milk chocolate loving taste buds of yesteryear have certainly grown up a bit as I find myself craving darker, richer chocolates more and more every day. A friend recently sent me these San Francisco-made chocolate bars from Michael Mischer Chocolates, and they're doing wonders for my hankering of dark chocolate. I especially love the Murray River Salt bar {left} and the Almond Salt bar {right}.

Final thoughts...4.5 out of 5 happy ladies! A truly a grown-up treat for those who enjoy the rich and pure essence of this cocoa treat. Stay tuned later this week to see the mini s'mores I made with these salted chocolate bars!

{photo by Oh Joy}

this & that...

This-that-dianevonfurstenburg-dwellstudio

...wear this diane von furstenberg dress, decorate with that dwell studio duvet...

lust list...

Paul-barbera-photography

...an aftermath of a fun party with friends, a rainbow burst of color on white, tiny cupcakes, and edible flowers captured by paul barbera...

{via bonnie}

pin it forward...

Pinterest-oh-joy

If you read Victoria's blog, you may have heard rumblings about a new image bookmarking site called Pinterest. Similar in idea to Ffffound, but way more organized, Pinterest is like a virtual inspiration board where instead of pinning things to your wall, they are pinned to boards on your own account that can be viewed by and shared with others.

Pinterest-board

Well, today, Pinterest & SF Girl by Bay are launching a new blog series called Pin It Forward where various bloggers will be sharing their own Pinterest "boards" on "What Home Means to Me". I'm one of ten of the first group of bloggers to kick-off the series {You can see who else will be sharing right here.}. You can view my Pinterest boards right here, and request an invite through Pinterest to join! Also, check out What Ya Ya Likes tomorrow for her board as part of Pin It Forward...

{photos and sources for images above can be seen at my Pin It Forward board right here.}

play with your food...

Hello-hanna-placemats

...and your placemat! Love these interactive pop-up placemats for kids by Hello Hanna. Such a fun way to keep them distracted and entertained...

happy friday + skywalkers...

Skywalkers-balloons

Happy Friday all! Today I'm leaving you with this amazing image from the 2006 Skywalkers project in Miami by Fwy Studios. I love images of moments like this that instantly leave you smiling and imagining how fun it must have been to see this in person. Have a great weekend!

{via Lost Bird Found}

this & that...

This-that-gabriellarocha-serenaandlilly

...wear this pair of gabriella rocha shoes, decorate with that serena & lily pendant lamp...