Bay Area Adventures | November, 2018


It’s time for another monthly recap! Here’s a look back at my November in the Bay. First up, lunch with some new orchestra friends at Pintoh in Oakland.



Guy is three! Here’s his birthday party down in Sunnyvale.

With Dave, Rebecca, Mairin, and Nikhil — all friends and past wedding clients of mine!

Hotpot with Julia, her friend Rachel, and Annie & David who were happy to mix in with some new friends in the name of grabbing a reservation (5 people minimum) at Seapot.

I flew back from Texas to smoky skies in the Bay due to the terrible fires up north, but it was just in time to catch Elizabeth and Louie who were in town for a wedding. I was heading to their city, Boston, right after this… but they were in NYC while I was there, so it’s great that this lined up despite all the moving targets.

I stayed in my apartment all week, hiding from the smoke. But we went out on Thursday for an outing to the Oakland Museum of California to see their exhibit on Charles & Ray Eames. First, handmade noodles at Shandong in Oakland Chinatown.

My noodle-and museum-loving partners in crime.

Here’s Ray and Charles Eames, adorable, talented, very much in love and incredible partners in design.

Beautiful use of materials. And those iconic chairs.

These tops chairs aren’t by the Eames but they were indeed incredibly fun to sit in.

A love letter from Charles to Ray: “Dear Miss Kaiser, I am 34 (almost) years old, singel (again) and broke. I love you very much and would like to marry you very very soon* I cannot promise to support us very well, but if given the chance wil shure in hell try.    *soon means very soon     what is the size of this finger??” So so sweet.

Smoky skies indeed.

Upon my return from Boston, I met up with Pam for another museum date, this time to SFMOMA. They have a new exhibit about art in China after the 80s.

Yes, still terrible air.

Afterwards, I picked up a centerpiece from the lovely folks at Marigold SF. A whole bunch of florists teamed up to offer Thanksgiving centerpieces as a fundraiser for fire relief. They raised over $15,000 in just a few days.

Here’s Pam with the centerpiece I picked out!

And my centerpiece back at home.

I decided to make an oil painting of it across two days.

And then I brought it to my aunt’s house and gifted it to her for our Thanksgiving dinner! Look at this spread!

Our whole Thanksgiving gathering, with friends and family.

And the Saturday after Thanksgiving it was time to celebrate Dan’s birthday! Happy Birthday Dan!

And we also got to welcome Paul back from Iceland and celebrate his engagement!

November’s paint date was in Stephanie’s back yard. Here’s a peek in her beautiful studio.

And her new production space too!

Always wonderful to gather with some tasty snacks and talented artists.

I had way too much fun wandering Stephanie’s garden and getting to procure a specimen that I could then put in her handy dandy specimen holder to paint! This was my first time doing oil painting out in the wild.

Stephanie’s beautiful bird drawings.

Fernanda’s lovely abstract painting and Lizzie’s meticulous as always watercolors.

Love this paint club!

And finally, on the last day of November, a little outing for ramen with Do-Hee.

Ready for December! I love picking out a tiny tree for my coffee table. It’s perfect!

Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco. She compulsively documents and blogs all of her daily adventures. Follow her on instagram and view more of her professional work at