Entries in California (2)


California Dreaming and Wintertime Scheming

Lucia Lodge in Big Sur, California (© 2013 Amber Drea)The last few months have been a blur of activity, both professional and personal. My husband and I started fall with a long vacation in California, driving down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles and stopping in Big Sur along the way. Nothing beats drinking sparkling wine under the stars on the Pacific Ocean and waking up to the sounds of waves crashing on the cliffs below. 

While we could have stayed there forever (or at least another week), we had to get back to New York City for a slew of shows and readings, including the launch for David Moscovich's book You Are Make Very Important Bathtime and the October edition of Sideshow Goshko, which also featured Kerri Doherty of Geeking Out and Andy Ross of Real Characters. You can check out a video of my performance on the new Storytelling page along with videos of my appearances at The Moth and Local Stories. 

In addition, I published the short experimental humor piece "The Anatomy of a Mosh Pit" on McSweeney's Internet Tendency and the essay "I Was Stalked in High School" on Hypertextmag.com. Needless to say, 2013 has been a great year for me and I look forward to what 2014 holds. 

Sunset in Big Sur, California (© 2013 Amber Drea)


Portland, Promotion and Publication

Sunset in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (© 2012 Amber Drea)

This year has been jam-packed with change: a new job, a new apartment, a newfound sense of focus. In January, I was promoted to managing editor at my magazine, and the position has been both challenging and fulfilling. I'm also putting more energy into my fiction and recently published a short story called "Filipino Baby" at Northvillereview.com. Inspired by the Cowboy Copas song of the same name, the piece was originally written for a mixtape-themed reading at the Asian American Writers' Workshop. As a result of this re-prioritization, my blogging at Newyorkdrinkie.com has slowed down quite a bit, but Lobster Lover is still going strong. This summer, I tried plenty of lobster rolls in New York, Connecticut/Rhode Island and Maine.

Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (© 2012 Amber Drea)

Speaking of the Pine Tree State, my husband and I vacationed in Portland in July and had a wonderful time. We stayed at the Percy Inn, a quaint, literary-themed bed and breakfast on the West End, and our room was named after John Keats. We ate a lot of delicious seafood and drank a lot of delicious drinks, most notably at Fore StreetLocal 188 and, of course, Portland Lobster Co., the best place to get a lobster roll in town. We also enjoyed the gorgeous surroundings, including a sunset lighthouse cruise on Casco Bay, the geological formations at Two Lights State Park, and the sun, sand and ice-cold water at Crescent Beach State Park

Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (© 2012 Amber Drea)

Other travel adventures took me to San Francisco to visit my best college friend, Jessica, and to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to see my mom's side of the family. While in California, I toured Alcatraz Island, walked among the tall Sequoias at Muir Woods, tasted wine in Sonoma County and explored the Sutro Baths. I also indulged in top-notch cocktails at Jasper's Corner Tap, Fifth Floor Restaurant, Elixir, Bourbon & Branch and Smuggler's Cove, as well as tasty food and drinks at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar and Tsunami Sushi, but my favorite meal of the trip was Jessica's home-cooked crawfish étouffée. In North Carolina, I checked out the local dubstep scene with my brother, played mini golf, ate gelato and got manicures with my sister, went out for dinner and dancing with my mother, and kayaked down the Cape Fear River with the whole family. 

Cape Fear River in North Carolina (© 2012 Amber Drea)

Back in Brooklyn, Jeb and I love our new place in a quiet section of Williamsburg. We snagged a spacious one bedroom with tons of natural light that's two blocks from the train, and we're settling in nicely. The cats are too.

Cruddy on the perch in Brooklyn, New York (© 2012 Amber Drea)