Two weeks ago I received my stimulus check, and in keeping with my Pledge 1200 commitment, I wanted to both share where I #SpendLikeItMatters and solicit your suggestions for additional businesses to support.

Disclaimer: Any resemblance of the following to the story about the hungry caterpillar is purely coincidental.

Mi La Cay – Chatting with Trinh made my day! So many noodles, so little time.

Seattle Best Tea – Lydia and her team know that my go-to is the heavy oolong milk tea with extra boba!

Beach Bakery – Amy re-opened her bakery, and I was excited to pick up some delicious treats, including a s’mores bar and berry coffee cake.

King Donuts – I chatted up Travis and managed to limit myself to just one raised glazed donut. But I definitely picked up more to go! #DonutDiplomacy

Anju Bar and Eatery – My first time at Sam’s restaurant didn’t disappoint. Our meal included the delicious Korean Fried Chicken Bites.

Macadons – I ate a Macadons macaron ice cream sandwich. Finally! And then bought a rainbow of macarons to-go.

By Tae – #SushiSelfCare is definitely a thing

Eve Fremont – Always fresh, seasonal, and delicious! Debra and her team have worked hard to pivot to take out, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Deru Market – The Deru drive thru makes it super easy to grab and go.

Miro Tea – My favorite part of Miro Tea is getting recommendations from owner Jeannie Liu about the best tea pairings for my current mood.

Moshi Moshi – So glad that Moshi Moshi has re-opened, and the hamachi sashimi hit the spot.

Miri’s at Golden Gardens – If you haven’t yet tried one of Miri’s made-to-order house-made flatbread sandwiches. Go. Now.

Taurus Ox – I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to visit Taurus Ox, but I will definitely be back. Their menu calls for trying everything on it.

Kamonegi – The early bird? That wasn’t me. And so #SobaSunday turned into more of #SaiminSunday. That said, Chef Soma never disappoints and the house-made ramen delivered on flavor, texture, and deliciousness!

Purple Dot Cafe – XLB. For the win. Again. Always. And I finally met Carol Xie.

Preserve and Gather – This neighborhood cafe came highly recommend by Fulcrum Coffee’s Blas Alfaro. I will definitely be back to try many more of their delicious buns and baked goods!

Cedars of Lebanon – Owner John Khalil asked me if I wanted my usual gyro, but I was feeling something different and went with a chicken wrap.

Cortona Cafe – Waffle window for the win! Got my usual waffle with fruit, and a cappuccino + chat owner with Ice Dean.

Chu Minh Tofu – Catching up with owner Tanya Nguyen was the bright spot of my day. Her food is on point, and her love for her community is contagious.

Pasta Casalinga – The takeout lasagna was amazing. And I happily paired it with a pint of Gelatiamo Marionberry gelato.

Where should I head next? Let me know in the comments below or tag @intentionalist_ with your suggestions on Instagram!

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