Entries Tagged as 'San Francisco'

join me at taste of the nation (year 3 for me!)

Posted on: Thursday, March 16, 2017

This is the third year in a row that I’ll be attending the incredible Taste of the Nation event in San Francisco next Thursday 3/23. This is the third year I’m going with my bestie¬†Aimee ūüĎĮ¬†and I’m so excited to share more about the event with you and try to convince/encourage you to join us!

The event is one of my favorite ones to attend each year, because some of the best restaurants, wineries, breweries and bars in the city come together to support an incredible cause – to end childhood hunger in the Bay Area.¬†The stats around childhood hunger appalling. 1 in 5 children in America live in households without consistent access to food. That’s 13 million children. And 25% of children in California are “food insecure” meaning they don’t get enough food, period. Check out this fact sheet from No Kid Hungry for more hard realities surrounding the topic.

So back to the Taste of the Nation event itself – Attendees¬†get to try food from 40+ of the THEEEE best restaurants like Central Kitchen, Tacolicious, Perbacco, Slanted Door, Flour + Water, the girl and the fig (one of my all-time faves), Soulva, Wayfare, and more! Plus, you get lots of drink samples from 15+ wineries and 5+ breweries. ūüć∑ūüćĽ

And here’s the best part: 100% of proceeds from the event¬†support Share Our Strength‚Äôs No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. I love the local element too, as donations directly go to amazing organizations here in the Bay Area, including 18 Reasons, California Association of Food Banks, California Food Policy Advocates, No Kid Hungry Bay Area and Children of Shelters. All of these organizations provide food, food-related education and programming, and more, to children and families in need here in the Bay Area.

So…join me! Support this incredible cause and provide children and families with the food and food-related resources they need to survive and thrive. And come eat and drink your way through some of the very best San Francisco spots.

VIP tickets are $250 and General Admission tickets are $150, but you can get 15% off the GA tickets with the code #TASTEFOODIES. Get your tickets here! ūüćī

ARCHIVED TASTE OF THE NATION POSTS: 2016 event // 2016 event recap // 2015 event //

sf adventures: food and drinks at evil eye

Posted on: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Evil Eye - San Francisco (1)

Hi everyone! I recently visited a super new cocktail bar and restaurant in the Mission (Mission Street x 25th Street), Evil Eye, and wanted to share some photos! The bar JUST opened last week and was started by a couple, Matt and Piper, who are so sweet (and those cocktails Matt whips up are A+!). Like, I wanted to be friends with them IRL. The space itself¬†is¬†beautiful and really well curated, with Persian rugs and 70s-inspired furniture all over. There are several nooks¬†and booths for groups to sit in and plenty of room to sit at the big, original bar space if you’re grabbing a drink solo or with one friend. Most of the decor was found at different flea markets around the Bay Area and I want all of it in my apartment!

Other than the incredible decor, the food and drinks were so amazing!¬†Here’s what we ate:¬†Pimento Fries with garlic aioli and harissa ketchup, beet-pickled deviled eyes, pork belly toast with kimchi and rock shrimp, fried green tomatoes with burrata and chickpea sliders.¬†We each had two cocktails;¬†most of them pictured below and explained in the caption. All of them were so delicious and it’s hard to even pick a favorite!

In the Mission, it feels like all of the places to grab drinks are either 1.) dive-y bars with no food (or very limited, greasy options) or 2.) fancier sit-down restaurants that are delicious, but don’t have the same fun, bar vibe. Evil Eye is the perfect mix of both –¬†the drinks are spot-on (and strong!),¬†the food is delicious, the energy from the staff and crowd is fun and it’s a gorgeous space.

Run, don’t walk (or take BART) to get to Evil Eye! I can’t wait to go back soon. Check out all of the pics below!

More SF adventures here!

Evil Eye - San Francisco (1)

YUM! Pimento fries & beet pickled deviled eggs

YUM! Pimento fries & beet pickled deviled eggs

Sherry Cobbler Cocktail

Sherry Cobbler – oloroso, bourbon, lemon, pineapple gomme, bitters

Sweet Petunia, Sky Juice and Horse Race (bourbon, amaro, basil, vanilla syrup, bitters) cocktails

Sweet Petunia, Sky Juice and Horse Race (bourbon, amaro, basil, vanilla syrup, bitters) cocktails

Sweet Petunia - vanilla-infused vodka, nectarine-ginger shrub, campari, lemon, orgeat

Sweet Petunia – vanilla-infused vodka, nectarine-ginger shrub, campari, lemon, orgeat

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Sky Juice - gin, cachaca, house-made coconut cream, falemum, lime, orange, basil.

Sky Juice – gin, cachaca, house-made coconut cream, falemum, lime, orange, basil.

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Grandad's Special - rye, oloroso sherry, coffee, salted cacao, chili, bitters

Grandad’s Special – rye, oloroso sherry, coffee, salted cacao, chili, bitters

wifi & work spots in san francisco

Posted on: Monday, May 23, 2016

i recently shared that i went out on my own to launch my own company, lucky collective.¬†it’s been about six weeks or so working by myself, and it’s already learned a lot about myself, both personally and professionally. one of the most challenging things has been being¬†alone all day,¬†as i’m extroverted and feed off the¬†energy¬†of other people. instead of working from my apartment all day, i try to switch it up and work from a coffee shop or cafe in either the morning or afternoon. i’m always on the lookout for good spots with wifi so thought i would share my go-to places to work.

SOMA:
elite audio cafe (folsom x 5th) // smallish, but great spot known for their crazy latte art!
soma streat food (11th x bryant) // most people don’t think of this as a working spot, but i love working here! it’s a great lunch work spot on a nice day, since there’s tons of food trucks there and lots of outdoor seating.
red door cafe/111 minna (minna x 2nd) // one of those coffee-during-the-day, wine-for-happy-hour working spots, plus they have toast and other good small bites.

LOWER HAIGHT/NOPA:
duboce park cafe
(duboce x sanchez) // coffee drinks, smoothies/juice, salads and sandwiches, plus beer/wine if you’re working late. this is my go-to neighborhood spot, right next to the park.
beanbag cafe (hayes x divis) // cheap and dive-y spot with hazelnut coffee (my fave) and breakfast, lunch and dinner options. $2 craft beers on draft is always a good thing to power through the late afternoon!

MISSION:
stable cafe (folsom x 17th) // i think this may be my all time favorite spot. yummy breakfast and lunch options, plus the dreamiest backyard (pictured below)
melage market (17th x capp) // right around the corner from stable, this is a cute spot with lunch and coffee options and big, bright windows.
coffee bar (bryant x mariposa) // this place is usually pretty packed,¬†but if you get there early enough, it’s a great work spot with fresh juices, salads and pastries.
haus coffee (24th x mission) // this is a new-to-me spot with no food for sale, but strong coffee, super quiet vibes (good if you have a lot of work to do!) and a backyard patio.

Stable Cafe

HAYES VALLEY:
arlequin
(hayes x gough) // one side cafe, other side wine bar, with a beautiful, jungle-y back patio. great spot for all day working with yummy food options.
artis (octavia x hayes) // small, but great option for a work sess. not a ton of tables, but if you can snag one, it’s good vibes in here!
mercury cafe (octavia x page) // i don’t love working inside here, as i find it kind of dark, but i love grabbing an iced coffee and sitting at one of their outdoor tables and working.

DOWNTOWN/UNION SQUARE:
mazarine (market x 3rd) // a busy and bustling spot downtown, but good spot for in-person meetings. i still need to try their epic toast!
equador (market x 6th) // the mid-market area can be a little rough, but equador is a mini oasis among the chaos with strong coffee and breakfast and lunch options. they also have fresh-pressed cashew milk available (!!)
nordstrom bistro (market x 5th) // typically you wouldn’t think of nordstrom as a working spot, but shopping AND wifi AND food AND views of union square? yes please! i’ve worked at the nordstrom bistro (top floor of the nordstrom in the mall) while snacking on tasty burrata.

NOB HILL/RUSSIAN HILL:
saint frank (polk x union) // this cafe is sooo dreamy and pretty! get there early to snag a table and work here!
contraband (larkin x california) // i haven’t been here in awhile, but it’s a good, centrally located spot to get serious work done.

PACIFIC HEIGHTS/PRESIDIO HEIGHTS:
jane (fillmore x california) //¬†work in the upstairs loft area and snag an iced coffee, green smoothie or any of their tasty and healthy breakfast or lunch options. right now, i’m loving their passionfruit bowl!
as quoted (sacramento x spruce) // this is a new farm-to-table, seasonal cafe that is gorgeous on the inside with delicious food and wifi. i LOVE the kale caesar salad here, so it’s a regular lunch work spot for me.

Jane on Fillmore

i know this isn’t an extensive list, and i didn’t cover a lot of neighborhoods, like the marina, north beach, castro, inner/outer richmond, dogpatch, potrero hill, inner/outer sunset…but these are my tried and true spots for a good work session!¬†for more recommendations, check out¬†this 7×7 article¬†by friend shikha sharing her favorite¬†spots with wifi – including other neighborhoods than the ones i shared. i’d LOVE to hear your go-to work spots in san francisco if you have any to add to my list!

cocktails in san francisco

Posted on: Thursday, May 5, 2016

I recently went to an event, hosted by Inforum at the Commonwealth Club, that I want to share about! Inforum produces Bay Area events, where you can listen to and meet “local celebrities” in entertainment, tech, pop culture, politics, etc.¬†The event I went to was a cocktail reception and Q&A with the founders of Future Bars, the guys behind¬†Bourbon and Branch and other popular Bay Area cocktail bars.

It was super interesting to hear the stories about how they got started,¬†what the purpose of their bars is all about and more. My *favorite* part (other than sipping their yummy cocktails!) was hearing about how they describe each of their individual bars in their own words! I liked that they described each as “a celebration of something” and that’s what the entire vibe of the bar is all about. Each bar has a distinct concept, style and personality, but they all focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and attentive, hospitable service. They also want all of their bars to be an escape¬†from regular life or some of the “basic” places you could get a drink.

So I wanted to share with you more info about the different FutureBars’ bars, including their location, vibe and a quick overview of what you can expect there! If you’re not sure where to get a drink this weekend, definitely check out one (or all…) of these spots! I’ve been to the four below indicated with *.

Bourbon & Branch* (501 Jones x O’Farrell) – “A celebration of the 1920’s and the era of Prohibition when the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverage was outlawed.”

Devil’s Acre¬†(256 Columbus Avenue x Broadway) – ¬†“A celebration of¬†San Francisco’s Barbary Coast era of the 1850’s to the early 1900’s.”
Step inside to sample a time when the difference between a saloon keeper and pharmacist wasn‚Äôt much, and both were prone to prescribing a variety of alcohol based mixtures that were supposed to ‚Äúcure what ails you.‚ÄĚ

Local Edition *(691 Market Street x 3rd) – “A celebration of newspaper heritage.”
This bar is located in the Hearst building, where the printing press from the San Francisco Examiner lived for 75 years. when Future Bars was renovating the space, they found tons of old editions of the SF Examiner newspaper, that they have displayed in the bar!

Pagan Idol (375 Bush Street x Kearney) – “A celebration of island life.”
The purpose of this cocktail bar is to transport you to vacation mode.

Rickhouse* (246 Kearney x Bush) –¬†“A superior beverage experience.”
Whether you are interested in artisanal cocktails, fine spirits, local beers or boutique California wines, this spot has a precious and peculiar selection (plus good vibes!)

Swig (561 Geary x Jones ) –¬†“The City’s quintessential modern classic bar.”
The decor is inviting and vibrant, the music is always fantastic, the drinks are always delicious and the staff is always energetic and knowledgeable

Tradition *(441 Jones Street x O’Farrell) – “A celebration of America”
This bar features all-American advertisements from the 1920s and 30s. They also have “themed nooks” in the space after different types of bars, like hotel bar, Tiki bar, etc.

Tupper and Reed (2271 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley) – “A celebration of music”.
The cocktail bar is named after a music shop that occupied the historic building. fun fact: almost every musician who visited the Bay Area went here for an drink pack in the bar’s original state!

If you’re interested in attending an¬†Inforum event, visit¬†HERE.

 

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