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SF Gems: Laundré, the chicest laundromat (ever)

Posted on: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Let’s talk about laundry. I’m going to share about this new laundromat (or “laundry experience”) here in SF called Laundré , but first, I want to take a step back and talk dirty about this whole laundry topic.

I’ve lived in San Francisco for 6+ years, and never had laundry in my actual apartment unit. Sigh. For those of you who don’t live in SF, you probably think this is INSANE (and it kind of is), but it’s pretty common here. The “lucky ones” have a washer and dryer or two somewhere in their building. Often the laundry in these buildings is located in a creepy basement (at least that was the situation at my last apartment) and you still have to pay for laundry with quarters. WHO HAS ENOUGH QUARTERS SITTING AROUND TO DO LAUNDRY, ANYWAY? 😣 And, I know just a few people who have laundry inside their actual apartment unit, but that typically only exists when people live in new construction.

The SF rental market is insane, and E and I knew we would have to compromise on certain things when we moved into our place. While we love a lot of things about our place (our location, hardware floors, garage 🙏🏻, natural light and big windows…), laundry didn’t make the cut, unfortunately.

For the past two-ish years, we’ve tried a few different laundry solutions.

  1. Neighborhood laundromat – oh wow. What a life adventure this is. The one in my particular neighborhood is where a lot of homeless people hang out (which I get, since it’s warm and dry in there). Half the time, several of the machines don’t work, nor does the change machine work. One time, I was doing laundry and someone walked in and tried to steal someone else’s clothes from the dryer. The laundromat pretty much gives me more stress and anxiety than any other physical location in existence
  2. Services like Rinse – expensive ($1.75/pound plus delivery fee), 2-3 day turnaround and extreme inconsistencies in the quality of the wash and what clothes look like when they come back. I’ve had good experiences, but other times when the clothes literally just aren’t clean 😐
  3. Wash and fold service – the best option of the three at about $1.25/pound for wash and fold, but this can still add up, especially if have a lot of laundry. Plus, larger items like towels, sheets and comforters are heavy, so the price can add up quite quickly. Sometimes, they charge a flat rate for items like blankets, bath rugs, etc.

 

So, no matter what, laundry is pretty terrible. But….enter another (WAYYYY better) new solution that makes laundry at least a little more enjoyable- buy generic Rizatriptan online Laundré . ✨ I’m super jazzed about this place for so many reasons! Laundré is a new laundromat concept in the Mission (Mission Street x 20th) that has, of course, laundry service, but is also a coffee shop cafe. Here’s the details:

THE LAUNDROMAT:

The back portion of the Laundré space is an elevated, upscale version of your neighborhood laundromat. The machines are much higher quality and faster than “regular” machines, so when your stuff comes out of the dryer, it’s almost fully dry, so you are only spending 20ish minutes waiting for clothes to dry vs. the usual 45-60 minutes. Laundré has five different sizes of washing machines (even one that holds 75 pounds – EIGHT loads of laundry 😱) so you can get A LOT of laundry done in a super short period of time.

They also give you free soap with every wash, so there’s no need to bring your own and you don’t have to pay with quarters. 👏🏻 They accept credit cards, or you can preload funds onto an app and pay that way (kind of like the Starbucks app). And, if you reallllly want to pay with quarters, you can. 😉 And, this better quality and service, as well as much better overall environment, doesn’t mean it’s more expensive than your “regular” laundromat.

The prices are right in line with what you would usually pay for laundry; washing and drying two loads of laundry costs about $6-7 total. E and I went to do laundry this past weekend and did about four loads of clothes and every towel, sheet, pillowcase and duvet cover that we own. It took an hour TOTAL from start to finish, and cost us less than $30.

Laundré also has Wash and Fold service if you just don’t want to laundry, period. During the month of November, it’s only $1/pound (INSANELY CHEAP) but after that, it will be $1.50/pound for a two day turnaround.

THE CAFE:

Here’s the extra fun and unique part! The front of the Laundré space is a massive, minimal and gorgeous coffee shop and cafe. They serve coffee from Sightglass and pastries and quiche from cult-fave spot Vive La Tarte (which has some of the best pastries in the city). This is the ONLY place in the city you can get Vive La Tarte pastries outside of VLT itself! 😱  They have wifi too and lots of tables and seating options for you to get work done or just read and relax. The cafe gets great natural light with the massive window walls, and it sits right on the corner – perfect for people watching!

This past weekend, while we waited for our laundry, we just read and drank coffee up in the cafe section,. For those of you who work from home or coffee shop hop during the week, working from Laundré would be a great way to multi-task – catch up on email or work while getting your laundry done. Win-win. ✔️

TO RECAP!

We all have to do laundry. For a lot of people (in SF especially), laundry isn’t super accessible. Laundré is a place where you can:

Get your laundry done IN LESS TIME than you would at a regular laundromat

Get your laundry donee with better quality service (in terms of the way your clothes look after you’re done) and in a much better environment

Get your laundry done, all at once, at the SAME PRICE as the not-so-great / gross local laundromats

Enjoy delicious pastries and coffee from arguably two of the best places in the city (Sightglass and Vive La Tarte)

Multi-task! You can read, catch up on emails, sip a latte, whatever while waiting on your laundry because the environment is truly gorgeous and serene.

Thanks for reading! Check out Laundré’s site here and on Instagram @laundre.

trip to the color factory!

Posted on: Monday, August 21, 2017

Last week, I finally went to the Color FactoryColor Factory is an incredible pop-up color experience here in SF. Basically, it’s an Instagram dream, as it’s a two-story interactive exhibit within a warehouse, with different rooms dedicated to different colors and materials. All of the creativity and thought that went into each exhibit and the space overall truly blew me away and we had SO much fun acting like a giddy little kids playing around in the space. In light of everything going on in the world, we kept saying how magical and special it was to spend even an hour in this space – it was like an escape from the “real world” and an epic glimmer of joy and happiness in one place.

A few highlights: the insane rainbow ribbon installation (10,000+ ribbons), the giant yellow ball pit (with over 200K balls in there!), the super fun confetti room, the scratch and sniff wall, snacks (you get a sprinkle cookie when you enter and a mini ice cream cone when you leave), and the disco ball room. Pretty much, I need a disco ball room and confetti room in my apartment asap. But truly, the entire space was INCREDIBLE and I’m so glad we went! Oh, and when you leave, you get a neighborhood map showing other fun color experiences out in the city (like rainbow stairs and fun murals) to check out.

Right now, tickets are sold out for the rest of August and September, but sign up for their mailing list in case they extend through the fall (which I hope they do, so I can go back!). For more Color Story magic, follow on IG @colorstoryco. Here’s more photos from the visit that I snapped, along with ones from my besties Ali + Aimee!

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 buy accutane london Taste of the Nation event in San Francisco next Thursday 3/23. This is the third year I’m going with my bestie Aimee 👯 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. 🍷🍻

And here’s the best part: 100% of proceeds from the event support Share Our Strength’s 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! 🍴

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

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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!

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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

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