Entries Tagged as 'San Francisco'

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’t much, and both were prone to prescribing a variety of alcohol based mixtures that were supposed to “cure what ails you.”

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.

 

#sftaste photo recap!

Posted on: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

this past thursday, i attended the incredible taste of the nation event and wanted to share some photos! as mentioned in a previous post, the event brings together amazing local chefs who make food for guests to sample and enjoy. the event benefits no kid hungry, a movement that partners with local nonprofits to make sure children are getting the food and nutrition that they need. they are still tallying numbers from the event, but the latest i heard was that the event raised over $250,000 to end child hunger. so amazing!

aimee and i went together last year and had a blast, but this year, it was even more fun to have rob, eric and shikha (who also has an awesome food blog) join us. we enjoyed lots of yummy food and wine and had a blast together! one of my favorite parts of the event is getting to try food from restaurants that are either 1. really fancy / expensive / hard to get a reservation for or 2. i didn’t even know existed! i already have a big list going of amazing spots to visit for brunch or dinner soon, including ICHI sushi in the mission, old bus tavern in bernal heights, scotland yard and nick’s cove up north on highway 1.

here’s some photos from the amazing event – my pictures don’t do any of the food justice! i highly recommend that you attend taste of the nation next year!

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Join me for Taste of the Nation in SF!

Posted on: Sunday, March 20, 2016

I’m so excited to be partnering with No Kid Hungry for their upcoming Taste of the Nation event in San Francisco THIS THURSDAY! I attended the dinner last year with Aimee and had SO much fun sampling food and drinks from amazing spots in the Bay Area, plus gathering around people who are donating their time, money and resources, striving to end childhood hunger.

Did you know that 23% of children in California live in poverty? And 37% of demand for food assistance in San Francisco is unmet. San Francisco is one of the richest cities in terms of cuisine and chef talent and all around amazing places to eat, and yet there are children who don’t get breakfast everyday {49% of them, to be exact}.

Soooo – I’d love to extend the invite to you to join me for Taste of the Nation this year! The event is this Thursday, March 24th at the City View at Metreon and tickets are still available! Plus, you can get 20% off your ticket using the code BLOGSF20. All proceeds from your ticket purchase go towards fighting childhood hunger in California, benefiting four amazing organizations 18 Reasons, California Association of Food Banks, California Food Policy Advocates, and Children of Shelters, all of whom do amazing, hands-on work in California to help children. I am especially excited to support this event, given Eric and I are huge fans of 18 Reasons and support the organization monthly. 18 Reasons teaches classes to low-income families to learn how to healthy food on a budget, plus they have weekly dinners that anyone in SF can attend!

There are 40+ restaurants sampling food at the event, including some of my favorites: Foreign Cinema, DOSA, Soulva, Tacolicious {where that delicious cocktail above is from!}, Wayfare Tavern and Slanted Door. Plus – some other amazing spots I’ve been dying to try: Flour + Water, Lazy Bear, Spruce, Causwells, The Keystone and more.

Get 20% off a general admission ticket using the code BLOGSF20. Tickets ) & more info) available HEREAnd here’s some fun photos from the event last year to convince you to attend this super fun – and incredibly meaningful – event. xo!

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LITERALLY SAMPLED THIS BURRATA AT LEAST 4 TIMES LAST YEAR.

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