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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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SF adventures: recent spots!

Posted on: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I LOVE san francisco and I always get extra reminded of how much I love this city when I return from a trip. I haven’t shared one of my SF Adventures blog posts in awhile and wanted to highlight some amazing new-to-me spots I’ve visited lately. Check them out!

P.S. I’ve curated a Pinterest map showing all my fave spots in the city HERE!

vive la tarte – beautiful, light-filled cafe. i’ve heard amazing things about their burrata flatbread for lunch too… {soma}

nico – adorable french bistro with a fairly reasonably priced tasting menu, especially given they have a michelin star! {laurel heights}

presidio social club – amazing decor and vibe here with yummy brunch and dinner options! {the presidio – photo below}

Presidio Social Club in San Francisco

black sands brewery – coffee shop / cafe by day and brewery by night. this is right around the corner from my apartment, so if you go here, come say hi! {lower haight}

klyde cafe & wine bar – this place is so cute! they have great happy hour wine and tons of shared snack plates. {union square}

Klyde Wine Bar in San Francisco

pizzahacker – super casual spot with dining hall style tables; draft beer ad wine available and lots of yummy, inexpensive pizzas. oh! and kale caesar salad…{bernal heights}

old skool cafe – incredible food for an amazing cause. this is a southern-style supper club that employs at-risk teens. {bayview / hunters point}

san jalisco – delicious mexican food with HUGE portions in a festive environment {mission – photo below!}

San Jalisco in San Francisco

More SF Adventures… Recent Eats // Cute Shops! // More New-to-Me Spots // Wine Night Spots // Date Night Spots // Best Views // Brunch Spots // Coffee Shops  // and Neighborhood Adventure Guides..Bernal Heights // Date Night in North Beach //  Dogpatch

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