If i’m being totally honest, i’ve been feeling a bit well, frazzled as of late. The many stressors of life can overwhelm you, right? Whether it’s juggling schedules, work, friendships, relationships, self-health, and everything in between it almost seems unmanageable.
Lately, when i’ve been feeling this way, I like to get away. I know it may sound like i’ve become a bit of a recluse, but I truly and whole heartedly believe that people need some alone time. Or at least, time in an unexpected place. This is hard for me to do. So, getting away can mean a lot of things. It can mean going on a run. Or sitting at a coffee shop reading. Or, for me – exploring.
I’ve never been one to sit down in one place for too long, but how can you blame me? San Francisco has so many destinations that are just asking to be discovered, seen, and journeyed through.
One place that especially did it for me is Marshall Beach. Doubling as a nude beach, Marshall Beach is a perfect place to look at the Golden Gate Bridge with a different perspective.
I checked it out for the first time thanks to a Instagram meet-up hosted by my friend Oscar and it was needed. A great getaway that felt like you were miles from San Francisco. Just what the heart needed.
I’m always on the lookout for new places to do happy hour after work or grab a bite to eat in San Francisco. Just when I thought I hit the surface, I discovered Aveline in Union Square.
Aveline is an amazing restaurant connected to The European, so popping over to the bar beforehand is encouraged! I had the awesome opportunity of trying Executive Chef, Kaley Laird’s newest dinner menu and it was insanely tasty.
The staff at Aveline: Kaley Laird at only 27 years old is the restaurant’s Executive Chef and her creativity knows no bounds! She crafted amazing dishes full of thought and color. I’ll tell you more about that in a sec. Sarah Knoefler, General Manager of Aveline was absolutely gracious and showed us a phenomenal time. From divulging about the wine we were tasting to Laird’s culinary aesthetic, Knoefler makes the experience ten times better.
The ambiance: Everything from the lighting, the tables, and the plating was beautiful. Elegant and refined.
The food: Obviously, the main event. We sampled a variety of dishes but some favorites included the corn fritters (phenomenal) and the blackened avocado with strawberry sofrito, pistachio pesto, and trub crumpet. The all-star? The Rye Campanelle Pasta. Spring peas, burrata cheese and mint perfectly complement the pasta making it a meal that’s satisfying, but not overwhelming.
So what are you waiting for? Nom on, friends.
Happy Tuesday! Had a crazier week last week, but luckily made some time to explore San Francisco. Some highlights?
Celebrating VaynerMedia’s 6th birthday with my amazing team!
Hung at Ampersand for Tory’s first ever Portrait Pop-Up! Her next one is August 19th so snag your ticket today!
Nommed hard at West of Pecos and celebrated National Tequila Day in style.
Bar crawled with Courtney, Brian, and Sarah on Saturday and stopped by Suppenkuche for some pints.
Happy Friday! Looking forward to the weekend and doing some things that i’ve been putting off for a few weeks – like laundry and grocery shopping (welp).
This Sunday i’ll be helping my amazing friend Tory for her first Portrait Pop-Up at Ampersand in the Mission! If you’re looking to get headshots, profile pictures, or some cool photography snag your ticket before they run out! She’s an amazing photographer and beautiful friend so I suggest checking it out! She’ll also have one later at JAX Vineyards on August 19th!
There’s still something about this jumpsuit (if you could call it that?) that makes me smile. It may be because every time I wear it, the weather in San Francisco is sunny. That, or i’ve just had genuinely amazing times in it.
Whatever is, i’ll think i’ll stick to it.
Photos via Tory Putnam
Happy Tuesday! Like I mentioned yesterday during my weekend roundup, I gallivanted all throughout SF Saturday and Sunday.
A highlight? Brunch Saturday morning at Hecho. I’ve walked past Hecho numerous times before. You know, headed to Hot Cookie for a sweet treat or getting from the Mission to the Castro, but never had the chance to stop on in besides a late night many moons ago for drunken tacos.
Luckily, I had the opportunity to taste out their menu starting with brunch. Hecho is a pretty big space – perfect for natural light and the ultimate photo opp. We sat down and were greeted by the amazing Cory Armenta, Executive Chef at Hecho who recently updated and expanded the restaurant’s dinner and weekend brunch menus.
Cory pulled out all the stops for brunch including their signature Hecho dish that featured hash Yukon Gold potatoes, roasted peppers, and onion smothered in queso fundido (drool worthy). Along with the hash, we snacked on chilaquiles and an amazing watermelon and mint salad.
It’s not a brunch without the booziness, right? I know better and of course taste tested almost every libation on their menu. Some favorites? Their blackberry sabbath, margarita, and smoke on the water.
So, next time you’re in the Castro or straddling the Mission (hell, any time you’re in SF), head over to Hecho. Your tastebuds will give you a pat on the back. Or something…:)