Taste of the Nation Recap

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Thursday! Last Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to go to Taste of the Nation. I wanted to share some of the mouthwatering photos and updates from the event. Like I mentioned last week, Taste of the Nation collaborates with local chefs, restaurants, wineries to benefit No Kid Hungry.

No Kid Hungry partners with local nonprofits to make sure children all across the globe are getting the food and nutrition that they need.

While they’re still tallying the numbers from ticket sales, donations, etc. but as it stands on March 25th, they’ve raised $250K and counting. Seriously so so great and exciting for all the children.

Some of my favorites at Taste? Spruce had amazing scrambled eggs (wish I snagged a pic, was too busy eating!), Tacolicious, Scotland Yard, and Causwells.

Definitely would suggest going next year!

Cheers!

 

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Weekend Snapshots

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Soooo, I know it’s Wednesday and I’m sharing weekend snaps mid-week, but you know what? Life happens and gets busy. At least I’m human, right?

Well, this past weekend felt like a major blur and was jam packed. Luckily I was able to sleep in until 9 a.m. Sunday and made Easter festivities like drinking a PBR in Duboce Park holding puppies much sweeter.

Along with Easter celebrations and catching the tail end of “Bring Your Own Big Wheel,” I was able to sneak in a little taste testing with the folks from Sugarbear Ice Cream thanks to Shikha. I think I fell in love at first bite (see what I did there?) with the Butter Pecan. The chunks of pecan were the perfect complement to the sweet ice cream flavor. If you haven’t checked ’em out, I highly suggest you do!

Along with a little taste testing, I went to Taste of the Nation last week and was once again amazed by the creativity, the food, and the event itself. More to come this week, but I can’t wait to share!

Hope you’re having a great week and happy hump day!

Cheers!

Fuzzy Wuzzy

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Hi Everyone!

Happy  Tuesday! I’ve lived in the same place since I’ve been in San Francisco. Come to think of it, I’m going on 5 years in August. Pacific Heights is an amazing spot to live. From solid coffeeshops (Jane) to tried and true brunch spots (Grove & Harry’s) there’s no shortage of things to do and eat.

A few weeks ago, I woke up pretty early with Kai and trolled Fillmore Street. First stop was  to fuel up with excessive amounts of caffeine at Jane. For the most part, the city doesn’t come alive until 10 a.m., so it was nice to explore without the mid-morning craziness.

We traveled around Fillmore making pitstops on random corners to snap a few photos and ended up at Alta Plaza – my favorite park in the city. Why? Every first Sunday of the month, pug owners and their chubby fur balls meet up and have a pugilicious play date. So yes, it’s definitely my favorite.

This is only part one of my Pac Heights adventure so stay tuned!

Cheers!

Photos via Kai Sotto 

Friday Foodin’

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Happy Friday, y’all! We made it. Now it’s time to sleep in, eat good food, and have a beer. For realz, though.

Earlier this week, I woke up way too early for my own good and met a friend in lower Fillmore to the newly opened Wise Son’s Deli. With several locations around SF, Wise Son’s has made a name for themselves for being a damn good deli. And making a damn good corned beef sandwich. And, more importantly…making a damn good bagel.

They’re hard to find in SF, sadly. One thing New York has on us, that’s for sure (perhaps the only thing). 🙂

All jokes aside, I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into Wise Son’s and no one was there. Granted, it was 7:30 in the morning but the last time I swung by I was greeted with a line out the door.

The menu is vast. The bagels are hot. And the schmear is uh, schmeary. I opted for a classic Sesame bagel with lox schmear and topped it off with some tomatoes, onion and “dragged through the garden.” I had no idea, but was informed it was a mixture of hippie greens mix, cucumber, pickled onion, radish. So good. 

So this weekend, I urge y’all in SF. I promise it’ll be the best bagel you’ll ever have.

Cheers!

 

What To Do In: Mendocino

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Hi Everyone!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Mendocino. The town is about a 3 hour drive from San Francisco, so while it does seem like a spontaneous get-up-and-go destination, it does require some planning – like obtaining a car.

Luckily, Ittai has a downright adorable Miatta that we cruised around in the entire weekend. We headed up on a gloomy and overcast Saturday ready for a weekend of total relaxation. One reason I love Mendocino: WiFi is few and far between. Bless it.

I can’t really tell you how amazing Mendocino is – you just need to see and believe it for yourself. I’ve fallen in love with a ton of places in California and I’d have to say Big Sur and Mendocino have quickly become personal favorites.

For those who are unfamiliar with the area, I suggest you plan a trip ASAP. From the drive to the scenery, the weekend was perfect. Here are a few of my favorite spots while I was there:

Where To Stay: If you want a beautiful spot to drink in the equally beautiful scenery, the Little River Inn is the perfect place to do so. Nestled right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the Little River Inn is an inviting and regal place like no other. Their classic Victorian architecture speaks volumes of their experience as they have greeted guests for five generations. Along with the beautiful rooms filled with cozy beds and fireplaces, Little River Inn’s restaurant is the ultimate spot to snag a snack or chow down. While their menu changes frequently, my favorites included the scallops and the warm olallieberry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream. John Sverko, Little River Inn’s resident sommelier, even talked us through the wine menu helping us pick out the perfect pairings. The Little River Inn is definitely a romantic spot with generous and inviting staff. Highly recommended!

 

Where To Drink: I wouldn’t say I’m a lush, but I definitely love wine – especially red wine! When Ittai and I made a pit stop at Lula Cellars, we were greeted by their entire staff and owner of Lula, Jeff Hansen. Known for their Pinots, Jeff treated us to a variety of tastings from their outstanding selection of wine. Lula even grows some of their own veggies on-site and if that’s not cool enough, their resident dog is adorable and adds to the charm of the vineyard. Some wine highlights? The 2012 Mendocino Pinot Noir and 2013 Mendocino Zinfandel. So, so good. If you want to drink good wine with an even better story, head to Lula.

 

What To Do: If you’re only in town for a day or long weekend, I’d suggest not doing much other than enjoying what’s around you. Every corner of Mendocino is insanely magical and meant to be explored. Each beach is just calling for a photo opp and trails are a plenty there. If you’re looking for a good photo and calm setting, head over to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens where you can walk around the foggy coastline and admire some beautiful flowers and plants. Most known for their Rhododendrons, the grounds are full of these pink hued blooms with a intoxicating fragrance. Another amazing place to check out includes Van Damme State Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch some wildlife taking a much needed R&R from real-life activities.

 

So Fresh. So Clean.

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Hi all!

Happy Tuesday! Hope you’re having a beautiful week so far. My Monday was a little insane and stressful, to be honest. We all know those start to the weeks that wreak havoc on our good vibes and more importantly, our skin.

For the most part, I’ve had pretty good skin in my twenty-six years. Sure, I’ve had the occasional “blemish” or two, but over time they always went away. Lately, my skin has gone through a bit of a rebellious phase. I’ve recently discovered that not only is my skin super dry but can sometimes be patchy and red. Ain’t cool.

From this, my skincare routine in the morning and evening is that much more important. I wipe off my makeup every evening with Formula 10.0.6 make-up removing wipes, wash it with a mild cleanser, throw on a toner to get the pores unclogged and finish with a nice moisturizer that has a little bit of SPF.

I’m kind of obsessed with the vibrant colors and products from Formula 10.0.6. Every product serves a unique purpose and can be personalized to fit your skin type. It makes my a.m. and p.m. routine a bit more fun.

Also, when I’m feeling a little wild, I like to throw on a mud mask that has Strawberry, Yarrow and Rosemary to help clear blocked pores and eliminate impurities. I also look downright crazy when I wear one. Snapchat selfies are always taken to document the hilarity.

What’s your skincare routine?

Cheers!

 

Photos by Tory Putnam 

A Taste

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! Hope y’all had a great weekend. I know I talk a lot about my weekend every Monday, but today I wanted to do things a little differently and talk about an upcoming event.

This Thursday is Taste of the Nation San Francisco. If you didn’t know, Taste of the Nation is a fundraiser dinner hosted by the No Kid Hungry campaign in downtown San Francisco.

Local restaurants, breweries, wineries, mixologists, and chefs come together to help educate and raise money for four local Bay Area nonprofits, including 18 Reasons,Children of Shelters, California Food Policy Advocates, and California Association of Food Banks.

Every $1 raised from the event this Thursday provides the equivalent of 10 meals to kids in the Bay Area and all over the US.

This year, they are trying to raise over $250K from the event to help end childhood hunger. So please support this amazing event and cause this week and snag a ticket here. Also, for a limited time snag 20% off your GA tickets with the promo code: BLOGSF20

Also, my partner-in-crime Andi and I actually toured a few of the places that are donating their food/drinks this year. Every restaurant on the list is absurdly amazing, but some of my favorites include Tacolicious, The Keystone, Souvla and Lagunitas! Yum!

I’ll be covering the event (my second time!!), so please follow me on Twitter and Instagram for updates, photos, etc.

See you there!

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