Weekend Snapshots

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The weekend sure catches up with you, doesn’t it? This week/end was a little chaotic and like life, was filled with some really happy moments and some sad ones.

Earlier in the week, I had the opportunity to hang with the Hush Puppies team and enjoy a Fall brunch with them at Belga. I love their new Fall line and it was the perfect introduction to the season – even if it’s 90 degrees in San Francisco at the moment. And a great way to beat the heat? Cocktails from Palm House. Always.

Ran the OU 5k by the Bay with Ohio University Alumni in San Francisco. Needless to say from the pictures, Andi and I were definitely spirited. We also celebrated my sista and fellow Bobcat’s birthday in Oakland. We sipped beers and celebrated at Temescal Brewery and if you haven’t been, it’s AWESOME. And…FREE POPCORN!

With the good, also comes the sad. Ittai’s grandmother passed away in Israel over the weekend, so please send some good energy his family’s way. I know it’ll help. 🙂

Hope you have a good week!

 

 

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Friday Favorites

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Hey Everyone!

Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week and are stoked about the weekend – I know I am. I’m all about traditions and this brings me to one of my favorites – Friday night date night.

Whether it’s with Ittai or my closest friends, I love to go out to dinner, relax and welcome the weekend with a cocktail (or two).

Often times I go to my usual haunts in the city and never really steer too far away from the uncomfortable. But when I had the opportunity to go to Berkeley last weekend to check out FIVE, well, I couldn’t pass it up.

A lot of people make the Manhattan/Brooklyn comparison when it comes to Berkeley, but if you’ve been to the East Bay, you know it’s pretty effortless.

Nestled in the heart of North Berkeley, FIVE is located inside Hotel Shattuck and right off Shattuck Street. The interior is super modern and inviting and the food follows suit.

Executive Chef Stephane Tonnelier brings his expertise to each dish with subtle hints of his background as a chef in France. We started off with the Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits (nom!) and the Baby Beet Salad that were the perfect gateway into the entrees. Pro Tip: The salads are huge so splitting is a great way to go! I suggest the Baby Beet Salad for it’s delicious watermelon and Humboldt goat cheese.

For my main entree I had the Spring Nettle Ravioli that was filled with the most delicious english pea & cauliflower mascarpone and Ittai had the Grilled Porkchop with eggplant puree.

Finished off with a trio of delectable desserts, we left stuffed and oh so happy. And while the food was excellent, the service was even more so. Will, our waiter was one of the nicest servers (and people!) I have ever met. He’s an East Bay native and has worked at FIVE for several years – a testament to how special the place truly is.

So, what are you waiting for? Be a little adventurous. Catch BART, head to the East Bay and get yourself to FIVE.

Cheers!

 

 

Nom On: Souvla

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! Now that I’ve gotten back from New York, I can finally catch up on my blogging – especially today.

Growing up, Greek food was super important to me. No, I’m not Greek or of any Greek descent, but my mom absolutely l-o-v-e-d it. In my hometown, we had a delicious Greek restaurant named Gyro Time that we used to go to (at least once a week) and chat with the owner, eat gyros, and munch on french fries. Some of my fondest memories are eating with my family there.

This love of Greek continued throughout the years. Whether it was in Chicago and making a pit stop in Greek Town or in New York trying to find the best schwarma, this type of food has been (and always will) be my favorite type.

So, when I moved to San Francisco 5 years ago, I had a lot of promise. It’s a big city with even bigger appetites. Unfortunately, I looked near and far for Mediterranean restaurants that filled the void – to no such luck.

Then, a few years ago – Souvla opened its first location in Hayes Valley. I think I went the week it opened and I can’t tell you how excited I was. Finally, a place for quick, tasty AND affordable Greek food.

I continued to frequent Souvla over the years (first dates, friend dates, mid-afternoon lunch hangs, etc.) until they opened their second location on Divisadero Street in NoPa. I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to check out the new space and truly, it’s breathtaking. The space is clean, modern, but has touches of what make Souvla well…Souvla. Fresh flowers adorn the restaurant and gold light fixtures give the entire dining area a glow.

Even better? I live 15 minutes (by foot!) from this new location. My order of choice? Their Roasted White Sweet Potato salad, Greek fries, and a glass of Souvla’s  Greek Red – the Skouras, St. George. More often than not, I always order a second glass – especially now that they have a variety of Greek red & whites to choose from!

And with another location on Valencia just announced a few days ago, you’ll have even more opportunities to check out this San Francisco staple. Get yourself familiar with their menu here.

Cheers!

 

Photos via Souvla 

Must Eat Spots in SF

I love food and living in San Francisco has ignited my passion for nommin’ hard. That being  said, there’s a lot of places in this city that you can go to – it’s kind of overwhelming. Depending on your mood, you can have tapas one minute and then turn around and experience the most mind-blowing Indian food this city has to offer. That being said, I’m sharing some of my favorite spots as of late. Hope you enjoy!

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Leo’s Oyster Bar

Servin’ up seafood and bar classics, this FiDi newcomer is definitely one to watch. Their oysters (obviously) are super delicious and feature a pretty great variety, but the real standout (in my eyes) are small plates. Start out with an order of the house-made tater tots and wash it down with one of their epic cocktails. It’s a little pricey, so I’d recommend going for an extended happy hour!

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Palm House

You guys, I can’t say enough about this Marina gem. Nestled (not so quietly) on Union, Palm House is my absolute go-to when i’m in the ‘hood. Their vibrant tables make a perfect backdrop to their tropical fare. I was so stoked when I saw them featured at this year’s Eat Drink SF and their poke (featured above) is out of this world. Order some sweet potato fries, a few spicy and sweet cocktails like this Chipotle Mango Margarita and your tummy and tastebuds will be thrilled.

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Mason Pacific

I talked about Mason Pacific on my blog awhile back but they truly are one worth noting – again and again. This Nob Hill staple recently re-opened and is better than ever. If you want a true dining experience, this is the place to go. Chef Max Mackinnon is a serious genius in the kitchen and has created some true standout dishes like the braised lamb and the carrot, curry, mussel, coriander (seen above). YUM!

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Evil Eye

You know the types of places where when you step in, you feel cooler? Well, that’s exactly how I feel Evil Eye is. The interior is badass, the food is bomb, and the cocktails are dangerously delicious. Some standouts? The Gin Bramble cocktail, Pork Belly Toast, and Deviled Eggs!

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Judahlicious

If raw food and vegan cuisine is your bag, then Judahlicious is your place to go! It’s healthy (and hearty) so don’t expect this to be like another typical vegan restaurant. I love the waffles topped with acaĂ­, granola, banana, strawberry, maple syrup, and cinnamon. SO good – especially for early mornings. I love going to Ocean Beach early in the morning, spending an hour or two people watching and then walking up to Judahlicious to kick off the weekend. Yum!

Hope you guys enjoy and definitely check all of these places out!!

Cheers!

Weekend Snapshots

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! Hope you’re having a great day! This past weekend was possibly one of the better ones I’ve had. It started off with nomming at Eat Drink SF (more on that later!) and ended with a sunset overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Some highlights in between:

  • Sippin’ Women & Whiskies cocktails, noshing on Bare Snacks and hanging out with some phenomenal blogger friends at Ampersand
  • Sunday morning brunch at Nourish Cafe! Their avocado and pesto toast is SO good!
  • Two hours of yoga at Ritual’s first ever Yogathon! Was seriously so drenched, but met so many amazing people at the event. SO proud of Ritual and how far they’ve come!
  • Saturday fuel at 20th Century Cafe. The challah french toast is what dreams are made of. Go grab it nowwww!
  • Reading “You’ll Grow Out Of It” on the rooftop of my apartment
  • Discovering Locale 58’s amazing candles and filling my apartment with delicious scents
  • Mid-week catch up over elevated bar bites and happy hour at The Corner Store

What about you?

Cheers!

 

10 Day Health Challenge

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! So, I think I can finally say I’m in my late twenties and man, it’s a weird reality. I don’t consider myself being “old” and I feel as lively as I did when I first moved to SF, so this leads me to believe that you’re only as old as you feel.

Luckily, being in San Francisco I have a lot of options to help maintain a well-balanced lifestyle. From hot yoga classes to spin, I love exercising and truly feel like a kick ass human being after a great workout. Best feeling ever.

I also am pretty kind to my body and get a pretty solid amount of sleep every night and am fairly regimented in my skincare routine. One thing that has always been a struggle is finding a balance with food.

“Everything in moderation,” right? You’ve heard the saying. I’m here to tell y’all that it’s hard. Especially having a full-time job, running a blog, and everything in between. There’s a lot of social pressure to go out for drinks, grab dinner, etc. Luckily, SF is home to a ton of places that cater to every type of person. Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, a vegetarian or lactose intolerant, SF has a home for you.

A few weeks ago, my bestie Andi set up a wonderful dinner with Claudine and Haley, co-founders of the 10 Day Health Challenge. Claudine is a chef and Haley is a nutritionist and together with their passion for wellness and eating real foods, they created a meal plan that is made completely of whole foods. That’s right – only servin’ the good stuff.

So, if some of you think that “healthy” equates to unappetizing, definitely think again. We noshed on Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Summer Squash, Cauliflower Tabouli among others and polished off our healthy food with an equally as healthy Chocolate Cashew Cream dessert with raspberries, cacao, and bee pollen. NOM! So good. Evidence that eating mindfully doesn’t mean depriving yourself.

Looking to take the leap into a healthier lifestyle? Check out their free 3-day challenge here! Follow along on their exciting foodie adventures on their Instagram, too!

Cheers!

Weekend Snapshots

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! How was the weekend for y’all? So, while this weekend wasn’t the most ideal for me, I feel pretty lucky for a few things.

I have some pretty damn supportive people in my life and for that, I’m eternally grateful. A special thanks to Ittai for being the ultimate partner this weekend and helping through something that was/is pretty rough. Second thanks to my friends for being super supportive and just spending time with me – I feel very lucky to have y’all in my life.

Friday night Ittai surprised me with a reservation at Frances! I’ve been wanting to try Frances for ages and I was blown away by the service and delicious food. We started off with the house red (where you pay by the ounce!) and the beet salad with Gravenstein apple, grain mustard and onion rings! So good. We then went on to try the sweet corn soup that was a personal favorite! We ended sharing the Five-Dot Ranch Bavette Steak and polished it off with the ‘Lumberjack’ Cake. All in all, Frances is the ultimate date night spot and I highly recommend going!

Some other highlights?

  • Checking out Tartine Manufactory and having a gal pal day with Shikha and Sarah
  • Figuring out how to make the ultimate summer picnic basket with AG Ferrari
  • Shooting with Jennymay and exploring the Mission
  • Experiencing a nearly empty Dolores Park

Hope you have a great week!

Cheers!