Just got back from a lovely trip to Michigan! My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to be there during the first snow, though unfortunately, we were completely unprepared for how cold it was! We stayed with friends who live in a beautiful modern house in the country just outside Brighton, but made sure to spend plenty of time in Ann Arbor. They took us around to all their favorite spots: Mani Osteria (a newly opened, but already very popular restaurant with pizza as good as the Bay Area), the Jolly Pumpkin (world-renowned brewery with wild, “living” beers) and the Raven’s Club (a super cool bar where our friend makes the most amazing cocktails). Below are a few pictures from the Raven’s Club-

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Tosca Cafe

As someone who likes to eat, I’m always excited to read about restaurant openings across the country, but especially in my hometown of San Francisco. Tomorrow marks the re-opening of North Beach’s historic Tosca Cafe. New York restauranteur Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield saved the SF landmark from rising rent, and are keeping many of its elements (like the House Cappuccino – their signature hot chocolate and brandy drink) intact, while adding an Italian menu to the mix. I’m so happy to see this piece of San Francisco history preserved, and can’t wait to re-experience it!


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Oaktown Spice Shop

Have you been to Oaktown Spice Shop? I’m dying to check it out and pick up some their Montreal Steak and Chop (a Food52 favorite!).  I can’t believe I still haven’t made it in- but I did hear they’ll be at Kitchener’s One Year Anniversary Pop-Up Market next Thursday and I’m thinking between the ‘saucy strawberry mini pies’ and the Argentine empanadas, I’ll definitely have to make that trip!

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Slicer Opening this September!

This September, my incredibly talented friend Colin Etezadi is opening his first restaurant, Slicer Pizzeria, in Oakland! Colin’s a vet of Bay Area pizza greats {Pizzaiolo, Gioia, and Boot + Shoe Service} and has cooked for me and my girlfriends for my birthday a couple years ago. I can say first hand he’s got what it takes and we’re so excited over here for his new adventure! Congrats, Colin!

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Join us Tomorrow at Convert with Maia McDonald!

Tomorrow we’ll be celebrating all that’s Made in California from 2 – 5 pm at Convert on Fourth Street Berkeley with Maia McDonald! We love Maia and her amazing taste (she’s the Creative Director of Rue Magazine, blogger behind Design Conundrum, one of the world’s top Pinners) and can’t wait to sip cocktails and shop her curated selection of California goods. Hope to see you there!

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History of San Francisco Streets

I was catching up on The Bold Italic and read about History of San Francisco Streets, a digital map project that offers a little bit of history on some of the streets that I travel daily. I had no idea, for example, that Gough Street was named after a local milkman, or that Guerrero was a prominent figure in Yerba Buena (as the city was known during Mexican rule) and was murdered in 1851 on Mission Street by a man on horseback who struck him with a slingshot. Something to think about the next time I’m waiting in line at Tartine!

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Convert Travel Event this Saturday!

If you’re in the East Bay this weekend, come join us at Convert Saturday, May 18th from 1-4! One of our favorite people, the super cool Katie Cornell (who also happens to be the Events Editor at Via Magazine and What’s In Store Editor at DiabloMag.com) will be hosting. We can’t wait to sip cocktails with her and find the perfect eco-friendly outfit! And while I don’t have any vacations booked yet, but I can definitely pretend with one of these!

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I just booked my first trip to Austin for the end of April and can’t wait for hot weather, lots of live music, and great food. The promise of citywide breakfast tacos sold me, but now that I’ve started my research I don’t know how I’ll be able to cram all the places I want to eat and things I want to do into four days. Papi Tino’s and Elizabeth Street Cafe are definitely on the list so far – do you have any favorite spots in Austin? Any must-do activities?

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