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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(image from April Bloomfield’s Instagram)

Spotted SF


Have you seen Spotted SF? It has quickly become my favorite local site for learning about cool new places. Leslie Santarina (in addition to being a warm and lovely person!) takes beautiful photographs of local spots around the Bay Area and wherever her travels take her, and I have discovered quite a few gems from her…including this taco shop in Montauk!

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Marisa Haskell’s shop in Oakland

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The Fat Radish in NYC

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Outerlands in San Francisco

 

 

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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A Trip Back In Time


I’m a bit captivated by all things vintage, so when I came across this video of a trip on a Berkeley trolley from, get this, 1906, I knew I had to share! It was filmed just a month after the notorious San Francisco Earthquake, at the beginning of a mass migration out of the city to escape the quake’s aftermath. If you look closely at the image below, you can see a man walking right in the middle of the train tracks. The drama that ensues from this event shows that, even back then, Berkeley was a place where people weren’t afraid to do things a little bit differently. We’ll miss you Berkeley. Only three more days until we move!

 

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Foraged flowers in Hayes Valley


I was checking out one of my favorite sites, Remodelista, this morning, and read about floral artist Louesa Roebuck’s beautiful new shop on Hayes Street in San Francisco. Part of a shared space with In Bed, H.D. Buttercup’s organic bed linen store, she’ll offer ceramics and pottery alongside displays of her foraged flowers. I want to live in here!

{image from Remodelista}

Wild Cherry Lactart


We’ve been dying to check out The Ice Cream Bar here in Cole Valley since it opened last month {vintage ice cream/soda shop?  yes please!}, and finally made it ourselves this week in honor of Kate’s birthday.  We sat at the soda fountain bar and sampled lots of treats- two different slices of homemade ice cream cake, a ridiculously gooey and delicious warm brownie sundae {which we highly recommend!} as well as three sodas from the soda fountain, including the wild cherry lactart, which I think should become the official drink of Ruby Press
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{Cherry lactart photo from my Instagram.  If you want to see more behind the scenes photos from the Ruby Press, follow me at  rubypress.  And oh yes, that’s the warm brownie sundae in the background!}

 

Ice cream!


The Mission District in San Francisco houses many of my favorite places – La Taqueria, Pizzeria Delfina, Tartine, and too many more to count, but two of my most favorite things in the Mission are Bi-Rite Creamery and Humphry Slocombe. Secret Breakfast ice cream with cornflakes and bourbon, sundaes with sea salt and bergamot olive oil, snickerdoodle ice cream, tin roof sundaes with frosted peanuts – so many delicious concoctions all in one neighborhood. You won’t have to travel to the Mission for these treats much longer though, because both shops are releasing cookbooks this April – Bi-Rite’s Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones and Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book. Now everyone can enjoy the creamy salted caramel and Vietnamese coffee ice creams that make a trip to the Mission so worth it!

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La-Dee-Dah


Have you tried La-Dee-Dahs or Nifty Nougats from Whimsical Candy?  I tried the La-Dee-Dahs today- chunky swirls of sea salt caramel and creamy nougat dipped in dark chocolate.  Yum, yum, yum.

I picked them up at The Candy Store in San Francisco {if you don’t live in the area, I bet you could ask them to send you some!} today after a meeting and was planning in bringing back some for the girls in the office to try but I’m afraid they didn’t make it.  Oops.

Refinery 29 San Francisco!


I’m SO flattered to be a part of Anne Sage‘s Tom Ford Beauty Tips article for Refinery 29 San Francisco! I’m such a huge fan of both so it was incredible to get to work with them on another project! And a big thank you to Molly DeCoudreaux who photographed the shoot, the Tom Ford Beauty team and Neiman Marcus (who opened early just for us!) for helping me to look my best in my modeling debut!  Ha!  Here are some pics I snapped while at the shoot!