I've lived here, in this pseudo Never Land balanced on the edge of California, since I was a freshman in college at SF State. I've seen The City grow and morph into the tech-filled, rising metropolis that it is today.
Escaping San Francisco's foggy, breezy, changeable weather is usually high on every city-dweller's wish list this time of year. While the rest of the country is welcoming summer with long, sunny days, we're often battling strong winds and cloudy skies. One of Sonoma's best kept secrets lies tucked away into some of the most picturesque vineyards in the region.
Fort Mason, an actual former military fort located on San Francisco's north side near The Marina, is home to an ever changing array of events, pop-ups and local favorites. While I've spent many sunny afternoons on the greens day drinking with friends, and I love the farmer's market, I'd never actually gone into the library/laboratory bar at the end of Building B.
I'm constantly tweaking my skincare routine, but I've been loving some new products lately. Some are cult favorites like Glossier's Solution, some are big brand favorites like Kate Sommerville, and a couple others classic K-beauty staples.
If 2017 was the year of the tropical vacation, what does that mean for 2018? I'm wanderlusting hard right now, probably because it's seems like winter in The City won't end. But, I'm indecisive and need some help.
Chinatown is a confluence of old San Francisco and new. While the neighborhood is one of the most well-known in San Francisco, it's not necessarily the easiest to write about. I live on the edge between Chinatown and Nob Hill and walk through Chinatown on my way to and from work every single day, and I still have trouble with how to tell its story.
I'm sorry I've been MIA. This is the longest I've gone without posting, and it feels like forever. I have a good reason--promise. I've been busy and stressed and feeling less than inspired. I promise we'll be back to our regularly scheduled San Francisco programming shortly, but first a little update on me.
One of my favorite places in The Bay is the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. The first Sunday of the month, at the crack of dawn, this former U.S. Navy runway transforms into one of the best, and biggest, flea markets in the country.
I'm always looking for the inspiration that exists in the world around me. Normally I'm pretty good about noticing and enjoying it, but something about the grey, cold days in January make it really difficult for me. Lately, I've been drawn to doors and doorways.
It's January. Winter, even if it is California winter, is here, and SF is cold, grey and foggy. While I'd much rather have some sunshine and a comfy place outside to bask, these grey dreary days present their own bit of wonder. The mood is calm, the streets are more empty than usual, and Netflix and chill is completely appropriate.
There's a new Alps-inspired wine bar and eatery in North Beach, and it's awesome. There's a fire pit, a beautiful interior, and some really good wine. From the team behind Little Vine and Union Larder, The Salzburg offers up Austrian food and inspired wines in probably the coziest space in San Francisco.
Tis the season for shopping and gifting! San Francisco is full of amazing, independently owned boutiques. They're in every neighborhood, and are owned by our friends and neighbors. I believe that shopping small is something we should all be doing, all year long, but especially during the holidays.
Living in a flat in SF means that space is at a premium. But, Christmas is Christmas and it just wouldn't be the same for me without a tree, some cozy white lights, plenty of candles and Christmas music playing on repeat.
Christmas in San Francisco is magical. The Downtown high rises are draped in festive lights, trees grace commercial lobbies and friendly neighborhood windows, and the SF SPCA pets move into the windows at Macy's. The City becomes a snow-free wonderland.