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.
I'm fully on board with the Millennial Pink trend. Like so many other Millennials, I feel drawn to it. I love Glossier's perfect packaging, I love finding pink walls and houses in San Francisco, and I wear a decent amount of pink.
As the days get shorter, and temps start to drop, it can be challenging to find date spots that aren't just dinner and drinks. The SFMOMA, with it's modern design, light-filled exhibit halls and awesome permanent collection is the perfect place to spend a chilly afternoon.
The leaves are colorful and crisp, the coffee is strong and the food is excellent. Portland, Oregon is the perfect weekend escape from SF. A short (usually very affordable) flight, and you're there. The food is cheap, there's no sales tax, and if it's possible the food options are even better than in SF. Food trucks, cool bars and tree-lined streets dominate the city.
With everything that's been going on in the world, I've been severely lacking inspiration. I feel like I'm juggling more than usual, and that my thoughts are fighting with each other for space and attention. I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by The City, and looking for a mini escape.
I'm on a quest. Where can you find the best burger in San Francisco? In the land of $8 avocado toast, an amazing hamburger is actually pretty hard to find. Over cooked, over priced, too fatty, too many condiments, the list goes on and on, and the prices are usually steep. It's common to pay $15-$18 for a burger that doesn't even come with cheese or a side.
Relaxing, inviting, comfortable, green, and full of plants. That's what I set out to create with the small deck area off our main living space and kitchen. It took a few years of hard work and plant experimenting, but I think I'm finally most of the way there!
It's fall! Which is actually our summer here in San Francisco. It's warm out, people go to the beach, there's more alfresco drinking than usual and everyone seems to be skipping work to enjoy the sunshine.