Festa di Capo d’Anno

If you’re like me and prefer a more mellow way to ring in the New Year, consider dinner at Piccino — one of my absolute favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Enjoy a four course prix-fixe menu with wine pairings by Chef Anne, live jazz by Tin Cup and a cozy ambiance. My mouth is already watering…

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Marine Layer Ski Tahoe Party

Stop by the Workshop tonight from 6-9pm where Marine Layer will be hosting a “Pray for Snow” sweater sale and ski Tahoe party. They’ll be hanging out with TREW and Liftopia with lots of free booze, awesome ski gear and lift deals for all. I’m going to get a head start on my Christmas shopping and for some much needed comfy sweats.

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Brunch, please.

This weekend, as I lay dramatically on my couch without taste buds (I’ve been sick), I found myself making a list of certain foods I wanted to eat as soon as I got better. Without question, breakfast/brunch is my favorite meal of the day. Below are my top 10 favorite brunch spots in San Francisco, in no particular order. You can’t go wrong with any of these places and I’ve included my favorite menu items too.

1.) Outerlands (order the dutch pancake):

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2.) Plow (order the lemon ricotta pancakes and The Plow):

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3.) Park Tavern (order the avocado toast or cast iron-baked farm eggs):

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4.) Craftsman and Wolves (order The Rebel Within, pictured below):

Craftsman-Wolves-Muffin5.) Liberty Cafe (order the french toast):

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6.) Tartine Bakery (order the morning bun and quiche):

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7.) Foreign Cinema (order the organic pop-tarts and lavender warmed goat cheese crostini):

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8.) Nopa (order the Goat Cheese bread pudding, cream biscuit and custard French toast):

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9.) Central Kitchen (order the dill & asparagus frittata with crème fraîche & avocado):

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Bloom That, Sundays

If you live in San Francisco or the East Bay, you can kiss your Sunday Scaries goodbye. Bloom That (aka the Uber for flowers) now delivers on Sundays. Yesterday was my 4th experience with this flower delivery service and the consistency in quality and packaging still gets me every time. I’m a huge fan of the re-usable burlap and handwritten note (“Happy Masters Sunday” was all I could come up with) attached by a clothespin. When I ordered my flowers, I asked for a delivery time between 11:00am- 12:00pm and my pretty as a peach “Finley” arrangement arrived at 11:15am. FYI: Bloom That will also be delivering on Easter Sunday in case you are hosting a brunch and are in need of some fresh blooms!

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The perfect [warm] SF morning

Sometimes you have to spoil yourself (read: I have a bunch of work-filled weekends on the horizon). My sis and I had ourselves a nice little Saturday morning last week that left us feeling rejuvenated and sunburned. Even though today is technically the first day of Spring, we’ve had our fair share of warm days here in San Francisco #blessed. Our recommendations for the perfect Spring morning…pick up Stumptown coffee and croissants (best in the city) from Le Marais bakery on Chestnut Street. Enjoy a picnic in Huntington Park. It’s green, luscious and so quintessentially SF with cable cars passing by. Visit Grace Cathedral to see the art installation, “Graced with Light”. It features 20 miles of colorful ribbons suspended from the ceiling.

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Get a spa treatment from Nob Hill Spa located in the Huntington Hotel. Book a facial with Celine–an elegant French woman who knows her skincare and can diagnose your skin type/ problems better than any dermatologist I’ve ever encountered. She recommended I use this serum from the Swiss company, Luzern, for my sensitive skin. I’ll report back. Savor some healthy spa cuisine and Vitamin D out on the sun deck.

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San Francisco Bay Days

This past weekend made me fall in love with San Francisco all over again. I have never seen so many sailboats out on the Bay, I lived in a tank top (!) and even got a little sunburn on my roof.

Some weekend shots from Crissy Field and views from 108 feet above the city (more on that later):

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