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Tastes + Sips from the Good Food Awards 2015

In its fifth year, the Good Food Awards celebrates food producers, farmers and artisans in 11 different categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserve, spirits, oil and honey. This is one of my favorite events in San Francisco and I’ve made sure to attend every year, and it keeps getting better and better!   The Marketplace takes place at the beautiful San Francisco Ferry Building with tables lined up outside all along the building.   The place is buzzing with people there for the Saturday Farmer’s Market, the crowd that wanders through the Ferry Building and others there to enjoy tastes and sips from the winners of the Good Food Awards. The coffee section is the best way to start to get your own buzz.  I enjoyed tastes from Blue Bottle, Square One, and Noble Coffee Roasters.  I then move on to the charcuterie and cheese, slowly moving from table to table, sampling and talking to the owners/producers themselves, some local and others that have traveled from the East Coast.  Then it’s time for sweets, starting with tastes of the preserves and honey, and ending with chocolate. I was so excited to see Zoe’s Chocolate there as a winner, all the way from Waynesboro, PA where my husband’s from! We then made our way over to the Beer & Spirits tasting.  The Forbidden Planet from Bluejacket Brewery out of DC was one of my favorites and I also enjoyed the really unique Black Currant Cider from Finnriver Farm & Cidery based in Washington.

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Charcuterie from Olympic Provisions based in Portland, Ore., is always my favorite. 

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Cheese tastings from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

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This ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream out of Ohio was to die for, especially topped with the salted caramel sauce.

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The Mango Marmalade from The Royal Gourmet was bright and tropical! 

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RAFT was serving their soda syrups that are delicious to add to soda water.

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The Wild Blueberry compote from American Spoon tasted like eating tiny wild blueberries straight out of a jar and was one of the most unique compotes I’ve ever tasted. 

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Venus Spirits had a beautiful display and set-up, serving sips of their Gin. Based in Santa Cruz, they are on our list to visit once their tasting room opens (soon!)

I was also lucky to meet the owner/producer of Bloomery SweetShine who won for their Seasonal Pumpkin Spice spirits, which was good on it’s own but would also be amazing drizzled over a cheesecake or other dessert!

Congrats to all of the winners and the team for another great event!

xo.

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Sweet & Spark Trunk Show

The beautiful Marmalade Boutique on Union Street in San Francisco hosted a trunk show with sweet & spark  a couple of weeks ago and I was thrilled to go as I have always wanted to check out their jewelry. First of all, Marmalade Boutique is such a charming, well-curated store with fashion at affordable prices.  From tops and dresses to pillows and jewelry, the lovely owner, Hope Schaffer-Colling, carefully selects each piece from her travels around the world. Hope and her husband Pete also own The Mason Jar, another boutique with great interior design pieces. If you are in the neighborhood, you must stop by.

I really liked a lot of the pieces from sweet & spark, which consists mostly of curated vintage jewelry. The jewelry is unique and they have great collections that fit your specific style needs. Check out their Fall Trends; I am especially loving the Boho Chic. I love their story, too, being a father-daughter team that started this from spending their time together out and about at local flea markets (that included stops at the donut shop). 🙂

It was a great event filled with fabulous company and delicious champagne (why not when you are shopping?!)

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xo.

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DIY Tea Time at The Mason Jar

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masonjar3Last week, I got to spend a lovely evening at The Mason Jar in San Francisco that’s owned by husband and wife team Pete and Hope Colling.   The Mason Jar is a home goods store with a well-curated collection of everything from home decor to luxury candles and artisanal soaps to jewelery, coffee tables and the most amazing pillows. The store opened just last year in October 2013 and is located at 2149 Union Street.   I joined an intimate group and the owners for a DIY Tea Time event to kick-off the launch of their DIY events.  There were three different tea choices (green, black, and white teas) and mason jars filled with the loose tea to make your tea bags.  We got a step by step overview on how to make our hand blended tea bags (and learned the best trick to seal the tea bag – a travel size hair straightener!) Check out the upcoming DIY events and in the meantime, spend an afternoon shopping for some fabulous items at the store!

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So many choices of tea.

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Hope explaining how to make your own tea bags.

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Stamps to label your tea – Black tea.

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xo.

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LookMazing & Hoss Intropia Spring Event

Looking forward to checking out the new Hoss Intropia boutique in Bloomingdales SF this Saturday!  Feminine, different, versatile, colorful, optimistic, fun, special, dreamy and elegant all describe the Hoss Intropia collections. Their designs are original, unique, feminine, fun and suitable for any occasion, wearable, elegant and with a classic touch. With an exceptional quality, the designs always include original prints with special attention to detail and finishes.

Check back on my blog on Sunday for a recap and photos from the event and follow me for updates on Twitter @yaseminck or on Instagram @yasemin_sussman.

xo.

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Remodelista Holiday Market

photo 4(2)Remodelista is a beautiful site all about interior design. They recently published a book that is an amazing resource for interior design ideas, with examples of designers homes and amazing images.  They hosted their annual Remodelista Holiday Market at Heath Ceramics in San Francisco and also celebrated the launch of the book.  The editor was there along with some amazing designers showcasing everything ranging from rugs to handmade clothes to pottery and more.

photo 5(1)The beautiful Heath Ceramics.  I dream about someday having a set of this amazing dinnerware. Heath is one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today.

photo 2(2)Beautiful flower arrangements from the Russian River Flower School in Healdsburg. They offer classes for groups – what a fun idea for a party with some girlfriends!

photo 1(1)Fabulous vintage Louis Vuitton trunks from Big Daddy Antiques.

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photo 4(1)This is why I cannot wait to have children.  Adorable handmade clothes from Dagmar Daley.

photo 3(1)More handmade children’s clothes from Dagmar Daley.

photo 2(1)Beautiful handmade dolls from Jess Brown.

 

photo 4Gorgeous handmade tea towels by StudioPatro. Makes the perfect gift and goes well with other gifts – cookbooks, cooking utensils, and more!

photo 3Shed in Healdsburg is a mercantile for garden, home and kitchen, fresh market, coffee bar, fermentation bar and cafe, plus event space with a full schedule of classes and workshops.  Looking forward to visiting the Healdsburg location and glad they were at the Remodelista event!

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photo 1And of course, a Blue Bottle Coffee latte.

xo.

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Sunset Magazine Culinary Tour + Banana Republic Tweed

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The main lobby entrance at Sunset magazine headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. I was invited to join the IACP Culinary Tour at Sunset Magazine and honored to be with a very high profile group of food writers, chefs, authors and other key food industry people. The day started with a tour of the Sunset magazine campus, followed by a seminar and a 6-course menu. The dishes were all from various issues of Sunset Magazine and the menu featured:

TO START: Meyer lemon spritzer (November 1994); Gabriel’s guacamole (August 2006); Indian-spiced guacamole (March 2013)

MAIN DISHES: Grilled Skuna Bay salmon in a bay laurel “cage” (July 2013); Santa Maria-style trip-tip (Sunset Cookbook 2012); Fettucine with sorrel-almond pesto (June 2013); Chez Panisse’s baked goat cheese & spring lettuce salad (May 2007); Roasted asparagus with lemon (May 2005)

DESSERT: Brown sugar strawberry tart

Wente Vineyards Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; Anchor Steam Lager

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A view of one of the many gardens located at Sunset magazine. They use the produce from these gardens in their test kitchens and outdoor kitchen.

 

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The wine cellar at Sunset where they carry many award-winning and vintage wines. The oldest being a 1935 pinot noir from Simi Valley.

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Loved the vintage Spanish furniture in the wine cellar and throughout the rest of the Sunset.

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The whole Skuna Bay salmon wrapped in bay leave branches that was cooked on a grill with oakwood chips. Skuna Bay is a Vancouver Island.

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Perfectly roasted asparagus with lemon.

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Chez Panisse’s baked goat cheese and spring lettuce salad (my favorite dish).

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Margo True, Food Editor with Sunset magazine, moderating the panel about culinary history of California food. Panelists included Jerry di  Vecchio (editor at Sunset magazine for 20+ years), Jonathan Gold (Restaurant Critic, Los Angeles Times), Joyce Goldstein (food writer, chef, restaurateur), Sibella Kraus (creator of the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market and founding director of CUESA), Charles Perry  (food historian, food writer for Los Angeles Times).

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And of course the outfit for the day: Top: Nordstrom – Trouve blouse; Skirt: Banana Republic; Shoes: Target – yes – Target; Watch:  Michael Kors.

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XO.

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Modern Meets Rustic at Ram’s Gate Winery

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