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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Hog Island Oyster Co. Reopens in Ferry Building

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Hog Island Oyster Co. just reopened their oyster bar in San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building after being closed for a few months for expansion. Hog Island was one of the opening tenants of the ferry building during its transformation as a food marketplace in 2003. It’s a very popular spot in SF for locals and tourists alike. Tomales Bay, on the coast of Northern California, is where they harvest and shuck the amazing, hand raised, sustainable oysters and shellfish.

The newly opened space has an expanded bar and much more seating. There is still a line outside, but don’t be intimated by it – it moves pretty quickly and it’s all worth the wait!  We were able to get one of the best seats – right at the oyster bar, overlooking the Bay Bridge and front row seats to watch their team shucking oysters.  We ordered the half dozen chef’s selection and an order of the grilled oysters, paired with their bloody mary and a glass of prosecco.  We will be back to indulge again at Hog Island over oysters and cocktails.

And since it was a Saturday, we wandered around the amazing farmer’s market and took home gorgeous purple and bright orange flowers that look perfect in the loft.

xo.

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A Visit to the new Blue Bottle Coffee, Oakland

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Coffee is quite the trend here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I admit it – I’m a coffee snob.  I do cappuccino’s and latte’s. Double shots. Whole or soy milk. And I love getting my coffee “for here” and taking an extra 10 minutes to sit and enjoy it. Especially when you get to enjoy the beautiful space.  Most of our Blue Bottle Coffee trips are to visit their stand at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning at the Ferry Building.  Word got out that they opened a new spot in Oakland, and not just any new coffee spot.  The Blue Bottle opened in Oakland’s historic W.C. Morse building.  The architecture is stunning.

They serve their normal menu plus a few other specialty drinks crafted by the baristas such as a Shakerato with espresso, ice and simple syrup; a Parisian-inspired Sowden Soft Brew Au Lait; and a Cascara Fizz, which includes cascara tea, sparkling water, simple syrup, and a wedge of lemon. They have a beautiful, help-yourself area of goodies ranging from Belgian-style street waffles to steel-cut oats, elegant cakes, and other delicious goods.

I will definitely be back (and the lines aren’t as long as their SF locations)!

xo.

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Temescal Alley

Temescal1Donuts! There is a new generation of donuts – from Doughnut Dolly to Donut Savant, Dynamo Donuts and more. And I love donuts. They remind me of childhood – about once a month, my dad would go to the donut shop early Sunday morning and get my brother and I some of our favorites – old fashioned chocolate, maple bars and sprinkled donuts.  As you approach Temescal Alley, you notice a line and yes, it’s for Doughnut Dolly. It’s a cute, super small donut store. You enter and they have donuts in a basket – simple, sugar crusted donuts – and you have three choices for fillings that are piped in to order. On our trip to this lovely shop, we tried a lavendar honey filling – amazing!

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Temescal6Temescal Alley is Oakland’s hip and vibrant that has a bohemian vibe with a range of small shops from artisan clothing to sweets to handcrafted jewelry.

xo.

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Sunday in Oakland

photo 2Adam Tucker oxfords; Rag & Bone distressed skinny jeans; Zara coat with leather accents; Trouve silk black blouse from Nordstrom; Brahmin bag and Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses. On location in Rockridge in front of a beautiful bright purple door.

photo 7On location in front of Box & Bells in Oakland.

photo 6Brunch at TOAST in Oakland.

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photo 3Spring vegatable frittata with holey cow cheese, garlic toast and mixed greens; biscuits and egg.

photo 1The Trappist in Oakland. Amazing beers on tap.

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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Doors of Spain and France

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IMG_2922As we traveled through Spain and France, September 2013, I noticed how unique every single door was in each town we were in.  We got “lost” in Barcelona, Girona, Montepellier and Lyon, wandering up and down streets and alleys. I began to take photos of the different doors, mesmerized by the different colors, style and architecture. It’s all about the little details.  Enjoy the “doors of Spain and France.”

xo.

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