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On location at one of my favorite places in the world – the San Francisco Ferry Building.  It was a balmy 75 degress on this February day. I’m wearing a top from Madewell, H&M short jacket, Rag & Bones ‘Kensington’ skinny & stretch jeans, Halogen ‘Daphne’ oxfords from Nordstrom, and my black Brahmin handbag (various styles), also from Nordstrom.

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It was sunny but much colder this day, also on location at the San Francisco Ferry Building.  I’m wearing my Anthropologie coat, leopard/chartreuse Nordstrom scarf, dark denim 7 for All Mankind jeans from Nordstrom, GAP patent ankle booties, my black ‘Transport Tote’ from Madewell and a grey Goorin Bros hat.

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Strolling around Berkeley and discovered this fabulous warehouse. I’m wearing my ripped Zara jeans, Nordstrom blouse and Nordstrom sweater (from last season and one of my favorite layering pieces!), Urban Outfitters gold feathers necklace, Anthropologie sunglasses and my black Brahmin handbag

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It was a hot, muggy day in Colorado for our friend’s wedding which meant something simple and light.  I wore this beautiful, flowy Zara skirt, with a simple black tank from Nordstrom paired with my black ‘Transport Tote’ from Madewell and Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

xo.

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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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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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Fashion at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

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What I Wore: Theory blazer (Bloomingdales); Black & White striped tank-top (H&M); Rag & Bones Jeans (Bloomingdales); Sandals (Zara); Marc by Marc Jacobs cross-body bag; Chanel sunglasses.

Nigel (my husband) and I visit the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market almost every single Saturday morning. It’s quite an amazing routine and I feel extremely lucky to be able to wake up and walk to this iconic and beautiful spot in SF – one of my favorites.  As we approach the Ferry Building we head straight for the outside Blue Bottle coffee kiosk and wait in the line (which moves fairly fast).  On a 75 degree day like today, I went for the New Orleans Style Iced Coffee.  New today to the market is Craftsman & Wolves! They have a spot in the Mission on Valencia street and will now have a stand at the market – awesome. We shared the infamous “Rebel Within” which is an asiago-cheese, green onion, and Easton sausage-flecked muffin with a poached egg in the center and it is quite amazing!

We did our usual route through the entire market and this is one of my favorite times of the year – beautiful flowers and cherries and strawberries! From here, we walked up market to brunch at Bluestem Brasserie and then onto the SFMOMA which closed in a month for a long (but what will be an amazing) renovation. 

XO.

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Sunday Brunch

Boulettes Larder in the San Francisco Ferry Building has one of the most beautiful open kitchens and is a very unique culinary experience.  The restaurant has been there since 2004 with chef amaryll schwertner. There is one big communal table that seats 11 people located right in the heart of the kitchen. You can watch the chefs do everything from prep, to toasting the housemade bread, to plating. The table is rustic and simple – wood with paper placemats and a runner and there was a beautiful holiday bouquet in the center with my favorite holiday berries.

The menu changes daily. For brunch, we started with french pressed blue bottle coffee and hand squeezed orange juice. The boulettes larder beignets are a must. They come out hot and melt in your mouth.  We ordered the scrambled eggs with spicy purple broccoli and the poached eggs over greens and yogurt. The scrambled eggs was a pretty simple dish but with so much flavor. The contrast in flavors from the spicy broccoli to the eggs with a creamy sauce and feta cheese was perfect.  The poached eggs reminded us of Indian food from the flavors that were in the greens and the yogurt.

 

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xo.

 

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