The San Francisco restaurant scene dishes up cuisine that will definitely tickle, and challenge, your tastebuds. Have a look at this list by The Manual of their 3 cant-miss places to dine and make the most of your next night out.
Anchor & Hope
This is by no doubt one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. After all, the city is right on the San Francisco Bay. Fresh seafood is brought in everyday. When unsure, start with the raw bar and try some oysters, mussels and shrimp before going for something a little more ambitious, such as the Rockfish with saffron rice, tomato, kalamata olives, fennel and calamari stew.
83 Minna Street
We tried one the most amazing cocktails we’ve tasted at the Salt House: the Tijuana Beehive. It has Pueblo Viejo reposado tequila, meyer lemon, dimmi liqueur, jalepeño honey and orange flower water. It’s better than any margarita we’ve ever had. Try entrées like the Coleman Ranch pork loin with bacon maple crust, artichokes, calcot onions and rhubarb marmalade, or their deconstructed take on the traditional Salade Niçoise.
545 Mission Street
Begin your meal with Faith’s warm ham and cheese toast, poached egg, jalapeño cream before going for the Étouffée, flounder with Gulf prawns, okra and tomatillo or the buttermilk fried Mary’s chicken with broccoli, smashed potatoes and bacon gravy. Top your meal off with one of their sinfully satisfying desserts, like the Butterscotch and Chocolate Pot de Crème topped with buttercrunch, or the Rhubarb-Almond Crumb Cake with strawberry ice cream, rhubarb compote.
342 Howard Street
San Francisco’s bars are made for drinking it all in. A new trend of bars within bars has hit the town, serving up high-end cocktails in small, hidden spaces carved out of larger, busier bars. PureWow has rounded up a list of the best speakeasy within a speakeasy bars in San Francisco that pack a punch.
If you want a bespoke concoction Finding SRO (short for Standing Room Only) inside Oddjob requires a little sleuthing. Hint: Take the secret bookcase door at the back of the main bar. The bartender sizes you up (no menu here) and stirs you something original, like corn-flower-infused vodka with roasted-tea syrup and lemon. And he’s quick to tell you that he’ll never mix the same drink twice. 1337 Mission St.
If you plan ahead Wilson and Wilson at Bourbon & Branch requires both passwords and reservations (you’ll be issued a password after booking online). Once you’re inside, the crimson-lipped hostess leads you upstairs to a door resembling that of an actual detective agency á la the ’80s TV series Moonlighting. Order your carefully handcrafted Red Scarab (sparkling wine, apple brandy and hibiscus) from a drink menu hidden deep within a case file.505 Jones St.
If you don’t want anyone to bother you The Hideout at Dalva is a mellower version of its parent bar–so no thumping DJ music. The separate room is tucked away in the back of the long, narrow space. Venture here to drink your greyhound with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice in peace after a stressful day at the office. 3121 16th St.
Our fearless leader Christine is packing up her supplies and heading to Portland next weekend, to help Collage celebrate their 10th anniversary. Congratulations on a decade of magic, Collage.
Here are all of the details you need to get stamping with Christine. Hope to see you there.
Saturday April 12th 2014
Collage, 1639 NE Alberta Street in Portland OR 97211
Decorate a tote bag with Anna Joyce 10am – 12pm
Create customized stationary with Ashley Goldberg 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Hand stamp muslin bags with Christine 3pm – 5pm
For all of the details, visit the Collage blog.
If you haven’t already been to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco, April is just about the most perfect month to visit. One of our favorite San Francisco based food writers Lulu Meyer has been hanging out at the markets and keeping note on what all of the local chefs have been buying – Jonathan Black, Chef de Cuisine at Quince, with his eye on delicate pea shoots, and crates of fresh spring rhubarb.
Lulu points out that while rhubarb is botanically defined as a vegetable, rhubarb is almost always associated with desserts.
Lulu’s tip for selecting rhubarb at the market is to choose stalks that are firm and thick, with no sign of wrinkling. Available in limited quantities at the market now through June, Lulu suggests stopping by Tierra Vegetables and Happy Quail Farms this month to get your hands on rhubarb. For more ideas and recipes highlighting rhubarb, check out the CUESA recipe archive.
Read all of Lulu’s tips on 7×7 here.
We love the cool 70s-inspired work Sydney-born artist Kate Sluman, who’s based in the South Bay, is doing over at Thrifted & Made. Kate uses cords in neon colors instead of old-school neutral shades and hand-paints the planters and repurposed pods in cheerful hues like aqua, gold and pastel pink. Equally fabulous is how low-maintenance the plants are too!
See more at Thrifted & Made.
We like to share the love everyday. Whether you plan on spending this Valentine’s Day with your significant other or your family and friends, Yellow Owl Workshop is here to help you celebrate the day of love with a bright, fun party!
Our eco-friendly Rainbow Heart Party Kit contains everything you need to celebrate with eight guests, and is perfect for birthdays, as well as any other fun get-togethers you may have. View the Rainbow Heart Party Kit at Yellow Owl Workshop.
We love all things California, and are proud to present a California Cheer greeting card.
The official state flag of California, called the Bear Flag, was first used on June 14, 1846, and officially adopted in 1911. The flag was designed by William Todd, and pictures a grizzly bear (our state animal) and a star. The first Californian flag was quickly made by a group of American settlers who had just captured the town of Sonoma (from Mexico) and needed a flag to replace the Mexican banner.
When was the last time you went on a scavenger hunt? What about one that leads you to some seriously awesome art?
Artist David Wilson wants to take you on several by leading you via his hand-drawn maps to a series of installations throughout the city in one of SFMOMA’s On the Go exhibitions called Arrivals. Wilson has created six site-specific works at various outdoor locales–Warm Water Cove in Dogpatch, Jason Court in Chinatown–and he leads you to them with detailed directions and sketches.
Read more about the exhibition at PureWow San Francisco.
Join Christine as she launches Yellow Owl’s Little Prints: stamp stencil, and print projects to make for kids. Bring the kiddos for treats and a stamp-your-own holiday ornaments station.
Christine has been busy at work, and is getting ready to launch her second book Yellow Owl’s Little Prints next month. The book offers ideas for making easy, yet entirely unique items for children from newborns to school-aged kids using Yellow Owl’s sought after motifs and signature art-school-style illustrations.
Next month we’d love for you to join us at a book launch party in Los Angeles. Our friends at Poketo will be hosting in their gorgeous store, and Christine will be there to answer any questions you have. Hope to see you there.