The Best Stealthy Speakeasies Around Town

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.

Get stamp happy with Christine in Portland

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.

 

 

Spring cooking with rhubarb

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.

In Full Swing

 

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.

Spread the Love this Valentine’s Day

 

 

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.

California Love

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.

San Fransisco Art Scavenger Hunt

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.

 

Book launch party

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.

Napa Weekend Getaway

There’s never really a bad time to gaze at Napa’s sun-dappled hills and drink from the fruit of its vines.

October and November are wonderful times to escape to the lush and lovely beauty of Napa.  The rush of harvest season is beginning to taper, and the crisper nights are perfect for sipping Cab in front of a roaring fire.

Check out the best places to wine, dine and shop here.