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Photo courtesy of Boboquivari's

Photo courtesy of Boboquivari's

Brush With (a Few Degrees of) Celebrity

My husband and I were recently planning a double date with some good friends, and decided to finally try a San Francisco institution: Bobo's.  Yes, I've lived in SF for 10 years and have never been, I'm aware this is a travesty.  We had a great time, enhanced by the fact that we were squirreled away at a private alcove table that is reportedly the favorite hangout of one Mr. George Clooney when he's in town.  I have to admit that for me the experience was much more about the ambiance than the food - if you're looking for the best old-school steakhouse experience in San Francisco I'd direct you to Harris' - but I spent most of my evening elbow deep in Dungeness crab with garlic sauce and regretted not one bite!

Photo courtesy of jake.clothing

Photo courtesy of jake.clothing

Dangerous Liaisons

JAKE has just come out with their Dangerous Liaisons collection, and so of course we had to support our friends at one of their launch parties.  I am dying for the custom toile fabric used throughout the collection, featuring greyhounds (the official shop mascots are Echo and SCOTUS, that would be Supreme Canine of the United States to you) instead of dragons!  It's those kind of playful details that make JAKE clothes stand out in a sea of fashion.

Photo courtesy of hoodline.com (Carrie Sisto)

Photo courtesy of hoodline.com (Carrie Sisto)

Weird for Good

I've mentioned before that I sit on the board of CounterPulse, an amazing performing arts organization based out of a theater in SF's Tenderloin.  This year, for the first time, we're putting on a gala Family Feast & Fundraiser, and I'm chairing the host committee!  The past few months have been a whirlwind of brainstorming, planning meetings, and bonding time with the truly incomparable staff and board members of CounterPulse, and we're just under a month out from the event itself.  The dinner is already sold out, but the after party will be super fun, featuring live performances, bespoke cocktails, a drag show, DJ and dancing, and a silent auction, all to benefit the Springboard Fund For Artists so that CounterPulse can keep providing a home for groundbreaking art that shatters assumptions and promotes community.  All the hippest, artiest kids in town will be there, and you'll want to be there too!

End of the Season

In bittersweet news, my official ski season is over.  I spent my winter training three new candidates to join the Alpine Meadows National Ski Patrol, and I'm so pleased and proud that all three passed their final test and will be wearing red jackets from now on!  Fortunately for all of us who love the mountains, there's still snow to spare in the Sierras and many of the ski hills are planning to be open into May and June.  I'm thinking of snagging a few runs of spring corn on Memorial Day Weekend.  How many times in life is there the opportunity to do that??

What I'm Reading

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See Historic Maps Declassified By The CIA

My dad and I would get out his giant atlas and just pore over maps for fun when I was a kid (nerd alert!), plus I'm a bit of a history geek, so I found these declassified maps incredibly fascinating.

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The Bay Area's 50 Most Essential New Dishes

I have friends who traipse all over town trying to catch all these dishes while they're still being served, and I know that's never going to be me, but there is an ongoing conversation with a couple of friends of ours about pursuing item #21...

The Mistakes We Make When Giving to Charity

Having worked in fundraising as both a volunteer and a staff member, all I can say is that this should be required reading for all Americans engaging in philanthropy.  If you really want to make an impact with your charitable donations, this is a must read.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

Ok, I'm a little behind the times.  I just powered through this book on a lazy, rainy Sunday and really enjoyed it.  It was less funny than I thought it would be, in a good way, and more thought provoking/less obvious than I expected as well.  Highly recommend, especially for my friends navigating the dating scene!

What I'm Reading

Rio Games: Why Olympians Shatter Records in Swimming but Not Track

The Olympics may be over for now, but I'm still fascinated by the ins and outs.  Did you know about the impact of pool design on race times?  I certainly did not!

Image courtesy of buzzfeed.com (Ariel Davis)

"A Honeypot for Assholes:" Inside Twitter's 10-Year Failure to Stop Harassment

As I plot the next phase of my business, I'm keeping a sharp eye on the serious safety and privacy issues that go along with public activity on social media.  

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The 18 Must-Have Classic San Francisco Dishes

Like any self-professed San Franciscan, I'd make a different list, but I do love this take on the must-eat dishes in our food obsessed city.  I can personally vouch for the crab cocktail at Swan's Oyster Depot - you won't get better crab anywhere else in the world!

Tim Gunn: Designers Refuse to Make Clothes to Fit American Women. It's a Disgrace.

Not only is it a disgrace, but it's financially short sighted!  The plus size clothing market is huge and ready to be disrupted.

Weekly Peek

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New Discoveries

One of my sorority sisters got married a couple of weeks ago in Sonoma, so ten of us decided to get an Air BnB house so that we could grill, chill, and lay by the pool all weekend.  We didn't plan to wine taste in favor of leaving our schedule open, but on Saturday morning my husband realized that the adorable hamlet of Glen Ellen was a) walking distance and b) in possession of several tasting rooms.  Off we went, and make two excellent discoveries: Korbin Kameron, a family run winery producing high end reds, and Kivelstadt, a fun startup embracing the weird, funky, and wonderful in wine (try the orange, it's crazy!).  Both places were super friendly, and we'll be back - we signed up for both wine clubs!

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A Light Beverage

I'm embracing the bitter in spirits these days - my new summer go-to is Campari and soda.  This is a classic you don't see people order a lot, probably because the bitterness of Campari is an acquired taste and an unexpected contrast to its festive bright red color.  But I find that if you add ice, soda, and a twist of orange peel, you have a refreshing summer drink that's neither sweet nor overly alcoholic.

Attempting (failing) to get Petunia to pose with the paw prints at Hopper's Hands at Fort Point

Walk the City

I'm so lucky to live in San Francisco, where we have plenty of parks and open space.  I've walked my dog in the Presido before and always wanted to go all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge but never found the time - until this past weekend!  We leashed up Petunia, grabbed a couple of friends, and set off on the ultimate urban hike.  The fog was just rolling in over the bridge, meaning that the Presidio was sunny and green, the bridge dramatic, and the weather just warm enough for a light layer.  After working up an appetite, we inhaled burrito bowls and tacos at Bonita, then moseyed up to Union Street for coffee at Wrecking Ball followed by a glass of wine at Wine Cask.  And even though the hill was daunting at that point, we did complete the entire loop by walking home, bringing our total for the day to just under 12 miles.  Bucket list item: checked!

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe last weekend (in which I sadly did not swim)

Taking a Break

I recently had yet another abnormal mole removed (not cancerous, everything is fine!), leaving me with stitches on the back of my leg.  In order to make sure I don't rip the incision, I've been instructed to take it easy: walking ok, weight lifting not so much.  Oh, and I can't swim - excellent timing in the middle of the summer!  I'm frustrated, but doing my best to use the opportunity to work on my upper body and core strength (as I'm basically configured like T-Rex, I can always use extra work in this department) as well as my patience (which does NOT come naturally).  Looking forward to getting my stitches out next week!

Resources for an Organized Move Part 3

I firmly maintain that the best movers in San Francisco are Delancey Street Moving and Trucking.

The Delancey Street Foundation is a residential rehabilitation organization for ex-convicts, substance abusers, and the homeless. The moving service is one of the businesses they own and operate to train their residents. The program is over forty years old and has seen amazing rehabilitation results, and I encourage you to check out their website.

This background drew me in when I was looking for movers to help me transition into my first apartment ten years ago, and the experience could not have been better.   It was so positive, in fact, that I hired Delancey Street again when I moved to LA for graduate school – you can use them to move long distance between any of their locations.  In fact, out of four moves in my adult life, I’ve only used another moving company once, and that was because Delancey Street’s long distance trucks were completely booked when I wanted to move back to SF from LA.  I used a reputable company and suffice it to say, the comparison was eye opening.

Photo courtesy of Delancey Street Moving and Trucking

The bottom line is that the Delancey Street movers are respectful, careful, and they HUSTLE.  The prices are very fair for the high quality of service that you get.  And Delancey Street’s integrity cannot be beat: they tell you immediately if anything happens and do their best to make it right.  During our recent move, one of the guys accidentally dropped a box as he was carrying it out of our old house.  Immediately, he set it down and opened it in front of me to check the contents and confirm that nothing was damaged.  I’ve done every move by myself, without my husband present, and I’ve always felt completely comfortable with all the guys – this last time we were joking around about college football as they ran up and down the stairs!

There are a couple things you should know when you hire the Delancey Street movers.  First, they are busy for a reason, so you may have to try calling a couple of times to get through to a person (don’t bother leaving a voicemail).  Second, they cannot transport alcohol.  While this is a hassle for those of us who may or may not have extensive wine and whiskey collections (ahem…) it makes sense to not expose people in various stages of addiction recovery to alcohol.  And not one word of a lie, my husband and I were more than happy to spend half a day schlepping our own booze to our new house so that we could rest easy and know Delancey Street was handling the rest.

Oh, and don’t forget to stop by a Delancey Street lot for your Christmas tree this season!  They have all the most gorgeous trees and their lots do it up right: candy cane striped poles, lots of lights, Christmas music playing, the works.  They also sell fresh wreaths, garlands, and Christmas lights to complete your holiday décor.

LMW