One of the fabulous things about living in San Francisco (and there are many!) is that we are so close to the wine country. Sonoma is a quick 45-minute drive and Napa is just an hour away, making it really easy to drive up for the day. The landscape is beautiful, the shops adorable and the weather is usually warm and sunny, which is a nice break from the city fog in the Summer! There are more wineries than you can possible visit and more great food than is reasonable for anyone to eat and when you visit the wine country, even for a day, you feel like you’re on vacation – a million miles away from the city. It makes for a wonderful day trip or weekend getaway if you life in SF and a fabulous vacation destination if you don’t! (more…)
My dear friend, Paul Hotze, has always been a creative genius. He is not only one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, he’s also one of the funniest. His creativity literally knows no bounds – from his time at Second City in Chicago to the video he made announcing his departure for a solo motorcycle trip that he took from Houston down to South America. (Oh yes, he really did it. And the resulting stories were priceless.) (more…)
Today, we went to a super fun birthday party in Golden Gate Park. Despite living in the city for three years now, we have not visited this park nearly enough. There is just so much to see and do there – and it was a perfect spot for a first birthday party. After the adorable birthday party, we wandered over to the Koret Children’s Quarter playground in the park, which (according to the sign there) was the first public children’s playground in the US, established in 1887. It’s a fun (and very large) playground with lots to do. (more…)
Without a doubt, when people come to visit me here in San Francisco, one of the very first places that I take them is to the Ferry Building. Even when we don’t have friends visiting, the farmers’ market there is one of our very favorite weekend activities. If you’re coming to SF, I highly recommend you carve out a few hours to visit it – it is well worth it! (more…)
If you haven’t been to Absinthe in San Francisco, you owe it a visit. It is delicious! I had some friends in town this past weekend and it was our Sunday night dinner spot. It is one of our favorites and did not disappoint this weekend. Absinthe is a darling French brassiere in Hayes Valley, where the ambiance is fabulous and the food delicious! (more…)
This weekend, two of my dearest girlfriends are coming to San Francisco for a much-needed girls’ weekend and I cannot wait! It’s sure to be a time filled with wine, good food, shopping, heart talks and LOTS of laughter.
Whenever friends come to visit San Francisco, I get the same question – “What do I pack?” It’s completely understandable. A lot of my friends are coming from Texas, where it is generally hot and very humid and it’s hard when you’ve worn shorts and flops for the past 8 months to figure out what to wear in a city with weather patterns as crazy as SF’s. San Francisco is a big city that is comprised of many small neighborhoods that are really almost like small towns themselves. (more…)
On Friday night, we went out to dinner with some friends in town from Texas. We went to Flour + Water in the Mission, which both of us had been wanting to try. It was FANTASTIC! I wasn’t totally sure what the whole flour and water deal was about, but I quickly learned it refers to the ingredients for pasta, for which the restaurant is known. They had an entire tasting menu dedicated just to pastas and had a ton of fabulous pasta choices on the menu. When I first looked over the menu, I was a little put off by how many ingredients listed were completely foreign to me. (Don’t you just hate it when restaurants use ridiculous words for something totally normal, just to look cool?) With a little explanation from our very knowledgeable waitress, however, I could see that they weren’t being pretentious at all. They just really like to use unique ingredients – and they do so with great success! We ended up getting a few appetizers (including pig’s feet, which was surprisingly yummy!), a few pasta dishes and one of their incredible thin crust pizzas and for dessert, the INCREDIBLE chocolate budino with espresso caramel cream and sea salt – YUM. Every single thing I ate was delicious. Check them out at Flour + Water and then stop by for a bite. You won’t be sorry!
We met up with Christie Brinkley at the Sundance Film Festival – and she fell in love with these smoky quartz and emerald earrings!
I just got back from stunning Deer Valley and the 2009 Sundance Film Festival that takes over snowy Park City, Utah every year at this time! It was a wonderful trip and we met up with Christie Brinkley in downtown Park City and she fell in love with my earrings – the pear-shaped smoky quartz with faceted emerald roundels. Of course, I gave them to America’s sweetheart model and she couldn’t have been any nicer (or more beautiful – even up close!) She’s a darling in person and I’m just thrilled that she loves Andrea Montgomery Designs!