The Weekly “Avocado”

February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Urban Hike. One of our favorite CARROTS shoppers, Alma, came in Saturday and was telling us about how she was going on an “urban” hike this weekend. I had to ask what that was exactly… she explained its a hike (or walk) anywhere in the city. Pick a neighborhood & explore. Alma and her girlfriends take turns choosing the location and they walk around and eat, shop, and wander through a neighborhood in the city! I loved this idea, so fun!

I want to start doing this with my girlfriends and thought I’d come up with the first location: the mission. Here are a few ideas.

Start @ Four Barrel Coffee for a latte… mmm, so good. I love sitting in there and just smelling the wonderful aroma.

Then you could stop next door @ Taylor Stitch and pick out one of their handmade shirts for your hubby, brother or someone cool…  cause they’re great!

Now that you’ve had a little coffee in your system, you can head over to Dolores Park and “hike” around for a bit. Such a beautiful place to wander around on a sunny day.

After that I’m sure your appetite will be in full swing, so head down to Pizzeria Delfina (my all-time favorite pizza) and enjoy a lovely and delicious lunch. The broccoli rabe pizza is amazing.

Then wander down the street to Paxton Gate… this shop is so fun, you can spend hours there.

Also, when your walking down Valencia be sure to check out some of the cool antique and vintage shops along the way.

You should definitely circle back to 18th street and head into Bi-rite Market for some goodies to take home. Love going to the grocery.

And end off the afternoon with a scoop or two of homemade ice cream from Bi-rite Creamery…. heaven.

Sounds like a pretty good day to me, thanks for the idea Alma xx

San Francisco Guide

October 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

For the foodies, style seekers, drinkers and those who like to indulge…. here is CARROTS inside guide to this spectacular city.


Bix – classic, SF staple. Order a manhattan (with brandied cherries, of course!) and the brioche crab rolls.  Just around the corner from CARROTS!

Nopalito – mexican fare. Clean, simple, delicious.  The Carnitas are not to be missed.

Rose’s Cafe – local neighborhood favorite. Italian fare, great for dinner or Sunday brunch (breakfast pizza, enough said).

Frances – absolutely amazing food, new on the radar, try the house-made wine.  Recently received a Michelin Star!

Spruce – chic spot for a special occasion.  Love the bar for a cocktail and the delightful burger.

Dosa – best indian in the city. We especially love the Mission location.

Quince – Italian food, as good (if not better) than in Italy, a dressier affair – great for a special occasion.

Pizzeria Delfina – we are THE pizza aficionado’s, trust us… its scrumptious. Broccoli Rabe is the fan favorite around here.

Sebo – some of the best sushi in the city, states, world…. at least according to Travel & Leisure.

Bi-Rite Creamery – salted carmel ice cream, along with every other creative, seasonal flavor… lavender honey… mmm! Killer combo = dinner at Pizzeria Delfina (Mission location) and dessert at Bi-Rite.

Bourbon and Branch – prohibition-era vibe, no name on the door, password required, perfect cocktails. Get booked online.

Wayfare Tavern – Tyler Florence’s new SF venture.  Rustic American cuisine and Victorian-era cocktails.

Beretta – all kinds of mixing madness happening here. Definitely go for the Anejo Sour…. goes great with the Burrata Pizza.


Archive – men’s apparel, cutting-edge designers from all over Europe and Japan.

Japonesque – a Japanese art gallery across the street, worth a stop after your CARROTS visit!

Harputs Market – conveniently located downtown, hip men’s and women’s collections.  Be sure to check out their private label!

Downtown – chic, edgy boutique in Union Square. Very unique pieces from around the world.

Sue Fisher King – a carefully curated selection of home design.  Beautiful linens, tabletop and they carry our favorite ceremics collection by Astier De Villlatte.


Sen Spa – a little slice of heaven in the presidio. Go for a quiet, relaxing, afternoon to pamper yourself with an amazing facial, massage, steam and rejuvination.

Bamboo – the perfect manicure & pedicure.  It’s the perfect stop after a leisurely brunch at Rose’s Cafe.

These are some of our favorites, we’ll do our best to keep you updated on what’s new… let us know what you think!

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