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

New Years Resolution Battle

January 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

Do you make them, or not? I feel this is the constant topic of conversation this month… some people have a list a mile long and then others are totally against the whole idea of it. Personally, I feel the “new years resolution” hype is setting oneself up for failure or disappointment. Maybe if you word it differently, it sounds a little better, like “new years goals” or “self improvement” seems to come across less daunting as the word resolution, which I find so final & forever… “never again can you drink a soda, smoke a cig, eat bread, blah blah boring…”

 

So, why not take the opportunity in this new year to focus on something positive and try to remember to embrace life, appreciate those you love, let go a little and try to just keep it all in moderation. Here are a few things that might help you jumpstart your 2012 “goals”… new year, new possibilities… be good to yourself.

 

Laugh a little. Cobbs Comedy Club

Have a bloody mary & the butter basted farm eggs with a girlfriend next Saturday at Nopa

Slow down & just breathe. My favorite yoga teacher, Allison Hodge.

Read Party of the Century, its just fun.

Be nice to your body and nourish it with local, organic, & thoughtful foods. Try Michelle & Brian’s amazing varieties of juice that rejuvenate your soul. Or if you need a bit of help with a home-cooked week night meal, order from the amazing Three Stone Hearth… its like Mom came over and whipped up some sheppards pie for you!

Be brave & try something new: like wearing these red lips or tights. Love both.

Have friends over and make this… looks fun!

Actually READ this blog, love her.

 

Okay, that’s all I have for now. Enjoy xx

Fatty French Affair

August 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last weekend we went up to Yountville and had lunch at Bistro Jeanty… its been years since I’ve been, and it was utterly amazing. Maybe not the lightest of lunches, but so incredible worth every bite… from the St. Germain Champagne Cocktail, to the pate appetizers… Steak and frites, cassoulet, beef bourguignon… ratatouille… and oh, the berry bread pudding. Honestly, it was one of the best meals I’ve had in a while. Nothing fancy or necessarily unique about the food, just outstanding French bistro food. Go soon, and eat everything!

Restaurant Update: we support “nojo”

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

A truly inspiring and amazing meal at Nojo, located in Hayes Valley, which serves Japanese style skewers and pub food, also know as yakitori and izakaya. Nojo, meaning “farm” in Japanese, offers top quality ingredients from local farms (listed on the menu daily) that make every dish a vibrant, colorful, delicious treat. The whole way of eating at Nojo is fun and casual, you just keep ordering from items “not on a stick” such as miso soup with tofu, mushrooms and roasted eggplant, OR fried sardines on a bed of heirloom tomatoes OR Gyouza with corn & mushrooms (little heavenly dumplings)… Amazing! The items on a stick are simple and savory such as pork belly, bacon wrapped scallops and duck gizzards.

I loved the whole concept of the place… the quality of the food, the creativity of the menu, the carefully selected beer and sake list,  as well as the friendly, helpful service… I’m hooked, and since the menu changes daily… might have to go back… tonight!

Nojo 231 Franklin Street @ Linden, San Francisco, 415.896.4587

Let’s Eat

April 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

A few of my latest food adventures in San Fran I highly recommend… must try if you haven’t yet

Cotogna : We cant get enough of our new neighbor and their delicious food. Lunch, dinner AND Sunday brunch. You really can’t go wrong with a thing on their menu.

Commonwealth : Amazing dinner. We had lovely service, sat up at the bar and watched our food being made…. everything was delicious, seasonal, and thoughtfully prepared. Definitely will go back again soon.

Regazza : great pizza spot in NOPA. Honestly your talking to a pretty critical pizza crowd around here, and we loved this place. I thought the food had a very rustic feel to it, which was a little different than other spots in the city. Great wines too and no reservations… so just have a sip while you wait.

il Cane Rosso : we can get enough of this place, it’s in the Ferry Building where we go for lunch all the time.  They have amazing sandwiches… the pulled pork is a must. And the egg salad is worth and second trip back!

Healthy & Happy

January 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some of us need a little break from all the food, cocktails and sweets after the holiday season (which tends to start about mid-October!). Lately I have been enjoying some great, satisfying spots to grab a healthy meal without feeling starved of all things I love. I thought I’d share, figuring many are in the same boat! Check them out.

Samovar … Amazing teas, the list is endless. The food is thoughtful, interesting, super healthy and fun. Great spot for lunch and dinner. I had it yesterday for lunch and have probably thought about it 5 times since. The Moorish mint tea was divine.

Cafe Gratitude … I wish there was one closer to my house. Great for when your feeling the need for a satisfying, veggie-packed meal. Everything is raw, but don’t let that deter you. I usually go for the macrobiotic bowl or the tamale of the day, the “live” nachos are great… and make sure you get a juice like the wheatgrass cocktail or smoothie!

Gracias Madres – this is Cafe Gratitude’s sister restaurant. Vegan, organic, local and incredibly delicious! Their menu is very creative and interesting, trust me you do not even miss the carnitas. It’s located down in the mission and always has a packed, fun vibe… it’s a good one for something a little more lively, great organic wines.

Blue Barn Gourmet … quick & easy spot to grab a great, hearty salad or sandwich for lunch or dinner. The produce is all locally farmed from Oak Hill Farm, in Sonoma. I’ve tried most of everything on the menu… The Detox and the Fattoush salads are pretty great, and I’m recently into the Turkey sando, simple & delicious.

Let us know what you think & if you have any recommendations to share. Enjoy eating your veggies! xo, CARROTS

Fremont Diner in Sonoma

November 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

So worth the trip.  Perfect on a sunny afternoon for some serious southern home cooking & the inspiring vintage setting. Go for the “whole hog”.

2660 Fremont Drive, Sonoma CA 95476

Cotogna

November 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Our lovely neighbors over at Quince opened their more casual corner cafe today, Cotogna (quince in italian) and we couldn’t be happier across the street here at CARROTS!

We stopped by last night for their opening and had the pleasure to taste some of the delicious food Michael was preparing… pizzas from their wood burning oven (to die for!), lamb from their insanely cool rotisserie, meatballs, risotto fritters, fabulous wines (the Vermentino was divine) and some wonderful whiskey cocktail. Everything was incredibly delicious, we will certainly be regulars.

Opening tonight for dinner and Nov. 15th for lunch… trust us, you will love it.

Cotogna 490 Pacific Street (at Montgomery) San Francisco, 94133 415.775.8508

we snagged a quick pic of Michael Tusk (chef/owner) busy at work… sorry for the blurry shot, we didn’t want to distract him while he was hard at work!

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.

EAT and DRINK:

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.

SHOP:

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.

CHILL:

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!

Alice Waters comes to CARROTS

July 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

Last wednesday, we welcomed Alice Waters to the store for a signing of her new book, In the Green Kitchen.” San Francisco’s fashionably-green crowd came out to celebrate an evening in honor of Alice, and of course, get her signature on their new books. Everyone sipped on Summer Negroni’s and snacked on pickled veggie’s thanks to BIX.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chez Panisse Foundation.

Catie Grimm, Alice Waters, Melissa Grimm

Catie Grimm, Alice Waters and Melissa Grimm

Daniel Lurie, Jen Pitts, Zach Prowda, Becca Prowda

Michael and Treva Harris

Lindsay Tusk and Susan Magley

Emily Griesedieck, Kelly DeHart, Trisha Jones

Alma and Grace Gaoaen

Doug Biederbeck and Elliot Sutro

Barbara Grimm Marshall, Shaina Robbins, Francesca Vietor, Marcia Guerrero

Jimmy Gardiner and Colin Spooner

Photography provided by Drew Altizer.

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