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Need A Gift? Find It At Perch – A Local Gem Nestled In The Heart of Glen Park

One of the things I love about San Francisco, is the endless number of cute neighborhoods and local businesses that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Perch is one of those local shops that you are sure to spend time in and walk away with more than what you intended to buy! Owner Zoel Fages, has been a resident of San Francisco for as long as he can remember and has been curating modern, vintage and international products at Perch for the past 9 years. He is very welcoming and helpful to customers who stop in to browse in his store. You can tell he just loves everything in his store, the kind of love only a local business owner would have. Here you will find items that make the perfect gift for your family, friends and even for your self. The first thing I noticed when I stepped into this bright space was the corner of items for children. This is the perfect place for locals of Glen Park and beyond to pick up a gift for …

My Favorite Paperless Post Designers For Cards and Invitations

I just missed my friend’s baby shower down in LA and I’m bummed. I have to make it up to her some how. Being miles apart, having a kid, trying to figure out life… doesn’t make it any easier. Sometimes I don’t even have time to go pick up a gift and mail it. Yes, I’m one of those horrible procrastinating friends. Which is why I’m sort of thankful for what technology can do for us. It got me thinking about Paperless Post. Incase you didn’t know, Paperless Post is an e-card platform. You can send baby shower/wedding invitations, birthday cards, thank you cards and just about any card you can think of for any occasion. You just send a card at the click of a button. And what sets Paperless Post apart from other e-card services, is their emphasis on thoughtful and attractive designs. They look hand crafted, except they’re virtual (They also do paper cards too)! And I just learned that they had an extensive designer collection including some well known names like Oscar …

How To Dine Like A San Franciscan At Home With Grocery Outlet

When it comes to eating out, my husband and I usually try a variety of restaurants around San Francisco or San Mateo. But of course we can’t go out to eat all the time since we have a 4 year old who only likes pizza! So we improvise. What I like to do is get inspiration from the place’s we’ve eaten and try to make my own simpler version of it for us to enjoy at home. I teamed up with Grocery Outlet Bargain Market to bring you this post inspired by our recent restaurant adventures! I made two San Francisco restaurant inspired dishes with fresh organic ingredients from our local Grocery Outlet. Why Grocery Outlet Bargain Market? Grocery Outlet actually has amazing deals on wine and food, but it is not just the price that matters- it’s what you do with it! So that is why I wanted to show how you can live like a San Franciscan and dine at your hearts content, whether it’s by yourself, a date night or with kids! …

My Favorite Place To Get Chinese Egg Tarts In Millbrae

Honey Berry If you’re a local, you’ve probably heard of this place. But if you’re visiting the Bay Area and happen to be hanging out at the Peninsula for the first time visiting friends or family, its worth stopping by here for some good old classic Chinese egg tarts that you can take to go. Kids love them! Growing up in Hong Kong, one of my favorite desserts/treats that you can get from your local bakery or dim sum restaurant are egg tarts. They’re primarily made of flour and beaten egg. And Honey Berry is my go to place for egg tarts as a weekend treat, breakfast or dessert to bring over to a friends house for a special occasion. The whole reason why I found Honey Berry was for their roti buns (which i’ll save for another post) which are absolutely delicious. I soon learned they also sold egg tarts and Portuguese egg tarts. Its my go to place because my son enjoys roti buns and I enjoy egg tarts! They also sell other dessert treats like …

Restaurant: Spice Queen

Review of Spice Queen – San Francisco 3809 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118 Price: $ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit.   Today I am going to write about the $7.95 lunch special at Spice Queen. The advertising at the restaurant is a little deceiving because it appeared that we’d be getting the hot pot for $7.95, but it’s actually a lunch special. Nonetheless, my coworker and I were in the mood for some spicy food so we ventured here. The hot pot appeared to be similar to what they serve at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot with a choice of broths and you order per item that you want. However, we wanted to save some money and got the lunch special instead.  In a darkly lit room, there was some nice Chinese decor. We sat in the main dining area and were served tea in these very nice, authentic, heavy clay tea kettles. The lunch special included a soup, which …

Restaurant: Viognier

Review of Viognier – San Mateo 222 East 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 Price: $$$ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. Since I was there for the dining experience, we both take credit for the photos. To finish this week’s restaurant reviews, I will write about Viognier, this amazing restaurant that’s in the middle of San Mateo. However, before I write about this amazing restaurant, let me tell you a story of how we ended up at this place. O attends this amazing pre-school that encourages the parents to have date nights to foster a better family environment. How amazing is that?! One particular Friday, they arranged to watch the kids from 6-10PM at the preschool for $30. This price included not just the staff to watch the kids, but also pizza as well! The kids got to play outside, were fed pizza, got changed into their pajamas and had a sleepover/pizza party with sleeping bags! It was the cutest thing ever and all …

Restaurant: Presidio Social Club

Review of Presidio Social Club – San Francisco 563 Ruger St, San Francisco, CA 94129  Price: $$$ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit.  Today’s review is on Presidio Social Club, a restaurant and bar in Building 563 on Ruger St in the Presidio. Like most buildings in the Presidio, the restaurant takes up the belly of a nice white wooden building that looks like all the other buildings in the presidio. According to their website, “serving up a classic Northern California vibe, attentive hospitality, and a comforting seasonal menu, San Francisco’s iconic Presidio Social Club is open every day for all your social gatherings. Nestled within the beautiful Presidio National Park, PSC is at once an inviting  urban oasis and a lively destination fit for an intimate dinner for two or a celebratory venue for large groups. Erected in 1903 as a military barracks, the historical building has been converted into a modern eatery sure to put anyone “at-ease” …

Restaurant: Muguboka

Review of Muguboka – San Francisco 401 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118 Price: $-$$ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit. When walking inside, it appeared to be a small quaint, family owned store where most of the employees did not speak English. Our server was this very nice middle age’d Korean lady and took our order. They served some free tea and I decided to get the Bul Go Gee and Soft Tofy lunch special. At $15.95 for both dishes, I was able to enjoy “tender beef marinated in special sauce and soft tofu soup.” One day for lunch my co-worker and I decided to grab some Korean food. We decided to go visit Muguboka on Balboa Ave. http://muguboka.com/ Located on Balboa Ave between 5th and 6th Ave in the Inner Richmond, it was definitely within walking distance from where I worked. The dishes came with a variety of small dishes, 13 of them to be exact, ranging from kimchi …

Restaurant: China First

Review of China First – San Francisco 336 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118 Price: $ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit.    Sometimes I forget to bring my lunch to work, and on this one particular day, I had nothing to eat. My boss (the one who was with me when we went to Burma Superstar) also did not bring a lunch. So we decided to go out for lunch together. There is this one Chinese Restaurant that is a staple for us. Located conveniently in the heart of Clement Gai, this Chinese Restaurant has stood the test of time. Many restaurants have come and gone, but China First is still there. For lunch, there is always complimentary pork bone soup. There are a few chinese vegetables and herbs boiled with some beef bones to provide a nice appetizer, which was graciously given to us on the house.  My boss and I decided to eat family style. For …

Restaurant: Bambu

Review of Bambu – San Mateo 153 S. B Street, San Mateo Price: $ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit. After a good meal with Ramen at Ramen Dojo, my good friend and I decided to take a walk down B street and go to Bambu. http://www.bambusanmateo.com/ Located at 153 S. B Street, this Southeast Asian drink place is in the heart of San Mateo. Bambu is a relatively new establishment, being established in 2008 by 4 sisters in San Jose to try to bring Vietnamese drinks, espressos, etc. to the public.   This particular Bambu that we visited is located in San Mateo. There is nice decor on the walls including photos of Vietname in a very artistic fashion. There is a nice counter with a chalkboard for specials. Behind the counter is a small door into their kitchen, and past the kitchen is the bathroom. Therefore to go to the bathroom, you have to walk past the kitchen.  …