Eat Local: Petit Crenn

Eat Local: Petit CrennI’ve been writing often during the holidays about shopping locally, but another great way to support your local community is to also choose small local restaurants to frequent as you make your holiday plans. It’s always fun to find a new gem to try out with friends or family and it can also contribute to the success of small and local restaurants.

Eat Local: Petit Crenn Eat Local: Petit CrennToday I’m featuring Petit Crenn, a neighborhood restaurant located in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. Chef Dominique Crenn’s mother and grandmother, as well as her hometown of Brittany, France inspired Petit Crenn. I love the cool and inviting atmosphere that is created in Petit Crenn – neutral colors and sleek design are a reprieve from your busy holiday schedule.

Eric and I love going to Petit Crenn for the seven-course meal, which is offered by reservation twice an evening, but you can also order a la carte at the Chef’s Counter without a reservation. Be sure to try the gnocchi – they are the best I’ve ever had!

Eat Local: Petit CrennEat Local: Petit CrennEat Local: Petit CrennAnd here’s what is great about eating locally. Find out why I #shopsmall with American Express at my favorite local businesses, including my favorite restaurants. When you eat at local restaurants, you could receive more rewards when you use an enrolled American Express Card to pay through 12/31 thanks to @AmericanExpress. Go here to enroll and visit  their map here to see if your favorite restaurant qualifies or to get a great list of small local places to both eat and shop at. It’s a win-win situation when you get extra rewards and your local shops and restaurants benefit from your patronage. Happy Holidays!

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Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

Our New Family Friend – Google Home

Google Home Home has taken a whole new meaning since we had Jackson. Granted, both Eric and I were homebodies before we grew our family, but making our apartment a home was even more of a priority once we had him. Our home is a place where we relax, play, entertain, and work. As a parent, life gets hectic – before the sun rises it’s like a whirlwind has come through our home. But to make life just a little bit easier throughout our day, we turn to Google Home

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With Google Home, we never miss a beat. Everyone in our family – even guests – are in awe of the product. Here are five reasons why our house loves having Google Home at our fingertips:

  1. We catch up on the morning news each morning. It’s a nice way to stay in touch with what’s happening in the world without turning on the TV.
  2. We’re able to ask it important questions – anything from, how many teaspoons is in a cup to when the sun is setting that very same day.
  3. Getting the weather report – so that all of us are prepared for what the day is about to bring us.
  4. The most asked questions for Jackson – playing a train or fire truck sound. The way his face lights up is magical.
  5. We have family dance parties at least once a day. Probably our favorite new activity.

Google Home Google Home Google Home has made it possible for us to feel like we have a heads-up on what the day will bring us. And each of us knows that when we get home from work or school that there is a dance party waiting for us right as we walk in the door.. Check out more details about Google Home here and if you are looking to add a helpful device into your life – Google Home is the perfect product for your home. Right now you can also get 6 months free YouTube Red with every purchase!

 

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Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

7 Bay Area Shops Tastemakers Love This Holiday Season

The Podolls I love shopping small and have made it a big part of my gift giving. And I was thinking, it might be fun to gather my favorite social media friends to come up with a wide selection of shopping small sources in the Bay Area. So each of us have chosen one place we recommend shopping small at. I can’t wait to explore many of these shops that are new to me.

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The Podolls – Caitlin of Sacramento Street


One of my go-to small shops where I know I can always find something I love is The Podolls. The husband and wife team have a store in Noe Valley and also one in Hillsboro. Much of the clothing in their shop, they have designed themselves. On my most recent shopping trip, I found a dress for me, a stocking stuffer for my son, and a pair of shoes. Everything they have in the shop is carefully curated and makes great additions to your wardrobe or home. It feels right to spend my money with folks who work hard to deliver quality and style in San Francisco.

St FrankSt. Frank – Ashley Kane of Brunch on Chestnut


St. Frank is my favorite place to shop for unique and authentic gifts (whether it’s for a loved one or a “to me, from me”). They have the most unique and beautiful textiles and accessories handmade by artisans from around the globe. Their collection is a perfect mix of vintage and new– the collector’s, home styling enthusiasts, and entertainers in your life will approve!

mill-8mill-3Mill Mercantile – Leslie Santarina of Spotted SF


Classic. Simple. Beautifully designed essentials for your wardrobe, especially for the everyday “t-shirt and jeans” kind of gal. Mill Mercantile has a lovely collection of home goods, books and quarterly magazines. They stock harder to find, indie brands from US and international makers. For the men folk, they have a separate shop called Unionmade.

Flora GrubbFlora Grubb – Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34


When it comes to gift giving I like to go for something a little unique. My local nursery, Flora Grubb is the perfect for that. Be it an air plant, a beautiful piece of pottery or the perfect little potted succulent, I always find something special.

Hudson GraceHudson Grace – Crystal Palecek of Rue Magazine


Walking into Hudson Grace is a sensory experience every aesthete will love. From the beautiful white dinnerware, to the sophisticated scented candles, and the rich textures of baskets and linens, visiting is an elevated experience for all. Hudson Grace is definitely one of my go-to spots for holiday shopping and treating myself throughout the year.

esqueleto1 esqueleto4Esqueleto – Amanda Holstein of Advice from a Twenty Something


Esqueleto is one of a handful of stores on Temescal Alley in Oakland. It’s one of my favorite places to not only shop but get inspiration. If you’re looking for unique, artisanal gifts — everything from bohemian jewelry to home decor — Esqueleto has some really cool pieces.


alchemy-bottle-shop-15alchemy-bottle-shop-5Alchemy Bottle Shop – Bianca Sotelo of A Fab Challenge


Alchemy Bottle Shop is the prettiest booze shop in all the land filled with special small batch and locally crafted spirits. Each product, down to their gorgeous vintage barware, is carefully curated and unique. A beautiful bottle is a multipurpose gift in my book: it looks stunning on a bar cart, and is a novelty to drink!

There are many reasons to #ShopSmall TWODAY but one big motivation is the amazing Shop Small for 2X Rewards promotion American Express is running through the end of the year. So get out there and discover your favorite small shops you can support this holiday season. You can use Amex Shop Small map, to help you find participating shops. You can also enroll for our card at enrollment page.

I hope you enjoy finding your favorite small shops this season – happy holiday hunts!

*As you know, you must be 21+ to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

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Photos courtesy of Caitlin Flemming | Andrea Posadas | Leslie Santarina

A Night with McGuire Furniture

McGuire FurnitureLast month, I was thrilled to be asked by McGuire to design a table for a celebration of their Fall 2016 Introductions, which includes pieces by the talented designer Steven Volpe, an AD100 recipient, and McGuire’s first lighting collection in over a decade, designed by Jonathan Browning.

McGuire Furniture McGuire FurnitureThe dinner was held at the McGuire showroom here in San Francisco and a group of talented designers and publishers came to celebrate the launch of the collection. The task at hand was to design a table that complemented McGuire’s newest introductions and the more modern look and feel embodied by the current showroom.  The table was set under Jonathan Browning’s stunning Muir Chandelier for McGuire, and we then used various McGuire styles for chairs.  Although they represented seasons past and present by a mix of McGuire’s master designers including Steven Volpe, Barbara Barry, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, and Laura Kirar, the chairs were all a soft grey hue McGuire calls Matte Smoke.  The result was a beautifully cohesive table that had far more interest than having all the same chairs, and they served as great conversation starters.

McGuire FurnitureMcGuire FurnitureMcGuire has always been a favorite showroom for me and they are well-known for their quality, use of natural materials and fine craftsmanship.  Since some of the conversation got sidelined by recent current events, we learned that McGuire has been in almost every White House since JFK – now that is something!

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In my plans for the table, I wanted to create a warm and inviting atmosphere with gray tablecloths in velvet, ivory and gold plates, wooden carved chargers, and brass flatware. Flowers were made to look as if they had just been picked in a country meadow and they were placed in wooden vessels. I also used two dozen brass candlesticks and mercury glass votives to help the table glow in the evening light.

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This is always a favorite time of year for me to think about entertaining and how to put together a perfect table. I hope you’re also having fun with the tabletop design as you have friends and family over at this time of year!

Photos of tabletop by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

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