Food: Three Killer SF Cookbooks

I honestly wanted to jump up and down when I realized that three of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco had published cookbooks recently. If you live in San Francisco, you probably know them. If you don’t live here, I promise you, these cookbooks will add a new dimension and spark your meals! All three have some of my favorite meals and yet each one is distinctly different than the others.

Burma Superstar

This little restaurant is nestled in amongst the cozy neighborhood of Clement Street in the inner Richmond. My family and I go often, as it’s walking distance from our home. Famous for their explosions of flavorful and spicy food, Burma Superstar has food from Myanmar with influences from neighboring India and China, as well as Thailand and Laos. The great thing about this cookbook, is that the recipes have been simplified and streamlined, so even a novice cook can successfully execute them.

Tartine All Day

The beloved bakery in the Mission District of San Francisco, Tartine is rarely without a long line down the street and let’s not even talk about the line at Tartine Manufactory. Always worth the wait, this new cookbook by Elisabeth Prueitt, is an all-inclusive look at cooking with whole foods. Prueitt does a good job of providing professional advice without overwhelming you with too many details. I was thrilled to have the recipes for my favorites the Granola and Greenest Goddess Dressing.

Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen

Having grown up for a portion of my childhood in Mexico and having a Mexican father, I’m kind of a food snob when it comes to Mexican food. That being said, for the past ten years, I’ve been frequenting Nopalito in San Francisco for excellent Mexican dishes. This would be a cookbook for anyone who wants to try preparing genuine Mexican cuisine. Some of my favorites are included in the book – corn with crema, mole, and the best aquas frescas!

Do you have any go-to cookbooks you love right now?

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Photos by Andrea Posadas for Sacramento Street

Style: Spring Sunglasses Update

Each year, as the weather warms up I crave a new pair of sunglasses. Does anyone else feel the same way? This year in particular I’ve been on the hunt for a new go-to pair. Maybe it’s because I’ve been wearing the same black pair for three years but it’s time to give myself a little update. Especially now that I’ve scratched mine.

Throughout my hunt, I found a handful of options I loved, but alas I wanted something that I could wear with any outfit. I’m one of those people that can’t switch out sunglasses on a daily basis. The winning pair are are the Halliday from Madewell. I love the milky color frame. Although I’m still coveting a few that I passed up. I wanted to share a few favorites I found along my quest for this year’s sunglasses. I’m ready for the sunshine and summer-like days ahead.

Do you have a favorite pair of sunglasses this season?


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5 Tips on Creating a Better Finance System

There are a lot of perks when it comes to owning and running your own business, but one area that I’ve always struggled with is the finance/accounting portion of the job. Let’s just say the creative side of me would rather work an 80 hour week than deal with accounting, taxes, sales taxes, etc. When I became self-employed over five years ago (holy moly I can’t believe it has been that long!), I didn’t know what went into the accounting portion of the job. The first few years I quickly figured out that I needed to pay WAY more taxes and I need to find a system that worked for me. Insert Quickbooks Self-Employed.

When I converted EVERYTHING over to Quickbooks Self-Employed my entire work life became easier when it came to billing clients, tracking payments, capturing receipts, categorizing expenses – basically the whole enchilada. I get questions from readers and friends about how I deal with finances on a weekly basis and thought it I’d share a few helpful tips on how I’ve been able to make my finance life easier on myself.

1. Create a Business Account

First order of business is to open up a business checking and saving account in order to keep everything organized. This helps me out a lot when it comes to tracking what expenses are business verse personal. You don’t want to get the two mixed up.

2. Track Your Income Through Quickbooks Self-Employed

Why I didn’t do this right away with my business? I started using Quickbooks Self-Employed after running my business with an excel spreadsheet for two years. When I switched to Quickbooks Self-Employed it was like day and night. You can link your bank accounts, PayPal, file 1099s, and more. Each month I go through to track my income, expenses, what invoices have been paid, and what payments are overdue. It’s made the entire process that much sweeter.

Since I’m running the blog and design business it became difficult to track when payments were due – net 30, net 60, direct deposit, etc. Now, whenever I sign a contract for a new campaign I immediately put together an invoice in Quickbooks Self-Employed. With design clients it’s essential to have an organized invoicing system in place since we are purchasing pieces for them. What’s also amazing – Quickbooks Self-Employed tracks the sales tax that is owed to the state. This is quite essential in the design industry.

3. Put Aside a Percentage of Each Payment for Taxes

Being self-employed means nothing is taken out of the income I receive – no taxes or 401K contribution. With that being said, it’s my responsibility to put a percentage aside from everything I make each year. At the beginning I was HORRIBLE at putting anything aside for taxes. I thought to myself – man, I have all of this money coming in and then taxes hit me like a brick wall. Fast forward to learning my lesson and I put a percentage of each payment away for taxes. My husband and I basically sit down each year to forecast how much I’ll be making and then decide that we should put aside about 30-35% of my income. In the end, this will lower any amount that you owe. This helps you with not getting hit with a HUGE amount of taxes that are due in April.

4. Be On Top of Your Tax Payment Schedule

Knowing what your tax payment schedule is vital. I add these into my calendar each year so that I don’t miss any payments. When I first started the business it was bi-annual but now I pay each quarter, which always seems to creep up on me. Believe me, making these payments is essential. If you don’t think you are paying enough each quarter or every six months, pay a little more. It’ll help lighten up that tax payment come April or you may even get money back!

5. Start Prepping Your Annual Taxes Early

Each year we seem to get better and better about prepping our taxes earlier. Of course, we usually end up turning them in by early February but it takes a while to get everything together. Luckily, when it comes to filing Quickbooks Self-Employed has everything in order for us to file. You just want to make sure you have everything organized and accounted for – your income, expenses, did you make any donations? Do you have contract workers (if so, then you need to send out 1099’s) – Quickbooks has everything organized in your account to make it as easy as it can get.

So, whether you’ve already filed your 2016 taxes, asked for an extension, or are deciding how you want to start tracking your finances I highly recommend signing up for Quickbooks Self-Employed – to help you make your accounting life easier. It’s saved me year after year!

This post is a partnership with Quickbooks Self-Employed. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

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Interiors: Madeline Weinrib SF Sample Sale

Madeline Weinrib, a textile and rug designer known for her exquisite quality and design, has always been at the top of my list for items to finish the homes I design. Her ikat pillows are known not only for their design, but also for the vibrant and carefully curated colors she uses. In addition, Madeline designs stunning rugs, accessories, and clothing. There is no textile designer I admire more.

I’m excited to share that Madeline Weinrib is having a sample sale April 25 – 27th here in San Francisco. Let me tell you, the last sample sale, I could barely fit everything I purchased into my car! There will be up to 70% off on select items. Carpets, pillows, fabric by the yard, and accessories will all be included in this event. Now is your chance to receive deep discounts on these items.

Madeline Weinrib
1o1 Henry Adams Street
Suite 101
San Francisco, CA 94103

April 25 – 27th
9am – 5pm

Carpets, Pillows, Fabric by the Yard & Accessories

Happy Shopping!

This post is a partnership with Madeline Weinrib. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.