San Francisco and Oakland’s ramen scene used to be positively *dismal.* If you wanted good ramen, you had to trek out to the ‘burbs. But in the last few years, several new legit ramen restaurants have opened up – and I’d argue they are just as good as some of the options in San Mateo, if not better. The trouble with the majority of these SF spots are the crazy long lines.
So you can imagine my relief when I paid a visit to Itani Ramen, which I’d heard fantastic things about.
I was so honored to be chosen to participate in SKYY Vodka's #BornInSF campaign <3
For those of you unaware, I'm a true San Francisco native, born and raised. (Well, technically I was "raised" in Hillsborough/San Mateo, but I spent the first two years of my life in the Outer Sunset before my parents moved us to the 'burbs.) I've always known how lucky I was to live in the Bay Area, but this belief was only reinforced the more time I spent away from my hometown
Never heard of Allbirds? Allow me to fill you in. They’re a San Francisco-based label dedicated to producing the most comfortable shoes imaginable (and I’m here to verify that they’ve achieved their goal). They use innovative materials (i.e. merino wool sourced from New Zealand) designed to minimize odor, regulate temperature and wick moisture, instead of the cheaper, synthetic alternatives most mainstream labels rely on. In fact, you don’t even have to wear socks with their kicks! (I’m serious. I don’t.)
Brunch in San Francisco is almost always an ordeal – especially if you want to eat anywhere decent.
I’ll be honest: I still have never made it to Plow, Aina or Zazie’s. Not because they’re not delicious (I’ve heard from many credible sources that they are indeed worth the hype), but because I simply refuse to wait 2+ hours for any meal.
That being said, I have had the privilege of eating at Brenda’s and Outerlands (among other local gems), and plan on writing up a list of my top brunch spots in San Francisco soon… stay tuned!
In the meantime, though, I want to shed light on one of my most underrated favorites: Chambers Eat + Drink.
In love with my new Saint Laurent tote bag, obvi. I know I already have plenty of black bags, but this one was on sale on Reebonz and I couldn't resist!
Speaking of, Reebonz is an online shopping platform that sells brand-new and gently used luxury goods from a wide range of labels, from Acne Studios to Celine and Chanel. I hadn't heard of them before but it turns out they're huge in the Middle East and Asia. And this month, they're celebrating their 8th Anniversary with huge markdowns and new arrivals stocked daily - so you can snag name brand items that won't break the wallet!
Meet my latest obsession, Ume Studio <3
Founded by two former architects Mei-Lan Tan and Victor Lefebvre, this Oakland-based interiors company just launched its first line of products. No two pieces are the same, from the stunning bowls to the Bouton soap dish (as shown above), all of which are hand-cast from high quality cement with natural pigments and texture.