All the warm fuzzy holiday feels @thenomadhotel 🤗🍾🎄
And just like that, all was right in the world.
Midnight reading + writing + sardines + butter.
On an unadulterated mission to consume as much butter as possible @brasserielalorraine.
Opened right in front of me...mother nature’s most delicious gift.
So enchanted by @septimeparis ❤️
Thanksgiving à Paris 😘😘
Celebrating American food at the San Francisco Street Food Festival hosted by my @lacocinasf family. So much good food and good energy -- this is chicken tinga + Oaxacan mole from @origenoaxaca ❤️
In the midst of ongoing devastation and tragedy, I am not at all surprised that meaningful time spent with powerful women made the world feel a whole lot brighter. It was a good day @cherrybombemag.
A celebration of the 50 best restaurants at @nextchicago -- a veritable phenomenon of a dinner.
Foievocado: a kaleidoscope of rich umami from @meadowoodnapavalley @ckostow #synergyseries
Super duper extra stinky Spanish cheese; black honey glazed Paris Brest filled with chicken liver mousse; foie royale in an egg shell supported by a ceramic 🦆foot; brut rosé in a vintage coup. @grandcafe_mpls and @jamieannmalone continue to blow my mind.
Every year on this day, by way of flowers, Champagne, lovingly written cards, and sometimes shoes (on the very best birthdays), I am reminded of how thoughtful and generous my tribe is. Know that I am immensely grateful for those things, not because of the things themselves, but because they are kind and meaningful gestures that I will always cherish.
This year, I am asking you to consider celebrating me in a different and very specific way. If you are still reading, you surely know that La Cocina is incredibly important to me.
At the very least, I've bragged about this collection of powerhouse women who put it all on the line everyday in hopes of gaining economic sovereignty through owning their own food businesses. This is a very hard thing to do for even the most privileged among us. Layer on being 1) an immigrant 2) a woman 3) operating in the Bay Area -- on their worst days, these woman are nothing short of heroic.
If I had the privilege of spending 30-60 minutes with you today, dear reader, we would undoubtedly rack up at least $100 in Champagne consumption (...at least) + $20 of gratuity. You would pay for it because, well, it's my birthday and it's only fair. Instead of doing that today or the next time I see you or the time after that, please become a member of La Cocina (link in profile 👆🏻). The commitment is as low as $10 per month (in line with the aforementioned Champagne budget), which allows La Cocina to continue subsidizing kitchen rentals for entrepreneurs that produce the salsas, man'oushe, moles, kuy teav, huaraches, misos, alfajores, piroshkis, pupusas, and momos that make us excited to eat in our beloved City by the Bay.
For my many hungry friends outside of the Bay Area who may not have the ability to cash in on all the perks of being a member with regularity, here is my promise: I will hand deliver a La Cocina food product to you within 90 days and tell you all about the woman whose heart it came from.
Let's skip the stuff this year and make a collective investment in an innovative, vibrant, and inclusive economic landscape.
Stacks of great books tucked in every corner, Murphy-inspired stools, thoughtful design that isn't also expensive design, a notable absence of guests cradling their favorite form of technology, conversations amongst strangers...@socialstudysf reminds me of the San Francisco of decades past.
I am honored to be celebrating 20 years (guys...TWENTY YEARS) of @tracidesjardins' excellence. This woman single handedly taught me what it means to be graceful, powerful, humorous, and definitively female. To celebrate this momentous occasion alongside the @lacocinasf crew is the icing on the cake.
I basically live on @aedanfermented products, so Mariko sent me the ultimate fermented care package. Love my @lacocinasf family ❤️
There is much to love about @grandcafe_mpls, not least of which is @jamieannmalone's impeccable attention to detail. My company (@annbkool + @afspaeth) and Jamie's thoughtful hospitality reminded me of how incredibly grateful I am for the many powerful and inspiring women in my life.
Sizzling, spicy stonepot from @namustonepot: the unofficial antidote to summer in SF. 🌬🌫🔥🌶
Incredible sushi, refreshingly generous hospitality, and a playlist that brought a shake to my hips and a smile to my lips...the inspiring bathroom quote sealed the deal. ❤️ @robinsanfrancisco