SF Eats

Nana Joes Granola, sweetened by love.

First off I feel like it's been so long since I've written on this blog. I've been spending a lot of time trying to catch up with my studying, running around from one event to the next, and juggling all the usual crazy madness of the life I love! 

I wanted to take some time to highlight a brand that I recently discovered and completely fell in love with, Nana Joes. A few weeks ago the amazing folks reached out and sent me a few bags of granola to try! It was perfect timing too because that day I was ready to make my own and lo and behold a box of goodies shows up at my feet! Being a foodie who's taste buds have had the pleasure of dining from the finest restaurants and meeting the Chefs who've created some of my favorite meals, seeing the kitchen where Nana Joes was created was an incredible honor. There's nothing more touching to me than the authenticity and integrity that goes behind food that I eat. It becomes more than just nourishing calories, it turns into soul food. 

The first thing that I noticed about Nana Joes granola when I first looked at the packaging were the real ingredients. Everything the ingredients were things I can pronounce and there was no added sugar, which is key for sustainable energy. 

As she shared the stories with me about her family and her personal experience with health it dawned on me how similar our lives are. And how much we all have in common. It was such a beautiful realization and something I cherished from my experience. 

Below are photos from my quick little visit. Nana Joes is a woman owned and operated business. It wasn't the intention for Michelle, but it has been that since she opened it and its something she cherishes. 

Check out Nana Joes online, you can also find some at select Whole Foods.  

City Guide: I left my heart in San Francisco

This past month has been filled with travel every single weekend and as much as I love to travel, there's no place like home. I teamed up with the awesome folks at With The Locals and Brooklyn Bicycle Co to share with them my favorite places in SF on a city guide and I wanted to highlight some of my favorites here on the my blog. 

San Francisco is one of those cities where new restaurants and places to check out pop up almost weekly. This guide is a mash up of some of my old favorites and new.

If you're looking for a stunning view of SF, then head over to Treasure Island. It's one of my personal favorite places to stop before heading into SF. On a clear day you'll get the most breathtaking panoramic view of the city. When my husband and I started our wedding and lifestyle photography business we would take our clients here to shoot their engagement sessions. Back in 2013 we photographed one of the first weddings at the Winery SF located on Treasure Island bringing us back to our early days of our business running around like young kids with cameras.

Like most people who are from SF, I'm a coffee snob. I love craft coffees that are roasted locally with love. Sightglass is one of those old favorites that despite all the other new cafes that pop up, will always have a place in my heart. I'm a huge fan of their cold brew, I live on this stuff. 

one of my favorite places to work in SF

one of my favorite places to work in SF

After coffee lunch and a little bit of work lunch is always in order. There are two places that I would go to if you're health conscious and looking for a meal that's packed with flavor. Both restaurants have some very unique approaches to their menus and are being led by some of Napa Valley's former top chefs. 

Little Gem's menu is gluten free and dairy free. True to most SF Bay area restaurants purvey their foods from local farmers, making their dishes seasonal, sustainable, and full of love. 

Bibimbap - Spring vegetables, brown rice, chili garlic sauce, fried egg   Field Greens Flatbread  - seasonal harvest, almond-onion puree

Bibimbap - Spring vegetables, brown rice, chili garlic sauce, fried egg

Field Greens Flatbread - seasonal harvest, almond-onion puree

Korean Style Grilled Beef - marinated short ribs, stewed onions, cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds, butter lettuce, jasmine rice   Lemon Custard  - Glazed blackberries and toasted oat crumble   Chocolate Pudding -  topped with Fleur de Sel

Korean Style Grilled Beef - marinated short ribs, stewed onions, cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds, butter lettuce, jasmine rice

Lemon Custard - Glazed blackberries and toasted oat crumble

Chocolate Pudding - topped with Fleur de Sel

Little Gem is a must if you're heading to SF, its a great place to slow down, enjoy a glass of rosé, and savor the flavors that are exploding in your mouth from the dishes you'll try. 

If you're in a rush however, one place to check out is Dabba, a tiny restaurant with a big mission to leave their guests satiated with their offerings of edible enlightenment.

A place that embodies ethnic confusion and palette diversity through explosive flavors. In case you're wondering pictured is a Cajun chicken bowl with hints of Indian and Cajun flavors made with fresh and local ingredients. BOMB DOT COM!

I was lucky enough to try As Quoted for the first time with my dear friend Meg and was blown away by the flight of toasts that I knew I'd be back for more. We all love avocado toast, but one of my favorite from As Quoted is their AB Toast + Honey which was then topped by fresh sea salt. The combination of these flavors took nut butter and toast to a whole new level. Along with an incredible gluten free and dairy free everything is farm to table, fresh, seasonal, and local. 

One of my other old favorites is Flora Grubb Gardens. I'm not talented with a green thumb, as a matter of fact I've killed succulents. It's a terrible fact that I'm not proud of, but it is what it is. Flora Grubb is one of those spaces in SF where you can simply just get lost in its awe. It's place that's hard not to leave with something new to liven up your space at home or the office. 

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Many thanks to Brooklyn Bicycle Co for providing me with my Lorimer Bike. I'm thrilled to be able to take this bike all around SF with the hubs while we look for brand new adventures to keep our love healthy and thriving.

The full SF City Guide can be found on the With The Locals x Brooklyn Bicycle Co Feature. 

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