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San Francisco Ride The Ducks

Recently myself and a few co-workers were invited to participate in an event showcasing San Francisco’s Ride The Ducks and Classic Cable Car. It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to become a tourist in your own town, so I gladly jumped at the opportunity to “ride the duck”.

We all met in Union Square where our white amphibious chariot vehicle was waiting patiently. While boarding, we were handed the namesake quackers, our name tags, and a bag of nuts. “Why nuts?” you ask. I did too – apparently it was because the San Francisco Giants were playing a home game. After some light safety talk, we were off in our duck boat, quackers in mouth, quacking along to the music. It was quite the scene! I never really realized how many people look at you oddly from the sidewalk when they hear that strange sound combined with blaring music, but it was so much fun to laugh and giggle along with everyone else. After all, you can’t always take yourself too seriously!

Us with the quackers

We quacked on over to the Embarcadero and “dove” head first into the water behind AT&T Park. I can’t believe how close you come to the Pacific Ocean! After some cruising around the bay and photo opportunities, we waddled our way back onto shore and boarded the Classic Cable Car for a ride over to the event venue The Box SF. (Fun fact: did you know that the Classic Cable Cars were made by the same company that built the legendary Cable Cars, which are still in use?)

Classic Cable Car

At The Box SF, we were greeted with refreshing cocktails by the mobile mixologists at Tonic, along with delicious noshes and nibbles from Choice Catering, Organic Chef Catering, and Blue Heron Catering.  The evening could not be complete without the Glass Coat Photobooth — and they would be a fun addition to any event with wacky props and silly friends.

This was an awesome, well executed event and I would highly recommend experiencing your own city the way a tourist would. Not only do you get out of your comfort zone, but it makes for fun stories and it’s a great way to meet new, interesting people!

Click here for the full Flickr album of my photos.

xo.

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Private Tour of AT&T Park

San Francisco Giants! MLB World Champs! We all love ’em. ESP Brian Wilson and that beard — thanks Just For Men for giving us all a laugh.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to take a private, behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Park, the park that the Giants call home (obvi), with my dad and uncle for the Spinsters of San Francisco Father/Daughter Event. What fun! I tell you, this is why I love being in an organization like this.

Anyhoo, us gals gathered with our fathers (and uncle in my case) at Public House before we met our knowledgeable tour guide. He took us into the park, out to the field (no touching the grass!), and into the dugout for some key photo opps. Then we were off in to the bullpen, locker room, and clubhouse where some sneaky Spinnies dipped into the red licorice. Hey, you never know who’s hand has been there! Could be someone famous. Unfortunately groups are only permitted in the Visitors’ area, but I still had a great time “pretending” that I might run into Posey in the showers. Oops did I just say that out loud?

We learned a lot of fun facts along the way as we toured the various levels of the stadium. We got up to the Press Room to see where all of the [reporting] action happens and then into the San Francisco Giants’ Museum. Did you know there was one in AT&T Park? Well now ya do! It’s very expansive and would make any die-hard Giants fan’s heart smile.

We concluded the evening with a delicious dinner at Town’s End Restaurant. A fun evening was had by all! Kudos to the committee that put the event together.

Another fun fact: these tours are available almost everyday except for a few select dates and they are only $15 for adult admission. Pretty sweet, eh? Click here for more information and to find out how you can tour AT&T Park to see where all of the magic happens!

Check out my Flickr set for all of the photos.

xo.

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The Piggie Awards

Last night I attended 7×7 Magazine’s Eat + Drink Awards at the Ferry Building, in addition to Fifth Floor’s Industry Night. What a way to start out a week — amirite?! Here’s the link for your viewing (and eating + drinking) pleasure.

Not many words, but I was able to snap a few sweet photos with my iPhone 4 (I just had to throw that in there).

Second Floor, Ferry Building

Chicken burgers, gigantes beans, and lamb meatballs

Some tomato goodness

Nice little goodie bag --er, box!

My only comment: Why have a catering company do what the Piggie winners (read: restaurants) could do? Ah well, everyone deserves an evening off!

Oh I have to give a shout out to my mamacita & papacita for moving all my furniture all day — troopers to the max!

xo.

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DFS

Disclaimer: This post will be heavy with food-centric photos, and just might make you drool!

Last Thursday I had the privilege of attending the Dress For Success Gala at The City Club.  The mission of Dress For Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life, and the gala supports the organization by donating proceeds from the evenings ticket sales and silent auction.

The view from the 11th Floor.

Amazing female chefs came out from Fifth Floor, The Restaurant at Wente, Barbacco, Carneros Bistro, Gitane, and E & O Trading Company and showcased their goods. Champagne was flowing from Domaine Carneros, La Crema was pouring vino, and Ketel One was shakin’ up martinis for guests. Following the reception was the ceremony and auction, complete with a fashion show. Unfortunately I did not stay for the show, but I did get a chance to take a lot of foodie photos! Enjoy.

Fifth Floor's table scape

Ahi Tuna Tartare

Bacon-wrapped Chrizo stuffed Dates

E&O's Cauliflower Ginger Soup with curried croutons and micro cilantro

Carneros: Pork belly on crostini

Barbacco's house made salami spread

Gyuyere Cheese Balls

Fifth Floor's Roasted duck with zucchini and mushrooms

Strawberry and creme crepes from Wente

Cupcakes....

.....& Cakes!

Oh and we finished the evening up with one of these:

Punchbowl at Rickhouse

xo.

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There’s something in the San Francisco air…

…. and it’s not just the fresh smell of sewer, although that is a good guess.

Nope–it’s Best Of season. Every year, be it by voters or editor’s choice, we are introduced to what’s hot, hip, happening for us urban dwellers. SF Weekly had their annual “Best Of” Party 2 weeks ago, SF Gate just closed the polls on their annual voting contest, and I attended the 7×7 Best of The City Party on Thursday night in Ghirardelli Square.

To their credit, there was a lot of beautiful people there — mind you, it was an “exclusive” party — and the electro band was pretty fierce. But here’s my major critique of the evening: when you have a Best of The City Party, aren’t you supposed to showcase the winners at the event? I guess 7×7 did things a little different because they featured the Ghiardelli Square vendors. Maybe it was a I-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine type of thing for using the space, who knows. I was able to try the food at The Pub at Ghiardelli Square, and their Buffalo Blue Mac & Cheese and Pulled Pork Quesadillas were pretty tasty! Not to mention the “Whispering Waves” from Ana Mandara – lobster ravioli with mango and coconut sauce was fresh and perfectly crisp.

I’m not knockin’ the event because of the beautiful views of the bay (and the free Skyy vodka cocktails did help), but let’s just say I have a renewed excitement for San Francisco magazine’s Best of The Bay Party on June 1.

Mykella & I

xo.

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Fotografías

Mi sombrero

As promised….

Sombrero Poquito

This is my Nood. She'll be mine one day.

Nood loves being up close and personal.

xo.

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