5 Star Inn Keepers for your pooch!
"Do you know of a great dog sitter?" Why yes we do! Below is a video of Otto, who was a recent "guest" at our preferred pet sitters who reside in beautiful Sonoma County. Otto left his house in the big city (SF) and headed to the countryside for a few weeks of R&R, individual love, attention and fun day trips to Pt. Reyes and other beautiful spots. The video below was sent to Otto's family as a postcard from HIS Summer vacation while they relaxed and enjoyed their own. The question is, 'Who had more fun?' For inquiries about pet sitting, please contact us!
Taste of Potrero on MAY 10
HFDH Coming Home Gala on MAY 17
EAT, DRINK and BE THOUGHTFUL! On May 10, 2012 from 6 to 10pm, join Ame, Hog & Rocks, Tacolicious, Local Mission Eatery, Nojo, Dynamo Donuts and other amazing restaurants to support public education! Cocktails will flow from Comstock Saloon & The Homestead. Enjoy a bounty of wineries as well as beer from Anchor Brewing and Magnolia. Wander our street food park with Pizza Politana, Mama Cass, Eire Trea and a slew of trucks – we’ve got em all! This awesome event takes place at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street. The best part about this event is that all proceeds go to support Daniel Webster Elementary School. Be sure to check out the on line auction.
Tickets available here.
GET YOUR GROOVE ON !while supporting San Francisco’s oldest early educational childcare center! Thursday, May 17th from 6pm to 12am at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave. Musical stylings by The Pop Rocks! For information or to purchase tickets contact Carmen Cheevers 415-565-0504 ext. 203 On line auction begins May 10th. HFDH has a very special place in my heart as my son attended the preschool. As a single, working parent, I always felt safe, knowing that my son was nurtured and "at home" while at pre-school. Personally speaking, I appreciated the diversity, and the mission of the school. My son was incredibly well prepared academically, socially and experienced the true sense of who were are as a community. Please support the kids and HFDH!
Jack and Max, HFDH Class of 2009
SF Concierge supports
Taste of Potrero and The Coming Home Gala! ;-)
Business of Butlers
I was so happy to hear this interview today with the Founders of DEMA. As someone who had been employed directly within, and now peripherally in the Private Staffing/Estate Management world, it is always a bit difficult to explain "exactly" what a job description is. This interview sheds some light as to the roles of modern day domestics.
Clink on link below for interview, The Business of Butlers.http://wdet.org/shows/craig-fahle-show/episode/business-butlers/#.T4X2KlMSre0.twitter
Here are the details:
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Craig is joined by Mathew Haack and Michael Wright, who created the The Domestic Estate Managers Association
five years ago, to fill the growing need to educate household employees on how to manage estates. Most people in the industry have zero education or formal training in the field of managing estates and usually fall into these kinds of jobs. The Domestic Estate Managers Association (DEMA) will begin a certification program program to allow members to develop skill in the world of private service professionals like nannies, butlers, estate managers, personal assistants, home managers and more.
Sheer joy! One of my all time favorite pictures of my son, the Jr. Mint, at age 4 upon discovering the "Golden Egg!"
Happy Easter and Happy Passover!
Our family celebrates the former, and I have officially 24 hours to get my bunny bum in gear. Many people serve the traditional ham on Easter. For better or for worse, ham is one of the few things I do not care for. I usually make rack of lamb, and in a nod to my love of Jewish cuisine, I always like to include a course of matzo ball soup. (BTW, I also make a mean brisket for a Goyeh) Regardless of what your traditions are, I am posting some inspiration, and some favorites that I will be including in our celebrations this weekend. I hope that everyone has a wonderful time with friends, family and loved ones~Cheers!
diy – decoupage easter eggs
photo bywilma.com click for instructions
Blue Hydrangeas. My favorite!
"Although it's made in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino, this California sparkling wine might well be mistaken for Champagne. Roederer Estate was, in fact, founded by one of the greatest Champagne houses in France, Louis Roederer, some 30 years ago, and the style of the wines is similarly rich, almost yeasty and tremendously elegant." Wall Street Journal Lettie Teague
ina AND hydrangeas, how can i resist?!
matzo ball soup
Recipe from smittenkitchen.com
Qupé wines focus on quality specializing in Rhone-style wines from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria, the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the Edna Valley, where they farm biodynamically, and the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Los Olivos where they farm organically. I was first introduced to Qupé Wine about 15 years ago when, I believe the Roussanne and/or Marsanne graced the wine list of Eos Wine Bar in Cole Valley (R.I.P.) From that moment on, I always knew if I ordered or purchased a Qupé wine, I was in for something good. This carried on for years, as I have always felt they make a really good Syrah at a great price point ($17) Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I tasted the 2009 Sawyer Lindquist Granache at SF Wine School class tasting and I was stoked- it was a WOW~ I really enjoyed this wine! NOTES: The 100% biodynamic grenache grapes are destemmed and fermented with the grapes native, wild yeast and is aged sur lees for 17 months in neutral barrels. This is elegant yet racy with wild cherry, spice and herbs-de-Provence flavors and shows great intensity and balance. Exactly! ;-) The retail for this wine is $35. Cheers!
In 2009 Qupe certified the vineyard and winery under the Demeter guidelines for biodynamic farming and winemaking
Today I was featured in a post on SF career coach and writer, Suzannah Scully's blog, The Live Well Space. Subject: Finding your Aha! Moment. I feel very flattered to be included on Suzannah's list. Check out her site, it is filled with a wealth of great information and inspiration!It was a fun weekend spent with my son, and dear friends. We had our "Paddy's Day" celebration feast over a hot pot at The Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
in the Outer Sunset on Vicente at 42nd. After reading Tablehopper's "The Regular" I had been dying to try this spot. By chance we were close by for a soccer match, so I figured it was destined to be! It did not disappoint!. The food was great and the owners/staff were incredibly welcoming!
Saturday night was spent with friends for a lovely dinner celebrating a birthday and an engagement. I tweeted about this wine last week that I tried at William Cross Wine Merchant's Organic/Bio-Dynamic Tasting. I MUST sing it's praises once again, it was my favorite and everyone at our celebration LOVED it. Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2010Great price point at $16.99 a bottle.
A few months back, my friend Carla Herzenberg
mentioned she had recently started teaching a Found Art class for children age 2+ at Seesaw in Hayes Valley. My immediate though was "how cool."
I wish there had been a class like this when my son was younger! Truth be told, I used to totally dread sitting in a circle, pretending I was having fun singing "Hello Everybody" each week. Ugh. Found Art Fridays looks like something that the kids are sure to enjoy, along with Mom/Dad/Babysitter. Hallelujah!! Below is the class description: Savor your coffee while the kids make something cool! Waste not want not arts using nuts, leaves, jugs, old magazines, wood, and other found materials. Bring your own found object and we'll make it into art...register onlineHere is a suggested itinerary...Head over to the Blue Bottle Kiosk before class starts, let your little one have a ball and then take them to Smitten after class for ice cream... before lunch!
click on chloe's book to purchase on amazon.com
Lately, there have been a number of articles about "Pink Slime" and other scary and disturbing stories regarding what is being added to the food served to school children.
We are fortunate that living in the Bay Area gives us the opportunity to track what we are eating, in many cases from Farm to Table. We have have access to numerous Farmer's Markets as well as CSA produce options. We recently subscribed to Eatwell Farms CSA produce boxes. Each delivery includes descriptions of the items in the box, storage instructions, and *BONUS* recipes. Needless to say, we are hooked and highly recommend the service. Now on to the Vegan idea. There are many delicious Vegan and Vegetarian meals to be had at numerous Bay Area restaurants including but incorporating Vegan cooking into daily life may seem limiting. Last Tuesday I tuned into KQED's forum and listened to an interview with Vegan Chef and cookbook author, Chloe Coscarelli. She was inspiring! Listening to Chloe gave me the nudge to give Vegan home cooking a try. I purchased her cookbook and I am looking forward to test driving some recipes soon! Do you have any favorite Vegan recipes? If so, please share!