#JerseySF

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza.

Pizza is easily on my top five favorite foods, along with popcorn, sushi, burgers, and donuts. Actually, maybe I have six. Pancakes are another favorite of mine. ANYWAY… I was delighted to check out Jersey on Second Street in San Francisco. jerseyThis place captures Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal’s childhood through their diverse menu serving pizzas, pastas, salads, and more! (Fun Fact: These brothers have created a SOMA empire consisting of Town Hall, Salt House, and Anchor & Hope. Def check them out!)

This invite was particularly special. It was a smaller more intimate group that allowed me to catch up with old friends, and better get to know new friends. We dropped our bags and headed on over to the kitchen for a sneak preview at the Rosenthal brothers tossing a pie… HA, like my pizza lingo? My stomach started growling while we were watching all this food being prepped. Little did I know, we had 13 dishes coming our way. I didn’t know I could eat 13 dishes!

Here is the skinny on what I liked the most.

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1) MEATBALLS – I am sure you’ve all seen my meatball post by now. If you haven’t, check it out on my Insta. I LOVE meatballs, and boy were these good. I wish that I could make these myself, but I am a beyond terrible cook. Out of all the appetizers and salads we had this one was my fav.

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2) LASAGNA – Who doesn’t love a good lasagna? When I left this dinner I
hopped on the phone with a friend and ranted for at least five minutes about how much I like lasagna. Def heading back to Jersey for when I have a craving.

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3) TAYLOR PORK ROLL – A pizza with pork, fried egg, mozzarella, and provolone is divine. This heavily dish was amazing. Although I am still a little unsure what exactly Taylor Pork is, I love it! After inhaling this pizza (along with three others) I wasn’t sure if I would be able to handle dessert.

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4) BOTH – Honestly, I couldn’t pick between these if I had too. We had a cannoli with vanilla bean ricotta saved chocolate, and Three Twins Ice Cream with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Can’t say I’ve ever had ice cream with olive oil, but heck yes I would do it again.

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All jokes aside, I was so full after this meal that I couldn’t eat again until the following afternoon. I’m not sure if I have ever eaten that much in one sitting before. I think Jersey is a hidden gem in SF and that it should be on people’s lists to check out. I found it nice that they aren’t JUST a pizza place. There is so much more on that menu has to offer.

I’ve been doing a ton of eating lately and have a bunch more exciting events coming up. If there are any suggestions of places I should check out, feel free to comment them below! Stay tuned to see a recap of what I am up to. For right now, I’m headed over to Ritual Hot Yoga to get my sweat on. This place is how I can afford to eat so much without gaining a million pounds! 🙂

Cheers!

Mak

#PalmHouseSF

Often times I get asked the question, what is my favorite restaurant? Each time I return the question with another question, for what type of food? I have favorite brunch places, dinner places, on-the-go lunch places, and bars. It is a fully loaded question. There is rarely a time when one places comes to mind for brunch, lunch, dinner, and/or drinks. However, there is one spot in the Marina that ALWAYS pops into my mind when searching for a fun place to go, Palm House.

Need a cocktail or punch bowl? Palm House. Need an easy place to grab a filling dinner? Palm House. Need a trendy and sociable brunch spot? Palm House. It is definitely a weekend go-to of mine.

I was invited to Palm house to experience their NEW seasonal menu from Chef Brenen Bonetti. He did an incredible job wowing me with each bite! I walked in to a beautifully decorate table with colorful punch bowls, adorable place cards, and several little rubber duckies. (Fun Fact: Palm House serves several drinks filled with rubber duckies. These cute little guys even have a name – Donald Palmer!)punch-bowl

Once I got over snapping pics of my festive place setting it was time to start enjoying the food. YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY! The menu was split into four different sections – snacks, entrees, sides, and dessert. The coconut prawns – DAMN they are delicious. Coconut prawns are not typically a dish I would choose to order, but Chef Brenen knows how to make these tasty AF. I followed this with a fried chicken slider. Whoever invented these deserves a reward for a couple reasons – 1) they are the perfect size and easy to eat, 2) the mango-chipotle bbq sauce was on point, and 3) they are so full of flavor! Sliders are one of my favorite foods so I am extremely picky on which ones I actually like.

Anyway, I continued to stuff my face with some mac&cheese, Brussels sprouts, and several other items (check out my pics to see the goods). I enjoyed a few more cocktails, from punch bowls to margaritas to watermelon Food Spread.jpgcocktails. I was getting quite full when it was time for dessert. It came out and I knew there was no saying no. They
brought out delicious beignets and these huge ice cream cookie sandwiches! Yes, I definitely tried both. Needless to say I left feeling stuffed.

I highly recommend giving Palm House a try! You will definitely see me there again. I’ve got some travel coming up this month, so make sure to stay tuned to what states I’m eating my way through.

Cheers!

Mak

#EatDrinkSF

WOAH! that was my reaction as soon as I stepped foot into this magical food land.

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For those that don’t know, Eat Drink SF is San Francisco’s premier annual food, wine, and spirits festival that celebrates the Bay Area’s world-class chefs and restaurants. Top restaurants from all around San Francisco gather for a weekend full of food, drink, and entertainment.

I walked in and my mouth dropped in awe. The decor was gorgeous, the food smelled amazing, and the atmosphere was popping! After taking a few pics by the main entrance display we quickly headed over to try the food. The first table we tried was Delarosa. They had these amazing meatballs, and if you know me you know I LOVE meatballs. I drooled over this for a solid 30 minutes.

Each vendor had beautiful dishes, and the cocktails were just as stunning. The Hanger One table was my favorite cocktail. I love a good vodka drink 😜 Super Duper also had a killer space. They brought in their ice cream truck and set up the space to be similar to a backyard bbq – picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and even corn hole! (Fun Fact – I even won $100 to Super Duper! Crazy, I know!) 

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We walked around for hours admiring everyone’s delightful treats, drinks, and prizes. I waddled out of Eat Drink SF completely stuffed and with a bag of sweet prizes and gifts. This year was my first time at the event and you can definitely bet I will beedsf3 back at it next year. It rocked!!!

I’ve got a lot coming up in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned to hear where else I pop up.

Cheers!

Mak

#CredoSF

Last night I attend an amazing dinner by Celebrity Chef Brian Boitano at Credo Restaurant. The best part is that this dinner benefited Bay Scholars. This organization exists to make it possible for promising low-income scholars across the Bay Area to have access to and flourish at successful college preparatory Catholic high schools.

The night started off with a fun cocktail hour in the downstairs part of Credo.I’d definitely recommend checking this space out for hosting happy hours. This walls were decorated with clever quotes all around the room. Of course the first thing we did was take photos with our drinks in front of the quotes.

 

After a bit of mix and mingling we headed upstairs to a beautifully decorated room, and I was ready to eat! It started off with an amazing salad filled with the tastiest arugula I’ve had in a while. Arugula Salad

Chef Brian Boitano came over right before the main course. He is incredible. Not only is he a very talented chef and athlete, but also a great people person. The conversation flowed easily as he told us a bit about himself and the food he was serving. It was such a treat to meet him. His main course, halibut, was delish!

 

Throughout the event I was able to visit with old friends, meet new friends, and indulge in some incredible food. I’d say it was a successful event! 🙂 (Fun Fact: we even got to take home a copy of his cookbook “What Would Brian Boitano Make?”)

This week I’ve got a bunch going on, so stay tuned to hear more about my gin tasting, yoga doing, and food loving events! If you haven’t already, make sure to follow along on my Insta Story, I may be slightly addicted. 🙂

Cheers!

Mak

#Sausalito

Sausalito is an amazing place! Typically my foodie adventures happen all around San Francisco, but this time I was lucky enough to hop on the ferry and head on over to Sausalito. My two stops were at Poggio Trattoria and Copita Tequileria Y Comidac5311b9e-f5fd-4307-a8d3-fd5472da2fbf.

First off, the ferry was beautiful! I need to start taking that more. It was a quick trip on over and the first restaurant, Poggio Trattoria, was just a few steps away from the ferry dock.

The waitstaff here was incredible. They really know how to make you feel welcomed as soon as you walk in. Right after I sat down our waiter came over with the drink menu. Before this I didn’t know what a negroni was, but boy do I know now. The server handed me a menu with at least 6 different negroni options. (Fun fact: they are known for their creative take on a negroni and it was the beginning of National Negroni Week, lucky us!) The food was bomb! My favorite was the pizza. Oh my gosh, this is the perfect place to sit outside with a great view and enjoy some freshly made pizza. YUM!

 

After eating everything placed in front of us we headed over to Copita to enjoy some trendy Mexican food and drinks. My favorite item on their menu were the tacos. They were delicious! I also was overjoyed with their margaritas as well. Copita sure knows how to make a great drink!

The ambiance here for was great. It was a beautiful day and our large party got to sit in the perfect spot. It was so much fun! 13322086_10206793157962651_565574912403156374_n

After this foodie adventure I’ve now realized I need to start heading back to Sausalito to explore their food scene. These two restaurants will definitely make it on my “return to” list so I can enjoy another margarita or pizza! 🙂 Stay tuned for my next adventure!

Cheers!

Makenzi

#WeekendBeastSeries 

And this little piggy went to {One} Market,  and boy did she have a great time! Last Thursday Andrew Freeman & Co. put together a killer event that gave a sneak peek at Chef Mark’s amazing butchery skills and unique preparations of pork. 6d26fc16-fcc9-4825-9d9f-d6855cfbf2f9

If you’ve never been to One Market, it’s a stunning restaurant right near the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco. There are so many things to rave about here – the ambiance, the service, the location, and obviously the food! The Chef’s Table in the back was gorg! It was such a special place to enjoy this dinner. (Fun fact – you can enjoy dinner at One Market’s Chef Table too! See the deets here)

So here’s the scoop – One Market does a Weekend Beast Series which showcases unique preparations of a different meat each week. Last weekends menu featured pork and we received a special preview of what that menu would look like. Our menu had me drooling within seconds.
The dishes included Goat Cheese Panna Cotta, Slow Cooked Wild King Salmon, Smoked Pork Belly, Roasted Pork Roulade, and Bacon Profiteroles. And of course with great food came great wine!

Obviously I’m all about great food, but something One Market does to set themselves apart is their presentation! I mean, check out that Panna Cotta dish and that dessert dish, BEAUTIFUL!

You know Andrew Freeman & Co. put together a fabulous guest list when we spent hours eating, laughing, and blogging the night away. I left the event with an extremely happy belly, some wonderful new friends, and an awesome new date night spot to show my guy! 77286bbc-6ac0-49d3-a37d-8403b7d8ae7e

For those wondering about my next foodie adventure, I’ll be jumping on the ferry this weekend to try out some jamming spots in Sausalito. Check back here next week to read all about it or peek at my Instagram @MakSnacks for some live updates!

Cheers!

Makenzi

#LemonadeSF

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This past week I was lucky to attend the Press Review and Opening Celebration of Lemonade at Yerba Buena! This AMAZING restaurant started in LA and serves a colorful spread of seasonal foods in a cafeteria setting or as grab&go. The Yerba Beuna location opened up yesterday, May 5th!

At the event my guest and I were greeted with our choice of beer, wine, or a mimosa made with blood orange or blueberry mint lemonade 🙂 I obviously went for the mimosa,  and I paired it with the blood orange lemonade. Lemonade’s chef, Alan Jackson, was there to mix and mingle giving us the lowdown on Lemonade and how he got into the food industry.

Once we made it to the food line our mouths were watering. The options were marketplace salads, hot portions, land and sea options, sandwiches, desserts, and of course the lemonade! (Fun fact – you don’t need to feel pressured into getting one type of lemonade, they are more than happy to mix and match!) Being easily overwhelmed by all the options, my guest and I decided to divide and conquer. Together we were able to take something from each of the categories above. My favorite was the Avocado Salmon Louie with grapefruit segments and a pickled cucumber. Without a doubt, this dish will work its way into my weekly lunch rotation.

After we picked through the main dishes we decided to attack our desserts – coconut cake, three different macarons, and a blueberry lemon tart. The macarons were pistachio, raspberry, and chocolate. Each one was the size of my entire hand!

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It was so nice being able to get a sneak peak at all Lemonade has to offer, as well as catch up with some of my foodie friends. We ended the night by receiving our adorable gift bags filled with a Lemonade cookbook and adorable salt & pepper shakers. Andrew Freeman & Co. did a fantastic job with the guest list and Lemonade served up a fun night of entertainment and food. I can’t wait to venture down Mission Street with co-workers to grab a bite at Lemonade-Yerba Buena for lunch! If you haven’t already, check them out on Instagram:@Lemonadela. Now it’s time for the weekend, and we all know what that means – BRUNCH!

Cheers!

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#itsthejuice

Tonight I sit here reflecting on the last few days that I have spent juicing. Damn, I am proud of myself! Thanks to Suja Juice I was able to complete my first juice cleanse and it actually wasn’t too painful! Suja-Juice-Logo-EPS-vector-image

Day One – Monday

Not sure if I picked the best day to begin this 3-day Fresh Start cleanse. I had spent the weekend chowing down on chips and salsa, cookies, an occasional piece of fruit, and more Chinese food than one would imagine possible. Clearly I didn’t follow the recommended directions of eliminating coffee, sugar, white flour, and alcohol a few days prior. Sipping on a mint, fruit, and veggie juice to start my day didn’t sound as good as my normal breakfast of coffee and cheerios.

Uncertainty was the only emotion that I really felt about this whole juice cleanse thing. I was skeptical if they would actually taste good and if I would feel full throughout the day. Day one erased all of my doubts. I enjoyed each of the juices I tasted and was easily able to avoid foods outside of the cleanse. Six juices later and I was finished with day one!

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Day Two – Tuesday

Walking into work on Tuesday I was ready to go, or so I thought. The morning was easy, but along came one o’clock all I wanted was a bag of salty Pop Chips or a cheese stick. I was desperate for something to munch on. I hate to admit it, but I cheated and ate a handful of almonds to cure my cravings.The rest of the day 1372f0ea-e196-4be8-b86b-fa4848916410I drank the three juices I had left – Reef, Green Supreme, and Blue Dream. The dessert one, Blue Dream, was my favorite. This juice included apple, almond milk, blueberry, water, chia seed, cinnamon, and vanilla bean. I promise this will satisfy any cravings for a sweet treat after
dinner. Suja Juice definitely knows how to make a tasty juice (fun fact – they even make juices to pair along with a Moscow Mule, YUM).

Day Three – Wednesday

Day three, my last day, was the easiest and best day of the whole cleanse. I woke up early to workout feeling extremely refreshed and energized. Throughout the day I felt amazing. I drank all six of my juices, finishing my last one about 10 minutes ago. I’m now left here wishing I had more for tomorrow. Never did I think I’d be so satisfied from a juice. I mean, come on, you’ve seen my Instagram. I clearly love eating all foods that I can get my hands on, and juice isn’t regularly one of them. My juicing experience was a success.

I need to extend a HUGE thank you to Suja Juice for sponsoring my juice cleanse! This is not something c5b6509b-9b4a-43b1-b238-8e49199ef16aI ever imagined trying, let alone liking this much. The Fresh Start cleanse (3 or 5 day) is something I can see myself doing a few times a year simply to reset and rejuvenate my body. I felt great doing this juice cleanse and recommend it for anyone to try. Tomorrow I’m off for my next foodie adventure. Wish me luck as I slowly integrate foods back into my diet – I’m sure you’ll see a post about it!

Cheers!

Makenzi

A Little Sunday Funday

#SprigSundayFunday

This hashtag had been on my mind for a couple weeks after receiving an invite from Lisa Nourse PR to attend Sprig Sunday Funday. San Francisco foodie’s gathered to enjoy fresh food by Sprig, sweet treats from Jane, mimosas provided by Project Juice, and a DIY floral workshop taught by FarmGirl Flowers. Needless to say, when you get a group of food bloggers together it is bound to be a blast, and an excellent opportunity to snap the perfect picture.

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I spent the afternoon nomming away with my new foodie friends learning tips and tricks on how to take the perfect picture and create a flawless post. Sprig’s Billy Blaustein, in charge of Expansion, Operations & Growth, was kind enough to come in to speak about their growth plan and the exciting partnerships they have put into place this year – Hello Project Juice & Jane!

The event ended with a DIY floral workshop taught by FarmGirl Flowers. (Fun Fact: They promise to purchase, design, and sell 100% American grown flowers).  We awed while our instructor Jayne effortlessly threw together a beautiful arrangement within minutes. I believe we all learned a valuable lesson that us foodies should stick with arranging food images over floral bouquets. We tried our best 🙂

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As I said goodbye to my new friends I scooped up my party bag full of desserts, grabbed my (some-what) beautiful bouquet, and headed to my next foodie adventure at Off The Grid – Presidio Picnic!

Cheers!

Makenzi

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