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Five Mountains

In a weird turn of events, I am trying to curb my caffeine intake at the same time that Boyfriend is trying to increase his. To borrow the concept of “from 0 to 60”, I was hitting 60 on the daily, and so was he, but only on work days. I’m now at about 45 […]

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Three Babes Bakeshop

The Bay Area is an excellent place to be gluten intolerant. I have very little difficulty ordering at restaurants or finding alternate ingredients for standard meals. Baking, however, is a thorn in my side. Gluten-free flour absorbs moisture very differently than wheat flour does, and it feels like every GF flour brand absorbs it uniquely. […]

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Comix Experience

Here’s my favorite panel from my recent Comix Experience haul: Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu is a pretty fun read. A full-time horror mangaka documents becoming a cat owner, and, as you can see, does not change his illustration style at all. What’s not to love? Anyway: someone on the Comix Experience team […]

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Ambiance San Francisco

My little sister has been on a sock kick (heyo) recently. Specifically, she wants things with patterns that she can show off in Birkenstocks. I’m frankly too unhip to get it, but Ambiance isn’t. I treated myself to some boutique clothing more appropriate for my age and found some perfect matches for her in their […]

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de Young & Legion of Honor Museum Store

What’s black and white and surrealist all over? This gift for my dad, modeled on a Picasso: Lately he’s on a kick for “mugs with faces”; he’s had a single one on his desk probably since I’ve been alive. This is the first I’ve heard of him wanting to expand the collection… and more power […]

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Heartfelt

Check out our new, impossibly twee baking dish from Heartfelt: I feel more stylish just knowing it’s in our kitchen! Heartfelt is exactly the kind of store I miss: eclectic, fashionable, and reflective of local color. A place for unbearably cute necessities, emphasizing form as much as function like so many of our local landmarks. […]

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Recchiuti Confections

The Craft Chocolate Experience was the week before the first shutdown this year. Boyfriend and I were sure to make note of all the local chocolate producers: we were roundly and thoroughly impressed. Chocolate is Recchiuti‘s mainstay, of course, but they also have a shockingly gorgeous ace up their sleeves: Pates de Fruits. Don’t let […]

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Gump’s

If you’re in the market for holiday ornaments, Gump’s has some real winners. They’ve given me both the most interesting thing on my tree and possibly the best photo I’ve taken this year: Show Gump’s some love!

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beekind

I discovered beekind honey years ago, to help with Boyfriend’s and my seasonal allergies. The theory goes that ingesting bee-processed pollen from your area will ease your body into accepting raw pollen. Aided by beekind’s highly specific source regions, we’ve definitely seen some improvement. If allergies and regions are not concerns for you, the San […]

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Wholesome Bakery

All of Wholesome Bakery‘s offerings are gluten-free and vegan. They are also unbelievably gorgeous. The almond tea cake is fluffy and well-balanced and tastes almost exactly like marzipan. The banana chocolate loaf smells as good as it looks, dense and vibrant and flavorful, with a stronger emphasis on the fruit than the chocolate. Show Wholesome […]