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SF January Events

I’ve finally come up with my top SF events to share this month. From what I’ve gathered this is going to be one hell of a month for local foodies and comedy fans out there!

 

East Cut Art Fair| Fri Jan 12th-14th

Looking for some serious art for your home? This is the event for you! It’s a boutique pop-up art fair with contemporary pieces curated by professional Bay Area gallery directors. Even if you’re not looking to buy, it would be the perfect place to gather inspiration and see whats current in the art scene. Prices start around $500 for smaller works by local artists and can go up to $20,000 for pieces by artists with more notable recognition.

Treasure Island Flea | Sat Jan 27th-28th

In case you aren’t already familiar with Treasure Island Flea, its a “modern urban market” that hosts 400+ vendors that sell vintage items, original artwork, and everything in-between. Hosted on the sunny man-made island next to SF, this monthly sale isn’t your typical “hard to find good stuff” flea market. There are many treasures to be discovered and this month’s theme is Valentines Day, so instead of just buying for yourself how ’bout you pick something up for that special someone ;D For your culinary delight, fancy boozey drinks and food trucks lined up as far as the eye can see.

 

Opening Day Berkeley Restaurant Week | Sat Jan 18th-28th

Bay area foodies get excited! Berkeley’s Restaurant Week is coming up fast, and its time to start booking those reservations 🙂 All participating restaurants will be offering prix-fixe lunch menus at $20 and prix-fixe dinners at $25 or $35. This is the best time to try out new Berkeley eateries at a value, so take advantage! There’s a long list of restaurants joining in on the fun, and the ones I’m excited to try out are Gather, Maker’s CommonLes Arceaux, and Saha  – all spots known for their use of sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.

Great Mac and Cheese Melt-Off | Sat Jan 20th

For those of you sticking to your New Years diet, look away now! SoMa StrEat Foods is throwing a Mac and Cheese party where 15 food trucks will battle it out, serving this classic comfort food in the most mouthwatering ways you could ever imagine. $5 gives you general admission but for $32 bucks you get  admission & all you can drink craft beer. In a city that charges 9 big ones for a quality brewskey can you think of a better deal? Tickets for the first day of this cheesy fanfare are already gone so act fast or forever live in regret, never to know who took the crown of Ultimate Mac and Cheese champ.

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SF December Events

Recently I’ve had lots of free time on my hands, and when this happens the part of me that’s a bit “type A” refuses to be idle. To fill my time I try to find free/inexpensive events happening in the city and share them out to all my friends. Below is a compiled list of upcoming San Francisco events all happening in December.

 

Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale | Thurs Dec 14th-16th

This is Chronicle Book’s biggest sale of the year with products up to 80% off! Find stationary gifts, cookbooks, novels, and everything in between. I’m definitely going to stop by to pick up some Christmas gifts; I recommend getting their early before all the good stuff is gone.

Regan Baker Design Sample Sale | Sat Dec 16th

This local interior design firm is having their first sample sale with discounts between 20%-80% off. Expect beautiful home decor and furniture pieces. Based on their amazing site imagery I’m definitely stopping by first thing in the morning.   

Timbuk2 Sample Sale | Sat Dec 16th

Even though Timbuk2 isn’t too much my style, the high-quality backpacks and messenger bags are loved by all my outdoorsy friends. Check out the warehouse sale to find their products at up to 70% off. Don’t worry about shopping hungry, there will also be coffee and breakfast snacks for purchase!

SFMADE Holiday Sale | Sun Dec 17th

Over 70 SFMade vendors will be selling locally made gifts perfect for the holiday season. Find wreaths, jewelry, gourmet items, and everything in between. Support your local artists and check this sale out!

 

State Bird Provisions Happy Hour | Thurs Dec 14th

This Michelin-star restaurant is debuting their first cookbook and the happy hour is going to be hosted at my favorite local bookstore, Green Apple Books. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served followed by a talk by the restaurant owner and chef.SOMA Street Food Crab Feast | Sun Dec 17th

All you can eat Dungeness crab, garlic noodles, salad and iced tea. Eat your heart out crustacean fans, this only happens once a year!

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Live It Local | A Mano

A Mano or “By Hand” is a trendy Italian restaurant located in Hayes Valley that is known for their heavenly handmade pastas and other flavorful dishes that won’t break the bank. Packed with my pocket-sized notebook and the thrill of Saturday night I was ready to check this place out. Not making reservations made me a little concerned about getting a table, but after a few minutes of waiting we were whisked to outdoor seating. Even though we didn’t get to droll over the Instagram-worthy decor, the outdoor heating kept us warm on that brisk night. Starting the dinner off with one of their feisty cocktails, I was feeling good and was pumped to enjoy some Italian food. Looking through the menu it was pretty tough making a decision, everything looked so damn good! We decided to start with the cauliflower, the healthy calm before the pasta storm. Perfectly crisp with lemon and chili drizzled in, this was no mere vegetable side but a star on its own. Eating it faster than it could cool down, I can firmly say this is the best cauliflower dish I’ve ever had. 

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