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.
As of late I’ve been trying to be as healthy as I can be with my diet due to my impending doom (just kidding for my wedding). I’m trying on wedding dresses in a few months and I have a bit of tightening up to do (blog posts to come on my fitness journey!)
Even with my discipline – trying to eat healthy, weekly workout classes, etc. I still do remember to treat myself, which brings me to Homeroom.
Delicious, delectable, a cheese lover’s heaven – this restaurant specializes in grown-up Mac & Cheese. Options on their menu include Jalapeño Popper Mac, Siraracha Mac, and the Smokey Bacon Mac. Not to mention the hundreds of custom combos you can create mixing and matching their add-ones.
I’ve had two friends rave about the food and cool/laid back atmosphere, and after seeing yet another insta-post I decided to head over on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Before being known for its ridiculous high price of living, tech snobs, and foodie scene; San Francisco was once known for its prominent place in the hippie movement. Peace, Love, and Music ran rampant through Haight Street during the 60’s and that set a free-spirited tone for the city ever since. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and I was lucky enough to find a vintage floral dress for the occasion. I shot this look in Golden Gate park, due to it being one of the main hubs during that iconic summer and also being home to many of my childhood memories.