This is a short post to talk about a new company I'm trying who's mission is meaningful to me (not affiliated to me at all!). Imperfect Produce is an online company that seeks to reduce food waste and increase sustainability by selling (for a reduced price) the produce that grocery stores reject due to imperfect shape or size and overproduction from farms. So, nothing is actually nutritionally wrong with it, but cosmetic rejection impacts the environment and Americans (and the worldwide population) that experience food insecurity.
This week was my first time picking up and so far so good. The company does delivery in the East Bay, but right now does not deliver in SF. The boxes range from $11-$43 depending on size and organic verses non organic.
I took a lovely lunchtime walk down the embarcadero to go pick up my box. Man, I wish I had brought a bag! While I did get the small organic box (around $15), it was rather heavy. A lot of bang for your buck! Here's a photo of my haul.
Hi all! Hope everyone had a glorious weekend! Mine went by way too past per usual! Let's get on to the fun! Saturday, Steven and I headed to brunch dim sum in the Richmond district of San Francisco. Good Luck Dim Sum is not only delicious but also super cheap! Of course I forgot to take a photo of our mountain of goodness, but we got about 18 pieces of different items (siu mai, steamed pork buns, shrimp dumplings, baked BBQ pork buns, and pork dumplings) and it all cost around $14! After that food coma, I unfortunately had to go to class which lasts around 4 hours.
Have you guys heard of Saucy? It is an alcohol delivery service and has truly changed my life! I'm not sure if for the better? HA They currently deliver in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and Los Angeles. All of their delivery and taxes are included in the price you see, but you can additionally tip the driver if you're feeling generous. :-) If you'd like $10 off your first order, you can use my code Amanda220. (That is obviously an affiliated link... I believe I get $10 when you make your first purchase.) Your order normally arrives in 20-40 minutes. Perfect for last minute party purchases!
Saturday night I also made Steven a post-Valentine's day dinner. Don't mind the cat in the background begging for his own special dinner treats! I rarely eat red meat, but I must say I cooked this almost perfectly!
Saturday was a busy day because after dinner, I headed to a live music show with Adrienne at Biscuits and Blues which is a restaurant/bar/music venue near Union Square. We went to the later show at 10pm, but they also have a 7pm show. For the earlier show, dinner is required during the performance. We saw the Andy T & Nick Nixon Band, and while they were not my cup of tea exactly, they put on a good show! We didn't eat dinner, but we had to order biscuits based on the venue's name alone. They were ok... I'm southern though, so I'm highly critical of biscuits. The show lasted until around 11:30pm. The venue is very intimate and I think it would be a great date-night spot. I would recommend going at least once! Also, tickets are on Goldstar all the time. :-) After the show, we headed over to Benjamin Cooper which is a cool little upstairs bar hidden beside the ginormous Ruby Skye club. Normally, you have to cut through the ever growing club line to climb up the stairs, or you can enter through the Hotel G on geary and head up the stairs to Benjamin Cooper. I love secret ways!
Sunday, I got some R&R in since my bestie will be visiting me this weekend! She got a super cheap ticket through Frontier. Can't wait to see her!
Did you all have any fun weekend plans?
The "Things I'm lovin' Friday" blog post is a phenomenon that happens all over the blog world. I thought I would try my hand at it. Hopefully I can think of some things I love on a Friday... maybe like tomorrow is Saturday?! I'm so excited for this weekend because I am going to a live music show with a friend and maybe another 90's party. What is up with those in San Francisco? Probably because they are AWESOME. I'll give you guys a run down next week on those events. On to what I'm lovin'!
A friend of mine sent me the Procatinator link earlier this morning because she knows how much I love cats. Be sure to scroll through to the different cats... they are hilarious! Definitely a way to pass the time or procrastinate!
I got these Sloan fitted pants (in the navy combo) from Banana Republic on Tuesday. They were 40% off from the full price, and totally worth it! They fit great and look nice for the office.
This little guy for always keeping me entertained with his cuteness. I told y'all I love cats! This is Finn, the one cat I'm allowed to own. ;-) Boyfriend is allergic. He suffers for love!
Wednesday night, UNC played Duke and UNC lost. Very sad! But what made me happy is a local San Francisco bar, Danny Coyle's serves these blue cups from a famous Chapel Hill bar, He's Not Here. The bar was packed with Carolina fans and although we lost, it was a really fun night!
Well, that's all I have for my first things I'm loving Friday post. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Saturday night, for my belated birthday party, some girlfriends and I all headed out to a dance party at the Underground in the lower haight. This wasn't just any dance party. This dance party played 90's and early 00's bubblegum pop all night long, and had my inner BSB fan-girl screaming to get out. The party started at 10pm, so we donned our Lisa Frank stickers and ring pops before heading on over.
We had been to this party once before, and while the music was still great, the crowds were a bit overwhelming this time. Lindsay Slowhands is the fabulous DJ who preforms all night. At midnight, Lindsay and her Drag Queen posse preform a spectacular lip-syncing extravaganza. I would definitely recommend hitting this party at least once while in SF. Especially if you have a love for early Britney, N'Sync, and the Spicegirls like I do. It is every second Saturday of the month and costs $5 to get in. Once you're in, the drinks are super cheap. Extra credit in my books!
There are few bar nearby if you wanted to hit them up before the party started. Danny Coyle's is a laid back sports bar that I love because they televise all the games from my college. They even have the big blue cups from a favorite hometown bar! A little bit of North Carolina in San Francisco. Also nearby is the trendier Blacksands which has home-brewed beer and bites.
Sunday morning, my friend Adrienne and I headed to The Front Porch in the Mission District for a delicious brunch in hopes of remedying having too much fun on Saturday night. I have had dinner here many times and would recommend the fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and mac & cheese. FOR SURE. These are my three favorite foods though... true southern girl at heart! For brunch, we both had the "stoner stack" which is a very SF appropriate title. It was a chicken, bacon, and cheese biscuit with to die for cheddar grits on the side.
Never mind the coca-cola in the photo! Although, it is the perfect cure to being "over-served" the night before. ;-) Afterwards, we headed to Delores Park for a bit of wine and sunshine before the inevitable chill swept through at the end of the afternoon. When I arrived home, these beautiful flowers were waiting for me from the boyfriend. He's off training, so we did not get to spend Valentine's together. Don't worry, we celebrated early!
Friday night, a good friend and I went to see Beach Blanket Babylon at Club Fugazi in North Beach. Beach Blanket Babylon is a San Francisco staple, and I can't believe I have not seen it in the almost 4 years I've lived here! Luckily for me, my gal pal Adrienne bought me a ticket for my birthday gift. What is Beach Blanket Babylon you ask? Good question! It is a musical pop-culture revue. The show changes all the time, so you most likely will never see the exact same show twice. The show has been in production for years with over 15,000 performances, and claims to be the longest running music revue and variety show in history.
On to my show experience. The show was wonderful! There were so many talented singers preforming, and the story-line was hilarious. The show follows Snow White around the world in her search for the perfect man and true love. On her way, she runs into famous singers, politicians, actors, and internet celebrities. I won't tell you all the people she sees, but I will say the politician skits were definitely my favorite. Also, the hats and wigs were beyond amazing! Sorry for lack of photos, but you can't take photos before or during the show.
Tickets can be purchased through their webpage. They have shows Wednesday-Sunday, but Sunday is the only time you can bring people under 21. There is a bar with drinks and snacks at the venue but it is cash only. The ticket prices range from $25-155 depending on day and seating choice. Shhh... we got our tickets for a deal on Goldstar.
North Beach is the "little Italy" of San Francisco, so there are TONS of awesome restaurants around Club Fugazi for some pre(or post!) show bites and drinks. Places I've been to that I would recommend AND that are within walking distance to the venue are Tony’s Pizza Napoletana which is delicious, but be prepared to wait! Mona Lisa for some home-style Italian comfort food and you can make reservations! Also, Baonecci Ristorante for a cozier more intimate feel. For a fancy bar, be sure to try The Devil's Acre for a custom made post-show cocktail. We ended our night at 15 Romolo for one last glass of wine before calling it a night.
Hi! I'm Amanda and I've been living in SF for the past 4 years. Originally from North Carolina, I love traveling, planning, exploring new places in SF, group exercise, and wine.