Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Guest Stylist - Julie Crosby

Today's guest is one of those can-do-it-all-types... she is an amazing artist, a successful entrepreneur and business owner, a talented cook (I'll go so far as to say chef), and to top it off she's a hands-on mom to two of the cutest little girls you've ever seen. She's also a fantastic friend and has exceptional taste so it was easy to ask her to fill us in on her city, San Francisco...

Julie Crosby


It’s another foggy day in San Francisco. So what do we do? Eat and shop, of course!

San Francisco is the foodie capital of the world, so selecting your culinary-adventure-of-the-day can be dizzying. With so many delectable options available, it’s hard to go wrong, but here are some of my current favorites:

For breakfast: get in line early at Tartine Bakery to get first pick of the city’s finest frangipane croissants, Croque Monsieurs, and double pain au chocolat.

If you still have room for lunch after such gluttony, Pizzaria Delfina is just a couple of doors away, slinging the best pies money can buy this side of Market Street.

Dinner at RN74 (Michael Mina’s latest baby) will blow your mind. Named after the route that runs through the heart of the Burgundian wine country, this James Beard Best New Restaurant nominee has an astounding wine selection as well as amazing food. Tip: ask the sommelier to recommend one of their “1 bottle left” specials.

For a more casual dinner, Anchor & Hope, Beretta or DOSA will certainly fit the bill.

Even drinks are bespoke in San Francisco...

Taste artisanal cocktails at Smuggler’s Cove (look for famed bartender Marcovaldo Dionysos downstairs), The Clock Bar or 83 Proof.

Now that your epicurean desires have been amply satiated, it’s time to shop. Having two kids doesn’t make for long, leisurely days of boutique shopping, so I get straight to the point and head to my one-stop-shop: Barneys. I’m a shoe girl, so the glimmering display of Louboutins and Lanvins are like a homing beacon. Of course, I usually end up with something more practical these days—like the Balenciaga flats I just picked up—but either way you’re sure to find something you can’t live without.

Barneys New York - San Francisco

When time allows, there are loads of lovely boutiques throughout the city...

Thread Lounge in Hayes Valley, Dylan in the Marina, Flicka on Fillmore, and Villains in Haight-Ashbury are just a few special treats.

Finally, SOMA is the hot spot for home furnishings. BoConcept, Roche-Bobois, Limn and Linge Roset should get your mouth watering. And then you can go eat…again.

The SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco

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