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By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
September 17, 2012 | San Francisco, United States
Two of my favorite sweet shops are just around the corner from each other in hip Hayes Valley. The charming Miette is a walk down memory lane with an incomparable collection of nostalgia candy as well as a trove of small-batch, boutique sweets. Did I...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
December 10, 2010 | San Francisco, United States
Over the past decade, Hayes Valley has sprung a growing clutch of cool one-of-a-kind boutiques, including Acrimony, Bulo and Azalea. Now, the brains behind Azalea, Catherine Chow and Corina Nurimba, have opened a new outpost just around the corner, at...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
January 20, 2011 | San Francisco, United States
Even in a town that's brimming with inventive chefs, there's always a real buzz about anything Elizabeth Falkner does. So when she closed down Citizen Cake — her iconic patisserie and restaurant in Hayes Valley — only to open up a new location on...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
May 2, 2011 | San Francisco, United States
If there's one street in Hayes Valley that gets people giddy with excitement, I'd have to say it's Linden Alley (or Linden Street to give it its official name). That's mostly because of Blue Bottle Coffee and Miette (stay tuned for my upcoming video on...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
April 16, 2013 | San Francisco, United States
Organic ingredients from local farms? Check. Each scoop made fresh to order, using liquid nitrogren? Check. Deliciously smooth, creamy ice cream? Check! That's what you can expect at Smitten Ice Cream, in Hayes Valley. Each scoop is churned right in front...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
January 26, 2012 | San Francisco, United States
San Francisco has several gorgeous neighborhoods with independent boutiques and local designers — so you'll have no trouble venturing beyond the big-name labels of Union Square.I often send people to Pacific Heights. Start off at Fillmore and California...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
October 24, 2012 | San Francisco, United States
San Francisco's food movement has given birth to countless specialty stores and restaurants, but these days there seems to be no end of high-end butchers popping up across the city. Of course, getting top-grade meat here is nothing new — but now...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
July 27, 2011 | San Francisco, United States
For anyone passionate, or even just curious, about the visual arts, a visit to San Francisco is incomplete without stopping by Flax Art & Design, the city’s much loved — and oldest — art supply store. The story behind the shop is a classic tale...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
June 29, 2011 | San Francisco, United States
San Francisco is not quite New York or New Orleans when it comes to jazz venues — but that may soon be changing. The arts organization SFJazz recently broke ground on a new permanent home — San Francisco's first center dedicated to jazz —and it's...
By Jose Lopez of Palace Hotel, San Francisco
February 27, 2012 | San Francisco, United States
I love the wine country — it's a little over an hour away and I try to make it up there as much as possible. There's no public shuttle, but you've got different options for getting there. We work with a company called Great Pacific, who pick you up in...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
August 8, 2012 | San Francisco, United States
Most guidebooks will tell you about the dime-a-dozen Italian restaurants that populate North Beach. But few, if any, will point you five miles south to La Ciccia, a little gem of a Sardinian restaurant in Noe Valley. This place is totally off the radar in...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
November 24, 2010 | San Francisco, United States
Any gourmet on the go will tell you street food is now huge in San Francisco. We're not talking about stodgy burgers and fries here. We're talking about truffle boeuf bourguignon and Korean BBQ tacos cooked up by some of the city's most inventive roving...
By Antonio Barrios of The St. Regis San Francisco
April 18, 2011 | San Francisco, United States
A few weeks back I blogged about the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, and it got me thinking about sake and about a very special store in San Francisco where you can discover a whole world of rice wine unlike anything else in town. Sake is a big part of...
By Raphael Pallais of The Plaza
April 21, 2011 | New York, United States
The word tapa has firmly taken root in our collective vocabulary, but the Spaniards aren’t the only ones with a long history of making a meal out of tasty little dishes. You’ll find the same concept — called meze — in most eastern Mediterranean...
By Michael Bordenick of The Surrey
November 19, 2010 | New York, United States
Recently, one of my guests was in a bit of a tizzy. He was dashing out to an Upper East Side dinner party and had waited until the last minute to get a hostess gift. Fortunately, we were able to turn on the damage control thanks to some exquisite...