Hello from San Francisco

by Emily on June 2, 2011 · 0 comments

in Booze Without Borders,Food

Good morning, friends! I know it's been a while since we caught up. It's been a very interesting and challenging few weeks. Most notably, I took off some time here due to the loss of a very close friend. (I wrote about that over on my personal blog.) It changed my perspective on a few things, and it's still kind of sinking in. The most visible outward change that happened in my life as a result of that is that I moved up my final day at my day job to June 15. I have dreams to grab and things to do, so I need to start focusing on that. It's time. I'm currently in San Francisco, at my very last event with my day job. I really haven't processed the fact that I'm closing this chapter of my life! It's a crazy feeling. While here, I am eating and drinking cocktails, of course. Last night, I met up with my friends Meghan and Brett who recently relocated here from NYC. Meghan and I got some delicious oysters (including my new favorites, a west coast variety called Hama Hama) from the Hog Island Oyster Bar in the Ferry Building. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="373" caption="Hama Hamas, come to mama. Hog Island Oyster Bar, Ferry Building, San Francisco."]Hama Hamas, come to mama.[/caption] Afterwards, we met up with Brett for cocktails at Prospect. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Mint Julep at Prospect, San Francisco"]Mint Julep. Making up for lost time.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Kumquat Paloma cocktail at Prospect, San Francisco"]Kumquat Paloma cocktail[/caption]

Afterwards, I had an amazing dinner with Sean and Paul of Punk Domestics. We went to Incanto, where Chef Chris Consantino was in the kitchen. He's our country's champion of offal, blogging over at OffalGood.com and was genuinely hospitable during my visit. We had an amazing meal and fantastic wine, which I'll likely recap in it's own post. Tonight, more cocktails are on the agenda. I'll be dropping in to visit my friend and top-notch bartender Russell Davis at Rickhouse, then dinner at Bar Agricole and drinks at Bourbon & Branch. Tomorrow morning, I fly to Portland, OR to check out the cocktail scene in preparation for my consulting work on Portland Cocktail Week. I also hope to check out the city's vibrant food truck scene to help me be a better volunteer for The Vendys. And maybe I can sneak into my friend Chris Guillebeau's World Domination Summit. You know, in all my free time. :) At the end of the month, Mouth of the Border celebrates its 2nd anniversary. To think, my passion here for ethnic food, food entrepreneurs, craft cocktails and my event experience is finally coming together as a career. ***

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