A Galentine’s Evening with Frangelico.

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

this week i had the distinct pleasure of returning to san francisco to host a party with the lovely and most delicious frangelico — a classic liqueur, flavored with specialty Tonda Gentile hazelnuts, and whose origins date back more than 300 years to the presence of Christian friars who first created the liqueur while living in the hills of the Piedmont region of northern Italy. frangelico invited me to throw a galentine’s party for my favorite bay area gal pals and i was thrilled to oblige! we all got together at hands on gourmet — dogpatch’s wonderful cooking space and as a group we all broke off into teams and cooked an amazing italian feast to accompany our frangelico cocktails. we started off the evening with a wonderful welcome apperitif — the Frizzante — a simple easy cocktail to mix with one part frangelico and two parts sparkling water (or prosecco if you like) and a squeeze of fresh lime. the Frizzante has this delicious aftertaste of hazelnut that i really love paired with the refreshing sparkling water and hint of lime.

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with flowers by ampersand

the hands on gourmet space is gorgeous — a loft-like space with windows spanning the entire room and beautiful views of the bay and city lights, so it was really fun to glam it up with the help of one of my favorite san francisco floral designers, ampersand. they went to town adding pretty greenery and flower arrangements they created especially for us with our frangelico and galentine’s theme in mind. we also had beautiful garlands from paper fox L.A. perfectly reflecting the evening’s sunset in their shimmery streamers, heart-shaped balloons and gold straws for sipping from oh happy day! and designer christine herrin created a lovely hand-drawn cocktail menu in gold for us. to make the evening extra special, we served our frangelico cocktails in pretty vintage glassware from frances lane.

frangelico galentine's day party with glasses from frances lane

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party at hands on gourmet

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

with our frizzantes in hand and helpful guidance from hands on gourmet’s amazing chefs we set about making our italian feast — and a feast it was!! we made pizzas, meatballs, fritto misto, grilled vegetables, homemade Spaghetti Carbonara, grilled steak — i mean we were preparing a galentine gourmet feast! we then sat down to eat and Ashley from craft & cocktails served us a lovely frangelico cocktail called the Solo Tu created by Pam Wiznitzer of Seamstress NYC — a mix of frangelico, fig jam, skyy vodka, orgeat, lemon, salt and orange bitters – so delicious and light tasting with our amazing italian meal.

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

for the grand finale of our italian feast we served the hazelnutmeg, a cocktail made with frangelico, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Cream, Coconut Milk, and Nutmeg — divinely rich and yummy! and served along with it was also a to-die-for tiramisu we made topped with the prettiest heart-shaped sparklers from oh happy day! frangelico, perfect after a meal neat or with ice or as a complement to the coffee — Drink it in winter and summer; to warm you up or cool you down; short or long; straight or mixed, frangelico is delicious in every way. happy galentine’s day, everyone!

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

frangelico galentine's day party with sfgirlbybay

• photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.

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good reads: modern pastoral.

country living room featured in Modern Pastoral. / sfgirlbybay

there’s a new design book out, and it’s by one of my personal favorite blog authors, niki Brantmark of my scandinavian home. niki’s beautiful new book is Modern Pastoral, published by CICO Books. Niki runs the daily interior design blog My Scandinavian Home, inspired by her move to Sweden from London over ten years ago and much like her blog, Modern Pastoral shares inspiring interiors embracing the pared-back lifestyle of living in the country, taking nature as the main point of inspiration. In her book, Niki shows us various takes on this simple, informal style. Featured homes across Scandinavia and the United States show how to use colors, textures and details to create a home in which to unwind — a peaceful retreat from the rest of the bustling, busy world. divided into four sections — Forest, Graphical, Homestead and Waterside, each chapter contains ideas to bring a small part of nature into your home. From exposed wood and rugged stone surfaces to neutral textiles and rooms filled with light, they all evoke an ideal, rural life, adapted to modern living. you can order the book http://amzn.to/1V6NVUMright here.

white kitchen decor featured in Modern Pastoral by Niki Brantmark. / sfgirlbybay

good reads: Modern Pastoral by Niki Brantmark. / sfgirlbybay

country bedroom featured in Niki Brantmark's Modern Pastoral. / sfgirlbybay

good reads: Niki Brantmark's Modern Pastoral. / sfgirlbybay

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art over small table and chair in Modern Pastoral / sfgirlbybay

woodbeamed bedroom from the pages of Modern Pastoral. / sfgirlbybay

modern light fixture and wood dining set featured in "Modern Pastoral". / sfgirlbybay

• photography by James Gardiner for Modern Pastoral by Niki Brantmark, published by CICO Books.

La Fonda, Baja California.

La Fonda, Baja California. / sfgirlbybay

If you’re looking for a quick, affordable weekend getaway that’s totally Instagram-worthy but not over-hyped, with delicious food and all the fresh margaritas and coconuts you want, the Baja California town of La Fonda is your place. I had such a great experience there that I’m a little hesitant to even share because I want to keep it all to myself.

An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Los Angeles, the town of La Fonda is just an hour south of the Mexican border. The colors are as fantastic as you’d hope and the food as delicious. Within minutes of checking in to our Airbnb on the hillside of La Misión, we answered a knock on the door to find a neighbor selling fresh hot tamales. Check.

surfers on a beach in La Fonda / sfgirlbybay

We visited in between the holidays which apparently was the perfect time to avoid any crowd. Our first two meals were on the patio at the “Original” La Fonda Restaurant (just one door down from the current La Fonda Restaurant). The day’s menu items were carefully scripted onto an a-frame chalkboard sign and each table romantically candle-lit with the view and sounds of the waves crashing just below. We enjoyed a large lobster dinner with rice, beans, fresh chips and salsa and margaritas for four at a total of $30.

Just a mile or so south of the hotel La Fonda you’ll find a miniature Santa Monica pier environment set up on the beachfront. Locals and travelers alike stop at a handful of colorful fruit stands ready to mix up a piña colada or mango smoothie. You can rent a horse and trot down the beach at sunset. There was even a guy giving rides on what looked like a home-made motorized hang-glider (we just watched).

fruit stand in la fonda, baja california / sfgirlbybay

My friend and I brunched at the La Fonda Restaurant (huevos rancheros and chile verde with coffee, fresh o.j. and bread for $12), while we watched our husbands surf below. We shared the patio with a handful of other guests and the waiters very patiently and graciously helped us with our attempts at ordering in Spanish.

If you find the energy to remove yourself from the beach and are in the mood to explore, a short drive south will drop you in  the port town of Ensenada. Head due east for wine country. And for those souvenirs, our best shopping experience was at Puerto Nuevo, the “Lobster Capital of Baja,” about twenty minutes north of La Fonda. Come hungry and ready to barter (respectfully, of course). Eager shopkeepers comically lure you into their stores with coffee tequila and good prices and restaurant representatives will follow you down the street doing their best to convince you that they have the best lobster in town. Lots of handmade gifts, quirky souvenirs and ridiculous candies.

roadtrip to La Fonda, Baja California / sfgirlbybay

Everyone took dollars and we were thankful to find most folks spoke enough English for us to get by. However, it was apparent that they appreciated even our most vulgar efforts of speaking Spanish so if you can brush up on your high school Spanish skills before you go, do it. We were told that it’s ideal to hit the border around 11am but we lingered at a few stops on our way back only to realize one of us had forgotten his passport back at the house (oops) so we hit the border city of Tijuana right at dark which wasn’t great. Pretty poor signage combined with the congested traffic made it quite the adventure to even find the border line. And then once we were in it, it took about three hours before crossing back into the U.S. Thankfully, wedged in between the lanes there’s an abundance of fresh churro stands and ice cream carts and hot tamales ready to be purchased and passed through your car window. We even got out and tried on a few ponchos while we waited. So come ready with small bills, a card game and maybe a movie or two downloaded to pass the time. Adios, amigos.

the beach in La Fonda / sfgirlbybay

rock formations in La Fonda, mexico / sfgirlbybay

dolphin sculpture in La Fonda / sfgirlbybay

green palm leaves in La Fonda / sfgirlbybay

pink house in La Fonda, mexico / sfgirlbybay

mexican flag flying in La Fonda / sfgirlbybay

beachfront town of La Fonda / sfgirlbybay

pink and white campers in La Fonda / sfgirlbybay

La Fonda, mexcio beach / sfgirlbybay mexican architecture in La Fonda / sfgirlbybay

trip to La Fonda, Baja California / sfgirlbybay

surfers in La Fonda, Baja California / sfgirlbybay

airbnb accomodations in La Fonda, Mexico / sfgirlbybay

sunset on the beach in La Fonda / sfgirlbybay

• photography by lily glass.

welcome to tulipina.

tulipina. / sfgirlbybay

i’m delighted to take you inside the brand new san francisco-based home of floral design studio, tulipina. regarded as one of the most sought-after floral designers in the u.s. and beyond, owner kiana underwood recently moved her workspace from her home in nearby burlingame to this light-filled loft in sf’s potrero hill. her signature garden-style combines plenty of color, texture and a medley of floral varieties, including fun pops of fruit and foliage. you can see why her arrangements are coveted for every wedding and event! she further extends her passion through teaching, hosting both local and destination workshops for fellow floral enthusiasts and professionals. in fact, she’s teaching a course in indonesia as we speak.

i’ve seen kiana’s work up close at a number of events and workshops and i’ve admired and loved every installation—from lush tablescapes to hanging chandeliers. the moment she shared a photo of her new studio, i knew I had to pay her a visit.

vintage ladder inside floral design studio, tulipina. / sfgirlbybay

bright and colorful floral design studio, tulipina. / sfgirlbybay

love at first sight the moment i walked in. i mean, those stairs!

tulipina floral arrangements. / sfgirlbybay

tulipina owner kiana underwood. / sfgirlbybay

green and gray armchairs in tulipina design studio. / sfgirlbybay

rainbow stairwell inside tulipina workshop. / sfgirlbybay

vintage homewares & accessories inside tulipina design studio. / sfgirlbybay

her white medicine cabinet of candy colored vessels waiting to be filled.

tulipina owner kiana underwood arranging flowers. / sfgirlbybay

pale pink sofa inside tulipina design studio. / sfgirlbybay

the main floor is her workspace.

tulipina floral arrangement by owner kiana underwood. / sfgirlbybay

light fixture and vessels inside tulipina design studio. / sfgirlbybay

and the loft above, for meetings and gatherings.

lofted meeting area inside tulipina design studio. / sfgirlbybay

owner kiana underwood inside her tulipina design studio. / sfgirlbybay

for some daily floral inspiration check out kiana’s instagram. and for more information about her services, workshops and also prints of her work, visit here.

• all photography by leslie santarina.

tile: i want to walk on you.

tile: i want to walk on you. / sfgirlbybay

tine k’s beautiful home

i’m still obsessing over these encaustic tile floors. i love the faded, washed-out look they have — like they’ve been walked on for centuries and some archaeologist has dug them up from fabulous ruins found in morocco or spain. maybe it’s just the romantic in me, but i love that they seem to have history, and yet you can order them brand new to just look ancient and well-loved. but the thing i really love about these rooms is how light and airy they seem — they make you wanna go barefoot just to feel that cool, smooth tile against your feet, don’t they? perfect for warm weather areas (like los angeles) — i think i do need these!

encaustic tile floors / sfgirlbybay

patterned tile designs / sfgirlbybay

love minimal style; tabarka studio; entic designs; tabarka studio.

dining area with tile floors / sfgirlbybay

architectural digest mexico.

dining area with encaustic tile floors / sfgirlbybay

salva lópez photography.

geometric encaustic tile floors / sfgirlbybay

simo design.

foyer with tile floor / sfgirlbybaytiled entryway / sfgirlbybay

alhvhem (top two images).

living room with encaustic tile floors / sfgirlbybay

tine k home.

modern kitchen with patterned tile floors / sfgirlbybayblack and white tiled floors / sfgirlbybay

marmo spirito and agnetha home.

contrasting tile floors / sfgirlbybay

digdigs

lovely tile floors / sfgirlbybay

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