Spotlight: Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

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Being a Bay Area native, Half Moon Bay is more than just a place on the map to me. It was the place where I learned how to swim, where I learned to explore the ocean without being scared, and where I could find comfort food at a hyper-local level. So when I had the opportunity to visit Half Moon Bay Brewing Company to celebrate their 15th anniversary, I piled in the car with some fellow bloggers and set off to revisit the coastal town.

HMB Brewing Company, much like the city itself, is a laid-back brew-pub where locals come and go to enjoy housemade beers and delicious food. When the weather is nice – as it was when we visited – the back patio area is full of people hanging out with live music to match the mood. Even if it got too loud, a walk outside quickly brings you to the beach where you can listen to the waves and revel in the beauty of the West Coast.

  

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Spotlight: Brunch at Hecho

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Ask anyone and they will tell you how much I love my neighborhood. Besides living above a bar, I get to be close to so many great shops and restaurants. Also ask anyone and they will tell you how much I love brunch. Because it’s brunch, and it’s San Francisco, and it’s delicious.

Last weekend, I got to combine these two loves by trying the new brunch menu at Hecho, a Mexican-with-a-twist restaurant on Sanchez and Market – and a 10 minute walk from my apartment.

  

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Thankful Thursday: On Turning 26

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In two days, I’ll be turning twentySEX – yes, I’m adhering to that vernacular to highlight the fact that I am still young as ever. This time last year, I promised myself I would stop making excuses, and I think I did a pretty good job at that- I got to travel the world, attend my favorite music festival, finally step into my career, and gain some amazing friends. It wasn’t always beautiful, but it was a year to remember.

A city like San Francisco moves like the tides (which I know a thing or two about as I prepare for the Alcatraz race). It is constantly changing, and one thing I have learned – and am still learning – is that it is never going to be perfect. That said, it is still a thriving beast of opportunity. By being loyal to myself and hustling (see this shirt for inspiration), my goals for the next year are to shape my path and continue to find my purpose. Even if I can’t predict the future, I can definitely influence its direction with the following:

  

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Weekend E.A.T. – Best of June 2015

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Well, I’ve somehow made it through the first half of 2015 in relatively one piece – a little frayed, awkwardly tanned, danced to exhaustion, and full beyond means. From traveling to eating to late, late nights, I’ve already been lucky to experience so much and am excited and nervous for the second half of the year. If these first six months brought the return of foie gras, the slow demise of restaurant tipping, and the onset of Japanese sensibility to cuisine in the Bay Area, who knows what will happen next?

  

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Review: Burrata-Making Class at Precita Park Café         

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When I first began working back-of-house as a stage back in 2008, the staff meals would always contain meat. At the time, I was a vegetarian, and so the sous chef would prepare me a simple alternative – a thick slice of bread toasted on the stove topped with summer vegetables and a gooey mass of burrata cheese. It was my first encounter with the luscious cheese and it sustained me everyday for the all the months that I cooked there.

Seven years later, burrata has found its way into the mainstream and my love for it is far from over. While I continue to eat it whenever possible, I was stoked to discover that there was a class where I could also learn how to make it!

  

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