Hippy Juice?

If you’re in the city and find yourself in need of some excitement after work then definitely check out Coqueta for happy hour. Coqueta means “flirt” or “infatuation” in Spanish and it’s a perfect representation of the spunky atmosphere and exciting food. Situated right along the water on Pier 5, Coqueta is nothing like your run of the mill Spanish restaurant/ bar. Both the food and the drinks are innovative and guarantee you a culinary experience. The restaurant is a bit pricy so we just had drinks but the drink menu alone was enough to make us confident that we chosen the right place to pop into for a de-stressing post-work drink. I’m usually an exclusively beer and maybe wine kind of gal, finding most cocktails a bit too sweet for my taste, but I couldn’t stay away from these. I ordered the “Death to Summer of Love,” also known as “hippy juice.” The cocktail was made from house-made hemp milk, dandelions, absinth, spanish brandy, and cava. Below is a picture of my beautiful drink.

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Some other drinks of interest were:

Engine Co. #5: dancing pines bourbon, tobacco infuced creme sherry, lemon, and zurracapote

Pesidio: Belvedere vodka, lemon, almond, fig, farm egg, peychaud’s bitter

Tariff: Jamon iberico infused Gin, acorn and apricot tonic, orange, cava

Conquistadoe: nolets gin, anis tonic, apple-celery juice, spiced fennel salt rim, lemon ice

Andalucia: cream sherry, nocino walnut liqueur, sherry manchego, golden raisins

J & T: Juniper, Lime, fever tree mediterranean tonic

Almond Joy: almond, honey, fig, fever tree tonic

Have I spiked your interest yet? Definitely go check out the rest of their drink menu here and I highly recommend actually going to the restaurant. To get a table you have to reserve about a month in advance but the bar is first come first serve seating. The bar has both indoor and outdoor seating, both of which provide you with great views of the water.

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San Francisco Adventure #2: Chipotle Cultivate Festival

Today I went on my second San Francisco adventure of the summer. A week or so ago I read about the Chipotle Cultivate Festival, a celebration of local farmers that featured cooking demonstration, free tastings, artisan tents, and of course, my favorite, music!! Since I’m very openly a music and food fanatic, especially when the food is organic and fresh from a LOCAL farm (I think it’s really important to support smaller local companies, organization, and community efforts), this was obviously an event I was going to be attending. It was a really cool festival! I tasted some amazing guacamole (I literally could have eaten it by the spoonful), mildly spicy and extremely flavor-filled arugula salsa, satisfyingly textured buckwheat chocolate chip and pomegranate cookies, light and crispy tortilla chips, cranberry coconut granola, and pistachio caramel corn. There was also a huge selection of artisan wine and beers available for sampling. I only tried two, Speakeasy’s Big Daddy IPA and Social Kitchen and Brewery’s Red Ale. Both were rich, flavor filled, and wonderfully hoppy, just the way I like them. The music highlights of the day were Matt Costa and LP. I’ve been a Matt Costa fan FOREVER, so I was pumped to finally here him live. LP is a new artist who I heard for the first time last night when looking up the people who were going to be performing at the event. Her music has a fun indie feel to it. To top off the day, I was able to snag a few seeds to take away with me and plant at home. I now have a lovely collection of heirloom lettuce, tomato, and radish seeds that are ready and waiting to be planted in my garden. 

Overall I give the event a two thumbs up. There was a lot of community support for the local farmers represented and everyone seemed to be enjoying the fresh food and music. I was also really happy to see that there were tons of people in the educational tents where information was provided about organic sustainable farming and the importance of working towards the cultivation of healthier foods and the creation of a better environment. It was a little chillier than I would have liked, but that’s just San Francisco for you. You always have to be prepared with a jacket when going to the city that’s famous for its fog.

Chipotle Cultivate Festival

The Perfect Song for Every Occasion

Do you ever have one of those moments where a song comes on and you think “yes, this is my jam!” and want to just play the song over and over again. Well, this is definitely one of those songs. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t start dancing upon hearing it. It immediately puts you in a good mood and is appropriate for every occasion.

Listen and Enjoy!!!
And please feel free to have a personal dance party while listening, or even better, get everyone around you (whether you know them or not) to join in your impromptu dance party

(Special thanks to Megan Maffucci for introducing me to it)