Dogpatch and Potrero Hill are now On the Grid!

On the Grid - San Francisco

Everyone who’s ever been to a Hearsay dinner has gotten an earful about how much I love our neighborhood. It’s changed a lot in the time I’ve been here (since 2004!)—but luckily, there are some things that even the T line and the hospital and a whole bunch of new construction can’t change. The people who live and work here are some of the coolest, most interesting makers and builders and thinkers and doers in the world. They’re a tight-knit group who always help each other out, and I’m proud to call them my neighbors.

That’s why I was so excited to curate the guide to Dogpatch and Potrero Hill for On the Grid.  On the Grid was launched in April and is quickly becoming a massive international travel guide. It already includes nearly 100 neighborhoods in 21 cities. Each guide is beautifully curated by local designers and creative companies. The project was created by Hyperakt, which is a kickass Brooklyn-based design agency founded by my friend Deroy.

The guide is a bit of a love letter to some of my favorite places in the ‘hood.  And while it’s certainly not a comprehensive list of spots that make the neighborhood great, it did give me an opportunity to shine a little light on some of the people and places that make me feel at home.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Throw a killer cocktail party—without missing the party

In the original 1950 version of Father of the Bride, Spencer Tracy throws a huge party at his home to celebrate his daughter’s engagement. He dutifully mans the bar, serving up cocktails made to order all night. As soon as he gets a break, he comes out to greet his guests–but the party is over and everyone is heading home.

That’s my cocktail party nightmare. When I invite people over, it’s because I want to see them and catch up! I’ve thrown maybe a hundred cocktail parties in my time, and I’d like to think I’ve learned a few things along the way… so here are my five keys to throwing a fabulous, stylish cocktail hour for 20+ that you can actually participate in. Continue reading

Hot toddies for wintry nights

Winter at Hearsay HQ tends to be a high-energy affair. You already know I have a thing for holiday merriment and cocktail parties. If you’ve been reading along for a while, you may also know that I’m an incurable skiing fanatic (despite a few mishaps along the way). I’m also a bit of a ski-town fashion fiend, since I launched this little project a couple of years back.

But as action-packed as my winters can be, my very favorite cold-weather moment is one that involves doing pretty much nothing: sitting in a Tahoe hot tub, sipping a hot toddy, just watching the snow come down. Continue reading

A few words on The Last Word

I love the holidays. From Thanksgiving to January 2, it’s a nonstop whirlwind–a celebration of friends and family mixed with evergreen smells and sparkly things and snuggly cashmere sweaters. And of course, the fact that it’s prime season for cocktail parties doesn’t hurt.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my favorite cocktails and small bites for at-home entertaining. First up is a cocktail that’s near and dear to my heart: The Last Word. This cocktail, a Prohibition-era classic, combines equal parts gin, fresh lime juice, maraschino liqueur, and green Chartreuse to create a drink that is complex, balanced, slightly tart, and just a tad herbal. It’s shaken and served up. Continue reading

The Pink Boat sails to Thermidor for happy hour

Our friend Tom is kind of an all-or-nothing guy. In the last year and a half, he’s gone from being a sailing novice to an experienced single-handed ocean racer. And now he’s working up to an even bolder goal: he’s planning a solo sail around the world in The Pink Boat to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

I don’t know much about sailing (yet), but I do know a thing or two about cocktails. It seemed only fitting to contribute to Tom’s efforts in some small way by creating a signature cocktail for him. And tomorrow night (Wednesday July 27), Thermidor will help spread the word about Tom’s Pink Boat campaign by featuring this drink on their happy hour menu from 5-8pm. Stop by to meet the sailor, hear about his upcoming voyage, and enjoy a lovely beverage!

The Pink Boat
1 ounce 209 or Aviation gin
1 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce Campari

Shake and serve up with a twist of lime.