Category Archives: Design & Decor

Do you know the Michelin Man?

Michelin ManYou may know him as the Michelin Man, but his real name in his home country of France is Bibendum. His full-figured body and friendly wave grace the covers of all the domestic and international MICHELIN travel and restaurant guides from Shanghai to Chicago. 

Here are a couple other fun facts about the always smiling, symbol of both high-quality tires and recommended restaurant/travel guides from around the world.


                      *In the year 2000 he was voted “Best Logo symbol of all time”

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*In 1894, the two founding brothers, André and Edouard Michelin, were visiting the Universal Exhibition in Lyon when they noticed a stack of tires on one of the stands. The overall effect was sufficiently evocative for Edouard to think that, with arms, “it would make a man” – Upon his invention in 1894, tires were actually white, not black – hence his white coloring – ere actually white, not black. bibendum - mika takeuchi

Along with giving stars to well-deserving restaurants around the globe, Bibendum has become quite the star himself. His marshmallow-resembling body can be found on vintage mugs, postcards, posters and magnets and lucky for you, I’ll be giving away some Bibendum swag along with a 2014 U.S. MICHELIN Guide of your choice this month.

Information on how to enter will be posted on Friday, May 30.


Sunset Magazine Garden & HQ Tour Celebrating their March All-Food Issue

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Yesterday, myself and other members of the media visited Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park, California for a tour of their exquisite gardens and work place. To say the least, it was impressive. When your work surroundings consist of exotic cacti, plump grapefruit trees, and a massive outdoor kitchen, we think you’ve got it quite good.

From mini Umami Hatch Burgers, to Chicken Tinga Tostadas, it was a night to remember. After all, this is the first time in Sunset’s 115 year history that they’ve dedicated an issue entirely to food. Although the first, I have a feeling this won’t be the last. With Food Editor Margo True, the staff at Sunset are pros when it comes to all things food and drink. Their wine cellar is a vino lover’s dream.

See more photos from the event HERE.


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Wine & Wall – Wine Retail, Tasting and Art Space – San Francisco

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Originally featured in Citysearch SF's New & Notable

Quite a bit has changed since the renaissance (we have internet now), but one thing that has stayed the same is the sanctity of the wine and art combination. Wine and Wall, the latest from The Lark Creek Restaurant Group, is bringing the pairing to the forefont. Conveniently located adjacent to their award-winning One Market Restaurant, helmed by Chef Mark Dommen, the wine-centric retail space, wine bar and art gallery in one will offer wine tasting, a petite food menu and catered events via the restaurant. Complementing the carefully curated selection of artistic-labeled vino, will be a rotating wall of wine-themed art work and modern wine dispensers with tastes by the ounce, half glass or full glass.


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P 415.243.WINE (9463)

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Jimmy Choo Boutique – Union Square, San Francisco

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Originally featured in Citysearch SF's New & Notable

Oh, Jimmy…what took you so long? We’ve been waiting for years.

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Choo shoe lovers can rejoice as Jimmy Choo finally opens its first 1700 square foot stand-alone boutique in San Francisco. Most well-known for their stylish stilettos, this British luxury brand will also offer handbags, accessories, and fragrances in their boudoir-inspired Union Square location.  The natural-colored décor accompanied with lavish, contemporary mirrors and chandeliers make the perfect backdrop for the season’s collection of ultra-bright footwear and leather goods. Chic techies will love the exclusive black and white crystal-encrusted “TYLER” iPad case ($495). 


Photo Credit: Drew Altizer


166 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 391-3300

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Oops! Red Wine Stain Remover

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We love red wine and we love cute outfits, but we don't love when the two of them collide unexpectedly. So for those unfortunate messy situations, there is Oops! Red Wine Stain Remover. We discovered this product while traveling in Japan, but haven't had much luck locating this product in the U.S., but thankfully for modern technology, we did find a few shops online and overseas where it can be purchased. There are also other brands out there, but we happen to quite like this catchy Oops label. So in the meantime, we have our Oops label on hand to keep our other labels (missoni, pucci, & gucci) pristine and red wine stain free. There are also travel size Oops Stain Removers to tuck into your evening clutch, but we weren't as lucky to find those online.


"Developed by a wine lover to deal with those occasional spills. Oops! removes most red wine stains (both old and new) and is equally effective with fruit juices, sauces, cooking oils, coffee, cosmetics and some ink stains.

An Australian designed and manufactured product, Oops! is environmentally friendly as it contains natural citrus extracts and no bleaches or phosphates. It is biodegradable and has a delicate bouquet. It is suitable for use on most fabrics".


Available at theWineSociety

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