12 Things to ❤️ at Mourad

Housed in one of my favorite downtown buildings, resides the beautiful Mourad. Aside from wanting to try Chef Lahlou’s new Moroccan recipes, I also wanted to check out the interior. The images from magazines and through the windows always looked swoon-worthy. Martin and I, along with the best dining partners, reveled in an evening of celebratory cocktails, good food, interesting wines, rich decor and our usual lively conversation… with lots to love at Mourad…

Cocktails at Mourad San Francisco1. The Cocktails
They have some delightful drinks like the Road to Marrakesh with Amaro Montenegro and curry (pictured bottom right). I had the Blue Suede Shoes with bourbon, grapefruit, blueberry shrub and elderflower (pictured left), which deserved a second round.

Mourad San Francisco2. The Bar
Don’t forget to look up and appreciate the well-designed bar while you enjoy a sip or two. Exposed brick never gets old.

Mourad San Francisco3. Floor Treatment
Then casually look down and admire the tile and rug pairing. Classy.

Mourad San Francisco4. Rich Texture
When you first enter, don’t miss the twisty detail of fallen wood against the industrial metal stairwell. Would love to know the design process behind this vignette.

Mourad San Francisco5. Sauces
These come at the beginning of your meal so pace yourself as you indulge in their spicy, sweet and savory secret sauces.

Mourad San Francisco6. The Kitchen
Mise en place (French for “everything in its place”). It’s a beautiful thing at Mourad.

Mourad San Francisco7. Modern Decanting
There’s something both quirky and sophisticated about decanting wine in a beaker. I’m a fan.

Mourad San Francisco8. Kanpachi
You may not want to share this one, especially with the mouth-watering cilantro and Harissa sauce.

Mourad San Francisco9. Tomato & Melon
This is what you get when you mix tomato, melon, hazelnut, cucumber and lemon confit in a bowl. Not much to look at but the flavors will blow your mind.

Mourad San Francisco10. Simple Dishes
Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. If you like lamb (I love lamb!), this one should be on your must-order list.

Mourad San Francisco11. Dessert
I typically go for a post-dinner cheese platter, but they did not offer one. And thank goodness, the honey and almond with beeswax, granita and orange blossom was one of the best desserts I’ve ever tasted (and probably rivals many cheese platters). Don’t miss this one.

Mourad San Francisco12. A Feast
Take your family and friends and make sure you have at least four diners in your group. With so many taste sensations, you’ll want to nibble on as many dishes as possible, and family style is the way to go.

Mourad | 415.660.2500
140 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1, San Francisco, California 94105

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Pink Zebra San Francisco

Pink Zebra San Francisco lantern lights

Pink Zebra
415.285.4926 | 3515 20th St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Why I Love This Place
You can sit at the bar and chat with their wise sushi chef.

They serve the most beautiful bioluminescent shrimp.

The sushi chef is also the DJ.

He plays Jamaican Ska, on vinyl!

Where else can you have sea grapes in a salad?

They let me take pictures.

That name.

It’s one of the best omakase experiences EVER.

Chef Jesse Kolde.

True craftsmanship.

Pink Zebra sea grapesOne bite and these sea grapes gently add a burst of salt water to the meal.

Pink Zebra Sushi TrayRidiculous, right?

Pink Zebra Omakse With the amount of attention given to each individual piece of sushi, I almost felt like we were in Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Pink Zebra Tamago SushiThey’ve perfected tamago.

Pink Zebra OpaleyeThe opaleye is opalicious.

Pink Zebra Bioluminescent Shrimp This is the finest melt-in-your-mouth bioluminescent shrimp.

Pink Zebra Skull DecorDon’t forget to tip.

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's DayFunny, these are the same essentials you’d find in my WOMAN THINGS. Great minds eat alike.

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San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015

A few weeks ago, my friends and I attended one of my favorite local events, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. The annual event is an exciting visual experience, as you walk through each uniquely designed space. And it’s never boring. Last year, I took less pictures and focused on a few favorites, the kids bedroom and cocktail cubbies. This year, armed with my iPhone 6, I took more pictures with a variety of captured moments. I started on the main level, moved up to the third floor then ended at the lower level, where you’ll see the hanging-cast-arms lighting fixture. Hauntingly cool. If you’re visiting San Francisco in April or May and want to feel like you’re walking through the pages of a design magazine, be sure to add this event to your calendar. You can get more information San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

kitchen-vignette-navarra-designKitchen Vignette by Navarra Design

tea-room-jute-designsSalon de Thé by Jute Home

tea room jute designSalon de Thé by Jute Home

spray-paint-can-artSpray Paint Can Art in Street Soiree by Cecilie Starin Design (Bravo to my fellow Modern Art Council SFMOMA member on the room!)

Spray paint can art - up closeSpray Paint Can Art Up Close in Street Soiree by Cecilie Starin Design

Hanging egg shellsDyed Egg Shells in Fireplace in Street Soiree by Cecilie Starin Design

His Office by Brittany HainesHis Office by Authenticity B. Designs

Shredded paper artShredded maps hanging above the staircase, artist unknown

Decorator Showcase SF En Vogue SalonEn Vogue Salon by Artistic Designs for Living

Decorator Showcase SF Gentleman's Private LoungeA Gentleman’s Private Lounge by Eche Martinez

Decorator Showcase SF Karter's Krash PadKarter’s Krash Pad by Willem Racké Studio

Decorator Showcase Karter's BathKarter’s Bath by De Meza + Architecture

Decorator Showcase SF Karter's BathKarter’s Bath by De Meza + Architecture

Decorator Showcase SF Pent RoomPent Room by Green Couch Interior Design

Decorator Showcase SF Nest DesignLip Service Bathroom by Nest Design | Artwork by Tauba Auerbach and curated by my talented friend Tatem Read

Decorator Showcase SF Gold cast arms hanging from ceiling by Lizette Marie Interior Design

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Simple Shrimp Salad

shrimp salad recipe

1 lb. wild shrimp, peeled and deveined
1-2 tsps. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2-3 C. arugula
Mango salsa (store bought)
2 flour tortillas (optional)

When I’m in a pinch, I like to use a mix of homemade and store-bought ingredients. Here, I used the mango salsa (love) at Whole Foods, you’ll find it in the cold produce section. It’s fresh and goes so well with shrimp and fish. I like to eat this dish as a salad but my husband enjoys it as a wrap. Both are super tasty!

Mix paprika, garlic powder, cumin and kosher salt in a small bowl. Put aside. Place shrimp in a Ziploc bag. Pour dry mix into bag, seal, and shake. Store in refrigerator overnight.

Warn pan over medium-high heat. Pour olive oil in pan. Once hot, place one layer of shrimp on pan. I was able to place all the shrimp on a 12″ pan. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side, more if you want them crispy brown.

Prepare plates with a warmed tortilla and generous helping of arugula. Place shrimp on top of salad and top with a few spoonfuls of mango salsa.

Serves 2.

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Urban Putt

urban putt token
The magic token. This is what you need to start your journey through Urban Putt, a 14-hole indoor miniature golf course in San Francisco. If Alice in Wonderland and Salvador Dalí teamed up with the folks in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and mixed a little modern architecture and engineering, I believe they’d create something like this place. Although the mastermind design behind Urban Putt really does put it in a class of its own. The man behind the magic is Steve Fox, a former publisher and editor who has clearly moved on to greener pastures. My husband and I knew Steve from our days at CNET long, long ago (but now I’m dating myself). Urban Putt is a must-see for locals who appreciate ingenuity and out-of-towners who are tired of the usual tourist spots… and want to hang out in the hipster Mission District.

But if you really want to know why I love this place, read on:

Located near the entrance to the mini course and open at 11:00am on weekends, you can enjoy a drink while watching parents chase their kid’s errant golf balls. For late-night golfers, the bar is open until midnight for post-game burgers and cocktails. What’s not to love?

Homemade cherry soda for kidsurban putt cherry sodasHOMEMADE CHERRY SODA
Who does that? The kids were thrilled to watch our friendly bartender mix a made-to-order soda before their very eyes. And he even put a cherry on top.

Urban PuttDECOR
I love the steampunk-inspired designs, like this one at Hole 3: Penny Pitch.

Urban Putt

Urban Putt

Urban PuttGood Food
Miniature golf AND good food? This was an only-in-San-Francisco moment. After the game, we walked upstairs to their restaurant where we enjoyed poke, french toast, chilaquiles and a few snacks, including my favorite 4505 Chicharrones (bonus points).

Urban Putt Urban PuttProper Drinks
Here’s our friendly mixologist making my first (or second) pomegranate bellini, the Mother’s Day Special. It’s an impressive full bar for such a small space. So yes you can have a Manhattan.

Urban PuttSleepwalkers
My pictures are terrible, I couldn’t quite get a clear image of the sleepwalker installation by Dan Rosenfeld. We got jaw-dropping looks from our kids when the little “person” jumped out and touched their fingers. Watch the video for a complete story.

Urban PuttHole 2: Skeeball

Urban PuttHole 3: Penny Pitch

Urban PuttHole 9: Dia de los Muertos

Urban PuttHole 11: Golfland at the Beach

At the heart of it all, the putting green. A compact space that somehow manages multiple active golf balls through a carnival of obstacles, making each hole a journey of surprises. What a delight.

For the last hole, Fibonacci’s Finale, the ball rolls up and down and is lifted upward, then dropped into this wire grid container. Each ball is reused for the next player. There’s my girl adding our scores. I lost.

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Cheers to Mom

mother's day greetingMother’s Day or any day, it’s always Pimm’s o’clock.

(Please pardon my poor photoshop skills.)

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