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The Ultimate Spring Guide to Squaw Valley

From the people who know best, a selection of Squaw and North Tahoe locals give us insight on the best things to do, see, go, eat, events, etc..this Spring. So much to do, plus with the addition of the mountain staying open in May, there are even more fun activities on the list.

Squaw Valley Resorts Hot Tub at High Camp, is an iconic get together of

all walks of life. Get to know locals, visitors, young, old, ski pros and newbies. Plus, the views are some of the best in Tahoe at 8200 elevation and the beer is cold. Swim all day in the pool and relax in the hot tub.

Spring is a multi-sport season!
One of the best ways to experience the warmth and sunshine of Lake Tahoe is by paddle board, kayak, or boat. If you’re into experiencing the water in a different way, there’s always Fly Fishing! We recommend Matt Heron Fly Fishing in Squaw Valley.
Rock climbing season has begun, and you have the chance to rope-up! We recommend Donner Summit or Big Chief.Hiking is a must for anyone, whether you need to find your zen on a solo adventure or you want to experience with a group. During the spring months, you’ll get to see some of the most gorgeous waterfalls from all of that snow runoff. Some of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn’s staff recommend Shirley Canyon or the many trails around Emerald Bay. Check out the massive list of hiking trails in Squaw Valley here.
1510-Plumpjack SVI-345Dining and Drinking Everyone agrees there is a lot of great dining and drinking to go around in North Lake Tahoe, and especially Squaw Valley. We are biased and think that PlumpJack Cafe has the best weekday happy hour and a pretty darn good bar menu, and then the dining room, which is the spot for a more elevated culinary experience. We are also big fans of many of our fellow restaurants and bars. In Squaw Valley, we love Mamasake for their Beer and a Handroll special and their excellent sushi. We also love grabbing a glass of wine and some cheese at Uncorked. For a rowdy and fun night, you can’t miss the Cantina where all the locals go for cheap PBRs and music.

PS – Don’t miss PlumpJack Cafe’s Pig Roast & Tequila Toast on June 12th. This years theme is Mexican, enjoy Mexican beers, tequila and inspired cocktails with slow roasted carnitas.
Notable Events In Squaw Valley
Made in Tahoe Festival. Which celebrates all things local. The Village at Squaw Valley hosts a wide array of offerings that are made, or inspired, in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee areas- local artisans, businesses, food, organizations and entertainers. More info here.

The 4th AMCRC Western Regional Car Show
On May 21st Come to Squaw Valley for a Spring day of amazing and unique automobiles. More info here.

Bluesdays
This popular and free outdoor concert series at the Village at Squaw Valley features acclaimed blues musicians, great grab and go food offerings from Village restaurants and a Blues bar with beer, wine & spirits available in the Events Plaza. June 14th, 21st, 28th and July 5th.

Outdoor Movie Series
Families and friends can snuggle up under the stars while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen in the Events Plaza at The Village at Squaw Valley. For date and movies playing click here

Art, Wine & Music Festival
Squaw Valley’s village will burst with color, taste, and sound as fine artists, crafts makers, performers and musicians come to participate in this fun, two-day annual event. More info here.

Shameless PlumpJack Plug

Enjoy 25% off a two night mid week stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn for stay dates between April 3rd and June 16th, 2016. Restrictions apply.
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PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is closed from May 1st until the 12th.

Don’t forget to stop by PlumpJackSport to shop and save! Jump on the end of season sales for winter apparel. Get all your gear for next season at up to 60% OFF! If you’re in San Francisco on May 21st stop by our Trunk Show and shop up to 70% odd winter gear. 

PlumpJack Does Easter Brunch Better than the Rest

PlumpJack does Easter Brunch better than the rest. With restaurants spanning from San Francisco and Marin to Napa and all the way up to the Sierra Mountains, you’re guaranteed a spot at the table. Enjoy the classics like the Balboa Huevos Rancheros or some upgrades on some classics, like PlumpJack Cafe’s Cinnamon Challah French Toast. See below for menus, links to make reservations and more.

FARM at The Carneros Inn
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Boon Fly Café at The Carneros Inn
Will be serving their regular brunch menus from 7am to 3pm
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Balboa Cafe San Francisco
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Balboa Café Mill Valley
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PlumpJack Cafe
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Join us on the upper pool patio for an Easter egg hunt at 11:00 am
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24 hours of New Year’s Eve in SF

Follow our blueprint for our ideal New Year’s Eve and you’ll be guaranteed that 2016 will welcome you with open arms and a warm hug.
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Attire – more importantly, the dress. Choose from a comfortable, clubby ensemble from Amour Vert, a classic lace get-up from DVF that says I am serious about this holiday, or something fun and flashy that you can layer with a jacket when getting around on the city streets. All these dresses and styles available at PlumpJackSport.
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Are you in the mood to party on New Year’s Eve? 
Are you the popping bottles and noshing on caviar partier or are you the laying low-type that likes intimate conversations over some good bubbles and hearty fare. Ditch the grocery store party platter and whip up some delightful finger food, but first, the main character, the bubbles.
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Go to PlumpJack Wine & Spirits and ask for Paul, or just take his word for it and buy his top picks.
1. Comtes De Champagne Taittinger, 2005: “100% Chardonnay, in my mind this is one of the greatest Champagnes around. It is probably the only champagne i would flat.
2. Pol Roger Brut Réserve Champagne: “This is an equal blend of the three main varietals. This champagne has a toasty and fruity balance to it.
3.Champagne Gratiot Gerad: “100% Pinot Meunier. This champagne has a little more of a floral note to it and a nice creamy mousse.”
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Diversify your libations and add a celebratory signature cocktail to liven up your soiree.
We enlisted our favorite bartenders at Forgery for a cocktail recipe, and guess what, they know what their doing, so take notice. If you don’t know what some of these items are, there is always Google.
And then there are snacks – very important if you want to continue the party til midnight.
We have lots of inspiration on our Pinterest board, we literally spent many hours searching, pinning and procrastinating, because that is what Pinterest is for, let’s be honest. When it’s time to usher your guests out of your place, because things are starting to get messy and the bubbles are all gone, get yourself to a club. We have two choices for you. For a smaller venue with great jams and lots of dancing, plus champagne and really great cocktails, and even a beer for those who just want to quench their thirst, get to MatrixFillmore. New Year’s Eve features DJ Amy Robbins, spinning the best Top 40 and House beats. Purchase tickers here
If you’re looking to go out and dance your face off to some serious DJs and want to splurge on ultra-exclusive table service, featuring batched craft cocktails, light fare, and more, you need to add Verso to your NYE agenda. Or you can just purchase a ticket to dance and drink, and it will still be the best New Year’s EVER! Purchase tickets here.
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Aftermath of New Year’s can be bitter, but you know what makes it sweet? Brunch!
Get yourself to Balboa Cafe San Francisco, STAT, and order the following: a Balburrito (trust us), an order of Eggs Benedict, or Huevos Rancheros and then wash it down with the city’s best Bloody Mary. Okay, feel better now, we thought so. And, maybe you had a big night and are still up at 9am, in which case, you’re in luck, the Balboa opens bright and early and if you slept in until 1pm, you’re still doing great. And if you are unable to leave the confines of your living room/bedroom, Balboa delivers with partner Caviar. MENU
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When it comes to getting away for New Year’s, Squaw Valley is the place to be! PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is a cozy, lodge-like resort located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in North Lake Tahoe California. With amazing snowfall kicking off this season, you wont want to miss the chance to get up to the mountain with amazing conditions this season. Enjoy a great apres ski at the PlumpJack Bar (view menu), the perfect place to wind down from a day of skiing with friends! We are also offering a special Prix Fixe menu for New Years (view menu).

Balboa Cafe Mill Valley Announces New Exec Chef Howard Ko

Balboa Cafe Mill Valley Announces New Executive Chef Howard Ko
Critically Acclaimed Chef Brings Impressive Culinary Background,
Local and Seasonal Focus to New Role

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MILL VALLEY, Calif. – PlumpJack is excited to announce the appointment of Howard Ko to the position of executive chef at the Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, known for classic American bistro cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  Ko has worked at some of the most critically acclaimed culinary establishments in the United States, including The Restaurant at Meadowood with Christopher Kostow and The French Laundry with Thomas Keller, as well as Goose & Gander in St. Helena, Melisse in Los Angeles, Hanilkwan in Osaka, and DB Bistro Moderne, Picholine and Daniel in New York.
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“It is a privilege to welcome distinguished Chef Ko to the Balboa Cafe Mill Valley,” said Hilary Newsom.  “He brings a wealth of knowledge having worked at award-winning restaurants across the country and around the world, and we’re thrilled to bring his expertise to the restaurant’s culinary program.”
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Ko began his career in Los Angeles, mastering the art of pastry making and baking before relocating to New York to attend the Culinary Institute of America.  As a student at the CIA, Ko assisted at Daniel on weekends to gain experience in the kitchen, doing everything from peeling potatoes to cleaning mushrooms.

Making the move to Wine Country as chef de partie at The French Laundry in Yountville, Ko worked the line and focused on creating new dishes for the daily changing menu.  From there he joined acclaimed chef Christopher Kostow at three Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood as chef de partie, where he assisted at all stations and mentored the commis.
Ko accepted a position as chef de cuisine at his third Wine Country restaurant, Goose & Gander in St. Helena, where he ran the kitchen and was responsible for putting a dramatic spin on the neighborhood eatery.  Ko also introduced a shared-plates concept, new flavors, and new techniques with the goal of bringing people together to taste different flavors.nike free runners

As executive chef at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley, Ko will serve a seasonal menu with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, taking advantage of all that Northern California has to offer.  The menu will consist of market-driven bistro classics with modern twists.

Balboa Cafe Mill Valley is located at 38 Miller Avenue in the historic downtown Mill Valley.  For more information, please visit www.BalboaCafe.com.  For more information about The PlumpJack Group, please visit www.PlumpJack.com.air jordan xiii

 

Be in the Know: Upcoming PlumpJack Events

Date: Thursday, Oct 22nd
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 3138 Fillmore St at Greenwich

Join PlumpJack Wine & Spirits –  Marina location and enjoy six styles of French Champagnes from Demi-Sec to Tête de Cuvée. Each champagne to be paired with a different cheese from
Marin French Cheese Company and Laura Chenel.
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Elevate your ski wardrobe in anticipation for an epic El Nino winter! PlumpJackSport at the village at Squaw Valley, is brining the hottest winter styles to the city! Our winter ski wear and technical line includes some of the most stylish pieces that are exclusive to a handful of outfitters in the North Lake Tahoe area. Get ahead of the season and purchase all your ski wear, après wear and accessories before you hit the mountain this winter! You wont want to miss this amazing sale!air jordan x

Date: Saturday, October 24th
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 3138 Fillmore Street at Greenwichbest air jordan

Designers featured at the sale: Kjus, Fire & Ice, Spyder
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Date: Wednesday, November 11th
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 3138 Fillmore St at Greenwich
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Join winemakers Danielle Cyrot (CADE Estate, Howell Mountain), Jeff Owens (Odette Estate, Stags Leap) and Aaron Miller (PlumpJack Winery, Oakville) and for a ‘Tour de Terroir’ howard curry shoes

Enjoy flights that celebrate the subtle nuances between these unique Napa Valley appellations, all while receiving intimate access to our talented winemakers who will guide you through the tasting, as well as answer questions about the AVAs, the wines and the winemaking process. stephen curry ua shoes

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Poppin’ Bottles: Our Favorite Sparkling Wine for Brunch

There is no better way to start the week than with Sunday brunch, and with Easter coming up, one of the biggest brunch days of the year, PlumpJack Wine & Spirits has put together a list of our favorite sparklers perfect for brunch, or whenever.
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Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley
$18.99
Best price in San Francisco for a well made, French-owned Champagne house. This is made in the methode champagnoise. Nice, dry, and round.

 


Adami Bosco Prosecco
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$18.99
Delicious, round, fruit driven, but dry Prosecco. It’s perfect for a Sunday brunch or a tailgate party. Flavors of lemon and green apple with a toasty finish.
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Bailly-Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne, Burgundy, France
$24.99
Burgundy is known for this style of bubbles, which features a very fine bubble and a dry finish. Only 12% alcohol, so you can rest assured that you won’t over indulge while drinking. The champagne has peachy flavors with a toasty warm finish.
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Bochet-Lemoine Brut, Champagne, France
$39.99
Extraordinary Champagne from a grower-producer in Champagne–only 5% of the annual production comes to USA, all of which goes to Northern California. You’ve never heard of it because they have no marketing budget. A delicious combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier–rich mouth feel with a warm crisp finish.
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Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose, Champagne, France
$70.99
PINK is not Sweet! This Champagne has a fine line of crisp bubbles for a special celebration. It’s a beautiful, slightly pink, champers with slight strawberry and raspberry aromatics. Very rich and sexy with a long dry, crisp finish.
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Check out Balboa Cafe Mill Valley’s Easter Brunch Menu

Fat Tuesday By PlumpJack Wine & Spirits

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Fat Tuesday is coming to San Francisco, by PlumpJack Wine & Spirits. New Orleans boasts a rich cocktail history with a number of classic drinks that the Crescent City is famous for. Many are seeing a renaissance with new quality ingredients from the craft cocktail boom of the last decade. As Mardi Gras approaches, now is a great time to sip these cocktails and take a liquid vacation to NOLA and “laissez les bon temps rouler!” Join us for a Fat Tuesday celebration on Tuesday, February 17th from 6-9 PM at Matrix Fillmore to indulge in these richly storied cocktails and nosh on some classic Cajun snacks.nike free 5.0 womens

Most famous of the New Orleans cocktails is the Sazerac. Much like someone who imbibes a few Sazeracs, the drink’s history is a bit hazy. The story goes that it was made with Sazerac de Forge et Fils Cognac originally, and rye whiskey was substituted after the vine disease phylloxera destroyed European vineyards used to produce the brandy. New Orleans’s own Peychaud’s bitters contributes heady cherry and anise aromas to the drink while absinthe adds it’s herbaceous licoricey perfume. Some claim it’s America’s oldest cocktail but cocktail historian David Wondrich disputes that saying that the Sazerac as we know it today didn’t even exist in the middle of the 1800’s. What we do know is that a well-made Sazerac is undoubtedly delicious. Here’s our recipe:air jordan i

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Sazerac
2 oz Rye Whiskey
.50 oz Simple Syrup
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
dash of Absinthe
Garnish: Lemon Twist
Add rye, simple syrup, and bitters to a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into an absinthe rinsed glass and add garnish.

The Ramos Gin Fizz is another NOLA classic and perhaps deserves more credit than its more popular comrade the Sazerac. Henry C. Ramos, inventor of the Ramos Gin Fizz, was a celebrated native New Orleanian, a well-loved fellow, and was famous for his creation at the time. The drink is a textural delight and a pleasure to drink when vigorously shaken within an inch of its life. Here’s our recipe:

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Ramos Gin Fizz
2 oz Gin
.50 oz Heavy Cream
.50 oz Lemon Juice
.50 oz Lime Juice
.50 oz Simple Syrup
1 egg white
3-4 drops Orange Flower Water
1 oz Soda Water (for topping)

In a large cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients (except soda water)  Shake vigorously without ice for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake for another 30 seconds. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Add a orange slice or orange twist for garnish.

Look no further than Bourbon St. to see dozens and dozens of abominations of the Hurricane cocktail. What today is typically a boozy slushy in a plastic cup, the drink has a much more vibrant history. A relative of the Daiquiri, the classic Hurricane is a concoction of rum, passion fruit syrup, and fresh lemon juice. It was created by tavern owner Pat O’Brien in the 1940’s to help him get rid of all of the less popular rum that local distributors forced him to purchase before he was allowed to buy more novel spirits like bourbon or scotch.

The drink was served in hurricane lamp-shaped glasses and caught on as a French Quarter classic. We asked friends at one of our favorite local distilleries, Charbay, to help craft a modern take on the Hurricane. Johnny Marrs created this take on a particularly windy day on Spring Mountain in Napa:stephen curry shoes kids

Charbay “Spring Mountain” Hurricane
.50 oz Charbay Tahitian Vanilla Rum
.50 oz Charbay Raspberry Vodka
1 oz Caña
Brava Rum
.25 oz Passion Fruit Syrup from The Perfect Puree Napa Valley
2 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour over ice in a rocks or collins glass. Float .50 oz Charbay Pomegranate Dessert Wine on top. And Add a orange peel and cherry for garnish.

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You don’t want to miss this great event, brought to you by PlumpJack Wine & Spirits! Its your chance to get a taste of NOLA in San Francisco. For more information on the event go here.

Five Ways to Host a Festive New Years Eve Bash

Get the streamers and noisemakers ready because it’s just about time to ring in the New Year! If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve bash make it fun, get creative and welcome 2015 in style. From the delicious drinks to the festive entertainment, use these tips to keep your guests having a great time. From the moment they show up until the ball drops. 
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1. Champagne
New Year’s Eve is all about the bubbly. Stop by both PlumpJack Wine & Spirits locations for a wide selection of champagnes. The PlumpJack Wine & Spirits team can help you pick out the perfect bottle of bubbly to impress your guests. Our Champagne Club features our favorite bottles, ranging from tête de cuvées to some of the best farmer fizz we can find.
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Wine & Spirits buyer, Paul Birman has been with PlumpJack Wine & Spirits for 19 years. Here are Paul’s picks of champagnes he believes are fitting for celebrating the New Year. All available at our Fillmore Wine Store.

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Paul’s Picks
1. Billecart – Salmon Brut Réserve
2. Bollinger Brut Champagne Special Cuvee
3. Louis Roederer Brut Premier’
4. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
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Click here to watch this simple raisin trick, on how to revive a bottle of Champagne that’s gone flat. And use this guide to easily pick out the perfect champagne.
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2. Festive Decor
Create a festive atmosphere with decorations that will get your guests in the spirit. When it comes to New Year’s, the more sparkle and pop the better. We love these DIY Confetti Wands from The Haunted Interior. For a creative twist on the countdown, number your champagne flutes for a countdown toast. Have each person yell out their number when it’s time, and then drink to the New Year!
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3. Food
Keep it to the small bites. Let guests nosh on hearty apps throughout the night. Check out our Pinterest board, Small Bites for delicious appetizers to keep your guests going until the clock strikes midnight.

Crab Cake Poppers with Spicy Aioli

Crab Cake Poppers with Aioli

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Mushroom Tartlets

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4. Entertain
Keep your guests entertained! Get out the playing cards – like these that feature New Year’s resolutions – turn into a fun guessing game. Gather the cards, read them aloud randomly, then let everyone determine who wrote what. Download the playing cards here.


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Set up a jaw-dropping backdrop for the perfect photo booth. Take a look at this chic backdrop from Style Me Pretty. You and your friends can take pictures throughout the night! Have a Polaroid camera ready and your guests can take home their photos as a souvenir.


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Don’t let your guests leave the party empty handed. As a favor create fun care packages for New Year’s Day. Fill them with ibuprofen, Alka-Seltzer, vitamin C and maybe some baked goods..

5. Sweet Treats
We save the best for last! Any good party has delicious desserts to help round out the night. Strawberries pair well with champagne, dress up your chocolate covered strawberries with some glitter. If you want to wow your guests even more and keep them going, consider an espresso soaked Tiramisu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate the first day of 2015 the right way, with Balboa Cafe San Francisco. Brunch will be served from 10am until 3pm! Enjoy a delicious meal from our special New Year’s Day Brunch menu and pair it with our famous Bloody Mary, for the perfect kick off to 2015!

If you’re someone who loves hosting but without the fuss of planning, try PlumpJack Catering.

 

 

Conversations with Hilary: Chef Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn, Executive Chef and owner of the award-winning Atelier Crenn, is a true inspiration to women and chef’s alike. She is the first female chef in the U.S. to be awarded 2 Michelin Stars and she has held those stars since 2012. Being a woman in a leadership role and having two daughters, I celebrate women like Dominique who are innovators, leaders, and role models for young girls, and boys for that matter. Like the food she prepares, her answers were very thoughtful, creative, and insightful.stephen curry shoes 2013 for sale

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Being able to touch people doing what I love to do.

Do you have a prized possession?
My kindness. I think that people often think of an object for such a question however for me I have very few objects yet have spent my life working on what I think is important with regard to how I interact with others.

What qualities do you think others love about you?
I’m playful and kind.nike free 30

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
photography.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I am a creative and am appreciated for being a creative, and am able to touch people with my creations.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I review my dreams.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
I am with my guests at the restaurant and if I’m not there, I am often at a charity event as I am so inspired when I get to participate in bringing people together in the name of doing good for others. I love the people I meet, the stories I hear and later, the results of all of our efforts in helping those who need to be supported.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
I loved soccer, Adidas sneakers, and talking with my dad as we walked the sand dunes of Brittany.

What are you passionate about now?
Pushing myself to delve into the deepest parts of my creative calling.

What’s your favorite season and why?
Oh wow…that is a tough one for me as all seasons offer new foods with which I get to work. If pressed, I must choose summer due to my absolute love affair with the tomato.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
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What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
It must be ….

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
My father. I would like to ask him to explain again so many things he tried to teach me that I sometimes feel I’m only old enough now to truly understand. I’d want one last chance to learn from him.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
(In French) When Pigs Can Fly.

Do you have any regrets?
It’s not a regret rather a wish for the past…and that is that I was so busy working so hard I never got the chance to go and stage in some of the great restaurants around the world. I would have loved to have gone to Michel Bras and a few in Japan

Define Freedom.
Oh that is easy, being supported to do work what reflects what is inside of me.new balance athletic shoes

What are your personal core values?
Kindness, kindness, kindness and then after that I would say to work hard and play nice.

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Balboa Cafe’s GM, Lisa Leventhal, Shares her Five Faves in the Marina


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Lisa Leventhal, General Manager at Balboa Cafe San Francisco, will celebrate her one-year anniversary with the restaurant on November 1st. Originally from Florida, Lisa loves San Francisco and all it has to offer. When she isn’t holding court at the Balboa, you can find her stand-up-paddle boarding or hanging out at her favorite spots in the Marina. Here are her five neighborhood faves:
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1. Rapha Cycle Club San Francisco  – corner of Fillmore & Fibert

Rapha merges fine cycling wearables, books, and accessories with a neighborhood coffee culture. Cyclists and  locals unite to drink exceptional Four Barrel coffee and nosh on delectable pastries only a cyclist can burn off in a day.  Lisa works long hours on her feet, so strong coffee is a necessity and mingling with the locals makes for a fun break in the day.
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2. BodyRok – 2128 Lombard St, San Francisco


Lisa loves BodyRok as a workout because of the versatility it provides, whether you want to cycle, sculpt or even do both in one session. BodyRok Is a fresh approach to fitness, combining core focused strength training and cardio in an upbeat small group environment. The classes pack a lot of punch in just 45 minutes, which is perfect, when you’re working 12+ hours in a day and need to keep up with the energy of a popular neighborhood bar and restaurant that never rests.
3. Causwells – 2346 Chestnut St.
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As much as Lisa loves the Balboa Cafe, when she just cannot look at another Balboa Burger, she heads out to her favorite local spot, Causwells. The menu features classic American favorites, as well as European-influenced fare with a seasonal twists. It’s a great place to grab a drink with friends and share plates. Lisa loves the Grilled Octopus with Garbanzos and the housemade ricotta.

  1. Blo –  2167 Union Street


Dry bars are a lifesaver for any working girl who wants to get a fabulous blow out that will last days. Blo is Lisa’s favorite blow dry bar, located just steps from the Balboa on Union St. Drop in before your shift or before a night on the town for a quick and affordable catwalk-quaility blow out. Reservations are recommended.
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5. Paper Source – 2061 Chestnut Street
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It is nearly impossible to leave Paper Source without purchasing something, whether it’s something you need or something you absolutely don’t need, but HAVE to have. From books to kitschy cards and crafts, Paper Source has it all and then some. Lisa likes the fact that she can run down to grab a quick birthday card for a regular or a staff member on the fly or that spontaneous gift she didn’t know she needed for that person she just met.
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So there you have it, Lisa’s Five Fave, but there is more. To find out about her other go-to spots in the neighborhood and beyond, you’ll have to come visit her at the Balboa Cafe. Cheers!