Klyde Café & Wine Bar Now Open in Union Sqaure

Courtesy of R&B Lab.

Courtesy of R&B Lab.

With countless restaurants in San Francisco, it may seem daunting to have to choose where to eat. Depending on location, opening and closing times, monetary stipulations, and more, it can be a difficult decision to make sometimes.

But fear not, as your prayers have been answered! Not only is the location ideal: Klyde Café & Wine Bar (now open) is located in the heart of Union Square. The restaurant is not only tasty, but undeniably accessible with a daily operation open from 6:30 a.m. until midnight, seven days a week. With fresh ingredients at affordable prices, Klyde Café & Wine Bar contributes a very special (and necessary) convenience and quality to Union Square, satisfying tourists and locals alike with traditional American cuisine.

 Although, Klyde Café & Wine Bar is not affiliated, owned, or operated by the Hotel G, the restaurant is housed just inside the Hotel’s G doors and is easily accessible on the street side of Geary. Close to all of the shopping, shows and more!

 The restaurant is led by Executive Chef and San Francisco native, Sam Fechheimer, who’s culinary experience includes The Delano Hotel Miami Beach, Florida, Michael Mina, il Canne Rosso and Locanda Osteria and Bar, among other international restaurant locations- pretty legit.

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Courtesy of R&B Lab

 Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner (along with a daily happy hour), Klyde Café & Wine Bar is a must-visit.

 More details below.

Menus:

As Klyde Café & Wine Bar will remain open from morning until midnight seven days a week, each of the menus (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will offer a wide array of fresh, American classic dishes. Some of these offerings at this time may includeMoschietti Organic Coffee for breakfast along with a variety of egg dishes($8.00 – $15.00), a large selection of pancakes and waffles ($6.00 – $9.00)and a fresh selection of Viennoiseries with tartines, croissants, a ‘muffin of the day,’ and pain au chocolate, among others ($2.00-$5.00 each.) Lunch will feature items like The Complete (burger), 8 oz. sirloin patty, lettuce, tomato with bacon, egg, Brie cheese and special sauce on a grilled brioche bun ($15.00), and a Chopped Salad with romaine, chicken, avocado, smoked ham hock, tomatoes, cucumbers, in ranch dressing ($14.00) along with a large selection of sandwiches.Dinner will feature items like the Cheese Board (with 14 different cheeses to select from: $5.00-$14.00), a Cold Cuts Board (12 different cold cuts to select from: $6.00-$16.00), along with a selection of pastas ($15.00-$17.00) and other mains such as the Half Herb Roasted Chicken served with fries and salad ($19.00.) There will also be a selection of desserts offered for $6.00-$10.00.

Wine & Happy Hour Offerings:

 As one of Klyde’s best offerings, the wine list boasts over 60 wine labels from the USA and France, with 70% of this list priced between $30.00 and $65.00 a bottle. Wines by the glass will rotate regularly with 15 wines by the glass priced between $8.00 and $12.00 daily.

 Additionally, Klyde Café & Wine Bar will offer a daily happy hour from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at which time, selected house bottles of wine will be available for $25.00 from their selection of over 60 bottles.

Where:

 Klyde Café & Wine Bar

386 Geary Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: (415) 654 5061

A must visit if you are in the Union Square area. Come visit us soon!

For Adults Only

Let’s face it: growing up totally blows. You eat your grayish unsweetened oatmeal (because it’s good for you), squeeze yourself into some terribly-uncomfortable fashion statement of an outfit, strap yourself into some sort of vehicle to ride an hour before barricading yourself behind a little desk to type on your computer all day long. You talk to idiots who constantly need something from you (and it’s ALWAYS urgent), rely on someone who relies on someone else who relies on someone else to get you some information for the jerk who urgently needs it, and you only have two weeks of vacation time. Okay, so maybe only a fraction of that is true for you. Bottom line: you have to pay bills, you can’t scream and kick things over when something doesn’t go your way, gravity has taken quite a toll on your body parts, and the laundry is not going to fold itself. Growing up totally blows. However, all hope is not lost. Here are a few activities to partake in to save you from yourself.

 1. Beer and Arcade Games at Brewcade™

The brother and sister duo behind Blackbird Bar, Shawn and Tiffny Vergara, have struck again, soon to be opening Brewcade™ in November. There are no surprises; Brewcade™ will mesh 25+ beers on tap with vintage arcade games. Brewcade™ will also feature a “Munchies Bar” stocked with caramel corn, beef jerky and things of the like. More details soon to be announced.

Photo courtesy of www.arcade-museum.com

Photo courtesy of www.arcade-museum.com

 2. Corporate Scavenger Hunts (Yes, this exists…)

CLASH, or California League of Adult Scavenger Hunters, will plan a scavenger hunt for your colleagues (or any group of people, really) from 15 to 2,500 participants at $100.00 per person.  You are separated into teams of 5-8 players and instructed to the meeting place (whatever agreed upon venue it may be – bars are highly recommended). The day is divided into three portions: organization of teams and explanation of rules, scavenger hunt with 8 checkpoints, 30 clues, and photos where teams are allotted points, and the final scoring, funny photo slideshow, and awards. Sounds like the best day EVER.

Photo courtesy of www.yelp.com

Photo courtesy of www.yelp.com

 

3. Alcoholic Beverages at The Ice Cream Bar

Pop on over to Cole Valley and get your hands on a delicious beverage from the Ice Cream Bar, a 1930’s style ice cream bar with a full mouthwatering food menu. The best part: alcoholic beverages. From the Dublin Honey (Guinness, caramelized honey ice cream, Valrhona chocolate syrup, a float of Graham’s 10 year old tawny port) to the Sunday Morning (Seasonal fruit sorbet, Mumm Napa Brut Prestige sparkling wine), this place will make you feel like a kid all over again. The Ice Cream Bar creates unique ice cream flavors (change seasonally) in-house, but also offer, sodas and savory items made from locally sourced organic dairy and produce.

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Photo courtesy of foursquare.com

Good luck clinging to your childhood. See you in Never Never Land!

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Photo courtesy of rap.genius.com

 

Ferry Plaza Seafood Now Open & Other Great Oyster Joints

As indulging in a crisp glass of white wine and local oysters on the half shell is a vital right and pastime of San Franciscans, it is imperative that we take advantage while we can. As some of you may know, Drakes Bay Oyster Co., a major supplier of fresh oysters for the Bay Area, have been subjected to 19 months of legal fights, as the Department of the Interior refuses to renew the oyster company’s lease. That said, there’s no time like the present to enjoy fresh, raw oysters at a few of our favorite spots that you may have not heard of. These San Francisco gems may fly under the radar, but should most certainly not be missed.

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Ferry Plaza Seafood

We are proud to announce the opening of our latest client, Ferry Plaza Seafood in North Beach. Having relocated from the Ferry Building to the lovely area of North Beach with a view of Washington Square Park, Ferry Plaza Seafood fills a void, offering a contemporary, seafood-centric dining destination to locals to the neighborhood. With an entirely new menu, staff, and design, this restaurant provides simplistic, yet flavorful dishes created by Executive Chef and general manager, Joey Ng. Ferry Plaza Seafood held its official grand opening on Monday, July 28, 2014. Currently offering six raw oyster varieties:

Photo courtesy of Kristian Melom

Photo courtesy of Kristian Melom

Oyster Shooter – quail egg, uni, ponzu granita

 Kusshi – British Columbia

 Baynes Sound  – British Columbia

 Rock Point – Washington

 Lil Skookum – Washington

 South Bay  – California

 Malpeque – Prince Edward Island

We are thrilled to be working with such a creative, hardworking, and skilled team who provide delightful offerings!

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Friday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Zuni Café

With menus that change daily and are inspired by French and Italian cuisines, Zuni Café offers a large selection of delicious oysters and is another “not to miss” oyster spot. Serving a slew of oysters under the following four categories (Pacific, Japanese, Eastern, and tiny Pacific), the menu provides meticulous detail of origin and market price. Zuni Café offers impeccably selected oyster wines to pair with your meal. Even the sourdough bread and butter is delectable.

Photo courtesy of www.bonappetit.com

Photo courtesy of www.bonappetit.com

E & O Asian Kitchen

The modern Asian restaurant in the heart of Union Square offers the dynamic, flavorful creations of Executive Chef Sharon Nahm and you might not know that this too is a great oyster spot! With three floors, a lounge, and a convenient parking garage (yes, great garages do exist…Sutter-Stockton garage), guests are able to enjoy rich, imaginative dishes, late night bites and innovative cocktails. The best part…the $1 oyster (local varieties) happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Photo courtesy of www.foodspotting.com

 We will certainly be slurping many oysters down for the remainder of the summer and hope you do too!

Fashion Technology, The Happy Ending

Once upon a time in a city by the bay, fashion and technology were two very different beasts, each moving rapidly in opposite directions. But fate had a different plan (as fate often does) and after many years passed, fashion and tech saw each other in a very different light (technology had tried on some contacts and fashion went to an investment seminar).

Photo courtesy of www.businessoffashion.com

Photo courtesy of www.businessoffashion.com

The fashionista and the digital geek have come together and the verdict is…they had a very nice time.

Fairytales aside, fashion technology is transforming our lives. Based on Lorraine Sanders’ “The 20 fash-tech companies that will change the way you shop”, here are five examples of how…

 

Le Tote

Must you wear the latest trends in jewelry, but can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars? We hear you! Le Tote sends you gorgeous, contemporary jewelry boxes with either three pieces for $19/month or five pieces for $49/month. Wear as long as you’d like and then return for a new box. Get unlimited totes each month with free 2-day shipping. Can’t part with a piece? It’s available to buy!

Photo courtesy of www.pose.com

Photo courtesy of www.pose.com

 

Pinterest

This San Francisco company has made a huge splash. From fashion to…practically anything else, consumers have the ability to integrate into different communities, sharing and discovering many aspects of life through walls of images. Explore the most popular fashion trends, designers, and labels on www.pinterest.com for yourself. But don’t stop there. Create your own profile with Pins, unique to all things you love.

 

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Photo courtesy of www.article-3.com

Trymbl

Discover toxin-free beauty products on Trymbl. This online beauty store allows you to “try before you buy”, allowing for customers to test products for up to 15 days before returning or purchasing. The idea behind Trymbl is that make up is expensive and if you’re going to spend that hefty sum, it’s important for you to love the product.

Photo courtesy of www.pinterest.com

Photo courtesy of www.pinterest.com

Bag Borrow or Steal

Rent luxury accessories for one month at a time with the option to renew. Brand new accessories are professionally cleaned after each “borrow” and shipped to you free of charge. You also have the option to buy or sell your high-end handbags.

 

Photo courtesy of www.bagborroworsteal.com

Photo courtesy of www.bagborroworsteal.com

Rent the Runway

Similar to the above, Rent the Runway allows you to rent the highest quality designer fashion apparel for a fraction of the retail price. After your special occasion, simply return the item and repeat. From accessories to summer trends to black tie, choose “current season” fashion from over 95 designers. The Narciso Rodriguez Razor Sharp gown (shown below) retails for  $3,295.00 and can be rented for $70.00.

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And fashion and Technology lives happily ever after.

SF Chronicle: Food and…Home?

Photo courtesy of www.eater.com

Photo courtesy of www.eater.com

You may have noticed something a little different about the San Francisco Chronicle this past Sunday, July 29th. The award-winning Food + Wine Section is no longer, but although this may seem catastrophic as it appears the lost generation of SF foodies will have nowhere to turn for reviews, recipes, and pairings, fear not! This redesign, merging Food + Home, may actually be just what we need. After all, a little change here and there is a good thing.

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Photo courtesy of sfcsubserv.tumblr.com

As the reformat launched on Sunday, July 29th, we’ve only had one issue to judge, but in our opinion, it’s working. Unifying home, garden and culture with food and wine makes for an interesting life-stylish read, exploring more of the cultural aspects and intersections between food and wine and other topics, giving birth to food technology, for example, among others. Additionally, many fewer recipes will be featured; however, with so much access to recipes online, I think we’ll survive. And for those of us FREAKING OUT, take a deep breath and understand that this sub-section is about 70% food and wine and 30% home and garden. Also, Michael Bauer will continue to write weekly restaurant reviews and Jon Bonne will continue to cover wine. Furthermore, the Top 100 Restaurants list will continue as well. So, until the Bargain Bites, Restaurants, Wine, or Recipes sections disappear (GOD FORBID), SF Chron, you’re doing just fine. Way to take the plunge.    

Let’s Get Gay: LBGT Pride Celebration, San Francisco

Photo courtesy of www.gaytravel.com

Photo courtesy of www.gaytravel.com

Get out your glitter and metallic skintight rainbow spandex; it’s the annual San Francisco Gay Pride celebration! Interested in finding something…colorful to do this weekend? Beginning Saturday, June 28th at 12:00 p.m., thousands will gather for the LGBT Pride Celebration, taking place at the heart of the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza. With countless musical performers, costumes, and of course a parade, the 2014 pride theme is “Color Our World With Pride.”

Based on the San Francisco Chronicle feature, “Are You A Pride Veteran or Virgin?” here are a few dressing tips for beginners from pride experts, Tony Bravo and Carolyne Zinko.

If you think wearing a funny hat or wig will make you stand out at the festival, think again. NOTHING…I repeat…nothing will make you stand out. Not even going completely and utterly stark naked. So gear up with all the goofy, fabulous fashionable (and unfashionable) attire you can find. And don’t forget a smile!

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Photo courtesy of thedev.tv

I know they’re freaking awesome, but do yourself a favor and put away though 6-inch stiletto, jeweled high heels. Trust me; you will want to kill yourself after an hour. Not only will people step on you (which they will), you will be walking a lot! If you absolutely must wear the hell-heels, bring a pair of flats to change into.

I know it’s tempting, but try to refrain from wearing rainbow everything. I mean, no one will really blame you, but the veterans will be wearing one or two tastefully selected rainbow pieces,

Go entirely nuts with the gltter, but just know that it won’t come off of you until Winter.

Summer in San Francisco is not usually warm enough for a tiny tutu-pasty combination, but by all means…freeze to death. If you feel like being smart, bring a sweater.

And that’s pretty much it. Get wild, make friends, have a blast, and don’t make the mistake of assuming anyone’s gender. We’ll see you there!

Photo courtesy of www.shutterstock.com

Photo courtesy of www.shutterstock.com

Gluten-Full

These days, gluten-free is all the rage. Bagels, pasta, donuts, and breads of all shapes, flavors, and sizes are being wrongfully neglected everyday. Here at Pro Media, we love gluten and want to give a little loaf…I mean love…to the shops that are gluten-go! Here are our favorite places to dine at.

Acme Bread Company

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For committed glutanistas, Acme Bread Company uses organic flour and selective grain varieties to bake the freshest, most delicious breads daily. Located in the Ferry Building, the legendary Acme Bread Company makes the “it” bread served at Chez Panisse.

The Mill

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The Mill incorporates the delicious freshly baked bread of Josey Baker Bread and the highest quality green coffee beans and ethical buying practices of Four Barrel Coffee to create the perfect recipe for a wonderful morning (or afternoon…or evening…or any other time you feel like eating bread and drinking coffee…). Bread is baked fresh daily in a multitude of varieties including wonder bread (blend of bread flour and whole wheat, sourdough culture, sea salt), seeded country (blend of bread flour and whole wheat, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sourdough culture, sea salt), and black pepper parmesan(blend of bread flour and whole wheat flour, parmesan, sourdough culture, black pepper, sea salt) all for six bucks a pop!

Outerlands

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This is the perfect place to find warmth, shelter and amazing grilled cheese sandwiches close to the waters of Ocean Beach. Known for their fresh daily-baked bread, Outerlands is committed to supporting the environment while building and nurturing relationships with local, organic farms and food producers. The restaurant offers a café, brunch, lunch, dinner, desserts, and delightful cocktails and other beverages.

Oakland: Taking the Bay Area by Storm

Is the world falling apart? “San Francisco” followed closely by “Oakland” strewn across the front page of San Francisco Magazine…what is going on? We flipped through the latest edition of San Francisco Magazine at Pro Media and were shocked by what we saw…SF Mag, known to survey a plethora of various SF happenings had published a special edition: The Oakland Issue. If San Francisco Magazine had compiled 176 pages of adoration of Oakland, we all need to go. Right now. And here is why.

The Food
Based on SF Magazine‘s The Oakland 100, Oakland is taking the Bay Area by storm by satisfying appetites. From noodles at The Ramen Shop to delectable perfection at B-Side BBQ to fanciful doughnuts at Doughnut Dolly, “Oakland’s restaurants have taken the lead by being themselves: risk-taking, sophisticated but scrappy, and downright delicious,” as Eva Kolenko, SF Magazine, describes. Oakland is the place to venture if you’re into countless taco trucks, East coast-style hoagies at 1 a.m. and classy bar-food.

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The Drink
A trip to the Oakland Beer Halls, featuring Oakland Beers, would make our visit entirely worth it, even if this was the only attraction. Try Oakland Brewing Co’s Sticky Zipper IPA or Linden Street Brewery’s New Oakland Glow pilsner.
For wine lovers, Oakland’s urban wineries create delightful concoctions in local warehouses near Jack London Square. The 36-year-old urban wine extraordinaire, Rosenblum Cellars (sister winery to our amazing client, Rock Wall Wine Co.,) plans to contribute to this urban winery district as the tasting room will be relocated from Alameda to Oakland.

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The Art
In terms of fashion, it appears that the look to be coveted speaks to “I don’t give a damn what you think”, meaning unmatched apparel, ethnic textiles, and/or purple hair.
Oakland has bred ferocious athletes such as Ivan Rabb, lyrical geniuses and musicians like the choir members of Allen Temple Baptist Church, artistic masterminds including street artist, Eddie Colla, and thus, has produced a rich, dynamic culture that deserves a little spotlight.

Photo courtesy of Positive Peace Warrior Network.

Looking beneath the surface, it is evident that Oakland is a culture in movement. It’s expansive reach encompasses urban art, impassioned individualists, dynamic technologies, and enormous appeal. We’re sold on Oakland. Care to join us?

Credit San Francisco Magazine Special Edition: The Oakland Issue.

Things to Live By: SF for Dummies

The astounding city of San Francisco is known for many things: from the deep orange glimmer shed from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge, to the unique and eccentric health-food culture, to the mosaic of diverse races, sexual preferences, and opinions, I love this city! Based on Thrillist contributor Joe Starkey’s “The 31 San Francisco Commandments,” we’ve put together an expanded list of essential, invaluable tips any San Franciscan should commit to memory to ensure joy, success, and as few parking tickets as possible.

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Wardrobe:
Learn to layer. In any given moment of the day, the weather can seem to rise or fall ten degrees, depending on your location. Be prepared.

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Either wear comfortable shoes or learn to suffer! We San Franciscans walk a lot and most of the time, it is up and down ferociously steep hills. If you must wear your little Gucci heels, do yourself a favor and bring a tucked away pair of flip flops to wear when no one’s looking.

Automotive (this is obviously assuming you have a car…and if you do have a car in SF, you’re insane and should not have a car unless you have a parking permit which you probably don’t because it costs more than my entire wardrobe and rent combined):
Turn those wheels. When parking on a hill, make sure you turn your wheels the appropriate way towards the curb. Fail to do this and suffer the $35.00 consequence.

Photo Courtesy of Joe Eskenazi, SF Weekly.

Obey all signs. Even if it is hidden in a bush that is completely and utterly engulfing the tiny red letters, dictating your parking hell. Between the street sweeping, the construction, and two-hour parking, beware. You have been warned.

Food & Beverage:
Shop organic. It’s available, so why not? And when shopping organic, bring your own grocery bags, unless you wish to pay a whopping $0.10 per bag, which adds up when you shop like I do.

Be adventurous. The city has an infinite number of bars and restaurants to delight any San Franciscan’s taste buds. Even if you are a vegan, raw foodie, cheap-o on a diet that only eats purple foods, there is something for you.

Technology:
There’s an app for that. Use them. All of them! From reading about the newest hot spots to booking a lyft or making a reservation, take advantage of all the hard work the techies have done for you.

Thanks for reading, San Franciscans! Obey the above and prosper!

NY Times Mag Talks SF Homes and Living

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Well there is no denying it, tech is taking San Francisco by storm and although we love a great startup, here at Pro Media we know all too well that with the tech boom has created skyrocketing rent and real estate prices.  But this local financial epidemic hasn’t just captured the attention of San Franciscans. The most recent issue of the New York Times Magazine has dedicated an entire feature to this topic.

Judd and Donaldson Home, The New York Times

Judd and Donaldson Home, The New York Times

Although the city has quickly developed a new reputation as the “live large” tech capital, the article argues that the homes to envy are the ones reminiscent of SF’s more soulful past, featuring select Bay Area homes that have maintained their Bay Area charm amid the money madness.

SF homes to envy: The Judd and Wade household 1912 Mediterranean Montecito-style house in Berkeley combines modern and creativity.  While Kim Devine has lived in her Hayes Valley location for 32 years, filling it with unique and innovative collectables.  Check out the other homes featured in the article here.

Brennan and  Wade Home, The New York Times

Brennan and Wade Home, The New York Times

From the Dogpatch and Hayes Valley, to Pac Heights and even Berkeley, it’s true! These homes are definitely filled with the excitement and personality that reflect the diversity of the city. Who doesn’t love a home with character?! But we have to ask, does the NY Times Magazine have it right? Is the money boom affecting the charm of SF’s homes and living?

Morla and Matran Home, The New York Times

Morla and Matran Home, The New York Times

In addition to the NY times taking an interest in how we are living, Cottages & Gardens magazine has just launched SF C&G, an entire publication dedicated to SF homes and living.

There is no doubt about it. SF living and lifestyle is a hot topic right now! Where do you stand?