Where to Go? What to Eat? in Berkeley, CA with Palm+Perkins

This week, we hear from Julia and Genna from Palm+Perkins, a shop that partners with makers in the US and internationally to curate ethical, purposeful, and quality home and lifestyle goods in the Elmwood District of Berkeley, CA.

Julia and Genna, founders of Palm+Perkins

What do you love most about your area and how long have you been located there?

“We have been in the Elmwood District of Berkeley since April 2018 and we absolutely love it! What I love most about it is the sense of community – We have an amazing community of local merchants and customers who have made us feel welcomed and supported since the day we opened.”

Palm+Perkins storefront in the Elmwood District of Berkeley, CA

Is your area known for anything in particular?

“Elmwood is known for its independently-owned shops and restaurants. There are some businesses that have been here for up to 40 years! There are also some really amazing food and restaurants here.”

Table spread of merchandise from Palm+Perkins

Describe your favorite sights and activities in your area:

“Having grown up in the Bay Area, being close to nature and being able to escape for a peaceful hike has always been one of my favorite things to do. Here in Elmwood, we are right below the Berkeley and Oakland hills where there is the Claremont Canyon Regional Reserve and Tilden Park with plenty of great trails and incredible views of the Bay Area.

We are also very close to the Greek Theater, which is my favorite concert venue in the Bay Area. It’s a beautiful, open amphitheater where you can watch the stars while listening to great music. I highly recommend it, especially on a warm summer evening.

Another great activity is the bi-annual Elmwood Wine Walk, in which people get to stroll from one shop/restaurant to the next tasting different wines and snacks, while getting to know the different shops Elmwood has to offer. It’s like a big neighborhood block party!”

Describe your favorite places for food/drinks in your area:

Summer Kitchen is a neighborhood favorite and definitely our favorite, by far. I don’t think you could get anything bad there, but I highly recommend their salads, sandwiches and pizzas. And trying their crispy chicken is a MUST. It’s something they’re known for, but I will warn you – it is addictive. During the long work days of the Holiday season, Julia and I like to treat ourselves to their mushroom, burrata and truffle pizza. It’s mind-blowing.

Image by: Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop

We are also big fans of Timeless Coffee here in Elmwood. They have great coffee that helps us get through those long winter days, and their pastries and noshes are awesome. They make them all in-house and you can taste the great quality. It’s a great place to grab coffee with a friend, or for when you’re on the go.

Palm Açai Cafe has really delicious açai bowls the best avocado toast I’ve ever had.

Palm Acai Cafe Acai Bowl
Image by: Palm Acai Cafe

In The Wood is a local gastropub that has a great atmosphere for dinner with friends and family. My favorite is the burger!

Where to Go? What to Eat? Manhattan, NY with Magpie

Manhattan is known for many things—theater, shopping, dining, sightseeing, you name it—making it a very popular spot for both visitors and residents. With everything New York City has to offer, it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. Where should you go? What should you see? Where should you eat?

Sylvia Parker, owner of Magpie and a native New Yorker, has you covered! Sylvia’s shop—located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan—offers unique, beautiful, and practical gifts that are frequently handmade, organic, and locally made and designed. “We’ve been on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for six years,” says Sylvia. “We love our neighborhood for its mix of people, our proximity to two wonderful parks (Central and Riverside), the cultural richness, and old-time architecture.”

river and manhattan skyline

Where to Go?

American Museum of Natural History

Just a few blocks away from Magpie lies the American Museum of Natural History, a city landmark with world-famous exhibits. “I’ve always loved the old-fashioned dioramas and the giant blue whale suspended from the ceiling there,” Sylvia remarks. One of the largest museums in the world, the AMNH offers spectacles and exhibits for children and adults alike.

Central Park Rambles

A wooded area within Central Park, the Rambles are a restored area of the park that have been fitted with nature trails, gardens, and bird feeders. Located between 73rd and 78th streets, the Rambles offer a beautiful outdoor space full of both native and exotic plant species as well as views of a pond where visitors take out rowboats when the weather is nice.

Shakespeare Garden

Also in Central Park is the Shakespeare Garden, located near the Delacorte Theatre, the site of the annual “Shakespeare in the Park” series held in the summer. A less-frequented part of the park, this serene and picturesque part of the park is perfect for a relaxing stroll on its winding paths. Full of seasonal flowers, the garden is particularly lush in the spring and is a popular spot for outdoor weddings.

Museum Mile

A fifteen-minute walk across the park takes you to Museum Mile, which features one block after another of incredible museums including the Guggenheim, Cooper Hewitt, Frick, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “which I consider one of the best (if not the best) museums in the world,” Sylvia adds.

Riverside Park

With four miles of park, from 72nd to 158th street along the Hudson River, Riverside Park is frequently considered one of the best waterfront parks in Manhattan. With sunset views, a bike path, outdoor cafes in the summer, a skate park, and other sports courts and fields; this park is a must-see when visiting the city.

food and drinks

What to Eat?

Zabars and Fairway Market

Two longtime favorites, Zabar’s and Fairway Market are both famed for their selections of cheese, coffee, and foodstuffs from around the world.

Orwashers, Maison Kayser, and By the Way

“Orwashers and Maison Kayser have particularly delicious bread and pastries,” notes Sylvia. “I also like a bakery called By the Way that sells homey gluten-free and dairy-free cakes and cookies.”

Murray’s Sturgeon

Murray’s Sturgeon, a gourmet deli, sells everything from dried fruit to smoked fish and has “the sweetest counter service ever.”

Amelie Wine Bar

A French bistro that was recently cited by Michelin, Amelie has phenomenal brunch and dinner menus as well as a wine list that is updated daily.

Mermaid Inn and Pizzeria Sirenetta

Mermaid Inn and Pizzeria Sirenetta are sister restaurants that both have terrific happy hour food. Pizzeria Sirenetta serves Neapolitan pizzas and rustic Italian fare while the Mermaid Inn is known for their seafood.

Jin Ramen

Another good spot for happy hour food, Jin Ramen offers delicious Japanese food and—of course—multiple kinds of ramen to choose from.

Shake Shack

The second Shake Shack to have ever opened its doors, this Upper West Side staple is popular among tourists, residents, and folks who work in the neighborhood. “There is always a long line outside for the burgers at Shake Shack.”

Amorino and Van Leeuwen

It’s also a good neighborhood for ice cream lovers,” Sylvia notes. “Amorino sells Italian-based gelato, while Van Leeuwen is local and features vegan ice cream in its shop.”

Holiday Shipping Deadline!

Don’t forget! If you want your Etta + Billie products to make it in time for the holidays, the deadline to place your orders is December 18th by 2pm PST.

etta + billie products

Or, if you want to shop in person, you can catch us at one of the events or craft fairs we will be at this November and December. [link to blog]

etta + billie shopping

Happy shopping!

Etta + Billie Gift Guide: Foodies & Cocktail Lovers (For Him)

Not sure what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Everyone loves a good meal or cocktail! This list is a great place to start for an assortment of gifts for any food and drink lover in your life.

gift guide for foodies and cocktail lovers for him

For Him:

  1. Harrison Bar Tool Set | Pottery Barn | $69.00
  2. SOMA x Ritual Brew Bottle | Ritual Coffee Roasters | $45.00
  3. Braising Sauce Gift Set | William Sonoma | $39.95
  4. Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything | IndieBound | $29.99
  5. Citrus Gift Set | Etta + Billie | $52.00

Etta + Billie Gift Guide: Foodies & Cocktail Lovers (For Her)

Not sure what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Everyone loves a good meal or cocktail! This list is a great place to start for an assortment of gifts for any food and drink lover in your life.

gift guide for foodies and cocktail lovers for her

For Her:

  1. Marble and Brass Single Bottle Wine Cooler | Goop | $68.00
  2. Evergreen Tangerine Soap | Etta + Billie | $14.00
  3. Red Wine Pairing Collection | Recchiuti | $28.00
  4. Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream Book | Chronicle Books | $19.95
  5. Cocktail Club | Shaker & Spoon | $50.00/month

Fresh This Month: Evergreen Tangerine

The smell of pine and citrus instantly conjures memories of winter holidays, warm meals, and cozy nights. Etta + Billie’s latest line of soaps, room + body spray, and hand + body wash is no exception. Inspired by snowy walks through evergreen forests and tangy season citrus, these products are sure to be showstoppers in your home or make great holidays gifts for friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone who like great scents!

etta + billie evergreen tangerine soap

Evergreen Tangerine Soap
Evergreen Tangerine Sea Salt Body Scrub
Evergreen Tangerine Hand + Body Wash
Evergreen Tangerine Room + Body Spray

tangerine gin cocktail© Wendell T. Webber

Can’t get enough of the delectable combination? This cocktail can help bring your favorite evergreen tangerine scents and flavors to any dinner party or happy hour. Simple and delicious!

Ingredients:
10 ounces gin
8 ounces tangerine juice (fresh squeezed is best)
4 ounces simple syrup
8 ounces chilled club soda
Ice

Directions:

  1. Combine gin, tangerine juice, and simple syrup in a large sealable container and refrigerate until chilled (at least 1 hour).
  2. Cover the container, shake, and pour into an ice-filled pitcher.
  3. Strain into individual ice-filled glasses and stir in club soda.

Etta + Billie Events: Winter 2018

Etta + Billie will be busy this November and December with lots of upcoming fairs and events! Whether you’re in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or somewhere in between; you’ll be able to come check us out along with a number of other makers, food vendors, DJs, and more.

Renegade San Francisco

Renegade San Francisco: Since 2008, Renegade SF has been working to bring together Bay Area artists in a fun and creative setting. This year, the event will be taking place on November 10-11 from 11am to 5pm at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Bring your friends and come shop for handcrafted goods, shake your groove thang to live DJs, learn a new skill at one of the event’s workshops, or visit the various exceptional food trucks when you get hungry. Check out E+B at booth #114!

Details
Renegade San Francisco
November 10-11 from 11am-5pm
2 Marina Blvd #260, San Francisco, CA 94123

West Coast Craft

West Coast Craft: This winter’s WCC is taking place on November 17-18 from 10am to 6pm at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Located on the scenic SF waterfront, this free event brings together artists, makers, and other craftspeople to showcase their work. Come to browse, shop, and spend the day viewing unique work (and don’t forget to visit the E+B booth #G29)!

Details
West Coast Craft
November 17-18 from 10am-6pm
2 Marina Blvd #260, San Francisco, CA 94123

Bob Cut Holiday Gift Pop Up Shop

Bob Cut Holiday Gift Pop Up Shop: Have you ever wished your favorite online holiday gift guide suddenly became a shop for you to do all your holiday shopping in one place? Bob Cut, a local lifestyle magazine, is making your wish come true by bringing you a real life pop-up version of their holiday gift guide! Showcasing 10 artists, craftspeople, and makers; this pop-up shop will provide you with a great opportunity to buy unique gifts for loved one, get to learn more about who made them, and learn a bit about the shops.

Details
Bob Cut Holiday Gift Pop Up Shop
December 7-16 from 11am-6:30pm
1306 12th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94122

Renegade Los Angeles

Renegade Los Angeles: Etta + Billie will also be part of a group booth at this year’s Renegade LA, sponsored by Madewell, called Hometown Heroes. Renegade has been hosting fairs in LA since 2009, and this year’s event is gearing up to be a fantastic display of makers, shakers, foodies, and more! Come check it out on December 8-9 from 11am to 5pm at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Details
Renegade Los Angeles
December 8-9 from 11am-5pm
1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Heath Make Food Market

Heath Make Good Market: The second annual Make Good Market, taking place at the Heath Ceramics Tile Factory, is a celebration of people, places, processes, and makers displaying their craft. Full of interactive crafts, food, and other fun; you’ll be sure to want to visit this event on December 8-9.

Details
Heath Make Good Market
December 8-9 from 10am-5pm (10am-3pm on Sunday)
2900 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

SFMade Holiday Fair: This fair—at the California College of the Arts on December 16 from 11am to 5pm—is a great opportunity to get all your holiday shopping done and even buy a few things for yourself! With over 50 vendors, this event is your one-stop-shop for gourmet food, wine, jewelry, handbags, housewares, body care products, apparel, toys, holiday decorations, and more.

Details
SFMade Holiday Fair
December 16 from 11am-5pm
The Nave, 1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107

Etta + Billie Events: Fourth Annual Studio Sale

Etta + Billie Studio Sale 2018

The Etta + Billie Studio will be open on October 27th for our annual sale! Come by to see the studio and check out the other artists in the building (it’s Art Spans Open Studios). Highlights of the studio sale include discounted “seconds” of various soaps, lotions, oils, and other products, a small selection of mystery soap bags, and a lip scrub make + take station ($18 for scrub making + any lip balm of your choosing). Treats + beverages will be available so you can sip and snack while you browse.

This year, we’ll be donating 10% of sales to the ACLU. Hope to see you there! 

HIGHLIGHTS

Mystery Soap Bags

Seconds Sale

Lip Scrub Make + Take

Treats + Beverages

Peek inside the NEW E+B studio

10% of Sales Donated to ACLU

DETAILS

Etta + Billie Fourth Annual Studio Sale

October 27th from 11am – 5pm

1777 Yosemite Ave, Suite 180, San Francisco, CA 

What are seconds? For us, they are products that didn’t meet our QC standards whether it’s a funky label or slight discoloration.

Where to Go? What to Eat? in Newport, RI with Kristen Coates

Newport, a gorgeous coastal city located in New England’s Rhode Island, is famous for its vast harbors filled with sailboats and yachts as well as its historic mansions, several of which have been converted into museums. The city has one of the highest concentrations of colonial homes in the nation in its downtown Historic District as well as its Gilded Age mansions, which were summer “cottages” built by mid-19th century wealthy southern planters looking to escape the heat of the south. But Newport has so much more to offer than sailing, mansions, and museums!

Kristen Coates, owner of a an arts and home goods store in Newport, grew up in Newport, RI and—after having lived in Los Angeles and New York for more than 15 years—currently resides in the beautiful city. Kristen shared some of her favorite activities, places to visit, and things to eat with us so your next trip to Newport can be filled with great sights, delicious food, and fun!

Newport RI
Photo by: Christian Harder for The Wall Street Journal Off Duty

Music Festivals
During July and August Newport hosts both the Folk Festival and the Jazz Festival along with the Live Local Music Festival, a grassroots indie arts and music festival started by a local photographer.

Cliff Walk
Cliff Walk is a world famous 3.5-mile walking trail that winds along the coast behind the mansions and gives an outstanding view of the water. This public access trail is unique in that it combines ocean views, stunning architecture, and rugged shorelines.

Newport Art Museum
The Newport Art Museum is a museum and art school located in downtown Newport that features changing exhibitions and art classes year-round. The museum’s exhibitions and collections reflect Rhode Island’s cultural heritage and contemporary art scene by featuring artists with ties to RI.

Redwood Library and Athenaeum
The Redwood Library is the oldest lending library that still occupies its original building in the United States. Designated a national historic landmark in 1962, the building also houses antique sculptures, paintings, furniture, and rare books.

Third & Elm Press
The oldest operating printing press in the country, Third & Elm Press, is also located in Newport. Visitors can view and purchase woodblock prints, limited edition books, and note cards and even watch the process of them being made by artist Ilse Buchert Nesbitt.

What to Eat?

White Horse Tavern
“The White Horse Tavern is a personal favorite come fall with the crackling fireplaces and the stories of haunted dining rooms and the bar!” One of the oldest taverns in the country, established in 1673, this place offers delicious food and drinks in a cosy historic setting.

Thames Street Kitchen
TSK is a wonderful farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on fresh seasonal and local ingredients. “The family that owns this place also owns the epic burger restaurant, Mission, and Winner Winner where they serve—you guessed it—chicken.”

Other Locally Owned Restaurants
Newport has dozens of locally owned restaurants including the Clarke Cooke House as well as Diego’s and Perro Salado (both excellent for Mexican food and margaritas). Stoneacre Brasserie has the best brunch, Pasta Beach for authentic Italian, and newly opened Bar and Board has cheese and charcuterie boards perfect for sharing over delicious wine

Additional Tips

Kristen notes her favorite Newport sights are along the coast and at the beaches. There are coves filled with soft-to-the-touch powdery white sand and waves perfect for surfing. Other beaches have great walking areas full of various flora and fauna. One of the best parts about Newport is being on the water and sailing around the island. There is a reason Newport is famous for it!

“The quality of life and the beauty surrounding the island,” Kristen remarks, “there is no other place like it in the world.”