Memorial Day Weekend Getaways

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off a mass exodus in NYC. After having only lived here for one summer, it’s no secret that the natives flee the city at every chance they can during the summer months. At first, I was super confused why anyone would ever want to leave this city… like ever. Then I started to get a feel for all of the amazing places they were headed and it started to make more sense.

The Hamptons, the Jersey Shore, Newport, and other East Coast destinations have a ton to offer and they’re just a short distance from the Big Apple. Here’s a sneak peak into some hot destinations New Yorkers will be venturing toward this weekend:

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Take your Memorial Day BBQ from Good to Great

Call all your friends with access to a rooftop deck—we have a three-day weekend to kick off!

Memorial Day in Washington is best spent outside: catch a glimpse of the parade, snag a spot on the Capitol lawn for the concert, and (try) to reserve outdoor seating for bottomless brunch. Or avoid the crowds and try your hand at your own Memorial Day masterpiece. Round up your friends, and make that balcony BBQ memorable by following these tips:

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Five Resources for a Chicago Newcomer

So you’ve made the decision to move to the big city—how exciting!

I was in your shoes post-college, and while it can seem overwhelming at first, there are a few resources you should know about to make the process easier. Between researching apartments, trying your first Chicago deep dish pizza, and finding the perfect neighborhood, check out these five tools that I have come to love as I’ve settled in to this great city:

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NewCo Fest New York

On May 13th and 14th, a few of my colleagues and I had the distinct pleasure of attending NewCo Fest New York. Admittedly, we had not heard of the event before… and we were not quite sure what to expect. I speak for my whole team when I say that our expectations were beyond exceeded.

NewCo, sponsored by the likes of LinkedIn, Citi Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank, allows people to connect with innovative businesses in their native environments. They connect the founders and leaders of companies to interested parties and glean helpful insights, knowledge, and roadblocks that have come across in each of their unique journeys, all for the purpose of making a positive change in the world. NewCo now holds events in over fifteen cities worldwide, including New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.

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Guac and Roll

As Jane Austen once eloquently stated, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a burrito.” Or something along those lines.

I know that living in California should give me some type of higher standard for burritos. But you know what? I love Chipotle—I don’t need a San Diego-style burrito, and I do not understand those rice-less things that cause the salsa to drip everywhere. I’m not above hybrids by any means, but french fries in your ‘rito? I mean come on, show some respect.

I digress—back to the good stuff. Chipotle and its Guacamole. Yes, I do believe it deserves a capital G; Chipotle Guacamole is a proper noun in my book.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, loves guacamole. What is not to love? Perfectly chilled, smashed avocado mixed with a little spice and lime, garnished with a hint of cilantro. I just had it and the thought of it is making me salivate once more. Whenever someone suggests chips and guac I nearly get offended, primarily because I assume it’s an assumed menu order to kick off any meal.

So here we have it, my Definitive List of the Best Guacamole in San Francisco, excluding Chipotle*:

1.  Tacolicious– is this because I live in The Marina? Maybe, but go do yourself a favor and try it before judging.

2. Tropisueno– simple, spicy and delicious.

3. Rosa Mexicano– table side guacamole is on par with bottle service for me.

4. Garaje– It’s been over a year since I’ve been here, and I still think about it enough to list on my favorites.

5. Mamacita’s– It is important to note that I do not love this restaurant, but they put a candle in a personal serving of guac for you on your birthday. There is no better gift.

6. Tacko/Nick’s/TacoBar, etc- It’s good, it’s easy and always hits the spot

Happy feasting! Make yourself a marg and let me know your favorite spots!

*editor note: this was extremely difficult for me to omit

Fillmore Jazz Stroll

Most people associate the 1920’s and 1930’s with the height of jazz. Great Gatsby-themed parties, flapper dresses, and prohibition all come to mind for me.

I recently learned a little more about the jazz era in San Francisco, coincidentally right before the Fillmore Jazz Stroll on May 16th, and boy—I didn’t know anything!

Jazz is America’s music. It started in neighborhoods, with people coming out to play together, creating beautiful medleys after a hard day’s work. It gave people a reason to dance during the Great Depression, got the country through World War II, and beat its way through the Civil Rights movement. To this day, its influence is still found in many of the top hits.

In San Francisco, jazz found home in the Western Addition portion of Fillmore. The SF Jazz Center lives there, and once you walk north of Geary, it’s like you’re in a living museum of murals on the side of buildings. Back in the day, meaning the fifties and sixties, this area was teeming with music. Underground clubs, small bands, and gangs of people would hit the streets to play their music.

To learn more about the city’s epic love affair with this genre, check out the Fillmore Jazz Stroll this Saturday. Music, food, booze, and fun. What more can you ask for on a Saturday in San Francisco?

American Beer Festival

Some may argue that the best part of summer in Chicago is the lack of snow, but I disagree!

Summer in the city means two things: Outdoor. Festivals. Chicago has an unbelievable amount of festivals ranging from ‘Mac N Cheese fest’ to ‘Lollapalooza’, but one popular genre has been craft beer.

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Off The Grid: SF Style

Attention foodies: it’s that time of the year again! The infamous Off the Grid is back to serve food at the historic waterfront campus of Fort Mason, offering a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza; which also happens to be California’s largest weekly street food market.

The event offers a full bar with free sides of amazing music, craft beer, and soul. Amongst the music and libations, there is an assortment of food. From pork belly burgers to tikka masala burritos, to Korean fried chicken, and salted caramel cupcakes, there is something to satiate appetites of all SF foodies. If that’s not a party, I don’t know what is.

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