Napa Valley wine, Ghirardelli chocolate, and apples plucked from northern California orchards compose just a few of the Golden State goodies that make up each California Delicious gift basket. The West Coast–themed baskets also come in 100% organic varieties, coupling natural fruits and snacks with organic beers and wines. Suited for a range of occasions from Mother's Day to Gift-Basket Awareness Month, each collection of treats is made in California but deliverable to any state.
Teance bags a dizzying array of 65 tea varieties from countless countries on any given day, which means your three-tea flight will move across your tongue's chessboard with an eclectic gambit of flavor. Before you and your guest commit to specific blends, the veteran tea teachers at Teance will happily provide you with a breakdown of each varietal's origins, ingredients, benefits, and likelihood of it causing one's Beanie Baby collection to appreciate in value. A theoretical flight can start with a floral-scented sip of the year's first flush of Darjeeling before plunging into the smooth, creamy depths of wako matcha, which is made by stone-grinding green tea leaves into a fine powder, then whipping it into a thick, frothy, healthy soup. Cap your taste buds' heavenly ascent with the honey-like, chocolate-infused, monkey-picked tikuanyin medium roast, which only grows on the steep, misty slopes of Treasure Mountain. With so many white, green, oolong, red, black, premium, herbal, and loose-leaf teas, the possible combinations are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. And if you stop in on a weekend or lucky weekday, your tasting will also be paired with a complimentary, handmade, seasonal treat
Named in honor of the women in owner Paulo Acosta Cabezas’s life, Mamá Art Cafe creates a local hub for the output of creative energy and the intake of savory snacks. Mamá's baristas brew a lineup of specialty fair-trade organic coffees, with beans culled from Berkeley Coffee and Tea and served up hot and fresh from an array of roasts, flavors, and magic-beanstalk origins. The intimate café setting boasts an interior adorned with local and international artwork—with past art exhibitions showcasing Marta Ayala's paintings and Charles Anselmo's photographs—and the cafe regularly entertains with creative performances, such as dinner tango routines and live jazz music.
Mamá Art Cafe's tireless effort to give back to the community earned the eatery a shout-out from then-Mayor Gavin Newsom with a 2010 Latino Heritage Award for Achievement in Business, as well as honors at the 2011 Annual Hispanic Business Salute.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
This neighborhood coffeehouse has been serving delicious food and house-roasted coffee since 1978. Read on to learn more about this friendly joint.
Considering the generally upscale nature of nearly every San Francisco refrigerator and pantry, it’s no wonder that once-humble corner stores have ratcheted up the luxury goods they offer. At the overstuffed, Berkeley-esque 26th and Guerrero Market, the quality is as obvious as the address. Located in a quiet residential nook of Noe Valley, this place is a haven for organics and green cleaning supplies, as well as vegan and vegetarian foodstuff alternatives, plus fresh produce to rival Whole Foods or Bi-Rite. As the very opposite of those cigarette-and-energy-drink places that exist to extort locals who are too time-crunched to drive to Costco, it not only exudes warmth but possesses that singular amenity: a knowledgeable staff. If any corner store in the city could become a destination for home chefs, 26th and Guerrero Market would be it.