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          • October 17, 2019 Head West Marketplace
            Head West Marketplace

            Delicious adult beverages, shopping and epic views of San Francisco - what could be more fun on a Saturday!

            We'll be popping up with a fantastic array of artisans and makers on October 19th for the Head West Marketplace at Hangar 1 Vodka Distillery in Alameda.

            We'll be offering a festive array of our products for 25% off! Other vendors include Common Shade, EIGHT + SAND, Tumbleweed Tienda, Revive Kombucha and Dirty Mermaid Beauty. 

            Now is the time to get a jump on holiday shopping, plus this neighborhood has a lot to offer...

            Hangar 1 Vodka
            As its name suggests, this Alameda native pays homage to the city's history as a naval hub with aviation-themed details, a model propeller plane, and light streaming through the OG hangar windows. The distillery has grabbed headlines recently with its limited-edition Fog Point vodka made with Karl the Fog himself, but its recently revamped tasting room and visitors' center is the real draw. Discover all that goes into distilling your favorite spirits during a guided tour of the 60,000-square-foot facility, then head to the vintage-inspired, foliage-filled tasting room to sample six vodkas, including the popular Buddha's Hand Citron. // 2505 Monarch St.

            Rock Wall Wine Company
            Father-daughter duo Kent and Shauna Rosenblum are heavy hitters in the Bay Area winemaking scene, with Shauna having grown up at Rosenblum Cellars, the winery Kent ran until 2008. Today, the two operate Rock Wall in a converted hangar with Shauna as head winemaker. Stop in for samples in the tasting room or a glass on the back deck where views stretch across the Bay to SF. // 2301 Monarch St.

            Scolari's at the Point
            Adjacent to Rock Wall Winery at the Alameda Naval Air Station—and a roving Airstream food truck. Order fried chicken (choose white or dark meat) with Nashville hot sauce, pork belly collard greens, and biscuits. // 2301 Monarch St.

            Faction Brewing
            "Come for the beer, stay for the view." This repurposed airplane hangar's slogan rings true, with 20-plus original brews and a spacious front patio where crowds often spill out for the stellar vista of San Francisco's skyline. Wacky murals dominate the interior, and the tasting room stays busy serving pints and flights—locals love the island-exclusive A-Town pale ale. // 2501 Monarch St.

            St. George Spirits
            Long before Monarch Street was christened Spirits Alley, St. George stood alone as the sole liquor producer at Alameda Point—the distillery has been crafting whiskey, gin, brandy, and the like in Alameda since 2004. Tour the sprawling industrial space to get a behind-the-scenes look at the old-timey copper pot stills, or book time at the tasting room to sample six St. George classics, such as the California citrus vodka and absinthe verde. // 2601 Monarch St.

            Building 43 Winery
            Husband-and-wife team Tod Hickman and Meredith Coghlan craft their wine varietals using California-grown grapes. Go for $10 tastings, karaoke nights, and live music at the dog-friendly urban winery. // 2440 Monarch St.

          • October 16, 2019 World Food Day
            World Food Day

            Today is World Food Day, a day to celebrate the world’s farmers and focus attention on hunger, nutrition, poverty, and how to change food and agriculture. This year’s theme is "Our Actions Are Our Future: Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World."

            Women play an important role in food and nutrition security around the globe — as food producers, nutritional gatekeepers, scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and government and business leaders. Unfortunately, they face many obstacles as a result of discrimination, from fewer educational opportunities to less funding. Research from AgFunder, the New Food Economy, and Karen Karp & Partners finds that just 5% of investment dollars in 2018 went to agri-food tech startups with at least one female founder, yet woman-led startups in tech generate a 35% higher return on investment than their male-run counterparts.

            Food Tank is honoring World Food Day by highlighting the stories of 14 inspiring women around the globe who work every day to empower small farmers, advance food as medicine, and rethink the ways people access and afford food.

          • October 14, 2019 Labyrinth at Land’s End
            Labyrinth at Land’s End

            Burnt once, destroyed twice, and rebuilt at the edge of the continent, the labyrinth at Land’s End may be Land’s End’s most beautiful secret.

            San Francisco artist Eduardo Aguilera was first inspired by learning about other historic labyrinths, and then moved to create his own after spending time along the rocky shoreline of Land’s End, lighting candles and creating a small shrine to, in the artist’s own words, “peace, love and enlightenment.”

            Aguilera’s creation is constructed simply of a stone outline following the classic seven-circuit Chartres labyrinth. At first he hoped to keep it anonymous but his work was quickly discovered by other hikers and explorers.

            The labyrinth has been destroyed on two occasions by persons unknown, but Aguilera rebuilt it each time. In 2004 the artist lit the labyrinth with candles for the Winter Solstice, and in 2005 he lit it ablaze for the Vernal Equinox.

            On a dramatic outcropping with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands and out to sea, the labyrinth’s location is naturally both peaceful and majestic. The labyrinth is not officially endorsed by the Land’s End National Park area, and the trails leading to the promontory are unmaintained. Visitors be warned: the cliffside location can be windy and slippery.

            Aguilera has constructed at least two other labyrinths in the Marin Headlands and San Bruno Mountains.

            Copy courtesy of Atlas Obscura

          • October 12, 2019 Say “Kay-Feeco”
            Say “Kay-Feeco”

            I have been trying to go to Che Fico for over a year!

            Delighted to report I scored reservations for next month; I only had to set my alarm for 5am, 30 days in advance of the date I wanted, ha, ludicrous, I know! But whatever it takes and it's a very special celebration for my hubs' one year anniversary at his dream job.

            What is Che Fico? It's an Italian Taverna in San Francisco’s Nopa neighborhood. They offer a place to gather with friends and enjoy warm hospitality, food and drink, through an approachable menu and convivial ambiance. The food focuses on Italian cuisine through the lens of California. It’s our vision of Northern California as if it is a region in Italy, our connection to the region and our love for Italian culinary practices. The rustic, market-driven menu features handmade pasta, pizzas, antipasti, housemade salumi, meat and fish plus dishes from the Jewish-Roman heritage known as “Cucina Ebraica.” 

            Sono così emozionato (I'm very excited)!