SF LIFE: Ice Cream, Mother’s Day, Plants, Wanderlust, Books
With the warm weather come ice cream cravings and the Ice Cream museum is back with a café too. Celebrating Mom next week? Got some fun finds for you. The Plant sale at the Botanical Gardens has arrived, a good way to bring the outside in. Wanderlust SF is a comin’ – get your Zen on! And head to Berkeley this weekend for the acclaimed Bay Area Book Festival and fill your brain with all the good stuff!
Were you one of the lucky tomatoes to visit the Ice Cream Museum first time around? Great, but for the rest of us, it’s baaaaack. This ice cream-themed art installation of sorts has a new immersive show “Sprinkle Spectacular”. Get ready to surround yourself in pink. Hot news is that the museum has now opened a café and ice cream parlor, Café 1905c (named after the color code for the signature pink!). Oh and how fun, a bar is going to open too, Dive-in.
I imagine there will be bubble gum pink martinis on hand. For now the café serves a limited menu of French fries, doughnuts and of course their own churned ice cream. The bar will have a slightly more adult vibe than the rest of the museum, with leather seats in intimate groupings and lots of drapery. Really isn’t ice cream for everyone? Tomatoes of all ages will appreciate the museum and café – it’s good to be a kid again! www.museumoficecream.com
Mother’s Day Gifts
It’s only a week away and if you are looking for some ideas for your Mom, sister, Aunt, BFF, here are a few locals with stunning offerings.
Amazing local jewelry designer Peggy Li has just opened a space in the mission where you can meet her by appointment only. Or shop online for her minimalist, sophisticated jewelry. New arrivals include affordable simple gem teardrop earrings, cushion cut rings and even a Khaleesi ring – a must have for GOT fans. Affordable and elegant, but unique. What more could you desire? Peggy wants all women to feel beautiful, so they have more confidence and feel powerful. I say yes to that. Enjoy 20% off for Three Tomato Subscribers through May 10th with code MOMDAY. www.peggyli.com
If you know someone, or are a fan of succulents, Jennifer Ahlstrand of West wind succulents, creates masterpiece arrangements out of those lovely plants. Unique vessels are home to the succulents she lovingly tends. Hollowed out drift wood and vintage pots lovingly hold the plants. Hanging succulents look amazing and one even graces my home now. Custom orders, classes and more. http://www.westwindsucculents.com
May 4-5. Plant Sale
The Spring Plant Sale is happening this weekend, so hurry to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens for greenery you won’t find at your local Home Depot! You will encounter over 4,000 different kinds of plants, many exclusive to the Garden’s own nursery. Indoor and outdoor plants will be begging you to take them home.
Bringing plants into your home increases oxygen and abundance (according to our Feng Shui experts), so why not go to the location with the best selection! General admission is 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 – 3 on Sunday. The San Francisco County Fair building is where all the greens can be found. Get the details.
For 10 years, Wanderlust festival has gathered teachers, experts, musicians and creators at stunning resorts for transformational experiences. For the first time, the festival is coming to our city. This weekend you can start your day with an early morning yoga session, grab a cup of tea on your way to a sound bath, then grab a bite from a delicious local food purveyor.
Next invigorate your mind at a cutting-edge speakeasy talk. Afternoon may find you in a calming yoga nidra class or for adventurous tomatoes perhaps a flight in an aerial yoga hammock. There are yoga and meditation offerings for beginners to novices. What a way to spend a weekend, enjoying the beauty that is Golden Gate Park and taking much needed Zen time for yourself. www.wanderlust.com
May 4-5. Book Fest
For literary minded Tomatoes, the Bay Area Book Festival is taking over Berkeley this weekend. Book lovers will meet hundreds of acclaimed authors and attend events at over 10 indoor stages throughout Berkeley. For murder mystery enthusiasts you can attend a panel titled “Criminally Good Writing”. Tomatoes take note that there are dozens of sessions relevant to Women Lit as well.
Foodies rejoice as all-star chef Kwame Onwuachi is interviewed. His kitchen wizardry and unique flair for fusion have been praised internationally. This 28-year-old Top Chef competitor shares his culinary coming-of-age-story. Too many fabulous events both Saturday and Sunday, to mention, so check them out at http://www.baybookfest.org