The Top Two Michelin Star Restaurants in San Francisco

On a quest to try every Michelin star restaurant in San Francisco, I’ve yet to be disappointed by one.  You’d think it would be hard to distinguish a favorite amongst so many that are – let’s just say it – MINDBLOWING, but there were two that brought dining out to a whole new level of succulence.


Just South of Market Street inside a huge historic building lies a Moroccan restaurant called Mourad.  It might be easy to miss their small sign, but when you walk through those glass doors you’ll instantly feel lavish like your country club friends who grew up in Newport Beach.

After being to several high end restaurants in San Francisco that serve tiny portions almost too beautiful to eat in a setting similar to a barn or cabin, I slowly learned that dressing up for a fine dining experience isn’t always necessary.

Unfortunately, I wore a jean jacket to Mourad and discovered that it might be one of the last few restaurants in SF where people actually dress to impress.  Just when I was getting used to eating expensive food on cheap plates, going from the gym to dinner with wet hair and no makeup West Coast style, I discovered a place that brought back all the nostalgia from growing up on the East Coast.  This is definitely a place to wear your high heels that are strictly meant for sitting. Luckily, this place is located downtown away from the steep hills.

Now back to the food – we began by splitting two appetizers: fennel salmon and octopus with brussel sprouts and cauliflower.  This is when the war for the last brussel sprout began.  Sharing is caring but when it comes to the most perfectly fried brussel sprouts, your porcelain plate becomes the new battlefield.  You’d have to taste it to understand it.

Every bite was exceptionally flavorful.  If we had been in a barn setting like the other places, I may have actually licked the plate clean.

For the main meal, I debated hardcore between scallops with yam and quinoa or lamb with lentils.  I ended up getting the scallops, my friend got the lamb.  The scallops were the best I’ve ever had; the texture was perfectly soft and buttery and they were bursting with flavor.  While I didn’t try the lamb, I can only say that if they tasted as good as they looked – so perfectly pink and decorated with edible flowers – they would be a staple to order at this Moroccan restaurant.

Gary Danko

From the moment you walk through the doors to the moment you take that last sensational bite, all your needs will be taken care of like you are the Queen of England and the world’s peace is dependent on you enjoying your meal.

Whether you’ve got personal chefs preparing you lavish mimosa brunches every weekend, or you’re just a young adult celebrating a milestone, everyone comes together at Gary Danko for the most mouthwatering food and the most impeccable service.  Seriously, spill a crumb and set your timer to see how long it takes someone to come wipe it up…probably 30 seconds.  And if you’re not used to being catered to, honestly it made me a little nervous because they were almost too thorough, it may seem a bit unsettling.

The best way to enjoy the lavish experience of Gary Danko is with your family, best friends, or significant other. Conversations start out steady and diverse and soon converge into proclamations from everyone about the perfection of the food.  Suddenly, you realize that you’ve never had a good meal in your life, and you may never again be able to enjoy the canned salmon and bagged salad you had the previous night for dinner.

Before you’re sent off back into reality, they give you a going away present: the most incredibly moist muffin so that when you wake up the next morning and you’re staring into your bowl of cheerios and milk, you can know that a better choice exists and the divine experience you had last night doesn’t have to end just yet.

So do your foodie-self a favor and treat your tastebuds to Mourad and Gary Danko.  Hopefully you’ll walk away with not only a full tummy, but also plenty of pictures and a newfound appreciation for the talented chefs in San Francisco who bring these jaw-dropping dining experiences to fruition.



Natural Ways to Comfort a Hangover and Hide it in Style

For some of us who may have made too much liberal use of the Sunday bottomless mimosa brunch concept, Monday mornings can be an even bigger hassle than usual.

Here are a few natural ways you can comfort your suffering, hungover self:

  1. Sip on some peppermint tea

2. Add some ginger

3. Get a Vitamin C boost with Orange Juice

4. Opt for foods high in potassium like bananas, avocados, potatoes, and spinach

5. Drink tons of water

If none of that works, your next option for curing your hangover is “pretending” your hangover is cured.  How do we pretend?  We dress to impress, instead of dressing the way we feel!  Adding some color to your look will distract from the darkness you feel inside.  Big circular shades are not only super trendy, but also super convenient to hide dark circles under your eyes.



Taking a Shower Just got a Whole Lot Better for Adults


Photos courtesy of PangPang/Snask

Say the word “pre-drink” to any person in their twenties and they will understand.  A pre-drink lets you drink at someone’s home before venturing out to the bars for a night.  Now imagine, a pre-drink to the pre-drink.  As you’re taking a shower to get ready for your pre-drink why not start the fun early while you’re all wet and soapy and alone?

A Swedish brewery and creative firm have collaborated to introduce a shower beer that is a 10% pale ale.  It comes in a small 6 ounce bottle that is meant to be drank in just a few sips.  If that’s too much for you, don’t worry it doubles as a hair conditioner.

The shower beer sold out at the launch party.  Apparently, opposites attract: an ice cold beer tastes great in a steaming hot shower.  The success of the initial launch has made the company consider US distribution so perhaps we’ll all be drinking beer in the shower before we know it!


The Pursuit of Thanksgiving Happiness Broken Down into Lists

Happiness comes in many forms.  Tomorrow happiness will be shaped like a turkey for many people, or perhaps even a pumpkin pie.


I’ve gone to two Friendsgiving dinners in the past couple of weeks and both of them had two things in common:

  1. A ton of food
  2. The most sophisticated Fall decor

Tomorrow’s thanksgiving will be slightly different though because there will be two other things on our minds besides the food we eat and the dishes we eat them on.  I’ll be giving thanks for:

  1. the Gilmore Girls four part episode series premiering at midnight
  2. Black Friday sales


Before these events can commence, we need strategies for surviving the meal:

  1. Have a tiny bit of everything
  2. Ditch the before dinner rolls

When you’re in the middle of all the madness, take a deep breath and remember:

  1. Pace yourself, it’s not a race.
  2. Keep your wine glass full.


Make your life easier – what not to wear on Thanksgiving:

  1. Bodycon dress.  Where will the turkey go if you don’t let your stomach breathe?
  2. High-waisted skinny jeans.  You don’t have to go so far as to wear sweatpants, but remember that a stretchy waistband is probably best!

When the meal is over, two things will help you in your overly satisfied state:

  1. Sitting by the fireplace with a green tea in hand
  2. Watching a movie: preferably a cheesy one that starts with a family crisis and ends with a happy family sitting around the table enjoying a holiday dinner.  Bring on the sappiness.





Alcohol-Filled Donuts are Now a Thing

As if the sugary, fatty goodness of donuts weren’t enough, this long-time admired dessert has a new twist for adults.  Habit Doughnut Dispensary in Denver, Colorado is pumping their sugary desserts full of alcohol so that we not only get a sugar hangover, we get an alcohol hangover as well!

Courtesy of Habit Doughnuts Instagram

Habit Doughnuts Instagram

The syringe lets you dispense the alcohol into the donut as you go!  There have definitely been mixed reviews as to whether this is a great idea, simply absurd!

Only time will tell whether “coffee and donuts” will soon be competing with the hipper “alcohol and donuts” trend.

My first thought was to immediately write this off as an impractical novelty.  Filling your donuts with alcohol is definitely a very inefficient way to get drunk considering you’d probably have to eat a lot of donuts to actually feel anything.  I also feel compelled to question the taste of alcohol inside a donut.

Alcohol and donuts are both highly desirable and enjoyable to consume, but there’s a big question in mind as to whether combining the two would ruin the two!

I’d love to hear from anyone who’s tried this new alcoholic donut delicacy!


J. Molly


A New Study that Wine Lovers will Love!

IMG_0845Every once in a while you come across an article that helps you not feel bad about your lifestyle. Remember when a study came out saying that red wine and chocolate is actually healthy for you? I sure do! Of course, we all rejoice and tell ourselves every time we’re drinking wine by the bottle or throwing back chocolate that we’re actually doing something healthy for ourselves (screw the consequences!)

Well the other day I came across another article like this.  A new study from Harvard shows that having two glasses of red wine before bed may help with weight loss.

So the next time you get the late-night munchies, grab a couple glasses of wine instead! They’ll not only be a tasty treat, but they should also help knock you out for a nice full night’s rest! Who cares if it’s accurate, right?  As long as you can successfully convince yourself that it is! Happy sipping!


J. Molly



Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Need something to get you from Wednesday to Friday? While everyone’s gearing up for the Superbowl this weekend, you’re going to need your strength!

This Banana Bread recipe uses healthy alternatives to create a tasty treat!



3 very ripe bananas
2 eggs
1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup honey
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Mix together the applesauce and honey.  Add the mashed bananas and eggs. Mix together until not lumpy. Add whole wheat flour, salt, and baking soda and stir. Pour into baking dish. Cook for 60-70 minutes at 350F. Enjoy!


J. Molly

Recipe: Tomato Cabbage Soup


On a chilly Friday in fall, what’s better than a hot bowl of a nutritious and flavorful soup? While most of my veggie soups are pureed, this one I kept with chunks of vegetables in a broth.


Fresh baby tomatoes, halved
Canned roasted tomatoes (Note: I used some canned because I had them and I didn’t have enough fresh tomatoes, but technically freshly roasted tomatoes would probably be even better!)
Cayenne Pepper

I didn’t put any carrots in, but you could if you want more veggies.  The greatest thing about this soup is that it’s super quick and easy to make!


J. Molly

Pairing your Wine with Fashion and Food

I’ve consulted a wine industry expert, the lovely Chelsea McCormick, wine marketer working for Victorianbourg winery in upstate New York.  Together we’ve created this list of wines that we’ve carefully matched to the perfect meal and the perfect outfit.


Outfit pairing: Pair your merlot with a little black dress.

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Food pairing: rosemary lamb medallions, garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans.


Outfit pairing: Refined and elegant

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Food pairing: snack on some caviar and/or popcorn if you get the munchies


Outfit pairing: office-wear: pencil skirt, sleeveless turtleneck top, burgandy nails, black high heel booties.

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Food pairing: lobster and scallops in a garlic butter sauce


Outfit pairing: summer tee dress

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Food pairing: garden salad/chef salad with raspberry vinagrette

Pinot grigio

Outfit Pairing: skinny jeans, t-shirt, understated pumps

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Food pairing: grilled halibut on top of rice noodles


Outfit pairing: something pink  and classic like a pink dress with pearls

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Food pairing: thai food

Sauvignon Blanc

Outfit pairing: funky/daring/grunge

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Food pairing: roasted lemon chicken with breaded asparagus

Cabernet Sauvignon

Outfit pairing: sophisticated chic

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Food pairing: steak with peppercorn sauce and baked sweet potato

Pinot Noir

Outfit pairing: simple and elegant – lace or sheer top

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Food pairing: salmon on top of a bed of wild rice


Outfit pairing: black leather moto jacket, fringe purse, black thigh high boots

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Food pairing: classic burger with avocado and sweet potato fries

Cabernet Franc

Outfit pairing: boyfriend jeans with plaid button down shirt

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Food pairing: spaghetti and meatballs

Thank you to Chelsea for all the wine pairings advice!

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To keep up on all the latest wine trends and events check out their Facebook page here:


J. Molly

Beginner Baker – Banana Bread

Hi Folks,

Today I experimented by making my first ever banana bread!

Now, I don’t have a mixer, I don’t have the proper banana bread pan, I don’t have vanilla (nor do I ever use it), but I do have an oven, bananas, sugar, flour, and eggs, and trust me, that’s really all ya need to make your apartment smell heavenly!  (Who really cares about eating the dessert as long as it makes your apartment smell nice, right?)

Step One:

Turn on a good movie.  The Bodyguard. Done!

Step Two:

Heat your oven to 350F.

Step Three: 

Combine soft butter (I used margarine) with 2-3 overripe bananas (this was easy because I rarely finish all my bananas before they go bad!)

Step Four:

Mix in 1.5 cups of flour and 1/4 cup brown sugar (the recipe called for 1 cup of white sugar, but I switched it to a little less than 1/4 cup of brown sugar partly because I find that all baked goods always contain way too much sugar…way more than necessary!  And plus, bananas provide enough natural sugar already! I want to indulge without overindulging if you know what I mean…!)

Also add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and just a pinch of salt.

The recipe called for vanilla but I left it out (you can add it for extra flavor if you want!)

Mix it all together.  I used a fork…mainly because that’s all I have to do the trick!

Step Five:

To take the banana bread over the top just a bit I added cinnamon (YUM!) and a few mini chocolate chips…after all, every dessert needs a touch of chocolate, right?

Step Six:

Cook til done! It took mine about 80 mins although most recipes call for just 60 mins.  Let cool.

Step Seven:

Wait there is no step seven.  Just enjoy!


J. Molly



DIY: Edible Shot Glasses

Okay okay, the Fourth of July weekend is over and you probably never want to see another drop of alcohol…at least not until next weekend of course…

This past weekend I spent my Saturday evening chilling around the fire with great friends, country music, food, and drinks before we headed to our fav grungy small town bar.  I spend my time thinking about my outfit to wear to the party.  I picked out the dress, the shoes, curled my newly cut hair, dashed on the mascara, slipped on the heels…and then drank my wine out of a red plastic solo cup.

It’s time to upgrade.

Refinery 29 shows us three cool ways we can make our shot glasses out of our favorite fruits and vegetables.

First, we’ve got these easy to make cucumber shot glasses.

Photographed by Claire Lower, Featured on Refinery 29

Photographed by Claire Lower, Featured on Refinery 29

Next we have kiwi glasses that would definitely add a fun flavor to the liquor of your choice.


Photographed by Claire Lower, Featured on Refinery 29

These strawberry shot glasses would probably be a bit small (more like mini-shots) unless of course you get lucky and find a strawberry on steroids.

Photographed by Claire Lower, Featured on Refinery 29

Photographed by Claire Lower, Featured on Refinery 29


J. Molly


What to Wear to a Brunch or Tea Party

For some, going out to brunch with friends is about the food, but for others, it’s about how much fun it is to wear a brunch-worthy outfit.  Since it’s not the 20th century anymore, your elegant lady-like brunch look should be modern, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your inspiration from the early 1900’s.

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The look featured above will make any brunch more glamorous.  To get this look, start with a long flared silky skirt with a colorful pattern.  Bring all the attention to your feet by wearing a pair of bright booties that match one of the colors in the skirt.  Keep your shirt simple so that you can wear the most magnificent jewelry.  A chunky crystal necklace will make you feel like a glamorous elegant lady.

As you’re sipping your bottomless mimosas, add a little sunshine to your hand by wearing a big gemstone ring that could blind someone if they stare too long.  Carry your personal items in a classic black clutch.

Last but not least, keep your makeup simple.  Add a neutral color lipstick to your lips for a bit of sassy sparkle.


J. Molly

The Intersection of Food and Fashion

Chanel, Courtesy of Refinery 29

Courtesy of Refinery 29

Chanel bag or pancakes? For me that’s a no brainer, but in this case I could have my pancakes and eat it too.

If pancakes aren’t your thing, how about Micky D’s?  Moschino served up some sizzling hot handbags on the runway.

Courtesy of The Bagateur

Courtesy of The Bagateur

So while you can eat your meal and wear it too, I still vote to keep the two separate!


J. Molly

Creative Ideas for Hosting a Tea Party with Friends

Perhaps I’ve been watching too much Mr Selfridge, but a tea party with tea in cute porcelain tea cups and saucers with those three-tiered serving trays, white gloves, big hats, and poofy dresses sounds really good to me right now.  Now if you’re in your twenties you may not actually own any of these awesome things, so here are ways you can make your tea party 20th-Century-British-esque without actually turning the clocks back 100 years and spending your paycheck on things you could never use or wear in public.

It all starts with the food.  It’s always great to serve small finger foods because your guests can socialize while they snack on little tiny bits.  And plus, this adds a sense of properness that seems reminiscent of how the Queen may dine for brunch on the weekends, although not really according to “The Royals” TV show.

Finger food number one is healthy and yummy: cucumber sandwiches.  Be creative with your ingredients.  You could make a variety of cucumber sandwiches, including cheese, tuna, or salmon. They’re cute and fun to prepare with friends, so why not make a bunch!

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For desert you can serve banana wraps.

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Spread some peanut butter or honey on a pita, put a banana on top, then roll it up and slice it into bite size pieces.  Decorate the tray with strawberries and chocolate chips.

Now I know I mentioned earlier that you probably don’t want to break your budget preparing for brunch with friends, but if you want to make one investment, these coasters from Anthropologie will not only look cute as hell, but will also ensure that no more costly damage will be done to your furniture.

Courtesy of Anthropologie, Click to Original Website.

Courtesy of Anthropologie, Click to Original Website.

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Now, there’s one very important thing missing from this list.  Hint: It’s in the title… TEA! Every tea party needs tea…it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.  However, it takes a tea connoisseur to know where to source the tea.  The answer is simple: a) David’s Tea and b) Lupicia.

From David’s tea my favorites are: roasted gyokuro, gyokuro yamishiro, sencha ashikubo, japanese sencha, genmaicha, and tie kwan yin.

From Lupicia, Matsuri will rock your world! Kamo, Bocha, and Chiran are also lovely.  As you may have noticed they’re all green teas I suggested…except for tie kwan yin, which is oolong.  But why not make your tea drinking the healthiest you can with lots of antioxidants?!

Check back soon for an article about what to wear to a tea party.


J. Molly



Saturday Brunch

Today I was in the mood for a fancy home-cooked brunch, so I experimented with a bunch of ingredients in my cupboard and fridge and came up with a concoction that I think was actually not half bad.

Saturday Brunch Egg and Quinoa Stir-Fry

Saturday Brunch Egg and Quinoa Stir-Fry

Ingredients: eggs, quinoa, red onion, frozen tri-color peppers, arugula, raisons, guacamole, fennel seed, pepper, salt, oregano, thyme, parsley, turmeric, and cayenne pepper.

Check out my twitter @mollysrunway to get my latest cooking/fashion/lifestyle tips.

What’s your go-to home-cooked brunch?


J. Molly