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    The fires to north have affected all of us in the Bay Area and beyond. The devastation is extensive and heartbreaking. We’ve put together some valuable information and resources on ways that you can help.
    I’d first like to mention a family that is near and dear to everyone at Off Your Plate. Susan Forbes used to be a wonderful […]

  • Nestled into a particularly beautiful stretch of Sonoma County’s 55-mile coast, Bodega Bay is a favorite destination for Bay Area residents as well as travelers.
    This long-time home to a fishing boat fleet is a small, friendly town with a few shops and art galleries and excellent seafood restaurants.
    Bodega Bay is jammed with hiking a […]

  • Think you’re short on storage? Look around: You may be missing out on tons of potential storage space on your walls. Try these smart and stylish ways to take advantage of those unused surfaces.

    Smart Organizer
    Great for an entry, home office or kitchen, this dry-erase wall caddy gives you a functional way to organize all your daily ess […]

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    Appetizers are always a great treat in the summer. Check out these light and simple recipes.
    EVERY HERB PESTO
    Seven fresh herbs give this pesto ample flavor while ground Marcona almonds add subtle crunch. You’ll want to put this every herb pesto on everything.

    INGREDIENTS

    1/2 cup Marcona almonds, toasted
    2 cloves garlic, peeled
    1 […]

  • We all know Ikea is a good go to place for inexpensive goodies and such, but don’t you ever just want more? Maybe you have design in mind that you don’t see at Ikea or maybe there’s a better way you can utilize what you already have. Trolling the interwebs I’ve come across a website that does just that called &#822 […]

  • 10 Step Guide for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions

    Are you tortoise or hare? For New Year’s resolutions it pays to go slow and make sure you get there.

    One of the main reasons that New Year’s resolutions are so often forgotten before January is out is that they frequently require habit change.
    And habits, without the right tec […]

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    Photo from TIME
    One minute it seems like the holidays will never get here and the next thing you know they’re right around the corner. But there’s no need to panic. If you procrastinated on your holiday shopping this year, check out this list of last-minute gift ideas that not only don’t require you to get up from your computer to p […]

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    I read this post recently and fell in love with how genuine and true.  I usually shy away from these sorts of lists but this one I had to share and it also seems fitting with New Year’s coming up.

    1. Buy yourself a good pair of shoes. A really good pair of shoes. A could walk around the city for 8 hours and feel okay pair of sho […]

  • Warm up friends and family with these 5 delicious cocktails.
    Mott & Mulberry

    Leo Robitschek of The Nomad Bar in NYC uses fresh apple cider and maple syrup in his perfect cold-weather cocktail.
    INGREDIENTS

    1 ounce rye
    1 ounce Luxardo Amaro Abano
    3/4 ounce apple cider
    1/4 ounce pure maple syrup
    1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
    Ice
    5 thin a […]

  • The Innovation Hangar is hosting their first ever Halloween event. See details below:
    When: Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

    Where: Innovation Hangar – 3301 Lyon St. SF, CA. 94123
    Tickets HERE.

    The Innovation Hangar invites you and your frightening family to the Curse of the Palace.
    Tire out your kids bef […]

  • An ambitious new specialty market is coming to the ground floor of the former Sears building in Uptown Oakland.
    Newberry Market & Deli is being billed as the anchor tenant for the ground floor of the Uptown Station project at 20th Street and Broadway. The 400,000 square foot mixed retail and office building is being redeveloped by La […]

  • How to enjoy the Burning Man Experience from the Comfort of your Own Home (just in case you felt bad about not going):
     

    Tear down your house. Put it in a truck. Drive 10 hours in any direction. Put the house back together. Invite everyone you meet to come over and party. When they leave, follow them back to their homes, drink all […]

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    1. ArtSpan

    934 Brannan Street, SoMa San Francisco, CA
    ArtSpan produces SF Open Studios, the Art for City Youth program, artist networking events, and artist professional development workshops throughout the year.
     

    2. Project Night Night

    Haight-Ashbury San Francisco, CA
    Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages ea […]

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    Because sometime you have to treat yourself. And when you do it, go BIG!
    1. The French Laundry
    Address: 6640 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

    A Yountville farmhouse surrounded by a “perfectly manicured courtyard” and organic gardens sets the stage for what some deem “the ultimate” meal – Thomas Keller’ […]

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    I love watching cooking shows and some online forums.I especially like the easy methodology to cook healthy and proactively. Here are some of my favorites that are healthy and not healthy at the same time.
    I love “Fit Men Cook” – this online vlog addition to creative and healthy eating is great!!

    Yum! Yum! Yum!
    Another […]

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    Remember your favorite T.V. shows forever in this tactful artistic way. Here are some of my favorite art pieces that I could find online. Not only are they great to look at, they are lovely conversation starters.
     

    Twin Peaks inspired art. You can see more of the artist’s goodies on their Etsy store.

    Have you seen that new sh […]

  • Bathrooms are one of those places that we often forget about that can quickly become a hectic place where clutter goes to die. Here are some handy creative ideas that could help.
    1. Baskets!! Yes, baskets! Utilize your wall space by hanging up some baskets and storing your items in them. This will free up counter space as well as doubling […]

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    This upcoming Tuesday Make: Magazine will be hosting a “Wearable Electronics” meet up at their NEW lab in San Francisco. This event is FREE and open to the public!
     

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    The Bay Area is full of some wonderful talent. Please journey with me and discover some of my recent local favorites:
     
    Dive into the crazy and complex world of John Casey and his characters.

    Alison Ok Frost paints often disturbing images yet.. they aren’t all disturbing.

    Hamilton Cline – Draws caricatures and was rece […]

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    Move Loot is one of the greatest things I’ve heard about recently. The idea behind Move Loot is they function as the middle man between the seller of quality used furniture from your home or office and resell it with delivery. Did I say high quality… because that exactly what you get. Not only is the concept great but the idea […]

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    Dust off your top hat and grab your lady and head over to the Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace. The fair is running on the weekends until Dec. 21st.

    The fair offers up the cheer of yesteryear. Shop and feast in London (but in SF), grad your holiday gifts or just take the family for fun. Catch a dance, a band, or a play on the stage.
    The Gr […]

  • The holiday season is upon us and that means it’s time for holiday parties and Christmas shopping. Off Your Plate is here for all your holiday needs this season. We can help with the party planning, shopping, and all other things you may not be able to get to during the busy season.
    Do you have family coming to town? We can help you […]

  • You do not want to miss on all the great Black Friday buys. Here’s a list of some of the best SF Black Friday places to go, see and buy.
    Black Friday Deals & Events | Union Square
    Friday, November 28, 2014
    Source: visitunionsquaresf.com
    At the center of it all is the 2014 Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Ceremony at around 6:40 […]

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    I know.. I know.. going outside of the city may seem hard on a regular basis. I want to tell you one reason why you will want to visit the sunny East Bay. The Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop in Temescal. Have you heard of this place?? Well darn.. now is the time. I know this may seem far away but really… you must visit.
    Owner Jena Davidson […]

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    The web is full of information – You can literally find a ton of  interesting things on the world of the web. You can further your education and interests online for free. I want to share some of the best websites and platforms that I’ve found helpful and just plain awesome.

    DIY websites are popping up everywhere these days. […]

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    Ever wonder what happens to many of the art pieces that you see at Burning Man go after the event ends. Or where one would build something so large in scale and wonder. We know of one place are are lucky enough to know many folks that work out of this industrial art paradise. Where you say? American Steel in West Oakland. Please join me […]

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    Rosenblum Cellars just moved from their home of 25 years in Alameda to Jack London Square in Oakland. I visited the new tasting room this weekend.  It’s sad to think of the old location being gone forever but the new spot was glorious with wonderful bay views and a nice outside seating area. One definite improvement is the tasting […]

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    A while back we wrote a post about The Trifecta of Going Green. I think we need to revisit this topic and dive further into the mystery and wonder of Mason Jar Meals.
    People are becoming so creative and resourceful these days. Using a mason jar or other reusable items can definitely help reduce our carbon footprint.

    Here are some great […]

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    You may have heard already but just in case you haven’t – Ai Weiwei is having a large exhibit at Alcatraz called @Large. The show opened up to the public on 9/27 and is a must see. Weiwei pushes the boundaries in regards to political prisoners and incarcerations affect of society. The show features seven site specific pieces e […]

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    In celebration of banned books week – I wanted to bring up the fact that the Alternative Press Expo (APE) is coming to town soon. APE is associated with Comic Con, yet caters to independent books and comics. This event is low priced and good for the whole family – […]

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    I love creative and funny people, especially someone who can cook. Have you ever heard of “Thug Kitchen”? Thug Kitchen bring the sassy back to the kitchen. WARNING!!! This is not for kids!! At times the language can be crass, however the food is great.

    My recent favorite recipe is for Late Summer Tomato Nectarine Pasta.

    As […]

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    There are a couple forums that are great for DIY projects with a Tech emphasis. Many of these projects are great for the whole family. We’ve mentioned adult based DIY projects – What about making fun things with your kids and teaching them about engineering and design.

    My favorite websites for projects:

    Instructables.com
    Mak […]

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    I love that song, but could definitely do without the feeling!
    Given the 6.0 earthquake the rolling, vine filled hills of wine country experienced this past weekend, the question begs…were you earthquake ready? Whether you had major, minimal or no damage, will you be ready for the next one?
    Just in case, here are a few nuggets I une […]

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    In honor of Small Business Week we would like to publicly thank all of our amazing customers who have given us, at Off Your Plate the privilege of working with you.  We started this company 5 years ago because we love helping busy people regain control of their living rooms, closets, offices, moving details, time, sanity, and most impor […]

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    There really is no end to what we will help you organize! This time, it’s your brackets!
    You may have noticed it’s March Madness and at least 1 out of every few is College Basketball Crazy.  To help you keep up to date we’re now entering the sweet 16.  Whether you, your coworkers, friends, neighbors, UPS man are entren […]

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    Another year and time to set some resolutions (again)!  Here’s the difference, this year you will be resolute and keep them!  And, of course we are here to help!
    This time, this year set SMART goals. Channel sales training and gravitate to the acronym that works for you.  For us it’s  SMART.  SMART goals are ones that are […]

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    Getting a cold or flu will certainly bring you down but it doesn’t need to knock you out. It’s still possible to get things done – albeit with a few modifications.
    Do you recall the time in your life when you could actually drop everything and stay in bed to mend when you were sick?  And when you did the world would go on wi […]

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    It’s 5:05 on Friday afternoon and while a nice full glass of wine is beckoning, you can’t help but be distracted by the thought that in just a few short days the craziness will begin..again.  Where did summer go?!
    We hope and trust you enjoyed long lazy days, late dinners, obscenely obstructed schedules, gorgeous getaways and […]

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    There’s almost nothing I love more than shiny things!  Yes, that includes stainless steel.  Not as exciting as jewelry, but it excites me nonetheless.  In an effort to make it an easier constant I searched for some help.  The folks at Good Housekeeping, living up to their name had the best advice, in my experience… as long […]

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    In honor of Small Business Week we would like to publicly thank all of our amazing customers who have given us, at Off Your Plate the privilege of working with you.  We started this company 4 years ago because we love helping busy people regain control of their living rooms, closets, offices, moving details, time, sanity, and their live […]

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     – Graduation Party – Cliffs Notes Version
    Last minute cramming. Feels like finals.
    In case you’ve planned a party for this weekend but need just a few extra ideas here are some of our favorites:
    1.  Treats:
    Recipe:
    Chocolate fudge-covered square graham crackers or Ghiradelli chocolate squares
    Reese’s mini chocolate […]

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    Tell me again why Monday is so close to Friday and Friday so far from Today?
     
    6 Tips to Make This Monday (a little more) Easy:

    Adjust to the workweek routine at your own pace.  As you transition from a casual weekend state of mind to becoming very professional ease into it so it isn’t as stressful.  Set short, easily attai […]

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    Not Quite Ready for the Party
    You have the menu, drinks & decorations. You’ve shopped, assembled, sliced, chopped and mixed.  You’re ready but… your house is…. not!  Don’t panic, we have 8 shortcuts to get your home party-ready quick.
    1. Recalibrate and let go of your inner perfectionist.  Your home doesn’t need to be c […]

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    Attacking a closet can be overwhelming, so proceed with caution. It’s hard to find the time to clean and more importantly keep your closet clean and organized. But once you do, you will be thrilled with how much easier it is to treat your closet like your own designated shopping area.

    A few tips:
    Recycle: Too many clothes? Living in an […]

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    The New Year is all about re-invention. New haircut? Do it! New raw food cleanse? Go for it! I am an advocate for anything that produces positivity within yourself and gives you a reason to look forward to the future. Sure there are the typical New Year’s Resolutions; diet, exercise, quit smoking, cook more, etc. Most of which don’t l […]

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    This Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe IS the Real Deal

    I have always had a dream of someday being the mom that makes the best chocolate chips cookies on the block. Silly, yes, I know, but true!
    So, over the past decade I have been working to make this domestic dream a reality; having tried multiple recipes, and tweaking the ever so famous ev […]

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    I recently had a birthday, and one of my most favorite gifts was this fun little 15 minute-glass. It’s cute, different, and a fresh twist on the classic board game timer. It sits on a shelf right right about the top of my laptop screen, giving me silent warnings and deadlines (ie. write a new blog post already, would you…onl […]

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    I have walked past The Shade Store a handful of times, while strolling down Fillmore Street.  I always liked the facade and was charmed by the helpful, but not overbearing sales folks that worked there.  I had a client who needed solar-shades for a few rooms in her home last Spring, and I decided to take a chance on them.  I went in, s […]

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    Some people hate V-Day…but how can you hate L-O-V-E?  Sure it’s probably a bit blown out of proportion, thanks to Hallmark, but in the end what’s so bad about celebrating something so positive?  I happen to like Valentine’s Day.  Maybe it’s because I was raised by a mom who loved it too – she enjoyed her classroom full of k […]

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    Well, noting the date of our last blog post, it is clear that we at OYP have not been taking our own advice. Our sincerest apologies…life even gets busy for us sometimes! Nonetheless, we are back in action for our busiest season of the year…the holidays! Yes, besides their intrinsic joy, the holidays tend to make us all crazed […]

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    One of my best friends recently had a baby. Thus, we are both a bit busy. In an effort to still see each other on a regular basis, we have developed a routine. I go over to her house early in the morning before work (after all, she’s up!), we get coffee, and then take a walk or jog with the baby in the stroller. This way, I get to see m […]

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    No matter where your summer vacation—or stay-cation—takes you, it’s important to plan ahead so you can use your vacation time to the max and enjoy all that summer has to offer. Here are some tips to help you save time this summer, whether you’re at a week-long stay at the beach, headed for a day trip in the park, or relaxing at ho […]