summer trip, summer sale, favors, and etc

August 3, 2011 |  Category:   the biz

Do you know we do wedding favors? We’ve been doing them since our first year when a customer asked about favors, and now the hearts and pillowy packages of marshmallow cubes are the most popular favor requested. These are some recent(ish) favors we’ve sent out.

So…in exactly 2 weeks we’ll be on an airplane headed to our annual August Seattle trip to visit the in-laws, but this time we’re tacking on Northern California first to go visit my brother and his new baby (yes, I have a brother!) and some old friends. I haven’t been to San Francisco in 15 years and it was just a day stop when Mark and I drove across country to move to New York, but prior to that, the last time I spent any amount of time in the city was in 1990 during one of my many traveling adventures. We’ll have 4 full days there and no doubt will cram as much in as possible. Any thoughts on things we should hit?

We’ll be away for nearly 3 weeks which is the longest we’ve been away from the business. We’re nervous about leaving the cat, who is still hanging in there despite his illness and his occasional bad days, and we’re nervous about shutting the business down for 3 weeks and not making any income during that time (a HUGE compromise when you don’t get paid vacations from an employer). But we’ve made a promise to travel with the girls as long as it’s something we can swing financially without too much sacrifice and it’ll give Mark a nice break before we regroup for the Fall and the holidays. In the meantime, we’d like to keep Mark busy in the kitchen for the next 10 days, so we’re having a little summer sale (if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, then you may have already heard). Use code SUMMERSALE11 on either our website or our Etsy shop and save 15% off of your total order until August 12th. After the 14th, our shop will be closed until September 2nd.

ps. thanks for all your comments on the whole ad thing. You know I appreciate your comments, right? And if I could get threaded comments to work on here, it’d be so much easier to respond to each of your comments, but as it is, I don’t always get a chance to respond back. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do about ads yet, and given my lack of motivation to do anything these days, probably nothing. How’s that for a lame answer? I think this vacation can’t come soon enough…

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  • sarah August 3, 2011 at 11:31 am

    hi jenna! i’m not sure if you’re looking for suggestions on things to do, but I do have a couple places to stop & eat! the last couple of times we went to san fran we stopped for ice cream at this little place called bi-rite creamery. it’s quite tasty, though very busy at times! Also, Brenda’s French Soul Food is a tiny breakfast place (also with a long line). The sweet potato pancakes are killer & worth the wait! Oh, and if you randomly find yourself in Oakland then try Brown Sugar Kitchen for their chicken & waffles. YUM!
    If you’re looking for a side-trip out of the city into the great outdoors check the schedule for the Point Bonita Lighthouse. It’s only open certain hours on certain days, but it’s amazingly beautiful if you have time to swing by for a visit. There’s a few pictures of it on my blog about our trip there last year.
    Have a fun trip 🙂

  • Alice August 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Hi, I’m a recent follower of your blog and just wanted to say how much I appreciate your writing as much as I do the images! Just wanted to recommend Loving Cup (, if you get a chance to go to Russian Hill in SF. They’re known for their rice pudding and yogurt, but they have the BEST apple cider I’ve ever had in my LIFE. (And I don’t even really like apple cider to begin with.) Plus, the shop is adorable and I love the aesthetics of the interior design.

  • tina August 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I used to live in San Fran, and I can’t imagine of a better vacation, enjoy, San Francisco and NYC are my very favorite places on earth. There are so many things you guys can do with the girls in those 4 days, I will tell you some things I would do with my toddler in the city:
    -Yerba Buena Garden : beautiful place, around downtown area, gardens, coffee places, movie theaters, museums, shops, all together in the same place.
    -Golden Gate Park: nice, big park (not as big and beautiful as Central Park) and you can take great pics there, and it’s fun for the kids.
    -The Downtown area: very croweded but very cool. Lots of nice places to eat, cool shops, the cable car main station right there (you have to take it w/ the girls)
    -Ocean Beach: amazing view of the Pacific Ocean and then you guys can grab lunch there and enjoy an amazing view.
    -The Castro: just because it is such a cool neighborhood full of good places to eat.
    -Walk the Golden Gate Bridge, it is an amazing bridge, nothing really to do there, just walk and see the bay.
    -The Filmore neighborhood, very nice restaurants and stores.
    Dolores Park: (close to The Castro) another amazing little park.
    Im gonna stop now ’cause I think you are going to be there just 4 days. I hope you guys enjoy and take lots of pictures please.

  • lyn August 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

    seesaw cafe with the kids
    pizzetta 211 — for well pizzas–
    trouble coffee
    lands end trail near ocean beach
    fishermans wharf with the kiddos
    the farmers market at the ferry bldg
    golden gate park with the kids

  • Renita August 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Jenna – … there will be lots of outdoor concerts and events so check out SFGate for activities in the city … and don’t forget the East Bay, we got love too …. activities can be found in the East Bay Guardian. Weather wise it’s typical Northern Cali …. be prepare for cold mornings and fog burn off for the afternoon. Although it can be warm, people always think it’s ‘L.A. hot’ in the San Francisco Bayarea.

  • Maureen August 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Jenna – SF is awesome… while we haven’t been to this particular place, my friends went and their pictures looked awesome. It is the Koret Children’s Playground in Golden Gate Park. I also second the recommendation for the farmers market at the Ferry Building (I can’t recall if it is Saturdays or Sundays).

    There are some amazing museums up there as well. I think a lot of the great sciency ones are over in Berkeley.

    Have a fun vacation and enjoy your time off!

  • Diane August 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Japanese Tea Garden & Muir Woods. Don’t forget to ride cable cars to the Lombard Street (kids will love it!), and visit buffalos in the Golden Gate Park!

  • jodi August 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    take the girls to the exploratorium! my husband & i had a blast there in april. it’s super fun for everyone.

  • Jenna August 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    @jodi In 1990, I slept in the parking lot of the Exploratorium in a van for 1 night. Ha, that is my only association of that place!

  • kimia kline August 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Just moved out of San Fran to India 2 months ago and have lots of recs for you 🙂

    See: Flora Grub Gardens (Its like a magical wonderland)

    Eat: Serpentine, Nopa, Tartine, Maykadeh (if you like Persian food), Bi Rite Creamery (best ice cream in the city), Chez Maman or Chez Papa (authenticccc French)

    Visit: Asian Art Museum, the Buffalo heard in Golden Gate Park (weather permitting), Strawberry Hill, Science Museum, Fly a kite in Crissy field

    Have an amazing time!

  • Funaek August 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Shoot – there goes my diet (I mean healthy eating). What a great idea to kick off a sale before your vacation! I’ll be stocking up on some cookies and hope you have a great vacation with plenty of beautiful pictures to post here (sorry no suggestions for northern CA, as I only know southern CA).

  • Joy August 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    the ferry building farmer’s market is on saturdays until 2ish – tons of fruits/veggies/flowers and great food.

    golden gate park is closed to traffic on sundays – lots of places for pics and outdoor activities, and the academy of sciences museum (check their website for exhibits)

    walk across the golden gate bridge – great pics, bring jackets!

    catch the trolley up california – don’t wait in the lines downtown!

  • jen August 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    how wonderful! 3 weeks! one place i highly recommend visiting with kids is the academy of science in golden gate park. you can also hit the de young museum which is right across from the academy of science. then you can go to san tung for some great dumplings and fried chicken. if the weather is clear, i also recommend doing a picnic and a walk at chrissy field. and if you want any suggestions for the east bay let me know! i can make a lot of suggestions…. have a great vacation!!!!

  • Tara August 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    As a SF native, here are the places that I would recommend for a short trip (with kids):

    Farmer’s Market at Ferry Building (Saturday mornings); stroll along the Embarcadero waterfront.

    Hyde Street Cable Car (from Powell Street to Aquatic Park); from Aquatic park you can walk around Fisherman’s Wharf and then return to downtown via the Embarcadero (walking) or the F-Market line (they run vintage trolleys on that line). The Wharf is really touristy. Beware.

    Golden Gate Park: Museums! The newly-renovated CA Academy of Sciences is the best for kids! It has a planetarium, an aquarium and a biosphere/rainforest. Or if you prefer fine art, the De Young currently has a Picasso exhibit. Both museums are in the same concourse area, also near the Japanese Tea Garden and the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

    I second the visit to the children’s playground. It has a carousel. (Really you can walk all over the park for an entire day and sightsee. Many people don’t realize it, but it is MUCH larger than Central Park – at 1000+ acres it is the largest urban park.)

    As for restaurants, you can’t go wrong. Check out The Mission District and North Beach/Little Italy area.

    Bring layers! SF can be cold and windy. Especially if you walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Enjoy your trip!

  • susie August 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    alcatraz night tour. amazing to see in the evening.
    ggb is a bit crowded since they closed off one side of it. so becareful of the bikers.

  • Ashley August 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Most of the comments mentioned all the places I love except one. Cavallo Point is a great place to grab a bite and a cocktail. If the weather is nice you can sit out on their porch in a rocking chair with the GG Bridge framed view, sipping a drink. Right next to Cavallo is the Bay Area Discovery Museum Awesome spot for kids under 10. I am sure you know this but SF is pretty cold in the summer. Be sure to pack warmer clothes.

    Have a great trip!

  • Natalie August 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    i grew up in the bay area so san francisco is especially dear to my heart. my childhood summers were spent at the california academy of sciences and the exploratorium – so those would be great places to take claudine and mia. there are so many great eateries in the mission district especially (and the murals there are so great) – tonayense for great (michelin starred?!) burritos, la victoria for great mexican bakery treats; the ferry plaza farmers market on saturdays is a must-see; tartine for great bread; i’ve heard so many good things about outerlands too if you get a chance. i love walking the stretch of columbus ave through north beach down to fisherman’s wharf & ghirardelli square. and cable car rides!! spending a day up in marin county or sausalito is beautiful as well. hope you have a great vacation!

  • tina August 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I just came back from SF. I was just there for 4 days without kids so I can’t really recommend any kiddie things to do there but definitely go have ice cream at Bi-rite creamery. If the line is too long, Humphrey Slocumbe is another one to try and in the same neighborhood (I think) but Bi-rite was my favorite.

    Oh and another thing, if you go for dim sum, I wouldn’t recommend Yank Sing. It had great reviews from Yelp readers and it was good but when our bill came, I gave a little yelp. It was $75 for just the two of us!

  • Tina August 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I forgot the Ferry’s Building YOU HAVE TO GO

  • Sherry August 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Just one more vote for the Ferry Building! You must see it to compare…and get some sea salt chocolates from Recchiuti’s…best ever! Oh.. and breakfast omelettes at Mo’s in North beach. Have a great time!

  • tomoko August 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    hey jenna – it’s been a year since i asked you to help with some cookie packages for some out-of-town guests for my wedding! man, time flies. i’ve since moved to sf! quite a change, i tell you. i see everyone has listed lots so you have tons of info…but one add on. one of my favorite neighborhoods (and where my letterpress workshop is) is the dogpatch. it’s super tiny of like 3 blocks but it’s quiet and always sunny and warm (you know sf summers are pretty cold). there’s a great local ice cream shop called mr. and mrs miscellaneous with super creative flavors…and a cute cafe/bar called piccino in the yellow building…and next door to that is a cute boutique MAC. if you want a lazy few hours where parking is easy (another challenge), i’d recommend this area~
    have fun!

  • cg August 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    For delish sweets: Mr & Mrs. Miscellaneous ice cream in Dogpatch, there is also Humphry Slocum as well (lots of *gourmet* ice creameries, beside Bi-Rite). Dynamo Donuts as well. Fillmore Bakeshop. Fraiche (also on Fillmore)Yum.

    Folks have already mentioned The Exploratorium, Academy of Sciences/GGP, Ferry Building. You could also visit Fort Point and walk along Crissy Field, Ocean Beach (may not be warm), Fort Funston to watch the hang gliders (dog friendly park, fyi). Yerba Buena Gardens/MOMA is also a fun place to be and there’s a playground with two huge (TALL) slides, carousel, ice skating rink, and bowling alley all in the same area across the street (south). If the Giants are playing you can take in a game at the AT&T ballpark or walk along the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building to the ball park -there is a playground near the ball park. I’d also recommend walking around Potrero Hill, Noe Valley, and Hayes Valley.

  • Meghan August 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Do you have a pricing guide for favors? Can you give me a rough estimate of how much 100 marshmallow heart favors would cost? Thanks!

  • Emily August 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Humphry Slocombe
    burritos in the Mission
    Ferry Building
    North Beach
    Fisherman’s Wharf
    Ocean Beach
    Sutro baths– really cool ruins and caves by the ocean
    walk across Golden Gate Bridge
    Stern Grove–free concerts on Sundays

    If you get out of San Francisco at all (with a car!)–
    Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County, awesome hiking!
    Pt Reyes Station
    Tomales Bay
    Marin Headlands

  • Sharon August 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I live here in the city and highly recommended Tartine Bakery. Best crossiants, sandwiches, cookies and banana cream tart!! Bi-rite or Humphry Slocombe for ic. Ferry building for Farmers Market, Hog Island Oysters, Miette’s cookies and desserts. Hayes Valley area for more pastries at La Boulangerie, Miette Candy Shop, Paulettes Macaroons and a whole bunch of cute boutiques and kiddie shops. Delfina in the Fillmore for best pizza. Ride the Cable car down Hyde Street and explore the wharf. Outerlands for fab brunches, soups, sandwiches and homemade bread. Have fun!!

  • Joy August 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I am so happy you’re doing a summer sale. These gifts are beautiful and it’s no wonder why you’re so in demand.

  • cookie monster August 4, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Check out and for news on events and local happenings on the dates that you are out here.

    If you like burgers, I don’t know anyone (really, ANYONE) who doesn’t love In-N-Out Burger. It’s loved by all out here.

    If you feel like driving down the coast (about 1.5 hrs from SF maybe?) you can see elephant seals on the beach at Ano Nuevo State Park. You need a permit to see them, but you get the free permit at the entrance of the park when you arrive as long as it is before 3:00 or so. Call the park to confirm.

    Have a wonderful time!

  • Renita August 4, 2011 at 1:38 am

    I don’t think anyone mentioned Ft Mason ….

  • Elizabeth August 4, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a bit now, and I enjoy your posts about food, and your cute kids, but I’ve never actually commented on your blog, so I thought heck why not, she’s coming to SF and she wants to know where to go. Anyway, whenever relatives from out of town come, my parents always take them to San Francisco. Going to the Golden Gate Bridge is a must … you need the typical picture with the bridge behind you, and you on the bridge, and you have to experience the chills you get when you stare down into the water, and read the creepy signs telling you not to jump. It’s just the thing you have to experience to understand. And also, we like to go to Pier 39 they have a lot of touristy stuff there. Stores, and what not, and yeah it’s the pier, but it’s pretty fun to walk around, regardless of all the hustle and bustle. There’s a lot of things to look at I guess so maybe kids will like that.^^ Another thing you could try is eating clam a sour dough bread bowl. There’s a Boudin near the Pier 39. I think it only tastes alright, but it’s sorta SFy so you could try it. If you want to go shopping, you should go to Union Square. There’s a really big Macy’s there haha. But there are a tonnn of stores there. OH yeah, you should also, ride a trolley 😀 It’s really fun. There is also Alcatraz, there really isn’t THAT much to see… I went on a field trip there in the fifth grade, it’s basically just a jail museum on an island, and kind of creepy, but I don’t see how you could pass up such a monumental tourist attraction in San Francsico.. now I am just rambling. Hmm what else, I don’t know that’s what I usually do, everyone else wrote a lot of other things to do, so I’m sure you won’t be eventless during your trip to Norcal (: Hope you enjoy it (:

  • Annie From Seattle August 4, 2011 at 2:02 am

    If you make it to the ferry building and the farmer’s market, see if you can’t find Steve Sando with Rancho Gordo New World Speciality Foods. I think he sells in a tent outside the terminal itself, if that is still possible (that was two plus years ago, though). He has all these amazing dried heirloom beans in amazing colors and is in active partnership with small farms in Mexico to grow small batch exotic beans.. I order from them but have never been lucky enough to catch them in person and the beans are ah-may-zing.
    Also, Tartine. Reading the word makes my mouth water.
    Actually, reading the words San Francisco makes my mouth water. It’s the only place I would want to live besides Seattle. What a great city!

  • katrin August 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

    hey jenna!

    at first: a big compliment for your blog. I read it every day and I never know what fascinates me more – the stories, the photos or the girls!

    we visit new york in september and I want to ask you, where we can buy your marshmallows and cookies then. at one of your retailers? we are in the city from 9/11 to 9/12.

    enjoy your trip to the westcoast.

    many greetings from hamburg! katrin

  • Maggie August 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Honestly, I was a bit put off by your reactions to the comments people made about ads on your site. When people express their support of your blog having ads, and you respond with the sentiment “I’m not asking your permission. I never have…”, it sounds pretty aggressive. I’m glad to hear you appreciated people’s comments.

  • Jenna August 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    @Maggie, I think you are taking my comment out of context (as well as paraphrasing what I said) and I don’t think that is fair. I was responding to one particular commenter and only to her because she mentioned that I didn’t need permission from blog readers to put ads on the site. I was just reaffirming that. This comment was NOT in response to the people who expressed support of ads on the site as you are suggesting here.

  • Claire August 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Have a wonderful time on vacation! The one thing I remember ‘enjoying’ in SF as a 12-yr-old was Alcatraz! My parents made us listen to the audio guide, which has brilliant sound effects (not just a boring commentary) that scared the living daylights out of us! The other things I enjoy about SF stem out of my love for the Beats and my secret wish to have lived in the late 60s. Not sure if Mia and Claudine have the same secret wish… 😉

    p.s. I’m selfishly pleased that I’m out of town at the same-ish time that you are, so I won’t have to miss having your treats on Saturdays.

  • alexis August 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

    hope you all have a wonderful time away! I always forget how important it is to disconnect from technology and connect with friends and nature (feeling refreshed after my first weekend away from it all this summer). p.s. just purchased your cardamom marshmallows and can’t wait to use them for chai cookie s’mores! do you normally pair them with coffee or tea?