Marina Girl Says: A guide to the delights of Laurel Heights

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Laurel Village Delights

My favorite followers know that it was rare for me to talk about our previous neighborhood on the blog – and it’s probably because we didn’t spend a ton of time there! Russian Hill was such a busy, bustling place, there were always other places to spend our time, to eat out, and to get away from it all.

When we decided to move this summer, we chose our new neighborhood carefully – we wanted a more suburban feel, still within the city limits, where we could walk Chloe in peace, or stroll to brunch without having to dodge traffic. We also wanted more space to move around and have our friends over, and fairly ample parking – we’re those crazy city dwellers that have multiple vehicles. We chose Laurel Heights for its flexibility, proximity to some of our other favorite places in the city, and this rad flat that we hunted down over a period of 3 months (that story to be shared another time). The flats and associated yards mostly look like this, which I love:

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Laurel Village Delights

A pretty house in our neighborhood

We’ve only been in our new spot for a week (YAYYYYY) but I can happily report that everyone is sleeping well, and loving this location. Chloe has even adjusted to her new backyard! Here are some of our favorite neighborhood gems (both old, and new!) in this awesome quarter of San Francisco

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Laurel Village Delights

Grocery Store

1. Bryan’s takes the cake for best grocer in our little village – featuring lots of locally sourced and organic foods, on top of a killer selection of snacks and drinks, as well as dinner options.

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Laurel Village Delights

Bryan’s Supermarket


2. Fine Dining: Spruce

L, E, and nugget miniature (my main squad) and I sampled the fare here for the first time together last fall, and were BLOWN AWAY with how fantastic the menu (and ok, fine, the wine list) was at L’s girly engagement dinner! I’ve gone back a few times since (always leaving beyond stoked), and now that it’s only a few blocks away, we’re planning more frequent visits. ORDER THE STEAK.

3. Brunch: Ella’s

Located a short walk away on Presidio x California, Ella’s is perfect weekend brunch fare. Sporting a seasonal menu (recently, we had lemon ricotta pancakes with poppyseeds) and a low key atmosphere, this was our first brunch in the new neighborhood. My first time at Ella’s with R and little G (my other crew!), we ate so much we had to walk around and shop for an hour or so to fully process the fantastic food we just took down. Bonus? Big windows, so we can watch Chloe while eating. Fab!

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Laurel Village Delights

Ella’s for Brunch

4. Bar: Lion Pub

I originally discovered Lion Pub on a weird Saturday night in the city a few years ago, where we accidentally ran into this bar and decided to give it a shot. From the outside, it looks like a potentially haunted mansion facade from Disneyland – and inside, it’s a cozy and vintage (read: wood paneling) type atmosphere. But I will defend this spot as having the best Greyhound’s (one of my favorite cocktail’s) in all of California — and the secret is in the juice. On the bar, they have a series of industrial juice presses, and churn out fresh grapefruit juice all night to make them! They’re amazing, and my girlfriends and I have had many a night that ended with crazy uber rides to Lion pub (E, you know what I’m talking about).

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Laurel Village Delights

The exterior façade of Lion Pub (on Divisadero x Sacramento)

Stores to Shop

5. This is a tie between Anthem on Sacramento, and the Serena and Lily showroom – they’re both dreamy for homewares and high end furnishings, which is what I’ve been pinning and shopping for most recently.

Chloe Walks

6. UCSF Campus

Chloe’s favorite walk BY FAR includes a romp around the grass, located on the edge of the UCSF campus next door. It’s a small outpost for the university, and hosts their child development and human resources departments (read: not wild students). We love strolling around our new area, and can’t wait to explore more!

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Laurel Village Delights

Marina Girl Says: It’s MOVING DAY!

This just in, party animals: our little 3-ring circus (and about 25+ boxes of our goods and wares) are being packed onto a large truck today, and moved across town!  We are relocating to a quieter part of the city with more room to breathe, far less tourists, and a whole lot of new adventures in store.

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Farewell Lombard Street!

The view from our patio was postcard perfect.

Living on Lombard street has been a major adventure this year – and Chloe the hound is going to miss the tiny secret park across the street (that’s actually more of a garden) and all of the tourist friends she makes each day while sniffing around our neighborhood. This apartment was my very first with a working wood burning fireplace (so great in the winter), granite countertops (helllloo pie dough and baking convenience!), and a designated home office to blog/work/dream out of! I’m so grateful to have had this be the place we brought Chloe home to from the rescue, as well as launching this blog you’re reading out of our home office – not to mention, the world’s most fantastic landlord (thank you, H!) who made everything a breeze while living here.

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Farewell Lombard Street!

Chloe the Bagel Hound Surveying the Living Room on Lombard Street

It’s time to say farewell to Russian Hill – we’re ready for new adventures with both our little family, and with Detailed & Delighted, and we hope you’ll join us across town for more blog posts and good things to come. New home, new address, new start – YAY YAY HOORAY for Moving Day!

Marina Girl Says: Chloe’s Monthly Edit

Happy Weekend, party animals! Chloe here – taking over for my mom, who is busy prepping for a wedding today (she said something about dad golfing – I’m just waiting for treats and counting down until my next meal).

On Saturdays, I mostly like to lay around in the sunny spots on the floor/rugs/my bed and chew bones, but today I thought I’d share my monthly edit – aka the best of the best on the internet for hound shopping. I’m super into my look, and since my people are moving this week, I already put these items on mom’s packing list. Hopefully they make it into our new house – or at least onto her Pinterest board to buy me later.

Here’s what I’d like this month (clockwise from top right):

1. Kong stuff-able chew toy (I got peanut butter treats stuck in my last one, so a replacement is necessary)

2. Moi – I love the internet, they’ll let you put pictures of yourself all over the place!

3. Louis Vuitton ‘Baxter’ pet collar in monogram canvas #ImWorthIt (please, mom?)

4. Pet London Ice Cream stuffed toy (almost as good as the real deal – dessert is my favorite)

5. ‘Madame Flufferton’ Antique French Country Dog Bed from Kathy Kuo Home – it matches our furniture!

Woof! xoxo – Chloe the Bagel Hound

Detailed & Delighted // Marina Girl Says: Chloe's Monthly Edit


Chloe the Bagel Hound: A Brief Biography

For the roughly 5-10 people in the continental US who have yet to hear me talk about Chloe, I thought we might do a brief introduction this morning. The dog, the myth, the legend needs very little introduction – but for those of you wondering what her favorite food and pastimes are, as well as her napping and daycare schedule, this post is for you.

The journey to find Chloe was a fortuitous one – my childhood beagle Betty (lovable, insane, and completely sassy until the day she passed) had passed away last year after a very full life at my parents’ house, and I had been spending at least an hour a day on, trying to hunt down an animal that would be suitable for a San Francisco apartment. For those wondering, there are very few apartments in SF that allow animals of any kind, much less a howl-y beagle or non-potty-trained puppy. So I eventually resigned myself to wait until I grew up, bought a house, and settled down to find my next furry friend.

As luck would have it, last summer we moved into a condo with very flexible guidelines on dogs, and by November, I was back on the hunt for a new forever friend. I knew I wanted a hound, and I was pretty convinced that an adult rescue dog would be better behaved in our 1.5 bedroom than a squirrely puppy – and that was how I found Chloe’s rescue posting. Her photo online was all ears and long body; awkward tongue wagging and big soulful eyes. I was hooked, and 6 weeks later into the adoption process, we drove 2 hours north to pick her up from foster care. She promptly made friends with us both, trotted over to our SUV on her new leash, and comfortably perched herself in the car hammock I had bought for her arrival; napping for the entire drive home. We’ve been best friends ever since, and Chloe-Clarabelle is one of the best things that has happened to me in my adult life. Here are some of her stats:Detailed & Delighted // Chloe the Bagel Hound

Name: Chloe Clarabelle, The Bagel Hound (**for those wondering, that’s a mix of a Beagle and a Basset hound)

Nickname: Coco, Coco-bean, The Bean, hound

Favorite Color: Red and pink, obvi. All of my accessories are preppy and plaid. My harness is my statement piece – I have three, and I wear them all the time.

Favorite Food: I eat Blue Buffalo lean kibble on the reg, but Bacon is my favorite sneaky treat. I also take down a bone a day, no questions asked – they’re my fave!

Favorite Game: Fetch! I love my yellow tennis ball, and will chase it anywhere – under the couch, in the yard, or on the beach!

Favorite Place to Visit: The beach – I’ve been spending a lot of time at Ocean and Baker Beach in SF. I also love my daycare (which I visit twice a week), and my personal dog walker Twink is the coolest! She takes me wherever I want to go around the neighborhood, and we just walk and sniff and play together.

Favorite Pastime: Napping – I sleep like 18 hours a day. I’m a cuddle muffin, and a lap dog – you will pet me and love me, no matter what. I also snore – so what? I’m big on Marina brunches, walks along Marina green, and I love to get baths at Wags dog grooming on Polk!

Plans for the Future: Aside from co-editing Detailed & Delighted with mom, I plan to live out my days in my loving home with lots of treats. Maybe one day, we can move to a house with less stairs – those are not my fave, but I deal, because our Bay view is the best. Also, I would like a sibling to play with, preferably a Great Dane or Golden Retriever soon.

Follow Me: You will find me peppered throughout this blog, and you can also follow me on Instagram @Chloethebagelhound

Detailed & Delighted // Chloe the Bagel Hound

Detailed & Delighted // Chloe the Bagel Hound

Detailed & Delighted // Chloe the Bagel Hound

Detailed & Delighted // Chloe the Bagel Hound

Detailed & Delighted // Chloe the Bagel Hound

Detailed & Delighted // Chloe the Bagel Hound

Detailed & Delighted // Chloe the Bagel Hound

Detailed & Delighted // Chloe the Bagel Hound

Marina Girl Says: Saturday Night In the Mission

Detailed & Delighted // Saturday Nights In the Mission

For my friends that live in the city (or even venture out when you’re up here occasionally), you know that going out on a Saturday night can be tough if not planned in advance. I’m not talking about the dive bar night out, complete with $5 canned beers, BuckHunter/Shuffle Board/etc, and pizza at the end of the night. I’m talking about an actual night out, they way the girls and I like to do it.

A few weeks ago, my girlfriend R texted us in the afternoon on a Saturday, to find out if we wanted to go out in the Mission with a few people in our group. If you do it right, a night out in the Mission includes a fantastic restaurant (typically with major hype or a Michelin star rating), and a few cool drinking spots before or after. R and I are on the same page about these kinds of things, so naturally I coaxed the man away from the TV and into a cab a few hours later, and we headed to the Mission without a reservation of any kind (read: this would likely turn into a walk-in dinner at midnight – yikes).

Detailed & Delighted // Saturday Nights In the Mission

We all met up at a very cool pop-up bar in a loft space, and the next thing we knew, we were at Trick Dog Bar down the block (20th and Alabama, for those keeping track at home). Let me start by saying that I tend to hate bars with hype, particularly in SF – too many people, artisanal drinks take 20 minutes each to make, and by the time you’re finished with one $20 cocktail, you’re exhausted from defending your personal space and listening to hipsters talk about coffee and The Black Keys. Trick Dog is none of those things. Its loud and fairly large, and super rad – the inside looks like a Chinese restaurant. I had a fantastic glass of pinot in a vintage glass in hand within five minutes, and our friend group had a great time huddled in a circle in the middle of the eccentric space. Definitely recommend Trick Dog over most of the other spots in the Mission – check it out.

Detailed & Delighted // Saturday Nights In the Mission

Let’s talk dinner: as you know, I’m a huge fan of Italian and bistro food, so we had put our names on waiting lists at both Beretta (a favorite of mine, you HAVE to try their pancetta gnocchi) and Flour + Water (“Can you come back at 10:30 and we’ll see if we can get you a table, please?”). Our group wasn’t interested in waiting another 2-3 hours to eat, no matter HOW good the menus looked – so we got creative. Many people are familiar with Universal Cafe (19th Street, between Florida and Bryant) for their brunch scene – but have you ever been there for dinner? Given that it was so close to the bar, we decided to walk over and see what the wait time looked like. We were excited to walk in and wait less than twenty minutes – and the food ended up being pretty extraordinary, as well.

Detailed & Delighted // Saturday Nights In the Mission

They sat us at a long marble table, and we tucked into a series of appetizers (like buratta and sunchokes, steamed mussels and grilled mushrooms) and mains (the roasted pork tagliatelle was the winner). We then finished with the best dessert I’ve had in recent memory. Have you ever had a pluot+strawberry crisp a la mode? Swoon-worthy. R and I almost ordered another before leaving! Though I’m a marina girl at heart, I have to say: the next time you find yourself in the city without a reservation, check out both Trick Dog and Universal Cafe for a perfect night out in the Mission.

Detailed & Delighted // Saturday Nights In the Mission