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Hey San Francisco Housing fam! I have a question for you. What is your favorite pastry? Is it a donut? Croissant? Muffin? Something creme filled or chocolate glazed? Or something flakey and savory?

If you are drooling already, you are in for a treat, because today we are spotlighting Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in San Francisco! Specifically, their mystical, magical, and oh so mouth watering cruffins!

But first, a follow up question: Would you leave your SF furnished apartment at 7 AM or earlier for a pastry? Think about it, and lets dive in.

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Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is located on 1042 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109, (just a few blocks away from our San Francisco short stay apartments, the Yale and the Adrian in the Tenderloin!). Mr. Holmes offers a wide selection of mouth-wateringly delicious baked goods – everything from the lowly butter croissant to widely innovative variations including the ‘Rest in Peach Croissant’ (filled with Vanilla Pastry Creme, peach jam, oat crumble, and mascarpone whipped ganache), or the Creme Brûlée Danish (smothered in salted caramel, cheesecake filling, and topped with caramel shards).

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However, Mr. Holmes is particularly known for their incredible rotating pastry flavors, that change daily. Each day two rotating flavors are available, one in the form of a donut and the other in the form of Mr. Holmes’ world-renowned, buttery and sweet, oh-so flakey and oh-so-famous  cruffin.  For the uninformed, a cruffin is a croissant, shaped and baked like a muffin, filled with a daily-rotating flavor of sweet cream, and finished with a variety of toppings and glazes.

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‘Portrait of a Cruffin’, Hannah Reinhard, Oil on Canvas.

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Now, I must warn you, this next paragraph may result in an over-production of saliva, intense hunger pains, or the inability to continue reading due to having gone cross-eyed with desire. You have been warned.

 

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Here is a sample of their monthly menu. Right now, for June and July of 2018,  cruffin flavors include Horchata Cream, Caramel Chocolate Cream, Guava Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Orange Cream, Maple Malt Cream, and Tropical Curd.

The donut flavors include Strawberry Lemon Verbena, Lavender Mousse, Raspberry Sherbet, Spiced Apricot Jam, Blueberry Lemonade, Blackberry Jam, and Pistachio Whipped Ganache.

Chills. So many chills.

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(Sample Menu on Instagram @MrHolmesBakehouse)

 

Did you black out? Are you drooling? Have you gone into a sugar-induced coma just at the thought of so much deliciousness? Good. Now that I really have your attention, lets talk logistics.

Mr. Holmes opens at 7 AM, but people start lining up well before that. There is a line for the bakery, and a separate line just for cruffin-seekers. The cruffins are unveiled and available for consumption promptly at 9 AM, no earlier, no later. Be warned, Mr. Holmes has been known to run out of the daily cruffin and donuts in just a few hours, often by 10 AM. The flavors are posted on Instagram, so before you go check to make sure the daily delicacy is up your alley – and if not, there is always tomorrow!

 

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Now, if the pastries are not enough for you (I’m just kidding, we all know the pastries are more than enough for you, but bear with me), Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is also a quintessentially Instagrammable San Francisco spot. From their punny and neon pink “I got baked in San Francisco” sign, to their peace-out logo-shaped mirror, to their light pink and gold pastry boxes, to the “Holmes Sweet Holmes” tiled floor mosaic, this place has too many cute photo-ops! Just look at some of these cute snapshots, taken by some of Mr. Holmes’ avid and sugar-spurred cruffin fans!

 

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So cute! So aesthetic! Would look so amazing on your Insta feed!

But anyways, lets get back to what is really important here… the pastries!

 

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Mmmmm mmmm good!

Now, I ask you again: Would you wake up at 7 AM for a pastry?

If its Mr. Holmes… I know I would.

 

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Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.

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All the Places You Need to Know About to Maintain Your New Year’s Fitness Goals

It’s now mid February.  By now you may have given up on your New Year’s resolution to lose 5lbs, eat more greens, go to yoga once a week, or whatever it is you kicked off 2018 thinking you were going to achieve.  Maybe you’re losing steam because you realized just how much a membership at Equinox costs, or that sometimes pizza really just tastes better than kale.  Well this is here to re-motivate you!  Keep reading to discover health inspired places you might not have known existed!

 

PART 2: FOOD YOU AND YOUR BODY WILL LOVE

Mission Heirloom

This paleo cafe has countless tasty dishes that are also totally guilt free! Try the Wesly Waffle (a grain free waffle topped with bacon, avocado, coconut syrup, maguey sap and blueberry reduction).  

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2085 Vine St., Berkeley, CA 94709

Gracias Madre

If you haven’t made your way to Gracias Madre yet, you are truly missing out.  Experience all the best parts of Mexican cuisine at this vegan restaurant in the Mission District.

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2211 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

 

Greens Restaurant

This vegetarian restaurant has a menu overflowing with creative, delicious dishes.  If you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, check out their “Greens to Go”.

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2 Marina Blvd., Fort Mason Center, Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123

Kitava

Kitava is a modern, cafe with dishes that cater to people looking for gluten-free, dairy-free and free range meals.

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2011 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Golden Veggie Market

This neighborhood grocery store is known for its top-notch produce selection.  

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1475 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Berkeley Bowl West

Do you like kombucha on tap? How about oodles of organic produce? And a wide selection of fresh fish? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, head to Berkeley Bowl West. ASAP.

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920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710

 

Did we give you some good ideas to keep your tummy satisfied but keep you on your diet?

Check out Part 1 here.

More blog posts here. 

Hey, rest is an important aspect of fitness too. If you are looking for a short stay apartment in San Francisco click here!

POST MADE BY CONTRIBUTOR RACHEL FAY.

 

Pink skies, lollipop trees, a disco-ball room, unicorns, and sugary snacks galore! Did I just describe your childhood day-dream? Yes, this is a real place, and yes, you can go visit. So here is your incentive to get out of your single room in San Francisco for the day and go explore the city; today’s Exploring San Francisco is on the Museum of Ice Cream!

Unless you have been living under a rock, (or haven’t felt the need to leave one of our fabulous San Francisco furnished apartments since you arrived), most likely you have heard that the Museum of Icecream has come to SF. You’ve probably noticed it blowing up your insta feed with images of pink walls, selfies in a sprinkle pool, and banana swings. The museum basically serves as a giant candy land-inspired playground, so grab your San Francisco roommates and get ready for the perfect photo-op.

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As your leading provider of affordable San Francisco housing, we wish we could offer you a room in this museum. But since it is a temporary museum, that seems to be impossible (trust us, we’ve tried.) Instead, in this blog, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about this sweet-filled sanctuary.

Below is your virtual tour, complete with lots of pics! At the bottom are our top tips and tricks to make the most of your experience. If this post doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, I don’t know what will.

Welcome, ladies and gents, to your inner child’s wildest fantasy: The Museum of Ice-cream! Let’s Get Started.

1) Entering the Ice Cream Vault: Before you are allowed to enter, crowds are whisked away and told that they must pass a very serious trivia quiz on how modern day cream came to be! The staff does a great job of making it fun and interactive. This is the rite of passage completed by all museum goers, so pay close attention, you may even learn something interesting!

2) Candy Carnival: After you successfully pass the trivia quiz, you are welcomed into the first room. Like stepping into a circus tent, you are immediately overwhelmed with colors, smalls, and sights!  The carnival themed room boasts a fun game where you toss rings onto whipped cream cans, and the walls are lined with pink toys, pinwheels, and carnival-style tickets.

3)  Soda Pop and Malt 50’s Diner: The next room will make you feel like you stepped into a time-machine, straight back to the 1950’s. The room looks like a bubblegum pink 50’s diner, complete with a long counter, stools, a jukebox, and records lining the wall. But when you sit at the counter, instead of serving milkshakes and malts, you’ll be handed a Bay-native creamy treat! The Museum of Icecream partners with local businesses including CREAM, Bi-Rite, Salt & Straw, and It’s It, and serves a rotation of delicious SF-made ice cream flavors! The room even has a working jukebox, so be sure to pick your favorite 50’s pop and shimmy as you snack!

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4) Sugary Script: Next up is a room where self-expression becomes literal. The word room is covered in pink magnetic letters, so you can have fun making your mark and writing your message. But don’t worry, there will be more sugary snacks right around the corner…

5) Cotton Candy Pit Stop: On your way into the next room, be sure to stop and grab some delicious cherry-flavored cotton candy in the hallway! This spun- sugary goodness melts in your mouth like no other.

6) Cherry Skies forever?: The next room is filled with pink skies and floating cherries, and is a great place to snap a few photos. With cherry cotton candy in hand, this room looks like a fruit-filled dreamland! Truly the cherry on top.

7) Real Life Candy Land: Pink hills, lollipop trees, and gummy bears roaming sugary dunes – no, I am not describing the board game.

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8) Chill Out: By now you are most likely on a sugar high. No worries, you can take a moment to chill out in the popsicle room! Be sure to use the last video booth and send yourself a video so you can remember this sugary afternoon forever.

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9)Rock (Candy) Climbing: Now that you have had a moment to relax, mine as well get a quick workout in to burn off all of those sugary snacks! The next room has a (pop) rock climbing wall, so try out your athleticism. But don’t worry, you won’t have to go snacks for long, because staff members will hand you some candy cane pop rocks!

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10) Unicorn Room:  Next up is a room in which rainbow magic and prismatic portals transform into the rainbow room, a magical fantasy space equipped with a unicorn and pink dipped ice cream cones!

11) Disco Ball Room: Don’t miss the small door out of the unicorn room! Because it leads into a giant disco ball – one of the best photo-ops so far.

12) Sprinkle Pool: Ah yes, the insta-famous sprinkle pool. Literally, an entire pool made of sprinkles. Dive in, take your pics, throw some sprinkles in the air. But be aware, the lifeguard is not there for your safety, your time in the room is limited.

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13) Banana Swings: Finally, the visit ends with one last chance to eat ice cream, play ping pong, or rest your feet as you swing. Be sure to stop for mementos in the gift shop!

That’s all for now folks!

Pro tips: There are no bathrooms before or after you enter, so make sure you come prepared. Keep in mind that you can only move forward, so once you leave a room you can’t go back! That means pace yourself, and make sure you are satisfied with your pictures before moving on. But keep an eye on the clock, because you want to make sure you have plenty of time for everything! !

Tickets are hard to come by, because the museum has been crazy popular since it arrived in San Francisco. Tickets must be purchased in advance, are $38 per person, and are currently sold out for the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream, but you can get updates when new tickets are available by signing up for their email list. I recommend trying to get tickets for the early morning or early afternoon Monday – Thursday to avoid big crowds of people, and to make sure you have lots of time to perfect your pics!

Almost as good as living in the Museum of Icecream is living in one of our San Francisco short stay apartments! You can view our open listings here.

Want to know more cool spots in the city? You can read similar blog posts here.

Finally, you can find more information about the San Francisco Museum of Ice Cream here!

Hope we satisfied your sweet tooth!

Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.

Welcome, you poor uncaffeinated soul. You have wandered out of your San Francisco housing and are desperately seeking coffee, but in such a big city, where do you start? (And do NOT say Starbucks.) Don’t worry fellow caffeine fiend, we have you covered. Below are the best coffee shops in SF for every type of person. So whether you are the type of fellow who just wants to grab-and-go a cup of joe to take back to your San Francisco student housing to get studying, or you feel like spending the day dilly-dallying away in an airy cafe, listed below is your dream coffee shop. Make haste, your coffee awaits.

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Sightglass Coffee: For the Wi-Fi Wanderers.

270 7th St, San Francisco, CA

Calling all college students, freelancers, iPhone aficionados, and ‘the world is my office’ free spirits. If you are uninspired by your San Francisco corporate housing, you are desperately seeking caffeination and even more desperately seeking Wi-Fi, this is the spot for you. Not only does this coffee shop offer some incredible java, this spot easily boasts the best ambiance. High ceilings? Check. Natural light? Check. Wood Floors? Check. Great People watching? Double Check. Plus, it has Wi-Fi for days. So all you tech-savvy coffee-guzzlers can settle in, get one of their incredible espresso-based drinks and a nice pastry, and zone in on your screen in peace.

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Blue Bottle: For the Minimalists.

66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

When you go to a coffee shop and there are more food options than coffee options, the minimalist knows they have found their haven. At Blue Bottle, they do not sweeten, garnish, or shake. Blue Bottle is famous in San Francisco for its extremely high-quality coffee, yet very basic menu. Best of all, the lack of options does not speak to the lack of flavor, because this coffee surely packs a punch. The biggest choice you may have to make is whether you would like the Hayes Valley House Espresso or the Guatemala Single Origin Espresso, which is great, because you hate choices. In fact, I’ll make the choice for you: get the New Orleans iced coffee. That way, you can sit back and admire the minimalist ambiance as you sip your minimalist beverage without having to ponder too hard about anything at all.

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Elite Audio Systems Coffee & Wine Bar: For the Insta-Inclined.

966 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Free up some memory and head on over to the most unassuming yet rewarding coffee shop SF has to offer. Elite Audio is a teeny spot with barely four tables to its name, in the midst of an unassuming street in the middle of SoMa. Here, you will find the most beautiful and intricate latte art you could ever imagine. The barista is a verifiable artisan, and in the swirl of steamed milk her mochas become masterpieces. For the Insta-inclined, order the mocha and prepare to liven up your feed, because prettiest cup of coffee award easily goes to Elite Audio.

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Andytown Coffee Roasters: For the Espresso Extras.

3655 Lawton St, San Francisco, CA 94122

I’ve been there. When you order your “grande half-caf blonde vanilla latte with just two pumps of syrup, steamed almond milk, and one raw sugar please” and the barista looks at you like you’re from outer space. But don’t worry, if you like your coffee with 25% milk, 25% sugar, 25% espresso, and 25% extra, this is the spot for you. Andytown is known for their Snowy Plover, a must-try iced drink involving espresso, Pellegrino, and brown sugar syrup, topped with house-made whipped cream. Otherwise, they offer all of the regular accoutrements, and are more than happy to help you concoct your own coffee creation – with a smile, believe it or not. Andytown offers an excellent variety of pastries and some superb Irish soda bread, and they choose and roast their own beans, so you know your coffee is legit. But the best thing about this place is that they get it. You aren’t extra, you just know what you like … Down to every specific detail.

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Philz: For the Go-Getters.

5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA

I know, you have already heard of this coffee shop. But this one had to be listed for the jet-setters and grab-and-goers, because they know that convenience is key. Boasting over 14 locations in San Francisco alone, Philz is the spot to get your fix on wherever you may be. The Bay-native business has excellent coffee, original drinks, and great food options, set at a decent price point. My favorite libation is the Mint Mojito, but if you are more of a traditionalist, their menu boasts extensive options for a regular cuppa. All of their coffee beans are also available to purchase, just in case you might fall in love. And the best news for those of you who are one-stop shoppers? They have a wide variety of food options, ranging from pastries to some pretty delicious avocado toast! Because you have better things to do, so you can take your joe straight back to your San Francisco room rental and proceed to your day with haste  – ain’t nobody got time for lunch.

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Four Barrel Coffee: For the Hipsters.

375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA

This place is for the true hipster coffee connoisseur. Four Barrel Coffee boats a pour over and espresso bar, in which the friendly barista will allow you to scent-test the various roasts and help you select your favorite. The coffee is phenomenal, so be sure to mention your opinion on its country of origin. There is no Wi-Fi, because assumably the clientele would prefer sketching, writing poetry, or simply observing a songbird atop a branch outside. The atmosphere is gorgeous, and will make your original latte photography even more aesthetic. Minimal food options, but that is ok, because you prefer consuming literature to food anyways.

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So there you have it folks! Next time you chose to wander out of your single room in San Francisco, be sure to stop by one of these spots and get your fix on.

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Post made by contributor Isabelle Kaplan.

It is the coziest time of the year! Your student housing in San Francisco has just gotten almost unbearably cold, which means you need to know where to go to get that cozy cup of cocoa you have been craving so bad. We have you covered:

  1. Dandelion Chocolate

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Head on over to the fun and eclectic Mission District to find a variety of chocolate infused hot beverages from this little shop known for its handmade chocolate treats.

740 Valencia St, San Francisco

  1. Ghirardelli

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Looking for a classic cup of cocoa right on the San Francisco Bay? You’ve found it.

900 North Point St, San Francisco

  1. The Chocolate Dragon – Bittersweet Cafe and Bakery

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This cafe embodies the funky artistic nature of Oakland.  Try their Champhurrado! A Mexican hot chocolate with hints of anise and piloncillo.

5427 College Ave, Oakland

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This cozy coffee shop native to Piedmont Ave in Oakland now has a location on College Ave right in Berkeley! If you’re feeling extra festive, stroll through Elmwood to see the trees aglow with string lights.

4252 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

2965 College Ave, Oakland

  1. Perch

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Perch is the perfect pitstop near Lake Merritt to choose between a classic hot cocoa and a Mexican hot chocolate.

440 Grand Ave, Oakland

  1. Hive, the place to bee

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In case the clever name isn’t enough, this Oakland cafe has a neat modern vibe with a delicious food menu as well!

2139 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

 

Don’t feel like leaving your San Francisco housing? Stock up on packets of your favorite instant hot chocolate and watch one of these digital fireplaces roar on your computer screen from the comfort of your couch.

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Post written by contributor Rachel Fay