Why We Gather

Photographed by  Margaret Jacobsen 

Photographed by Margaret Jacobsen 

It may seem like a simple idea. We hang, chill, meet up, get-together, and gather because we are social beings. We crave interaction.

But in today’s day and age where we are constantly outsourcing our social needs to Instagram and Facebook we have less desire to actually engage. This can, in fact, be dangerous in terms of how we develop social skills. As one study shows, we are starting to loose the ability to hold conversations for longer than five minutes.  Not only are our social skills being affected but our overall happiness is sliding. 

So how do we pull ourselves out from the hole of confinement? With three steps. Make plans and then actually follow through with them. While you are there, wherever there is: grabbing coffee with a friend, at a dinner party, taking a walk with your partner – be there. Be off your phone, or better yet leave your phone at home.

Being present in the now is one of the most important things to practice while out in the world. Doing so can not only lead to more friends, but a greater sense of peace within your life.

             So take the time…

                                                                     …and gather.

Cerritos St. 1st Annual Block Party

Designed by CAMP Design Group

Hello Lovelies!

Come check out the very First Annual Cerritos St. Block Party that we'll be hosting on August 16th. The event will be located on Cerritos St. in Long Beach, CA between 3rd and 4th. There will be a street fair portion with local merchants & food from 10am - 2pm, and then live music to follow inside of Lord Windsor Roasters from 3pm - 7pm. 

The Bicycle Stand will be giving complementary tune-ups for anyone who rides their bike to the event! There will be a number of activities provided by local vendors for your enjoyment. Beer will be provided for purchase from Long Beach's own Stache Bar from 1pm - 6pm. Please feel free to bring your pets. We hope to see you there!

Musical performances by Forest of Tounge, Greater CA, and Boogie Mamas!!

 

Participating Vendors:

Lord Windsor Roasters

Orn Hansen 

Yellow 108

The Bicycle Stand

Sweet Threads

Long Beach Jerky Company

The Caffeinated Kitchen

We Love Long Beach

Sliced and Diced

Farm Lot 59

Seventh Wave Surf Shop

Reclamation Depot.

Parchment Cookies

CommuniTEA Culture 

The Lady Farmer

Kelso Doesn't Dance

Fine Feathers Kombucha

Doggie Paws World

Fern + Feather 

And more!!!

THREAD's 10 Best of the Bay

What To Do In

San Francisco 

                   |   Bay Bridge , 2014. 

                   |  Bay Bridge, 2014. 

Whether you are planning to have your wedding here or just taking a break from planning and jet-setting, here are some hints to help you to find the gems and enjoy your trip without feeling too much like a tourist.  Take a look at our favorite places and feel free to add some recommendations down in the comments section. Enjoy!

1. Get Coffee

Four Barrel  is one of our favorite spots.  Every visit to San Francisco consists of at least three stops to this warehouse of caffeinated alchemy.

Four Barrel is one of our favorite spots.  Every visit to San Francisco consists of at least three stops to this warehouse of caffeinated alchemy.

2. Go To A Bakery 

   This is the Morning Bun.  If you haven't heard of it, you can find it at  Tartine . Most likely there will be a line that goes out the door and pours onto the street - DON'T LEAVE! It's worth the wait and, besides, it goes quite quickly. There are many imitation Morning Buns out there, but I assure you, this is the original and best, hands down.

 

This is the Morning Bun.  If you haven't heard of it, you can find it at Tartine. Most likely there will be a line that goes out the door and pours onto the street - DON'T LEAVE! It's worth the wait and, besides, it goes quite quickly. There are many imitation Morning Buns out there, but I assure you, this is the original and best, hands down.

3. Go On A Hike

Need to stretch those legs? Check out the  Land's End Trail  for panoramic views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. It's an easy hike with the exception of the never ending flight of woodland stairs, but don't worry that's only at the end.

Need to stretch those legs? Check out the Land's End Trail for panoramic views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. It's an easy hike with the exception of the never ending flight of woodland stairs, but don't worry that's only at the end.

4. Go To A Farmer's Market

The  Mission Community Market  is an excellent farmer's market held every Thursday from 4-8pm on Bartlett and 22nd. Besides the bounty of beautiful fruits and veggies, you can also purchase organic flowers grown by environmentally conscious means.

The Mission Community Market is an excellent farmer's market held every Thursday from 4-8pm on Bartlett and 22nd. Besides the bounty of beautiful fruits and veggies, you can also purchase organic flowers grown by environmentally conscious means.

5. Check Out A Historical Building

   The  Ferry Building , built in 1898, was once the main transportation hub of the city. Today it's a bustling marketplace inhabited by some of  San Francisco's finest retailers, i ncluding  Heath Ceramics ,  Cowgirl Creamery ,  Blue Bottle ,  Farm Fresh To You , and so many others! 

 

The Ferry Building, built in 1898, was once the main transportation hub of the city. Today it's a bustling marketplace inhabited by some of San Francisco's finest retailers, including Heath Ceramics, Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle, Farm Fresh To You, and so many others! 

6. Get Chowder

   Until you've had legit chowder you are missing out on life. While you are at the Ferry Building, check out  Hog Island Oyster Co.   They know how to handle their seafood. Paired with a cava, this dish is simply delightful. Oh, and their oyster selection isn't too bad either. 

 

Until you've had legit chowder you are missing out on life. While you are at the Ferry Building, check out Hog Island Oyster Co.  They know how to handle their seafood. Paired with a cava, this dish is simply delightful. Oh, and their oyster selection isn't too bad either. 

7. Go To A Reading

A few weeks ago when we were visiting the big city, we made a stop at  Alley Cat Books  and got a special treat.  Robert Anasi  was giving a reading from his memoir, The Last Bohemia:  Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was quite a lovely experience. Alley Cat's has events like this going on all the time, so be sure to take a peek at their calendar for what's coming up.

A few weeks ago when we were visiting the big city, we made a stop at Alley Cat Books and got a special treat. Robert Anasi was giving a reading from his memoir, The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was quite a lovely experience. Alley Cat's has events like this going on all the time, so be sure to take a peek at their calendar for what's coming up.

8. Get Some Good Beer

   There's a right time and a right bar for every occasion. We prefer a more cozy atmosphere which is why  The Sycamore  is our go-to place to grab a nice sour ale. This corner pub is a cozy spot with the community feel we love.

 

There's a right time and a right bar for every occasion. We prefer a more cozy atmosphere which is why The Sycamore is our go-to place to grab a nice sour ale. This corner pub is a cozy spot with the community feel we love.

8. Get A Delicious Brunch

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a place that has both ambiance as well as amazing food.  Baretta  in the Mission District knows how its done! Combining great cocktails with delicious treats is their specialty. Personal favorite: the gnocchi florentine. 

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a place that has both ambiance as well as amazing food. Baretta in the Mission District knows how its done! Combining great cocktails with delicious treats is their specialty. Personal favorite: the gnocchi florentine. 

9. Check Out A Garden

   The  Berkeley Rose Gardens  are a great place to spend a quiet afternoon reading amongst the blossoms or simply taking a stroll along the stadium seating.  It's also a great location for wedding photos! 

 

The Berkeley Rose Gardens are a great place to spend a quiet afternoon reading amongst the blossoms or simply taking a stroll along the stadium seating.  It's also a great location for wedding photos! 

10. Crash A Wedding 

( Just Kidding - don't do that )

 

   But DO check out the  Berkeley City Club  for a gorgeous venue. Built in 1929, the space has a feel conducive to enjoying leather, cigars, and fine books. With a grand ballroom that can accommodate 350 people comfortably, this beautiful location will live up to all of your wedding dreams!  

 

But DO check out the Berkeley City Club for a gorgeous venue. Built in 1929, the space has a feel conducive to enjoying leather, cigars, and fine books. With a grand ballroom that can accommodate 350 people comfortably, this beautiful location will live up to all of your wedding dreams!  

Springtime Gatherings

When designing spreads for events, we like to consider what nature has to offer.  Springtime at THREAD is a time to draw inspiration from the season, because nothing inspires quite like fresh flowers.

Built around some peonies we found at the market, this culinary display has some of everyone’s favorites, including the three C’s: cake, cheese, and champagne.

Also, chocolate. Obviously.

 

Photos by: Jarvis Johnson 

Whiskey Wednesday: Mint Julep Recipe

    The mint julep is a beloved southern tradition linked most famously to the Kentucky Derby. It may be too late for partaking of Derby fun, but with that race's winner and local champ California Chrome now competing for a Triple Crown, we at THREAD are still eager to beat the heat with this undeniable (and easy!) summer classic. This recipe yields two servings. Multiply or divide according to your needs, experiment, and modify to your taste.

 

The mint julep is a beloved southern tradition linked most famously to the Kentucky Derby. It may be too late for partaking of Derby fun, but with that race's winner and local champ California Chrome now competing for a Triple Crown, we at THREAD are still eager to beat the heat with this undeniable (and easy!) summer classic. This recipe yields two servings. Multiply or divide according to your needs, experiment, and modify to your taste.

Ingredients 

6 ounces Bourbon whiskey
2 level teaspoons sugar 
fresh spearmint
crushed ice

Instructions

Place between 20 and 40 mint leaves (or a 4-6 sprigs) in a pint glass or martini shaker. Sprinkle sugar over it, pour in Bourbon, and muddle. Stir a bit to incorporate sugar and Bourbon. 

Let sit for at least 15 minutes (this would be an ideal time to go off and have a barbecue). 

Add ice to mixture and shake (optional). 

Fill two Old Fashioned glasses with finely crushed ice and strain mixture into glasses. Optionally, top it off with a splash of club soda.

Add a short straw and garnish with a nice mint sprig. 
 

Enjoy!