Craft Cocktails & 70’s Flair

Fall Sundays revolve around football, friends and bar-hopping. What better way to watch football than exploring your city, bouncing around enjoying the sunshine.

One of my favorite things about living in San Diego is the array of neighborhoods ranging from trendy and urban, to hippie beach towns, there is always a new cool area to explore. This Sunday was spent in Normal Heights, an urban pedestrian area north of the famous Balboa Park. And then we stumbled upon Sycamore Den.

A mix of rock walls, old Moroccan lamps, and banjos in brass cases, the Sycamore Den is a groovy bar with an undeniable love for the craft. The design professional in me lusted over the natural material and metal combo, the glam was matched with historic character that wasn’t trying to be cool, but pulled off style so effortless it made my heart flutter. Then we tried the cocktails, I’m hooked.

The man behind the menu, bartender Eric Johnson, has helped open some of the city’s most notable dining and imbibing establishments, including Craft and Commerce, El Dorado Cocktail Lounge, West Coast Tavern and Noble Experiment in his five years in San Diego. He’s really done it again!

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A plethora of rotating craft beers, including one of my favorites the Duchesse de Bourgogne a Flemish red ale.

dovetail julep cocktail sycamore den san diego splendid+namasteThe Dovetail Julep, prepared the traditional mint julep way – over ice.
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The wolf’s ticket – aka the best cocktail I’ve ever had. Whiskey, orchard peach, simple syrup, angostura bitters, and lemon zest meticulously prepared to delight the senses. Another must try is their Hardly Wallbanger.moroccan lanterns and guns sycamore den san diego splendid+namasteSeveral dozen hanging lanterns caught my eye, the metals and color contrasting beautifully against the rock and wood.
banjos sycamore den san diego splandid+namasteIt’s the details that turn a place from good to grand. The caged in instruments, family photos and the smell of fresh cedar solidify the rich, cozy feel.

xo, Stevie


Friday Faves

Happy Friday all!

Just want to share with you some amazing things I’ve come across this week!

1. Chloe Chippendale of Sugarhigh Lovestoned Instagram feed. Ultimate free spirit, beauty, and hipster. Amazing artistic shots of her and her lover roaming wild.chloe_lovestoner on Instagram

2. Designers of Anna Beck give back by donating 100% of proceeds of necklace sales to Bumi Sehat, a non-profit organization in Bali that provides quality health care to families. P.S. Founder Robin Lim was a CNN Hero of the Year in 2011.

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3.  The entire Electric Guest CD entitled “Mondo”. You heard right, how often do you love an entire CD? It’s an indie pop album with amazing funky, melodic vocals and a fun mix of instruments in surprising ways.


4. Hake Kitchen and Bar – La Jolla. This place opened up a couple months ago, amazing sushi and seafood. Their Hamachi tuna is so savory with the perfect amount of spice. If your in San Diego, you must go try it!


5. Today is my parent’s 27th wedding anniversary. They are an amazing couple, and role models in love. Not everyday is easy but respect, thoughtfulness and gratitude get you a long way.


Tropical Adventure // Hawaii Bound

I’ve finished cleaning, washing, packing, watering, and preparing to go off on an excursion and my legs are twitching with excitement because I’m off to Hawaii! (cue ukelele)

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This is one of my favorite trips of the year because it’s one week of early morning ocean swims (can’t do that in San Diego without a wetsuit), bloody mary’s at 10am, snorkeling, hiking, and fresh fish with my family! It’s a home away from home, pure relaxation and adventure. No worries other than forgetting to pack enough snorkel equipment, rum and pineapple juice for the day’s excursion. Ah, bliss.

This is how I picture myself out there on the water, although a way more glamourous shot yes.


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xo, Stevie