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20 Minutes

In an English class in high school in Vancouver, Washington, the class would have a five or so minute period to free write every day. I would use it as a journal of what I did over the weekend, what my boyfriend and I were going thru and the like. It was a time to express yourself without being judged, caring about punctuation or your handwriting. It was just for you. Little did I know that I was supposed to turn it in after awhile. I was so embarrassed and hoped my male teacher didn't actually read every line. But he did. And made comments!

I was approached today by a popular job posting site about possibly writing a blog post about my first job and challenges I had to overcome. In a brief summary I submitted for my consideration, it brought me back to these free write sessions because it was a busy day and I was in denile that they would actually want me to write for them so prose was sent in. Regardless of what I wrote, it was the truth. And like my English teacher, the recipie…

2015 Beer Log Continues...

I have clearly been slacking on blogging and have recently started drinking more beer because we (DWSF) have Fieldwork Brewing's Coconut Double IPA back on tap. I have already had it three times this week. But before I jump back into it, this is a continuation of this log that I started back in April. Eight months later, this might get a little lengthy. You've been warned. I must refer to my Untappd ('bappletree') app for notes. Again, this is no way a log by a long-time beer lover. Like my Wine Logs, this is to help me and share with anyone that is interested of beers I have tasted to help define what beers I do and do not like. There are SO many to choose from. Plus, every sip is accompanied with memories and often great company. We, DWSF, are a brewery after all. I need to know what I'm talking about. Check out the funny version of our group photo that was NOT sent out as a holiday greeting to our customers and friends. If you know Kristian and I personally, the…

"121 First Dates" Book Launch Party - January 14, 2016

Remember the Kickstarter video that was shot at Dirty Water for Wendy Newman's '121 First Dates' book? If not, see it HERE.  See behind the scene photos and read more about the shoot HERE.

Her book launch party with prizes, apps and fun will take place on Thursday, January 14th from 6-8 PM at Dirty Water. Get a glass of Faire La Fete bubbly from France for $10 a glass. Join us!

Dirty Water Restaurant & Bar 1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103 415-792-5108


It has been quite a year with a lot to reflect on. Now that the craziness of holiday parties are done for the month at DW, I have a second to breathe and think about, but more importantly write down, my goals for 2016. I just updated my post for 2015's goals. I could have done better but that's where 2016 comes into play: a time to make up or do it better this time around. So let me take a stab at this list....

1) Travel internationally Since 2012, I have been able to make this happen. Nikki B. has inspired me to do this with her travels to Central & South America to improve her Spanish. I want to go back to Europe. I miss Italy. I want to stay on the Amalfi Coast and look out at the ocean from my balcony every morning. I want to drink wine again in Tuscany. I want to shop in Milan. I want to be in love in Verona.  Bordeaux would be my second choice. 
UPDATE 11/26/16 - I went back to Italy in October 2016. I did shop in Milan and I had wine in Florence.
2) Hike once a mont…

Women Wednesday: New Year, New You, New Friends Networking Event - 1/6/2016

The new year is the best time to evaluate the year before and a fresh start. Please join us for an evening dedicated to you saying goodbye to 2015 and welcoming 2016 with a well-deserved cocktail and to make new friends by networking with like-minded women. As with every Women Wednesday event, prizes can be won and proceeds will go to a local non-profit. Your visit will benefit GirlVentures, a San Francisco organization empowering Bay Area girls to develop and express their strengths through outdoor adventures. 

Come dressed in your business casual attire and meet women like Dirty Water's Tara Herrick, Wine Director and Sommelier, who was featured in Zagat's '30 Under 30.' She has accomplished so much at 25-year-old. Also meet women who are Personal Trainers, dancers, teachers, yoga instructors, a Notary Public, a Stella & Dot Stylist and much more.

Who do you want to meet?
What do you do?
What are your goals for 2016?
Let us know in the comments section!

The evening'…

Women Wednesday: Santa's Helpers - December 2, 2015

Women Wednesday: Calling all Santa's Helpers! Wednesday, December 2, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Arrive in style and work it in your red, festive attire with an unwrapped toy in hand to donate to Toys for Tots. Be sure to thank the US Marines for their services while they are here collecting your gifts for less fortunate children in our community.

WIN two tickets to a showing of "A Christmas Story" courtesy of SHN. 
Earn entries by 
1) Ordering Frea for the Holidays cocktail (2 entries)
2) Posting pic on Twitter of the toy brought to donate & use hashtag#WomenWednesday @DirtyWaterSF (2 entries)
3) Checking-in to Dirty Water on Facebook and post a pic during the event (2 entries)
Follow us on Twitter (@dirtywatersf) for additional entries.

Thank you for attending the last two Women Wednesdays. These events are growing in popularity and we are so proud to be able to give back to our community with your help.  We reserve two of our lounge spaces for the event on a first-come-first-se…

Whiskey & Women Wednesday, 10/7

Breast cancer has effected a few wonderful women in my life and I want it to stop. 
I am happy to announce that Dirty Water's first Women Wednesdays will go to benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. On October 7th, 5-7 pm, DW's talented bartender, Maritza, will be creating a whiskey-based cocktail for the evening. For every cocktail of hers that is sold and a whiskey flight, $1 will go towards breast cancer research. Our Pastry Chef, Michelle Cabrera, will be doing a special dessert pairing as well. Pay with Cover and get $5 off your bill that evening.
We invite ladies to join us, wear some pink, network and support this cause. Raffle prizes are being gathered but tickets will be 1 for $3, 2 for $5. Raised funds will also go towards breast cancer research. 
PRIZE LIST: Two tickets to the Whiskies of the World event in San Francisco on the SF Belle, a Hornblower yacht on March 26, 2015 ($240 value) Two (2) $50.00 Cover credits to Dirty Water Nuubia Artisan Chocolates box Hai…

Support Local Designers

Shop small! Buy local!

You have to give small business owners credit for taking the risk and putting in long hours all the while keeping a day job so they can launch their own business, be their own boss and make a dream come true. Trust me, I'm STILL in it.

Before DW, it was more on the smaller scale with minimal investment. I started as an Independent Event Planner & Coordinator back in 2007, became a Notary Public thanks to my former employer who took care of all of the fees since 2008, I attempted to be a Wellness International Network rep in 2010 but that was NOT a small investment, and then I started as a Stella & Dot Stylist in 2011. DW has been the biggest and most important investment I have made because I invested in myself in a big way. It was my way out of being in a position with no room for growth. I was not learning anything. I was not being challenged. And I wasn't passionate about the work. Since December 2013, I have spent countless hours and dollars…

Seven Stills

Join us at Dirty Water for a Seven Stills tasting tomorrow, Sunday, 9/13 from 1-5pm. Come by for football, custom cocktails and complimentary tastings of whiskeys made right here in San Francisco in the Bayview district. I am excited to see what our talented bartenders come up with. Brunch is served until 3 pm.

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Here are some great photos from the event. Be sure to LIKE our Facebook page to see all of our upcoming events!

Best Restaurant, Hot Spot & Vibrant Bar Scene Award

Thank you, OpenTable​ diners! Dirty Water has been selected as one of the Best Restaurants in the Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness area with a Vibrant Bar Scene and is an SF / Bay Area Hot Spot. It has been our pleasure to serve you. We look forward to meeting new diners and OpenTable users.  Dirty Water 
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103
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#ThrowbackThursday, Boston & Austin!

#throwbackthursday #tbt to a night in the city with Christina and friends. Love this picture of us. Can't wait for Austin. 15 days!

You may recall that almost a year ago on my birthday, my divorce was finalized after almost two years. Christina was going thru a breakup and we both had reasons to get the hell out of town. So over happy hour at Bijou in Hayward, Ca, we booked a 36-hour trip to Boston the following weekend.
Our flight got in on Saturday morning at 6 am and had a late afternoon flight the next day. We had a 10 am tour scheduled at Samuel Adams Brewery. And there we met our Canadians.

Brian basically invited us to join his party of other men there for business at Doyle's, as recommended by our shuttle driver. "Doyle's!" comes with a double fist pump.
The Canadians were very cool and we ended up hanging out with them all day. We went to Beerworks near the ballpark and even went on a tour with them. 

We ended up meeting up with them that evening and wen…