Monday, May 30, 2016

DWSF - New Belgium Summer Event 6/9/16

It is getting warm. New Belgium has new cool beers available and they're at Dirty Water. Try one, try them all while sitting out on our patio.

• Heavy Melon Lime Ale
• Blue Paddle Pilsener Lager
• Citradelic Tangerine IPA
• HK Juicy Mandarina

It is also our Brewer's birthday! Please be sure to say hello and Happy Birthday to John Montes De Oca, Brewmaster of Mujicians Brewing Company. LIKE their page as a birthday present!

Dirty Water
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

Event space is available for your group. Please contact our Events Director at or 925-895-7136.

Taken on 6/9/15 before we opened.

DWSF - One-Year Anniversary Week

We are turning ONE! We want to thank you, our customers, for your support. We couldn’t have made it this far without you. We will be celebrating all week long. Please join us in celebrating with us with the special offers below. 


Dirty Water
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

Monday, June 20, 2016 - Sunday, June 26, 2016

Monday, 6/20 - $10 Gin & Tonics, made with Junipero, Letherbee and St. George

Tuesday, 6/21 – $6 New Amsterdam Moscow Mules

Wednesday, 6/22 – Celebratory bubbles (Details TBD)

Thursday, 6/23 – Drake’s Brewery specials (Details TBD)

Friday, 6/24 – Special Food Menu
house made pork meatballs with spicy thai sauce
house made lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce
bruleed figs with mascarpone cheese
smoked maple glazed pork belly skewer & pickled peppers
foie gras torchon with huckleberry conserve / toasted brioche 


Saturday, 6/25 – Veuve Clicquot Pairing Dinner. Tickets via Eventbrite.

Sunday, 6/26 – Special Pride bottles of Iron Horse.

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 - SFMOMA Reopened

The original plan was to go to the De Young Museum with Mackenzie to visit the Oscar De La Renta exhibition. It was an idea after a discussion with her about her ambitions and triggered me starting the #BernsFitnessChallenge on June 1st.  I haven't been to the De Young Museum in years and this was a perfect reason to go.

While waiting for Ji-Young to come down before we headed over to the Golden Gate Park, and while I awaited for a response to an unresponsive Close5 buyer to confirm the morning's exchange, I looked up the De Young Museum on Twitter. Their latest post was recommending getting tickets for the exhibit this Memorial Day Weekend. I didn't think that it would be a challenge to get it in. It certainly wasn't the Cal State Fair. General admission tickets were sold out except for ones at 5 PM. The exhibit closed at 6:15 PM. At that point, an hour and fifteen minutes wasn't worth the $25 admission ticket. The VIP tickets were also sold out. Well...

As the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) just reopened after their renovation, I suggested we go there instead. Two other ladies were joining us and they were in!

I parked on 3rd Street next to the new Spin Table Tennis Social Club. My friend, Tiffany Dickson, is the Events Manager there. We worked together at City Beach in Fremont, CA many years ago. She actually gave me a sneak peek before it opened. See another post soon. Spin was definitely open and the speaker wall behind the bar that wasn't installed when I first visited was finished and it looked really good. Tiffany wasn't there but I'm sure I'll be back to support her soon.

SFMOMA was just a block away. The Chevy's at the corner of 3rd and Harrison turned into a Fago de Chao restaurant. The XYZ Bar turned into Truce in the gorgeous W Hotel. Then you'll find yourself at the entrance of the SFMOMA.

Walk in and you'll have the larger gift shop to your left, along with a coat check area and apparently there is a restaurant on that level but I didn't see it. We climbed the stairs to the second level to buy tickets and wait for the other two ladies to arrive. Beware of the $25 per person ticket. Pick up a map because you will need it. If you are waiting for friends to join you, it's best to buy their tickets as well so you can enter the museum at the same time. We had a 20-minute wait before we could go in.

I should state that I only studied art in school and cannot intelligently speak on any of the pieces seen below but I can still appreciate someone's vision and hard work. I may not understand what the artists' intentions are but like music, the scents from various flowers or the feel of objects in a mystery bag from the outside, it triggers different feelings, memories and preferences, even as simple as whether or not they like it. I certainly do not visit museums often and this was a way to see my friends and be exposed to and surrounded by creativity. And yes, there's humor as well. I was not the only one saying, "I don't get it."

During this wait, be sure check out the ladies' restroom. I am not sure if the men's are designed the same way but I took one look, one selfie and walked out. It seemed like this was a bathroom for a club and orgies were occurring nearby.

There is a line to take the elevator up to the second of the seven floors or you can take the stairs. With Ji-Young being pregnant and due in three weeks, she was totally fine with taking the stairs. It must've been all that time doing cross-fit. And there are a lot of them. Outside you'll see the living wall, sculptures and if you're lucky LIVE models like this one. Only the beautiful may apply.

The biggest mobile I've ever seen. I then decided I would make Baby Alexander his own mobile.

Sightglass coffee anyone? I was tempted to get the Bernie's Best Organic Apple Cider but I was also interested in a latte and a snack. I opted in for the quiche.

"Is it supposed to be cold?" I have never had one that was cold before. Regardless, I was hungry. I ate every bit of it.

A milk drop. The Queen Bee sees a crown. I posted this on Dylan's Facebook wall. This was his style. He was happy that I let him know that it reopened. He's been wanting to go.

This was taken in San Francisco. I worked on the Chevron business for four years during college at Young & Rubicam.

"This is KC's brain." Love the guy but he's all over the place.

Funny that a Korean was standing by Korean-made piece of art. That's my nephew, Alexander, in there!

My kind of style. Black and white. Just like my closet.

'Bappletree' next to an apple. Only a few know me deep down to my core. I guess if you're reading this blog, you see bits and pieces of it. By far my favorite piece in the whole joint.

Express top, new White House Black Market jeans, Cole Haan shoes and purse, and Stella & Dot jewelry.
Only one of the most gorgeous men that ever lived: Elvis. By Andy Warhol. 


The bridge where you can see straight to the bottom.

White House Black Market jeans and Cole Haan shoes.
Up close I couldn't see the figure of a man. Ji-Young actually pointed it out from this distance.

I really liked the texture of this.

This was kind of creepy.


Visit SFMOMA at 151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Have you been?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Women Wednesday - June 1st with Mosswood Distillers

We are finding that women truly do love whiskey! We are having another Women Wednesday focusing on whiskey, this time by Mosswood Distillers in Berkeley, co-owned by Therese Agnew. 
Isn't that music to your ears? 

Join us for a special flight of their unique whiskies where a $1 will go to benefit the San Francisco Symphony's Music Education Alliance. Developed in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the San Symphony's music education programs serve nearly 100,000 children, students, teachers, and families each year and provide more than 60 free or heavily
subsidized concerts, annually. 

Raffle prizes will also be available to win.

RSVP here and/or follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@dirtywatersf) for more information. 

Space will be set aside in our lounges on a first-come first-served basis for this event however the whiskey flight and opportunity to win will be available for all patrons dining with us that evening. Dinner reservations are available thru Opentable, Yelp or by calling 888-393-0530. Lounge reservations are also available for your private party thru our Events Team, basically me ( or 925-895-7136). 

We look forward to having you join us!

Dirty Water
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

June 1, 2016
5 PM - 8 PM

Enjoying a Nikka Taketsuru 17 after great clients & friends finally came to visit Dirty Water.
They each deserved a shot of this deliciousness.

After a Seven Stills whiskey tasting and tour with my staff.
Cole Haan purse, SFPD sweatshirt & Stella & Dot earrings.


The event went really well. Therese and Jake had our staff taste and be trained on their whiskies. The winner was the espresso one.

Max, our rep for Drake's Brewing Company just happened to stop by. Mosswood has a whiskey made in collaboration with Drake's. I had to capture these photos.

It was wonderful to team up with these women, Therese Agnew of Mosswood Distillers and Bonnie O'Donoghue of the San Francisco Symphony.

Thank you to all that have attended. Be sure to join us for our next Women Wednesday with Karl Strauss and Craft & Clothes.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Slanted Door & Sunshine

The wonderful ladies I have had the pleasure to work with and am proud to call my friends deserved to be treated to an absolutely delicious lunch at a restaurant worthy of the First Lady of the United States @FLOTUS, as seen on Twitter. The Slanted Door has repeatedly made the list of being one of the best restaurants in San Francisco and I used to have to book reservations here for a former boss, a lawyer and ex-Commissioner of The Port of Oakland. This was my first visit to The Slanted Door.

You've seen the silly Periscope videos from our icebox of an office, you've seen the hashtag #BernTina and #sunshineNunicorn and oh, the SnapChats (@bappletree)! If not, you missed out on an era that has come to an end at DW. Christina was my Events Manager, my confidant and the last person I opened up to and cried about my deepest fears and pain that has partially made me who I am today. She earned the nickname Sunshine because that smile you see below greeted me every morning (let's be honest, every afternoon) when I slid that door open to our office and said hello. Seeing her smiling face at the very beginning of my work day started the day off right. Her energy and positively was contagious and she was also another reason why I didn't want to fail at my job. She was my Sunshine. The name stuck and I found myself calling her that in conversation with people when she wasn't even nearby.

My Sunshine has left DW to find her true passion, to challenge herself and to do it independently in distant lands with no definite plans of returning to the States. It's bold, courageous, scary and exciting. I couldn't be more happy for her. I hope to one day meet her in some foreign place and we can laugh and joke and pick up as if she never left. I look forward to her WhatsApp messages and incoming FaceTime requests. 

Be safe, my Sunshine. I will always be here for you. Thank you for making my world bright.

Our dear Mercedes also took flight and is moving on from the dirty waters that consume me. Our sweet Merk-a-Derk has been missed dearly by me. Just today I said her name and I needed a second after remembering she's no longer with us. She left a few days before Sunshine and was the inspiration for a recent post about wanting to be better and passing it on. Merk was originally going to join us for this luncheon but family called. I am sure I'll see her again soon.

Thank you to the Slanted Door for being a place I will always remember. I have been wanting to dine here for years. My good friend, Nikki, even gifted the book a few years ago when I was on my mission to be more knowledgeable about all things culinary, restaurant and bar related while opening up Dirty Water. I finally had an opportunity to experience why The Slanted Door is incredibly successful.

The decor wasn't over the top, the views past the tourists and ferry commuters are of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge and there was outdoor seating available. The service was quick but friendly. The food: absolutely to die for. There wasn't a morsal that I didn't like and I can't even say which was my favorite.

Blogger at work in my Prada sunglasses, Banana Republic dress, Zunni Layering Necklace ($98) by Stella & Dot and my typical work-ready lazy hair do that Justina Downs taught me to do.

Like all good things, they eventually have to come to an end. This meal was quite memorable, but my Sunshine & Merk, unforgettable.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cover is now Velocity

Dirty Water in San Francisco is now listed on the Velocity, formally known as Cover. Book your last minute reservation with us via the app and have the convenience of paying for your bill without the wait or paperwork. Sign up and get a $20 credit. Share with friends and get additional $20 credits. Use code "BERNADM1" and book lunch or dinner for your group today! 

Dirty Water
`1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Karl Strauss' Ladies' Night - Th., 5/26 5PM

Come out to Dirty Water for a fun night with Karl Strauss Brewing Company and some ladies in the craft beer world. Come taste newly released and Extremely Limited beer and make a statement with some style. Women who love beer can be fashionable too! Cheers to that!

Karl Strauss Collaboration with Pink Boot's Society
Style: Gose, brewed with Lime and Blue Agave Nectar
ABV: 5.6%

Other brews by Karl Strauss will be available as well. Please stay tuned for the full list and price.
Dirty Water Restaurant & Bar
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

What's the Pink Boot's Society? They're mission: The Pink Boots Society was created to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers in the Beer Industry through Education."

Event space is available for your group. Please contact me, the Events Director, at or 415-792-5126.


It was great to chat a bit more with Rania and I sold a few glasses myself. I love having something new and special to offer our guests. Rania also was able to speak on the beer with a group of ladies that ordered a nice number of flights. 

Of the four beers that were offered, I enjoyed the sour the best, then the Aurora. John, The Mujicians Brewing Company's Brewer, would agree. 

Thanks, Rania, for the swag! There were stickers and pins, and John got any-shirt and I got a trucker hat. 

If you missed this event, be sure to come by for our Women Wednesday event with Karl Stauss & Rania in July. See you then!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For Sale: 2 Country Summer VIP Tix

June 3 - June 5, 2016
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

I have two VIP tickets for all three days for sale. See Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry and Billy Currington plus many opening acts. Normally sold for $299 plus taxes.

Buy both for $289 each.

Email me to buy. I unfortunately cannot go as I have to work.