Episode 7: Elaine Hayes, MNT Studio

Episode 7: Elaine Hayes, MNT Studio

Elaine is the founder of a fitness studio called MNT, which stands for Move, Nourish, Transform. As the name suggests, the studio has a very comprehensive approach to wellness.

In the interview, Elaine and I discuss the friendly, welcoming atmosphere she has created at MNT, and I really believe that the community is what sets the studio apart.

The workouts themselves are so much fun and just the right amount of challenging, but its definitely the upbeat, positive instructors that truly make MNT special.

You can learn more about MNT:

On their website: http://mntstudio.co/

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mntstudio/

And if you enjoyed this episode, leave a review on iTunes and/or let me know on Instagram!

Episode 6: Heather Hardcastle of Flour Craft Bakery

Episode 6: Heather Hardcastle of Flour Craft Bakery

In the episode, Heather and I talk about:

Going back to school and changing careers

Creating a community around your business

Creating gluten free baked goods that are just as good (if not better) than traditional versions.

Connect with Heather:

On her website: http://flourcraftbakery.com/

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flourcraft/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flourcraft

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Episode 4: Sarah Bacon of Nourish Cafe

Episode 4: Sarah Bacon of Nourish Cafe

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sarah Bacon, the co-founder of one of my favorite cafes in San Francisco, to discuss:

How and why she and her friend Brighton decided to start Nourish Cafe

Making the switch from her corporate job to working at Nourish full-time.

Her personal favorite menu items

And much more!

Learn more about Sarah and Nourish Cafe…

On the web: http://www.nourishcafesf.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nourishcafesf/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nourishcafesanfran/

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Episode 2: Sadie Scheffer of Bread SRSLY

The history of gluten free, allergy friendly sourdough bread company Bread SRSLY with founder Sadie Scheffer:

For the 2nd episode of the Brains Behind the Brands Podcast (find episode 1 here), I had the pleasure of talking with Sadie Scheffer, founder of Bread SRSLY. As you will see, her cheerful personality is infectious and the story of her business is fascinating. Talking to Sadie was such a pleasure, and I can’t wait to share this interview with you.

  • In the interview, we talk about:
    • Why Sadie moved to San Francisco (it involves a boy….!)
    • Why she fell in love with gluten free baking.
    • How she discovered her own food intolerances.
    • And so much more!

Learn more about Bread SRSLY on their:

Website: http://www.breadsrsly.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/breadsrsly/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BreadSRSLY/

Bread SRSLY

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The Brains Behind the Brands Podcast

I have such exciting news to share with you today! This post has been many months in the making, and it’s been so hard for me to resist talking about my new project on the blog or on Instagram. I wanted to wait to share until I was sure my idea was going to work, but now that I’ve recorded the first few episodes, its official: I’m starting a podcast! It’s called the Brains Behind the Brands Podcast, and the first episode will come out next Saturday, June 2nd.

The Brains Behind the Brands Podcast

The biweekly podcast will feature interviews with entrepreneurs in the wellness space, and because I live in San Francisco and love supporting local businesses, the podcast will have a special focus on Northern California brands. So far, all the interviews I’ve recorded have been so much fun and incredibly inspiring. I think you guys will fall in love with these people and their businesses just as much as I did for their originality, passion, and honesty.

A sneak peek of the first few episodes of The Brains Behind the Brands:

Sadie Scheffer of Bread SRSLY

Todd Masonis of Dandelion Chocolate

Sundara Clark of Vixen Kitchen

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with these amazing entrepreneurs, and I can’t wait to share their stories with you.

For a little more background, I had the idea to start the podcast in March, after about 9 months of blogging. I realized that while I adore the wellness community I’ve found through my blog and instagram, publishing recipes wasn’t as exciting as it had been at first. So I decided to step back and figure out what it is that I love about the blogging world, and I found that the part that’s most exciting to me is the interaction, conversation, and sense of community that I’ve found in this wellness space.

Once I realized that the passion and community around wellness is what I really love and crave, the solution to my problem was obvious. I had to start a podcast! An entire project dedicated to learning about other people’s experiences and sharing those stories with the world.

This is the perfect adventure for me because I am a podcast addict.(All these random-seeming pictures were taken while I was listening to podcasts) In a recent post, I shared my favorite podcasts, and I am so excited to start contributing to such an awesome form of story-telling and community building.

If you have any suggestions for future podcast guests, such as restaurant owners, product creators, fitness studio founders, or anyone else in the Northern California wellness space, definitely let me know. And be sure to check back in next Saturday for the first episode of The Brains Behind the Brands podcast!

 

San Francisco Wellness Guide

Recently I was hunting online for fun, healthy restaurant recommendations in San Francisco, and I was shocked that there weren’t actually very many resources. So I decided to make a San Francisco Wellness Guide to share all my favorite wellness spots in the city, from cafes to workouts.

  •  Cafes

San Francisco Wellness Guide

  • Jane on Fillmore
    • This is my absolute favorite restaurant/cafe in SF, hands down. I just went for lunch today and, as always, it was bustling, cozy, and delicious beyond words. The first time I ate there I promised myself I would try something different every time I visit because everything on the menu sounds (and in my experience is) absolutely incredible.

  • Blue Danube
    • The vibe here is very different from Jane: slightly cluttered, homey, and laid back. It’s the perfect place to settle in and do homework for an afternoon- with a mint mocha latte in-hand of course.
  • Easy Breezy Frozen Yogurt
    • This place is so cute! They have dairy and dairy free yogurts in tons of creative flavors, so it will absolutely satisfy a variety of eaters.

  • Rainbow grocery (submitted by @youngnhangry)
    • Bulk bin of dreams! It’s like Disneyland for any foodie.
  • BiRite
    •  BiRite is a small grocery store with a big focus on local food, organic produce, and absolutely incredible sandwiches. The Vegan Hippy Sandwich is one of my all time favorite meals. Their ice cream is also delicious, and they always have a couple vegan options too.
  • Haight Street Market
    • This is one of my favorite grocery stores in the city. They have an amazing cafe, tons of gorgeous produce, impressive pre-made food, and all the kombucha a girl could ask for.
  • Restaurants

    • Artesano
      • This Latin American restaurant is a hidden gem in Laurel Village. I haven’t found dishes quite like theirs anywhere else in SF, and I routinely bring family and friends (who always come away raving about the food). I LOVE their salads, and you have to be sure to try the plantain chips.
    • Greens
      • I haven’t had a chance to eat here yet, but it is absolutely on my must visit list. An entire restaurant dedicated to vegetable focused, vegetarian food? With gorgeous views of the bay? Sign me up.
    • Little Gem
      • This is another spot I can’t wait to visit. The entire menu is gluten free, and all the dishes look incredibly original. And it’s located in Hayes Valley, so the ambiance is bound to be amazing, plus you’ll have plenty of options for dessert after.
    • Blue Barn (submitted by @youngnhangry)
      • Their seasonal salads are always on point
    • Gracias Madre (submitted by @youngnhangry)
      • Vegan Mexican food.
    • Seed and Salt (submitted by @youngnhangry)
      • Two words. eggplant. bacon. And their baked goods are delicious.
    • Plant Organic Cafe (submitted by @shakethatmarshmallow)
      • All organic produce + sustainable seafood and meats in downtown SF.
  • Workouts

  • BodyRok
    • I am OBSESSED with BodyRok. I took classes there in December and fell completely in love. They have spin classes, reformer pilates, and some locations even offer yoga. The playlists are amazing, the instructors are friendly, and overall the classes are just so fun. I can’t wait until I have time to go back!
  • Yoga to the People
    • I’ve never been here, but I can’t wait to try it. They offer donation based yoga classes to make it accessible to everyone, and the space looks absolutely gorgeous.

  • Running in Golden Gate Park
    • This is my go-to workout. It’s free and absolutely beautiful. There is no shortage of routes throughout the park, so I never get bored, but one of my favorites is definitely running around Stow Lake.

If you find this San Francisco Wellness Guide useful, I’d love it if you shared with friends, and definitely leave a comment/contact me if you have any additional recommendations!