Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SF Eats: Hog & Rocks

This past Saturday was the perfect SF day with a museum visit in the morning and then a blogger brunch at Hog & Rocks in the Mission District. We all got to sample generous portions of their new brunch menu, as well as their cocktail menu. I literally mean, one. of. each. item. It was an incredible feat, but I'd like to think that my brunch buddies and I held our own pretty well.

Chef Pierre Tumlin keeps it pretty simple with the dishes, and creates some insane flavors with brunch classics like chicken & waffles, farmer's scramble and shrimp & grits to name a few. My favorites from the feast had to be the French Toast Custard with banana rum caramel and candied pecans. (It's okay, I'm salivating at the thought too.) Paired with their version of Pimm's Cup and I'd call that an absolute perfect SF brunch.

Be sure to check out the location tag for @hogandrocks and #HogandRocks on Instagram for more drool-worthy photos.

3431 19th Street (between Mission and Valencia)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Dinner Mon-Sat: 5-11pm, Sun: 5-10pm
Happy Hour Mon-Fri: 5pm-6:30pm
Brunch Sat-Sun: 11am-2:30pm
Afternoon Snack Sat-Sun: 2:30pm-5pm
Late Night Drinks Fri-Sat: open 'til 1:30 for drinks

Various oysters to start off as appetizers

French toast custard with banana rum caramel and candied pecans

H&R breakfast

Deviled egg with country ham and fried oyster

DHB - bacon wrapped prunes

Lemon custards and deconstructed s'mores plate - not quite served at brunch yet!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Asian Art Museum | Priime x SF Travel Photowalk

I had the absolute pleasure of attending a photo walk with the folks from Priime and San Francisco Travel this past Saturday at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. It was a private group of about 25 or so photographers free to roam around before the museum was actually open to the public. Meaning, absolutely no crowds! It was an amazing experience to say the least and I will now compare all future museum visits to this one.

To see photos from the event, be sure to check the hashtag #PriimeAAM

Hurry to the museum now if you can. The exhibit we got to see called "Looking East" ends February 7, 2016. Not to worry though, there's still plenty to see and experience all year long at the AAM.

200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Tues–Sun: 10–5
Monday: Closed

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Throwback: FREE Mason Jar Hang Tag Downloadable

Had to bring this oldie, but goodie over from my old design blog- a free downloadable of mason jar hang tags!

It was a great big hit, and the one big thing I would regret leaving behind with the old blog, so here it is in all its glory. There's a download link at the bottom. Enjoy it and tag me on Instagram if you share it.

These little guys can be printed on anything, but best on recycled paper bags. I had a kraft gift bag that had a broken handle, so I ran it through the printer with a sheet of paper and success!

Next, cut them out with a small margin & decide how you're going to hang them.

I recommend hole punching them towards the top and using your choice of string to tie the tag onto your gift. If you don't have a hole puncher handy, just use a paperclip or in this case, a clothespin to attach it to the string of your choice.

Conditions of use:

All photos and artwork are © Tina Ly Johnston for The images and/or documents you download in this post or across my entire blog are free for personal use only. Please do not use them commercially. If you re-post or re-use them in any way for your site or blog, please credit my blog. If you would like to use the printable for any commercial projects of yours, feel free to email me Thanks!

Download: Click here.

PS. I'd love to see what you use the tags for! Please tag me in your Instagram photos @tina.

xo, Tina

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Brit+Co x Rocksbox

My New Year's resolution has always been pretty generic -- travel more, eat well, the basic stuff. This year, I wanted to focus on documenting things in my life a bit more and branding more of myself. What better way than with a REAL blog that I can document more of our lives AND brand myself, and what better start than about things I love: jewelry and DIY.

Meet your new BFFs Brit+Co and Rocksbox.

I teamed up with Brit+Co and Rocksbox on this darling DIY Marble Tray for your jewelry collection. Admittedly, I haven't done a DIY in a while since my freelancing days, so I was a bit worried about screwing up. I can't express how easy Brit+Co made the DIY though and how forgiving this particular project is.

There are only 2 things you'll need for the DIY and Brit+Co provides it all in the box for you. Once it arrives, just head over to to get all the nitty gritty details on how to make it.

So which color will you get? Make your own set of Marbled Jewelry Trays at home and share on Instagram how you would style them to match your own unique vibe. Be sure to tag @rocksbox and @britandco and use the hashtag #iamcreative when you finish yours!

Note: if you haven't checked out Rocksbox yet, don't fret! Use my code tinadesignxoxo to get your first month's free. It's like Netflix for jewelry and so much fun.

xo, Tina