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Q&A With Cocktail Veterans Justin Lew + Ian Scalzo, Founders of Horsefeather

What do Rickhouse, Local Edition, Tradition, and Prizefighter all have in common? The touch of two friends, Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo, who first met at Bourbon & Branch, ground zero for San Francisco’s craft cocktail movement.

We Wanna Be Friends With Smitten Ice Cream Founder Robyn Sue Fisher

Robyn Sue Fisher, 37, has the ultimate dream job. She took her favorite food (ice cream) and turned it into a successful and innovative business, Smitten, with a trademark machine that makes delicious ice cream using liquid nitrogen. 

We Wanna Be Friends With the Humphry Slocombe Boys

When Jake Godby and Sean Vahey opened Humphry Slocombe seven years ago, little did they know that their unique flavors (e.g., Jesus Juice Sorbet, Apple Coded Bacon, and their now famous Secret Breakfast), would garner worldwide attention, landing them in The New York Times and Vogue. We talked to the sweet treat-pushing duo about their favorite junk foods, future plans, lazy Sundays, and more. 

We Wanna Be Friends With Dave Gilboa, Cofounder of Warby Parker

You've all heard the story of Warby Parker, yes? Well, in case you haven't, this guy Dave Gilboa was traveling in Thailand. He lost his $700 glasses. A poor (at the time) business school student at Wharton, he stumbled through the following semester practically blind. And then he got the idea for a startup.

We Wanna Be Friends with Villy Wang, Founder of BAYCAT

Raised by an immigrant single mother in the sweatshops of New York City, Villy Wang faced almost insurmountable obstacles to her dream of founding a new kind of nonprofit. 

We Wanna Be Friends With Christina Stembel, Founder of Farmgirl Flowers

When florist Christina Stembel was only 18-years-old she left the rural Indiana farm where she had grown up and moved to the big city, New York. “I was determined to get off the farm, and start a successful company that did something good in the world,” she explained.

We Wanna Be Friends With Style Blogger Girl With Curves

We're currently obsessing over San Jose-based style blogger Tanesha Awasthi, a.k.a. Girl With Curves. From her effortlessly full skirts to those signature big sunglasses, each of her well-curated outfits inspire us to put down our well-worn jeans, and opt for a sleeker silhouette (maybe with a pearl accent!). We caught up with the award-winning blogger and UC Berkeley alumna to ask her about her life in Silicon Valley. 

We Wanna Be Friends With Karl the Fog

Karl the Fog, San Francisco's much-loved/much-reviled fog, has made quite the name for itself on social media the last five years. We caught up with Karl to ask him about his name, his relationship to the sun, horror flick The Fog, and more.

We Wanna Be Friends With Pastry Chef Extraordinaire Maya Erickson

SF native and Lazy Bear pastry chef Maya Erickson has always had a passion for cooking, even choosing cooking shows over cartoons as a child.

We Wanna Be Friends With Susan Coss, Founder of Mezcal Week

Susan Coss likes to discover delicious things. The hunt for interesting flavors is what brought her to Oaxaca for the first time in 2003, to celebrate Dia de los Muertos and to explore the food scene. And although her first encounter with mezcal was “pretty terrible and overwhelmingly smoky,” her subsequent tastes of the distinct Mexican liquor turned her into an obsessive connoisseur. 

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