Do you ever shop somewhere on a regular basis, but then approach it from a different angle and find something new? That's what I did literally a few weeks ago at one of my favorite shopping haunts, Burlingame Avenue on the Peninsula. Out of necessity I parked at the opposite end of the avenue from where I usually land, and magically, I found new stores that I had never set foot in! So happy that a crowded lot led me to some new finds!
If you haven't shopped Burlingame Ave recently (or at all), you're in for a pleasant surprise. It's about a 4 block stretch of shops and restaurants in the town of Burlingame, and it's undergoing a resurgence. Besides the physical updates (expanded sidewalks for better walking/dog/stroller traffic), there are also some stores you might not expect on a suburban strip. You’ll find the usual suspects - J. Crew, Banana Republic, Gap, Pottery Barn - but there's an Anthroplogie hidden around the block, Trina Turk tucked in between a few restaurants, Sephora on a main corner, and a soon-to-be Kate Spade.
And besides shopping, there are many visit-worthy restaurants to relax in before or after a stroll. My favorites are Il Fornaio (for Sunday brunch), Copenhagen (anyday brunch and bakery), Crepevine (great dessert crepes), The Cakery (for a treat to take home), and the new Istanbul Turkish Cuisine (love the kabobs, grilled octopus, and baklava worth writing home about).
So the day that I parked at the "other end" of the block, I happened upon a few stores - one an old favorite, and two brand new favorites that I'll definitely be frequenting. Check them out below, and next time you’re looking for a different place to hang, head to Burlingame!
Jigsaw is UK-based brand, with a few stores in the Bay Area, and I'm so happy they're in Burlingame. My clients love this place, and I never fail to find something incredibly unique or super-versatile for someone on my shopping list. Their aesthetic is definitely laid-back, but not casual - it has a deliberate European ease and sophistication. Here you'll always find a perfect cardigan, a wear-forever knit dress, or that special printed skirt that everyone will want to know where it's from. They also have phenomenal necklaces, and drapey sweaters and separates interspersed with more structured pieces that are sure to become mainstays in your wardrobe. So if you're nearby, stop in, ask for Natalie or Amanda, and be prepared to choose among the treasures.
A men's store tucked toward the end of the avenue, Sam Malouf is a must for any guy who wants to upgrade his style. They carry some of my favorite brands, and have an expertly edited selection that ranges from current and hip to classically cool. Sand shirts hang next to Peter Millar separates and Belstaff outerwear. Oh-so-covetable Loro Piana jackets sit alongside Zegna suits. I could spend hours there trying on and creating the ultimate wish-list wardrobe! If you're ducking in for a quick visit, don't miss the shoes in the back - To Boot lace-ups or Cucinelli loafers might be just what the doctor ordered. And ladies - if you're looking for a gift for your man, you need look no further. Grab one of the knowledgeable staff and they can guide you to something he'll love forever.
I do not profess to be nor aspire to be a cook. But I do know good food when I eat it. And at Del' Oliva, you can find deliciously flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars that you just can't get anywhere else - it's a feast for the palette. When you get there, don't wander aimlessly - ask for their recommended pairings. I tried (and bought) the cinnamon pear vinegar to pair with the roasted walnut oil. And I couldn't resist getting the tangerine vinegar with the blood orange oil as well. Now I just need to figure out how to use them.....oh yeah, I have a partner who cooks - that's how I can make it work!