Brandy Kuentzel

Millions gathered around their TVs, waiting to see to whom big name entrepreneur Donald Trump would say the infamous “Your fired!” line in the tenth season of Apprentice–and fortunately it wasn’t Brandy Kuentzel. She was announced the winner and took on the role of Donald Trump’s protégé. Brandy was very ambitious as a teen; she graduated valedictorian of her high school, while also playing varsity sports, working multiple part-time jobs and volunteering at the local animal shelter. While earning her Bachelor’s in Political Science from UCLA and studying abroad at the University of Tasmania, Australia, she financed her education through several jobs including positions at the California State Senate and the Parliament of Tasmania. But she still remained committed to the community serving as a tutor and mentor for underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School while also being involved in working to provide pro bono legal services to entrepreneurs. Additionally, she tutored elementary students in Chicago. She spent her summers working in New York at a prominent investment bank and in California at a prestigious law firm. After law school, she relocated to San Francisco as a corporate attorney. After three years, she co-founded the first mobile cupcake business, “Sweet Ride”, in San Francisco.

Where were you born ?
Southern California and I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.
How long in San francisco:
Since 2006
Nob Hill
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Favorite Restaurant:
It is a toss-up between Spruce and Boulevard.
Best Sushi:
I am a vegetarian, so I will have to defer to Haute Living on this one.
Best Ethnic Food:
ts hard to choose in a diverse city like San Francisco, but Khan Toke Thai House is one of my casual favorites. You are asked to remove your shoes before being seated at sunken dining tables, and the private rooms are fun for groups.
Best Italian:
54 Mint. I take my Italian food very seriously, and I sample Italian restaurants in the city often.
Best place for late night dining:
Best dessert:
Anything on the dessert menu at Frances.
Best place for a romantic date:
The outdoors. A bike ride (complete with wine tasting and an afternoon picnic) in Sonoma or Calistoga is my favorite, and so many of the trails listed in the book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles, are beautiful.
Best Sunday brunch:
On a sunny day, I'll wait for a table at Universal Cafe. When the fog is thick, I like to post up at the bar at Liverpool Lil's.
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Dinner on the late side is more my speed.
All-around favorite spot in San francisco:
AT&T Park, watching the defending World Champion SF Giants play at home on a sunny day.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
There are countless top tier hotels ranging from luxury chains to independents in San Francisco. The St. Regis and the Four Seasons are certainly plush, and I like the concept behind Hotel des Arts.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
The Ferry Building Marketplace, particularly on Tuesday when the Farmers' Market is outside. I also like The Blues Jeans Bar in the Marina and the boutiques on Hayes Street.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Bulgari in Union Square might be the nicest store that I have ever visited in the city, but I cannot honestly say that I own any Bulgari jewelry. Every woman should do herself a favor and at least window shop there.
Best Spa:
Spa Nordstrom for service, convenience, and price. I always end up shopping on the way out, which is an added bonus.
Favorite Charity Event:
The SFSPCA's Bark & Whine Ball. It is a lot of fun, and all proceeds from the event help provide special treatment and medical care for the neediest animals in the community.
Favorite Cultural Event:
he SF Pride Celebration and Parade. One of the things that I am most proud about this city is the manner in which it encourages people to celebrate diversity.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Davies Symphony Hall (especially when it is decorated around the holidays.)
Best Aspect of San francisco:
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful, progressive cities in the world, and it is surrounded by gorgeous state and national parks and wine country. Each day, I feel so fortunate to call San Francisco my home
Best Steakhouse:
I don't eat steak, but I have heard that Harris's Steakhouse has one of the best steaks in the city, and it has a comfortable and charming bar.
Best Pizza:
I like Zero Zero for thin crust pizza, and I prefer Little Star (the original location) for deep dish pizza.
Best Lunch:
Bocadillos for small plates.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
I do not have a gym membership, but I love to run along the Embarcadero Waterfront and stay active outdoors by hiking and biking outside the city on weekends.
Best Massage:
A massage is not my indulgence of choice.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
I typically just hail a taxi.
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The exhibitions on loan from the Musée d’Orsay that were recently at the de Young Museum were spectacular.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
I never get tired of exploring Golden Gate Park.
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