SF Week in Review: Valentine’s Day Gifts, Getaways and Chocolates + Haute Spots & People

Valentine’s Day gifts—San Francisco fashionista curates our list—getaways and boxes of chocolate are among the haute news and notes in our Week in Review. We also talk to Charlot Malin, Manresa’s David Kinch and GourmetFest’s David Fink, tell you about a chic new 49th floor lounge on Rincon Hill and catch you up on a few of our Haute 100 members..

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Sonya Molodetskaya's Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Sonya Molodetskaya in Paris

Photo Credit: Courtesy Sonya Molodetskaya

Sonya Molodetskaya’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

San Francisco’s Sonya Molodetskaya has a style all her own. You never know what Willie Brown’s fashion-obsessed companion might wear or how she came up with the idea to pair one thing with another—but somehow it always seems to work. She’s the kind of person you’d like to take along when you’re shopping, which is why we asked her to put together a haute Valentine’s Day gift guide. If you’re stumped trying to select the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, let Molodetskaya help you.

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5 Valentine’s Day Getaways San Franciscans Will Love

Spice up your Valentine’s Day with a change of scenery. This year, lovebirds are lucky that not only does Feb. 14 fall on a Saturday, but it is part of the three-day President’s Weekend. It’s the perfect time to check into a hotel in the San Francisco Bay Area or jaunt down to Southern California, where warmer temperatures should await. Here are our picks for the hautest Valentine’s Day getaways.

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Top 5 Chocolates in SF to Seduce Your Valentine, Including Kollar’s 50 Shades of Grey

Nothing goes together better than chocolate and Valentine’s Day. With Feb. 14 right around the corner, we’ve scoured the San Francisco Bay Area for the hautest boxes of chocolate for you to give your special someone. Among our finds for top chocolates in SF: a $260 bar of To’ak chocolate and Kollar Chocolates’ 50 Shades of Grey. Hmmm, how stimulating.


Jayms Ramirez photographs Charlot Malin (2)
Jayms Ramirez photographs Charlot Malin

5 Haute Things You Didn’t Know About Charlot Malin

You know Charlot Malin is the new president of the San Francisco Opera Guild. You’ve probably heard that she’s from Oslo, Norway. Chances are you’re also aware that she and her husband Gregory Malin’s company Troon Pacific, a real estate development company known for its efforts in wellness and sustainable design. When Haute Living recently sat down to talk to her for a feature in our upcoming March/April issue, our Green issue, we learned even more about this award-winning interior designer and philanthropist.

David Fink

Relais & Chateaux GourmetFest’s David Fink Spills All

The countdown is on for the second annual Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest Carmel-by-the-Sea, a four-day foodie extravaganza featuring an exclusive roster of Relais & Châteaux chefs and wine estates in a picturesque setting. The 2015 edition takes place March 5-8 and promises to be even hauter than last year’s inaugural event.


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David Kinch at Manresa

Two-Michelin Starred Manresa Reopens After Five-Month Closure

Yes, it’s a cliche to say that every cloud has a silver lining but it’s still true in the case of Manresa. David Kinch’s two-Michelin starred restaurant in Los Gatos was devastated by a fire in July and closed for five months. Haute Living was on the scene Feb. 3 to celebrate Manresa’s reopening with for canapés, wine and cocktails. We caught up with Kinch, who had interesting things to say about the effects of the fire on the South Bay’s premier dining spot.


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Sky Lounge at Tower Two at One Rincon Hill.

Photo Credit: Courtesy One Rincon Hill

Soar to New Heights in San Francisco’s Exclusive Sky Lounge

You’ll find no steep membership dues or burly bouncers guarding a red velvet rope to keep you out of the Sky Lounge, perched 49 floors above the streets of San Francisco and offering sweeping bird’s eye views of the Bay. Yet the Bay Area’s hautest new spot is truly exclusive.

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Jack Ma of Alibaba is richer than Jeff Bezos (By a Little)

George Lucas is bummed out on movies

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, is the subject of a new book “Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahooo” written by reputed tech journalist Nicholas Carlson.