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Lauren Farris currently works as a Stylist, and for a private label apparel company as a Sales Manager/Mass Merchandiser. She writes on the side to express her creativity, frustrations, and share funny little life stories. She currently writes fashion articles for eHow.com and has a blog about her oh-so-fun life. She was born and raised in Arkansas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and accounting, only to find her true passion was fashion. She moved to the bay area to attend FIDM for design and merchandising. She enjoys traveling any chance she gets, whether it is a quick camping trip, wine tasting in Napa, hitting the slopes in Tahoe, or trips to see one of her many siblings in various places around the world. She has traveled to over 20 countries and plans on many more. For fun she loves to eat at new restaurants, experiment with her own cooking, host fabulous dinner parties (she could put Martha to shame), treat herself to spas, and feed her shopping addiction. She is a member of a book club, Museo Italian (for language classes), and attempting to not be kicked out of her knitting circle (one of her down falls). Lauren moved to San Francisco about 2 years ago and continues to find new and exciting things to do every weekend.

Picaro Tapas Bar

Courtesy of Yelp

Recently, I went to the first ever tapas bar in San Francsico: Picaro Tapas.  Upon arriving the atmosphere was clean and the staff was friendly.  We were seated  immediately, and within seconds brought us two carafes of sangria, bread and cheese.  Once the rest of the group joined us, we began to order. Small bites were approximately $5 each.  We ordered the Calamares a la Plancha (calamari) for $6.75, Esparragos a la Plancha (grilled asparagus) for $5.00, Champiñones al Ajillo (mushrooms) for $5.25, and the Patatas Aioli (potatoes with aioli sauce) for $4.75.  Each appetizer was better than the last.  I didn’t love the aioli that came with the potatoes but the potatoes themselves were perfectly cooked.We also ordered two of the Paella de Langostas, lobster tail amongst other seafood on a bed of fluffy rice.

We kept the sangria flowing and how could you not it is only $2.50 until 7:00 p.m.!    This place is great for big groups like the one I brought with me, and it wasn’t as loud as most tapas bars we go to in the mission. We left happy, full, and with money in our pockets.

Don’t forget to tip the adorable mariachi band that plays for you and encourages you to get up and dance off all the food and booze!  If nothing else you should stop by to see the first tapas bar in San Francisco, once you are there the adorable  staff will most likely get you to stay.

Courtesy of Picaro Tapas

Picaro Tapas

3120 16th Street
San Francisco, CA
Ph. 415-431-4089

Happy hour everyday 5-7- Sangria $2.50


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