1. Ramen Festival: For the first time, Bay Area residents are treated to a ramen festival taking place from July 19 – July 20 at SF Japantown. With free admission and bowls starting at $8, this is sure to be a delight for any ramen aficionado. While the Bay has it’s own fair offering of ramen, highlights of this festival will be the out-of-towners from Los Angeles and Japan who will come to offer their take on this new classic. Various local food trucks including Chairman Bao, Adam’s Grub Truck, and BACON BACON will also make an appearance.
2. Renegade Craft Fair: Also during July 19 – July 20, the Renegade Craft Fair comes back to the city by the bay at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Come early and ready as popular vendors are sure to sell out. Even if you’re not in the mood to buy, the fair is an excellent way to get those creative juices flowing. Seeing what these entrepreneurial artisans create is worth the trip.
3. Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer: Now you can print Instax photos straight from your smartphone with this new printer from Fujifilm. The printer uses the same film cartridges as the popular Instax Mini cameras. Positives include the ability to edit and apply filters to photos before printing it out and the ability to be selective in which photos to print. Cons are the price of the machine which is higher than a new Instax Mini camera.
4. Pentel Multi 8 Lead Holder: Reminiscent of the multi-pens of yore, this lead holder should be considered an upgrade. Your 12 year old self only wishes that such a thing existed back in the day. What makes this device better is the quality of the body and thickness of the lead. It’s a pencil, highlighter, and box of colored pencils all rolled into one. The best part is the mini lead sharpener that comes with it.
5. NHL Free Agency: By the time this post goes live, the frenzy of the first day of NHL Free Agency would have come and gone, but that doesn’t take away from the excitement that always surrounds it. Though NBA Free Agency starts on the same day, it’s hockey that’s managed to capture my heart.