Heidi Swanson Shares Her Top Ten Essentials

Quitokeeto founder, cookbook author and world traveler Heidi Swanson.1. Homemade Vitamin C Tea:
Equal parts rose hips and hibiscus, with an added pinch of saffron and a sprinkling of dried citrus peel. It gives me that added blast of Vitamin C needed to face winter.

2. Kamado-san Rice Cooker:
The Nagatani family has been making donabe-clay pot rice cookers-in Iga, Japan, for eight generations.

3. Right Hand Rings:
I’m always on the lookout for spectacular antique rings for Quitokeeto. Hand-cut diamonds and phenomenal stones are a soft spot.

4. Bose Noise-Cancelling Earbuds:
In a fire, I might actually grab these.

Heidi Swanson's homemade Vitamin C tea.5. Kosas Thrillest:
For ladies who love a high-pigment lip color, this is my go-to poppy hue. Consciously formulated without preservatives, synthetic fragrance or parabens.

6. Sofie D’Hoore Dresses:
Pack a few of these in a bag, and you’re set to go anywhere. MAC (Modern Appealing Clothing) always has a good selection.

7. Sabah Shoes:
I tend to travel hard and cover a lot of ground on foot. My Sabahs have been everywhere with me—Hong Kong, Istanbul and all over California.

8. Llane Alexis Objects:
His fabric-wrapped pieces are the epitome of wabi-sabi beauty.

9. Kishu Citrus:
Small, sweet, seedless and easy to peel, kishu mandarin oranges mark the pinnacle of winter citrus season for me. Bi-rite Market stocks dozens of winter citrus varietals.

10. Birba:
The stealthy and sweet little Hayes Valley wine bar just down the hill from our house. Shhh…Birba Wine Bar.

A version of this article appeared in the November/December 2016 issue of SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Most Wanted.