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Meet Remedios Antoinette, a local cook, spilling the T on how to be frugal yet fierce. She also really loves drag queens. I mean, who doesn’t.

Name: Rean Taylor

Age: 27

Occupation: I cook at Universal Café, in Outer Mission. I also have cameos in various film projects on the side, such as Leap Year, a web series about a startup company. You can find the show on Hulu.

What neighborhood do you live in?: Nob Hill

Best money saving tip: Staying at home on my days off help out on the saving. I do my own manicures now, they tend to add up quite a bit.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Taking cabs in the city unless I do have the cash and am disgustingly drunk. I need to look out for myself, right?

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A $600 HP laptop that only lasted 2 years. Never again.

How’d that feel?: Should’ve bought a used Mac instead. I eventually did for the price of $450.

Favorite cheap eat: U-Lee on Hyde Street. Famous for their giant dumplings.

Favorite dive bar: So far, I love Gold Star Bar. Monday specials with Bulleit bourbon shots and PBR for $6 and free pool! Last time I was there, umm…things got blurry. Oops!

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: My Kate Spade bag that is worth $400 and I got it for $100 at Ross.

Favorite free thing to do: Sleeping, because it doesn’t cost a thing.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy? A new set of veneers. Hollywood teeth.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yes, I am rich in other things such as friendship, self worth, and most importantly, I am living my passion, which is cooking.

Do you own my book?: Sadly no. Are you offering? And besides I can always stalk you on Wednesdays at Dear Mom.

Best hangover cure: Drinking a shit ton of water, and listening to Rihanna to induce vomiting. Yep, that pretty much does it.

Are you a hipster?: No, but I have been labeled that many times (must be the tattoos and drinking PBRs). I’m just Rean, a passionate cook who is frugally fabulous and loves drag queens, you hear me, Lindsay Slowhands?!


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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.

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