Bikes and Brews

Bikes

Grab your fixie, beater, or custom bike and ride on over to some of San Francisco’s best breweries. We’ll start our tour at 21st Amendment. Grab a seat at the bar or grab a table to fuel up with some beer and bites. Get on your bike and head to Triple Voodoo Brewery in the […]

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Swoon-worthy Date Ideas

Arts and Entertainment
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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Are you feeling the pressure of planning the perfect date???  Instead of doing dinner and drinks, get out and do something with your special someone! If you must do dinner take a fresh approach.  Give your eyes a break and rely on your other senses. Guests at Opaque indulge in […]

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Noir in SF and Abroad

Arts and Entertainment
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The Noir City Film Festival runs until Sunday, February 2nd. “It’s A Bitter Little World” is the theme of this year’s festival and it features international films. Last night I had the pleasure of seeing two Japanese Noir films: Drunken Angel and Stray Dog. Both films were sexy and dark- just the way Noir is […]

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The Landlubbers Guide to Whale Watching

Outdoor Activities
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It’s Gray Whale season in the Bay Area! From December through April Gray Whales follow the Pacific coastline south from their winter home in the Arctic to their summer home in Baja California. The Farallon Islands  create a whale superhighway, directing the whales to hug the coastline, and make it possible to see whales from […]

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A History of Meat

Places
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  Dining at the House of Prime Rib (Or The HOPR as my friends and I affectionately call it) is an annual tradition. I love the HOPR for many reasons- the silver, rolling meat carts, the artful way they dress the house salad, and the delicious, yet unfussy homestyle menu of meat and potatoes. Dining […]

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Postcard Perfect Cliff House

Postcard Perfect
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I went to the Vintage Paper Fair this weekend and snatched up several vintage post cards. I’m sharing my finds with you in a new weekly feature where I compare the post card images with a current photo of the same location. Our first postcard perfect location is the Cliff House. I found two post […]

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Exploring Lands End

Outdoor Activities
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I started the New Year by exploring two popular San Francisco sites that I had some how managed to overlook- Mile Rock Beach and the rock labyrinth at Lands End. The labyrinth is located on a bluff overlooking Mile Rock Beach and the Pacific. The well-maintained labyrinth is made of loose rocks. The view of […]

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Stargazers Delight

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The combination of bright city lights and thick fog make stargazing in the Bay Area a challenge.  The Perseids Meteor Shower hits its peak on August 12th and 13th so set your alarm and grab your coffee to enjoy one of the best annual meteor showers. The Earthgrazer meteor is a long, slow, colorful meteor, […]

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The Alphabet Amble

Walking Tours
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    A small snake slithered through the dry brush next to my feet as I admired the massive letter in front of me. The painted white concrete rippled and waved as it followed the landscape of the steep hillside. I wondered if drivers on 101 North could see me; a tiny black speck on […]

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Glen Park to Dolores Park: Hills and Hidden Staircases

Stairs
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San Francisco’s many staircases are one reason why I love this city. Stairways are exclusive bits of the city accessible to pedestrians. Each staircase is unique in its own right- the type of stairs, landscaping, and the view from the top are just a few reasons why staircases are worthy of exploration. This walk features […]

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