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A History of Meat

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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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Warehouse Wine Tasting

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Sutton Cellars is an urban winery in the Dogpatch. Large jugs of wine visible from the open warehouse door beckon you inside. Once inside, the winery offers $10 tastings of their small-batch, locally produced wines and vermouth. Carl Sutton, the man behind the winery, usually staffs the tasting bar. He has a no nonsense approach […]

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Giants, Ghosts, and Goblins

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  Halloween has been overshadowed this year by the Giants World Series win. There is more talk about this afternoon’s ticker tape parade than the outlandish costumes spotted on the streets. This is a bit strange since San Franciscans love their costumes. I took a break from Giants fever to check out Adobe Pumpkin Farm […]

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Ice Cream Gone Retro

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Walking through the doors of Cole Valley’s Ice Cream Bar automatically transports you back in time. The small shop features a variety of home made ice cream treats, lunch-time eats, and fine adult beverages that will make you feel like a kid again. The owners purchased the all-original 1930s-era soda fountain on eBay and shipped […]

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The Wave Organ

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Getting to the Wave Organ can be an adventure. During high tide, the waves often lap up and over the jetty wall, splashing those who choose to walk on the left-side of the road. With your ear to the pipes at low tide you can hear water rushing into the pipes and sounds similar to […]

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TransAmerica Pyramid on Film

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I’m still compiling footage for a San Francisco movie walk. When I started this project I had no idea how many great movies were filmed in San Francisco. Today I watched Zodiac, directed by David Fincher, and I fell in love with this time-lapse sequence of the construction of the TransAmerica Pyramid. I hope you […]

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Do You Have The Time?

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Ingleside Terrace residents always know the time thanks to the giant sundial at the base of Entrada Court. The 26-foot tall sundial was constructed in 1913. It is made of concrete and granite and back in the day it was surrounded by manicured lawns and gardens. A reflecting pool and two bronze seal statues used […]

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Camera Obscura

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Tucked behind the Cliff House stands a piece of technology dating back to the 15th Century. The Giant Camera, known as Camera Obscura, was built in 1946 as an attraction at Playland by the Sea. Walking into the small building is a bit like walking into a fun house. I had no idea what was […]

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The Sweet Life

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Much like wine tasting, true connoisseurs know the proper way to taste chocolate. I love chocolate, but I wouldn’t consider myself a connoisseur, until now. The folks at TCHO (pronounced choh) changed that. TCHO’s store and factory is located on Pier 17 (Embarcadero at Green St.) and twice daily they offer free tours of the […]

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