“One day if I do go to heaven… I’ll look around and say “It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.”
Golden Gate Bridge (Photo courtesy of Ginevra Altomara)
May Day! In many cultures, past and present, this day marks winter’s transition to spring. With the absolutely beautiful days we have been experiencing in San Francisco, I felt the need to honor our lovely home and thank her for her undying quirkiness. I am constantly reminded why I love this city – the fantastic people watching, an endless supply of delicious eateries, truly delightful overheard conversations, a yoga class at any time of day, art galleries and museums galore, hours spent in the park or at the beach, for pleasure’s sake. We are so lucky to live here.
Here are some ways that I will pay homage to our city in the next few months:
♦ I will try new restaurants, instead of my usual haunts. Here are a few that are on my list right now:
- Atelier Crenn (www.ateliercrenn.com) – Chef Dominique Crenn calls it Poetic Culinaria, I would have to agree. Saving up for this one.
- AQ (aq-sf.com) – Offer me Monkey Bread and a handcrafted cocktail for brunch? I can’t resist.
- Bar Tartine (www.bartartine.com) – All I can say is wow. Must go.
- Flour + Water (www.flourandwater.com) – Pasta, Wood Fired Pizza, Whole Animal. ‘Nuff said.
- Lers Ros (www.lersros.com) – Apparently truly authentic Thai. How have I not tried this yet?
- Locanda (www.locandasf.com) – Hoping it lives up to the hype.
- Outerlands (outerlandssf.com) – “A gathering place for sea goers who seek warmth, shelter, food and fellowship”? And it’s near my ‘hood? OK!
- Park Tavern (www.parktavernsf.com) – North Beach restaurant opened in 2011, offering some seriously off the hook grub.
- Ragazza (www.ragazzasf.com) – Neapolitan-style thin crust pizzas…
- Ton Kiang (www.tonkiang.net) – I. Love. Dim. Sum.
♦ Hike! As soon as yoga teacher training is over, I resolve to get outdoors. Some amazing must-dos:
- Angel Island (http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/angelisland.html)
- Armstrong Redwoods (http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/armstrong.html)
- Point Reyes (http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/palomarin.html)
- Portola Redwoods (http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/portola.html)
- Tomales Bay (http://www.bahiker.com/northbayhikes/tomales.html)
♦ Culture – I have just not had the time to do as much as I would like, but here are some exhibits and festivals I am going to insist on taking a break for:
- Arthur Tress (http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/arthur-tress-san-francisco-1964)
- Earthquake! (https://www.calacademy.org/academy/exhibits/earthquake/index.php?dc=)
- Jean Paul Gaultier (http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/fashion-world-jean-paul-gaultier-sidewalk-catwalk)
- Stern Grove Sundays (http://www.sterngrove.org/)
- Victorian Avant Garde (http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/cult-beauty-victorian-avant-garde-1860-1900)
I am excited to be able to revel in this period of rebirth, here in this place, now. There is so much to see and explore, I have barely scratched the surface. If you would like to share some ideas on other can’t miss experiences or if you would like to meet up and help me fulfill my commitment to SF, don’t hesitate to reach out!