San Francisco Journals

Life in the Foggy City

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A travel journal to San Francisco by Ally

Golden Gate Park Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: This journal provides a taste of what the local San Franciscans enjoy in their own backyard. I hope you enjoy reading about the restaurants, outings, and happenings that I've experienced while living in the beautiful city of San Francisco.

Life in the Foggy City

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Overview

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Walking/cycling on Golden Gate Bridge (bring a jacket!), visiting the museums, eating dim sum (surprisingly, the best places are _not_ in Chinatown) and all other types of cuisine, and shopping in Union Square or other cute neighborhoods, like Union Street, Haight/Ashbury, Fillmore. . . Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Most of you have two legs - use them! But seriously, if you are able and if you only have time to explore the city, walking is a great way get around. There are plenty of Muni bus lines, BART, and taxi cabs to get around. The Muni is quite inexpensive - just one dollar for a one way + transfer usable w/i 2 hours. BART takes you from SF locally to all around East Bay...Read More

Hotel Palomar - A Kimpton Hotel

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Hotel | "Hotel Palomar"

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One may think that the intimacy of a boutique hotel is compromised by fewer amenities, but I didn’t notice any essentials missing. I was prepared for a luxurious and relaxing weekend at the Hotel Palomar and I certainly got what I expected: stylish decor, down comforter, local chocolates by Joseph Schmidt (you know, those decorative, disc-shaped truffles) with turndown service, full mini-bar, room service, stereo/CD system, friendly staff, WSJ, NY Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, quick check-in time and easy self-serve check-out service option, and a gym. What I enjoyed best was the classy, subdued and relaxing atmosphere, along with the most comfortable bed; yes, even more comfortable than my ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2001

Hotel Palomar - A Kimpton Hotel
12 FOURTH STREET
San Francisco, California 94103
415-348-1111

Joe's Ice Cream

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Restaurant | "iScream uScream WeAllScream for *Joe's Ice Cream!*"

Joe's Ice Cream Photo, San Francisco, California
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Joe’s Ice Cream is a delightfully tasty and inexpensive homemade ice cream parlor and grill found in the Richmond District. Based on its homey appearance yet busy cash register, it is easily identifiable as an historic, well-loved, neighborhood business. Joe’s Ice Cream has actually survived since World War II, and has been sold once, 20 years ago; it is family owned and run. Traditional and not-so-traditional flavors of ice cream are made and sold, including Chocolate Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, and Boysenberry. Nothing beats homemade ice cream, especially when it’s scooped on top of a cone and dipped in chocolate! Besides frozen treats, the shop offers grill items, including hot dogs and hamburgers, as ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2000

Joe's Ice Cream
5351 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, California 94121
+1 415 751 1950

Fujiya

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Restaurant | "Fujiya Restaurant"

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Today, I tried out the Japanese restaurant that I always pass while shopping in the Embarcadero Center (downtown SF). Fujiya is a Benihana-type restaurant where your food is cooked right before your eyes, either by a restaurant chef using a grill, or by yourself, using a shabu-shabu pot. It isn't often that I go to one of these restaurants; I usually imagine that the flashy, entertaining chef will be used as a novel substitute for tasty food. Although a balance is preferable, I favor delicious food over cooking presentation. On this occasion, I was part of a large, organized, group lunch and logistically, the professional chef tables suited us best (besides, if I'm going out to eat, I'm not lookin...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 22, 2000

Fujiya
One Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California 94111
+1 415 398 1151

Vida Bistro

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Restaurant | "Bistro Vida"

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Expect very traditional French Bistro fare at Bistro Vida. Never having been to this restaurant before, I booked a table for a Monday (yes, it IS open on Mondays) for a small birthday gathering for my sister. The proprietor, Ali Elsafy, was most friendly and helpful in preparation for our dining experience. Entrees available included pork loin, lamb chops, seafood stew, fish, and mussels. My lamb was quite good, however, my appetizer Caesar salad was not quite "the best Caesar salad" I have ever had, as the server promised. I’m not really sure if you need reservations; certainly not on Monday nights, that’s for sure! A great thing about the location of this restaurant ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2000

Vida Bistro
641 Santa Cruz Ave
San Francisco, California 94025
(650) 462-1686

Locanda San Pietro

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Restaurant

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Delicious Italian food and creative, colorful decor can be found at Locanda San Pietro. This is a delightful addition to the many Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese restaurants in my neighborhood. I’ve observed Locanda San Pietro since it opened earlier this year, read positive reviews in the paper, and have seen its patronage grow over the months. My parents were in town and wanted to eat something non-Asian. I had been waiting for an opportunity to try this elegant-looking restaurant, so Thursday night was the perfect time to go. Although we were able to get a seat without advance notice, I would encourage reservations for popular times like weekends. From the menu, I selected a simple C...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2000

Locanda San Pietro
1801 Clement Street
San Francisco, California
(415)876 0311

Zuni Cafe

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Restaurant

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Zuni Cafe is a clean, airy restaurant with plenty of windows to prevent claustrophobia amongst the buildings in San Francisco. I’d heard plenty from friends about Zuni Cafe and finally got around to going there for dinner last week with a few friends. I imagine that the weekends are a little more interesting, as there is a piano for live music in the proximity of the bar. More for friendly gatherings than romantic dates, we were able to leisurely enjoy our meal and catch up on our latest goings-on. Fish was a popular choice for our group; quite good and not 'fishy' (I hate fishy-fish). Their thick, crusty bread was fair; it would be far less messy if they supplied bread plates to their patrons. But o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2000

Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 552-2522

paul K

Restaurant

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paul K offers ideal pre-theatre dining. Food was good, service attentive, location just 3 blocks away from the SF Opera House (so that you can park in the theatre lot and walk to/from the restaurant in heels), and I was able to make a reservation within the week for a Friday night. The Mediterranean restaurant has only been open for the past year or so, but seems to have attracted a lot of attention, by the look of its full-house each weekend. I suppose it isn't too difficult to pack the place, as it only holds about 20 tables. Unfortunately, the lack of space makes one feel somewhat like a sardine, which may make New York diners feel at home. . . I enjoy trying lots of different item...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2001

paul K
199 Gough St
San Francisco, California 94102
+1 415 552 7132

Fringale

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Restaurant

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Fringale is a small, comfy, French restaurant located in the more seedy neighborhood of SOMA (South of Market). A block further South and you'd be watching drug deals from the window. But I'd been wanting to try out this place for some time, having read rave reviews in Zagat's and newspapers. Make a reservation far in advance because it only seats about 30 people but it isn't squishy, thankfully. Fringale offers a warm, relaxed, well-lit (but not overly bright) atmosphere. Service was attentive, not overbearing. Our server had a genuine French accent, which I'm glad did not come with attitude or upturned nose. Food means a lot to me; this establishment did not disappoint! This week, S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2002

Fringale
570 Fourth St
San Francisco, California 94107
+1 415 543 0573

Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove

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Attraction | "Stern Grove Summer Concerts in the Park"

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While most people enjoy picnicking amongst the trees on a nice summer day, it’s even more enjoyable when accompanied by live music. In the Sunset District of San Francisco, hundreds of locals flock to picnic and listen to concerts at Stern Grove. . . for FREE! Each Sunday, during the summer months, a different genre of music is scheduled to entertain the masses. Today, a few friends and I attended the SF Symphony concert, which played Copland’s Fanfare to Man, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2, and Beethovan’s Fifth Symphony (da da da duuuuuuuhhhhm. . . da da da duuuuuuuhhhhm. . . ). Although we arrived about an hour early and parking was easy to find (within a few blocks), the place was already packed wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2000

Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove
Sunet District Along Sloat Boulevard
San Francisco, California 94132
(415) 252-6252

Golden Gate Bridge

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Attraction

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The famous Golden Gate Bridge, distinguished by its unique 'International Orange' paint, truly is a phenomenal structure. After a long week of sedentary work in the office, a friend of mine and I decided to walk across this historic bridge for a little exercise and fresh air. We certainly got both, walking two miles each way, with heavy winds. Luckily, the sun was still shining to offset the blasts of air that twice blew my cap off (no, I wasn't angry). Anyway, plenty of tourists as well as locals who want to exercise may be found at this monument. The view of the cityscape and the ocean from the bridge (and from either end) is amazing, especially on a sunny day. Although I generally don't like fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2000

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park

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Attraction

Golden Gate Park Photo, San Francisco, California
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I call Golden Gate Park San Francisco's smaller version of NY's Central Park. It offers so many things to do that I never tire of walking/jogging through it. If you wish to stay indoors, you can choose between the Natural History Museum, Asian Art Museum, and glass conservatory. For outdoors lovers, popular gardens include the Japanese Tea Garden (paid admission), rose garden, Shakespeare's Garden, a botanical garden featuring plants from around the world, and the arboretum. Several lakes can be found; most popular is Stow Lake, which surrounds an 'island'. Park goers can rent paddle boats and bicycles at this spot. Besides people, you'll also see ducks and turtles enjoying the scenery. The mo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2000

Golden Gate Park
501 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, California 94118
(415) 831-2700