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An April 2004 trip to San Francisco by normanite

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: I had my first taste of San Francisco on a 5-day spring vacation. I hung out with friends, sampled the vegetarian cuisine, hit the bars, and experienced the grandeur of the area’s outdoors.

If You’re Going to San Francisco…

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Overview

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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San Francisco’s rolling hills and Victorian manors were home to the Summer of Love. The City by the Bay produced such bands as the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, and Country Joe and The Fish. It was also the frequent haunt of Otis Redding, The Mamas and the Pappas, Buffalo Springfield, and the roof that housed them all…the Fillmore West. In short, San Francisco’s underground culture gave birth to American psychedelia and the hippy. Though no longer in its revolutionary hey-day, the city still boasts a thriving arts and music community, and is one of America’s most socially conscious cities. Over a century before it was ...Read More

Herbivore-The Earthly Grill

Restaurant | "Herbivore"

Herbivore-The Earthly Grill Photo, San Francisco, California
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Website: www.herbivore-restaurant.com Herbivore is located in the Western Edition neighborhood. The interior is sleek and modern, yet maintains a retro feel. A little bit too "straight off the IKEA showroom," but it’s pretty comfortable overall. If the weather is sunny, get a table on the small but nice patio. The moderately priced menu is entirely vegan, and organic produce is used when available. Although the menu is vegan, even carnivores can find a creative dish to suit their tastes. The shawarma wrap with grilled seitan, seasoned onions, tomatoes, hummus, hot sauce, pickles, and tahini, was a tasty treat. It co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Herbivore-The Earthly Grill
983 Valencia St
San Francisco, California 94110
(415) 826-5657

Millennium

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Restaurant

Millennium Photo, San Francisco, California
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Website: www.millenniumrestaurant.com Millennium is an upscale vegetarian restaurant, and while they offer a formal dining space, the environment is relaxed and comfortable. They offer exceptional gourmet vegetarian cuisine, and the menu changes in regard to what produce is in season. Millennium is also dedicated to sustainable agriculture, use organic produce whenever possible, and never use genetically modified foods. The small plates were $4.50 to $8.95. I began my meal with the baby artichokes, which were braised in a savory lemon sauce with capers. Next up was the plantain torte, which is made with a w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Millennium
580 Geary Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 345-3900

Amoeba Music

Attraction | "Amoeba Records"

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Website: www.amoebamusic.com Walking into this Haight Street indie record store is more like going to a record convention — it is the largest indie record store in the country, and you could easily spend several hours perusing the thousands of new and used vinyl, CDs, and DVDs of any genre. If you’re lucky, you might catch a free in-store performance. Amoeba has a history of great musicians playing free shows in store. Shows in the last few years include Devendra Banhart, Polyphonic Spree, The Thrills, and the White Stripes (just to name a few). The staff’s knowledge of music at Amoeba is virtually unparallel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Amoeba Music
1855 Haight St.
San Francisco, California 94117
(415) 831-1200

Zeitgeist Timepieces & Jewelry

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Attraction | "Zeitgeist"

Zeitgeist Timepieces & Jewelry Photo, San Francisco, California
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Website: Zeitgeist I went to meet some friends at this popular biker bar at their suggestion; a good old-fashioned roadhouse joint. Although it’s definitely not my scene, Zeitgeist is worth stoppin’ in. The bar is a shabby little hole-in-the-wall, but it is noted for its huge outdoor patio area, stocked with large, wood picnic tables where you’re bound to pull up a bench and make conversation with a stranger. When I arrived, it was packed. I walked outside through the small, dark bar to a sea of faces, port-a-potties, and the strong smell of BBQ. There’s a big grill, so non-vegetarians can get all kinds of BB...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Zeitgeist Timepieces & Jewelry
437 Hayes St # B
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 864-0185

Orbit Room

Attraction | "Orbit Room Cafe"

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Orbit Room is a pleasant café/bar with lots of windows and a colorful art deco-ish décor. It offers cheap eats, and is home to the remarkable "mixologist," Alberta, and other such knowledgeable bartenders. I’m told that Alberta is somewhat of a local bar scene legend. The bar is arrayed with bins and bins of garnishes, and the cocktail menu boasts classics such as the Caipirinha, the Mint Julep, and the Side Car, as well as many specialty house cocktails. I indulged in a couple Mojitos, which Alberta made using fresh squeezed lime juice and generous amounts of rum. The crowd at the Orbit Room is usually varied and well mixed, but tends to lean toward hip, artistic types. Should it be a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Orbit Room
1900 Market St
San Francisco, California 94102
+1 415 252 9525

Alamo Square Park

Attraction | "Alamo Square"

Alamo Square Park Photo, San Francisco, California
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Click here for a 360° view. Alamo Square was officially dedicated to the public in 1858. Legend has it that it was considered a dangerous place due to rugged roustabout "Dutchie" Charlie Duane, an unruly squatter, until the city ousted him in 1868, making it safe for city dwellers and passer-bys alike to enjoy the square. Once a rocky hill, the city constructed stairways, pathways, and pillars, making it a proper public park. Over 100 years later, the park is today considered a historic landmark. The square is an ideal place to sit and lay on the grass for a mid-afternoon break. The view is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Alamo Square Park
Steiner, Scott
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park

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Attraction

Golden Gate Park Photo, San Francisco, California
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Website: Golden Gate Park Of course, no visit to ‘Cisco would be complete without stepping into this famous park. (map) Golden Gate Park, once covered with sand dunes, is SF’s largest park, and is bigger than Central Park. The park was designed in 1870 by William Hammond Hall, and Hall selected John McLaren in 1887 to be his successor as park commissioner. McLaren dedicated the next 50 years of his life to Golden Gate Park, and one of his first declarations on taking the job was that there were to be no...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

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

Muir Beach

Attraction

Muir Beach Photo, San Francisco, California
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Website: www.muirbeach.com To get to Muir Beach, drive North on Highway 101 from the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way, stop off and witness the glory of Golden Gate — if it’s a sunny day, the spot offers one of the best photo opportunities you’re likely to encounter. Take the 6-mile scenic drive from the Highway 1 exit and you'll find yourself in the small town of Muir Beach, Marin County. From there, just follow the signs down to the beach. The town is comprised of about 150 homes — you’ll instantly be struck with envy at the residence’s location, for the houses have seaside views of the two beaches. The Miwok Native American Tri...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Muir Beach
6 miles from the Highway 1 exit
San Francisco, California

Muir Woods

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Attraction

Muir Woods Photo, San Francisco, California
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Website: Muir Woods Entry fee: $3 per person (17 and older) Muir Beach and Muir Woods are named after famed naturalist, John Muir, whose writing advocated for conservation as an environmental ethic. Muir Woods is located 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 101, and, if you have time for a day trip during your stay in SF, it is a sight to behold and not to be missed. Muir Woods is home to the Red Wood tree. The Red Woods are billed as "the tallest living things." The Bohemian and Cathedral groves have the biggest trees in Muir Woods, one 252 feet tall and one 14 feet wide. Some of the trees are...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Muir Woods
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941-2696
(415) 561-4700