The City by the Bay was my home for 20 years and the City still has a big place in my heart. Since I was on the road on average seven months each year, I was in the enviable position of being a tourist with permanent residency - the best way to enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer. 

When I was an undergraduate at Berkeley, I lived up on Panoramic Way above Memorial Stadium and each day after classes I would gaze out over Berkeley and across the bay to San Francisco. I vividly remember the colorful sunsets in the fall when the sky appeared to be on fire in magnificent reds, oranges, yellows and rich blues. The magic of San Francisco is this crazy and often chaotic kaleidoscopic culture that embraces diversity and tests the limits of tolerance on all levels. All of this filters down to the arts where the city truly shines whether you are eating at a neighborhood cafe run by an emerging owner chef or watching a new play in a small theater in SOMA.

In the coming year I will be looking at the individual neighborhoods of San Francisco that make up the fabric of this great city and reporting back with updates on my home away from home. 


Elite Cafe (Contemporary American)
Gary Danko (Contemporary American)
Coi (Contemporary American)
Acquerello (Italian)
Ame (Contemporary) 
Aziza (Moroccan)
Boulevard (America)
Campton Place (California)
Fleur de Lys (French)
Frances (California)
La Folie (French Contemporary)
Masa's (California French)
One Market (Contemporary American)
Quince (Italian Inspired)
Saison (New American)
Spruce (Contemporary American)
Michael Mina (Contemporary American)

And if you are heading to the wine country, the best restaurant in the USA is the French Laundry located in Yountville. 

- Museums: SF MOMA, de Young, Jewish Museum, Academy of Sciences, Legion of Honor
- Golden Gate Park and the Hagiwara Tea Garden
- Yerba Buena Gardens
- San Francisco Ferry Building, Farmer's Market, Embarcadero and the SF Giants Ballpark
- Chinatown, Japantown, and Little Italy
- Grace Cathedral and Nob Hill
- Shopping along Fillmore Street, Chestnut Street, Union Street and Clement Street
- The Presidio, Crissy Field and Fort Point 
- The Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands
- Ocean Beach and the Cliff House
- Street Fairs of San Francisco
- SOMA and Mission Bay
- Union Square and the SF Cable Car
- Salsa dancing and people watching at El Rio
- The Beach at Dolores Park
- Evening stroll to Mitchell's for ice cream in the Mission
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