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A Chef-Approved San Francisco Food Crawl

Oh, what to eat in the city by the bay, where dining out is a blood sport and you’re only as cool as the last meal you had? We asked the city’s best chefs to craft the ultimate bragging-rights progressive meal. read more »

Alcatraz Facts & Mysteries You May Not Know

One of the world's most notorious and best known prisons, over the years, Alcatraz housed some 1,545 of America's most ruthless criminals including Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz"), George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Bumpy Johnson, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Mickey Cohen, Arthur R. "Doc" Barker, James "Whitey" Bulger, and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (who served more time at Alcatraz than any other inmate). read more »

A Love Affair With San Francisco Cable Cars

I was born and bred in the Bay Area, which means I grew up ignoring San Francisco’s cable cars. I don’t even remember my first and only time on the trolley. Even though riding the carousel at Pier 39 is an indelible childhood memory, the cable car is not. That’s right: Pier 39 trumps the cable car for as long as I can remember. Ouch. read more »

San Francisco's Exploratorium: A New Home and an Expanded Focus

In 2013, the Exploratorium is moving from the Palace of Fine Arts to Pier 15, on San Francisco’s historic Embarcadero. Located on the waterfront, just a 10-minute walk from the landmark Ferry Building, the new nine-acre campus will be easily accessible by visitors coming from every part of the Bay Area — and beyond. read more »

Cindy Sherman Show at SFMOMA

For six months in 2011, Cindy Sherman held the distinction of having made the priciest photograph ever sold at auction. It fetched $3,890,500. Two years before that, an exhibition titled "The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984" at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art certified Sherman as the pre-eminent artist in a cohort that includes David Salle, Robert Longo, Richard Prince and Sherrie Levine. read more »

Mural tours in San Francisco – through an artist’s eyes

While the San Francisco Bay Area is amply dotted in brightly colored, provocative art, famed muralist Ray Patlan recommends that visitors start in San Francisco’s Mission District if they want to experience a close collection of established and exciting mural artwork. The Mission District’s Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley offer visitors the tightest concentration of murals in the city. read more »

25 Reasons to Love San Francisco

There are so many reasons to love San Francisco, but here are 25 great ones we thought worth sharing with you... read more »

Exploring San Francisco's Japantown


Everyone knows San Francisco’s bustling, busy Chinatown, the largest outside of Asia.

But Japantown? "People just come here to eat,” says Dawn Shalhoup, who represents Japantown and took us on a walking tour. "They don’t realize how much there is to do!”

 

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West Coast 'sister city' a Great Getaway

Okay, first thing I learned here is never, I mean never, refer to it as 'Frisco.' City by the Bay, no problem. The Paris of the West, sure. Even Baghdad by the Bay passes muster. But not Frisco, as I discovered on a number of occasions when uttering the F-word to the locals during a recent weekend getaway to San Fran. Who knew? read more »

Fun Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebrations

Cities across the country get festive for Cinco de Mayo and go crazy for half-price Mexican beers, but what exactly are we celebrating? Cinco de Mayo – or the Fifth of May - is a holiday originating in Puebla, Mexico to commemorate the last foreign battle on North American soil. The Mexican army defeated the much larger and better-equipped French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. read more »

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