This week’s “Fresh City Friday” is San Francisco, CA
With its rich culture and fabled nightlife, it’s no wonder so many visitors have left their hearts n San Francisco. They’ve left their mark here too, so that while it may not be the nation’s biggest city, it’s certainly one of its most cosmopolitan. On top of that, the City by the Bay is the Golden Gate to one of the most exciting, diverse and innovative regions anywhere.
A mile and half from Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse built on the Pacific Coast, then a federal prison for such notorious convicts as Al Capone. Now it is one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Alcatraz Cruises is the official ferry provider to Alcatraz and back. Departures start at 9:30 AM and are available every half an hour throughout the day. However, please note that these cruises frequently sell out, so as much as possible, plan and book your cruise in advance, especially in the summer and on holidays.
The Giant Race
Break out those short shorts!
We know some of you would rather sit on the couch and watch The Amazing Race (or The Biggest Loser) than wake up early and run a marathon. You probably also don’t like traffic these events cause, but, unfortunately for you, this running thing that people like to do early in the morning (mostly in grotesque short shorts) is not going away anytime soon. The Giant Race is a fundraiser for the wonderful Project Open Hand, which provides meals for seniors and people with critical illnesses. Project Open Hand’s services are unparalleled, and its obvious love for the community at large is evident. The event includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K, kid’s race, and even a family relay (which is sold out at press time). The course will lead you through some of San Francisco’s most historic streets.
Where: AT&T Park (Giant’s Ballpark)
More than 75 percent of San Francisco’s visitors include Fisherman’s Wharf on their itinerary. Waterfront marketplaces and the Wharf’s famous fishing fleet make for a terrific fish story. Fishing boats, seas lions basking in the sun, seafood stalls, steaming crab cauldrons, seafood restaurants and sourdough French bread bakeries…you know you’re in world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Souvenir shops and historic ships add to the atmosphere.
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. PIER 39—the most visited destination in San Francisco—offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Located along the historic San Francisco Waterfront, PIER 39’s location provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous City skyline. Be treated to an unforgettable San Francisco experience and discover why a visit to San Francisco starts at The PIER.
Crease, Fold, Repeat
You might know an 8-year-old kid who is determined to make the longest-flying paper airplane ever conceived. Or perhaps you, yourself, are an origami dabbler, like Gaff in Blade Runner, leaving a trail of tiny figures comprised of to-go menus and dollar bills. Or, if you’re really with-it, you’ve seen HACER’s current exhibit at Scott Walker Contemporary Art — a gleeful collection of bright monochromatic origami animals folded out of cold, hard steel. In any and every case, Origami-Palooza— the best paper party in town — is for you. Now in its third year, the event features a display of elegant works by folding adepts (record holders have employed as many as 913 folds and 2700 creases). Hopeful folders may enter their best work in the general origami contest, while your frequent flyer may enter the paper airplane contest (there are age-divisions in both competitions). Instruction tables are provided for people of varying skill levels so even if, like us, you have graceless ham hands you might contribute a paper crane to the thousands that will adorn City Hall’s World Tree of Hope this winter.
Where: Japan Center East Mall, 22 Peace Plaza, S.F.
Time: 1 P.M.
Mikkeller Bar SF
Mikkeller is a super-hip beer bar and eatery in the tenderloin/market street area of SF. The atmosphere is low-light, very loud, and always crowded. The selection of beer is good but pricey. On your first visit try a $10 10z to OL beer which was amazing, and a $6 Mikkeller IPA which is also good. Check out the food and try the pork sandwich which was smokey and delicious. If you want to pay top dollar for a big city vibe bar, this is the right place. If you want to enjoy multiple beers and food, be prepared to spend at least $50 per person.
Location: 34 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Eat Drink SF is San Francisco’s premier annual food, wine, and spirits festival. Four days of delicious events including our signature Grand Tasting experience in Fort Mason. When you walk into Festival Pavilion during a Grand Tasting you will have the best of the city’s culinary landscape laid out before you. Wander between more than 30 top restaurants offering delicious dishes. Enjoy wine, beer, and cocktails poured by top sommeliers, cicerones, and mixologists. Taste your way through our cheese monger cave. Mingle with the personalities that make the Bay Area a world-class dining destination. See cooking demonstrations and learn in classes taught by renown tastemakers. Your ticket grants you total access to a one of a kind culinary affair (no wallet needed inside). A quintessentially San Francisco celebration of flavor presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.
Have a Great Weekend!