Welcome to "Transported", our weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.
Habitual bikers will tell you that seeing San Francisco by bike is a perspective-changing experience. In less than an hour, you can whiz through a myriad of neighborhoods and past picturesque parks, tiered and gabled buildings and the gigantic gothic structures of the FiDi.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Holiday Shopping Soiree: If you have a few cocoa hounds on your nice list, consider heading over to Leland Tea Company tonight to sample the wares of local providers Neo Cocoa, Clarine's Florentines, and Jade Chocolates, along with other, non-chocolate artisans. They'll have free sparkling wine and appetizers for attendees, and $1 of your $5 entry fee ($6 at the door) will support Larkin Street Youth Services. RSVP here. (Wednesday, November 17, at Leland Tea Company, 1417 Bush Street, Polk Gulch.)
With the major feast just a week away, we're hoping you've got your recipes planned–or at least have an invite to someone's house who does. Because at this point in the game, it's time to put down the menu and start thinking about the little details that'll make your Thanksgiving table extra special.
Need a little decorating nudge? Your timing couldn't be better: Today marks the return of the San Francisco's annual Dining by Design event.
Making mole right is a science, and when it's done to a T, it's a beautiful thing. The Mexican sauce (whose origins are claimed by Oaxaca, Puebla and Tlaxcala), usually concocted with nuts, seeds, chocolate, plantains, grapes, garlic, onions, and a bevy of chili peppers, spices and herbs gets a starring role at tonight's Mole To Die For contest at the Mission Cultural Center. At the contest's 6th year running, you'll get to taste dozens of different moles (they'll also offer small plates of chicken smothered in green mole) and vote for your favorite.
The glorious culmination of every 12-year-old girl's equestrian fantasy (absent only the unicorns), Cavalia is your chance to watch 52 horses trot and gallop and high-step around a paddock the size of a football field. Developed by the same brain behind Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is a soft-focused multimedia tribute to horses - and the aerialists, acrobats, and dancers who perform with them.
A bunch of gentlemen's clubs around town, like Larry Flynt's Hustler Club, Roaring 20's, the Condor, Centerfolds, Little Darlings and more are hosting the SF Fire Fighters' Toy Program to collect holiday goodies for kids.
On Saturday, November 20th, the toy drive kicks off its ongoing collections at these clubs through December 19th. Bring a new, wrapped toy or monetary donation and you'll receive free admission to the club of your choice. Dancers will also be giving lap dances for charity all night long.
In the world of the wanderlust-y, there are Francophiles and Anglophiles, and die-hard Eat, Pray, Love fans that believe Italy and India are the meccas of spiritual reinvention. Me, I’m more of a Nederphile.
A perk of being friends with us is that it makes you friends with Chronicle Books too. Our sister company's Friends & Family Holiday Sale kicks off today through December 5. Just enter the promo code FRIENDS on the Chronicle Books site and get 35% off orders plus free ground shipping. It's the biggest discount they offer all year, so stock up on those gifts! http://www.chroniclebooks.com/
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