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Five Ways to Shake Up Your Weekend Brunch Routine

The harem-style feast at Pera

Tired of the same old egg-and-bacon plate, or pancakes, or omelet routine? This town definitely offers many tasty renditions of classic American breakfast items, but here are a few international ways to get something new in your weekend mix.

On Location: Mrs. Doubtfire

Welcome to "On Location," a micro-feature taking you to little-known cinematic locations of SF and taking a look at the films shot in the city by the bay over the years.

Stylish Gifts for the Bike Lover on Your List

Atomic 22 Phil Wood Set

It’s not easy to find a gift for the bike-obsessed person on your holiday list. Chances are, if they wanted it they already got it for themselves. But with so many bike shops in San Francisco, and the bike industry exploding with new stylized gear, there’s still a lot that the gear head in your life may not even know about. I searched the city to find some of the coolest, most stylish gear gift ideas. Here are my picks:

 

Three Recently Revamped San Francisco Hotels

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

Take a glimpse at the San Francisco skyline and you won't notice anything out of the ordinary. Yet, walk into a few downtown San Francisco hotels and you might notice some stark differences. That's because local hotels have been getting major upgrades. Today, we feature three San Francisco hotels that have recently undergone significant renovations. 

San Francisco Area Hotels That Offer Free WiFi

Downtown San Francisco

This topic of WiFi is a touchy subject in the travel industry. While most bed and breakfasts and budget hotel brands have gotten the memo that travelers want complimentary Internet access, many luxury hotels continue to charge for it, often at a daily rate close to what you may be paying for a month of Internet access at home.

One of Our Own Ties the Knot in a Vintage Woodsy Wedding

California Home + Design's Online Editor, Owen Ray, wed his lovely wife, Caitlin, at Stern Grove Trocadero Clubhouse in San Francisco. Pardon our bias as CHD's sister company (aka Owen's co-workers), but we can't help getting lost in these wedding photos and falling back in time for a moment. 

Tying the Knot and Smiling A Lot at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco

As the bride prepared for her big day, Otis Redding's "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay" played in the background–a very fitting tribute to our beautiful City by the Bay, which was the location for Robia and Dave Crisp's fun-filled wedding ceremony.

Our Favorite Shots of the Endeavour Flying Over San Francisco

As the Endeavour passed over the city this morning, you all Instagrammed like crazy! The retired NASA space shuttle made its final flight down the California coast atop a modified 747 jumbo jet today. After completing a total of 25 flights to space, the shuttle certainly derserved all the attention it got from the people of San Francisco. The California Science Center in Los Angeles is the shuttle's new and permanent home. In case today's flight over the city wasn't enough for you, it will be on public display starting October 30. 

For those who missed the shuttle, the 7x7 team chose some of their favorite photos from today's excitement to share. Take a look at what some of your fellow San Franciscans saw this morning.

A Couple Travels Back in Time to Tie the Knot at San Francisco City Hall

Nick and Victoria Gutierrez let their favorite decade inspire their ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. A relaxed 1920's-themed wedding evolved into a larger reception the following day where guests danced the night away at a "speak-easy" bar.

Scenes of the City: Coit Tower

The 210-foot iconic tower stands as a beacon in the northern end of the city, something we pass everyday but many locals have never been in it or know much about it.

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