Most young San Franciscans can't even remember a SoMa before the Moscone Center or AT&T Park, when the neighborhood was filled with auto repair shops and unironic billboards advertising PBR. South of Market, a new photography tome by Janet Delaney, turns back the page to SoMa's dingy-yet-vibrant past, offering a glimpse of life B.T. (before techies).
When I was younger, one of my favorite movie scenes came from Beauty and the Beast and involved Belle rejoicing in her newfound library by swinging excitedly on a ladder from shelf to shelf, picking up novel after novel. When I walked into Oakland's Calavera last week, I instantly felt that same rush of excitement when I saw the bartenders swinging from shelf to shelf via an old, wooden ladder. But instead of books, expert hands reached for tequila—shelf after shelf of tequila.
There's nothing Mediterranean about the old Cafe Claude space. Dark walls, busy burgundy wallpaper, and large gold accessories transport you back to turn-of-the-century France rather than the glistening waters and white sands of the Mediterranean sea. That is, until you sit down to the menu.
Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit!
You might remember that the iconic Land's End labyrinth was destroyed by heartless creatures earlier this month, leaving not a single rock behind for the hundreds who flock to the location to find a little peace and serenity. But now, the caretaker of the labyrinth has picked a rebuild date.
Mid-Market is looking a little brighter this week thanks to the addition of 12 new artist-made "chairs" hanging from circular bike racks.
Here is one more for your list of amazing real estate options that are cheaper than a San Francisco apartment: You can now buy an entire village in Spain for less than a down payment on a house in Bayview.
You might have thought you stepped back in time yesterday afternoon as men in turn of the century wares greeted a 1915 Ford Model T in front of the Palace of Fine Arts.
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