Before I cleaned up my act, the most time I spent in the Tenderloin was walking into, and stumbling out of, Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, the neighborhood’s drag-themed dive bar. Although I’ve survived a couple of physical altercations on these infamously colorful streets, living here has also been a bit of a pipe dream. The gorgeous historic apartment buildings, the unrestrained joie de vivre, close proximity to Union Square, public transit at a whim—it all comes together for a highly intoxicating siren song. But now, the TL is cleaning up its act, too. Apparently, others see my vision, and they’re moving in fast. Does San Francisco need another Divisa-lencia?
Melissa Perello, Michelin-starred chef of Frances, is poised to reinvent her quaint neighborhood restaurant concept on a larger scale in Pac Heights. Perello will open the 54-seat Octavia this April in the former Baker & Banker space, where she’ll plate her trademark heartfelt dishes of fresh provisions from local farmers and fisherman, with hearty Josey Baker breads on the side. We asked the noted chef to share with us her thoughts on food trends (good and bad), last meals, junk food, and more.
Hear ye, hear ye: The Bay Lights, the famous Bay Bridge light installation by artist Leo Villareal, will be temporarily removed for maintenance in early March. With a jarring 25,000 LED white lights zipping along 1.8 miles across the bridge, the artwork proved quite the stunner when it was unveiled in 2013.
Philz Coffee, San Francisco purveyors of mighty fine java, plan on expanding their operations after a new round of major funding was announced, according to TechCrunch. Aiding in the little coffee company's recent cash influx are a gaggle of tech types, actors, and musicians by way of angel investing.
Designer Stella McCartney is famous for a number of things: Beatles offspring; gal pal of Gwyn and Madge; Order of the British Empire honoree. But now, she’s opened her first Bay Area boutique in Palo Alto and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
I can consume an entire sleeve of Hostess Crumb Donettes from my local corner store in three-and-a-half minutes.The ritual is as appalling as it is delicious—not the fashionable diet of the day, to be sure. So, in the name of “investigative” journalism, I decided to go gluten-free. Gluten-free. My mission: to find out what, pray tell, all the grainless fuss is about.
While we're anxiously waiting for this year's Mavericks to happen (the big-wave, one-day surfing competition will occur sometime between today and March 1), we talked to 28-year-old Bianca Valenti, San Francisco-based professional surfer and first female Big Wave World Tour champion, about beaches, women in the sport, and more.
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