Sunshine in San Francisco means one thing : it's time to ditch all your responsibilities and head out to bask in the warmth. We've spent all winter inside, cuddled up, or slogging through record-setting rain. We deserve some rosé on the roof. We earned it!
I've become a Pop-aholic. As someone who never really worked out as an adult, it still seems strange to me how much I enjoy, and look forward to, going to barre. I've been poppin' for six months, and I'm a convert. I'm obsessed. I go about 3x per week, but had to work up to going that often.
'Tis the season! Holiday parties, Christmas carols, fairy lights and pretty trees. San Francisco goes all out for Christmas. I love walking through the darkened streets and admiring all the Christmas trees in people's apartment windows. I love feeling the excitement in the air. I also love getting a gigantic tree for our living room.
Lately I've been wandering around The Mission way more than normal. Not the busy hipster mecca that Valencia has become, but over around Alabama and 20th Street. It's a super cute residential neighborhood with an awesome assortment of little restaurants, great weather, adorable pre-1906 houses and little shops.
It's here! It's finally here! After a super intense Fogust, a windy July and a freezing June--San Francisco Summer has finally arrived! I hope you've been saving up some sick days because the sun is shining, the beach is calling and it's supposed to be over 80 for the first time in over 100 days! Eeek!
While the rest of the country frolics in the early summer sunshine, San Francisco is windy, cool and grey. In places, the wind is constant. It howls. It's cold. It will ruin your hair. Clouds and fog show up daily. Some days feel like late fall. It's gloomy and cold. It's summer in San Francisco.
In San Francisco, rent prices are insane. They've been insane for a while now, and show no sign of restraining themselves anytime soon. Since this is a city-wide problem, most people I know here live with roommates. My boyfriend and I have three roommates--all boys--in a four bedroom flat. While we'd love to have our own place, we don't want to fork over $3,000-$4,000 per month for a one bedroom.
Living in The City is expensive--we all know that. Each year, each month, the cost of living in The City gets higher and higher. People get evicted from their long-time homes, working people can't afford homes, and landlords show no mercy. But, living in SF is still realistic, if you can manage to not blow your entire paycheck on Seamless and rent. I've rounded up 10 ways to afford living here. Believe me, it's worth it! #thestruggleisreal
Russian Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods in SF to wander around in. There are cute shops and good food on Hyde and Polk Streets, tons of cute houses and plenty of stairway streets and gardens to explore. Even if Lombard is crowded with tourists, there's a good chance some of the best places on the hill will be nearly deserted.
It's that time of year again! The ice rinks are up at Union Square and on The Embarcadero, the weather is chilly, cute kitties and puppies are in the windows at Macy's, and the buildings have been wrapped up like presents in lights! Tis the season for Christmas Trees! In SF, getting a tree is no small task.
I love exploring San Francisco through other people's worlds and experiences. From coming of age tales and classic SF adventures to thrillers, mysteries and short stories--they all offer up views of The City that take you out of your element. I've rounded up my 10 favorite SF books, and some mini-summaries to go with them.
Although I love the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, sometimes venturing out bright and early on a Saturday morning just doesn't happen. Sometimes the crowds are too big, the lines too long, and the prices too high. What you might not know is that everyday, throughout The City there are other farmer's markets.
One of my favorite places in The Bay is the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. The first Sunday of the month, at the crack of dawn, this former U.S. Navy runway transforms into one of the best, and biggest, flea markets in the country. With over 800 booths and 10,000 visitors, Alameda can be intimidating. There is literally something for everyone, and every budget! I've rounded up 10 basic tips and do's and don'ts to keep in mind.
November 3rd is fast approaching, and if you live in District 3, you've been inundated with campaign materials. Everything from door hangers and mailers, to personalized phone calls and local TV ad spots have been taking over your daily life. With companies like AirBnB throwing huge amounts of dollars at Prop F, the general election might as well be up for sale. Major local news outlets have basically ignored any candidates who aren't incumbent like Mayor Lee, unless you happen to be Aaron Peskin, the challenger for the District 3 seat currently occupied by Mayor-appointed Julie Christensen.
Lately, I've become an avid container gardener. I'm blessed with a pretty good sized patio, by SF standards, and spent the summer exploring local nurseries and cute plant shops around The City. I'm by no means an expert gardener, but I did grow up in the country, if that gets me any brownie points.
People come here from all over the world, every day of the year, to marvel at our City by the Bay. Everywhere you turn you'll find views, ornate Victorians, delicious and photogenic food, and scenes straight out of a movie. But, our postcard perfect, Instagram-ready City can also be wild, free and unpredictable in its own right.
I can't believe it's the fall already! This is my favorite time of year in The City, and there's still plenty left to see and do before our pseudo summer comes to an end. This weekend, Folsom Street Fair comes to SOMA, but don't be fooled by the tame version on Looking from earlier this year--this fetish and BDSM festival isn't for the faint of heart.
It may technically be one of the last days of summer, but here in SF we're just getting started! In honor of this crazy heat wave we've been having, and to celebrate being able to go to the beach sans jacket, I've rounded up five of my favorite SF beaches.
Whether you're visiting for the weekend, or get to call The City home, eventually you'll come face to face with a pretty big dilemma: go see the old, cliche tourist attraction OR venture out of the box and try something new!
The City is quiet. Well, more quiet than usual for a sunny, stifling, summer Saturday. The crowds of tourists and hipsters have thinned, and in their wake, left room for the true characters of the neighborhood to emerge.