Hidden Gems of San Francisco

For the frequent visitor of San Francisco, here are a few hidden gems of the city that you may not have already seen!

There is a hidden mural by Diego Rivera in the S.F. Art Institute.

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The Camera Obscura and Holograph Gallery at the Cliff House.

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Yoda Fountain outside the Letterman Digital Arts Center.

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The Wave Organ is located on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay – it amplifies the sounds of the waves from the Bay.

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Best Eats Of San Francisco

Here for your viewing pleasure are a number of the BEST eats in San Fransisco and where to get them!

Country Bread at Tartine Bakery

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Toast at Trouble Coffee

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The Rebel Within at Craftsman and Wolves

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Apple Fritter at Bob’s Donut and Pastry Shop

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Pan Dulce at La Victoria

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Strawberry Manju at Benkyodo

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Egg Custard Tarts at Golden Gate Bakery

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Caldo Verde at Grubstake

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Chowder in a Bread Bowl at Boudin Bakery

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Focaccia at Liguria Bakery

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Oysters at Swan Oyster Depot

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Xiao Long Bao at Yank Sing

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Anything on Dutch Crunch Bread at Roxie Food Center

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Carnitas Burrito at La Taqueria

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Ube (purple yam) Ice Cream at Mitchell’s Ice Cream

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Cheesecake at Zanze’s

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Roast Chicken with Bread Salad at Zuni Cafe

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Prime Rib at House of Prime Rib

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Explosive Chicken at Z&Y Restaurant

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Bay Area Goes Wild with Stacked Warriors Team

The NBA and the basketball world was shaken just last week, as the Golden State Warriors announced the acquisition of all-star player Kevin Durant. Durant, whose contract ended with the Oklahoma City Thunder, will be moving to the Golden State Warriors, the same team to break OKC’s heart in the Western Conference Finals just two months ago. The news has shocked many, considering the Warriors’ already dynamic roster. With Durant in the lineups now Golden State will surely become a powerhouse team in the coming seasons.

In the past two seasons the Golden State Warriors have won 140 games which includes a record breaking 73 wins last season. However despite their near-perfect season, the Warriors fell short of the glory, losing the NBA championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers after leading the series 3-1. Lebron James came out strong in the final three games of the championship series, helping the Cavs win the series 3-4. Already a powerhouse team with players of the likes of Clay Thompson, Draymond Green, and of course NBA MVP Stephen Curry, it seems as if though the Warriors are vowing to never lose a championship again, best illustrated by their new acquisition of Kevin Durant.

Already one of basketball’s top four players right now, Durant will arguably be joining the game’s best player Stephen Curry. So what are the implications of such a move? For starters, Curry’s career high 30.1 points may see a drop, as well as Durant’s. Both players will now be forced to move the ball around a bit more, slightly decreasing the individual aspects of their game. Durant especially will face more passing than he’s ever been used to, with three other offensive threats on the Warriors’ starting line.

However, Durant and his new teammates will surely not impede on one another’s game. Instead, the players are sure to compliment each other quite nicely. With so many offensive threats on the team, defenses will most likely be spending a lot of time marking one of the four players, leaving the others to have breakout games. Another aspect to look forward to will be the team’s almost artful passing, carving out defenses to create scoring opportunities for each other. So although each will have to play slightly more judiciously, each will have plenty of more opportunities on the court. Durant’s move will surely signal a different dynamic for the Warriors, but it should be a better one regardless comments Monte Poole of CSN.

Golden State were the immediate championship favorites for the 2016-2017 season before the Durant trade. However Durant’s new signing will propel them to new heights as a championship favorite. If the Warriors were to lose next season, it would undoubtedly be a flop in the basketball world.

San Francisco – Fun and Festivals

I can write for days on San Francisco culture. Whether it’s about the murals that take shape on vast walls, the music that flows freely throughout the city streets, or the bohemian lifestyles that thrive in the night, San Francisco’s culture is one of a kind.

It’s a diverse city, with a rich history of immigration and an even richer cultural heritage. It would be impossible, or entirely too long to write about all of the city’s rich cultural traditions in just one post, so this will be the first in a series of posts discussing different aspects of the city’s culture.

These blogs will discuss some of the various cultural and artistic traditions that define a city as breathtaking as San Francisco, including its street fairs, museums, music venues, cultural districts, and of course, its food. Today we will be discussing its festivals and street fairs held yearly throughout the city.

Chinese New Year Parade

Chinese New year Parade is one of San Francisco’s most popular festivals. Because of San Francisco’s substantial Chinese population, the parade is North America’s largest Asian cultural event. According to the San Francisco Chinatown Organization, the celebration includes two major fairs: the Chinese New Year Flower Celebration and the Chinatown Community Street Fair.

Bay to Breakers

Held for almost a century, thousands flock to San Francisco every year to partake in this annual fundraising event reports San Francisco.com. The event is part fundraiser for a variety of major charities, and part celebration of San Francisco’s distinct diversity. Participants include anywhere between families, doctors, nudists, artists, frat boys, and politicians.

Gay Pride Parade

San Francisco deeply identifies with the gay community. The San Francisco Gay Pride Parade is in fact the largest gay pride event in the world. The festival is held annually and lasts two-days. Over 300 booths are setup to sell merchandise, and dozens of speakers are invited to speak on sexuality, and gay identity. Over half a million people come to San Francisco to see the parade in late June.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, or HSB for short, is a three day music festival held over the first weekend of October. The festival is subsidized by millionaire venture capitalist Warren Hellman. For performers and attendees, the fact that the festival is “entirely free and non commercial” is extremely important to the character of the event.

Slow Food USA

The Slow Food USA is one of the largest food festivals in the country. The festival is part of the larger Slow movement, which strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine as an alternative to fast-food. The festival brings to attention education outreach programs that advance local environmental movements.

North Beach Jazz Festival

San Francisco has a rich history in the jazz scene. Organizers of the event choose some of the most popular and innovative bands to partake and play at the North Beach Festival. Bars and clubs along Grant street host local and national jazz talents throughout the 5-day festival. All forms of jazz flow from the North Beach nightlife venues, including Bossa nova, latin jazz, acid jazz, and hundreds of more variations.