SF Holiday Shopping – Local, Social, Imaginative

San Francisco custom made gifts are the buzz this holiday season, as independent marketplaces sprout up across the city.  This weekend SFMade‘s Holiday Gift Fair, the Lower Haight Holiday Art walk, Remodelista Holiday Market, the Crucible’s Holiday Gifty Fair and Hayes Valley Holiday Block Party are just a few venues where shoppers can grab original designs. One destination…

Cable Car Renaissance in San Francisco

Rick Laubscher is a 4th generation San Franciscan (and Silver Spur award winner) with a passion for trolleys, cable cars, street cars and all things transit. He is a powerful presence in our transportation community and his slogan — “Keeping the Past Present in the Future” – is well received. Laubscher is also well known…

San Francisco Street Dance and what you might find on the Trolley

From Union Square, to Golden Gate Park, to Fisherman’s Wharf, you never know where you’ll find street dance in San Francisco.  But every October, there’s a unique experience to board a trolley and uncover some truly original performances. Trolley Dances is in it’s 9th year and some of the finest performers in the area take part.  It’s…

America’s Cup on the Bay connects with Ping Pong in Chinatown

Table tennis and competitive sailing really aren’t strange bedfellows. Both are made up of team spirit, enthusiasm, cultural bonding and can easily go down big on the same day as a spectator sport in San Francisco. Just as San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee celebrated the second annual Chinatown Sunday Streets and Ping Pong tournament, he…

Grilling up a Savory Sandwich for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen defines local, social, sustainable and the food is off the charts delectable. Food and Wine ranked them one of the best restaurant openings of 2010 and they’re about to open a second restaurant in the Mission. Down the street from AT&T park, this gourmet sandwich shop touting artisanal ingredients is truly…

Presidio’s Old World Charm Retained with Renovation

The Presidio’s famed Montgomery Row is evolving into a vibrant neighborhood for business, tourists and locals alike.  Buildings once occupied by soldiers serving during a span of conflicts – from the Spanish-American War to the Vietnam War – are gradually being prepped for a new era.  Revamped to accommodate 2012 telecommunications and LEED standards, one…

Flash Mob Moves in the Castro

Flash Mob paid tribute to Rhythm Nation this weekend with dancers donning black leather and powerful moves. The Castro was their encore destination in a day of street dance that stopped trains on the tracks.  The ‘F’ line had to pause for the four minute performance much to the delight of passengers.  Who are these impromptu…

Hitchcock’s Romance with San Francisco

Alfred Hitchcock made several movies with scenes in San Francisco — with lavish backdrops like the Flood Mansion in Nob Hill, Grace Cathedral, Mission Dolores, Union Square, Palace of the Legion of Honor and of course the Golden Gate Bridge.  One of his most memorable films shot here is Vertigo, made in 1957. Starring James…