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    Art Deco Secrets of the 20's & 30's

    This architecture tour of downtown celebrates the 20's & 30's Art Deco & Art Nouveaou styles that beautify our surroundings, yet we've grown so accustomed as to take them for granted; we will pay homage.
  • The Mission

    The Mission District

    San Francisco's 1st neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart & soul of this vibrant city. This area is so rich in culture, that we have 3 Mission food tours & 2 neighborhood walks.
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    North Beach

    North Beach is that rare thing -- a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. It's San Francisco's Little Italy and the home of the beatniks.
  • Scenic Running

    Scenic Running

    Just a short run from the urban landscape of San Francisco's busy city streets you will find numerous trails and parks offering phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the City Skyline and other gems.
  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    Established in the 1840s, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Our food and walking tours are 2nd to none.
  • Parrots!

    Parrots!

    Wild Parrots in San Francisco? Yes there are officially at least two flocks of wild Parrots here. These Parrots have evolved into a brand new species of parrot indigenous to San Francisco.

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Alexander Alioto Opening Italian Restaurant on Valencia St

Another Monkey Becomes Another Alioto Italian Restaurant
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Into the gorgeous space that used to be Another Monkey, a new restaurant has opened: Plin, from none-other than Alexander Alioto.  Alexander Alioto, who is of course the former chef and partner behind the Seven Hills on Russian Hill, home of the Raviolo Al Uovo- a  giant pasta pocket filled with spinach, ricotta and oozing egg yolk…Yum.  Seven Hills won many awards including best Italian restaurant in the Bay Area 2013, and a spot in the top 3  Italian restaurants from Zagat in 2013 and 2014.  His next move was much anticipated, as much as many wondered who would be moving into this great space on Valencia Street and 14th Street. This might just be the combination that works.Bo1lHuOCIAAvGK0.png-large

To ensure that this new endeavor is a success, (not that he needed any help) he has wisely recruited many from his famous family to do what they do best.  His mother, Joanne Alioto was the lucky person who was chosen to be in charge of the interior design, and what a space she has had to work with! His father,  Nunzio Alioto Jr, who is a Master Sommelier is responsible for the wine list, and he has teamed with yet another Master Sommelier, Chuck Furuya, to impress the hell out of their wine drinkers.IMG_2880-3425777819-O

The Alioto family is well known in San Francisco, many family members have served in public office, and are prominent lawyers and members of the business community, but the family’s claim to fame is seafood. They were Sicilian fishermen who migrated to San Francisco in the late 1800′s, and in the 1920′s after operating several seafood companies, opened Alioto’s Restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.  So it is truly fitting that the focus of the new restaurant is Italian Seafood. Alexander himself, operated seafood restaurants in Italy years ago. l

The menu  looks well balanced with many choices for every diet. Rustic yet modern, meat eaters will find choices like Chicken Liver Lollipops,  Grilled Lamb Chop, Grilled Filet with Fried Oyster. Vegetarian choices include Eggplant Parmesan, Confit Heirloom Tomatoes and Seared Baby Lettuce. The seafood includes Raw Tuna with Mission Figs, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Monterey Bay Calamari, and Black Bass Carpaccio.  Thankfully, the Raviolo Al Uomo has found a new home here as well.

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Rounding out the selection here, is the cocktail menu from Master Mixologist Daniel Federico, who was rescued from Southern California to create a list worthy of any fine craft-cocktail bar including the American Sour (rye, Carpano Antica, Cappelleti, lemon and egg white).  The dessert menu features mouthwatering indulgences like Buttermilk Panna Cotta Donuts with Cayenne Cinnamon and Vanilla Almond Cream, Tiramisu, and Berry Shortcakes.  Delish…

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Can’t wait to actually eat here, it opens tonight at 200 Valencia Street, in the Mission.

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Pop Gourmet Food Festival at J Pop Summit 2014

POP GOURMET FOOD FESTIVAL

POP GOURMET FOOD FESTIVAL
 



July 19 (Sat) & July 20 (Sun), 11am-6pm
on Post & Webster at Fillmore Street

POP GOURMET is a food festival that serves up a mix of Japanese delicacies and gourmet foods from San Francisco. Come enjoy popular local food trucks, exclusive sake tasting by select sake makers and distributors, a wide range of Japanese beverages, and Ramen Matsuri, a ramen fair where you can try different ramen from all regions of Japan!

▼ Click each area for more information!
★ Area 1:  SAKE TASTING
★ Area 2:  FOOD TRUCKS
★ Area 3:  BITES & SNACKS
★ Area 4:  BEVERAGES
★ Area 5:  RAMEN STREET



● SAKE TASTING AREA*
The highlight of POP GOURMET is the Sake Tasting Area! This is a very rare opportunity: the biggest sake-makers and distributors will get together to show off their latest sake and sake-related products. You can try all of them and find your favorite one!
(Supported by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco)

◉ Admission fee: $10.00 
* Participants must be at least 21 years old (IDs will be checked)
-Participating companies:
Choya Umesyu USA, Inc. / JFC International, Inc. / Gekkeikan Sake, USA / Hosoda Bros. Inc / Iichiko /Japan Seiko Glass Joto Sake / Kikkoman USA / N.A. Sales Company / Nishimoto Trading, Co. / Ozeki Sake, USA / Takara Sake USA / True Sake
                                         



● FOOD TRUCKS
San Francisco’s favorite restaurants-on-wheels gather again at J-POP SUMMIT Festival 2014!
-Participating companies:
Adam’s Grub Truck / BACON BACON / The Chairman Truck / THE CREME BRÛLÉE CART / Frozen Kuhsterd / Garden Creamery / Hiyaaa! / Hongry Kong / JapaCurry / J-Shack / Keep Rolling / KOREAN BOBCHA / Phat Thai / Qui Chef / We Sushi (in alphabetical order)

                          




● Bites & Snacks
Come enjoy hot healthy dishes, cold smoothes, Japanese favorite sweets & snacks, and more!
-Participating companies:
Azuma Foods / Megumi Natto / Meiji / Moffle Waffle / ONIGILLY

        




● JAPANESE BEVERAGE AREA
A place to enjoy Japanese beer, cocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages!
-Participating companies:
Takara “J POP” / Sapporo / Ito-en

      



● RAMEN STREET organized by Ramen Yokocho Association
Who wants Ramen? We do! You do! Ramen is now all the rage in San Francisco! Come stroll down the first ever Ramen Street in San Francisco and experience first hand the taste of Japanese ramen! There are six ramen shops that have gathered from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San francisco, and even Japan! Every ramen is special; each shop has a unique taste that will leave you wanting more!
So who wants to try some ramen (many different bowls)?
▼ See participating restaurants below!

RAMEN STREET

Ramen Yokocho Official Website: RamenYokochoUS.com/
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Tomorrow and Sunday in Japantown: J POP Summit Festival

 

 

 

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The Dark Art of the Painted Lady

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A Cannoli and Coffee Moment

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Lard Becomes Fashionable Again

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BYOB Summer Brunch Pop-Up

From Sosh:   HAUTE BRUNCH POP-UP WITH CHEF ANTHONY YANG   We know you love brunch (who doesn’t?), so we wanted to let you know about one of the coolest brunches in town: Ante Meridian, a pop-up brunch by star chef Anthony Yang (formerly of Per Se and Michael Mina). In a converted mansion called Read the full article…


Dandelion to open new chocolate factory in Mission

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