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  • Little Saigon

    Little Saigon and Tendernob

    Little Saigon and the Tendernob are two Tenderloin neighborhoods that are home to large immigrant populations and some of the best food in the city. Join us as we take you on the only food tour of this district and explore the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, and beyond!
  • 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 4 Mission food tours & 2 neighborhood walks.
  • North Beach

    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.

Running Tour Blogs

An Early Thanks

Thanksgiving is upon us

and we have had a great year…

Here are some things we are grateful for.

We are grateful that we get to live here and
blessed that we get to do this for a living.
We are grateful that we have such incredible customers.

Thanks.

We couldn’t be more thankful that more and more people are finding out about us. We have gotten lots of good exposure the last couple months including our first in-flight magazine, Etihad Airway’s (Abu Dhabi), “Etihad InFlight”. An excerpt:

“…Mike, who’s incredibly laid-back, has lived in the Mission for decades, and hanging out with him on his “moving dinner party” is like catching up with an old friend. Tailoring each tour to his guests, he tries to include about five to seven outlets, while sharing everything he knows about his ’hood.

We’re exploring the Valencia Corridor – an area that spans a few blocks…”

READ MORE
here and here

We were honored to have the chance to donate some tours for auction at the annual KRCB fundraiser. We were able to raise some money and support PBS.

The Blogosphere continues to write about us. But it isn’t just the bloggers any more. In February, we will be featured on an episode of American Canvas which is shown on the Ovation Network, the footage was shot in the beginning of November. We also were filmed  for a new video application called Squish, we will be a part of their advertising and marketing campaigns. And of course, our wonderful customers continue to give us rave reviews. Thank you. All of this has taken place in just the last couple months, so we have lots to be grateful for…

Some of our favorite blogs:

What the hills y’all?

San Francisco Local’s Guide

Travel Photo Discovery

Vibrantly.co

North Beach & Chinatown Food Tour

North Beach & Chinatown Food Tour

The Mission Food Scene
gets a soundtrack:

Mission Foodiez

An Overeasy remix using sights and sounds from San Francisco’s Mission District. I really like Bi-Rite Market’s mission statement, “Creating Community Through Food” and well, why not add music to the mix?

Mission Food Tours

 

Mission Food Tours

An Appetizer From :

Explore SF:
Mission District
Food Tours

Enjoy!

New tour focuses on the sweeter side of life.

SIgn up now for limited two for one special!

Book now through Thanksgiving and receive two for the price of one.

Help us celebrate our sweet new tour!

EASY AND DELICIOUS HOLIDAY RECIPE

Chocolate Chili Spiced Pecans

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, preferably golden or amber

  • 2 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 cups pecans

  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

  2. Stir brown sugar, maple syrup and butter in a medium bowl. Add pecans, cocoa, chili, chipotle and salt and stir to coat. Spread the nuts out on the parchment lined baking sheet and bake until the cocoa mixture is bubbling, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir nuts and continue baking until the nuts are sticky and the maple mixture is coating them, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Let cool.

YELP to be Yelped

(CBS SF) – For years, business owners have cried foul at the damage one bad Yelp review can do to their business. Now it appears that the balance of power is being restored in the form of patron “performance” ratings.

ResDiary, the Australian restaurant reservation equivalent of OpenTable, is now allowing the eateries to get involved in the reviewing, taking notes on what you ordered, how long you stayed, how nice you were and how well you tipped, according to the Australian culinary website GoodFood. Diners can even be tagged with labels including – loud talker, quick eater, frequent no-show and wine connoisseur.  Since the reservation system is shared by a network of restaurants, the information is available to other operators to tailor their service to that individual.
Of course any sort of information can be recorded and passed along…

Another outlet is in the works for wronged Yelp review victims. A new site called, Kelp (kracking Yelp) is in the works, and the site will be a venue for wronged businesses to review unfair Yelp reviewers. “The idea is to fight fire with fire”, said the developer, “For too long anonymous reviewers have had the power to travel around and destroy businesses randomly, like snipers picking people off from the top of a building.”Adding, “Well it is time that these ruthless people be exposed, we aim to expose who these folks are, and will reveal all of their legally obtained public information. Not to do them any harm, but to empower them to live with what they have done to others. We want them to know the pain and suffering they have inflicted on innocent victims. We want their families to see how they spend their free time.”  He continued, “There have been more than one case of Yelp reviews causing a chain of events that ended in suicide, mental breakdowns, homelessness, and of course, countless business failures.”

 

 

From Trip Advisor,

“A GREAT RESOURCE FOR ACTIVE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING!”

We hired Deanna and her team to lead a group of 40+ on a walking / running tour of historic San Francisco, including Hayes Valley and the Haight. They did a fantastic job and we all learned a lot — even San Francisco natives! This is a GREAT way to explore a city and I would highly encourage anyone to try it, even if you already know San Francisco well!

Hidden Gems Of San Francisco 

As seen in print and online in the Westside Observer and the Castro Courier, a monthly column written by the team members of Explore SF and SF Scenic Running,  “Hidden Gems of San Francisco”.

We are grateful we survived another Alcatraz season. Explaining to non English speaking travelers why they are not going to get to Alcatraz as easily as they thought, is as much fun as it sounds.

We are grateful that we survived another Halloween in the Castro. Watching Bridge and Tunnel people puke on the sidewalk is only fun the first couple times.

We are grateful we survived another Day Of the Dead in the Mission. Insert Bridge and Tunnel people comment here…

We survived another World Series win, and another night of Mission riots. It’s almost old hat at this point. But still, “Go Giants!”

 

Bonus Video!

Clearing The Streets

The Number One Thing We Are Thankful For This Week!

 

 

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“Explore Pride Tours 2012”

 

Pride 2012

Gay owned and operated,Explore San Francisco is pleased to announce Pride Tours 2012. Want to see the city above and beyond the parade, festival and the clubs? We offer the GLBT community tours and sightseeing within our community but outside of the box. Food tours, walking tours, running tours, 1970s Folsom District walk, or even porn studio tours. We accomodate groups and we offer sightseeing with transport provided by van service, SUV or town car. You may find the perfect choice from our regular itinerary or let us create something special for you. Please call the Pride Desk at 415.793.1104 or email pride@exploresf.biz

Scenic Running

Scenic RunningSan Francisco is the perfect city for running, incomparable scenery, varied terrain and mild temperatures. Take one of our scheduled runs or let us lead you on a custom run.

 

North Beach & Chinatown

North Beach & Chinatown at NightThis tour is very social, we have fun and friendships are made. Maybe its the wine or exotic teas, good food, the company or the vibrant area, but if youre looking for a great evening, you cant go wrong with this fun event.This is part of our regular line up, 4 or more and well have a GLBT outing.

 

Neighborhood Tours

Side StreetsSan Francisco, California is one of the most walkable cities in the country. We have walking tours all over the city. Choose from our regular line up of tours, or let us design something for you. 415.793.1104

 

Folsom- Armory

Folsom DistrictRelive the 1970s Miracle Mile and The Folsom District in all of its glory. See just the Folsom or combine this with a tour of the SF Armory, home of Kink.com. Select tours go to Treasure Island MediaUpon Request

 

Upon Request

Anniversary or birthday celebration, Pride Party to never forget, personal milestone, marriage proposal, business proposal, romantic evening or just something new and different. Give us your vision and let us expertly and meticulously make your extraordinary event a lifetime memory. 415.793.1104

Shuttle, Van, Towncar

Shuttle, Van or Town CarANapa, The Russian River, Black Sand Beach, or San Gregorio are all popular GLBT destinations within driving distance. We have transportation for any size group. Please call the Pride Desk for these spots or anywhere else you might like to see! 415.793.110

via “Explore Pride Tours 2012”.

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