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    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!
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    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.
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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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Ways to Stay Relaxed on Your Next Trip to San Francisco

WAYS TO STAY RELAXED ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO

Written by Stephanie James

Taking a vacation and leaving work behind can be harder than it sounds. The average American spends more than 40 hours a week working. We work anywhere and everywhere and find it increasingly difficult to switch off. This drive to keep on top of our workload can make it even harder to relax on vacation. As hard as it can be, relaxing on vacation is good for us and can give us a greater drive and enthusiasm for work when we do return to it. Below are some sure-fire ways to unwind and stay relaxed while on vacation.

 

Take a relaxing tour

When we’re visiting somewhere new, it can be tempting to try to see it all and book a tour for every day we are away. Rather than racing around collecting photos for Instagram or show friends and family back home, consider giving yourself some time out. This could be achieved by simply giving yourself a few days off to sit poolside sipping cocktails, or trying a tour that includes spending time in a local spa or having a massage. Deliberately including relaxation days will keep the reason why you headed off on vacation front and center of your mind.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Use your time wisely

If you’re flying to your holiday destination, consider using the time on the plane to unwind and set you up for your vacation. Wear comfortable clothes for your flight, choose a window seat so you can easily rest, drink plenty of water and pack a travel pillow in your carry-on. Many planes now have mindfulness meditation apps available on the inflight entertainment packs, so browse to find something that soothes you. Taking the time to unwind on the plane will have you arriving at your holiday destination calm and ready to enjoy the time away from work.

 

De Young Museum Observation Deck, Golden Gate Park

Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Do not disturb

Before you go, let your clients and colleagues know you’ll be unavailable. Set up automatic out of office replies for email, switch to vacation mode on project management apps and let key people know that you won’t be checking emails or messages for a specified period. Doing so gives you permission to switch off from work and be present on your vacation so you can really relax.

 

De Young Museum Observation Deck, Golden Gate Park

De Young Museum Observation Deck, Golden Gate Park

Schedule reading time

Take a few books you’ve been meaning to read. Or if you’re packing light, load up a kindle or e-reader with some titles you’re keen to consume. Whichever format you choose, reading requires you to sit still, pay close attention and be quiet – the perfect conditions for relaxing. What’s more, reading is very good for you. You can learn something new, increase your emotional intelligence and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

With a little preparation and determination, a vacation doesn’t need to leave you frazzled and needing a break when you get back. Take the time to prepare and be mindful to slow down and adopt a relaxed pace while you’re away. You’ll thank yourself for it and return to work feeling refreshed and ready for new challenges.

Enjoy exploring a new place, but don’t get caught too up in the hustle and bustle of visiting a new place. Vacationing is about self-care, so make sure you’re giving your mind and body a rest too.  Now that you know how to stay relaxed during your trip, it’s time to start planning! Visit http://www.exploresanfrancisco.biz/ for the best tours, attractions, and hotels in the San Francisco area.

Written by Stephanie James
Stephanie James is an up and coming freelance blogger and lives in North Carolina. She specializes in Travel-Blogging and other topics, she can be reached here

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TUESDAY JUNE 2 – WE NEED YOU ALL IN CITY HALL

TOMORROW- TUESDAY JUNE 2ND, 1:00- 5:00PM or later…

TUESDAY!!!   WE NEED YOU ALL AT CITY HALL!!!

NEW ALERT:  A MONSTER ON BRYANT!!!

FROM THE PLAZA 16 COALITION

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THE MISSION TAKES CITY HALL PART 2

Last time they feared us. Maybe this time they will do as we say.

SUPPORT THE MISSiON LUXURY MORATORIUM

Tuesday June 2nd 2015

 

1:00 pm :: Come early to guarantee a seat in the Chambers
1:30 pm ::  Rally on Steps of City Hall
3:00 pm ::  Hearing begins on moratorium at Board of Supervisors, Room 250 at top of grand staircase.

Hearing may last until 6pm or much later. Join whenever you can!

FOR UPDATES on day of hearing: 

Text to 415-710-8908

or follow on Twitter: @PlazaSixteen

or follow our Facebook page

– Seniors and parents with children will be granted priority in speaking at hearing and do not have to wait in line.

– Children welcome!

– Food provided!

– RSVP and stay tuned on the event page.

:: SUPPORT the LUXURY MORATORIUM for the Mission! ::

This temporary moratorium would allow time for a community-based plan for truly affordable housing. It would temporarily stop all market rate projects within the covered areas in the Mission, including the Monster at 16th and Mission.

Luxury housing accounts for 93% of the housing being built in the Mission. The SF Planning department has determined that only 13 sites remain in the Mission for the development of affordable housing. The very limited property left in the Mission must be prioritized for affordable housing, not luxury condos unaffordable to the majority of San Franciscans.

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SCOTT WEINER IS A DICK

SALVE EL BARRIO LA MISSION

MARTES 2 de Junio en la Alcaldía de SF
1:30 PM MITIN en las gradas de la Alcaldía
3:00 PM LEVANTE SU VOZ en la mesa de los supervisores

La audiencia durara hasta las 6:00pm o más tarde. Alcancenos cuando puedas. Evnvie un mensaje al 415-710-8908 para manternerlo informado o signalos en twitter @PlazaSixteen. Niños y familias son bienvenidos.

:: AOPOYE un ALTO a la CONSTRUCCIÓN de CONDOMINIOS ::

Este alto temporal nos dara tiempo para crear un plan comunitario que ofresco viviendas de bajos ingresos.

Los espacios limitados en la Mission deben de ser una prioridad para vivendas de bajos ingresos y no para condominios de lujo.

 

 

 


:: ALERT!  ::  Breaking News! ::

ANOTHER LUXURY MONSTER SLATED FOR THE MISSION!
Save our Cultural Spaces and family-run legacy businesses!


We have just learned that a huge, 274-unit development of mostly luxury housing, proposed for the 2000 Block of Bryant Street, will be coming before the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 18th. We will need a very big community turnout at this meeting! This Wednesday, June 3rd we will have an organizing meeting to begin the fight against the Monster on Bryant Street.

This project would allow for the demolition of:

  • three (3) rent-control dwelling units 
  • Tortilla Flats, a Legacy, family-run Business
  • Businesses employing Union and blue collar workers at the A.C.T. prop, a music studio, and an auto repair shop
  • Inner Mission (formerly Cell Space) artist space, a Mission cultural institution 
     

ORGANIZING MEETING TO STOP THE MONSTER ON BRYANT

Wednesday, June 3 at 6PM
Inner Mission (fomerly Cell Space)
2050 Bryant St. between 18th and 19th

Please join us for this meeting to get the ball rolling on fighting the Monster on Bryant Street! It’s a perfect “next step” after the Mission Takes City Hall Part 2.

 

 

:: We Need You! ::
PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING FOR THE MONSTER ON BRYANT

Thursday, June 18th at 12 noon
City Hall Room 400

We will need a very big community turnout for this hearing. Please join us and please help spread the word to anyone who cares about the affordable housing of the Mission and the preservation of our city’s priceless cultural institutions and legacy businesses.

 

More info on the website: Plaza16.org.

Join and endorse the Plaza 16 Coalition.

Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

   

 

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Explore SF Guide Dan Chew on American Canvas Premier

On March 11th at 10:00PM on the Ovation Network, watch the premier of American Canvas.

Our very own Dan Chew, will be taking the host around Chinatown introducing him to a few of his favorites spots from Dan’s Chinatown food tour.

 

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Little Saigon Food Tour

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Food Delivery, Food Courts, The New Black

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Alexander Alioto Opening Italian Restaurant on Valencia St

Another Monkey Becomes Another Alioto Italian Restaurant Michael Moran 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 Read the full article…


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 Read the full article…


The Dark Art of the Painted Lady

  The Dark Art of the Painted Lady Lauren Murrow | Photo: Todd Hido; Melissa Guerrero; Jason Wells; Lauren Geremia; Bruce Damonte; Ilana Diamond | July 16, 2014   Throughout the city, florid gingerbread houses are taking a monochrome turn.   Cole Valley and Noe Valley (1 of 8) Lower Haight and Castro (2 of Read the full article…


San Francisco 1816

A. M. Robertson -> San Francsico One Hundred Years Ago … San Francisco One Hundred Years Ago Early on September 20, 1816 (old style, October 2), we came within sight of the coast of New California. The land we first saw was what is known as Point Reyes, to the north of San Francisco. As the wind Read the full article…


EXPLORE San Francisco: The Folsom District

Folsom District Walking Tour- Free Event… Public Event · By Explore San Francisco Sunday July 1st 2012 1:15pm until 3:00pm Meet on Mission Street at 4th Adults only Sign up on Facebook We’ll start in the heart of the old SOMA District, “South Of the Slot”. See this blue collar neighborhood as it used to be, before re-development. Then we Read the full article…