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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.

San Francisco Blogs

Sign Of The Times?: Mr. Marina Contestant Is Homeless: SFist

via Sign Of The Times?: Mr. Marina Contestant Is Homeless: SFist

The 2017 contenders for the Mr. Marina title have made their names, faces, and brief bios known, and as is always the case with this ridiculous competition to be the bro-i-est bro, there are plenty of opportunities for laughs at their expense. But what’s this? For the first time ever, if I’m not mistaken, one of the contestants is in fact homeless.

Meet Ben Kiesewetter, who explains on his bio that he’s been in the Bay Area nine months, he’s an adventurer, and a beer drinker, and… he lives in his van.

“Throughout my time living in California my home has been a bright orange 1974 Volkswagen Westfalia,” Ben writes. “When I’m not raising money for a great cause or planning what color tights will best bring out my eyes, I’m seeking the next adventure. I’m exploring NorCal outdoors, working towards my skydiving license, and snowboarding and surfing whenever possible.”

Way to sell that homeless existence to the ladies, Ben.

Confidence, though, he has in spades. “I may be new to the Bay Area, but the city doesn’t know what’s about to hit [it?]” Ben says. “I’m starting my takeover with the Mr. Marina competition. There’s going to be dancing. There’s going to be drinking. But most importantly, there’s going to be a complete lack of shame and disregard for self-reputation.”

You go, boy.

Other contestants this year skew more toward garden-variety prepsters and Marina bros, like JP Carroll, who’s pictured standing in front of some boats and leaping about Marina Green, works at Apple, and says without shame that he “has been crushing brunch, running the park scene, and absolutely murdering the dance floor” ever since moving to San Francisco.

Or there’s Mason Mundell, who looks like he actually just stepped out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue shoot, or Tyler Lewtan who is just insanely good looking, played water polo in college, and therefore says he’s more than ready for the Speedo portion of the competition.

As always, the Mr. Marina competition is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and this year’s event happens on May 17.mr-marina-ben

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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

 From San Francisco Locals Guide by Donna Riley Explore SF – Little Saigon DONNA RILEY on August 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm Explore SF does the most varied tours of any San Francisco tour company that I’ve seen. When their Living Social special offer came up, I jumped at the opportunity to take their Explore Read the full article…


Food Delivery, Food Courts, The New Black

  The Next Big Thing and an Unsuspecting yet Dubious Populace Regardless of what developers, realtors, or those that they have purchased on the Board Of Supervisors will tell you, what makes San Francisco such a great place is it’s historic resistance to change, particularly change for greed’s sake. People come from all over the Read the full article…


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 8) Mission 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…