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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.
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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.

San Francisco Blogs

Explore San Francisco: The Magic of the Food Tour

Explore San Francisco Food Tours

 

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The magic of the food tour…Breaking bread with strangers, who have quickly become friends…

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Seeing new neighborhoods, finding hidden gems that would otherwise be missed…

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It’s shopping and eating, laughing and sightseeing, having dessert and laughing some more…

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Trying  foods from all over the globe…

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While meeting people from all over the globe…

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It’s the magic of the Food Tour…

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Come experience the magic for yourself…

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Explore San Francisco Food Tours…

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After you’ve seen the tourist attractions, come and explore the city with us…

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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…”

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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

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North Beach & Chinatown Food Tour

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The Mission Food Scene
gets a soundtrack:

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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?

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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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Why does San Francisco have such fog?

 

Ever wonder what the deal is with the the fog in San Francisco? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Out of the fog rises the  Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge , framed by ethereal crepuscular rays.

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 Sunny Crissy Field beach on San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge behind. The bridge is obscured by the famous SF fog.


 

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Night shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay, and San Francisco                      covered in a cotton-like blanket of the beautiful fog



 
 
 
 

 

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SAN FRANCISCO’S HIDDEN GEMS: PUBLIC TENNIS COURTS

Hidden Gems of San Francisco (Published in the Westside Observer) PUBLIC TENNIS COURTS By Michael Moran San Francisco is home to an extensive park system which contains a surprising number of public tennis courts in varied settings. Many are surrounded by stunning panoramic vistas that only San Francisco could serve up. Many of these courts Read the full article…


The Story of Oofty-Goofty & Big Bertha

Big Bertha and Oofty-Goofty, San Francisco, CA Looking towards Washington Street from early Portsmouth Square, Kearney would be to the right. Still not landscaped, Portsmouth Plaza in the foreground and Telegraph Hill in the background. Doesn’t appear to be any rock quarrying yet on Telegraph Hill, or Signal Hill as it was likely to be called then. Read the full article…


Tomorrow and Sunday in Japantown: J POP Summit Festival

    HOME NEWS SCHEDULE EVENTS GUESTS SPONSORS VOLUNTEERS PRESS VISIT ABOUT   – Main Menu –HomeNewsScheduleEvents– May’n Live @ Slim’s– Japan Film Festival of SF– J-POP LIVE at UNION SQUARE– KAWAii!! Events in SF– BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT FASHION CONTEST– 1000 Treasure Hunters 2014– Autograph Session by KEI– ‘Odottemita’ Dance Contest– J-POP IDOL Read the full article…


A Cannoli and Coffee Moment

A Cannoli and Coffee Moment North Beach cannoli and coffee go so well together that I am glad I live in the Mission District. But if you are sharing a cannoli with a good friend, do you know the proper way to cut a cannoli in half so that you don’t crush the delicate pastry? Read the full article…


What the Hills Y’all: Adventures of a Texas Girl living in San Francisco

what the hills y’all: Explore San Francisco Food Tour, Mission North 4 Replies What the Hills Y’all: Adventures of a Texas girl living in San Francisco Have you ever been on a food tour? I’ve never been on one, but since I live in San Francisco in a mecca of food comas, I thought it would Read the full article…


Clarion Alley Mural Project VS Tour Guides (Including Explore SF?)

As Tourism Rises, So Do Mural Turf Clashes Sign posted on Clarion Alley. Tweet By Daniel HirschPosted May 19, 2014 7:05 am The Mission’s status as a global tourism destination has never been more acutely felt—walking down any of the Mission’s increasingly famous mural alleys, French, Japanese, German, Korean, Swedish and the ubiquitous snap of cameras can Read the full article…


Tosca, reviewed

TOSCA CAFE Bloomfield and Friedman have shifted lately into empire-building mode. They’re actively looking for another space in New York (with some recent hitches) beyond the four Manhattan restaurants they already run, and there were brief rumors about the duo opening their first venture in Los Angeles. Their western expansion already began early last year when the two Read the full article…