SAN FRANCISCO, REAL ESTATE, AND MORE

Holi is the Indian festival of colors. It celebrates the colors and vitality of spring by marking the change of seasons. And the biggest Holi event in San Francisco takes place this Saturday, from 12 to 3PM.

Essentially, it’s a big friendly color fight. You grab handfuls of different colors, and throw them all over the face nearest you! All in good fun. Colors used at the event are made from starch and food grade dyes. The powder is completely non-toxic, water soluble and environmentally friendly.

Holi 2017 takes place at California College of the Arts, 1111 8th Street. You need to buy tickets to participate, but once in you’ll find an unlimited supply of color to toss around, along with music and dancing, performances and local food trucks.

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Sf.Eater.com just included August 1 Five on its list of Hottest Restaurants in San Francisco Right Now, March 2017. It’s no wonder. Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer had wonderful things to say about the restaurant in his review, giving it three and a half stars. He said owner Hetal Shah “is almost doing a public service to the culinary world by bringing unabashedly complex, well-balanced and modern Indian food to our city.”

The Chronicle critic went on to say that every dish is logically and creatively imagined, and every dish offers elements of surprise. SF.Eater described it this way:  “A brightly hued new restaurant from a former techie and the chef from Rasika in DC has landed on Van Ness, offering a new interpretation of traditional

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One down, four to go. The Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies at home yesterday, and now they head back on the road to take on the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs. Then they return home to play Houston again on Friday night, and the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.

They Warriors haven’t lost many games, but they have lost to all five of these teams. According to CSNBayArea.com, the Warriors are assured of having the home court advantage should they make it to the NBA Finals. But before getting there, they have to beat powerful Western Conference teams along the way. The Spurs are just two and half games behind the Warriors in the standings at this point.

When this stretch concludes the Warriors will have played three games in

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This weekend the Uncorked: SF Spring Wine Fest takes place atop City View at Metreon, Macy’s two-week Flower Show kicks off at Union Square on Sunday, and the Rock’n’Roll San Francisco Half Marathon  also takes place on Sunday.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 3/19/17 – 3/25/17

San Francisco’s first-time home buyers are more likely to see their purchases through to a successful conclusion, in comparison to other California first-time buyers. The reasons are complicated, but it appears that San Francisco’s first-time buyers tend be more qualified than buyers found elsewhere.

For example, according to real estate news provider First Tuesday Journal, the share of starter homes — homes for sale

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Almost every day we tell you how to go out and make the most of San Francisco. Today, we’re going to tell you how to get away for less. Just promise to come back!

7×7 recently published a post that identified 25 cheap flights departing SFO in the next three months. We’re talking Paris and back for $450, Beijing and back for $485, and Belize and back for $517. You get the idea.

The key seems to be to book now, and travel within the next three months. This is the off-season, and you’ll enjoy some hugely reduced rates that will simply vanish once June, July, and August roll around.

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Since its 1946 launch, the Macy’s Flower Show has celebrated the arrival of spring in spectacular fashion. More than one million flowers decorate each store in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Minneapolis. The Flower Show kicks off at Macy’s in Union Square this Sunday, and the gorgeous arrangements and floral installations will be on display during the store’s regular hours through Sunday April 29.

This year’s theme revolves around the American carnival, and there are lots of ancillary promotions, activities and demos associated with the show. For more information on what will be taking place, click here.

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San Francisco and Bay Area restaurants stole the show among nominees for this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, among the most important honors in the food industry.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, two of the five finalists for the nation’s Best New Restaurant award hail from San Francisco: In Situ, Corey Lee’s restaurant in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Tartine Manufactory, the Mission sequel to Tartine Bakery.

San Francisco’s Quince is up for Outstanding Restaurant; the last time a local restaurant took that award was 2014, when the Slanted Door won. In other national categories: Belinda Leong and Michel Suas of B. Patisserie made the shortlist for Outstanding Baker, while Thad Vogler’s Bar Agricole was named a

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The Warriors have had a nice streak of three wins since suffering some very disappointing losses after Kevin Durant went out with an MCL and bone bruise injury a few weeks ago.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson seem to have regained their shooting touch, and Dramond Green is once again playing some unbelievably fierce defense. Still, the team plays in Oklahoma City tonight and that will be another big test for the Durant-less Warriors.

The good news is that, according to coach Steve  Kerr, Durant is making progress. The other day at practice KD was taking jump shots. He’ll join the team on this short road trip to Oklahoma and Texas, but he won’t play.

It’s become very clear that the Warriors need him back if they are to succeed in the

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Lots of fun this weekend with the 2017 Bay Area Brew Festival taking place on Saturday at Pier 35, the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon also on Saturday at the Hotel Kabuki, and the season’s first Presidio Picnic on Sunday – featuring diverse ethnic and American cuisines from celebrated local chefs, along with lawn games, yoga classes, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 3/12/17 – 3/18/17

Headlines across the nation point to a very strong spring selling season. A recent survey by Fannie Mae reported home buyer confidence is at an all-time high.

Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, wrote on Monday, “Job

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Russia of course has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. Still, there’s no denying the power and beauty of that country’s symphonies. This Sunday, San Franciscans are in for a treat, as the prestigious Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is in town, performing works by Sergei Prokofiev.

Presented by the San Francisco Symphony, this promises to be a truly magical evening. The performance takes place at Davies Symphony Hall, and starts at 7PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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