November 2016

There are 21 blog entries for November 2016.


Union Street is always appealing, but never more so than during the holiday season, when thousands of holiday lights illuminate the Victorians, shops and restaurants found here. It makes the early darkness of December almost worth it.

This Saturday, Union Street officially kicks off its Fantasy of Lights celebration, now in its 26th year. Santa will be there, naturally, along with a team of elves, jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, singers and live entertainment.

From 3 to 5:30 PM there will even be horse drawn carriage rides. It really is a magical place to be. The weather is supposed to be clear but of course colder in the evening, so bundle up and just enjoy the atmosphere of it all.

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Thanksgiving and turkey and gravy are behind us. Time to turn our attention once again to one of our favorites, fried chicken. Eater SF just published a feature that identifies what they consider to be the 20 best fried chicken dishes in San Francisco.

The writers point out that the City may not be known for its Southern food, but San Francisco celebrates the diversity of its cuisines – and that’s true even when it comes to fried chicken. So here you’ll find the traditional Southern soul food you would expect, along with Japanese karaage, Asian wings, and more.

To see the entire list, along with descriptions and an interactive map that provides exact locations, click here.

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We always love the Curbed SF features where they present content using an interactive map. It enables you to plan your excursions perfectly. This time, they’ve published a guide to 16 places in San Francisco to take your out-of-town relatives.

This information could definitely come in handy about the third day of any visit, when your relatives are staring at you and asking, “What’s next?” Even if you don’t have visiting relatives, these spots might be worth taking in by yourself or with a friend or two.

Some of these things we’ve mentioned in previous posts, but some are new to us. Take a look and see if there aren’t some spots you’ve missed while wandering around the City. To see the page, click here.

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If you haven’t yet finalized your plans for Thanksgiving dinner, there’s no need to panic or rush. A number of very good restaurants will be open Thursday, and they will be happy to do all the heavy lifting for you.

Time Out San Francisco published a wonderful guide to restaurants serving up special turkey dinners with all the fixings and beyond. Some are more expensive and elaborate than others, but one is sure to be suited to your taste and budget.

From Ame in the St. Regis Hotel (Price: $110 per person) to Garibaldis (Price: $70 per person) to Tommy’s Joynt (Price: $23 per person), the list showcases some nineteen restaurants in all, and includes descriptions, locations, phone numbers and lots more information on each spot. To see the entire…
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If you’ve never been, you’ve got to go. For the next four weekends, through December 18th, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party will be taking place at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

Here you’ll find over three acres of lamp lit streets, boisterous pubs, theaters, music halls, dance parties, tearooms, and shops offering one-of-a-kid treasures. It’s a dazzling interactive experience, and you’ll have the chance to mingle with more than 750 performers.

The remaining dates are November 25, 26, 27, and December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18. The fair is open from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm each day. Organizers say Victorian costumes are encouraged but certainly not required for patrons. They invite you to “feel free to ‘come as you are’ to

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The holidays arrive this weekend with three big events. Choose one, or take in all three – from tonight’s Embarcadero winter carnival, lighting ceremony, and fireworks show, to Saturday’s Pier 39 holiday entertainment and tree lighting celebration, to the 2016 Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason on both Saturday and Sunday.
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On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 11/13/16 – 11/19/16

Hill & Co. Real Estate Sales Manager Jill Gumina was quoted in the Chronicle last Sunday, commenting on the question, “How will Trump’s presidency affect the local real estate market?”

It’s one of the questions everyone is asking. In

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We know what you’re thinking. It doesn’t snow in San Francisco. We don’t have ski resorts here. But don’t let geography and climate issues get in the way of a good post.  After all, isn’t Lake Tahoe  – just a few hours beyond our city limits – as much a part of San Francisco as sourdough bread? San Franciscans have been traveling to Tahoe for generations.

The big news here is Boreal is opening tomorrow, and Northstar, Heavenly, Squaw and Alpine Meadows are scheduled to open on the 23rd. Snowmaking machines have been hard at work preparing the slopes for this early part of the season.

Fingers crossed for a great year of skiing and snowboarding!

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Ready or not, the holidays are here. Thanksgiving may be still more than a week away, but this weekend two of the City’s biggest holiday kick-off events are taking place. Friday evening, it’s the Embarcadero’s winter carnival, lighting ceremony, and fireworks show, and Saturday afternoon and evening it’s Pier 39’s holiday entertainment and tree lighting celebration.

This is the Embarcadero’s 30th annual building lighting ceremony, and it will include a special free “Disney on Ice” performance of “Worlds of Enchantment” – taking place on the outdoor ice rink in Justin Herman Plaza. It all starts at 4PM Friday.

Pier 39’s entertainment lineup includes Dickens Carolers, Merry Mariachi Band,  A Rockin’ Retro Christmas, and performances by Dashaun

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Michael Bauer is the San Francisco Chronicle’s celebrated food critic. He has been reviewing San Francisco and Bay Area restaurants forever, and on the occasion of his 30th anniversary, the Chronicle posted a wonderful feature that presents and describes the most important restaurant from each of his years at the paper.

These restaurants may not have been the best restaurants in any particular year, but each is deemed the one that turned out to be the most influential. From Sushi Ran in 1986 to In Situ in 2016, we think you’ll find it fascinating. To see the entire feature, click here.

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