August 2017

There are 23 blog entries for August 2017.

At this point, we should all be meditating — the practice has been clinically proven to help our brains with everything from basic function to anxiety disorders, writes Margaux Lushing in a recent 7× post. The cost of entry can be high, however, in terms of time and/or expense. That, and traditional sitting postures can be just darn uncomfortable.

Pop-ups to the rescue. The writer looks at two meditation startups and talks to their founders. Their common goal seems to be to meet people where they are, offering an approachable type of meditation for the western world.

The two pop-ups profiled in the piece are Pacific Pause and Within.  We’re fans of highly regarded  transcendental meditation as taught by TM San Francisco, but short of

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It looks like the weather is shaping up to be beautiful this upcoming Labor Day Weekend, and there may be no better way to spend an afternoon than taking in an outdoor performance of a Shakespeare play.

This year the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years as the Bay Area’s most acclaimed provider of free and accessible Shakespeare performances and education programs. For this historic year, they are presenting Hamlet for the first time at Free Shakespeare in the Park.

It all begins this weekend on the Main Post Parade Ground Lawn in the Presidio with preview performances on Saturday and Sunday, and the opening performance on Monday.  These performances all begin at 2PM.

Hamlet will then play Saturdays and Sundays through the

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We have another Hayes Valley restaurant to rave about. Sarah Chorey, writing for 7×, had this to say about Barcino, which opened just over a month ago:

“Let’s be real: Hot restaurant openings are a dime a dozen in San Francisco, and it can be tough to sort through the hype and determine which new spot is worth your precious time and money. No worries here: Barcino is one of the best restaurants we’ve tried so far in 2017.”

“Brought to us by the Absinthe Group (most recently, the makers of the also-wonderful Bellota), Barcino dishes a taste of Barcelona in the form of elevated, memorable tapas. The various small plates deliver both elegance and comfort; the service is friendly; and the space is warm and simple with floor-to-ceiling

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It is part of our mythology isn’t it, the startups that began in garages, only to grow in miraculous ways, disrupt entire industries, and literally change the world. Only this isn’t mythology at all. It has actually happened again and again, and we know where those garages, apartments, hotel rooms, and tiny hole-in-the-wall offices are located. just published a feature that includes a map pinpointing where nine of these companies began. The list includes Hewlett-Packard (of course, the grand daddy of them all), Apple, and Google.

In San Francisco, the companies with humble origins include:

  • Salesforce: Marc Benioff and his three employees worked out of an apartment on Telegraph Hill located at 1449 Montgomery Street
  • Twitter
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You’ve no doubt heard there are going to be demonstrations throughout San Francisco on Saturday, and a local website has published a guide detailing what’s planned — a comprehensive list that has information on each demonstration. Eat Drink SF, an annual food, wine, and spirits festival, continues to take place at Fort Mason today through Sunday.  Also on Sunday, the Stern Grove Festival 2017 season comes to an end with a performance by gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples. And for many, the biggest event this weekend takes place Sunday night — with the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 8/20/17 – 8/26/17

Proximity to Tech Shuttle Stops Is a Big Deal in San

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It’s late August and summer is coming to an end. At some point we’ll have some warm early fall weeks to enjoy, but you can just sense that summer is almost over.

Summer was special this year because it marked the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love  — 1967. If you’ve managed to miss the boatload of Summer of Love commemorative activities and events that have taken place in the City this summer, there’s still time for you to embark on your own personal trip back in time. invites you to “take a groovy Grateful Dead trip through San Francisco.” The website offers up a free self-guided tour, a day-long trip around the City following the footsteps of the Grateful Dead.

It begins as you would expect at the intersection of Haight

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Organizers say this is San Francisco’s premier food and drink festival. They might just be right. “Eat Drink SF” is not cheap, but it looks like some of our favorite restaurants and chefs will be serving up some delicious dishes, and you’re welcome to sample all that you like.

36 restaurants and more than 70 beer, wine and spirits makers will be taking part in the event.

The Thursday night kick-off takes place at The Pearl, 601 19th Street. On all other days and evenings, everything takes place in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. For more information and tickets, click here. Cheers!

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It may not have been San Francisco’s best restaurant, but it was certainly one the City’s most unusual dining spots. Forbes Island, that  floating man-made island with a small lighthouse and real palm trees on its deck, has closed after 20 years.

To get onboard, diners took a small shuttle boat from Pier 39. Once there, they were treated to some world-class views before dining on French food that some Yelp reviewers disparaged. Owner Forbes Kiddoo has retired, and the island is for sale. A spokesperson for Pier 39 seems inclined to wish the restaurant bon voyage in any event, and suggests it’s unlikely to reopen in its current location.

Bucca di Peppo is also closing after a 20 year run. Reportedly, the building that housed the restaurant

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Will we be able to see the solar eclipse this morning from San Francisco? Depends upon whether or not the fog has burned off where you’re standing. With that in mind, you’ll have a better chance of seeing it in the Financial District than you will at Ocean Beach.

Be prepared to view the sun — but only with astronomer-approved solar viewing shades to prevent eye damage — roughly between 9 and 11:30 A.M., when the moon will pass over the sun and block out about 75 percent of it from Bay Area vantage points.

If we’re lucky the fog will burn off just before the peak coverage, around 10:15.

Of course, for a better view of the solar eclipse, and to see it in its totality, you might just watch live-streams of the whole thing on your computer. For

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On Saturday you can sample Italian food, wine, live music, dance, and more at Festa Coloniale Italiana in North Beach from 11 AM to 5 PM. Or take in Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party: Food & Music Fest taking place all day, also on Saturday.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 8/13/17 – 8/19/17

Hill & Co. Sales Manager Jill Gumina was quoted again in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle, this time responding to the question “How do you avoid buyer’s remorse?” Here’s what she said:

“First, educate yourself as much as possible about the market, understand the inventory and what comparable sales have occurred. A professional, full-time Realtor can help you understand what all this information

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