February 2018

There are 19 blog entries for February 2018.

After a mostly dry winter, it may actually rain this weekend, and so we’re recommending an event that takes place indoors if you’re looking for something to do. The Old Mint will be hosting San Francisco History Days on both Saturday and Sunday.

Dozens of organizations will be on hand to celebrate and tell stories about the City’s unique past. You’re invited to meet community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors, and other history enthusiasts at this FREE, all-ages weekend event.

What’s more, mini-theaters and galleries will be set up in the ground floor vaults of the Old Mint over the weekend, where found footage, film features, and rare and newly digitized photos will all be presented.

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After watching the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, some may have been inspired to work on their half-pipe skills, perfecting their own versions of Shaun White’s “Double McTwist 1260.” Others of us thought, hmmm, I feel like having some Korean barbecue tonight.

7×7 just published the perfect guide to Korean spots in San Francisco. Here are their recommendations:

  • Jijime 5524 Geary Blvd. (Outer Richmond)
  • Kogi Gogi 1358 9th Ave. (Inner Sunset)
  • Han II Kwan 1802 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond)
  • Beque BBQ Grill 1825 Post St. (Pacific Heights)
  • Dancing Bull Korean BBQ Restaurant 4217 Geary Blvd. (Inner Richmond)

To read the entire feature, with descriptions of each restaurant’s best dishes, click here.

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The defending champion Golden State Warriors are now in the home stretch of the regular season. Only 22 games remain, and after a run of four wins and four losses just prior to the All-Star break, the team finally appears to be returning to championship form.

That was certainly the case Saturday night, when Golden State played the Oklahoma City Thunder. After two previous blowout losses to the Thunder — one in Oklahoma City and one in Oakland — the Warriors redeemed themselves  at home by pounding the Thunder 112-80.

The Warriors held Oklahoma City to 33 percent shooting and a 38.1 effective field goal percentage Saturday, as Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George combined to go 5-of-29 from the floor. It was great to see that

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It’s once again a very busy weekend in San Francisco when it comes to events and activities. For starters, there’s the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival — always a big draw. The parade is on Saturday evening, and the festival takes place both Saturday and Sunday. The Noise Pop festival concludes its one-week run with shows and events throughout the City on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Finally, since this is the last weekend of the month,  TreasureFest (formerly Treasure Island Flea) will take place — this month featuring a Mardi Gras theme. There will be Mardi Gras beads, “buy one, get one free” craft hurricane cocktails, 30+ Food trucks and tents serving New Orleans inspired foods like West Coast Gumbo and California Beignets, live jazz music,

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So much is going on in San Francisco, it’s hard to keep up with it all. The Noise Pop Festival opened on Monday, and runs through Sunday. The Festival celebrates indie music, arts, and film. Now in its 26th year, Noise Pop has brought early exposure to many emerging artists in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom have gone on to widespread acclaim.

Over the next four days there will be different films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts to take in all over the City and the East Bay. For more information, and the full schedule of events and performances, click here.

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It’s a busy weekend, but today we’re going to focus on just one thing: the City’s annual Chinese New Year Festival and Parade. After all, this is one of San Francisco’s biggest and most treasured events, a tradition since the 1860s. Organizers say that the parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia.

The parade features over 100 units, and it is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades left in the country. The parade takes place on Saturday between at 5:15 PM and 8 PM. It includes elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and a 288 foot long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”).

The Street Fair takes

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“There is no restaurant in San Francisco like Cafe Jacqueline in North Beach, which serves souffles and little else. There is no Cafe Jacqueline without its 82-year-old chef, Jacqueline Margulis, who makes every single one.”

So begins a wonderful feature in the Chronicle that recently profiled this very special restaurant and its chef and owner. According to the article, Jacqueline was raised in a convent and attended a cooking school in Bordeaux. After raising two children in the Marina, she opened Cafe Jacqueline thirty eight years ago at the age of 45. The place has landed on “The Most Romantic Restaurants in the City” lists ever since.

There is no Cafe Jacqueline without Jacqueline. You often hear that said of other places and other

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SF Beer Week comes to an end this weekend, as does Tulipmania at Pier39. There’s still time of course to enjoy both. On Sunday the Asian Art Museum hosts a day-long event to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year. There’s a full schedule of family activities planned, including performances, workshops, story telling, and more.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 2/11/18 – 2/17/18

San Francisco Is Once Again the Nation’s Hottest Real Estate Market

In January, according to a realtor.com report, San Francisco took back the crown from San Jose, becoming once again the hottest real estate market in the country. San Jose came in second, followed by Vallejo. As usual, California dominated the

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January 1 is always the first day of the New Year according to the Western Gregorian calendar. In contrast, the Chinese New Year begins at a different time each year. This year, it begins tomorrow, the 16th.

The reason it’s held at a different time each year is actually simple to understand. The Western year corresponds to the earth’s cycle around the sun. The Chinese year, on the other hand, is based around the moon. Also known as a Lunar New Year, it differs annually because a lunar month is around two days shorter than a Western month. The Chinese New Year always falls on the second day of the new moon after the winter solstice.

This New Year marks the start of the year of the dog, which is regarded in Chinese culture as an auspicious

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This weekend is your last chance to take in an SF Beer Week event or two. There are still tons of them scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday. Your best bet is to go to the SF Beer Week website, click on Schedule, click on All Dates, and then pick the day you want to look at. All the events for that day are displayed.

Find the one that speaks to you — whether it’s the Wagyu Pho Brunch at Hitachino Beer & Wagyu, Darkside – Dark Beers and Heavy Metal at Emporium SF-Arcade Bar Venue, or the Food Truck Bonanza at Barebottle Brewing Company.

The 10th Annual SF Beer Week
February 9 through 18, 2018

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