Cheap Flights Departing SFO in the Next Three Months

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.

Macy’s Flower Show Kicks Off This Sunday

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.

SF Restaurants Receive James Beard Award Nominations

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 finalist in the Outstanding Bar Program category.

Winners will be announced May 1.

Coach Kerr Says Kevin Durant Is Making Progress

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 playoffs. They currently hold a fragile two game lead over San Antonio in the Western Conference, and – not to rush him – but the sooner that KD returns the better. If nothing else, he’s just a great player and we miss seeing him out there!

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

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 creation so far this year is 30% stronger than in the same period last year. Unemployment is close to a low of more than nine years. Wages and income are also starting to pick up to growth levels we haven’t seen since 2009.”

Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic, agrees. He said the spring home-buying season is shaping up to be one of the strongest in recent memory.

Clearly the rest of the nation is finally participating in the recovery that we have felt in the Bay Area for years. While the San Francisco real estate market is challenged by a low inventory of homes for sale, the desire for home ownership remains strong here – just as it now does across the country.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Plays at Davies on Sunday

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.

The First Presidio Picnic of the Season Takes Place Sunday

Presidio Picnic, San Francisco’s largest community picnic is back for its fifth season this Sunday. Sponsored by The Presidio Trust and Off the Grid, Presidio Picnic is held on the Presidio’s vast and beautiful seven-acre Main Parade Ground every Sunday from March 19 through October from 11:00AM to 4:00PM.

The family-friendly picnics feature diverse ethnic and American cuisines from celebrated local chefs, along with lawn games, yoga classes, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids. These picnics have a little something for everyone!

For more information and a list of the food and retail vendors, click here.