Focaccia From Liguria Bakery — A San Francisco Love Story

We admit it. We love focaccia. And as far as we’re concerned, the best place to get focaccia is at Liguria Bakery in North Beach.

The shop has been making this most perfect bread in the same location since 1911. When Ambrogio Soracco opened the place with two brothers he helped immigrate from Liguria, it was just another corner bakery in a crowded Italian neighborhood.

Now, his decedents run the bakery, and bake the bread. The focaccia they make is simple, yet somehow absolutely perfect. The San Francisco Chronicle just published a story that describes the bakery’s origins, and talks about the challenges it has faced — past and present.

Decendent Mary Gebhardt is quoted in the piece, saying, “Focaccia, everybody makes it now. But they make it to last for a few weeks. Ours has no preservatives. Today is today! Tomorrow it’s just OK. There’s a big difference.”

To read the entire feature, click here. But better yet, get yourself over to Liguria Bakery if you’ve never been, and discover what truly great focaccia tastes like!

Liguria Bakery 1700 Stockton Street

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Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

It’s a 3-day weekend, and it turns out there’s lots going on. There are MLK 2018 events, festivals, and opportunities for every age and walk of life taking place in San Francisco throughout the weekend — for details, click here. Fog Design+Art takes place at Fort Mason through Sunday. Organizers say it’s a curated fair that brings together 45 of the leading visual art and design galleries from around the world to celebrate the spirit of innovation and creativity that defines San Francisco.  SFSketchfest, the San Francisco comedy festival now in its 17th year, takes place at a wide range of venues throughout the City now through January 28. For a complete list of performers and venues, click here.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 1/7/18 – 1/13/18

A New Neighborhood Emerges West of the Embarcadero

The San Francisco Chronicle published a terrific series of special reports that describes the changes reshaping the blocks west of the Embarcadero. Urban Design critic John King wrote the pieces. Parts one and two look at the Transit Center and the Salesforce Tower, and the last installment discusses the vision that led to much of this development.

Here is an excerpt from the final installment:

“San Francisco, a city that prides itself on its neighborhoods, has never seen anything like the one taking shape south of Market Street right now.”

“Blocks once covered by freeway ramps are sprouting glitzy residential towers…”

“All this is the fulfillment of 15 years of planning based on the premise that a high-rise neighborhood, where people of all incomes live and work near transit of all kinds, can be a good fit for San Francisco. But only in the past five years have the plans begun taking form in real life, with short buildings making way for tall ones and parking lots becoming construction sites.”

It’s a beautiful vision — rooted in a desire to create a diverse and unified neighborhood, where affordable housing can coexist in tandem with luxury housing and office spaces.

We are enduring the construction, and look forward to the fulfillment of this promise. As the writer says, “…This is a rare chance to see a new type of neighborhood emerge for San Francisco, at a scale and in a location impossible to miss.”

FOG Design+Art at Fort Mason, Today through Sunday

According to organizers, FOG Design+Art is a prestigious, curated fair that brings together 45 of the leading visual art and design galleries from around the world to celebrate the spirit of innovation and creativity that defines San Francisco. The fair features a robust calendar of programs, including conversations between art and design luminaries and leaders in the field of arts and culture, including artists Jim Campbell, Theaster Gates, Isaac Julien, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Ryan McGinley.

FOG has become a focal point for the design and arts communities on the West Coast, and celebrates the pioneering spirit and community-minded nature of the Bay Area. FOG’s mission is to create a platform for the public, curators, collectors, and art world leaders to experience remarkable works of design and visual art by bringing together the preeminent dealers of 20th century and contemporary work.

Tickets are $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door. Admission is good for reentry throughout the fair. Fair hours are 11 a.m.—7 p.m. Thursday, January 11 through Saturday, January 13 and 11 a.m.—5 p.m. on Sunday, January 14.

The Holiday that Follows the Holidays

We have a three-day weekend ahead. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, and it’s the holiday that follows closely on the heels of the holidays. MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around Dr. King’s birthday, January 15.

There are MLK 2018 events, festivals, and opportunities for every age and walk of life taking place in San Francisco throughout the weekend.

Most of these events are free and open to the public. The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Foundation website has details. To visit the site, click here.

Wholesome Bakery Opens for Gluten-Free, Vegan Goodies

Owner Mandy Harper founded Wholesome Bakery in 2009 after developing recipes specified to meet her own dietary needs. Until now, according to SF.Eater.com, she operated a counter inside Mission District retail store Alite, and provided sweet treats to stores throughout the City.

She’s now closed the counter and opened a cafe at 299 Divisadero Street. The inviting interior is anchored by a large pastry case, and offers counter and table seating for dine-in customers, with brunch to come.

Mandy’s aim has always been to create freshly-baked cookies, cakes, and tarts for customers with or without dietary restrictions. Delicious gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, transfat free, and low-glycemic goodies for all! Her baked goods can still be found at stores throughout the City, and now freshly made at this new cafe.

Wholesome Bakery is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM on weekdays and 8 AM to 8 PM on weekends. To see the entire SFEater.com post, click here.

14 Little Known Facts About the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Travel just shared a post that highlights 14 little known facts about the Golden Gate Bridge. If you think you know everything you need to know about the bridge, this list is sure to convince you otherwise. Here are just four of the items they include:

A bridge across the Golden Gate Strait was first proposed in 1872 and championed by railroad mogul Charles Crocker but the idea didn’t catch on.

The great California nature photographer Ansel Adams worried that building a bridge across the Golden Gate would ruin the beauty of the place. When Adams saw the finished Golden Gate Bridge, he changed his mind.

Eleven men died in accidents during construction, 10 of them on the same day. Another 19 workers caught by a safety net below the bridge were dubbed members of the “Halfway to Hell Club.’’

The Navy suggested that the bridge be painted in black and yellow stripes. The Army Air Corps wanted candy cane red and white stripes. The signature International Orange hue was actually the color of the primer. Consulting architect Irving Morrow successfully lobbied for the bridge to be permanently painted International Orange.