San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint

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. Dozens of authors will also be on hand to discuss and sell their books on local historical themes.

For complete schedules and to learn more, please click here.


The Best Spots in San Francisco for Korean Dishes

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:

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

Home Stretch Begins for the Golden State Warriors

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 defensive intensity return to the defending champs.

Golden State will meet the Thunder one more time, on April 3 in Oklahoma City.  That will be just prior to the start of the playoffs, and it will be interesting to see where these two teams stand at that point.


Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

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, and much more. 

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 2/18/18 – 2/24/18

Home Prices Continue to Climb Across the Country

An uptick in existing-home sales in the final three months of 2017 pulled down housing inventory to an all-time low and kept home-price growth at its recent robust pace, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®.

In fact, across the country, home prices were up 5.3 percent in the fourth quarter in comparison to the same period in 2016, and in nearly two-thirds of the nation’s markets, home prices were at an all-time high.

Four of the five most expensive housing markets in the fourth quarter were in California, and yes, San Francisco was among them — ranked #2. As is often the case when national figures are released, San Francisco in this survey includes Oakland and Hayward. Here are the rankings:

San Jose metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $1,270,000; San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, $920,000; Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, $785,000; urban Honolulu, $760,600; and San Diego-Carlsbad, $610,000.


Noise Pop Is On Now Through Sunday

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.


The Chinese New Year Parade and Street Fair


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 place Saturday, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM.  More than 120 booths and concessions will be on hand.

There are many other related activities taking place as well. For schedules, routes, locations, and complete information, click here.


Cafe Jacqueline: A Very Special Love Story

“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 owners, but this is no platitude. She touches every dish that goes through its tiny kitchen — working in swift, silent tandem with her prep cook.

The head waiter, Matthew Weimer, says that if you ask Jacqueline, she says she’ll keep at it for two more years. “What’s going to happen when it’s gone? Well, it’s gone,” he says, “It’s like a souffle. It’s there and it’s gone.”

If you never been, better make reservations now!

Cafe Jacqueline
1454 Grant Avenue
5:30 – 11 PM Wednesday – Sunday