Forbes Island Has Closed

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 will be razed and replaced by condos. Like Forbes Island, Buca di Beppo was kitschy. While the food may not have been the greatest, the place was unique and had a personality all its own. It was a favorite spot for many over the years, and it, like Forbes Island, will be missed.

Today’s Solar Eclipse

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 links to a bunch of sites offering live-streams all day long as the eclipse makes its way across the country, click here.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

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 means. Ask lots of questions. For example, have inspections been done on the property? You want to know the true condition of the home before purchase so you can anticipate any expenses that will come up in the future like a new roof or pest and/or water damage repairs.”

“Once you have made your decision, understand normally well-meaning friends and family may inadvertently confuse you, especially if they’re from out of the area and don’t understand the local housing market which can be vastly different across the country. They may express concern how you may have paid too much, bought in the wrong area, etc. and start planting seeds of doubt.”

“If you’ve done your homework, you will know you have made a solid investment and will begin growing that all-important equity, essential for building your financial future – a very exciting and worthwhile decision.”


The 2017 Festa Coloniale Italiana Takes Place on Saturday

The Festa Coloniale Italiana was originated in 2008 to celebrate the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club’s 90 years in North Beach.

The Festa is a family oriented Italian culture and heritage event that has become a yearly treat. This year’s celebration will be held on Stockton Street between Union and Filbert streets, in San Francisco’s Little Italy, in the heart of North Beach across from Washington Square Park and Saints Peter and Paul Church.

Expect everything Italian — food, wine, live music, dancers, pizza toss and more. Fun for the whole family in this traditional street festival.

It takes place Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM. For more information click here.

10 of San Francisco’s Best Soft Serve Ice Creams

Kids are about to go back to school, and that means the weather is going start to warm up in the City. Yesterday was so gray, grim, and chilly that it’s hard to imagine what a warm day feels like, but trust us, they’re coming. And when they do, you’ll want to treat yourself to some soft serve.

Fortunately, just published a guide to the City’s best spots for soft serve ice cream, and as usual the feature includes an interactive map, photos, reviews, descriptions, and useful links.

Here are just three of the places they mention:

To see the entire list, click here.

8 Celebrity Quotes About San Francisco

7× just published eight celebrity quotes about San Francisco. We liked the quotes so much, we’re sharing them here.

“Anyone who doesn’t have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.” —Anthony Bourdain

“Now there’s a grown-up swinging town.” —Frank Sinatra

“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be in San Francisco.” —Oscar Wilde

“I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved.” —Mark Twain

“Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco.” —John Lennon

“I’m proud to have been a Yankee. But I have found more happiness and contentment since I came back home to San Francisco than any man has a right to deserve. This is the friendliest city in the world.” —Joe DiMaggio

“The Bay Area is so beautiful, I hesitate to preach about heaven here.” —Billy Graham

“I love this city. If I’m elected, I will move the White House to San Francisco.” —Robert Kennedy