SFMade Week Is On Now Through Sunday

Organizers say this is a celebration of local manufacturers, their products,  and their people. SFMade Week is back for its seventh year.

SFMade opened on Monday, and runs through Sunday. It features factory tours, demos, shopping events, and lots of beer tastings.

SFMade is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce.

For more information about SFMade and a complete list of what’s taking place in the coming days, click here.


Brunch Spots for Adventurous Moms On Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, so you might want to start thinking about where you’re going to take your mom for brunch. In the nick of time, SF.Eater.com just published a list showcasing what they claim are the 15 hottest brunch spots in San Francisco, and one place in Berkeley.

You might have to stand in line, and the dishes are somewhat esoteric, but the website promises all of these spots serve up great food. The feature includes an interactive map and brief descriptions of what you’ll find. The four places we found most intriguing are these:

Barcino Serving spectacular Spanish morning dishes 399 Grove Street
Buffalo Theory Fried chicken and waffles, chilaquiles, and more 1735 Polk Street
Fillmore Social Club Playful Korean and Japanese-influenced dishes 1521 Eddy Street
Locanda A taste of Rome in the morning (or early afternoon) 557 Valencia Street

To see SF.Eater.com’s entire list of hot spots for brunch, click here. If you’d prefer a list of restaurants for a more tried-and-true and traditional brunch with your mom, click here.

The Things You Spend Too Much Money On In San Francisco

We all know that living in San Francisco can be expensive. We also know we could cut back on some of our extravagances to save a bit more money, but it’s so hard to do when everything around us is so tempting!

Sometimes, you just have to admit the error of your ways, shake your head, and laugh. SFGate.com just published a playful slideshow that presents some of our most silly expenses — though all completely understandable. They call the feature, The things you hate yourself for spending money on in SF.

The five items that resonate most with us are these:

  • A $30+ workout class
  • Short Lyft rides, instead of taking Muni
  • 10 cent paper bags, when you’ve got reusable bags sitting at home
  • A $14 salad for lunch that you could make yourself for a couple of bucks
  • Ordering stuff you don’t need in order to qualify for free delivery

To see the entire list of 24 items, click here.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Here are some of things going on this weekend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo: the 14th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in the Mission District takes place on Saturday; the 2018 Aventine Cinco de Mayo Block Party and the Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Mariachi and Margaritas happen on Friday evening, and the 2018 Cinco de Mayo San Francisco Lowrider Car Show and the San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Pub Crawl both take place on Saturday. Also this weekend, Saturday is Free Comic Book Day,  the San Francisco Ballet is hosting a free family-friendly Fan Fest on Saturday,  and on Sunday Bay Area Dance Week comes to a close.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 4/29/18 – 5/5/18

1st Quarter 2018 San Francisco Real Estate Market Report

Hill & Co. recently released its 1st Quarter 2018 San Francisco Real Estate Market Report. If you haven’t already seen it, you might want to take a look. San Francisco’s median home price surged to a new record of $1.61 million in the first quarter, amid falling supply and the booming tech industry.

San Francisco is the hottest real estate market in the nation, according to a number of sources. In fact, in comparison to the U.S. as a whole, homes sell nearly twice as fast in the San Francisco-Redwood City statistical region. Another report found that 64.5 percent of San Francisco homes sold for over the asking price.

The 4-page Hill & Co. SF Real Estate Market Report features a number of charts, including fourth quarter home sales by neighborhood. This chart has information on the number of sales in each neighborhood, along with median sale prices, percent of change year-over-year, days on market, median price per square foot, and the most expensive sale in the quarter.

Other charts provide a month-by-month look at San Francisco home sales by property type – whether single family home or condo and loft – for January, February, and March.

To view the report, please click on, or copy and paste, the link that follows: https://bit.ly/2HhMLFg

Amazing Video About a Chinese Family and Early San Francisco

Seriously, you’ve got to watch this video. It is absolutely amazing. We were doing some research on the Dogpatch neighborhood when we came across it, and we found it captivating.

There are tons of photos and maps showing you how the City looked right after the Gold Rush. There was water where today we see land. There was an extensive network of wooden bridges connecting one part of San Francisco with another. There was a place called Butchertown, and another called Irish Hill.

Dogpatch Ranch: the Origins of a Chinese American Family presents the story of two Chinese immigrants who met and married in San Francisco, and in the late 1800’s chose to raise their seven children not in Chinatown, but rather on a ranch in Dogpatch, on the shore east of Potrero Hill. They were true pioneers who overcame many obstacles to create a life for themselves, and a better life for their children and descendants.

The whole thing is just remarkable. We want to warn you, it runs just over an hour in length. But if you’re like us, you’ll be pausing and rewinding to spend more time with all the images and maps that show so well what San Francisco looked like during some of its earliest days. To see the entire video, please click here.

Saturday Is Cinco de Mayo

Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration held as a block party with live music, cultural performances, and more. This year, there will be music and entertainment on two stages, a kids zone, food and exhibitor booths, and a beer garden. Fun for all ages!

14th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival
Saturday, May 5, 10 AM to 6 PM
Valencia between 21st and 24th, Mission District

Other Cinco de Mayo events include:

2018 Aventine Cinco de Mayo Block Party
Friday, May 4, 4:00 PM, Taverna Aventine

Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Mariachi and Margaritas
Friday, May 4, 5:00 PM, The Mexican Museum

2018 Cinco de Mayo San Francisco Lowrider Car Show
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM to 4 PM, John O’Connell High School

San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Pub Crawl
Saturday, May 5, 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, various locations and pubs

First US Location of Japanese Cheese Tart Chain Opens in SF

A new specialty bakery from Hokkaido, Japan has arrived in the US. BAKE Cheese Tart is opening on the concourse level of the Westfield SF Centre this Friday, May 4. It occupies a 572-square foot space beside Sur La Table, near the BART entrance at 845 Market Street.

According to SFEater.com, BAKE operates more than 20 locations in Japan, with others in Korea, China, and Vietnam. The San Francisco location is the brand’s first foray into the US market. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve collaborated with local chocolatier Dandelion Chocolate to create a Chocolate BAKE cheese tart, available in limited supplies.

BAKES’s flagship product, a pastry crust filled with a cheese mousse baked until golden brown, is made from a three cream cheese blend. It has a “well-balanced creaminess and refreshing tartness” according to the brand’s website. The crust is a special flour blend that’s baked twice, once before the addition of the mousse. In the US, each tart will go for $3.75, and they’re available individually or by the box full.

Starting Friday, BAKE’s SF hours will be 12 PM to 8:30 PM.