Where to Dine Near the Symphony, Ballet and Opera

We quote Michael Bauer a lot in our posts. That shouldn’t  be surprising, since he is an institution when it comes to dining in the City. He is a restaurant critic and editor at large at the San Francisco Chronicle, and he has been following the local food and wine scene for more than 28 years.

Yesterday the paper published a fabulous guide that he put together, detailing his favorites spots for an early dinner before a performance at the San Francisco Opera, Symphony, or Ballet. What’s more, these are restaurants that you can go to if you’re out late in Hayes Valley — a neighborhood that has emerged in recent years as a destination for foodies.

He provides detailed descriptions for each spot. Here are some of the restaurants he includes:

To read the entire feature, and to see the complete list of restaurants, please click here.


49ers Win! Is This the Light at the End of a Long Tunnel?

We once wrote about the 49ers with some frequency. Not so much the past couple of years, as the almost unwatchable team piled up losses at home and on the road. But yesterday may have been the beginning of better days.

It was one win, against a Chicago Bears team with a horrible record all its own — just three wins in 12 games. But it was in Chicago, and Jimmy Garoppolo was starting his first game at quarterback for the 49ers due to an injury to previous starter C.J. Beathard. There was something almost magical about his performance.

Chronicle writer Eric Branch describes it this way in his report on the game:

“In his third career start, and his first with his new team, Garoppolo punctuated a performance marked by poise and precision by directing a 14-play, 86-yard drive capped by Robbie Gould’s 24-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give the 49ers a 15-14 win over the Bears.”

With their new quarterback running the show, the 49ers had their most third-down conversions (10 of 18) since 2007, and won on the road for only the third time in 22 games.

Maybe General Manager John Lynch and Coach Kyle Shanahan knew what they were doing earlier this year when they sent a second-round pick in next spring’s draft to New England for Garoppolo.

Only time will tell. But at least for one day, it looked like the 49ers were back on the road to some respectability.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

This Saturday there will be four holiday block parties, happening in Cow Hollow, Hayes Valley, Dogpatch, and the Valencia Corridor. Also on Saturday, the 12th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep will take place. It’s a bike race that benefits SF-Marin Food Bank think bikes, groceries, and lots of pedaling. On Saturday at 7PM and Sunday at 3PM, the San Francisco Lyric Chorus will be performing at the Mission Dolores Basilia. It’s always a wonderful way to experience some of the most beautiful music ever created!

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 11/26/17 – 12/2/17

Housing Pipeline Holds as Construction Rises in San Francisco

Today we’re going to present you with some housing pipeline numbers, courtesy of SocketSite.com. The overall pipeline of apartments and condos under development in San Francisco is holding around 63,500, having peaked at 63,700 in the third quarter of 2016.

There are roughly 7,000 units of housing under construction across the city which should be ready for occupancy within the next year or two. That represents an increase of 26 percent from the 5,600 units under construction in the first quarter of this year.

In addition, there are now 11,150 net-new units of housing for which building permits have either been issued, approved or requested, and 31,500 units in projects that have already been approved but not yet permitted — the latter includes the majority of the 10,500 units by Candlestick, 7,800 units on Treasure Island and 5,680 units at Parkmerced, projects which have overall timelines measured in decades, not years.

Where to Buy Affordable Original Art in San Francisco

There are tons of galleries in San Francisco. If you’re new to purchasing art though, it can be intimidating. You might like something but then be forced to pass when you discover it costs a fortune.

There is a way to ease your toe into these waters, and support local artists at the same time. 7×7.com just profiled four San Francisco galleries that will sell you pieces of art for as little as $5 to $50. At these prices, you can buy what you like and not worry about buyer’s remorse.

This might be a perfect time to check out one or all of these places.  An original art piece might make a great holiday gift. If nothing else, visiting these shops is a great way to spend an afternoon.

To see the entire 7×7.com feature, with  descriptions of each shop and the kind of art it sells, click here.

This Weekend’s SF Holiday Block Parties

There may be more than these, but we’ve spotted four block parties scheduled to take place this Saturday. While it may not snow in San Francisco, there’s no shortage of holiday spirit around town.

For information on other holiday events taking place this weekend, click here.

12 Nights of Chocolate

12 Nights of Chocolate is an annual fundraising event presented by Dandelion Chocolate. The chocolate factory invites celebrated chefs from throughout the City and beyond to create a one of a kind experience for guests. There’s only one catch: chefs must incorporate Dandelion’s chocolate in their preparations. As in years past, all proceeds will go to the SF-Marin Food Bank. Last year’s event raised funds for over 65,000 meals.

This year’s lineup of chefs is remarkable — a group that has earned 15 Michelin stars in all.  For 12 successive nights, from December 4th through 15th, every experience will be creative and unique. For example, State Bird Provisions will be cooking from their just-released cookbook.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.

24 Places in San Francisco to Take Your Out-of-Town Guests


We always love the sf.curbed.com features where they present content using an interactive map. It enables you to plan your excursions perfectly. This time, they’ve published a guide to 24 places in San Francisco to Take Your Out-of-Town Relatives.

Last year they published a similar feature with 16 spots highlighted. They’ve now updated and expanded upon that previous list, adding some new attractions along the way. This information could definitely come in handy about the third day of any visit, when your relatives or guests are staring at you and asking, “What’s next?” Even if you don’t have visiting relatives, these spots might be worth taking in by yourself or with a fellow local friend or two.

To see the sf.curbed.com feature, click here.