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    Chateau Montelena

    1429 Tubbs Lane Calistoga, CA 94515 (707) 942-5105 Known globally as the California winery that surprised the world when it won the white wine blind tasting at the historic “Judgment of Paris” wine…

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    Amber India

    25 Yerba Buena Lane San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 777-0500 Located on Yerba Buena Lane, adjacent to Market Street, Amber India is consistently one of the best Indian restaurants I’ve visited in the…

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    Gott’s Roadside

    1 Ferry Building, Space #6 San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 983-8030 With its sleek concrete floors, contemporary decor and bold signage, some would not have guessed that such a sleek establishment began as…

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    Nicholson Ranch

    4200 Napa Road Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 938-8822 Situated on the edge of Sonoma Valley, Nicholson Ranch is one of those hidden gems that not only offers the visitor an opportunity to visit…

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    Alfred’s Steakhouse

    659 Merchant St. San Francisco, CA 94111 Located on narrow Merchant Street, on the edge of San Francisco’s gleaming Financial District, Alfred’s Steakhouse is a San Francisco institution. This old-fashioned restaurant, which harkens…

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    Peju Province Winery

    8466 Saint Helena Highway Rutherford, CA 94573 (707) 963-3600 Located directly on Highway 29 in Rutherford, Peju Province Winery offers visitors more than just another Napa Valley wine tasting—it offers them a unique…

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    Benu

    22 Hawthorne Street San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 685-4860 After reading about Benu’s glowing four star review from Michael Bauer, their two Michelin stars, and Chef David Chang of Momofuku in New York…

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    The Slanted Door

    1 Ferry Building #3 San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 861-8032 Located in the airy and scenic |Ferry Building Marketplace|, directly upon the sparkling San Francisco waterfront, Slanted Door is easily one of the…

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    Saigon Sandwich

    560 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 474-5698 In this day and age, it’s rare to find a decent meal for less than ten dollars. Enter Saigon Sandwich. This little gem of…

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    Smitten Ice Cream

    432 Octavia St., Suite 1A (@ Linden St.), San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 863-1518 If you are going to splurge and have ice cream, you might as well have real ice cream. The great…

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    Four Barrel Cafe

    375 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 252-0800 What’s the one thing that gets us all up in the morning and gets us through the holidays? Coffee. Our to-do lists can seem…

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    Rickhouse

    246 Kearny Street San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 398-2827 Not far from the skyscrapers that dot along the Financial District, Rickhouse is a trendy saloon that’s perfect for discerning drinkers looking for a…

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    Roli Roti

    One Ferry Building San Francisco, CA 94111 Also found in select locations throughout the Bay Area, Roli Roti is one of the best versions of mobile street food, utilizing high quality local produce…

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    California Academy of Sciences

    55 Music Concourse Dr. San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 379-8000 Following three years of construction at a cost of $500 million, the California Academy of Sciences re-opened in late 2008 and is the…

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    Robert Sinskey Vineyards

    6320 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558 (707) 944-9090 Situated along the picturesque Silverado Trail, Robert Sinskey Vineyards has been making 100% organic wine since opening in 1991. Spanning over 200 acres in the…

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    Birch

    564 Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 626-6860 Walking along Hayes Street, I happened to come across a very special little flower shop, one unlike any I have ever seen. Upon entering…

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    Il Cane Rosso

    1 Ferry Building #41 San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 391-7599 Inspired by the family-run food stores that dot Southern Italy, Il Cane Rosso is a casual, quick service rotisserie and sandwich shop created…

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    Legion of Honor

    100 34th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 750-3600 View Map With sweeping views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge from its front yard, the Legion of Honor is the perfect…

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    The Ferry Building

    One Ferry Building San Francisco CA 94105 (415) 983-8030 Designed by architect A. Page Brown, the steel-framed Ferry Building originally opened  in 1898 and was a main transportation access point for travel to…

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    Union Square

    Bordered by Geary, Powell, Stockton and Post Streets San Francisco, CA 94108 Originally named for the rallies once held in this location to show support for the Union Army during the Civil War,…

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    Project Noe Completed

    We are pleased to report that the Project Noe house was completed as planned in late May 2010. It’s interesting to note that despite the economy, the Project Noe home was already under…

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    Perbacco

    230 California St San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 955-0663 Italian for “by jove”, “wow”, or just sheer astonishment, Perbacco strives to pleasantly surprise the senses with their take on regional Italian cuisine from…

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    Paraduxx Winery

    7257 Silverado Trail Napa Valley, CA 94558 (866) 367-9943 Right off the Silverado Trail, Paraduxx is a quaint and charming winery that’s situated on a picturesque stretch of Napa Valley. Perfectly suited for…

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    SFMOMA

    151 3rd Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 357-4000 Nestled between much taller buildings (the St Regis and the W Hotel), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s minimalist brick exterior and striped…

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    Bi-Rite Creamery

    3692 18th Street San Francisco, CA‎ 94110 (415) 626-5600‎ Freshly re-opened after renovating, the Bi-Rite Creamery is a Mission district destination for delicious ice cream made with local and sustainable ingredients. Using only…

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    Dolores Park

    532 Dolores Street, between 18th and 20th San Francisco, CA 94110 Named after the |Spanish Mission| down the street, Dolores Park is one of the city’s best places to relax in the sun…

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    Baker Beach

    Battery Chamberlin Road The Presidio San Francisco, CA 94129 With one of the most iconic views of the |Golden Gate Bridge|, it’s no surprise that |Baker Beach| is a very popular destination year-round…

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    R & G Lounge

    631 Kearny Street San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 982-7877 While the choices can be somewhat limited in the city for dine-in Chinese fare on the fancier side, look no further than R&G Lounge…

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    Dynamo Donut & Coffee

    2760 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 920-1978 Deep within the Mission, far from its more likely surroundings of chic boutiques and trendy restaurants located further up 24th Street; Dynamo Donut &…

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    Dragon Well

    2142 Chestnut Street San Francisco, CA 94123 (415) 474-6888 For delicious Chinese food on the healthier side, Dragon Well is an excellent choice. A fixture in the Marina district since 1998; the service…

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    La Taqueria

    2889 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 (415) 285-7117 While nearly every district in the city has its own decent Taqueria, it’s no surprise that when I am craving delicious Mexican food, a…

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    Golden Star

    11 Walter U Lum Place, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 398-1215 When the mood strikes for some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, one place always comes to mind: Golden Star. Located in Chinatown, on a…

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    Chloe’s Cafe

    1399 Church Street San Francisco, CA 94114 (415) 648-4116 At risk of increasing the already long wait times at Chloe’s Cafe, I was initially reluctant to write about this Noe Valley gem. The…

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    Sushi Sam’s Edomata

    218 East 3rd Ave San Mateo, CA, 94401 (650)344-0888 Since raw fish is pretty much as synonymous with California cuisine as avocados, I figured it would be best to open with my favorite…

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    de Young Museum

    50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 750-3600 Erected on the site of the 1895 original that was demolished following the ’89 earthquake, the rebuilt M. H. de Young Museum…

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Amber India

25 Yerba Buena Lane San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 777-0500 Located on Yerba Buena Lane, adjacent to Market Street, Amber India is consistently one of the best Indian restaurants I’ve visited in the…

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Le Colonial

20 Cosmo Place San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 931-3600 When one walks into Le Colonial for the first time, they are instantly transported back to the tropical elegance of the French colonial era….

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September 14, 2009 · Design Ideas · 0 Comments · JK Lesure

Design Ideas #3

While working on the development of two beachfront homes in Santa Barbara years ago, I came across a memorable article in |Sunset Magazine| that featured this modern California home. Designed and constructed for…

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Treasure Island Flea

One Avenue of the Palms San Francisco, CA 94130 (415) 898-0245 Treasure Island. What image pops into your head? Swashbuckling pirates? Buried gold and precious gems? If you’ve been living in San Francisco,…

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Smitten Ice Cream

432 Octavia St., Suite 1A (@ Linden St.), San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 863-1518 If you are going to splurge and have ice cream, you might as well have real ice cream. The great…

March 2, 2011 · Movies · 0 Comments · JK Lesure

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Directed by John Carpenter, Big Trouble in Little China is a lighthearted, mythical tale of a reluctant hero by the name of Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), a semi truck driver who arrives in…

February 5, 2010 · Movies · 0 Comments · JK Lesure

So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)

If asked what my favorite light-hearted comedy that happens to take place in San Francisco would be, I would have to say it’s the cult classic |Mike Myers| film from the early nineties:…

June 10, 2009 · Video · 0 Comments · JK Lesure

Tortoise – Prepare Your Coffin (video)

Background scenery for the music video features geometric shapes of some notable architecture in San Francisco. The black and white film adds to the drama. My first |Tortoise| experience was watching them perform at the |Barrel…

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