I’ll be in San Francisco on vacation for a week and am going to make myself stay off the blog. Anything to do in that town or what?
Ride the cable cars. They’re pretty fun. If you catch one downtown you can go all around downtown and then to the wharf. I’d also recommend North Beach for good Italian food and a fun night scene. Chinatown is right next to North Beach, so you can always walk on in if you want some Chinese.
Little Russia (on Geary) is kind of cool, but very foggy. Definitely walk the length of Golden Gate Park, too. And if you want you can check out the Haight. Lots of crazy people around there, but they are amusing.
Ignore, as best you can, the dirty streets, graffiti, hippies, SWPLs, and assorted Afro-Asian street scum.
Go for a cleansing meal at Tadich Grill:
Best food in Chinatown at R&L Lounge. Salt and pepper squid especially good.
If you like the outdoors, go accross the Golden Gate bridge to Marin county. The west part of the county is beautiful. Also, Take an ethnic tour of the city. North Beach for Italian, Chinatown for Chinese, the Mission for Latins, the Castro for Gays, and the Height Ashbry for slackers. Lastly, catch a Giants game. The new stadium is wonderful.
Plenty of good sights, plenty of tasty small restaurants–stay away from the tourist trap restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf. Yeah, ride the cars. I hope the fog rolls in so that you get a taste of what SF weather is really like. (The warmest, sunniest days are early fall). Summer weather can be misty, cold, esp. at night. Still, walk along Fisherman’s Wharf for the sights and smells (that’s the turnaround point for the cable cars. Go to Chinatown and Japantown, go down Lombard Street (yeah, you have to), check out China Basin where the Giants got their new park, and just walk some hilly streets. Check out the houses on Russian Hill, Nob Hill and while you’re there go the top of the Mark for a drink at night for some great city views. Go to North Beach for Italian fare and the flavor of the once rowdy 60s and 70s strip joints and bars (recall Carol Doda?) or the Hungry i?
Make sure you take trip over the Golden Gate to Marin County to Sausalito/Tiburon area.
If you are a young single straight guy looking for young women to eye or with whom to flirt, forget it. They can’t afford to live in the City.
And all the while remember that almost all these people you see are your ememies. They live in an area in which most Americans can never afford, even those who live only a few miles away; they live where family formation for even those couples who aren’t exactly badly off can’t afford, and they vote in ways that make absolutely no sense yet affect they affect how the rest of us must live.
This is Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein (hate to lump her with the other two, but in matters of domestic policy, I must) territory. This is Tom Dammiano land, the friend of Harvey Milk, the guy who just authored a bill in the state Assembly which passed both the Assembly and the state Senate) to make California a “Sanctuary State,” to bring all those illegal aliens not wanted in Arizona to the rest of us living here.
You’ll see lots of young men and women working the bars and restaurants, people who don’t have much money, some of the guys living packed-tight in small apartments or in the Castro (yeah, almost all the young males you’ll see are gay), many of the young workers commuting in to their jobs from the east, from Contra Costa County or from Alameda County/Oakland.
Still, this is, underneath all the beauty of the hills and the fog and mist, crazy land.
One other thing–don’t let an illegal hit you with a car or rob you or whatever–they’ll not lift a finger to go after him.
Arguably the best bread in America . . . I get the “levain” loaf when I’m there.
You’ll eat well in SF, if that’s your thing. Check yelp and prepare to hit the gym upon your return.
Oh, one other thing–you can check out the city’s Civic Center–includes the Symphony House, Opera house, gov buildings, but be prepared as another poster said for graffiti here and there and litter in the ally ways, esp. if, as is usally the case, the gays have had one of their weekend celebrations of some sort again (the whole month of June is one big party), and booths are set up.
The booths for some of their fairs sell food and all, but you’ll see plenty of informational booths for HIV testing, hepatitis testing, etc. (I always am a bit unsure about SF restaurants because of the different strains of hepatitis going around and the people serving us). The whole scene there lets you know just where the city’s head is , up people’s asses.
One more thing, then I’m done. If I sound bitter, I am. I am just enough to recall my working class parents making a day trip to the City about once every three months in order for my dad to visit a small Italian deli in North Beach to buy just the right ingredients for his spaghetti sauce, to buy the sour dough bread that was hard to get elsewhere in those days, to buy Italian sausage and ham, and assorted goodies.
They made a day of it and yes, I am nostalgic, for I was taught to treat the City with respect. That meant my dad, an electrician in a factory, got out his best sport jacket, put on a tie; my mother made sure that at least one of her only two nice tailored suits/dresses had come back from the dry cleaners so she could wear one; and of course, I was outfitted in my nicest, gloves included. Yes, women and girls on the weekends, gloves. And coats–we needed coats certain times of the year.
No litter. No panhandlers. No indulged druggies. No hipsters on the street smoking their dope. No women pushing strollers trying to push fast to get them across the street away from the dope-smokers. No pervs wagging their weenies and talking trash in the parks.
Yeah, I’m bitter. How did we get “here”?
Watch out for your cornhole, bud.
You might get to see some illegal aliens killing citizens. San Francisco is a sanctuary city …
You can ask Nancy Pelosi to show you her tit.
IOW, ask Pelosi to pull up her skirt.
People-watch the poofters.
Just kidding. Haven’t been in SF since 97. It was very nice. Enjoy your vacation.
Dodge gay, homeless people while enjoying some great weather and good beer.
Go to Monterey and check out the sea lions.
My Favorite SF things to do.
Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge. If you park at the southern end you can visit Fort Point, which sits below the bridge.
On the way to GG Bridge you can drive around the Presidio. Used to be a military base, but some great views are available of the bay.
Continue on US101 to CA1 and drive to Muir Woods National Monument. The Redwoods are impressive and not that far from the city. Also you get to drive on CA1 in Marin county.
Drive to Oakland across the Bay Bridge. You will be on the bottom level of the bridge. Drive back (now you are on the top level of the bridge) and stop at Yerba Buena Island / Treasure Island in the middle of the bay. Some great views of the bridge, SF, and the bay.
While you’re in the East Bay visit UC Berkeley. Beautiful campus and youy can soak in some craziness, espcially at lunch time on Sproul Plaza. Also recommend eating at Skates on the Bay in Berkeley. Great views of the bay and SF from the restaurant and especially in the evening as the sun sets.
In SF go to Lombard Street. That is the crazy crooked street you have seen in photos.
The Legion of Honor is a nice museum at a great scenic location. It has the “Thinker” by Rodin. Also many impressionist paintings.
Golden Gate Park. Lots of things to see. Better to visit during the week, can get real crowded on the weekends.
+1 on R & G Lounge for Chinese food. A little pricey, but worth it. Their salt and pepper crab is unbelievable, though at this time of the year, the crabs can be a little small. Pop into Chinatown and grab some cheap Dim Sum. Avoid the touristy Grant Street and explore Stockton Street for the authentic Chinatown experience.
Visit Japantown but don’t actually eat anything there. None of the restaurants are any good. Go shopping at Daiso, the Japanese dollar store.
Don’t spend too much time at Fisherman’s Wharf. Walk everywhere.
Rent a bicycle and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito. Continue on to Tiburon and then take the ferry back to SF. If you like mountain biking, rent a mountain bike and ride up Mt. Tam. If you like hiking or running, consider taking the Dipsea trail to Stinson beach, one of my favorite places in the entire world.
My recommendations are all Stuff Asian People Like and outdoorsy things, I don’t know what Stuff White People Like, but San Francisco is very SWPL.
Triple Aught Design, if you’re into their gear and clothing and have the $.
Take a day trip or day/night drive down the coast to Carmel area and drive 17 mile drive–you know, you’ve seen the area if you ever watch the golf tournament from Pebble Beach, etc. The drive is definitely worth it.. If you say the night in Carmel or Monterey, take in all the John Steinbeck history and sights in Monterey.
You should also check out the local music scene in the Bay Area, with the variety something should match your taste.
Yes, R&G Lounge, Not R&L. Sorry. Go there.
Did you know you are coming in the worst part of the year. It will be cold and foggy bring warm clothes! I want to second renting a bike and crossing the Golden Gate bridge and going to Tiburon. It is touristy but it is fun and has only 1 big hill (getting to the bridge). Do it early in the day though because it can get pretty windy in the afternoon. There are four clusters of excellent restaurants in San Francisco. Depending on where you are staying. The Tenderloin (around Larkin and Turk) has great Vietnamese, Burmese, Turkish and Indian restaurants near by. This is near the big tourist hotels but is a very sketchy neighborhood. 16th and Valencia (Mission) has an amazing set of restaurants of virtually any ethnicity you can think of within a 2 block radius. The Sunset near Golden Gate Park (around Irving and Ninth) also has great food. Finally for Chinese food you cannot go wrong in the Richmond (off Clement or Geary). In these areas all the restaurants are good.
Go see an Earthquakes game over in San Jose. They’re first place in MLS, and their striker Chris Wondolowski is on pace to break the league’s record for goals in one season.
we appoint you pervert anthropologist:
give us the scoop on this place:
Drive into Berkeley and enjoy a fine cheesesteak from I. B. Hoagies.
Check out the local real estate listings and be glad you live elsewhere.
Quietly judge others.
Be aware that it can get really cold: The temperature will only get into the 60s, but the combination of 100% cloud cover, damp air, and strong wind can really catch you by surprise. You will definitely not need shorts, and may need a sweater and/or jacket. (Gloves, however, are overkill.)
OTOH: Microclimates. A short drive plus a shift in the wind, and you’ll be sweating your ass off.
If you go to the Fisherman’s Wharf area, see the Musee Mechanique – what people did before there were video games to drop quarters into. Also check out the USS Pampanito – a WW2 submarine tied up in the area.
If you’re into cameras or electronics and want to buy more, check out Chinatown (Grant Street north of Sutter), but know what’s the cheapest price you can get elsewhere. You can get better prices for some stuff in Chinatown, but if you don’t know exactly what you want, and what you can pay, you *will* get fleeced.
If you’re into *good* chocolate, try the Chocolate Tour.
If you’re at all a foodie, go to the Ferry Building during the day. (The chocolate tour goes through there, so if you’re interested in both, go back to the Ferry Building afterwards, and stay there a while.)
The Hyatt Regency has an interesting interior (hotel room balconies looking *in*, and a spectacular fountain inside. If you’re in the area, it’s worth 15-30 minutes.
There are lots of good restaurants in the Castro (the gay neighborhood). Go to one of them, then to Sweet Inspiration for dessert.
There are lots of really good bookstores, if that’s your thing at all.
Take a side trip to Alameda, where hipsters go to breed. And there are more nicely-kept Victorian houses than in San Francisco.
Whatever you do DO NOT TIE YOUR SHOES IN PUBLIC!!
What’s up with the recent disappearance (e.g. In Mala Fide, Mangan’s, OneSTDV) of a number of HBD type blogs? Is it a case where the blog owners felt like they had said everything they wanted to say, did they feel it was fruitless to continue to attempt to attack the current multiculturalist left orthodoxy because it’s too entrenched, or is it just a coincidence that they all decided around the same time to refocus on other parts of their life like their careers?
Good question Mark. I have been wondering where Dennis Mangan’s blog went, as well as OneSTDV. Hopefully these guys have not stopped blogging altogether, although OneSTDV was experiencing some bad trolling issues so I can understand why he would want to move to a better platform than Blogger.
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