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San Francisco’s Culinary Side

When you visit San Francisco, or if you live here, you will be delighted by the incredible food experiences that can be found in this great city.   First of all, you can find any type of food here from any country, and often made and served in the traditional manner.   In addition, many of the local, yet world-renowned, chefs perform something called “California Fusion” where they take the traditional recipes and add more modern ways of cooking and manipulating spices in order to give the taste buds a feast.  It’s not all about the food, but if you are a foodie, you will find yourself spending several evenings wiling away the hours at a local restaurant taking in the food and the ambiance.

Going out to eat is not always a precursor to the main event in San Francisco.  Instead, it is the main event.  Don’t be surprised if you end up waiting in line for thirty minutes to an hour and  a half just to get into some of the better restaurants.  Better does not necessarily mean expensive in this case.  For example, check out the line at Dotty’s Cafe on the weekends and you will see people waiting for extended lengths of time to get extraordinary breakfast fare at a very reasonable price.

Located on the West Coast, full of entrepreneurs, and home to large number of immigrants, San Francisco has always been a place of exotic and diverse food choices.  Many new menu items have grown out of this creative culinary melting pot including the following:

1.  The Hangtown Fry.  This is a dish of scrambled eggs mixed with oysters and bacon.  Pair with this with a thick slice of Irish soda bread and you will have an incredible brunch.

2.  The Popsicle.  According to city legend, this item was invented in the 1920’s in Neptune Beach, an amusement park in Alameda.

3.  Rice-A-Roni.  Yes, it really is a San Francisco treat.  It was created by an Italian family in the 1950’s in the Mission District.

4.  Hot Pink Popcorn.  This item could be acquired in the past in Golden Gate Park and the zoo.  You can still get it in the Mission at the Wright Popcorn and Nut Company.

5.  Wine.  Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley are literally a 45 minute drive North.  Needless to say, the city shamelessly ignored  the Federal Laws pertaining to Prohibition in the 1930’s.

That’s all for today.

Cheers!

Mike

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Views at the deYoung Museum

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"San Francisco" –Judy Garland

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San Francisco Critical Mass on Van Ness Avenue

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“Bicycle Race”
by Queen

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

You say black I say white
You say bark I say bite
You say shark I say hey man
Jaws was never my scene
And I don’t like Star Wars
You say Rolls I say Royce
You say God give me a choice
You say Lord I say Christ
I don’t believe in Peter Pan
Frankenstein or Superman
All I wanna do is

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I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my

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Bicycle races are coming your way
So forget all your duties oh yeah
Fat bottomed girls they’ll be riding today
So look out for those beauties oh yeah
On your marks get set go
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Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle
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Bicycle race

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You say coke I say caine
You say John I say Wayne
Hot dog I say cool it man
I don’t wanna be the President of America
You say smile I say cheese
Cartier I say please
Income tax I say Jesus
I don’t wanna be a candidate for
Vietnam or Watergate
Cause all I wanna do is

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Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

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Socialism in the City

When you visit Coit Tower, spend some time looking at the murals surrounding the hallway inside the structure.  At first glance, you may just bypass them and concentrate on the views and getting into the elevator, but the murals themselves are an amazing attraction.  Created in 1933 as one of the first public works projects, the California School of Fine Arts faculty and staff worked hard to create paintings that would reflect life in California.  There are cowboys, 49ers, fruit pickers, industrial workers, etc.

During this time, Rockefeller Center removed Diego Rivera’s artwork because he had painted in an image of Lenin.  The artists who were working on Coit Tower protested and painted in several leftist images to show solidarity with Rivera.  These paintings created quite a stir, and one of the pictures entitled “Workers of the World Unite” was removed before the opening.

Today, you can still see the socialist influence in the murals that line the hallways of Coit Tower.  You can see it in the man who is pulling Karl Marx’s Das Kapital off a bookshelf, or the man who is portrayed reading a newspaper with the headline talking about Rivera’s artwork being removed from Rockefeller Center.  It is also in the painting of a man who is reaching for the Daily Worker from a newsstand, and in the scene of a poor family panning for gold as a rich family looks on.  In addition, closely check out the industrial paintings, especially the one showing a sea of diverse workmen joining together.

It is definitely worth going to Coit Tower for the phenomenal views, but also take some time to really study the murals.  You won’t be disappointed.

Cheers,

Mike

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Bay to Breakers: The Event

Bay to Breakers is definitely something you have to experience to believe. It has to be the largest costume party in the world. Thousands and thousands (55,000 plus) showed up to run and walk their way across the city from the bay to the ocean. Costumes included Angry Birds, I’m with Charlie Sheen girlfriends, underwear gnomes and regular gnomes, witches, Scooby Do, Napoleon Dynamite, fairies, etc. It is so San Francisco, and absolutely fabulous. Happy 100th anniversary to the Bay to Breakers 12K race. 



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Bay to Breakers

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It is finally here. The 100th anniversary of Bay to Breakers will be this Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. This is a 12k race from the San Francisco Bay to the ocean breakers, and it was established as a way to raise the city’s spirits after the tragic 1906 earthquake and fire. It is the oldest foot race in the world that has never changed its course. During W.W. II, attendance dropped to below 50 participants, but it has continued to grow. This year they are expecting 55,000 registered entrants and an untold number of bandits who “crash” the race. In 1986, the race had 110,000 participants, enough to make into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest footrace in the world.

This is not your mother’s footrace. Over the years it has evolved with a San Francisco feel and vibe. When you go and view the race tomorrow, don’t be surprised by the large number of runners/walkers/drunk crawlers who are wearing costumes. You may see Egyptian princes, super heroes, pink gorillas, spacemen, and any number of people dressed up. In addition, you may also see those who declined to wear a costume, or a running suit, or anything at all for that matter. Yes, they must be cold.

Stay tuned to this blog for pictures of the event. G-rated pictures of course.

Cheers!

Mike

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