"The very thing that's making me want to take a break from San Francisco is also the thing that's keeping me here. Because, thanks to the influx of tech companies and the resulting record-high rental market, I actually can't move away from San Francisco unless I want to leave forever."
I once had an editor of a publication based on the East Coast ask me if I could write an article about what makes summer "summer" in San Francisco. In New York, she explained, summer is when people take trains to the Hamptons, day drink to celebrate half-day Fridays, and plan their weeks around seeing movies/plays/concerts outside.
I grew up obsessed with Herb Caen's column in the San Francisco Chronicle. That may seem like a strange thing for an 8-year-old to have been reading, but it was on the page before the comics and I liked to earn my laughs.
When people come to visit you in SF (which they always do, because: SF), you inevitably end up dropping knowledge bombs left and right. "Did you know the fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco? By a Japanese guy?", or, "the Golden Gate Bridge was originally supposed to be painted black with yellow stripes".
Right as we were first meeting Tammy Powers, a local police officer on Treasure Island stopped us to ask for her autograph. "I want to be one of the first to get it," he laughed as he handed her his pad and pen.
Food & Restaurants
Jennifer Piallat, owner of Cole Valley's Zazie, did away with tipping at the beginning of June. She raised prices 25 percent and gives her entire staff a percentage of the sales as salary. As a result, everyone is eligible for profit sharing, paid maternity/paternity leave, fully-funded health and dental insurance, paid sick leave, and a 401(k) with employer match.
Food trends will come and go, but there's one thing that will never stop pleasing diners of all ages, and that's the warm sandwich known as a classic hamburger. They're easy to eat (no cutting, just lifting), affordable (ish), and filling, but more than that: they're just damn good.
Opening a restaurant entails a lot of behind-the-scenes work - or, at least it used to. In the last month or so, the chefs behind Wes Burger, Del Popolo, and Junju all announced they are taking their popular pop-ups permanent.
Drinks & Bars
There are a few generally agreed-upon qualifications someone must have to be "Bartender of the Year" -- that person has to be good with people, constantly innovating, passionate about what they do, and incredibly knowledgeable about spirits. The bartender should be thoughtful, conceptual, creative, and most of all, they'd better make craveable cocktails that taste really damn good.
There's a lot to love about San Francisco, but perhaps our favorite aspect of the city is the abundance of great bars, and the fact that we never have to go far to get a good drink.
Sex & Dating
For better or (much, much) worse, dating in SF is not like dating in any other city. It just isn't. Whether it's because we're sometimes too laid back or because we have the best date hikes in the entire world, you won't find another place like it to try to find your lobster.
We're already in agreement that dating in San Francisco is The Worst. But that doesn't mean you should give up on meeting someone because dying unloved and completely alone is even The Worster. Still, navigating the dating scene in the 7×7 is no pretty picture.
You know how sometimes you make a new friend, but it's weeks or months before you learn where he was born? Yeah, that will NEVER happen with a Native San Franciscan. If he's not wearing a T-shirt that actually has "Native" emblazoned across the chest, then he'll be absolutely certain to let you know within five minutes of meeting you.
For the next time you step in some sidewalk poop and think to yourself, "Damn, I could really use an amazing getaway within driving distance of SF right about now," we present this extensive and detailed guide. All of these road trips are under a six-hour drive, with most being around three hours (perfect for a day trip or a relaxing weekend away).
Copenhagen is quickly becoming one of the must-visit destinations in Europe and for good reason: the outstanding food and beer. And, uh, culture and design and stuff. Which means you should definitely book a trip. But wait, where should you eat? And drink? And get cultured, while you're there?
If you've never seen the northern elephant seals before, you need to change that immediately. This marine mammal is one of the most extraordinary animals we've ever been around... so much so that when we walked up to the rookery early one rainy morning, we were so overwhelmed with their size, sounds, and overwhelming presence, we actually got teary (in a good way).