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Polk Gulch: San Francisco’s First Gay Neighborhood

While you’ve probably already celebrated LGTBQIA+ pride and allyship in The Castro, the city’s famously gay neighborhood, did you know that Polk Gulch was where you’d be celebrating gay pride from the 1950s to the early 1980s? Yes, Polk Street was the epicenter for LGTBQIA+-owned clothing stores, bars, nightclubs, parties, and more. As Pride comes […]

Indoor Dining And Museums Are Back But Is It Too Soon?

San Francisco has been the safest city to be in during the highs and lows of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everything from being the first to shelter-in-place to eviction moratoriums, the city and its leaders have been using their heads. But now, we’re a fatal limbo state that could put us behind again, you see, San […]

How To Get a Taste of Chinese Szechuan Cuisine in San Francisco, Of Course, To-Go

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled racism against Asians — especially Chinese — even here in SF, with one of the most populous Chinese populations outside the East Asian country since the 1800s. After all, San Francisco is the city that popularized Chinese food in the Western world. Virtually unparalleled, except maybe by India and Mexico, […]

May’s Best New Bay Area Restaurants and Old-School Alternatives To Order To-Go From

During this pandemic, our beloved dining and drink community was devastated overnight once we all began sheltering in place. Alas, my column has taken to highlighting takeout suggestions from laudable eateries and watering holes. A highlight of my day is ordering from any one of the hundreds of world-class restaurants in the Bay Area. Join me […]

The Sound of Shelter in Place: Mill Valley’s Unanimous and Ominous “Howl”

With shelter in place orders stretching on for nearly two months now, our days have blurred together into a vast expanse of Zoom calls, screens, scrolling, and a grab-bag of hobbies that assist in passing the time. For most of us, time as a concept has shifted; 11am just might be a perfectly acceptable hour […]

All Booked Up: San Francisco Booksellers Recommend Quarantine Literature

Around our city, the country, the entire world, there is a resounding sadness: our old lives lay dormant in the before. For the luckiest of us, shelter in place has still been a massive pill to swallow, leaving even the most fervent introverts feeling bitter and nostalgic. Sadly, no amount of puzzles, banana bread, or […]

How To Celebrate Your Mother on Mother’s Day Even If You’re Apart

Happy Mother’s Day to those all around the world—it’s trying times we live in but being able to call your mother, a mother, or a mother-like figure is oh so needed. And of course, we don’t need just one day to celebrate mothers as a whole, every day you should be celebrating those who brought […]

Señor Sisig Teams Up With The City Eats Help Satiate Those Affected By COVID-19

It feels like we’re in a vacuum on monotopic, demoralizing news nowadays, with each 24-hour span yielding higher COVID-19-related death tolls, case counts, and economic turmoil caused by the pandemic. But amid these uncertain times, it’s refreshing to recognize that some people and organizations (like Señor Sisig and The City Eats) are doing their part […]

April’s Best New Bay Area Restaurants and Old-School Alternatives To Order To-Go From

We are in crisis and our beloved dining and drink community was, essentially, devastated overnight. For now, my column morphs into a takeout-and-delivery model. This guide from at Serious Eats helps us navigate safety, alongside this handy “cheat sheet”, while sites from CNN and WSJ to The Atlantic echo low-risk factors of delivery/takeout.  As we […]

Muuse Bringing Reusable to the Forefront of Sustainability

Four independent San Francisco coffee shops are the testing ground for the effort, which is ostensibly intended to reduce single-use packaging waste. Muuse, a coffee cup tech start-up, launches their app and reusable cup program around San Francisco. There has been an unspoken nuance of coffee culture for San Francisco and ultimately the Bay Area […]

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