In what's truly one of the most touching stories of all-time, the city of San Francisco joined forces with Make-a-Wish today to make a 5-year-old leukemia patient's dreams come true. San Francisco was transformed to Gotham City for the day as Miles (whose been operating under the hashtag #SFbatkid) cruises around fighting crime in his Batmobile Lamborghini. Through the Batkid Photo Project Facebook page, supporters across the country (including tons of kids!) have been lending their support. Click to get a glimpse at some of the little caped crusader's many fans. We're in awe of you, Batkid!
At Spruce, an upscale bar and restaurant in San Francisco, I came across the papa doblé daiquiri on the bar menu and knew I had to order it. I love this drink for several reasons, and one of them is the legendary story behind it. The papa doblé was the signature drink of prolific writer Ernest Hemingway. Back in the '30s and '40s, he frequently ordered it at the El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba. The cocktail isn't cloying — in fact, it isn't sweet at all — but it's smooth and easy to drink. Beware of impostor recipes, which will use cherry syrup in lieu of true, colorless maraschino cherry liqueur. To learn how to make this famous concoction, keep reading.
Each year we eagerly look forward to the San Francisco Street Food Festival, a boisterous celebration of street food fare. Put on by La Cocina, a community incubator kitchen that prides itself on working predominantly with female immigrants, the festival serves up a variety of enticing ethnic foods that are hard to find elsewhere. Recently, we attended a preview of some of the delectable bites that will be on offer. Keep clicking to see some of our favorites of the night, many of which will be available at the festival on Aug. 17.
Pungent, salty, and bright, the caesar salad at Zuni Cafe — a much-lauded San Francisco restaurant — is an absolute must-order dish and my desert-island salad. Add the dressing to ribboned asparagus, and it's near unbeatable.
Unlike whole asparagus spears, ribboned asparagus is very delicate in texture, so make certain to dress the salad shortly before serving, as the acid will soften the ribbons. Feel free to add crispy croutons or extra whole anchovies to the salad, though I find it pretty much perfect as is.
With the Super Bowl less than a week away, it's time to start prepping for your game-day party — especially now that we know which teams will be playing for the win. If you're a 49ers fan — which, as San Franciscans, we hope you are! — then you might want to listen up! While you can prep for your tailgating soiree with decorations like red-and-gold utensils, there's plenty of 49ers kitchen gear (think cheese boards and wine stoppers) to choose from. Here, we've put together all the items you need to embrace the football festivities.
Happy Friday, and happy National Lollipop Day! In honor of the occasion, See's Candies constructed the world's largest lollipop in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza this morning. The candy on a stick — standing in at 16 feet, 7 inches tall and a whopping 7,003 pounds — was declared the world's largest lollipop by Guinness World Records.After hearing about the feat, the first thought that came to mind was, "What flavor is it, and who's eating it?" In case the color doesn't give it away, it's chocolate — but if you're hoping for a hunk, then you're out of luck. The lolly will be on display for the next couple days, only to be disposed of by a local recycling company thereafter. I love the idea of oversized food, but I always wish there was a way to put the food to practical use!
What's your take on it?
Source: See's Candies
To really get a feel of a new place you're traveling to, we believe you have to run up and down its hills, bike down its roads, and Downward Dog where the locals do.
We're excited to be launching a new travel series, Work Out Like a Local, where our editors share their fitness picks for cities across the country; and what better place to start than San Francisco, where Sugar HQ is located? The next time you're in town, get out of that stuffy hotel gym and try one of our fitness faves. Maybe we'll see you there!
If you left your heart in San Francisco, it might have had something to do with the Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic span celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend. Over the years, people from across the world have visited the bridge often sapping shots to capture the magic mix of man-made and natural beauty.
With its grainy and glowing filters, Instagram can make anyone feel nostalgic. Pair that with lovers at the Golden Gate Bridge and you have a recipe for a romantic photo, as you'll see in this slideshow. This weekend, San Francisco will mark the bridge's birthday with various parties and events. To get in on the festivities from wherever you are, take a look at these photos from Instagram showing love at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Along with the picnicking and the grilling that goes along with most Memorial Day weekends, this coming weekend, residents of San Francisco will be celebrating something else: the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Whether or not you're near the City by the Bay this long weekend, pay homage to the world's most photographed bridge in the world. Celebrate the iconic dishes of the food lover's paradise known as San Francisco, when you keep clicking.
San Francisco dwellers might already be familiar with the Curiosity Shoppe, but come Sept. 9, Target will be adding the San Francisco-based store as its second flight of The Shops at Target. Curiosity Shoppe founders, Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom, will curate the 60-plus-piece collection, including entertaining accessories, stationery, kitchenware, games, crafts, and curiosities, ranging from $3 to $25.Before opening the Curiosity Shoppe in 2007, Lauren worked in Todd Oldham's design studio and Derek was a magazine editor at publications like Esquire and Interview. The couple ditched their East Coast gigs to try their hand at the retail business and landed in San Francisco's Mission District. Known for its eclectic mix of crafts, kits, books, unusual gift ideas, home decor, and quirky art, we're anxious to see how San Francisco's Curiosity Shoppe will fit into Target's innovative shops series.