Saturday, March 31, 2018

Things to do in San Francisco - Chinatown Food (Egg Custard Tart)

Things to do in San Francisco - Delicious egg custard tart at Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown. The egg custard tart at Golden Gate Bakery has a flaky crust and it is especially good when still warm from the oven. Usually, there is a line of people wait to but the delicious treat. The last time I was there, I waited for around 20 minutes. I was killing time so it was worth the wait. So if you are in Chinatown near Grant Street between Jackson & Pacific Streets, check out the egg custard tart at Golden Gate Bakery.

Note: There are times when they are closed for "vacation" for a number of months or randomly on certain days. Therefore, be prepared to be disappointed :-(  if they are not open.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Things to do in San Francisco - San Francisco Ballet

Things to do in San Francisco - The San Francisco Ballet is an excellent ballet company. This season, they have the Unbound series, which are brand new works of 12 innovative international choreographers. I am very much looking forward to watching the series which start on April 20th until May 6th.

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These are some videos from Unbound Live showing excerpts from some of the ballets to be performed in the Unbound series:

"Guernica" is part of Unbound C

"Let's Begin at the End" is part of Unbound D

"The Collective Agreement" if part of Unbound A

"Snowblind" is part of Unbound B


These videos were from rehearsals for other ballets associated with the Unbound series:




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Things to do in San Francisco - Batteries to Bluffs Trail

Things to do in San Francisco - Batteries to Bluffs Trail. This trail in the Presidio stretches between the Golden Gate Bridge area and Baker Beach. This #UrbanTrekUSATips courtesy of Urban Trek USA, a SMALL GROUP & TOP RATED San Francisco walking tour.

 The Batteries to Bluffs Trail is a trail that goes up and down the hillside (bluffs). Therefore, you will have to be quite fit to do this trail or you will have to keep resting especially on the way up. On a clear day, you will have a great view of the Golden Gate, Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. Most of the year, it will be windier and colder in this area so dress accordingly. Click this link for more information about the Batteries to Bluffs Trail.

This self-guided instructions for the Batteries to Bluffs Trail can be done in conjunction with the instructions for the Lands End Trail and then hike all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. If you do the Lands End Trail first (see the Mar. 5, 2018 post), you will have to do the Batteries to Bluffs Trail instructions backwards because the Batteries to Bluffs Trail instructions starts from the Golden Gate Bridge area. If you do the Batteries to Bluffs Trail instructions first then you will have to do the Land End Trail instructions backwards.

Note: If I were to do both trails, I would start with the Lands End Trail and then after Baker Beach hike the Batteries to Bluffs trail and then walk to the Golden Gate Bridge. If you follow this suggestion, I also recommend that you get to the Golden Gate Bridge no later than 2:00 pm so you can take nicer pictures because of where the sun is positioned. Depending on how fast you hike and how long you want to linger at certain spots, I think you will have to start from the Lands End Lookout by 12:00 pm because according to Google Maps, it will take most people 1 hour and 13 minutes to walk approximately 3.4 miles from the Lands End Lookout to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Also, for other things to do in the Presidio, click on the label = Urban Trek USA Tips Presidio. And for specifically just the hiking trails in the Presidio, click on the label = Presidio Trails.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Things to do in San Francisco - Picnic at the Presidio

Things to do in San Francisco - Picnic at the Presidio. From the middle of March (Mar. 18 in 2018) to late October (Oct. 21 in 2018), every Sunday, Picnic at the Presidio is a good thing to do on a nice day. There are a whole bunch of good food vendors. (Note: Be prepared for long lines when there are a lot of people.)

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In addition to the excellent food choices, there are a bunch of things to do after lunch. For example:

- You can hike to take the FREE Crissy Field PresidiGo shuttle to the Golden Gate Bridge and/or Crissy Field. The PresidiGo shuttle leaves from the Presidio Transit Center, which is walking distance from the Main Parade Ground.

- You can take the FREE Presidio Hills PresidiGo shuttle to Baker Beach. The Presidio Hills PresidiGo shuttle also leaved from the Presidio Transit Center and another stop near the Main Parade Ground is the one at Pershing Square (corner of Moraga Ave & Arguello Blvd).

- You can hike the various trails in the Presidio (e.g. Ecology Trail, California Coastal Trail, Batteries to Bluffs Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, etc.) that have overlooks with gorgeous views. For more information about the hiking trails in the Presidio, click on this link.

To get to the Presidio by Muni bus, take the #43 bus that stops at the Presidio Transit Center or the #45 bus that stops outside of the Presidio (Lyon & Greenwich). Note: If you take the #45 bus, you can walk to the Main Parade Ground (a bit far) or transfer to the OUTBOUND #43 bus at the bus stop at Lombard & Lyon (Stop ID 15282). You can also take the #28 bus to Richardson & Francisco stop and walk a couple of blocks to transfer to the outbound #43 bus at noted previously.

To get to the Presidio via the FREE (on weekends) PresidiGo Downtown shuttle, the shuttle stops at the following stops every 30 minutes: Transbay Terminal, Embarcadro Center (Drumm & California) and Van Ness (corner of Union).

Coming soon! More information about the various Presidio hiking trails with Label = Presidio Trails. Check back in a couple of weeks.

Also, for other things to do in the Presidio, click on the label = Urban Trek USA Tips Presidio.







Thursday, March 15, 2018

Things to do in San Francisco - Food - Mochi

Things to do in San Francisco - Food - Mochi from Benkyodo Japantown. The blueberry mochi is my most favorite of all. I can have six of them in one sitting. However, all the other mochi at Benkyodo are delicious. The mochi is so soft like no other mochi I have ever had.

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My most favorite blueberry mochi





Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Testimonials for Urban Trek USA San Francisco SMALL GROUP Tour

Urban Trek USA is a SMALL GROUP & TOP RATED San Francisco tour. There will never be more than 7 people per group. No other San Francisco tour can provide you with that kind of personal service. This is one of the reasons Urban Trek USA it a top rated San Francisco walking tour.

Joining an urban trek walking tour in San Francisco is the best city tour because, in addition to being a very small group, you will get to really EXPERIENCE San Francisco by walking the streets, alleys and see the "secret spots" of each neighborhood you will visit. A "secret spot" is a place that usually has an awesome view without the crowd.

Doing an urban trek walking tour is also a very eco-friendly way to tour San Francisco. Lessen your carbon footprint when visiting San Francisco. Get off the tour bus, urban trek with us!

These are a couple of testimonials from recent urban trekkers who have expressed how much they enjoyed their urban trek experiences and why joining an urban trek San Francisco small group walking & city tour is an excellent things to do in San Francisco:

"We have taken a lot of walking tours in a lot of different cities all around the world and yours was one of the best we've ever had."


"You deserve an excellent review, so we might figure out how to do reviews, just to leave you one!"
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Friday, March 9, 2018

Things To Do In San Francisco - Friday "Free" Lunch

Things to do in San Francisco? On Friday, the Friday Free Lunch with purchase of 2 cocktails at the Comstock Saloon in the North Beach neighborhood. This #UrbanTrekUSATips courtesy of Urban Trek USA, a SMALL GROUP & TOP RATED San Francisco tour. Get off the tour bus, urban trek with us!

One of my favorite bars in North Beach is the Comstock Saloon. They have very good cocktails and food. My #UrbanTrekUSAFavorite is the Cherry Bounce ($12). Comstock Saloon recently hired a new chef who I follow on Instagram and the dishes he posts look yummy. I took advantage of the Friday Free Lunch (with purchase of 2 cocktails) today to check out the food. Well at least one of them. I also tried two cocktails I have not had before (usually have the Cherry Bounce). Between the Bamboo ($11) and the Scofflaw ($12) cocktails, I prefer the Scofflaw because it is very similar to the Cherry Bounce. The Bamboo reminds me of a Negroni, which I also like. The free lunch today was the Beef Stroganoff. It was good and just the right size for me that I was not totally stuffed after lunch and having two cocktails.

If you are in San Francisco and want a bit of a bargain, check out the Friday Free Lunch at the Comstock Saloon in North Beach.

Note: What I really want to try is the hamburger. The photo posted on Instagram looked totally yummy. I will check it out next week. Too bad it is not part of the Friday Free Lunch. 🌝

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UPDATE: Check out May 12, 2018 Part 2 post.


 

This is my favorite cocktail at Comstock Saloon



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Things To Do In San Francisco - Food/Eat

Things to do in San Francisco? Food - Eat! This #UrbanTrekUSATips courtesy of Urban Trek USA, a SMALL GROUP, TOP RATED San Francisco walking tour. Joining an urban trek walking tour in San Francisco is the best way to tour and truly experience San Francisco. Get off the tour bus, urban trek with us!

I am addicted to the bread pudding at Tartine Bakery and the Canneles de Bordeaux at Tader Joe's. Both the bread pudding and the Canneles de Bordeaux have this "custardy" portion that is so good.

The bread pudding from Tartine Bakery has seasonal fruit. It has just the right amount of sweetness to it. I personally do not like desserts that are too sweet. To most people, bread pudding does not sound that appealing. However, the bread pudding at Tartine Bakery is, in my opinion, the best thing they have at Tartine Bakery. If you are in the Mission neighborhood, check it out. Tartine Bakery is at the corner of 18th Street & Guerrero.

The Canneles de Bordeaux at Trader Joe's in in the frozen food section. Therefore, you will need to have a microwave oven. I cannot eat just one of them. The box comes with four delicious canneles and I have to eat all of them. There is a Trader Joe's at 4th Street (near Market) where the Old Navy store is located. There is another one on California & Hyde in Nob Hill. Another one in Fisherman's Wharf at Bay & Mason. Another one at Masonic near Geary in Laurel Heights.





Monday, March 5, 2018

Things To Do In San Francisco - Lands End Trail

Things to do in San Francisco - Lands End Trail has an awesomely beautiful view on a clear day (i.e. no fog). This #UrbanTrekUSATips courtesy of Urban Trek USA, a SMALL GROUP, TOP RATED San Francisco walking tour.

The Lands End Trail, on a clear day, has a super gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate and the Golden Gate Bridge. I believe you have to be reasonably fit to be able to hike the trail because of the up and down terrain. You will have to be more fit if you go to the labyrinth at Mile Rock Beach because you will have to go down a pretty steep slope and then go back up that same hill. However, the Lands End Trail is still work doing even if you are not able to go down to the labyrinth.

I recommend starting from the Lands End Lookout and walk towards the Golden Gate Bridge because the view is better that way instead of going the other direction. If you hike from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Lands End Lookout, just make sure you look back as you walk every now and then for the view. The directions from the Lands End Lookout is at the bottom of this page and includes stops at the labyrinth at Mile Rock Beach and Baker Beach.

Note: Click the link to the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, post dated Mar. 21, 2018, that can done in conjunction with the Lands End Trail. If you do the Batteries to Bluffs Trail after the Lands End Trail, you will have to do the Batteries to Bluffs Trail instructions backwards. You can also walk to the Golden Gate Bridge from the Batteries to Bluffs Trail.

Also, for other things to do in the Presidio, click on the label = Urban Trek USA Tips Presidio. And for specifically just the hiking trails in the Presidio, click on the label = Presidio Trails.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Things To Do In San Francisco - Kite Hill

Things to do in San Francisco? Kite Hill has a nice view and no crowd. This #UrbanTrekUSATips courtesy of Urban Trek USA, a SMALL GROUP, TOP RATED San Francisco walking tour.

 Kite Hill is worth going to if you are around the Castro area or if you are planning on going to the Noe Valley neighborhood. Kite Hill Open Space has a nice view without a crowd as shown in the video below. There are also some beautiful Victorian houses you will see along the way if you follow the directions provided below. The directions also provide options of going to the Mission neighborhood (e.g. Balmy Alley, Dolores Park).

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Note: Pdf version of directions available upon request.