Organizers say this is a celebration of local manufacturers, their products,  and their people. SFMade Week is back for its seventh year.

SFMade opened on Monday, and runs through Sunday. It features factory tours, demos, shopping events, and lots of beer tastings.

SFMade is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, that sustains companies producing locally-made products, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce.

For more information about SFMade and a complete list of what’s taking place in the coming days, click here.

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It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, so you might want to start thinking about where you’re going to take your mom for brunch. In the nick of time, just published a list showcasing what they claim are the 15 hottest brunch spots in San Francisco, and one place in Berkeley.

You might have to stand in line, and the dishes are somewhat esoteric, but the website promises all of these spots serve up great food. The feature includes an interactive map and brief descriptions of what you’ll find. The four places we found most intriguing are these:

Barcino Serving spectacular Spanish morning dishes 399 Grove Street
Buffalo Theory Fried chicken and waffles, chilaquiles, and more 1735 Polk Street
Fillmore Social Club Playful Korean and

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We all know that living in San Francisco can be expensive. We also know we could cut back on some of our extravagances to save a bit more money, but it’s so hard to do when everything around us is so tempting!

Sometimes, you just have to admit the error of your ways, shake your head, and laugh. just published a playful slideshow that presents some of our most silly expenses — though all completely understandable. They call the feature, The things you hate yourself for spending money on in SF.

The five items that resonate most with us are these:

  • A $30+ workout class
  • Short Lyft rides, instead of taking Muni
  • 10 cent paper bags, when you’ve got reusable bags sitting at home
  • A $14 salad for lunch that you could make
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Here are some of things going on this weekend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo: the 14th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in the Mission District takes place on Saturday; the 2018 Aventine Cinco de Mayo Block Party and the Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Mariachi and Margaritas happen on Friday evening, and the 2018 Cinco de Mayo San Francisco Lowrider Car Show and the San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Pub Crawl both take place on Saturday. Also this weekend, Saturday is Free Comic Book Day,  the San Francisco Ballet is hosting a free family-friendly Fan Fest on Saturday,  and on Sunday Bay Area Dance Week comes to a close.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 4/29/18 – 5/5/18

1st Quarter 2018 San Francisco Real

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Seriously, you’ve got to watch this video. It is absolutely amazing. We were doing some research on the Dogpatch neighborhood when we came across it, and we found it captivating.

There are tons of photos and maps showing you how the City looked right after the Gold Rush. There was water where today we see land. There was an extensive network of wooden bridges connecting one part of San Francisco with another. There was a place called Butchertown, and another called Irish Hill.

Dogpatch Ranch: the Origins of a Chinese American Family presents the story of two Chinese immigrants who met and married in San Francisco, and in the late 1800’s chose to raise their seven children not in Chinatown, but rather on a ranch in Dogpatch, on the shore east

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Enjoy Cinco de Mayo in the Mission with an annual all day family-friendly celebration held as a block party with live music, cultural performances, and more. This year, there will be music and entertainment on two stages, a kids zone, food and exhibitor booths, and a beer garden. Fun for all ages!

14th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival
Saturday, May 5, 10 AM to 6 PM
Valencia between 21st and 24th, Mission District

Other Cinco de Mayo events include:

2018 Aventine Cinco de Mayo Block Party
Friday, May 4, 4:00 PM, Taverna Aventine

Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Mariachi and Margaritas
Friday, May 4, 5:00 PM, The Mexican Museum

2018 Cinco de Mayo San Francisco Lowrider Car Show
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM to 4 PM, John O’Connell High

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A new specialty bakery from Hokkaido, Japan has arrived in the US. BAKE Cheese Tart is opening on the concourse level of the Westfield SF Centre this Friday, May 4. It occupies a 572-square foot space beside Sur La Table, near the BART entrance at 845 Market Street.

According to, BAKE operates more than 20 locations in Japan, with others in Korea, China, and Vietnam. The San Francisco location is the brand’s first foray into the US market. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve collaborated with local chocolatier Dandelion Chocolate to create a Chocolate BAKE cheese tart, available in limited supplies.

BAKES’s flagship product, a pastry crust filled with a cheese mousse baked until golden brown, is made from a three cream cheese

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We hope you’ve heard of Rube Goldberg. He was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is maybe best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. He received many honors in his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948.

What we didn’t know was that he got his start in life right here in San Francisco. He was born in the City in 1883 and died in New York in 1970. He was part of an established Jewish family — his father Max was Sheriff of San Francisco County in the 1890s. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1900 and UC Berkeley in 1904, in engineering. After working as an engineer for the City briefly, he

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There are a number of things going on this weekend, including the 2018 Art Market San Francisco at Fort Mason, where you might find the perfect painting or piece for your place. For free admission tickets, click here. On Saturday, you can check out the Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Festival near the Murphy Windmill on the south end of Golden Gate Park, or  watch as 30 dance groups take the stage at Dancing in the Park SF from 1 PM until about 5 PM. Admission is free. This event is one of many taking place during Bay Area Dance Week, from April 27 through May 6. Finally, on Sunday, you can take in the  20th Annual Glen Park Festival.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 4/22/18 – 4/28/18


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San Francisco is home to some gorgeous interiors — breathtaking public places of incredible scale featuring impeccable design, furnishing, and appointments.  just published a guide to 22 of these spots. The page includes an interactive map so you can see exactly where each interior is located,  along with descriptions, photos and links to even more Instagram photos for each place.

You may have seen some of these rooms, but we doubt you’ve seen all of them. To see the entire feature, please click here.

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