All Blog Entries by Garey De Martini

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“There is no restaurant in San Francisco like Cafe Jacqueline in North Beach, which serves souffles and little else. There is no Cafe Jacqueline without its 82-year-old chef, Jacqueline Margulis, who makes every single one.”

So begins a wonderful feature in the Chronicle that recently profiled this very special restaurant and its chef and owner. According to the article, Jacqueline was raised in a convent and attended a cooking school in Bordeaux. After raising two children in the Marina, she opened Cafe Jacqueline thirty eight years ago at the age of 45. The place has landed on “The Most Romantic Restaurants in the City” lists ever since.

There is no Cafe Jacqueline without Jacqueline. You often hear that said of other places and other

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SF Beer Week comes to an end this weekend, as does Tulipmania at Pier39. There’s still time of course to enjoy both. On Sunday the Asian Art Museum hosts a day-long event to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year. There’s a full schedule of family activities planned, including performances, workshops, story telling, and more.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 2/11/18 – 2/17/18

San Francisco Is Once Again the Nation’s Hottest Real Estate Market

In January, according to a report, San Francisco took back the crown from San Jose, becoming once again the hottest real estate market in the country. San Jose came in second, followed by Vallejo. As usual, California dominated the

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January 1 is always the first day of the New Year according to the Western Gregorian calendar. In contrast, the Chinese New Year begins at a different time each year. This year, it begins tomorrow, the 16th.

The reason it’s held at a different time each year is actually simple to understand. The Western year corresponds to the earth’s cycle around the sun. The Chinese year, on the other hand, is based around the moon. Also known as a Lunar New Year, it differs annually because a lunar month is around two days shorter than a Western month. The Chinese New Year always falls on the second day of the new moon after the winter solstice.

This New Year marks the start of the year of the dog, which is regarded in Chinese culture as an auspicious

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This weekend is your last chance to take in an SF Beer Week event or two. There are still tons of them scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday. Your best bet is to go to the SF Beer Week website, click on Schedule, click on All Dates, and then pick the day you want to look at. All the events for that day are displayed.

Find the one that speaks to you — whether it’s the Wagyu Pho Brunch at Hitachino Beer & Wagyu, Darkside – Dark Beers and Heavy Metal at Emporium SF-Arcade Bar Venue, or the Food Truck Bonanza at Barebottle Brewing Company.

The 10th Annual SF Beer Week
February 9 through 18, 2018

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This is kind of fun. A Google mapping project has determined the most popular type of food in each of San Francisco’s neighborhoods. To do this,  Google compiled the “aggregated, anonymized, and differentially private” data from users who opted into Google Location History. Got that?

Anyway, according to, a neighborhood cuisine’s popularity breaks down just about how you would expect. Restaurant-goers most often frequented pizza and Italian places while in North Beach, Chinese restaurants around Chinatown and the Richmond, and Mexican spots when in the Mission District.

Turns out Mexican food is the City’s overall favorite, just as it is for California as a whole. Nationally, San Francisco proved to be a “cuisine capital” for coffee

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Valentine’s Day is this Wednesday. We’re hoping that’s not news to you. But regardless, we’ve found a nice list from that offers lots of suggestions on how to spend that day and evening in San Francisco.

They break it down into five categories:

  • For those looking to wine and dine
  • For the art lovers
  • For the adventure-seekers
  • Sail the bay with your sweetheart
  • For a daytime date

For details on the 17 recommendations featured in the post, click here.

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There are a ton of things going on this weekend, and the weather should be beautiful! SF Beer Week and the  SFIndiFest film festival continue, the San Fransisco Giants host the team’s annual admission free  FanFest at AT&T Park, Tulipmania inundates Pier39 beginning on Saturday, and Chinatown hosts a number of events in anticipation of the larger celebration later this month — this weekend for example you can take in the Chinese Flower Fair and the Chinese New Year Mini-Parade.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 2/4/18 – 2/10/18

Three Different Cities with Three Different Sets of Challenges

The fundamental real estate challenge we are facing in San Francisco can be expressed in fairly simple

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In the dynamic world of mid-eighteenth century Europe, people, ideas, and aesthetics crossed national boundaries. For an intelligent, curious, confident, and lucky person like Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798), the possibilities must have seemed endless. Stretching the limits of both social and physical mobility, he traveled from his native Venice to Paris, London, Dresden, and even Russia and the Ottoman Empire.

Notorious for amorous pursuits and his ability to charm and con his way into top-tier circles, Casanova wrote vivid accounts of 18th-century social life in Europe. Containing paintings, sculptures, drawings, costumes, porcelain and silver, this new exhibit highlights the visual riches and attitudes found in the worlds that Casanova

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It feels like spring out there, so why not!? The 25th Giants FanFest takes place at AT&T Park this Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. The day typically includes live KNBR broadcasts on the field, player Q&As, free player autographs, a kids zone, and more.

FanFest is a free event, and it gives you exclusive access to the field and other locations around the park that you typically don’t get to experience during the regular season.

The Giants encourage you to get a photo inside the Giants dugout, take a tour of the Giants clubhouse, or visit the Giants press box.  What’s more, if you have never seen the three World Series Championship trophies and rings up close, you’ll have the chance to view them on the Promenade Level, located directly behind home

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Okay. So this thing doesn’t start until later this week. Still, we wanted to give you plenty of time to make your plans.

Organizers say SF Beer Week is a grassroots collection of events hosted by hundreds of different breweries, restaurants, bars, and retail stores throughout San Francisco and the region. These curated events celebrate craft beer and the craft beer community. No one event, venue, or kind of beer defines it.

Events are hosted at a wide range of locations, and may cater to various beer tastes (hoppy, sweet and malty, sour, aged, cask-conditioned), food tastes (cheese pairings, dessert pairings, multi-course dinners), and entertainment interests (movies, games, sporting events). There are even TED Talk-style educational

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