All Blog Entries by Garey De Martini

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It’s the three-day Memorial Day weekend, and on Saturday and Sunday, the 40th Annual San Francisco Carnaval Festival takes place in the Mission District. Organizers say this is the largest multi-cultural celebration on the West Coast, and over 400,000 are expected to attend the family-friendly event.

The 2018 Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, beginning at 9:30 AM. It’s your chance to watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes, along with performers who engage and entertain the crowds.

The 2–day festival will take place both Saturday and Sunday on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. The festival runs from 10 AM to 6 PM both days. Enjoy

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Chronicle Food writer Michael Bauer once said  of the restaurant 25 Lusk, “Few restaurants are as sexy.” Tucked into a side street off Townsend, and years in the making, the place really is breathtaking.  It took a multimillion-dollar budget to turn the 1917-era meat packing plant and smokehouse into a nearly 10,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant with a dining room and bar.

Now new Rooftop 25 brings the Lusk brand into the light, and, according to 7×, it’s just what you’d want from a rooftop bar: sunny, casual, and energetic.

Designed by Cass Calder Smith, the SoMa bar and restaurant is clad in San Francisco’s chosen palette these days—steel, concrete, glass, and wood siding styled in horizontal slats for contemporary effect. And by

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“My first day on Alcatraz, they put me in the barbershop with nine inmates. Within 10 minutes, I witnessed a murder, on my first day, during my first assignment, my first hour there. Welcome to Alcatraz.”

George DeVincenzi, Alcatraz Correctional Officer

In a 7× feature former guard George DeVincenzi, now 90 years old, recounts some of his experiences at Alcatraz while on duty there from 1950 to 1958. It’s a time capsule of sorts – a look at “The Rock” when it was still a penitentiary, and home to many of America’s most wanted criminals.

To read the entire piece, click here.

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Sunday the annual Bay to Breakers race takes place. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the City and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach. In-person registration is available at the Orig3n Health & Wellness Expo at Pier 35 today and tomorrow. Click here for more information. Also on Sunday, the Western Conference Finals continue as the Golden State Warrior take on the Houston Rockets starting at 5 PM. This will be the third game in the seven game series, which is currently tied at one win apiece.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 5/13/18 – 5/19/18

Should You Buy Earthquake Insurance?

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The global billionaire population soared to record levels in 2017, and more of them are living in the Bay Area than ever before.

The San Francisco area now has the third-most billionaires of any region in the world — 74 in total — rising two places in the rankings and overtaking both Moscow and London, according to a 2018 billionaire census released Tuesday. New York and Hong Kong took the top two spots for number of billionaires with 103 and 93, respectively.

The San Francisco metropolitan area — which includes San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties, and in this study some towns in Santa Clara County — saw an additional 14 individuals attain billionaire status in 2017.

To read the entire report,

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There are tons of things going on this weekend, but on Sunday the annual Bay to Breakers race takes place, and since there are tens of thousands of people participating in the 7.6 mile footrace, that has our attention.

With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the City and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race celebrates the City in a wonderful (and yes, often wacky) way. It’s fun for runners and spectators alike.

It’s not too late to sign up, but you might want to do that today. Online Registration will close at 11:59 PM tomorrow. In-person registration will be available at

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San Francisco Brewing Co.’s massive, 12,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant is now open, serving up beer and a menu of pub-style food to locals and tourists alike. According to, owners Jennifer and Josh Leavy and Josh’s brother Aaron Leavy brought on former Gordon Biersch brewer Justin Boehle to oversee the production at their new brewery, which is incorporated into the taproom.

Chef Abraham Ibarra (Perry’s) is in charge of the food, which includes pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and mains like mahi mahi tacos. Appetizers seem like a sure bet, with meatballs, spicy wings, and burrata with pesto also on the menu.

The enormous space was designed by BCV Architecture + Interiors, also behind the Ferry Building Marketplace, Gott’s, and

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This is the series for which we’ve waited all year. And this is the game for which we’ve waited all week. The Golden State Warriors take on the Houston Rockets in the first game of the best of seven series tonight at 6 PM.

We are so ready for this game!

Ann Killion, with the San Francisco Chronicle, describes it perfectly in a column published yesterday:

“For the first time in the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors will start a playoff series on the road. In an antagonistic arena. Prepping for the game in hotel rooms and visiting locker rooms. Booed at every turn.

And this new experience could be a very good thing for the been-there, done-that Warriors.

The Warriors knew this was going to be their reality

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Weekend Sessions presents admission-free performances at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. The programs range from music, dance, circus, and theater to cultural festivals from May through October. Innov Gnawa and Book of J perform this Saturday from 1 to 3 PM. Meanwhile, SFMade opened on Monday, and concludes on Sunday. It features factory tours, demos, shopping events, and lots of beer tastings. For more information about SFMade and a complete list of what’s taking place this weekend, click here.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 5/6/18 – 5/12/18

How Higher Education and Incomes Are Impacting Housing

In a recent San Francisco Chronicle column, writer Kathleen Pender posed this question: “If

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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is an independent nonprofit presenting six months of admission-free performances reflecting the rich cultures and creativity of the Bay Area. Programs are outdoors, family-friendly and ADA accessible.

Weekend Sessions present programs that range from music, dance, circus, and theater to cultural festivals from May through October. They take place on the Esplanade, Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets.

For a complete schedule of performances and events by week and month, please click here.

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