Tips and Articles for San Francisco

Amanda Marsalis

You know you're in San Francisco when the bartender pours your martini with organic vermouth. When you see Lawrence Ferlinghetti at the Farmers Market,... Read More

We have just arrived in San Francisco for the weekend, and the desk clerk at the game-themed Serrano Hotel invites us to roll the dice for an upgrade.... Read More

We eat many of our 30 billion—plus burgers a year as Slyders, Hockeyburgers, or Liplockers at places like Bob's Big Boy or In-N-Out Burger—or hot off... Read More

The eighties slogan has been replaced with "Worship your body, nourish your soul." To that end, temples of fitness are reinterpreting what it means to... Read More

Converting pagans. Raising the dead. Chasing every last snake out of Ireland. Saint Patrick is known, by history and by legend, for many things, but to... Read More

Marylanders love their soft-shells, while Mainers tout the peekytoe; Floridians insist on stone crabs, Alaskans flaunt their long-legged kings. But ask... Read More

(01)Haggerstone IslandFar away in AustraliaSo you want to escape civilization and flee to that mythical undiscovered beach, a place where it's just you,... Read More

These days, a monogram isn't enough. Women around the world are customizing their handbags—picking the style, skin, and size of their arm candy. At the... Read More

Maybe they need a change of pace, or just a break from the stove: hotshot chefs across the country are trying their hands at preparing sushi and sashimi... Read More

The brainy chef behind French Laundry in Yountville, California, is known for reinventing such iconic American pairings as macaroni and cheese, peanut... Read More

Since art deco began looking good again in the 1970's, the French, in that endearing French way, have convinced themselves and the world that they were... Read More

Next time you’re in the City by the Bay, you can all be like kids in a candy shop at the new Miette Confiserie. Tucked among the art galleries and... Read More

A foodie face-lift in the Marina District—on the bay between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz—has San Franciscans riding a post-recession buzz. The... Read More

In an effort to curb traffic, cities across America are following San Francisco's lead and reinstating their cable car systems. Philadelphia's Girard... Read More

OCCUPATION Screenwriter and director HOME BASE Santa Monica, California GOLDEN GATES The Canadian-born television writer turned filmmaker, best known... Read More

Some people unpack when they first arrive in a city. Me, I look for Chinatown. It started, I suppose, with my grandparents. Traveling halfway around the... Read More

"San Francisco these days?It's like a groovy Mayberry!" Ben Ospital tells me on my first night in town. We are lingering over a three-hour dinner with... Read More

Detailed street grids, uncluttered graphics, and indexes to streets and attractions make Insight Flexi-Map ($7.95) ideal for drivers. The laminated... Read More

THE HUDSON | NEW YORK CITY Manhattan is deservedly notorious for obscene hotel rates; the average tariff recently topped $250, and even that sounds low... Read More

When San Francisco's De Young Museum reopens on October 15 after nearly four years of construction, a city that fights doggedly to preserve its... Read More

It's not always the four-star meals that stick in our memories when we travel. Sometimes the most evocative foods are simple, local dishes with everyday... Read More

Every day, Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee, and I am nothing but grateful for my generous share. I got my first intoxicating taste as... Read More

What is "American cuisine" now?In search of answers, we traveled to 10 of our most forward-thinking food capitals to bring you the best examples and the... Read More

BedsNew York City’s Benjamin (125 E. 50th St.; 866/222-2365; thebenjamin.com; doubles from $409) has a money-back sleep guarantee and a specialized... Read More

We all look forward to the New Year to get a fresh start, make resolutions, and of course to peer into our crystal ball and figure out what will happen... Read More

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