Joanne Greenberg

Cellar 360 at Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco

For many, a trip to San Francisco just isn’t complete without a jaunt to Napa and its many wineries.  But what if you don’t have time to make the drive up to wine country?  Not to worry: A visit to one of the many tasting rooms or wine bars right in the heart of San Francisco can be the perfect stand in. 

Ghirardelli Square, home to the Fairmont Heritage Place hotel, is home to two charming choices for wine lovers:  Wattle Creek Tasting Room and Cellar 360.  

Read More »

{ 0 comments }

The Blue Bottle Coffee Company

A recent New York Times article gives credit to San Francisco for its established artisanal coffee scene, something that is only now making a presence in New York City. In San Francisco, the $0.50 cup of drip is no longer: Many cafes offer top-quality organic and sustainable beans roasted in-house and brewed perfectly.

Arguably the best coffee in San Francisco can be had at Blue Bottle Coffee Company.  Blue Bottle got its start as a kiosk in Hayes Valley and after enormous success, has expanded across the city to locales that include the Ferry Building, Mint Plaza, and their always bustling original stand. All beans are roasted a maximum of 48 hours prior to reaching your cup — any older and they’re donated to charity. At Mint Plaza, Blue Bottle even uses a Japanese siphon bar, a $20,000 instrument that looks more like it’d be at home in a chemistry lab. Read More »

{ 0 comments }

The Castro Theatre in San Francisco

If February is all about Chinese New Year Festivities, then March is ruled by the much anticipated San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival. In its 28th year, the festival has become the largest of its kind in the United States. Theaters across the Bay Area will provide a rare opportunity to view the very best of Asian and Asian-American films.

Read More »

{ 0 comments }