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San Francisco things to do

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Place:Juice Shop
Address:1994 Union St. San Francisco, CA
Location: Between Buchanan and Laguna
Phone: (415) 389-8300
Website: www.juicetoyou.net

Juice Shop is a closet-sized alcove in the Marina just big enough to fit a juice cooler and some beautiful wooden fixtures. The juice comes in 16oz thick glass bottles and options include liver green - with dandelion, burdock, cucumber, celery and lemon and coco-chlorophyll - with coconut water and blue-green algae, among many others.

Opened in 2002 by San Francisco’s iconic husband and wife gastronomic duo, Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Pruitt, Tartine Bakery is a Bay Area staple, prized for its perfect loaf of bread, delicate french pastries and hot pressed sandwiches large enough to share. Everything is made by hand from local, seasonal ingredients.

(Source: tartinebakery.com)

Coffee lovers with green thumbs will love this unexpected place in the Bayview district. Flora Grubb is a beautiful decorated garden store with a Ritual Roasters coffee bar. Succulents, living walls and air plants are displayed to full effect in the large greenhouse space alongside terra cotta pots and unique garden furniture.

(Source: floragrubb.com)

Despite its name, this is a wee spot located in a former residence hotel in the TenderNob. But what it lacks for in size it makes up for in flavor and the award-winning bartender, Brian Felley, stirs up seasonal and artisanal cocktails. Open Thrs. to Sat. - Look for a flickering lantern at the door (if it’s not lit, they’re not open).

(Source: big-san-francisco.com)

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Place: Engine 43
Address: 724 Brazil Ave, San Francisco, CA
Location: Between Athens and Vienna St.
Phone: N/A
Web Site: www.engine43.org/

Engine 43 is a private residence and social club in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood. Devoted to ideas around food, culture, community, design, art, drink, and storytelling, Engine 43 takes on creative projects in partnership with other local art intuitions, such as the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Frey Norris Gallery and the Warhol Institute, among others.

Engine 43 is a project of the artists
Julio César Morales, adjunct curator at the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, and Max La Rivière-Hedrick, who lives at Engine 43. Although their events are roving among various locations throughout the city, based on their partnerships, the physical space of Engine 43, where Rivière-Hedrick resides, is a two-story frame Mission Revival style firehouse built in 1911 to provide fire protection to the Excelsior Homestead District. It was one of the first to leave behind the horse-drawn days for the newly fashioned motorized apparatus shipped from the east. It was originally sold at auction in 1976 and still retains a large hose drying tower on the south side.

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Place: Bar AgricoleAddress:355 11th StLocation: Between Folsom and Harrison St.Phone: 415/355-9400Web Site: www.baragricole.comPrice: Cocktails $10Grand gestures are operating at Bar Agricole — the integrity of the ingredients and the dramatic aesthetics of the space. The long ramp up to the great gray box of a building, set as far back from the street as a Pacific Heights mansion, passes a wood-fenced patio. Broach the front door, and it’s hard to decide whether to focus on the bar — as much a showpiece as a spray of flowers — or the stratospheric ceilings. From them hang brightly glowing, curvy boxes, which initially resemble folds of thick felt but turn out to be formed of hundreds of clear tubes. One wall is tiled in thousands of raw-wood barrel staves, irregularly placed so they resemble a school of herring fleeing the fishing boats. The cocktail list changes frequently, and the drink descriptions are marked by cognoscenti-approved ingredients like barolo chinato (a sweet Italian digestif) as well as local touches (rum agricole from St. George Spirits, myriad bitters made in-house).

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Place: Bar Agricole
Address:355 11th St
Location: Between Folsom and Harrison St.
Phone: 415/355-9400
Web Site: www.baragricole.com
Price: Cocktails $10

Grand gestures are operating at Bar Agricole — the integrity of the ingredients and the dramatic aesthetics of the space. The long ramp up to the great gray box of a building, set as far back from the street as a Pacific Heights mansion, passes a wood-fenced patio. Broach the front door, and it’s hard to decide whether to focus on the bar — as much a showpiece as a spray of flowers — or the stratospheric ceilings. From them hang brightly glowing, curvy boxes, which initially resemble folds of thick felt but turn out to be formed of hundreds of clear tubes. One wall is tiled in thousands of raw-wood barrel staves, irregularly placed so they resemble a school of herring fleeing the fishing boats.

The cocktail list changes frequently, and the drink descriptions are marked by cognoscenti-approved ingredients like barolo chinato (a sweet Italian digestif) as well as local touches (rum agricole from St. George Spirits, myriad bitters made in-house).

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Place: The Royal Cuckoo
Address:3202 Mission St
Location: Between Fair Ave and Valencia St
Phone: 415/550-8667
Web Site: www.theroyalcuckoo.com
Price: Cocktails $10

The Royal Cuckoo sits at the intersection of Valencia and Mission Street. The owners are Paul Miller, formerly of Chez Spencer and Brunoʼs, and Dusty Miller, a former Green Beret. The Royal Cuckoo was an old bar in Long Beach that Paul and Dustyʼs grandfather Clarence used to frequent.

Music comes alternately from a Hammond organ and old albums ranging from Caruso to George Jones. Patrons are able to select an entire album side from a card catalog. Small-batch spirits, liqueurs, wines and beers are served.



(Source: theroyalcuckoo.com)

Chef Nicolaus Balla’s cooking at Bar Tartine is strongly influenced by his time in Hungary, where he lived with a family whose traditional cooking style (replete with backyard slaughter) made an indelible impression. He employs his research into artisan techniques such as sausage preparation, cheese making, pickling and preserving to produce those authentic homemade flavors; evoking distant places with a cooking style that draws on slow, subtle, and labor-intensive techniques.

(Source: bartartine.com)

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Place: Saison
Address: 
2124 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA
Location: Between 17th and 18th ST
Phone
: 415/828-7990
Web Site
: www.saisonsf.com/
Cuisine:
American
Price:
$175/per person. Chef’s counter tasting menu is $498/per person.

Saison is a Michelin 2-star restaurant. Chef Joshua Skenes develops his menus spontaneously each day inspired by what is at peak flavor. Skenes’ culinary approach blends the art of ancient fire cooking with modern culinary techniques. He works with exceptional ingredients sourced from Saison’s exclusive network of small farms, ranches and fisheries, with many ingredients being hand foraged.