Faves and raves by Pat Golomb
AGE: Still doing the math
YEARS IN THE CITY: 17½
NEIGHBORHOOD: Pacific Heights
OCCUPATION: Business development at M Squared Consulting
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Discerning foodie and winey, personal concierge for her friends who are always asking for suggestions
FAVORITE WAY TO DISCOVER SF’s HIDDEN TREASURES
SF Treasure Hunts
WHAT: Annual treasure hunt through the streets of S.F.
WHERE: Justin Herman Plaza, 4 p.m. on the day of the Chinese New Year parade
INFO: (415) 664-3900 or www.sftreasurehunt.com
We put together a team, pack a survival kit (flashlights, city map, pens, paper, cell phones, layers of clothing), divvy up the clues and plan the most efficient route. The feeling of accomplishment when we solve a clue is indescribable.
De Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences
WHERE: Golden Gate Park, Music Concourse Drive
WHAT: Art, architecture, science and education
INFO: Museum: (415) 750-3600 or deyoung.famsf.org; Academy: (415) 379-8000 or www.calacademy.org
The de Young tower has an incredible view from the Farallons to Mt. Diablo, and the cafe serves great food and wine. Who doesn’t love the penguins, butterflies, living roof and Amazon flooded forest at the Academy?
FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER
WHERE: 1881 Post St., at Fillmore Street
WHAT: Cinema with outstanding extras
INFO: (415) 929-4650
The perfect way to have a relaxing evening at the movies. We reserve seats in advance, get a bottle of wine at the cafe, and bring our wine into the balcony in Auditorium 1.
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY BOTTLED WINE
K&L Wine Merchants
WHERE: 638 Fourth St., between Brannan and Townsend streets
WHAT: Vast selection of wines and knowledgeable staff
INFO: (415) 896-1734 or www.klwines.com
California, French, Italian, red, white — you name it, K&L has it. The employees know everything, and if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they’ll order it.
FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET
Fort Mason Center
WHERE: Marina and Laguna streets
WHAT: Sunday farmers market in the parking lot in front of Building A
INFO: (415) 345-7500 or www.ftmason.org
We pick up a rotisserie chicken from RoliRoti, and fruits, veggies, flowers and pastries. Our Sunday dinner is complete in one visit.
FAVORITE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAWL
WHERE: 1075 California St., at Taylor Street
WHAT: Delightful Christmas decorations and lots of drinks
INFO: (415) 474-5400 or www.huntingtonhotel.com
We start at the Huntington Hotel so we only have to walk downhill. We visit the Fairmont, Ritz, St. Francis and Four Seasons to see their holiday decorations, Palace Hotel for their gingerbread houses, and Hyatt Embarcadero for their train. Dinner at the Slanted Door or Beldon Place completes the evening.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS WHEN THEY VISIT
WHERE: Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street
WHAT: Lots to do for young and old
INFO: (415) 561-4323 or www.nps.gov/prsf
Kids love the Julius Kahn Playground, the Yoda statue at Lucasfilm, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Warming Hut at Crissy Field, House of Air trampoline park, the pet cemetery and watching surfers at Fort Point.
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET MEAT FOR OUR SAUSAGE-MAKING PARTIES
WHERE: 3445 California St., between Laurel and Locust streets
WHAT: Fresh, high-quality ingredients
INFO: (415) 752-0179
Jim, the manager, knows exactly what we need in terms of coarse ground meat. We invite a crowd, prepare the spices for the apple cider reduction, and make 100 pounds of sausage in three varieties: spicy Italian, Polish and chicken apple.
FAVORITE PLACE TO WATCH A BASEBALL GAME
WHERE: 24 Willie Mays Plaza
WHAT: Much more than hot dogs and beer
INFO: (415) 972-2000 or www.sfgiants.com
We take out-of-town visitors here for the great food (Sheboygan bratwurst, garlic fries, sushi, warm peanuts) and drinks (wine, cocktails).