Finding a little history while enjoying The City 

Faves and raves by Nisha Ahluwalia (Click the picture to see Nisha’s faves)

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AGE:
32

YEARS IN THE CITY: Four

NEIGHBORHOOD: Marina district

OCCUPATION: Senior director of product marketing for RingCentral

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Loud, enthusiastic, loves to dance and eat, and probably would be diagnosed as a workaholic

FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN

The Lyon Street Steps

WHERE:
Lyon Street, from Green Street to Broadway

WHAT: Grueling workout with a spectacular view

INFO: www.yelp.com/biz/lyon-street-steps-san-francisco

The stairs are a challenge, and I never thought I’d walk them when I moved here, but I run them now and love it. You’re outside in the fresh air between the Presidio and the Pacific Heights mansions, with a view of the Palace of Fine Arts from the top.

FAVORITE RANDOM SPOT

Hoppers Hands

WHERE:
Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge

WHAT: Plaque hanging on a chain link fence

INFO: (415) 556-1693 or www.nps.gov/fopo/index.htm

What a random place to have an art installation, until you find out that Ken Hopper is an iron worker on the bridge who rescues suicide jumpers. When you reach Hoppers Hands, it means you are halfway done with your run, or maybe you’ve reached your goal.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SPENDSATURDAY AFTERNOON

The Ferry Building

WHERE:
One Ferry Building (east end of Market Street)

WHAT: Being at a mall without being at a mall

INFO: (415) 983-8030 or www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

I like the food, desserts, Blue Bottle coffee and fresh treats at the farmers market. In back, we relax by the water overlooking the Bay Bridge and then go inside to the wine bar. I bought a painting that’s in our living room from one of the street vendors.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR DINNER

Restaurant Gary Danko

WHERE:
800 North Point St., at Hyde Street

WHAT: An elegant, intimate dining experience

INFO: (415) 749-2060 or www.garydanko.com

The cheese cart is awesome — one of the best selections of cheeses in one place anywhere. I love this place because it’s considered a fancier restaurant, but it’s not stuffy and is actually very comfortable. It has amazing food and I’ve yet to try something I haven’t liked.

FAVORITE DRIVE ON A MOTORCYCLE

The Presidio and Lincoln Park

WHERE:
Northwest edge of The City

WHAT: Wild nature overlooking the Pacific Ocean

INFO: (415) 561-4323 or www.nps.gov/prsf/index.htm

My husband has a red Ducati Hypermotard 796 and I hang on the back in my Harley Davidson leather jacket while he zooms around the winding roads. It has great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. We whiz pass the Legion of Honor and end up at Cliff House.

FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER

Sundance Kabuki

WHERE:
1881 Post St., at Fillmore Street

WHAT: Not just another cinema

INFO: (415) 346-3243 or sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html

I like that you can reserve your seats in advance and take alcohol inside the theater. It makes going to the movies more of an outing rather than just a casual thing. At the Kabuki you can get dinner, drinks and entertainment all in one place.

FAVORITE WINDOW SHOPPING

Chestnut Street

WHERE:
Chestnut Street, between Fillmore and Divisadero streets

WHAT: Unique boutiques and friendly people

INFO: www.chestnutshop.com

One weekend, we ran into Sean Penn outside a store, so you never know who you’ll see. I like the boutique mix and while people say the shops are expensive, I haven’t found that to be the case. Plenty of places to eat when you get tired.

FAVORITE GROCERY STORE

Rainbow Grocery

WHERE:
1745 Folsom St., at 13th Street

WHAT: Best organic, holistic store in The City

INFO: (415) 863-0620 or www.rainbow.coop

I haven’t found any place better in terms of quality and taste. I’m not much of a cook, so when we find somewhere to buy food that we can heat up and it’s delicious, we stick with it. The ravioli is perfection, and the produce is excellent.

FAVORITE LANDMARK

Palace of Fine Arts

WHERE:
3301 Lyon St., at Marina Boulevard

WHAT: Historic remnants of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition

INFO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Fine_Arts

When you stand underneath the dome and look up, it feels like you could be in some old European city. I have a million pictures of it in the fog, the rain, the sun, morning, afternoon, night lit up because I’m always trying to capture what I like about it.

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