Italian dinners, meditation and chocolate-chip cookies 

Faves and raves by Rasa Vitalia

PERSONAL STATS

AGE:
Age is in the mind, youth is in the heart

YEARS IN THE CITY: 12

NEIGHBORHOOD:
Mission district

OCCUPATION:
Professional dance artist

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Aims to inspire and be inspired through the sharing of mutual happiness and celebration through her art and dance


FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE NEW BANDS

Boom Boom Room

WHERE:
1601 Fillmore St., at Geary Boulevard

WHAT: Up-and-coming bands in a cozy environment

INFO: (415) 673-8000 or www.boomboomblues.com

I always see great bands here! A medium-sized, dark venue to see the best of the best, as well as up-and-coming talent in San Francisco. Great place to hang out and meet people and dance!


FAVORITE PLACE TO RELAX

Kabuki Springs and Spa

WHERE:
1750 Geary Blvd., between Fillmore and Webster streets

WHAT: Kick back after a tough day

INFO:
(415) 922-6000 or www.kabukisprings.com

After a hard night’s work, I love to come here and relax and soak. Kabuki is very clean and quiet. You can come in, soak in your spirits and turn inward for a wonderful day of healing and rejuvenation.


FAVORITE CITY WALK

Lands End Trail and Labyrinth

WHERE:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, El Camino del Mar and 32nd Avenue

WHAT:
A fun, meditative way to get away from The City while in The City

INFO: www.weekendsherpa.com/story/lands.end.labyrinth/227

Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of The City? Well, right in The City is a great nature trail complete with ocean, mountains, vistas and a hidden labyrinth. A wonderful place of inspiration and meditation.


FAVORITE NIGHTCLUB

Supperclub

WHERE:
657 Harrison St., between Third and Hawthorne streets

WHAT: A truly unique nightclub experience

INFO:
(415) 348-0900 or www.supperclub.com

Are you ready for a unique nightclub experience? How about lounging on beds while talented performers wow you and food and drinks dazzle your senses? And then, after your supper, come to the dance floor for DJ, lights and disco action! What a cool place!


FAVORITE VIEW OF THE CITY

Corona Heights Park and Habitat and Randall Museum

WHERE:
Roosevelt and Museum ways

WHAT: A mountain, smack dab in the middle of San Francisco

INFO: www.coronaheights.com

I stumbled upon this beautiful view one day as I played tourist. I was simply amazed that this mountain is right in the middle of The City with a very cool vista! I can sit up there for hours.


FAVORITE TOURIST TRAP

Sea Lion Marina


WHERE: Pier 39

WHAT: A reminder of how wildlife lives alongside us in The City

INFO: www.marinemammalcenter.org

A great way to remember that we live side by side with our neighbors in the wild and care for our environment. The docks were created to protect our wildlife. Also, the sea lions are just so funny! I also visit the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, who is affiliated with the Pier 39 Marina. It’s a place that cares for our mammals, right here at home!


FAVORITE PLACE TO DRINK COFFEE

Ambrosia Bakery

WHERE:
2605 Ocean Ave., between Lagunitas and Woodacre drives

WHAT: Colorful, tempting cakes, delicious cocoa

INFO: (415) 334-5305

The best lesser-known bakery in San Francisco! Stop by and take a look at all the colorful and tempting cakes! I love coming here for a chocolate-chip cookie and hot cocoa.


FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS

Hagiwara Japanese Tea Garden

WHERE:
Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park

WHAT: Relax with a hot cup of tea

INFO:
(415) 668-0909 or japaneseteagardensf.com

The Japanese Tea Garden is a beautifully cultivated garden of wonder. A place to seek quiet repose and a hot cup of tea.


FAVORITE ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Victor’s Pizza

WHERE:
1411 Polk St., between Pine and California streets

WHAT:
Romantic and cozy, with terrific Italian dinners

INFO:
(415) 885-1660

The best pizza and Italian dinners in town! I really love the dark room with red lighting. Very romantic and cozy!

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Rich Bunnell

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