Faves and raves by Paula Grace
AGE: Never ask a lady her age!
YEARS IN THE CITY: 30 (minus three years living abroad)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Potrero Hill
OCCUPATION: Training and development consultant; creates and delivers programs that enhance individual
performance and organizational effectiveness. Her Web site is www.gracetraining.com.
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Supporter of the arts in all forms and global traveler who has lived and worked on every continent except Antarctica. When penguins need training, she’ll go to Antarctica.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR BODYWORK
WHERE: 550 Wisconsin St. near 19th Street
WHAT: Rejuvenating Myofascial Release therapy and Ayurvedic consultations
INFO: (415) 206-9920 or www.omspring.org
Ayurveda means “science of life” in Sanskrit and is the 5,000-year-old natural healing system of India. Myofascial Release therapy is a method of bodywork that eliminates pain and restores motion. The practitioners at OmSpring combine these disciplines with awe-inspiring results, and I always leave a session feeling rejuvenated.
FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT
The Dance-Along Nutcracker
WHERE: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. at Third Street
WHAT: Dance-along fun for all ages
INFO: (415) 255-1355 or www.sflgfb.org
From the tutu rental booth to the humorous storyline that accompanies each year’s show, there’s nothing better than hitting the dance floor with friends, kids and loved ones. I’ve never seen so many happy people in exuberant celebration of every kind of dance in one place before. Best use of three hours every December.
FAVORITE SUNDAY BRUNCH
WHERE: 855 Terry Francois St. at Illinois Street
WHAT: Outdoor restaurant on the Bay with a neat patio
INFO: (415) 621-2378 or www.ramprestaurant.com
Funky patio with mismatched tables, chairs and patio umbrellas hidden behind a working boatyard on the Bay. Good food served in large portions in the sunniest part of S.F.
FAVORITE PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS
WHERE: Twin Peaks Boulevard
WHAT: 360-degree panoramic views of San Francisco on a sunny day
On sunny days you won’t find more picturesque views of San Francisco from the Bay to the Pacific. I like to gaze at The City and its surrounding suburbs while my nature-loving friends study the native plants and wildlife up close.
FAVORITE THEATER GROUP
Z Space Studio
WHERE: Various venues in San Francisco
WHAT: Alternative, cutting-edge theater
INFO: (415) 626-0453 or www.zspace.org
By sponsoring the Word-for-Word company, and collaborating with such venerable ensembles as Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball, Campo Santo, Encore, Magic and Golden Thread, Z Space Studio is the heart and soul of alternative, cutting-edge theater.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A SPECIAL DINNER
Orson Restaurant, Bar and Lounge
WHERE: 508 Fourth St., between Bryant and Welsh streets
WHAT: Delectable, stylish creation of Citizen Cake’s Elizabeth Falkner
INFO: (415) 777-1508 or www.orsonsf.com
If you like award-winning chef Elizabeth Falkner’s creations at Citizen Cake, you’ll love Orson. From the delectable menu to the stylish atmosphere, it’s always a treat to dine there.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE A WALK
WHERE: Marine Drive
WHAT: Fresh sea breezes with sensational views
INFO: (415) 561-3000 or www.crissyfield.org
I like Crissy Field for a long walk because of the sea air and views of the bridge and boats, but also because there are bathrooms en route. At Fort Point (under the bridge) you can see where Jimmy Stewart pulled Kim Novak out of the water in “Vertigo.”
FAVORITE PLACE FOR A SING-ALONG
WHERE: 4 Valencia St. at Market Street
WHAT: Fig martinis, piano bar and open mic — croon or be crooned to
INFO: (415) 241-0205 or www.martunis.ypguides.net
The fig martinis are to die for and the songbook is plentiful. Sing along to pop songs, show tunes and ballads belted out by some pretty good crooners, take the mic yourself, or just sit back and be entertained.
FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET
Heart of the City Farmers Market
WHERE: 1182 Market St., between Eighth and Grove streets
WHEN: Wednesdays and Sundays all year long
WHAT: Best prices in The City
INFO: (415) 558-9455
The Civic Center location is easily accessible by Muni and has good parking nearby. I regularly get a large bag of fresh fruits and veggies that last for days for under $5: cheese, eggs, bread, nuts, flowers and prepared foods. Best prices and selection in The City.