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Local Love – Little Griddle

June 19, 2013

little_griddleWe all love a local “go-to” spot for hot comfort food which warms the soul. Low-key and unassuming, Little Griddle serves up a plate-full of deliciousness, rather than a generous helping of pretentiousness.

Located just across Market Street from NEMA, Little Griddle is known for their ample portions and creative culinary combinations.  They serve up an extensive breakfast menu with omelets, scrambles, sammiches, griddlecakes and french toast. They also have an amazing assortment of burgers, all made with fresh and healthy ingredients.  But be warned…bring your appetite as Little Griddle serves up some ample portions.

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June is SF Pride Month

June 14, 2013

SFPride-MonthThe flags are flying in full force on Market Street indicating Pride is here. Save the Date! The weekend of June 29-30, San Francisco gathers together for one of the largest and most anticipated events of the year – SF Pride.


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Spotify Amps up the Mid-Market Tech Epicenter

June 12, 2013


A key component to the development of San Francisco’s Mid-Market is the high density of global technology firms setting up shop in our neighborhood.  This vibrant district boasts high-tech neighbors which include Twitter, Yammer, Square and Dolby Labs.  The list doesn’t end there; more are making the move as well.  According to a recent article, NEMA will soon welcome Spotify to the Technology Epicenter, where Music for Every Moment will continue to rock-n-roll.


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First Thursday Art Walk on Polk

June 5, 2013


The lower Polk area has always been a center for great Asian food, given its proximity to Little Saigon, but the local art scene is also exploding. These are the kinds of galleries that tend to feature affordable art and new and emerging artists. The area also has an edginess and originality to it not found in many of the more established museum-like spaces around Union Square.

The first Thursday of every month is a great opportunity to explore new galleries, most of which are an easy walk from the Mid Market neighborhood.


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Factory Tours

June 3, 2013


From fortune cookie stores to banks and old theaters, curious visitors can go behind the scenes with a handful of great factory tours in San Francisco. Some of you can visit on your own, while others feature guides. Many are free and available without prior reservations.

Some food- and drink-focused excursions include tours of Anchor Brewing, which also makes great local rums and gins; the Boudin Sourdough Factory; and the Mee Mee Bakery in Chinatown, which dates to 1950. Other tours include a visit to the Federal Reserve Bank and theaters, breweries and artists’ shops in and around San Francisco.


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Chiarello Does it Again

May 28, 2013


The beloved local chef has opened a deliciously authentic Spanish restaurant on the Embarcadero. Coqueta opened in Mid April and has been a roaring success ever since. Nestled next to La Mar with stunning bay views, the restaurant is serving up classic hot and cold tapas as well as wood-grilled larger plates.

The selection of tapas and cured meats behind the glass case in the back room brought me back to San Sebastian. The restaurant is also serving Basque-style tapas called pintxos, such as chorizo, baby beets and quail eggs. Hot tapas include classics like “Tattas” Bravas, crispy potatoes with Jamón nuggets; wood-grilled octopus and duck meatballs with dried cherry and Tempranillo. Prices range from $2.50 for Pintxos to mostly $8 to $14 for tapas and $20 to $38 for larger dishes.


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Unique Tech Apps Only in San Francisco

May 16, 2013

While the food in San Francisco is generally delicious, many restaurants and stores don’t deliver. A handful of apps are changing up the situation. Caviar offers home delivery from a number of classic San Francisco restaurants including Chinatown icon R&G — which offers its signature plate of Dungeness Crab — prepared with either salt and pepper, black bean sauce or steamed with wine and egg, among other options.

Seamless delivers food from all over the City, neatly organized by zip code and cuisine. The site also posts ratings as well as staff favorites. Delivery is free, while Caviar has a $9.99 fee per order.


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Organic and Sustainable Wine Bars

May 13, 2013


Mavelous SF which is located in the Mid Market area has been doing double duty as a serious coffee house and a wine bar at night. The multi-tasking operation was heralded by 7×7, before it opened as a bar that should be “a stunning addition to the San Francisco coffee scene. The new coffee and wine bar from Phillip Ma is likewise going to offer a crazy array of options for getting your drink on.” The evening selection, according to the bar’s website, offers 50 varieties of sustainably grown wines by the bottle, and 15 by the glass concentrating on boutique wineries throughout the US, and countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Argentina, and New Zealand.


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Great Brunch Spots Near Mid Market

May 10, 2013



Fantastic brunch places abound in the Mid-Market Area. Given our often great weather – and frequent desire to continue festivities from the night before on a lovely weekend — this can be one of the best meals to enjoy in San Francisco. Here’s an insider dossier on some of the latest and greatest places to dine midday on the weekend.

Triptych, on Folsom Street in Soma, features a menu that includes beignets filled with berry cream and classic French bistro fare like Croque Madame sandwiches. The restaurant’s Egg Benedict dishes also are made with cage-free eggs.


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Bike Barometer to Go Up on Market Street

May 9, 2013


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board is about to install the City’s first Bicycle Barometer in the Mid Market area this Friday. It is intended to help promote San Francisco’s ever-growing interest in urban biking as everyday transit which is expected to hit one million annually.

It will digitally display the number of people in the bike lane, according to a SFMTA press release, as well as summarizing volumes for the day and the annual total. “As more and more San Franciscans are using a bicycle as part of their everyday commute, this visual bike counter will raise awareness of the positive impact bicycling has on traffic congestion, air quality and personal health,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA director of transportation in a recent SFMTA press release.


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