Tuesday May 21, 2013
Anybody who has been to Mexico can tell you that the burrito, which is now ubiquitous across America, is actually pretty hard to find south of the border.
That's because the delicious item, which is really a full Mexican meal plate rolled up in a tortilla, was actually invented here in California, and in San Francisco's Mission District to be more exact.
A hand held meal in-and-of-itself, the burrito has been the budget gourmand's mainstay for decades and many starving artist types live on burritos, as its by far the best bang for the buck in the city.
For the price of fast food, you can get a delicious home cooked style burrito instead - and I recommend you do on your next trip to San Francisco so I put together a list of the top Mexican Restaurants:
For more tips on doing San Francisco on the cheap yet still having the time of your life, check out my complete guide to San Francisco on a Budget.
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Friday May 17, 2013
Ready for a wine tasting intensive that travels around the world in a single glass?
Then you are ready for Wine Riot, which comes to San Francisco on June 7th and 8th and revolves around learning about the many varietals, styles and trends in the realm of wine the best way possible: by tasting them.
The interactive wine tasting booths present the history and background of the individual wines and experts are on hand to explain the meaning of the many terms used in the wine world.
Held at the Concourse Exhibition Center in the SOMA area, Wine Riot will also feature food tastings from may of San Francisco's top restaurants.
Tickets to Wine Riot and more information about the event are available on the official website.
More Reasons to Come to SF this Summer:
San Francisco Pride - The Biggest LGBT Bash on Earth!
The Fillmore Jazz Festival - Streets full of free concerts!
Colombus Day in North Beach - Celebrate Everything Italian in the Little Italy of the West Coast!
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Friday May 10, 2013
Running from May through October, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is the city's most action-packed free performance series.
Located just blocks from Union Square and across the street from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the festival takes places in the lush Yerba Buena Gardens itself, a dynamic urban park, arts center and shopping complex all rolled into one.
For 2013 the line-up is as exciting as ever, with annual one day cultural festivals like Brazil in the Gardens (8/28) and the Native Contemporary Arts Fest(6/16) as well as performances from world renown acts like Lila Downs (9/15) and China's Red Panda Acrobats (7/26).
Some of San Francisco's best homeground talent will take the mainstage as well, including Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (5/25), the Marcus Shelbey Orchestra (6/02) and the policatically poignant San Francisco Mime Troupe (8/04).
This is just a small sample of the amazing shows coming up this summer, all of them free, check the Online Schedule for the complete run down.
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Image Courtesy of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Monday May 6, 2013
Missed the Carnaval in Rio this year? Here your second chance:
San Francisco's Mission District explodes every Memorial Day weekend as it's street come alive with the rythms of South America and the Caribbean during the annual San Francisco Carnaval.
Join the fun on Harrison Street this year where six blocks will be completely closed to traffic to make way for huge live music stages, food vendors and crowds upon crowds of partiers.
On Sunday May 26th 2013, the giant San Francisco Carnaval Parade makes its way up 24th Street to Mission and then winds through the heart of the neighborhood for several hours.
A stunning visual treat, the parade features tons of dancers from local and visiting samba schools as well as live music floats, community organizations and loads of uniquely San Francisco-style fun.
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Image Courtesy of sfmission.com