Consider yourself lucky if you are attending the 2013 OPS
Mid-Year Program in San Francisco! San
Francisco is a jewel of a city. The city is colored with culture, diversity
and the arts! Like many cities, San Francisco has much to
offer. I may live in North Carolina now, but my roots run deep in
the Bay Area! My family and my close
friends still live there as does my heart for the city! If you have the opportunity to spend some extra time in San Francisco, there are lots of places I highly recommend you eat at, see
or shop at.
Be sure to check out the food scene. San Francisco is one of
the best cities in the country for dining. There is every type of restaurant
that you could possibly want to enjoy and almost all of them are delicious!
With so many great restaurants to choose from, here are just a few places I
love and went to on a regular basis:
Oven at the corner of Fillmore and Haight
Zaman at the corner of Haight and Ashbury
69 on Maiden Lane
on Maiden Lane
Restaurant on Bush St .a bit pricey but worth every dollar!
Thai in the SOMA
Tuk Thai…hole in the wall restaurant, but still really good!
Did you know that Cioppino,
seafood stew- first originated in San
Francisco? If you want to try a hearty cioppino go to Cioppino’s. If you want to try a little bit of everything, I suggest you eat your way through the Ferry Building
on the Embarcadero. I would come here on
some weekends and work my way through the crowd, all the while munching on
sourdough, cheese, gelato, Japanese curry bowl with Japanese crab or shrimp
cakes…I LOVE food and I'm getting hungry just thinking about all the different flavors!
There are too many things to do in the City to mention them
all here, but if you feel like being touristy, you don’t want to miss out on these
places: walking across the monumental and historical Golden Gate Bridge, take
the ferry to Alcatraz, walk through North Beach and Chinatown to then walk up
to Coit Tower, take the cable car to the curvy Lombard St., and walk along the
Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Warf. And don’t
forget to take the scenic 49 mile drive and check out the The Palace of Fine
Arts. I love going to all these places also
I love going to the SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts), Yerba Buena Gardens
(grab a sandwich from North Beach and walk over to YBG and have a picnic and
people watch) and to Golden Gate
Park. One of my all time favorite places to go to
is Fraenkel Gallery, a hidden jewel of the arts. Fraenkel Gallery on Geary St. has exhibited beautiful
photographs from Edward Weston to the controversial images of Nan Goldin, a
There are many places to shop at which cater to one’s
individual style and taste! Most tourists
stay around the Union Square
area where the popular upscale boutiques like Prada, Betsy Johnson, Diesel,
Burberry, Gucci are located. Personally, I like to go shopping on Fillmore Street, Union Street,
Haight-Ashbury and Hayes
Valley. These areas are less touristy and less
crowded with locally owned stores.
I have so much more to say about restaurants, scenic areas
and places to shop, but for now I must stop and save these topics for another
blog. In the mean time, check out these
place on Google!
Rona Lyn Esquejo-Leon, CRA