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The City by the Bay

Posted By Rona Lyn Esquejo-Leon, CRA, Thursday, March 21, 2013
Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013

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 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:

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  • Indian Oven at the corner of Fillmore and Haight
  • Kan Zaman at the corner of Haight and Ashbury
  • Bistro 69 on Maiden Lane
  • Mocca on Maiden Lane
  • Akiko Restaurant on Bush St .a bit pricey but worth every dollar!
  • Osha Thai in the SOMA
  • Tuk 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 Photo Credit:  Rona Lyn Esquejo-Leon, CRAthe 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 Photo Credit:  Rona Lyn Esquejo-Leon, CRAcheck 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 must see!

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

Member, OPS


Tags:  dining  San Francisco  shopping  tourism 

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