Thursday December 5, 2013
The salt-and-pepper crab at Kim Thanh restaurant.
Photo by B. Koh
'Tis the season--but not just for the holidays. It's Dungeness crab season, too, and the tasty crustacean is being dished up in myriad forms at San Francisco restaurants and stars in a Fisherman's Wharf festival on Sunday. Thursday is Walt Disney's birthday, and to celebrate the Disney Museum in the Presidio is offering free admission. It's also the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, which is prompting parties at bars, the 21st Amendment Brewery and even Goorin Bros. hat store. And in following weeks, you can immerse yourself in comedy, classic films and small crafts fairs rather than in mall crowds. See our December events calendar and our Dungeness crab restaurant guide for details.
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival celebrating liberation and dedication, starts at sundown today. Menorahs around the city will be lit, and an inaugural parade of menorah-bearing bikes will set off from Cole Valley tonight. Ceremonies and festivals over the next seven nights will feature games, music, dancing and traditional holiday treats like latkes and doughnuts. The granddaddy of all Bay Area menorahs, the Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square, will be lit on various nights by local dignitaries and officials and even a robot. Details are in our Hanukkah guide. The celebrations welcome everyone, and nearly all of them are free.
Thursday November 21, 2013
The turducken made by 4505 Meats in San Francisco.
Photo courtesy of 4505 Meats
Thanksgiving is exactly a week away. If you're hosting and you're already running around like a chicken with its head cut off, it's time to call upon one of San Francisco's top butcher shops. Turkeys in various states (au naturel, brined, deboned, smoked, rolled, turducken-ed, etc.), accessories (gravy, sausage for stuffing, brine mixes and even side dishes), alternatives (quail, duck or lamb, anyone?) and advice are all offered. Supplies are limited, of course, so order now to get the size of turkey you want.
Then you'll have enough time to run for fun before next Thursday's feast. At a turkey trot, you can burn calories, dress like a pilgrim or Pocahontas and help a worthy cause, all before stuffing your face. Most of the fun run/walks are on Thanksgiving morning, but there's one in Santa Cruz on Saturday (Nov. 23) and in San Francisco on Dec. 1.
Check our Thanksgiving guide for info about other events and activities, including volunteering, eating out and non-shopping fun on Black Friday.
Thursday November 14, 2013
Miles is suited up and ready to save
the day in San Francisco. Photo courtesy
of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.
Batman and his 5-year-old apprentice will descend upon San Francisco tomorrow and catch criminals in the act, and you're invited to celebrate their feats at City Hall at 2 pm. It'll be a dream-come-true for Miles--er, "Batkid"--a Northern California boy who's been fighting leukemia most of his life. Our article about the Make-A-Wish adventure has info on how you can partake in the fun.
Too bad the Bat pair isn't scheduled to tackle our city's homelessness problems, too. But a few hundred Millennials will be helping to do so on Saturday night (Nov. 16), and again, you're invited. The San Francisco Social party, starting at 9 pm at the W Hotel, raises funds for Larkin Street Youth Services.