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  • 1. S.F. Nicknames / Pride

    When you refer to San Francisco as Frisco or San Fran, you're marking yourself as an outsider. No one here calls it that, and those abbreviations grate on our ears. We say San Francisco or The...

  • 2. Tipping

    Taxis: Driver - 15-20% of fare; generally a minimum of $1 Airport: Skycap - $1-2 per bag Personal Care: Barber - 15% of the cost; generally a minimum of $1 Hairdresser - 15% of bill for one...

  • 3. S.F. Diversity

    Everyone knows that one of the best ways to make new friends is to make 'em laugh. The folks in the Castro are very good at poking a little fun at themselves - as evidenced by some of the signage...

  • 4. S.F. Sights

    the philippine community is located at the south of market area of san francisco (SOMA) and is just beneath the Moscone Convention Center and they even have street named after rizal, mabini,...

  • 5. Local Events

    Every year on the first weekend in October the Fleet comes in and San Francisco is filled with sailors. On Saturday and Sunday the city celebrates with a huge air show. SF Bay has to be one of the...

  • 6. Food / Drink

    For the uninitiated, an It's-It is a San Francisco original that is available only at select places along the west coast. Having both grown up on the west coast and having an insatiable sweet tooth,...

  • 7. People

    Huntington Park is a small but beautiful open space at the top of Nob Hill. It is surrounded by Grace Cathedral, the Pacific-Union Club, the Masonic Center, and numerous fancy spas and hotels. The...

  • 8. Seasonal Events

    What is “earthquake weather?” You’ll notice if you’re in the city on a certain rare kind of day that some people will bring up the subject of earthquake weather. Earthquake weather is typically an...

  • 9. Transportation Options / Issues

    All of the Bay Area bridges are toll bridges: $5 to go southbound on the Golden Gate Bridge (, and $4 to go westbound on the Bay Bridge (, San Mateo, Dumbarton...

  • 10. Protests

    San Francisco is a liberal city, where people have always felt inclined and empowered to speak their mind. Demonstrations and protests are not uncommon by any means. There are constant protests about...

  • 11. Fashion / Style

    I'm a 22 year old local and I like to think I have a pretty fashion forward sense of style. I have a basic San Francisco uniform that you can't go wrong with: start with a dark turtleneck (I wear...

  • 12. Art / Theater / Museums

    Just across the street from MOMA (Museum of Modern Art at 3rd and Mission), is my favorite place to see current artists' work, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. If you like looking at new art, see art...

  • 13. Celebrities

    As an outsider, I can't think of anyone whose writing about SF was to me any more entertaining and influential than Herb Caen. All his books (there are many) are available from the library, and I...

  • 14. Health Issues

    I saw these signs pretty much everywhere and figured they might be alarming to the skitterish visitor. A bewildering 1986 amendment to the California Heath and Safety code - known as Proposition 65 -...

  • 15. Information / Sources

    Try looking at the Craigslist and also Google search on jobs in San Francisco. Make sure to have a list of references (local) if you are trying to apply. There's not a lot of options for you if you...

  • 16. Sports / Recreation

    Anytime you are near Aquatic Park you are sure to see someone swimming out in the distance. Most likely, this is a member of the South End Swim Club. These hearty souls swim regularly in the Bay. For...

  • 17. VT Meetings / Member Antics

    The people in and around San Francisco are great! Hahaha, especially the VT-ers there! I just received my postcard signed by a lot of VT-ers from the VT-meeting :-)) Thanks everyone! It looks like...

  • 18. Cherry Blossom Festival

    Singing and dancing extravaganzas. All these folks are competitors in a round of karaoke competitions. This show was an "invitational" of all the best karaoke singers around. They all sang traditional...

  • 19. Watch the Fog Roll In

    My very first trip to San Francisco was back in 1985. I was a trainer and conducting a training class from Monday through Saturday. The classes were actually in...

  • 20. Get a Shoe Shine

    For the most part San Francisco's weather is rather temperate year round. You will never get very hot summer days in the city itself as the Pacific ocean...

  • 21. Anchor Steam Beer

    Anchor Brewing Company was founded in San Francisco in 1896, though it traces it roots back to the Gold Rush. In 1896, German immigrants purchased the brewery...

  • 22. Free massage at SF School of Massage

    My massage school has a free clinic. Students give free one hour massages. It runs on Mondays/Sundays (10am to 2pm) and Fridays (2pm to 6pm).I understand that...

  • 23. Small-Batch Artisanal Ice Cream

    Continuing our walk from the Mission District to the Castro District along 18th Street we saw a line of people on the other side of the street lined up for ice...

  • 24. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I’ve heard about this huge bluegrass festival that took place for 2 days in Golden Gate Park. And the best part of it? It was...

  • 25. RoboLoos

    Its official name is The Automated Public Convenience and they're essentially self-scrubbing toilets: • Push a button to enter• Do whatever it is that needs...

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