San Francisco Local Customs

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  • 1. S.F. Nicknames / Pride

    The great Chronicle gossip columnist, Herb Caen wrote a book in 1953 with this title, yet even Caen lamented that the nickname had a long tradition among gritty longshoreman and sailors. One problem...

  • 2. S.F. Diversity

    Serves Filipino Ethnic and International kinds of Breads and pastries this bakeshop has lots of branches in the west coast and hawaii and is a fil-am institution and one of their popular branches is...

  • 3. 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...

  • 4. Local Events

    Filipinos figure significantly in the history of San Francisco, and California more generally, because of a long history of trade relations that began with the Spanish in the 17th century. During the...

  • 5. 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...

  • 6. 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,...

  • 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. 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,...

  • 9. 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...

  • 10. 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...

  • 11. 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...

  • 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. 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...

  • 14. 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...

  • 15. 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...

  • 16. 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...

  • 17. 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 -...

  • 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. Dashiell Hammett Place

    Among the eleven alleyways dedicated to local authors, originally an inspiration of Beat Generation and City Lights Bookstore co-founder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti,...

  • 20. Jack Kerouac Alley

    On the Road author and Beat Generation Legend Jack Kerouac wrote his best works in San Francisco, and then stumbled died there of alcoholism. The small alley...

  • 21. SF Mime Troupe

    Founded in 1959 by dancer and mime, R.G. Davis, San Francisco Mimi Troupe has evolved from a pantomime performance backed by music, to a politically motivated...

  • 22. 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...

  • 23. 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...

  • 24. 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...

  • 25. 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...

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