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Category: San Francisco Food (12)

December is here and San Francisco streets are lighting up with beautiful and festive Holiday scenery. There’s no doubt that Christmas season is almost upon us, and although it’s only the first week of December, it’s hard to contain the excitement of the season! This year, our holiday spotlight is on the famous buzzing plaza at the heart of San Francisco… Union Square!

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Every year, Union Square hosts a month-long event called Winter Walk where the famous plaza is festively decorated with scenery including 17,000 square feet of green space, food trucks, beer and wine gardens, and many different performances and events. Visitors come out from all over the Bay area to enjoy treats and take Instagramable pictures at the mobile photo stations with their friends and family to spread the Christmas joy.

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Apart from the many food trucks offering delicious treats and meals, Winter Walk also has scheduled performances throughout the month of December that will definitely immerse you in the Holiday spirit! Here is a list of upcoming events found on the event website, including themed performances, carols, and even disco-parties.

  • December 6: Dickens Fair Choir from 11:30 am-12:30 pm
  • December 6: “Mean Girls” themed drag performance by local drag queen Tye and friends at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm & 7:30 pm
  • December 7: Performance by the Salvation Army Children’s Choir
  • December 9: Urban Flowers – Wreath & Centerpiece Demos from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
  • December 13 and 21: Pop-up appearances by the Bay Area’s beloved Dickens Fair
  • December 13: Silent Disco presented by HUSHconcerts from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • December 15: Core Power Yoga from 11:00-11:30 am
  • December 16: Urban Flowers – Wreath & Centerpiece Demos from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
  • December 21: Special Winter Solstice performance by Luminescent Grand (the world’s first synesthesia piano)
  • December 23: Museum of Craft & Holiday Craft Station from 11:00 am-2:00 pm

 

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Another Holiday-highlight from Union Square is their famous outdoor Ice Rink located at the center of the plaza. Every Christmas season, the rink opens and is surrounded by holiday decorations such as the massive Macys Christmas tree, lights, and more. There are also special themed events and parties happening during the month of December, including free ice-skating lessons if you are a beginner. You can check out their full list of events on their calendar!

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It may not snow in San Francisco, but that shouldn’t stop you from all the Holiday fun happening in the city.

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It’s the end of November already, can you believe it? That also means Thanksgiving is coming up very soon! As the weather gets colder, we know how it is tempting to stay at your cozy San Francisco rooms and snuggle up in some thick blankets. Thankfully, that is what this Thursday is all about! Break is here and you can stay at your warm and cozy San Francisco student or corporate housing while enjoying some yummy Thanksgiving snacks. If you still have not prepared your Thursday feast, we found some wonderful and delicious Holiday dinner and treats to get you going!

For a full list of ingredients and recipe, just click on the title and it will redirect you to it!

 

1. Sweet Potato Casserole

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Savory, sweet, and buttery mashed sweet potatoes topped with Pecans? Now that sounds like a real treat! This desert will truly satisfy anyone that comes over for Thanksgiving dinner, especially if they have a sweet tooth. All you need is some sweet potatoes, brown sugar, milk, butter, vanilla, and eggs to whisk up this delicious recipe!

 

2. Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Macaroni and Cheese is one of America’s favorite comfort food, but that is not without a reason. You can never go wrong with some good ole’ macaroni on your dinner table, and everyone is sure to love it! This recipe is essentially our traditional macaroni with a little twist. Extra cheese, onions, paprika, and other delicious ingredients are added to the top while the dish is baked to perfection in the oven! Definitely check this recipe out.

 

3. Homemade Cranberry and Orange Sauce

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Sweet and tangy, you can’t forget the bowl of cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving feast! Skip the canned cranberries and check out this super quick and easy recipe for your perfect homemade cranberry sauce! All you need is: fresh cranberries, oranges, sugar, and a cinnamon stick… That’s it!

 

4. Traditional Apple Crisps

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Do I hear another delicious homemade desert? Old-Fashioned Apple Crisps have been around for ages, and it never loses popularity! This recipe adds some extra flavor to the apple crisps using lemons or oranges so that the desert has a bright and sweet taste. You can also add some vanilla ice-cream on the side to finish off the treat and indulge in the deliciousness of this recipe!

 

5. Classic Roast Turkey

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Last but definitely not least, Thanksgiving would not be complete without a delicious roast Turkey! Roasting a Turkey at home may sound intimidating at first because of the long lists of ingredients and the seemingly never-ending cook time, but we assure you that it is actually very simple! If you have never roasted a Turkey by yourself, check out this step-by-step recipe on how to roast your own turkey at home!

 

Warm up in your fully furnished San Francisco housing and treat yourself to some delicious dinner and treats this Thanksgiving!

We wish you all a wonderful and happy Holiday!

The weather is cooling imperceptibly as ‘Karl the fog’ has began to coat the city in a blanket of mist. The leaves are turning from their summer green into a pinwheel of warm hues. San Francisco college students don their Uggs and sweatpants and retreat to their San Francisco dorm rooms, like a bear to its cave, only with the intention to hibernate alongside hours of Netflix binge watching. Just like the annual cyclical ritual of a bird’s flight South in the Winter, so does your stomach promptly begin to crave Starbucks’ PSL and candy corn at the stroke of midnight on the first morning of October. Ghouls and ghosts, witches and spiders deck store windows all up and down Union Street, and some stores already have Christmas decorations up. Instagram has become flooded with photos of artfully foamed lattes with #sweaterweather punctuating a caption about ‘Falling for Fall’.

There is no doubt about it: Autumn is upon us.

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Now while you may fret and bemoan the change of season, Fall in your San Francisco housing is a beautiful time of the year. The large selection of San Francisco’s amazing coffee beverages sound extra warm and comforting, and absolutely nothing sounds better than turning on those twinkle lights and settling in for a Harry Potter movie marathon in your San Francisco room rental.

But perhaps best of all, Autumn in San Francisco means pumpkin everything – pumpkin spice lattes, a million pumpkin inspired goodies at Trader Joes, cute pumpkin decorations in every window of the city, pumpkin pie, and, best of all, time for your annual trip to the pumpkin patch! Often, living in a city means few local farms and pumpkin patches to get the full pumpkin picking ~experience~. Luckily for you, the Bay Area has dozens of local farms, farm stands, and seasonal pumpkin patches where you can go to pick out your perfect pumpkin pal! Many of these pumpkin farms patches offer so much more than pumpkins – seasonal fun activities like petting zoos, corn mazes, hay rides, and haunted houses! So whether you are a Bay Area parent taking your child or a student living in San Francisco, grab your ghouls and gals, your PSLs and LOLs,  and head on over to one of these fun little pumpkin patches to get spooky season off to a great start!

 

ABC Tree Farms & Pumpkin Patches

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A few locations – Hours: varies by location – Phone: 408-393-6303

This pumpkin patch chain operates 18 pumpkin patches across the Bay Area, mostly in the city!  This pumpkin patch has a ton of fun games and activities, inflatable carnival rides, photo areas, and a variety of beautiful pumpkin varieties grown on farms in the Pacific Northwest. This pumpkin patch runs from late September through October 31st. Admission is free, but there is an admission fee for children ages 2-12 that wish to play on the inflatable amusements.

 

Arata Pumpkin Farm

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185 Verde Rd., Half Moon Bay – Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 8pm. – Phone: 650-726-7548

Arata Pumpkin Farm is the oldest working farm in San Mateo County, and features a ton of fun activities including the 2-acre Minotaur- inspired Labyrinth Hay Maze, a train ride, and a petting zoo. You can pack your own lunch and enjoy it in the picnic area! Admission is free, but the corn maze and other activities have varied fees.

 

Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch

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850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay – Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30am–5:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00am–5:30pm.- Phone: 650-726-4980

Half Moon Bay is the unofficial pumpkin spot, home to the world-famous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch is best known for their wide range of pumpkins and squash – Over 60 varieties! This farm is also one of the only local pumpkin patches that wis dog friendly, so you can bring your canine best friend along for the fun! The pumpkin patch is open mid-September through Halloween.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

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If you really, really, really love pumpkin season and you live in the Bay Area, you won’t want to miss this landmark local festival in Half Moon Bay. Now in its 46th year, the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival is one California’s most famous fall festivals. The event features the world-championship winning biggest pumpkin of the year, a parade, fall food and activities, live music, and kid-friendly rides, games, and activities. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which funds local community service organizations and civic improvements.

 

Lemos Farm

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12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay – Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am-5:00pm. – Phone: 650-726-2342

This farm is best for kids or forever young adults, including a variety of fun activities including hay rides, pony rides, a spooky Ghost Train, a bounce house, a petting zoo, and, best of all, the Scare Zone haunted house! The haunted house has a ‘Halloween Fun’ version for the easily spooked, and a super spooky Scare Zone for the scream enthusiasts. The farm is open every day in October. Admission is free but the activities have varied fees.

 

Perry Farms

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34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont – Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 7pm. Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 7pm. – Phone(510) 793-6658

Perry Farms is unique in that it is located on the historic Ardenwood Estate in Fremont, which is now an organic farm. All of the pumpkins are grown on site! The farm includes a kids-size corn-maze, character cutout photo ops, a hay pyramid and hay rides.  The pumpkin patch is open every day in October. Admission is free Monday through Friday, $1.00 per person on Saturdays and Sundays. Children under two enter for free.

 

Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch

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Santa Teresa Blvd. at Bailey Ave., San Jose – Hours:  Sunday to Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm,  Friday to Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  – Phone: 408-763-1093

Every fall, the cute family-owned Spina Farms opens their pumpkin patch in San Jose. This pumpkin patch features more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and a beautiful bounty of other fall produce, all grown locally in the Coyote Valley! The pumpkin patch includes a train ride, pony rides, a hay ride, and a petting zoo. This patch lets you pack your own lunch and enjoy it in their adorable picnic area, so grab some of Fall’s bounty and a piece of pumpkin bread and enjoy!  The Pumpkin Patch is open starting on the 28h of September and through the month of October.

 

Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park

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14485 Monterey Rd., San Martin – Hours: Open at 9 a.m. ; close times vary between 5-9 p.m. – Phone: 408-778-7225

This local Coyote Valley farm has so much more than pumpkin picking to offer! This local farm has a large variety of fun activities for kids and San Francisco students of all ages, including petting zoo, butterfly garden, train rides, hay rides, a corn maze, ‘pumpkin blasters’,  the famous Pumpkin Pyramid (a stack of 4,000 pumpkins!), and ‘the Great Pumpkin Weigh-off’, where pumpkin farmers from throughout the west coast can enter their big orange beauts to compete for over $25,000 in prizes. Open October 1-31. Admission is free and parking is free on weekdays. On weekends, there is a parking fee of $5. Cash only.

 

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We hope we helped kick off your pumpkin spirit this October! Happy Fall to all!

Want to read about more fun things to do in the Bay Area? Check out our other blog posts exploring SF here!

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Post written by contributor Isabelle Kaplan

 

 

The last few moments of Summer are slipping away, and you can feel it. School has started, Summer Fridays are a thing of the past, and you are already seeing your tan fade. But Summer isn’t over yet! The sky is still blue and clear, the weather is still warm, and you are still rocking your white pants, since Labor Day is still ahead. Whether you are a student living in SF or work a full time job, you are looking forward to the long weekend ahead.  You are anxious to get out of your short stay apartment in San Francisco, get outside, and drink in the last few days of Summer sunshine before accepting your San Francisco Fall fate. So we have got you covered, with a big list of fun Labor Day activity options for all! Here’s to a long weekend so full of fun and sunshine that you forget all about changing leaves and pumpkin spice lattes.

Enjoy Art, Music and Wine in one place

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The 48th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival is taking over downtown Millbrae from September 1-2 from 10 am to 5 pm, in celebration of the last blast of summer. This event is Mardi-Gras themed, and massive crowds are expected to show up for the incredible lineup of music, art, food, and entertainment. The event features live music on stage and throughout the streets, and the performers include Petty Theft, Illegals, Rock Steady SF, East Bay Mudd, Patron Music, Viva La Reve, Loudin’ Cleer, John Clarke, Bob Culbertson, Stephen Dreyfuss and HeartStrings Music. As you jam along, you can walk through the 250+ professional artists, craftmakers, and vendors showing their latest handcrafted wares, food and drink, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays and the “Classically Cool Car Show.”  There is also a dance showcase, a 200’ zip-line across Broadway, carnival rides and games, and all sorts of fun entertainment that will entertain youngsters and childish adults alike!

 

Explore Your City!

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This Labor Day weekend, San Francisco City Guides is offering free, guided walking tours all over San Francisco. Here is the full list of tours this weekend:

9:30 am – Japanese Tea Garden

10:00 am – 1906: Earthquake And Fire

10:00 am – Chinatown

11:00 am – Japanese Tea Garden – 11AM

11:00 am – Fisherman’s Wharf: A Hidden History

1:00 pm – American History in Golden Gate Park

1:00 pm – Japanese Tea Garden

1:30 pm – Chinatown

2:00 pm – Making Waves on the Waterfront

7:00 pm – North Beach By Night

 

Salsa Under the Stars

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If you want to dance your labor day weekend away, the 9th Annual Salsa Festival at the Fillmore Center Plaza is the place for you. From Friday to Saturday August 31 to September 1st, from 6-10pm, you can salsa your heart out at the Fillmore Center Plaza! This salsa fiesta features free salsa lessons from J Luis, live music, a DJ, and the biggest outdoor salsa dance party under the stars.

 

Jam to the Blues

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If blues is more your scene, check out the 2nd annual Morgan Hill Blues Festival! This family-friendly event takes place at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Amphitheater. Guests are invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy this years incredible blues lineup. Bring lawn chains and blankets so you can post up, and there will be a number of delicious food vendors available at the event for your snacking pleasure. The lineup includes Maxx Cabella Jr., Ladee Chico, Hendrik Martin, Alvin Draper, Kaye Bohler, Burnin Vernon Davis, Tony John & The Lucy Street Project, and AJ Crawdaddy.

 

Catch a Baseball Game

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Whats a more American way to celebrate a long weekend than baseball? From August 31 to September 2nd, the San Francisco Giants are taking on the New York Mets at AT&T Park! You can cheer on your three-time World Series Champion Giants as they (undoubtedly) crush the New York Mets in a three-game series. Fun Labor Day weekend events include Fireworks night on August 31st, where you can enjoy a fireworks show alongside the ball game, Fellowship Day with a Fellowship-themed Giants blanket giveaway on September 1st, and Buster Posey socks on September 2nd.

 

That’s all we got folks! Have a great Labor Day weekend, and let us know what you end up doing to celebrate!

 

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We pride ourselves in our diverse, worldly, and dynamic team here at Urbanests, and we want you to get to know us better!

Today, we are profiling Thatcher Richins! Thatcher is a Motorsport enthusiast, loves anything mechanical, and really knows his way around SF ( read on for some incredible insider recommendations for cool spots in SF!)

 

Name:

Thatcher Richins

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Where are you from originally?

Sacramento, California

 

What brought you to SF?

I was here very very often growing up. So, from a young age, I fell in love with the hustle and bustle of city life. I think that kind of vibrant, busy environment is something  I thrive in, personally. I also wanted to move away from Santa Cruz – Amazingly living here was cheaper than the insane population bloat and impossible rental market that came from UCSC!

 

Tell us an interesting fact about you.

Motorsport is my favorite sport to watch. I watched over half of Le Mans a few years back.

Do you have any hobbies, talents, or interests?

Anything mechanical. Without a garage, recently i’ve been building and painting models of mechanical things real or ficticious.


How are you involved at Urbanests?

I do general operations work for the company, but I also manage the property at 1010 Bush Street. Since I manage the property, I also live there, and I love it. The Balmoral, or 1010 Bush Street.  Lower Nob Hill is a great neighborhood that’s pretty much at the center of everything.

 

                                   1010 Bush Residences

 

Do you know any secret spots in the city we should know about? 

There’s about a hundred public private spaces in the city, that most people don’t know about. The best maintained one I’ve seen is on top of the Fairmont Hotel.

 

What is your favorite thing to do in the city? 

Riding around between errands or on the way to meet up with people. You’ll never see the whole city just by walking or taking the bus. Always try to take a slightly different route and you’ll be able to get around without your phone in no time.

 

Got a restaurant recommendation for us?

Yes! Check out Toyose. It’s an amazing late night Korean restaurant in outer sunset. Bring friends, wait times can be brutal before 10pm.

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