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Fun stuff to do on a Sunday night in the San Francisco Bay Area

I'll soon be flying to the Bay Area in order to attend a memorial service. My schedule is pretty structured for that weekend, but I'll have about five hours of free time (by myself) on a Sunday night. What's the best way to spend those hours? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Jun 26, 2014 - 7 answers

How in the heck can I watch Oakland A's games live?

Haven't owned a TV ever since I got a projector, but now that I'm back in the US I'd like to catch Oakland A's games on local broadcast. How to do this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Logistics problem with a single day in SF.

After a conference next week, my coworker and I have a day to kill in SF. We'll have a rental we're driving up from San Jose. And we need to be at SFO at 10pm. I'm making this MUCH harder than it needs to be. (snowflake details within) [more inside]
posted by DigDoug on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Can I bring baggage on the Oakland Ferry to San Francisco?

Taking the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Jack London Sq., but want to take the ferry to Pier 41 where I have a hotel waiting. But I've got luggage. Can I bring it on the ferry? No information on official site. Please help. Thanks so much! [more inside]
posted by itsjustcarlo on Apr 2, 2014 - 11 answers

The Search for Delicious: SF Edition

Where should I eat and drink in San Francisco? Specific parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Mar 25, 2014 - 33 answers

Things to buy for a San Francisco dinner party

Say I'm in the SF downtown area or thereabouts (I'm visiting, my geography is vague), what might be a nice local item to take to a dinner party as a gift (on a modest budget)? it could be dessert, it could be some kind of liquor, it could be some other snacks... thanks for any suggestions!
posted by zresearch on Feb 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Is my San Francisco bathroom required to have an exhaust fan?

SF renter here. The bathroom in my apartment has a window but no fan. The window opens onto an outdoor space that gets little breeze. Recently in the humid weather, my shower has began to smell like mildew even though I've scrubbed it down. This SFGate article says SF bathrooms with showers or tubs are required to have a mechanical fan. Is this only for newly-built houses or does this apply to all homes? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Feb 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Yet another San Francisco question..

We're headed to San Francisco next week just for a couple of days. We'll have a little additional time there, and we would like to do some shopping, see Chinatown and maybe Alcatraz. Any suggestions on shopping, and how to see Chinatown? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Jan 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Sourcing Spanish language materials in California

I am traveling to California for the holidays, and I am slowly learning Spanish. I'd like to use this trip to motivate my learning. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Dec 9, 2013 - 5 answers

New Year's Day in San Francisco

I'm spending New Year's in San Francisco so my partner and I can get married (no gay marriage allowed in Montana, so we're headed to the home state of both our families). We plan to be there with our parents and siblings for the event, but are not sure what to do with ourselves on the day of the 1st. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Nov 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Three Questions Regarding a Wedding in San Francisco.

My handsome fella and I are getting married in San Francisco, CA in early October! I was hoping to get some Mefi-approved recommendations for a restaurant, a hair salon, and a photographer! (I'm not expecting all three in one, but how amazing would THAT be?) [more inside]
posted by Aquifer on Sep 16, 2013 - 17 answers

San Francisco public transit from SFO to Nob Hill area?

I'm travelling to San Francisco today for a conference. It'll be my first time there, and I'd like to take public transit from the airport to my hotel - the Fairmont, on Mason St. It looks like I can take a train (BART?) from the airport to Powell St., Montgomery St., or Embarcadero, and walk from there. Is it reasonable to ride the train at 7 PM with a largeish rolling carryon bag and a backpack? Which station should I walk from, if I don't mind a bit of a walk but want to avoid overly-sketchy areas?
posted by pocams on Aug 20, 2013 - 23 answers

San Francisco for teenagers.

My younger brother, a rising senior in high school, will be visiting me in the Bay Area next week. We will have 2-3 days to spend in the city (really, any place accessible by Caltrain). I need an itinerary of fun places to check out. The main criteria are that anything you recommend should be easily accessible by public transport, not too remote, and also immediately spectacular for teenage boys and other people without particular interests. Yes: museums with minimal reading, weird architecture, cable cars, great views, robots and video games, and so on. No: major league sports, "funky boutiques," "must-eat restaurants." The rest of our week will be mostly spent outdoors, so indoors is OK. Thanks for suggestions!
posted by Nomyte on Aug 19, 2013 - 36 answers

Staying alive is expensive.

How do you save money on things like food during a long hospital stay? In San Francisco, hotel has no fridge or microwave. [more inside]
posted by perryfugue on Aug 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Best stores for zines in San Francisco

I'll be in San Francisco for about twelve hours, and I would like to find a bookstore or two that have an amazing zine selection. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Unified Theory on Aug 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Bridge club/school in SF

Can anyone recommend a friendly bridge (the card game) club in San Francisco? I wouldn't mind taking an intro class to brush up, since my knowledge of both conventions and strategy are pretty slipshod and semi-self-taught. Ideally there would be a critical mass minority of younger folks (let's say <30) around.
posted by serelliya on May 29, 2013 - 2 answers

Mission: Dinner

Where should I eat dinner tonight in the San Francisco Mission district? It will probably be just me. I like pretty much anything, but prefer the interesting hole-in-the wall to fine dining.
posted by exceptinsects on May 2, 2013 - 25 answers

How to submit an original document from 5,000+ miles away

I'm a photographer, and next Thursday I'm planning to shoot a fashion editorial in San Francisco. Being a smart cookie, I want to get a permit to shoot so that I don't get stopped, or arrested or, well, anything else nasty. But apparently I must submit the documents in person. What, if anything, can I do? [more inside]
posted by gmb on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Ashtanga/Vinyasa Yoga in San Francisco

I want to find a good yoga studio in San Francisco that offers both ashtanga and vinyasa/flow in a guided but fairly traditional style. Reasonable student rates and easy access from the Mission St BART are pluses. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Apr 13, 2013 - 1 answer

All I got was his phone number-- how to thank him?

What generic thank-you gift (between $10-20) can I give to someone working in SF when the only contact information I have is their iPhone number? [more inside]
posted by samthemander on Feb 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Is it better to avoid visiting San Francisco during Outside Lands?

We are hoping to spend a long weekend in San Francisco in August and get married on a Monday at City Hall. We were looking at the weekend of August 10-11, but it looks like the Outside Lands festival is going on that weekend. Is the city going to be crazy that weekend? Will it be hard to find hotels & make restaurant reservations? Will the hotels be more full than usual with partying people? Should we do it the weekend before (August 3-4) instead, or is it likely that there's something else going on that weekend that will make things just as crowded? Any other logistical advice? We are doing a small family wedding - probably 11 people, including us and two small kids. Thanks very much!
posted by fussbudget on Feb 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Charlie don't surf (but needs to ship a board)

I am in San Francisco for a few days visiting a friend. My friend has a board that needs to be shipped to Texas. I have called the local surf shop (Wise Surf), but they don't have any board boxes at the moment, and won't have any until well after I leave. Is there a service (UPS, FedEx, etc) that will take a board, package and ship it for us? I can't find any such on the Googles. Cost is not a huge issue, we just want to get this done.
posted by drfu on Feb 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Two houses, one lot

I've noticed something kind of unusual in many of the residential houses in San Francisco. Often times there's a primary residence facing the street (for example a three-story Victorian) and then a second, more modern building in the back yard (like a one- or two-story cottage). There's a second street number and usually a little gate to access the back building. It seems like a different family occupies the back unit than the front unit (and the front unit is sometimes further subdivided into what I assume are condos). A bunch of naive questions: [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Feb 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Peer-to-peer bike rental SF

Oh no! Liquid went down for a winter break! Just as I arrived in SF and was hoping to put in a few rides next week... is there another way to ride a decent (does not have to be pro) road bike for less than $60/day? Have helmet, safe night storage, but no lock, no lights. Rides planned for Tue/Wed/Thu next week. Any suggestions? TIA!
posted by gijsvs on Feb 1, 2013 - 11 answers

demissionization

Help me have fun in San Francisco but not get stuck in the Mission! What's your favorite spot? [more inside]
posted by cosmologinaut on Jan 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Where can we our host our event in Chicago and San Fran?

I'm frantically looking for a certain type of event venue in San Fran and Chicago. Please help! (Snowflakey details inside.) [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Jan 14, 2013 - 19 answers

ISO a song called "Magazine" from the mid-late 90s

Asking for a friend, who says: I'm looking for a song called "Magazine" that I seem to recall was by a local San Francisco artist, popular in the 1996-1998 timeframe. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jan 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Interesting destinations between LA and San Fran??

What exciting things should we do/eat/see/visit on our road trip from San Francisco to LA in early january? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Dec 21, 2012 - 19 answers

Roadblock: Who wants to get down?

Every year for our gift exchange, there's a theme. This year the theme is kind of action - adventure related, think about some of the activities on the Amazing Race. I'd like to give something more "do something" than "get something" this year, given the following parameters: I'm looking for things like zip lines, running-related, climbing activities, bungee jumping, etc. I don't live in the area so the phone / email / online part is important since I can't go down in person.
posted by curse on Dec 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Where can I buy escarole (broad-leaved endive) in SF today?

I was hoping to make an escarole (broad-leaved endive) dish for Thanksgiving tomorrow, but haven't been able to find anywhere to actually buy escarole. [more inside]
posted by outlaw of averages on Nov 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Bill Cosby - VW - San Francisco - Hilltop car lot

Can someone point me to the routine where Bill Cosby talks about driving a VW in San Francisco, stops on a hill and can't get going because of the clutch? "Go around" he yells to the person behind him, but that person, too, is driving a VW...?
posted by madmatx on Nov 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Finding your people in SF

Just moved to SF. What can I do to meet like-minded people and make friends around here? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Oct 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Should I move to San Francisco?

Should I move to San Francisco? Every reason in the world to move, and one reason not to. [more inside]
posted by blue rare on Oct 8, 2012 - 35 answers

San Francisco's greatest portals

SFFilter! I have a friend who has a photography assignment due on Monday -- six photos, with the theme of portals/entrances. They need to take photos of six distinctive entranceways/ doorways/ portals/ passages in San Francisco. Places that open up to amazing, distinctive sights and vistas... possibly even some outdoor locations, garden gates, etc. that are semi-enclosed, and have interesting subjects behind them. They'd especially appreciate Art Deco subjects and locations within walking distance of the downtown. Can the MeFi hivemind recommend some great portals to shoot, with a sense of mystery, wonder, and excitement on what lies beyond?
posted by markkraft on Oct 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Plane, train, automobile? SF to LAX

Plane, train, or automobile? Which is the cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by babbageboole on Sep 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Be vewwwy quiet...

I would like to hunt wild pigs. Only problem? I'm a liberal Democrat, I live in San Francisco, and I've never been hunting before. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 19, 2012 - 29 answers

at&t vs. verizon for iphone in bay area?

Should I choose ATT or Verizon for iPhone in San Francisco/Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Sep 16, 2012 - 20 answers

When you come to a fork in the road, take it: Seattle or San Francisco?

You've been offered the same position with the same company in your choice of two offices: Seattle or San Francisco. The salary is the same in both positions but, due to a cost of living adjustment, the pay is higher in SF. What are some of the factors you'd consider in deciding where to go? Which would you choose and why? [more inside]
posted by IdRatherNotSay on Aug 26, 2012 - 50 answers

Hospitals in San Francisco

What Hospital(s) would a tourist who had an accident in San Francisco likely be sent to? [more inside]
posted by Elmore on Aug 2, 2012 - 28 answers

Where is the drainage divide of San Francisco?

Where is the drainage divide of San Francisco, separating areas of the city that drain to San Francisco Bay from those that drain directly to the Pacific Ocean? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Aug 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Where does one buy specialty magazines without bookstores around?

Where can I find a copy of the new sci-fi New Yorker in the Financial District of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Jun 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to View the Transit of Venus Near San Francisco

The Transit of Venus is June 5! Where is a beautiful, romantic spot for viewing within 30-60 minute drive of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Jun 4, 2012 - 10 answers

SFO to MSP: A (hopefully) Painless Move

Moving from San Francisco to Minneapolis: Best way to schlep our stuff? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on May 15, 2012 - 6 answers

The San Francisco Treeeeee

Tree Identification Filter - What is this tree from the streets of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on May 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Sushi in San Francisco

What are your favorite sushi restaurants in San Franscisco? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me feed my coworkers to prevent them from mutinying.

Where can I pick up coffee/breakfast for a dozen people before 6AM tomorrow in Japantown/Lower Pacific Heights in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Apr 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Best job for a 19yr old male?

Best job for a 19yr old male? (Turning 20 in August) [more inside]
posted by JamesBlakeAV on Apr 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Know a good bar for MMA fans in SF?

Recommendations for a bar in San Francisco where I could get them to put on tonight's Bellator 65 MMA event on MTV2? [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog on Apr 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Buy a wig and sleep on Owlsley's floor?

I'm looking for a cheaper alternative to the Marriott Marquis hotel in San Francisco. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

I want to wake up in the city that's never flat.

Going to San Francisco for two nights! Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by greenland on Mar 23, 2012 - 18 answers

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