Sunday, June 15, 2008

54th Annual Precious Cheese North Beach Festival

The world's biggest salami is just one of the many attractions at what claims to be the world's oldest street fair. This free fair, held over a weekend in mid-June, celebrates the attractions of North Beach, one of San Francisco's most historic neighborhoods. It features arts and crafts, live music and small press booksellers. In addition to the salami, one of the biggest attractions of the festival is the Italian food prepared by some of North Beach's finest restaurants.

KDFC 102.1 Classical Invasion Concert on the music stage in Washington Park

Washington Square Park, North Beach, San Francisco

Festival crowds on Green Street and Grant Avenue

Capp's Corner: Best North Beach Restaurant

Father's Day Luncheon: Linguini with Mussels and Clams

Saturday, June 07, 2008

San Francisco Embarcadero

East of Fisherman's Wharf stretches The Embarcadero where miles of deep water piers shelter ships of all flags. Passenger ships in port usually berth at Pier 35, near Fisherman's Wharf. Here, too, at the foot of Market Street, is the Ferry Building. Recently remodeled, the Ferry Building has been transformed into a vibrant public space housing high-end retailers, a food hall, restaurants and a farmers market. The Ferry Building is also the terminal for ferries to Marin County, Vallejo, Oakland and Alameda. Promenades extend along The Embarcadero from the Ferry Building, past the base of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge to the South Beach area near King Street. The pedestrian promenades are idea spots for sunning, picnicking, roller blading or jogging. Open to the general public Pier 7, at the foot of Broadway just north of the Ferry Building, is the longest pier in the city and offers picture-perfect views of the downtown skyline.

The Saturday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building

Herb Caen

California Hornblower - Pier 3

Pier 7

Sea lions and tourists at Pier 39

Fisherman's Wharf