Fog City Hand-cut Furikake Fries with Garlic Aioli credit Kristen Loken

Fog City offers a historical taste of San Francisco

Fog City Exterior credit Heimo Schmid
Fog City by night. Photo courtesy of Heimo Schmid.

Written by Nadia Ibanez

When you visit San Francisco, you’ll probably get the usual run down:

“You have to check out Fisherman’s Wharf and get a bowl of chowder!”

“Go see the jail cells at Alcatraz and make sure you say hi to the seals!”

“Don’t leave without taking a cable car!!”

Yes, in my head, these sound like lovely things to do while you’re in town. But when it comes to visiting SF landmarks, my eyes and nose point in the direction of restaurant institutions serving customers for generations. One of these particular restaurants is Fog City along the Embarcadero.

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Mandarin Oriental San Francisco lets you treat yourself in every way imaginable

Rainy, cloudy days and the Transamerica Pyramid. This is San Francisco from the Mandarin Oriental.

Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez

Sometimes you’ve just got to treat yourself when you’re staying in a hotel. I have my personal favorites that I just don’t mind spending some extra cash on because I know that my experience and time enjoying the facilities will absolutely outweigh the red in my checkbook. The Mandarin Oriental San Francisco is one of those properties that screams, “Give in and enjoy yourself.”

While transitioning into my new apartment in the city, I had the absolute honor of being Mandarin Oriental’s guest for one raining evening. And I don’t think I could have asked for a perfect weather advisory to gently force me to stay in and enjoy every inch of my room.

The views outside my window at the Mandarin Oriental SF.

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White Swan Garden Deck

Petite Auberge and White Swan Inn are Nob Hill’s best-kept secret

White Swan Fireplace Lobby
Have some wine or breakfast in the parlor at White Swan.

Written by Nadia Ibanez, Photos courtesy of Petite Auberge and White Swan Inn

It’s hard to be unique or inventive when it comes to hotels in San Francisco. They’ve seen it all: luxury skyscraper accommodations, quirky bed and breakfasts, hostels and everything else in between. But when I tell you that I’ve never seen anything quite like sister properties Petite Auberge and White Swan Inn, it means that they’re in a league of their own.

Petite Auberge Deluxe King
My cozy room at Petite Auberge. Take. Me. Back.

Located in Nob Hill, these sister boutique hotels offers an amazing way to unwind after a day in the city. Traveling to SF for business or pleasure can be a bit stressful because of the amount of people and all of the things on your itinerary. But both Petite Auberge and White Swan Inn offer amenities that will make you feel like spending the night in, resting by your room’s fireplace and enjoying all of the perks.

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San Remo Hotel offers budget accommodations for Bohemian travelers and thrill seekers

Photo courtesy of the San Remo Hotel.

Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez

As I talk to San Francisco natives, local business owners and random people I encounter, I’m quickly learning the city’s history. From the Gold Rush that we all learned about in school, to the impact that Chinese immigration made to the city as a whole, San Francisco has some interesting stories to tell. And no hotel has more interesting story than the San Remo Hotel.

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Bocadillos in Jackson Square offers savory, rich tapas inspired by Spain’s Basque region

Photo courtesy of Bocadillos.

Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez

Since moving to San Francisco, it still amazes me how blurry the neighborhood and district lines are throughout the city. Go down one nondescript alley and you’ll find yourself straddling the borders of North Beach, Chinatown and Financial District all at the same time. One restaurant that I visited recently not only has a great location, but also offers ahh-mazing tapas inspired by the Basque region of Spain. Bocadillos in the Jackson Square neighborhood attracts business people going to and from FiDi, tourists and locals with the restaurant’s small bites and delicious Spanish wines.

Bocadillos-White-Wine-flightBocadillos invited me into their warm, brick-walled restaurant as their guest to explore their vast tapas and Spanish wine menu. Restaurant manager, Luke McKinley, was on hand to guide me through the menu and offer recommendations on his personal favorites. I started my meal off with a flight of white wines from Spain. Ask your server for a recommendation based on your personal preference and what you plan on having for your meal. Most of the white wines are bright with citrus and green apple notes and pair perfectly.

The Blood Orange Pinxto is the best way to start your meal. Photo courtesy of Bocadillos.

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