I write and travel and travel and writes for the LAT Travel section, which means writing about Long Beach and London, Monrovia and Machu Picchu. I've been doing this for most of the last 20 years, but along the way I also spent about six years covering culture for the LAT Calendar section and wri...
Why: It's a handsome, green island in San Francisco Bay, popular with sailors, cyclists and hikers, just south of high-toned Tiburon. And from 1910 through 1940, it was something like a western Ellis Island, processing about half a million immigrants, including most of the 175,000 Chinese immigrants who arrived during those years. But those were not happy years.
Why: In an Italian American neighborhood full of dim, old bars and moody Italian cafes, this might be the most stylish of them all. If you're a cocktail person, order the House Cappuccino, watch the barkeeper make it in the gleaming silver espresso machine up front, and prepare for a pleasant little jolt.What: That warm jolt is bourbon, Armagnac, chocolate ganache and assorted secret ingredients. Like the atmosphere in deep, dark Tosca, the House Cappuccino goes back some decades.
Why: This is a fresh, sleek building in the city’s long-gritty, lately gentrifying Hayes Valley neighborhood, and it's devoted to jazz appreciation and education, with two performance spaces. The SFJAZZ Center opened in 2013 and calls itself "the first stand-alone structure in the country built specifically for jazz." What: Forty years ago, San Francisco had plenty of jazz haunts. Now many have closed (though these remain). So it’s fortunate that SFJazz has come along.
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