Places to visit
1. Pier 39.
Although there are many active piers in San Francisco, Pier 39 continues to be one of the most popular for tourists. With shops, restaurants and more, Pier 39 is always busy with people looking to get their first taste of the city. The sea lions are often visible, lounging on the nearby wharf. There is also an aquarium featuring creatures from the bay and a historic carousel.
2. The Golden Gate Bridge.
There are few things more iconic than the Golden Gate Bridge. This massive suspension bridge spans over the bay and has been named one of the wonders of the modern world. Built in the 1930s, this impressive structure remains a defining feature of the city. While it can be time-consuming to cross the bridge on some days, it is worth finding a good view. Two of the most popular spots include South Vista Point and Fort Point. Some people also choose to walk or bike across the bridge, which is a good alternative during rush hour.
3. Ghiardelli Square.
Located near Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiardelli Square is a historical gathering point in the city. The square is often crowded thanks to the popular eateries and shops that call the area home. The square is named for the D. Ghirardelli Company, which produces delectable chocolate and is still located in the square today. There is also a fountain and a clock tower, and Ghiardelli Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
4. Alcatraz Island.
Although most people come to the city for leisure, that has not always been the case. Alcatraz Island is situated just off the coast and was used historically to house some of the most notorious criminals in America. Due to the cost of operating the facility, Alcatraz was shuttered as a prison in the 1960s. After that, the island was abandoned until it was used by Native Americans during a protest. Eventually, Alcatraz was declared a historic landmark and now operates tours for guests.
5. Hippie Quarter.
To start off a day about the city, be sure to try Mama’s. Located on Washington Square, Mama’s commands huge crowds every day it is open. Some of the most popular menu items include French toast and eggs Benedict. Mama’s has been open for over 50 years and continues to cater to the crowds with hearty meals that are both familiar and unexpected. In addition to the menu for breakfast and lunch, there is also a popular bake shop located in the restaurant featuring a wide range of baked goods.
For a midday break, try the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. This quintessential eatery is a high-end treat, but many guests find the experience worthwhile. Not only is the dining room immaculate, but the food is expertly prepared and diligently served. More than all that, the ambiance is impossible to beat. The restaurant is located at the top of the building, giving diners a view of the exquisite glass dome. The dining area also features a view of the atrium, which looks down four floors over the rest of the building.
Tea is not considered an American pastime, but tea rooms are easy to find in San Francisco. When looking for things to do during a visit, trying tea time can be a nice treat. While there is ample information about many tea rooms in the area, one of the best places to start is Lovejoy’s. Lovejoy’s strives to be cozy and eclectic, featuring mismatched decor and homemade touches. There is a full range of options to consider for tea, including bottomless pots, sandwiches, fruit and more.
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Here are a few of Silicon Valley’s most popular Irish pubs:
O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub
At O’Flaherty’s, you’ll find an authentic a bit of old Ireland; in fact, it’s so authentic, a number of regular patrons are Irish-born themselves. Located in downtown San Jose, O’Flaherty’s is the No. 1 seller of Guinness in all of Silicon Valley, largely due to the fact that it serves Guinness on draft, which you can’t always find in other pubs. This, plus the pub’s authentic-styled ambiance, is probably also the reason that O’Flaherty’s was chosen to host the Irish rugby team during its recent visit to California. If you’re craving dark wood walls, brass rails and draft Guinness, then you’ll find everything you crave at O’Flaherty’s.
The Duke of Edinburgh
As one of the oldest pubs in Silicon Valley, the Duke of Edinburgh also offers a truly authentic experience that literally includes its four walls. That’s because its entrepreneurs ordered the pub to be built-in England in 1983, after which the pieces were exported to Oakland in a container ship and reconstructed in Cupertino. Everything from the ceiling and walls to the carpeting on the floor is from England.
The Duke of Edinburgh is a warm and friendly place, but according to its loyal regulars, it’s not a youth-oriented party pub where youngsters can get rip-roaring drunk and try to pick up dates all night. Instead, it’s a place to meet and talk, have darts games and watch soccer games on television.
Martins West Gastropub
If you want to combine your Irish pub experience with a bit of authentic Old Country fare, then you can’t do better than to visit Martins West Gastropub, where you’ll find a menu that includes bona fide pub dishes such as black pudding and Scottish eggs. Martins is modeled after another Martins, located in Scotland, and according to chef Michael Dotson, who has visited the original, the Old Country portion of its menu harkens back to its Scottish-based counterpart.
As a nod to California, however, this pub also features local delights such as pheasant and leek sausage and organic burgers. In addition, the bar offers a number of artisan farmhouse ales to go with its roster of traditional Irish favorites.
Whether you’re looking for draft Guinness and black pudding, or a pint of farmhouse ale and a bit of conversation and telly watching, you’re sure to satisfy your cravings for the Old Country with a visit to Silicon Valley.
Adults looking for interesting experiences in and around the Silicon Valley will not be disappointed. From the seas, to the stars, to the scenery, activities abound. Here are some things to do that, together, offer an eclectic and diverse array of experiences for adults to enjoy.
The Lick Observatory
Science and scenery make for a uniquely stimulating experience at the Lick Observatory. This active research facility is located at the summit of Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Range east of San Jose and the Silicon Valley.
At 4200 ft elevation, views are fabulous even with the naked eye. Time your visit in conjunction with the telescope schedule, and escape your terrestrial confines as you peer out into the heavens.
NASA’s Ames Exploration Center
NASA maintains the Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, 15 minutes northwest of San Jose. It is one of ten such NASA centers in the country, dedicated to advancing NASA’s various key missions. At the entrance is the Ames Exploration Center, where there are many things to do.
At 10:30am on weekdays and 11:30am on weekends, the staff leads visitors on a tour of the solar system. At 2pm on weekdays and at 3pm on weekends, there’s an hour-long presentation on the Mars Rover Curiosity. Opening in late March is the Shuttle Cockpit Simulator, which demonstrates how Ames researchers continue to improve the interaction between humans and computers. On display is a sample of lunar rock retrieved by the crew of Apollo 15 from the Moon’s Hadley-Apennine region.
Immersive theater offers Hi-Def videos of simulated journeys through the Milky Way and Mars mission visualizations. Also on display is the original wind tunnel version of SOFIA, the stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. This air-borne observatory is designed to supplement the work of the Hubble and other space telescopes and earth-based observatories as well.
The Red and White Fleet
Board one of the ships of the Red and White Fleet at Pier 43 1/2 in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf and you’ll participate in a Bay area tradition that dates back to 1892. This family owned business offers the sightseeing expertise that will be appreciated. Seating is offered both inside and out.
The Golden Gate Bay Cruise occurs many times daily beginning at 10am. This one hour cruise includes views of Alcatraz and the many sites throughout the Bay area. Headphone narration is offered in 12 different languages. The Bridge-to-Bridge Tour lasts an hour and a half and treats passengers to endless views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
The Red and White Fleet offers both daytime and sunset cruises. The San Francisco skyline will deliver fabulous views at any time of day. From spring through fall, the two-hour California Sunset Cruise delivers to you the richly hued colors of San Francisco Bay. Liquid libations midst this seafaring experience will be especially savored at the cash bars. Evening tours are replete with an appetizer buffet and live guitar music. Beer, wine, and soda are also included.
The Fish Market
Great seafood options abound at The Fish Market, whether you go to their Palo Alto or San Jose locations. Try the smoked rainbow trout for an appetizer. Swordfish is included among the main entrees. One reviewer said she was so impressed by the staff that she came back with a couple dozen cupcakes for them.
Carry Nations in Los Gatos
This cocktail bar in downtown Los Gatos is a perfect place to unwind and share in the memories of the day’s adult activities across the Silicon Valley. week night are a particularly relaxing time to enjoy an after-dinner drink served up by one of the cordial bartenders.
Articles written by Jean-Pierre Prieur - Copyright ©2013 mountainviewfun.com - All Rights Reserved
San Francisco burgers are a tradition that is like baseball apple pie and Chevrolet. A good Hamburger is often illusive and keeps itself hidden. Some people claim they know a good burger place but then you get there and the place is just like the regular old run of the mill “B” place. Well here is a collection of burger places that take the meaning of a great burger to a new level of expectations.
Try Super Duper Burgers, with three locations in San Francisco, Two on Market St and one on Chester. Their hours of operation are from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm . Super Duper Burgers offers a traditional California styled “B” that is out f this world. For starters there’s the traditional ¾ lb burger created from Angus Beef. All the trimmings like tomatoes, lettuce, and ketchup are available to help make that burger of choice special. What really makes Super Duper Burger shine is that they make a Portobello Mushroom burger that is smashing The large mouth-watering burger just entices you to bite right into it. Homemade pickles are made right at Super Doopers and let me tell you they are the best pickles you can get A great burger wouldn’t be the best without a fantastic order of homemade style fire. Super Dooper has fries, onion rings and many other tantalizing choices to toss into your Gourmet “B” combination. This place is the best!
Try the Roam’s Artisan Burgers with Friends, located on Fillmore St in San Francisco is another awesome choice to experience the taste of a mouth-watering Bison Burger. Bison Burgers are 100% free range fed and offer one of the leanest meats available. The juicy burger’s that Roam’s Artisan Burgers create from Free range Turkeys are the talk of San Francisco. Turkey know for its healthy and lean properties is prepared in a Turkey Patty that make your mouth water when you take a bite of this gourmet hamburger . Maybe your into the health scene well Roams Artisan Burgers has another great feature that isn’t offered anywhere else in San Francisco. Homemade organic Veggie Burgers are yours for the taking. Roam’s Artisan Burgers shows off its uniqueness with this combination of healthy food fare.
You have to Try the “Pearls Deluxe Burgers” on Post St is off the hook when it comes to traditional style and flavored burgers. San Francisco and its tradition of “B” places are many, but there are those hamburger places that are truly a cut above the rest. Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers is one of those Burger places! With 15 choices of different burgers the menu is full of choices. Buffalo, chicken, turkey, mushroom, are just a few of the many type’s of burgers that Pearl’s offers its guest. San Francisco tourist who visit this Burger joint should know they have been to dine at a place that is one of the best on the northern California Coastline.
A visit to SF without taking a taste of one of these “B” creations will leave the site seeing tourist famished and with substance, don’t miss out at the rare opportunity of feasting on these top hamburger establishments.
Articles written by Jean-Pierre Prieur - Copyright ©2013 mountainviewfun.com - All Rights Reserved
Be informed and inspired at “Cloud Connect 2013,” April 2nd thru the 5th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Cloud Connect serves to bring all categories of cloud constituents together in ways that are meaningful. This includes cloud computing innovators, developers, enterprise IT professionals, infrastructure providers, and service providers.
Keynote speakers will include Michael Barrett, PayPal’s Chief Information Security Officer. William Ruh, a General Electric VP and Global Technology Director, will speak on the emerging industrial Internet. David McCrory will discuss the important concept of data gravity. He is a Sr VP of DSP Engineering for the Warner Music Group.
Cisco’s Lew Tucker will offer a comprehensive view of cloud computing, SDN, and the “Internet of Everything.” He is the VP and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco.
The goal at Cloud Connect 2013 is simple — to bring IT professionals, executives and others together in a vendor-neutral environment so that they can access the latest information pertaining to cloud innovations and opportunities. Workshops will also allow in-depth learning in areas like cloud security, big data, and advanced private clouds.
The case for the importance of Cloud Connect is easy to make. Gartner projects more substantial growth in cloud spending. In 2012, it calculated a 19 percent increase, to $109 billion. Businesses of all types and sizes are now migrating to the cloud, and they require the tools to succeed at implementation.
UBM Tech produces Cloud Connect as both a conference and an exhibition. UBM has produced such events since 2008, like the Enterprise Cloud Summit at Interop. UBM Tech’s mission remains to bring the cloud’s constituents together in vital and important ways. Cloud Connect 2013 is another opportunity to help to inform the marketplace.
UBM Tech is a worldwide enterprise that delivers marketing and data services to the IT industry. It also conveys important business information via events like Cloud Connect, and through media and training as well.
UBM embraces the entire technology ecosystem so as to offer relevant and comprehensive insight to everyone participating in that system. This includes everyone from the engineers designing the next device to the developers creating apps for it. It also includes the telecommunications experts behind the infrastructure and the executives who turn that device into new levels of value for the customer.
Join together with others to help chart the future course of cloud computing from April 2-5, 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
At Griffin Coins, we are interested in the buying and selling of San Francisco coins. We specialize in the Mint gold and silver coins, but we will consider all other types of rare coins and paper money from around the world, including the United States. It is our privilege to see what you have collected over the years, and we will offer great prices for your collection.
We will be at the Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Show to check out various coins and collections that people will bring to the show. This show will be held at the At the Santa Clara Convention Center. The address is 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA.
This fantastic event will be held on April 19-20, 2013 10am -7pm and April 21, 2013: 10am -4pm. During the dates and times of the show, we encourage people to bring in what they have to show us. The cost is only $6 for admission, and this price is good for all of the days.
On April 18, there is a $75 charge of the dealers to set up. This will occur between 1pm-7pm
For more information or to contact me during other times please refer to Scott Griffin, PO Box 1876, Suisun, CA 94585. I can be reached at 415-601-8661, and I will answer any questions that you might have. Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Show. Many people find that they are pleased with the outcome of these types of coin shows. They are able to sell what they want and buy the coins that they find they desire.
Remember that we will come to you during other times if you would like a personal visit to see the collection that you have worked hard to achieve over the years. We love to see what you have to sell, and as mentioned before, we offer a fair price for the entire collection.
Please fell free to call 415-601-8661 for more information and we hope to see you at the Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Show.