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October 18th, 2010

San Francisco Treats

Pack your carry-on and head to San Francisco for a little West Coast respite. Never been? Check out our insider's track to San Fran for a few lesser known finds.

Feel like burning a few frequent flier miles and not-really-sick sickdays? Pack your carry-on and head to San Francisco for a little West Coast respite. Never been? Check out our insider's track to San Fran for a few lesser known finds. Under the weather or not.

SIP

Marco...Polo" /> Get the full derby experience at Tal-y-Tara Tea and Polo Shoppe. This polo club meets tea house is the perfect place to get a traditional English tea and rock a garden frock without getting mud on it.

Apparently Belgian Trappist Monks are said to be the first craft-brewers who made beer in a kettle. Sip on the sort of suds that catapulted this group into sobriety at the Monk's Kettle. Open from noon - 2 p.m., the extensive list at this joint will have you spinning before your first beer.

Enjoy a cocktail or a glass of vino at the Park Chalet Garden Restaurant, located where Golden Gate Park meets Ocean Beach. Bring your picnic blanket and sip the afternoon away.

SAVOR

Looking for brunch for your bunch? Wow your crew and suggest Ti Couz located in The Mission. Nosh buckwheat crepes and French cider or take out a few too many of their signature sweet and savory crepes with a side of cappuccino.

Bet you didn't know the best of Shanghai could be found in San Fran? Hit up the Shanghai Dumpling King and be sure to order the soup dumplings - you won't regret it.

Make it a group thing at dinner, and enjoy tapas and paella at the trendy B44 Catalan Bistro. Located in the hip Financial District, you'll enjoy a night of shared plates and far too many shared bottles of Spanish wine. Split a dessert of toasted cinnamon and lemon infused custard to cut the guilt calories.

SHOP

Celebrate hot tub season and treat yourself to a custom-made bikini at Zoe Bikini. This suit shop allows you to mix and match the tops and bottoms, remove straps and add embellishments on the spot.

See how the produce stacks up against our hometown Farmer's Markets at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, take a trolley car here and experience the regional cuisine and culture.

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