San Francisco, CA

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Oh, to be back in my beloved City! I lived here in the ’90s, and it’s good to be home. Here are of few pleasures from the trip:

Food and Drink

Vintage soda fountain cocktails at the Ice Cream Bar in Cole Valley

Soba noodles at the Citrus Club in the Haight. This was one of my favorites in the ’90s, and they’re still good.

Off the Grid food truck festival in Fort Mason.

The Proxy Project shipping container food court: Smitten and Suppenkuche’s Biergarten. Try the Tcho chocolate krispies on your ice cream. The lamb bratwurst with mango salsa is the best sausage we’ve ever had.

Fish tacos at Papalote in the Mission

Creme Brulee cart: try the whisky caramel sauce

Retro cocktails at the Bourbon and Branch speakeasy. They do amazing things with lavender and lillet.

Pakwan, our favorite Pakistani greasy spoon

Food stalls at the Ferry Building farmer’s market. Try the enchamale at the tamale stand.

Entertainment

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, with 20 minutes newly-found footage, at the Castro

Musee Mechanique, a living museum of arcade games. Go on a weekday, as it’s nuts on the weekends.

Maritime Museum — fascinating ships and expansive views

Exploratorium. Their new location in the piers is stunning.

Sights

Greenwich and Filbert street steps in Telegraph Hill. Watch for the wild parrots.

Carved ceilings in the Mission District library

Bay walkway between pier 1 and pier 20

Emigration Trail and Sugar House, Salt Lake City, Utah

Emigration Canyon was the first path into the Salt Lake valley for first the Donner Party and then the Mormon pioneers. This plaque along Emigration Creek describes the trip.

Of the many canyons rising out of the valley, Emigration Canyon’s slope is the gentlest. This makes the canyon popular for cyclists and runners. Emigration Creek flows down the canyon and into the Sugar House area, linking these two popular neighborhoods.

The neighborhoods of Emigration Canyon and Sugar House are beautiful places to live and visit. Here are some of our favorite spots:

Dining: For great local food, have brunch at Pinon Cafe or Eggs in the City.

Eggs in the City

From Eggs in the City, cross the street to Emigration Market. Try the gelato there, and top it with a pinch of sea salt. Check out the knitted bicycle rack and the dog parking station.

Emigration Market

Stroll around the Sugarhouse neighborhood to admire the houses and work up an appetite, then head to Sea Salt for dinner. We recommend the Vegetable Cruda salad, Caprese appetizer, and the crushed basil martini.

Places to work: There’s an unnamed small city park just east of Hogle Zoo that’s quiet and private. Park at the east end of the lot, next to the (informal) off leash dog area.

Park at Emigration Creek

Pinon Cafe and Emigration Market offer free wifi and ample plugs, and don’t mind if you settle in for awhile. The library at Mill Creek Community Center is newly renovated and has a cozy fireplace room.

Get clean: A $4.50 day pass to the Mill Creek Gym (upstairs from the library) buys a workout and a steaming hot shower in their brand new locker rooms. Village Cleaners offers a clean, well-lit laundromat with free wifi. Their Cottonwood location is just down the street from Whole Foods.