Thursday, December 18, 2008

Excellent Breakfast in North Beach

For nearly 50 years Mama's on Washington Square has been serving breakfast and lunch in North Beach. During the peak tourist season and on sunny, weekend days, a long line of hungry patrons stretches down Stockton Street.

To avoid the lines, visit Mama's on a weekday during the late fall or winter. That's exactly what I did earlier this week. I hadn't been to Mama's for over five years, so I figured it was time to see if the restaurant was as good as I remembered it. It was!

Mama's serves an array of egg dishes, a variety of freshly made French Toasts, and homemade baked goods. We had a chance to taste an omelette, corned beef hash, and a piece of coffee cake. All were excellent.

If you want a good breakfast with fresh ingredients, you won't find a better one than at Mama's. If you're visiting during the height of the tourist season, the trick to avoiding a long wait is to arrive right when Mama's opens at 8:00 a.m. Mama's stays open until 3:00 p.m. everyday except Monday, when it is closed. Mama's is located at 1701 Stockton Street, on the corner of Filbert.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Day in San Francisco

Visitors to San Francisco during the holiday season often wonder what to do on Christmas Day. Many attractions are closed, but there's still much to do if you're not unwrapping presents with your family.

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco's number 1 tourist attraction. The walkway is open from sunrise to sunset.

See Lombard Street, the "Crookedest Street in the World." Visitors flock to Lombard Street to see its gardens and curves. Don't forget that two blocks away is the steepest street in San Francisco - Filbert Street.

Explore Muir Woods, where you can see the Coastal Redwoods - the tallest trees in the world. The park is located about 40 minutes north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Visit The Contemporary Jewish Museum, one of San Francisco's newest museums. Current exhibits include "Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered" and "In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis." The museum will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Ride the cable cars. Travel over Nob Hill on America's first moving National Historic Landmark.

Eat. Many restaurants are open on Christmas Day, including a good number in Chinatown.

Take in a movie. Most movie theaters open around noon. If you are planning to go late in the afternoon or early in the evening, be prepared for crowds.

As you can see, there are a number of things to do on Christmas Day. So there's no need to spend the day in your hotel room.

Happy Holidays from Rick at Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel.