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I moved to this fabulous city three years ago mainly to; be near an airport for travel, be able to not trade my stilletos for trainers, and to finish my doctoral studies in four years. Yes, that pretty much sums up my priorities at 30. So now I am ABD with nine months to go and San Francisco is no easy city to ignore. Although, I would argue that each experience that deters my academic writing is really just needed inspiration. Welcome and I hope you enjoy...

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Bilingual, Bicultural, and Dual Citizen. J School B.A., M.A. in High Incidence Disabilities, & ABD in Education.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Twelve Days til Christmas

A First Timers Guide to Christmas in the city...

Day 1: Go ahead attend a Christmas Party in a Victorian flat, mingle with new and old acquaintances, drink too much champagne and eat, it may just be finger food but that sure will help you in the morning.

Day 2: This is the time of year to try some of the top restaurants, as people come and go from the city and the chances of getting a reservation are better. Break the holiday rut with South Indian Food from DOSA in the Mission. Then make your way to Amnesia a dimly lit bar with a new Orleans feel, followed by the phoenix a good pub with a great jukebox and lively crowd, if the night is young enough the Elbow room along the same Valencia corridor offers billiards, a dance floor, a photo booth, and a drink I overheard- the surfer on acid (malibu rum, Jaeger, and redbull!).

Day 3: Shop on the Haight to avoid downtown congestion.

Day 4: Take those gifts to the Post office, if you have any hope of them arriving in time!

Day 5: Time to make reservations for the 24th, this year it will be North Beach for dinner and midnight mass. Another holiday cocktail, more new people.

Day 6: Secure your NYE tickets online. Take the train, shop and eat at the gourmet ghetto of the San Francisco Centre.

Day 7: Take the train down to the embarcadero and meet friends after work at One Market for Happy Hour, just a short walk to Hog Island oyster Company.

Day 8: Today is the day to get the grocery shopping done but first pick up the Best Buy gifts you ordered online for in store pick- no wait, no lines, great service. Then eat well literally, at Paulines Organic Pizza Kitchen. Insist your date sit through a really cheese holiday film...

Day 9: Pick up the folks from the airport and get some neighborhood sangria a la Cha Cha Cha.

Day 10: Take the folks downtown, show of your backyard union square is stunning this time of year. Later the cab ride to a memorable Christmas Eve in little Italy.

Day 11: Champagne brunch!

Day 12: Back to work not literally but there is a lot to do before the NYE dinner party...

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