San Francisco, United States
Chris, 39
Product Designer
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a bit about Chris

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a product designer working on a stealth startup. I love crafting technological products that enhance people's lives and love the pursuit of simple solutions to complex problems.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Easy: Elliott Smith's Either/Or

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Game of Thrones, Narcos, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, The Wire.

Name some spots in San Francisco that are good for a Tinder date.

If you're meeting for coffee, try 20th Century Cafe in Hayes Valley. It's super cute and very classy. For a romantic evening, sip a Spanish Barca Gintonic looking over the bay at Coqueta on the Embarcadero.

Who’s your hero and where in San Francisco would you take them out for a serious hang?

I'm not big on heroes, but when I'm looking for insight or perspective, I'll take a few Alan Watts recordings out for a walk in Golden Gate Park. Its rainbow eucalyptus trees and cool sea breeze provide an ethereal experience that restore me and give me peace of mind.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

If you literally mean fabulous, then you're asking about my the rave wear that I found Five & Diamond on Valencia. You'll find apocalyptic threads, goggles, and stylish corsets here.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

I tend to avoid downtown on Market Street when big conferences are in town — like Oracle OpenWorld.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I love strolling around the deep woods in Golden Gate Park — but don't get the chance to do it as often as I'd like.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in San Francisco and where did you get it?

Rich Table has an amazing chef's tasting menu. My tasting went on for hours with an incredible wine pairing. I don't remember the specifics of each dish, but I do remember the overall experience was transcendent.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in San Francisco that you particularly like?

If you're into gin, you *must* go to Whitechapel. It's a gorgeous English-style cocktail lounge in Civic Center.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in San Francisco? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Lazy Bear is the most expensive, culinary experience I've had — and I had to book it months in advance. Such a refined, magical production!

What restaurant in San Francisco looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

I struggle with this one, but I'd suggest Tulan. The food is likely packed with MSG, but if you can get over that, you'll have a deliciously decadent noodly meal.

Where can you get the best cocktail in San Francisco? Which one do you like?

Trick Dog is amazing — their menu is constantly changing, but I'll always remember their Pantone 7621, a beet-based martini.

Where would you take your partner in San Francisco if you wanted to really pamper them?

I love Kabuki Springs & Spa.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Well, if you're in California, I'd recommend indulging in what we do best: wine, avocados, and olive oil!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in San Francisco?

Most tourists go to Fisherman's Warf, and as a local, I find that it's crowded and pretty gross. I'd suggest avoiding that area unless you like tourist traps, for some reason.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in San Francisco?

I really like Hayes Valley for walking — it's certainly up and coming and becoming more frou-frou, but if you can look past that, there are some great little shops, restaurants, and cafes!

What are the San Francisco spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

If you can fit it in, it's worth it to make a pilgrimage to the base of Sutro Tower. You'll get an amazing view of the city and get a sense for just how small the city is — and how it's surrounded by water on three sides!

Tomorrow’s your last day in San Francisco. How do you spend it?

I'd go smoke some weed in Golden Gate Park among the rainbow eucalyptus trees. There's nowhere more peaceful or restorative that I've found than that.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I've always loved visiting Kauai in Hawaii. Given the remoteness and timezone, it's one of the few places in the world where I feel like I can really disconnect from the fast-paced world of tech and relax.

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