San Francisco, United States
Jamie, 31
Freelance Designer & Lifestyle Blogger
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a bit about Jamie

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a freelance designer and lifestyle blogger. I recently quit my 9-5 job to pursue a more creative, fulfilling and balanced career. I have been blogging about my travels and adventures since 2007.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I'd have to say it was working at Bubba Shrimp Factory on Pier 39 when I was in college. I worked in the gift shop selling shrimp magnets and my manager was mean.

Were you born and raised in San Francisco? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to San Francisco?

I grew up in the Central Valley of California, right in the middle of San Francisco and Los Angeles. I moved to San Francisco for college when I was 17 and aside for one year abroad in Milan, Italy, I've been in Northern California ever since.

What’s your current hood in San Francisco and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

My hood is Glen Park. It's in the hilly southern part of San Francisco and it's mostly residential. I love walking up and down the hills and that it's so peaceful. I'd say the only negative is that it can be too quiet - it's not the liveliest neighborhood but people who live here prefer it not to be.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I like all kinds of music, my favorite being hip hop, folk, and alternative rock. I can't stand really loud music like metal.

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

Adele and Beyonce's slowest songs, on repeat. With a box of tissues.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Breaking Bad - the acting, the suspense, the drama. So good but not for the faint of heart. I also love some modern classic comedies, like Parks & Recreation and New Girl.

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

I'm a little out of touch with dating since I met my husband 8 years ago but I would say Nightlife at the Academy of Science or a picnic in Dolores Park would be a fun and casual Tinder date!

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

I'd love to watch the Golden State Warrior players roast each other.

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

Barack Obama. I would take the Obamas and our dogs to Fort Funston, then grab some breakfast sandwiches at Devil's Teeth Baking Company. Then we'd go for a drive up to the Marin Headlands and go for a hike.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I love a classic wardrobe staple or a unique piece that is timeless and beautiful. My go-to shops are Anthropologie and Madewell. Sprinkled in are unique pieces I've acquired during my travels.

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

Pier 39, especially on a weekend.

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

I love trying out new restaurants. My husband and I work so much that we rarely are home in time to go out to eat so we cook at home or order in. I guess it saves a bit of money though!

Where do you go in San Francisco for a casual night out?

I love to pick a restaurant in a fun neighborhood like Hayes Valley or the Fillmore. You can have dinner, grab a drink and just walk around.

Where would you go in San Francisco to celebrate some freaking good news?

I would go to the beach! Nothing like some sun and sand and a great view of the water to feel happy.

What’s your choice of transportation in San Francisco and why?

Lyft - it's fast, clean, convenient and I don't have to worry about parking. Plus the drivers are the friendliest.

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

As touristy as it is, windy Lombard Street is really cool and famous. You have to see the Golden Gate Bridge, walk across and then hang out on the beach at Crissy Field. I think the Mission district is a great place to see how diverse and eccentric San Francisco really is. Plus there's great food, art and shopping.

What are the San Francisco spots tourists should run from screaming?

If you don't like tourist traps, overpriced food and crowded places, run screaming from Pier 39. There's nothing special there except the piles of sea lions that sometimes rest below the pier.

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

I would rent some bikes and ride around the city. If it's a sunny day, I would pack a picnic and go to Crissy Field and hang out on the beach all day, soaking in the beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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

I really loved Copenhagen, Denmark. It's a beautiful city with many similarities as San Francisco. The food is amazing, the people are friendly and it's just gorgeous there.

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