San Francisco, United States
Jose, 48
Entrepreneur, Podcaster & Tech Geek
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a tech geek, entrepreneur, lifehacker, runner, and podcaster. SF is the perfect spot to be a self-starter.

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

Music by jazz/blues divas like Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and more... Listen here:

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Seinfeld and Law and Order

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

Fisherman's Wharf

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

I love to go trail running. San Francisco has some great trails for running/hiking in the Presidio, Golden Gate Park, and Lands End.

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

Some of the most decadent dishes I ever experienced within SF was at Atelier Crenn. Every bite was delicious.

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

Not necessarily hidden, but it is a hidden gem. Tony Nik's is a great bar for locals. Good drinks and good ambiance.

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

El Farolito in the Mission

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

Bourbon and Branch still offers some of the best cocktails. Get a reservation to be seated in one of their booths where you have access to their full menu. If it is only two of you, then get a reservation to Wilson & Wilson Detective Agency which is adjacent to Bourbon and Branch. Try to avoid going to the Library since the drinks are not a special there.

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

Fisherman's Wharf and any restaurant there.

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

Capital Restaurant in Chinatown. It serves traditional Cantonese dishes in a diner-like space. There are large tables to serve large groups and also counter seating if you want to eat alone. Do not miss their chicken wings!

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

For me, I try to steer first-time visitors away from the usual tourist spots like Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 23, but I think first time-visitors must see the Golden Gate Bridge (especially views from Ft Point or from the Marin Headlands), Lands End area, GG Park, Palace of Fine Arts, Filbert hill (two blocks south of Lombard street), and the Ferry Building.

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

I would spend it eating and drinking at all my favorite places in the San Francisco Bay Area. That would include hole-in-the wall places in the Mission to fancy Michelin star restaurants in wine country.

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