San Francisco, United States
Salima, 34
Food Blogger
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a bit about Salima

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a food enthusiast and blogger. My focus is on creating an anti-inflammatory lifestyle for the everyday cook through food videos and recipes. I started this in hopes to help people change to a healthier life.

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

Whitney Huston - I want to dance with somebody, Beyonce - hero, Adele - All I ask, Amy Winehouse - Rehab, Britney Spears - Oops...I did it Again, Passion Pit - Sleepy Head and Little Secrets, Faith hill - Breathe, Blake Shelton - Honey Bee.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Seinfeld, 90210, Melrose Place, Fraiser, Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Ellen Show, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order

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

Fig and Thistle, Jane, Shabu Shabu, Ritual Coffee, Loving Cup, Leos Oyster Bar

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

My hero is my grandmother, she is so interesting to me and so fascinating. A true force of nature that loves street food to five star service. I would take her to the Top of the Mark for the Sunday brunch buffet where you can eat anything and everything!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

While I love online shopping, I am very much into boutique shops. SF has a lot of great ones depending on your neighborhood, Fillmore street has Rag & Bone, Alice & Olivia, Heidi Says. Hayes Valley has Welcome Stranger, Aether, Steven Allen. Mission is great for 2nd hand clothes and unique finds. I also love to go downtown to some of the more fancy stores!

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

There is no area like that in SF. We are very unique and each neighborhood has its plus' and minus' but they are all great for one reason or another!

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

I used to go to the farmers markets on Saturday at the Ferry Building and now it is a rare occasion to do this. I love, love this place and can't wait to get back there. There are so many vendors, cuisines, styles, a little something for everyone. The best fruits and vegetables coupled with real people that want you to know about what you are eating.

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

I have to say the cheese cart at Gary Danko's. It was unreal! Not a regular place to go for dinner and on this special occasion I just died and went to heaven!

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

Jackson Fillmore, I think this place has been around since my parents graduated college and it is the hole in the wall bar/Italian restaurant that never gets old. They have no judgements and the best bruschetta!

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?

Yikes, I would have to say Hakkasan. We had rented out the private room and it was so ridiculous. The food kept coming from shui mai dumplings to asian noodle salads to beef dishes. For dessert, passion fruit ice creams. I don't really remember what the final bill was but somewhere in the 4-5k range for 10 people.

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

Brandy Ho's. It is just gross and not that clean but an SF staple for Chinese food! I literally could get takeout from there forever!

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

Horsefeather! It is sweet, charming, has food if you do get hungry and totally down to earth!

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

Rich Table or Octavia, such amazing food and true Californian cuisine. Hearty in flavors but light in feeling, whole ingredients, and great service.

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

Well not sure what snacks you can only get in our country but I do recommend Seed and Salt for the vegans/veg snacks and Fatted Calf for the meat lovers, (it is more than just meat and great way to get some cheeses, breads, charcuterie, etc.)

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

Patxi's Pizza, just not that good for deep dish but a really good place for larger groups when you want something affordable.

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

Domo, its a local sushi bar with bar seating only. Small, charming, and super fresh fish!

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

The Ferry Building. Even when not hosting the farmers market this building is charming and grand all in one. You have so many vendors and delicious cuisines that helps to give you a taste of all the parts of SF.

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

Wake up and order any type of toast and coffee at Toast. Then take a walk to Hayes Valley to have a coffee at Ritual, (and stop to see the painted ladies.) Walk around and shop around at the boutiques. Take a taxi to the Embarcadero and walk along the waterfront ending at the Ferry building having lunch at the Slanted Door and then ice cream. Lastly I would take a taxi downtown and visit the Moma and end with an espresso on their roof deck.

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

London! I love how culturally focused London is with great restaurants, museums, shows, and the best part is that you can hop a flight to almost anywhere.

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