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Ho Lin on Staying Creative in an Unprecedented Time

Stay Home’s very first guest post! Here’s a local author’s take: Writers are a finicky bunch; we all have our own methods for ideating and composing and editing. But once those creative juices flow, we retreat from reality, fixating on text or spacing ourselves out with our own thoughts. To hang out with a writer […]

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Yama Sushi

Gaze, neighbors, on the spread Yama Sushi brought to us in less than half an hour and for under $100: A week later, I am still impressed- and can still recall the taste of the more unique rolls. In the background is the Sushi for 2 Combo C4, featuring rolls that are standard, perhaps, but […]

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GLBT Historical Society

I found the panels on the GLBT Historical Society’s Past Events page so moving that I could feel it in my bones. It’s rare to see public speakers being open and honest about the discrimination they face. My personal favorite was the video on Black LGBTQ leadership, which covered points that, as a white person, […]

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Tani’s Kitchen

Tani’s Kitchen has become one of our mainstays, offering high quality Japanese food for very reasonable prices. I am hooked on the sushi, which is always fresh, never too cold, and crafted authentically. Boyfriend likes the katsu curries, and I can’t blame him. Look at that beautiful golden-brown crust: Before… …and after, covered in a […]

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Wholesome Bakery

All of Wholesome Bakery‘s offerings are gluten-free and vegan. They are also unbelievably gorgeous. The almond tea cake is fluffy and well-balanced and tastes almost exactly like marzipan. The banana chocolate loaf smells as good as it looks, dense and vibrant and flavorful, with a stronger emphasis on the fruit than the chocolate. Show Wholesome […]

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Pier 39 Sea Lion Webcam

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the sea lions permanently residing at Pier 39! I was out there near the end of the Before Times, and they had a series of statues set up: sea lions painted like other sea creatures. I also walked by a claw game and saw a Superman plush that’s only […]

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Beijing Restaurant

Beijing Restaurant sets itself apart by offering Beijing-style Chinese food: no “chicken candy” here. Not even the standard paper carryout boxes- which means that portions are more generous than you might expect. Dead center is my weakness, ma po tofu, so spicy that the chili oil separated and left a visible layer. Later, I took […]

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Book Passage

In person, it’s often one of the most crowded places in the Ferry Building! Online, Book Passage has a variety of fun things for the bookish, including author conversations, classes and audiobooks. My reading strategy for all this downtime has been to tackle the entirety of my favorite authors one by one. I’ve never been […]