Lisa Martin

10 Sep 2018

The World’s First Unmanned Oceanic Garbage Collection System Gets a Bay Area Send Off

Our ship, The Harbor Emperor, had just passed the “Welcome Home” mural on the end of Pier 31 when we got our first glimpse of it. In the distance, there was the San Francisco fire boat perfectly hidden by the great spouts of water it was sending off, and beyond

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22 Dec 2017

The Butler & the Chef Is Closing

The Butler & the Chef, a French bistro and long-time fixture of SOMA’s South Park, will be shutting its doors in the new year. The restaurant, which offers breakfast and lunch, will be open until December 31st, 2017, but will not reopen in 2018. Owner and chef Joel Martin made

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15 Dec 2017

Keeping Christmas Creepy, One Tradition at a Time

Growing up, my mom collected nutcracker dolls. She had a couple that looked like Santas, some that looked like toy soldiers, one commemorating the 1988 winter Olympics, and two that were truly special. They were large. At four feet, they were about as tall as I was as a kid.

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18 Jul 2017

5 Tragic Ways Backyards Are Wasted in San Francisco

San Francisco is a cramped and expensive city, so you know you’ve got something special when you find a place to live that actually has its own outdoor space (be it backyard, balcony, or rooftop). These gardens are rare, but are they cherished? It’s one of the weird ironies of

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08 Jun 2017

5 Great SF Parks That Aren’t Named “Dolores”

Dolores Park is something special. Truly. It’s located at the perfect nexus of the Mission, the Castro, and Noe Valley in one of the warmest microclimates this city had to offer. The relaxed and welcoming vibe of a house party is unmatched anywhere else. So as much as I’d like

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21 Apr 2017

Did Anyone Else Notice the Horizon Spirit Cargo Ship That Was Here Too Long?

Photo Credit: Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Photo Nothing was weird about the Pasha Hawaii freighter docked at Pier 30 as far as I could tell. Nothing, except that it stayed there for months, and that seemed odd. This isn’t the kind of thing you notice right away.

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19 Apr 2017

Tiki Bars of San Francisco: Paradises and Deep Dives

OFF MENU IS SPONSORED BY EMPEROR NORTON’S BOOZELAND THE TENDERLOIN’S NEWEST HISTORIC DIVE.  HAPPY HOUR NOON – 7PM The first time I went to a Tiki Bar, I didn’t expect to love it, but I did. I loved it A LOT. I tend to like experiences and things that aren’t about taking yourself

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07 Apr 2017

Where’s Everyone in Their 20s in Marin?

“My coworker says there’s no such thing as ‘the North Bay’.” I remember when my friend Stephanie told me about this weird argument she’d had and being absolutely galled because, at the time, I was living in San Rafael. (Plus, the North Bay is Craigslist official). But here’s the thing…

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