Vanessa Hutchinson-Szekely

30 Nov 2023

San Francisco’s Ultimate ‘Shop Local’ Holiday Guide

Perhaps you’ve recently read “The Five Love Languages” and realized that your partner/parent/sister/neighbor/bestie/workmate/kid’s teacher/barista/mail delivery person/child’s/ ______ (fill in the blank) love language is “receiving gifts”, or perhaps it’s just that time of year (again) and you refuse to give more money to Amazon. Good for you! In any case,

12 Oct 2023

Historical Turnout: Educators Vote to Authorize Strike Action

Walking into Balboa High School yesterday at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 11th, to cast my vote in favor of authorizing a strike rekindled my fervor for championing the cause of San Francisco’s dedicated educators. In August 2023, it was reported that 53 different unions across California had resorted to

27 Jan 2024

The San Francisco Beer Passport is Here!

Step into a world of adventure with the San Francisco Beer Passport. There’s no better way to explore San Francisco than to literally drink it in. This passport is amazing! Each one contains 27 coupons to buy one beer, get a second beer FREE at 27 of the finest locally

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28 Sep 2023

Investing in the Future: Why SF’s School Salary Negotiations Matter to All

In San Francisco, a not so quiet battle is unfolding that has far-reaching implications for everyone, regardless of whether you have children. The salary negotiations for the San Francisco Unified School District may seem like a localized issue, but they hold the power to shape the city’s future, impact its

31 Aug 2023

The Pursuit of the Perfect Taco

As someone who grew up in San Francisco, lived in Los Angeles, and who has explored the taco trails of California and Mexico, I thought I had tasted the pinnacle of taco perfection. Little did I know, my taco journey had merely scratched the surface. What I once considered the peak of taco excellence was, in reality, just the realm of good and great. It took a fateful business trip to CDMX to shatter my taco illusions and introduce me to an entirely new level of taco brilliance.

17 Aug 2023

Explore Paris: The greatest 52 hours of your life!

By Vanessa Hutchinson-Szekely This column is in the spirit of a “Dear Abby”, with a focus on solutions in the form of micro SF neighborhood deep dives and curated holistic health-centered itineraries. But in today’s episode, we’re venturing a bit further and exploring beloved Paris. Dear CITY COUNSELOR, I hit

17 Aug 2023

Explorez Paris: Les 52 heures les plus extraordinaires de votre vie!

Cet article est dans l’esprit d’une lettre “Dear Abby” (une chronique utilisée dans la presse américaine basée sur des conseils), avec un accent sur des solutions sous la forme de plongées profondes dans des micro quartiers de San Francisco avec un itinéraire holistique centré sur la santé.  Mais dans l’épisode d’aujourd’hui, nous nous aventurons un peu plus loin et explorons notre cher Paris.

01 Jun 2023

Balboa Village: Best neighborhood in THE CITY?!

Your dreams for inspiration and community exist perfectly in the Balboa Village, one of my favorite places in the entire world. And, lo and behold this Saturday June 3rd is Art Walk in the village from 12-5pm. Three stages with bands, tons of booths and activities for all ages. 

11 May 2023

An Ode to the Magic & Beauty of San Francisco

In contrast to the Chronicle, this article is an ode to San Francisco, to its unwavering magic and beauty and a call to action to all those who contribute to making this the wondrous place that it is, to not give up and leave.