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Blue Bottle Coffee – San Francisco

This San Francisco Institution is named after Central Europe’s first coffee house “The Blue Bottle” in Vienna. It helped pioneer the new coffee era of small-batch artisan Microroasting.

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Il Cane Rosso Restaurant in San Francisco

A casual, rotisserie and sandwich shop fronted by beautiful antipasti and headed by a rustic menu. Kudos to Chefs Lauren Kiino and Daniel Patterson- who have created the perfect “mall” restaurant. Quick and homey, and very reasonably priced- would all food court restaurantsachieve such an admirable combination.

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Pizzeria Delfina – San Francisco

Since 2005 Craig and Anne Stoll’s neighborhood gem has been serving up their crunchy delightful pizza, along with soups, antipasti, salads and deserts. As is the excellent trend in the Northwest, they are using local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. This is the type of pizza that is so good, you wind up ordering one for dessert!

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Cole Coffee – Berkeley

The real appeal of Cole Coffee- outside the delicious brews of course- is the nice outdor seating and the excellent social scene. It was quite obviously the spot for the locals. There was a great mix of singles and families, straights and funkys, groups of friends who arrived together and groups of friends who met there. If I lived in the area, I would surely be one of the hangers out!