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Faves and raves by Marjan Kani (Click on the picture to see Marjan’s faves!)

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AGE:
44

YEARS IN THE CITY: Four

NEIGHBORHOOD: Outer Richmond

OCCUPATION: Business owner, accounting and tax services.

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Always open to explore new life adventures; moved to San Francisco over a cup of coffee with a friend; started her tax business and got nicknamed the “tax therapist”; recently enrolled in culinary school to live out a life passion

FAVORITE RESTAURANT

Acquerello

WHERE:
1722 Sacramento St., between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue

WHAT: Fine dining with exceptional food

INFO: (415) 567-5432 or www.acquerello.com

Thoroughly delightful: one of the best places I’ve ever eaten at. The food is scrumptious and the service is impeccable. You may need to take out a second mortgage on the house, but it is well worth it! A great place for a special occasion.

FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD

North Beach

WHERE:
Union Street and Columbus Avenue

WHAT: Great ethnic neighborhood

INFO: northbeachchamber.com

North Beach is definitely my favorite neighborhood in S.F. It’s clean, fun, full of life, quaint, cozy, walkable and beautiful. It’s the first neighborhood I lived in when I moved to The City.

FAVORITE BEACH

China Beach

WHERE:
Sea Cliff Avenue

WHAT: Hidden gem in the Sea Cliff area

INFO: www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/china-beach.html

There is a hidden gem of a beach right in the Sea Cliff neighborhood, with a majestic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s just steps away from where I live, so it’s a great place to go to freshen my mind.

FAVORITE BAKERY/CAFE

Tartine Bakery

WHERE:
600 Guerrero St., between 18th and 19th streets

WHAT: Delectable treats

INFO: (415) 487-2600 or www.tartinebakery.com

This place is a bit overpriced, but it’s worth it! The line is usually out the door and parking is epic, but I will do anything to get my hands on almond croissants: crispy on the outside and heavenly moist on the inside, and the almond paste is so decadent!

FAVORITE BREAKFAST PLACE

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

WHERE:
522 Jones St., between Geary and O’Farrell streets

WHAT: Breakfast in The City for city folk

INFO:
(415) 885-2767

Don’t be alarmed by the long line that awaits you. The food is incredible and mixed with the vibe and decor, it’s a must-try place in San Francisco. Have the jalapeño cornbread; it’s out-of-this-world good.

FAVORITE VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Glide Memorial Church

WHERE:
330 Ellis St., at Taylor Street

WHAT: Great place to volunteer and serve the community

INFO: (415) 674-6000 or www.glide.org

Glide serves more than 1 million individual meals a year to the poor and homeless. In addition, they have many programs including a mentoring program for children, a job training program for youth and many others. I volunteer serving food and tutoring kids after school.

FAVORITE HIKING TRAIL

Lands End

WHERE:
Point Lobos and 48th avenues

WHAT: Hiking trail with spectacular views

INFO: (415) 561-4323 or www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/lands-end.html

I love Sunday morning hikes on the 1½-mile trail, with its amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay and beaches. You hit some mind-blowing lookout points and come across hidden steps that lead you to a beach with the most romantic scenery.

FAVORITE DONUTS

Dynamo Donuts

WHERE:
2760  24th St., near Potrero Avenue

WHAT: Doughnuts to die for

INFO:
(415) 920-1978 or www.dynamodonut.com

A great twist on a classic. My favorite is the maple-glazed bacon apple doughnut: surprisingly, it works. Beware that the doughnuts range from $2 to $3 each, so they’re not cheap.

FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET

Castro Farmers Market

WHERE:
Noe and Market streets

WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from March to December  

INFO: www.pcfma.com

Cute, small farmers market with a great variety of vendors to shop from: produce, fruits, baked goods, honey, sauerkraut, meats and much more. Organic selection is primo and less expensive then the Ferry Building.