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Watching hang gliders, San Francisco history and a view

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Faves and raves by Dr. Paul B. Tan (click on the picture to see Paul's faves)

AGE:
48  

YEARS IN THE CITY: 19

NEIGHBORHOOD: Mt. Davidson Manor

OCCUPATION: General and cosmetic dentist; his website is www.paulbtandmd.com

SELF-DESCRIPTION: His heart has belonged to the unique charm and diversity of San Francisco ever since he moved here to establish his own dental practice in the Financial District

FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY TENNIS

Buena Vista Park

WHERE:
Haight Street and Buena Vista East

WHAT: Lesser-known tennis gem

INFO: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buena_Vista_Park

There are two wind-protected tennis courts in Buena Vista Park which offer an absolutely spectacular view of The City and the Bay. It’s a hidden gem with less of a wait on weekends than the more popular courts at Dolores Park.

FAVORITE PLACE TO LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC

Davies Symphony Hall

WHERE:
201 Van Ness Ave.

WHAT: There’s nobody else like MTT

INFO: (415) 864-6000 or www.sfsymphony.org

I love listening to The San Francisco Symphony performing in Davies Symphony Hall, across from City Hall. The acoustics are unsurpassed to listen to the brilliant programs conducted by the venerable Michael Tilson Thomas.

FAVORITE DOG PARK

Fort Funston

WHERE:
Skyline Blvd

WHAT: Kick back and watch the hang gliders

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

My Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Jasper and Bailey, love to run and frolic at the beach along the Pacific Ocean at Fort Funston. You can also see the hang gliders soaring above, but watch out for rogue waves at high tide!

FAVORITE NATURE SPOT

Lands End

WHERE:
Seal Rock Drive and El Camino Del Mar

WHAT: Excellent view of The City’s best landmarks

INFO: www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/lands-end.html

San Francisco has so many idyllic areas of natural beauty. A panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands can be seen from the hiking trails high above Lands End. It’s especially serene at sunset.

FAVORITE BOOKSTORE

City Lights Bookstore

WHERE:
261 Columbus Ave., at Broadway

WHAT: A true piece of San Francisco history

INFO: (415) 362-8193 or www.citylights.com

Unfortunately, they all seem to be closing! If I had to pick, how could I not choose City Lights Bookstore? It is so richly steeped in the history and culture of San Francisco.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A FILM

Sundance Kabuki Cinema

WHERE:
1881 Post St., between Webster and Fillmore streets

WHAT: Adult beverages, comfortable seats, no commercials

INFO: (415) 346-3243 or www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html

I enjoy relaxing with an adult beverage in a comfy reserved seat at Sundance Kabuki Cinema in Japantown. Plus there are no annoying commercials shown before the movie.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT  

The Slanted Door

WHERE:
1 Ferry Building

WHAT: A delectable combination of cuisines

INFO: (415) 861-8032 or www.slanteddoor.com

This is a tough call, but the edge goes to The Slanted Door at The Ferry Building along The Embarcadero. The French-Vietnamese cuisine, atmosphere and service overall are superb. Order the Shaking Beef!

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY A BOTTLE OF WINE

Castro Village Wine Company  

WHERE:
4121 19th St., between Castro and Collingwood streets

WHAT: Wine comes with friendly advice

INFO: (415) 864-4411 or www.castrowine.com

They offer knowledgeable, friendly advice and specialize in California boutique wines. My personal favorite is a good bottle of pinot noir from Sonoma County.

FAVORITE MUSEUM  

The de Young   

WHERE:
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

WHAT: Setting is as interesting as the art

INFO: (415) 750-3600 or deyoung.famsf.org

The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park is a dynamic setting for collections of art and special exhibitions. I love its striking contemporary design and architecture.