Faves and raves by Nisha Ahluwalia (Click the picture to see Nisha’s faves)
YEARS IN THE CITY: Four
NEIGHBORHOOD: Marina district
OCCUPATION: Senior director of product marketing for RingCentral
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Loud, enthusiastic, loves to dance and eat, and probably would be diagnosed as a workaholic
FAVORITE PLACE TO RUN
The Lyon Street Steps
WHERE: Lyon Street, from Green Street to Broadway
WHAT: Grueling workout with a spectacular view
The stairs are a challenge, and I never thought I’d walk them when I moved here, but I run them now and love it. You’re outside in the fresh air between the Presidio and the Pacific Heights mansions, with a view of the Palace of Fine Arts from the top.
FAVORITE RANDOM SPOT
WHERE: Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge
WHAT: Plaque hanging on a chain link fence
INFO: (415) 556-1693 or www.nps.gov/fopo/index.htm
What a random place to have an art installation, until you find out that Ken Hopper is an iron worker on the bridge who rescues suicide jumpers. When you reach Hoppers Hands, it means you are halfway done with your run, or maybe you’ve reached your goal.
FAVORITE PLACE TO SPENDSATURDAY AFTERNOON
The Ferry Building
WHERE: One Ferry Building (east end of Market Street)
WHAT: Being at a mall without being at a mall
INFO: (415) 983-8030 or www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
I like the food, desserts, Blue Bottle coffee and fresh treats at the farmers market. In back, we relax by the water overlooking the Bay Bridge and then go inside to the wine bar. I bought a painting that’s in our living room from one of the street vendors.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR DINNER
Restaurant Gary Danko
WHERE: 800 North Point St., at Hyde Street
WHAT: An elegant, intimate dining experience
INFO: (415) 749-2060 or www.garydanko.com
The cheese cart is awesome — one of the best selections of cheeses in one place anywhere. I love this place because it’s considered a fancier restaurant, but it’s not stuffy and is actually very comfortable. It has amazing food and I’ve yet to try something I haven’t liked.
FAVORITE DRIVE ON A MOTORCYCLE
The Presidio and Lincoln Park
WHERE: Northwest edge of The City
WHAT: Wild nature overlooking the Pacific Ocean
INFO: (415) 561-4323 or www.nps.gov/prsf/index.htm
My husband has a red Ducati Hypermotard 796 and I hang on the back in my Harley Davidson leather jacket while he zooms around the winding roads. It has great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. We whiz pass the Legion of Honor and end up at Cliff House.
FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER
WHERE: 1881 Post St., at Fillmore Street
WHAT: Not just another cinema
INFO: (415) 346-3243 or sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html
I like that you can reserve your seats in advance and take alcohol inside the theater. It makes going to the movies more of an outing rather than just a casual thing. At the Kabuki you can get dinner, drinks and entertainment all in one place.
FAVORITE WINDOW SHOPPING
WHERE: Chestnut Street, between Fillmore and Divisadero streets
WHAT: Unique boutiques and friendly people
One weekend, we ran into Sean Penn outside a store, so you never know who you’ll see. I like the boutique mix and while people say the shops are expensive, I haven’t found that to be the case. Plenty of places to eat when you get tired.
FAVORITE GROCERY STORE
WHERE: 1745 Folsom St., at 13th Street
WHAT: Best organic, holistic store in The City
INFO: (415) 863-0620 or www.rainbow.coop
I haven’t found any place better in terms of quality and taste. I’m not much of a cook, so when we find somewhere to buy food that we can heat up and it’s delicious, we stick with it. The ravioli is perfection, and the produce is excellent.
Palace of Fine Arts
WHERE: 3301 Lyon St., at Marina Boulevard
WHAT: Historic remnants of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition
When you stand underneath the dome and look up, it feels like you could be in some old European city. I have a million pictures of it in the fog, the rain, the sun, morning, afternoon, night lit up because I’m always trying to capture what I like about it.