Live Music in Silicon Valley: Unique and Soul Touching Concerts

In April, Silicon Valley is going to be a rather busy area. Many different performances will take place in this area. Various artists with various styles will perform there. Here is a list of some unique ones:

Rhye is set to take the stage in a Live Night Event in Bimbo’s 365 Club

Rhye is a relatively new band formed by Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal. Mike Milosh is an electronic musician and vocalist from Canada. In 2010, Robin Hannibal, when working on the album Quadron, was tipped about Milosh’s work. They were both working under the same record label, Plug Research.

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The duo became appreciative of each other’s work during their collaboration in Denmark. Both independently move to the United States. Upon finding each other, they started to work together once again in Los Angeles. They released two romantic soul pop hits, ‘Open’ and ‘The Fall’ together. They released little information about themselves.

Their songs garnered great attention and speculation. Rhye released their first album titled ‘Woman’ in March 2013.

Jesse Cook is one of the most famous figures of nouveau flamenco

The handsome and charming Jesse Arnaud Cook will look to have the crowd at his fingertips when he performs live at Motalvo Arts Center, Saratoga. His musical tastes developed via different influences. He spent his initial years moving between Southern France, Paris and Barcelona. He was influenced by Gypsy guitarist Manitas de Plata’s music as a toddler.

After his parents separated, Jesse Cook moved to Canada with his mother and sister. Heather Cook understood her son’s talents and admitted him to Eli Kassner Guitar Academy in Toronto. Nicolas Reyes, a famous Gypsy artist lived close by to his father’s house in France. In trips to France, this famous guitarist found himself admiring the tunes of the Gypsy Kings.

people-who-love-san-franciscoHe studied about jazz and classical music in Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, York University and Berklee College of Music. Cook’s first album, Tempest, made huge waves. In 1995, he signed a deal with American company Narada. He was asked to perform in a small bar downstairs during the Catalina Jazz Festival during intermissions. His performance was so well appreciated that he was invited to perform on the main stage. Cook was given a ten minute standing ovation during this performance.

If you live in Silicon Valley, do not forget to enjoy the performances of these soul touching musicians. Their performances will surely enrich your tastes in ways you had never imagined.

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San Francisco Real Estate Market in 2014

The real estate market in San Francisco is trending towards recovery. The inventory is dwindling, and the home prices are increasing, but pundits warn potential investors that the housing market, in general, will not recover until 2014. According to a survey conducted, Americans believe that the recovery of the overall housing market is two and half years away. Here is what potential investors should know prior to making an investment.

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Foreclosures and the San Francisco Real Estate Market

The housing market is in jeopardy because of foreclosures primarily. This crisis has discounted houses by 46 percent in California and 35 percent all over the nation. When there are a significant number of foreclosures on the market, this forces the prices down on other properties.

In general, there is a two-year supply of bank-owned properties available. Typically, California homes require 600 days before foreclosure occurs. Since the process takes a considerable time, home buyers will begin witnessing homes in foreclosure that began the process almost two years earlier. This is why pundits speculate that the housing market will not show strong signs of recovery until 2014.

The large number of foreclosures is what keeps the prices low and also, keeps new construction at a minimum. San Francisco’s problems stem from the lack of inventory and the inability to find affordable properties. Inventory has reduced by 57 percent, and prices have increased by 25 percent. When cash buyers come into play, finding an affordable property becomes even more difficult. Short sales are also growing in popularity, but it creates a problem in the San Francisco housing market.

Future Housing Expectations and Policy Changes

Pundits are expecting to sell the rest of the distressed inventory in 2013 and into 2014. Then, there will be signs of recovery. One circumstance that may impede this process is the housing policy changes. Currently, 96 percent of all mortgages are originating from FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. There is also a considerable number of cash-paying investors.

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The conversations on Capitol Hill may affect the number of mortgage arising from these organizations. The Dodd-Frank bill is one to watch. Without mortgages, there will be no housing market. The United States housing market is close to hitting rock bottom. Thus, this is the best time to buy before the prices start to recover and remain steady, but pundits do not expect the entire market to recover for another 18 months.

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The Alembic @SanFrancisco Is A Great Place For Dining

At least once a month my girlfriend and I go to The Alembic for lunch or dinner. We’re both ‘foodies’ and we consider eating there to be a consistently satisfying and exciting experience. We love the Haight neighborhood and sometimes friends and/or family members come along with us to The Alembic and they’re always happy that they joined us.

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The authentic retro feel and tasteful decor make us feel comfortable and the staff members always extend very good service. The place is hugely popular and the restaurant/bar isn’t terribly large but the staff makes sure that crowd sizes don’t become unpleasantly big.

The Alembic  is known as a cocktail bar although they also serve an very extensive selection of beers and wines. The bar staff there regularly creates and serves new cocktail drinks in addition to the many drinks they already serve. All of the cocktails served at The Alembic are ample in size and there’s no skimping on the alcohol.

When it comes to the food served at The Alembic, it is not only delicious and artfully presented but it is also like nothing else served in San Francisco.

During the four or five years I’ve been coming to The Alembic the menu has changed some offerings a few times and I love the way the menu is now. The kitchen there regularly produces dishes with the most creative ingredient combinations I’ve ever heard of.

We ate lunch there about a week and a half ago and our meals were spectacular. For some time now my girlfriend has been enamored with a drink they make with bourbon, mint and peach brandy and she started off with one of those. I was perfectly fine with one of their spectacular Bloody Mary’s.

The lunch menu features an appealing assortment of dishes including Brisket Sliders, Beer Battered Rockfish Sandwich, Crispy Duck Confit, Caramelized Pork Ribs and an incredible bacon-studded hot dog.

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During our recent lunch my girlfriend ordered the rockfish sandwich and I had the scrumptious pork ribs. She raved about the sandwich and the Old Bay potato chips that are served with it and I kept eating the savoy cabbage that also accompanies the sandwich. As for the pork ribs, they were sublime and the spicy green papaya salad that is served with them was beyond delicious.

Our waiter provided us with excellent service during our recent lunch and we got to meet a charming couple from New Jersey who were visiting San Francisco for the first time. That’s another great thing about The Alembic. We usually find ourselves meeting new people, sometimes local residents and sometimes tourists who are visiting the city whenever we go there.

The Alembic’s dinner menu offers Kampachi Sashimi, Grilled Lamb Shoulder, Blue Prawns with Ink Cavatelli, Applewood Smoked Sturgeon, Crispy Pork Belly and a very popular plate of bone marrow served with caper gremolata and garlic confit.

Whether you’re a longtime resident of San Francisco or just visiting the city for the first time, please let me recommend eating and drinking at The Alembic. The establishment is open late seven days a week and prices are actually reasonable.

More #SanFrancisco restaurants reviews:  Parada 22 – Pork Store Cafe

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What is for Lunch at the Fantastic Parada 22

San Francisco is known for breathtaking views, signature landmarks, cable cars, and plenty of place to met and conversate with friends and family. San Francisco is also known for excellent food, fun and all-around excitement. With so much to do and so much to see the question may be where to eat. Parada 22 at Haight-Ashbury is just one of the many options, but what makes this restaurant the place to eat. Well, today you’ll find out.

San Francisco viewsFor many restaurants the goal is to stand out, create an environment that makes people want to eat there and come back often. Parada 22 has created just that. Parada 22 has built a reputation among the locals as being a splendid place for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Parada 22 has established a restaurant with exceptional service, memorable food, ideal value and prices, with an enticing atmosphere. Parada 22 has an ideal location near Golden Gate Park, this highly rated restaurant creates an atmosphere that is warm, friendly, cozy, and inviting.

Now lets talk about the meat and potatoes of a restaurant, the food. Everyone talks about the food, what a place serves more than anything and Parada 22 has a wide variety of Puerto Rican cuisine for your appetite. The home-style cooking will surely enlighten your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Some ideas you can order include shrimp with red beans and Spanish rice and a Latin tradition plantains. You can also order pollo, which is chicken for those who don’t speak Spanish. Some other items on the menu include Biftec, which is a marinated sirloin steak with onions over green beans. Not only can you enjoy traditional food, but they have a great wine and beer menu.

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Another concern for any patrons is how affordable a is restaurant and most of the items on the menu are under $12. This is perfect for a quick lunch with co-workers, friends or family.

Parada 22 is also perfect for brunch which commonly starts at 9 a.m San Francisco time on the weekends. Some of the items you can order include a world famous breakfast burritos, their signature buttermilk pancakes, and biscuits served in a creamy herb gravy. Pandara 22 is also great for dinner as the restaurant is close to Cha Cha Cha night spot.

Parada 22 has a setting that is very intimate, with only ten tables this restaurant is ideal for a one on one conversation as the noise level is minimal. This perfect for date night with a blind date or a couple looking to keep things spicy. The decor oozes Latin flavor, but not too much, and makes you feel like Puerto Rico is just outside the doors.

Some other notable facts about the restaurant are the convent hours the restaurant serves patroness. Parada 22 is open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The attire is casual and you can order carry out. Parada 22 is also kid friendly and has a great lunch menu to suppose that environment.

The restaurant is highly rated as I mentioned before many have submitted reviews regarding the food, service, and atmosphere. “We love the shrimp with red beans and Spanish rice here. “The Camarones à la Criolla is so delicious.” These are just some of the things people are saying about this petite restaurant with great food, superior service, an inviting atmosphere and an all-around great place. So the next time you’re in San Francisco come to Parada 22 and find out for yourself what everyone is raving about.

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Lombard Street: One of San Francisco’s First Transformed Pieces of Real Estate

One of San Francisco’s first truly transformed pieces of real estate”Lombard Street” one of the city’s main attractions. People flock from all over the world to see one of the World’s crookedest streets. How this happened has become part of San Francisco legend. San Francisco is a tourist destination for travelers around the world and few feel they have seen it without taking the time to visit “Lombard Street”.

San Francisco Lombard Street Design 2013This tourist attraction began as a very steep cobblestone street. At a grade of 27 percent, cars were an impossible idea. The idea of 10 percent grade is very steep for a vehicle and 27 percent grade is frightening for anyone driving a car. To increase land value and to make the property more accessible a curved street was designed initiated. The crooked street called “Lombard” swirls down the hills of San Francisco with beautiful flower gardens and lovely homes in the backdrop.

Lombard Street in San Francisco seen from the Coit Tower.

Lombard Street in San Francisco seen from the Coit Tower

Pictures of Hydrangeas were shown beautifully on a post in the early 80s attracting droves of tourist ever since. The space of land of land was a not a prime location in the early years but as it developed it became and still is some of the most attractive piece of real estate property in the San Francisco area. The streets are cobblestone which reminds one of the days of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast days. This once not so accessible piece of real estate is now high-end real estate filled with stately homes.

Lombard Street gives the full feel of the “Hills of San Francisco. “ The scenery is beautiful with flowers in bloom that make for a gorgeous photo to send home. The curves of the street lined with beautiful flower beds strategically planted along the way add a flare to this uniquely designed street. This street was engineered for the best access for residents and has turned out to be a great advantage for visitors too.

PLACES FOR TRAVELERS AROUND SAN FRANCISCOLombard was one of San Francisco’s first truly transformed pieces of real estate, turning it into a tourist destination for people all over. The gracious homes located along the route furnished with the latest amenities of the modern world reminds visitors of the present, while the street itself with its beautiful gardens so carefully cared for takes you back to yesterday, when life was a little bit slower. Drive or walk through this stretch of road and momentarily go through a time tunnel of San Francisco history.
 – Guest blogger: Marcelin P. 1959/Architect From France 

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Castro District: 2013 Portal Destination of Gay Pride

Castro Street in San Francisco, California is what is considered the main battlefront ground for the alternate lifestyle individual.

Many modern activists supporting gay rights and gay culture has launched from this prominent battlefront. Castro Street was originally called Castro Street because Jose Castro a politician and activist bolstered the movement to oppose Mexican opposition to the United States governing of California around the 19th century time period.

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The Castro district we know in these modern ages was created from the Market Street Railway Company that embarked on the quest of building the railway and creating a line of track from Eureka Valley to what is known as down town San Francisco today.

1906 was a year that brought a lot of destruction to San Francisco. The great earthquake was a disaster that nearly destroyed San Francisco and its cultured neighbourhoods. The mansion of Alfred E. Clark survived the natural disaster and today the mansion is located on the corner of Caseli Ave and Douglas. The mansion is now called the Caselli Mansion. The mansion is well worth a tour to experience rich exposure to Scandinavian craftsmanship.

Originally known as, “Little Scandinavia” the Castro District was saturated with predominantly Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish decedents. Scandinavian architecture can be viewed all over the city near Market Street, Cove Street, and 15th Street. Church Street in the Castro District has some of the finest Scandinavian Architecture to be seen. Roof timbers still grace the buildings and are viewable to the general tourist from a glance.

Originally Gay servicemen were dishonourably discharged in World War 2 for being practicing homosexuals. Those same men were offloaded and began the building of the gay culture and alternate lifestyle acceptance in modern Castro District. The Castro district is now primarily known for its wonderful acceptance of alternate lifestyle cultures. Acceptance can be found in and among its many residence for those who feel that they have no place to flourish and practice their lifestyle choices.

Harvey Milk in 1973 opened a camera store in Castro District. The camera store fast become a gay activist headquarters lead by no other than Harvey Milk. Harvey Milks Camera store is still there and now is a favourite tourist attraction for those who wish to see this pioneer headquarters from the past. The tour and visit is sure to open new ideas and new acceptance of what was a major factor in helping gays around the world find love and acceptance.

The Castro District of today is full of many different stores that show off the art that San Francisco culture is well noted. Stores that have blown glass and beautiful artisan crafted glassware offer the curios tourist the glimpse of fine art desired by most. Culture and activities seem to govern the atmosphere in this district. There is never a dull moment for the tourist that wished=s to see some debating supporting the gay activist culture. Politically the movement is always present in the Castro district of San Francisco.

Life as most know is quite different when an individual wakes to the smell of the fresh seafood and smells of the water front rolling up the Avenue while staying as a tourist in the Castro District. A short hop away from the Castro district and the trolley car can arrive the interested tourist at a destination called Market Street. Market Street will give a tourist the taste of the freshest sea food money can buy. Seafood of every variety and every prepared way is available to taste. Tourist will find this destination full of fun and sparked full of new ideas for other destinations.
– Guest writer: Eric Palad from San Francisco 1971/Journalist

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