Fort Mason

Overlooking San Francisco Bay, this former US Army fort was used during the Civil War and as the command center for battling Native American uprisings in the late 19C. It was converted to civilian use in 1972. A path leads from the western end of Fish-erman's Wharf up a steep hill to Upper Fort Mason, whose clean, orderly buildings are mainly occupied by nonprofit organizations. The tree-shaded path offers good views of Alcatraz. Continuing west, one descends to Lower Fort Mason. Built on landfill during the early 20C, this bayside complex of barracks, warehouses and docks served as the official embarkation point for Americans serving in Pacific theaters of war from 1910 through the Korean War. Today its renovated military structures (dubbed "Landmark Buildings A-E") house theaters and performance spaces, the Italian-American museum Museo ItaloAmericano, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, the acclaimed vegetarian restaurant Greens, philanthropic organizations such as the Long Now Foundation, which is devoted to overcoming the limited perspective of human thinking, and other cultural venues.

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Address:

94123 San Francisco

Phone:

+1 415-771-7277

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Michelin All-Star Dinner - San Francisco

The stars are aligned in San Francisco this week, as Michael Tusk (Quince) shares his kitchen with David Barzelay (Lazy Bear), Stuart Brioza (State Bird Provisions/The Progress), David Kinch (Manresa), Matthew Kirkley (Coi), and Mourad Lahlou (Mourad). Below, Tusk, Kinch, and Lahlou dish on breakfast, shopping for ingredients, and how they spend their precious free time.
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