By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
FLEET WEEK is the Bay Area’s opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of our nation’s armed forces. Last weekend’s spectacular event featured a parade of ships, ship tours, military displays, an impressive air show including the Blue Angels, and more. The weather was the best, without a cloud in the sky. The VIP Party at Pier 39 was the place to be with a view of the air show that was completely spectacular. The vendors are always the best-natured and the most camera friendly. I’m happy to introduce a host of new friends.
The Panera Bread bakery-cafes are an everyday oasis. A place to gather with friends or enjoy a quiet moment alone. Comfortable, friendly, fashionable. A place to recharge and feel rejuvenated. Slip into one of their seriously comfy chairs and stay awhile. Try their signature Mac & Cheese and go on-line to learn their thumbs-up recipe for Bread Pudding with apples, pecans, and raisins.
Schoggi Imported Swiss Chocolates is San Francisco’s first true Swiss confiserie. Their chocolates are hand-made in Bern, Switzerland from 100 year-old recipes, using the best ingredients. In addition to the luxurious imported chocolates, they also offer typical Swiss petite pastry, pate de fruit, and macaroons. Try the European style coffee, drinking chocolate, hot cocoa, and single estate loose teas. Schoggi Imported Swiss Chocolates is located on Yerba Beuna Lane – the pedestrian promenade that bridges South of Market’s vibrant art district and the Union Square shopping district.
Heartbaker is pastry chef Sybil Johnson’s labor of love. Her handcrafted baked goods combine professional refinement and homemade flavor. From delicious breakfast treats to exquisite cakes for any occasion, Heartbaker aims to provide reliable service and impeccable quality. Look at the menu! Check out the Italian Doughnuts, Vanilla Bean Custard Eclairs, a great Flan with orange zest, and the Frangipani and Fig tarts.
Dining in Yosemite is truly whatever you desire. Whether you’re seeking a quick meal, a boxed lunch for a hike, casual fare or award-winning dining of the highest caliber, you’ll find it all within the Park. Yosemite even offers one-of-a-kind culinary events throughout the year. Many of the dining venues are open year-round for the convenience of our guests and many offer outdoor seating during the summer months. If the beautiful Yosemite landscape isn’t enough to lure you here, the impeccable dining should be.
It’s sweet, savory, and way-yummy. Laura Mandracchia provided the VIP Party with the best cookies of the whole day. Her Shortbread Cookies with Bacon are totally drop-and-give-me-50 sensational! To find out more about her baked specialties, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Italian! Take a sweeping culinary tour of Italy’s Mediterranean coastline. Breakfast, lunch and dinner feature the full spectrum, from classics to the adventurous. It’s a feast of decadent house-made entrees, salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, enticing meats and seafood, wood-fired pizzas and mouthwatering panini. Located at 2455 Mason Street, at North Point.
Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar
Sail into the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar where the ocean’s lore and San Francisco’s wharf history come together in a deliciously vibrant fashion. Housed in the historic Haslett Warehouse along with the Argonaut Hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf, the Blue Mermaid is named after the exquisitely beautiful creature that is said to call the waters of the Bay her home. Whether their namesake is fact or fiction, one legend that is undeniable is the food. Check out the Chowder Menu!
SONOMA FOODS, INC.
Visit the Sonoma Cheese Factory. Located on Sonoma’s beautiful and historic Plaza, site of the Bear Flag Revolt and home of California’s last mission, the store is the perfect point of departure for a tour of nearby shops, wineries and historic sites – including the Sonoma Mission and Barracks, the nearby home of General Vallejo, and Jack London’s Beauty Ranch. Guests from around the world visit the Sonoma Cheese Factory. The gourmet deli and store features made-to-order sandwiches, picnic items including cheeses, cold meats, salads, specialty food and gift items, along with premium wines from the Sonoma Valley.
TRI-VALLEY CALIFORNIA WINES
Great wines come from the hills of the Livermoore valley. If you are looking for a perfect place to play, Tri-Valley, California is it! From wine tasting to golfing at an award winning course or a visit to the silent film museum – a Tri-Valley day-cation can keep you busy. Discover more about the region’s wines and vineyards which include Bent Creek Winery, Concannon Vineyard, Darcie Kent Vineyards, Les Chenes Estate Vineyards, McGrail Vineyards & Winery, Nottingham Cellars, Rios-Lovell Winery, The Singing Winemaker, White Crane Winery, and many more Bay Area favorites.
Indulge at Roe, San Francisco’s premier boutique nightclub and lounge destination. Rich wood surroundings, glowing lowlights and supple leather elements evoke sensory seduction, much as our gourmet small plates and medley of libations delight. Our particular brand of modern elegance amidst opulence caters to any desire. Within our walls, find exclusive privacy in The Reserve lower level, mingle at our bar, engage in intimate conversation—or dance the night away in the company of San Francisco’s most discerning DJs.
The Barbary Coast Conservatory of the American Cocktail
The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail, proud presenter of San Francisco Cocktail Week, preserves, promotes and advances the Cultural Heritage of saloons and their cocktails in the San Francisco Bay Area, while also celebrating California’s Culinary Philosophy and Tradition via Special Events, Publications, and Educational Seminars. They were seen pouring great cocktails as the Blue Angels flew by.
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Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: email@example.com.
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