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Playing Tourist for the Weekend in San Francisco

Clift hotel lobby with giant chair - photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Clift hotel lobby with giant chair – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Have you ever fancied playing tourist for a day or weekend in your city? It’s always a lot of fun. No need to wait for out-of-town guests to enjoy taking in the sights, especially if you live in or near a beautiful city – and San Francisco is no exception.

Clift San Francisco

So we decided to book a room at the Clift, a luxury boutique hotel nestled on Geary Street just steps from bustling Union Square – one of our favorite areas in SF. The hotel is conveniently located within easy walking distance to many wonderful restaurants, shops, bars, art galleries – and the Powell Street cable car line.

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Holiday Ice Rink Union Square

Skate into the Holidays! Celebrate the festive holiday season at Union Square’s fun Holiday Ice Rink. 90-minute sessions start on every half hour. Open daily 10am-11:30pm. Note: Closes at 9:30pm on Dec 31 (New Year’s Eve). Visit website for more info on admission fee and skate rentals.

Macy's Culinary Council - Chef Ming

Chinese Lunar New Year Cooking Demonstration


Join Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Ming Tsai for a Lunar New Year cooking demonstration! Chef Tsai will demonstrate three dishes perfect for your Lunar New Year celebration: Salmon Salad with Shallot Orange Vinaigrette, Smashed Shrimp Shumai, and Eight Treasure Fried Rice.  In addition to these recipes, Chef Tsai will provide other Lunar New Year recipes and explain the symbolism behind each dish.

Ming Tsai is the James Beard Award-winning chef/owner of two restaurants – Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon. Also an Emmy Award-winner, Ming hosts PBS-TV’s Simply Ming, now in its eleventh season. Ming is the author of five cookbooks, including his latest Simply Ming In Your Kitchen. 

In 2012, Ming was invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to represent the U.S. with the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative/American Chef Corps. The Chef Corps is a network of American chefs that participate with official government programs that use food as a foundation for international diplomacy efforts.

Ming is a national spokesperson for the national Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization.  Ming also worked with Massachusetts Legislature to help write Bill S. 2701 that requires local restaurants to comply with food allergy awareness guidelines.

Macy’s Union Square
Culinary Kitchen, Lower Level
San Francisco, CA
Thursday, January 23 at 6pm

With a purchase of $35 or more* in the Home department, receive a $10 Macy’s gift card, a special Lunar New Year gift and a copy of Chef Tsai’s cookbook, which he will sign following the demonstration.  Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, visit macysusqmingtsai.eventbrite.com.

*One per customer, while supplies last, while time permits. Seating is first come, first
served. Macy’s gift card valid Jan 23-30. Purchase must be made January 23, 2014 at
Macy’s Union Square. Chef Tsai will sign books after the demo only. Event subject to cancellation or change.