SF LIFE: Solidarity, The Great Outdoors, Ballet, Restaurants
What a week my friends. Please know that we at The Three Tomatoes stand in solidarity against injustice. With all that is transpiring including the spreading of negativity, the looting and sadness, we are here to offer a respite. We do not wish to belittle the seriousness of racism and what the entire country is feeling, rather we are here to provide information for you that might assist in helping bring you peace and enjoyment. Read on to discover places that are opening for strolling and hiking. The SF Ballet has a virtual night out and we have a list of black owned restaurants, cafes and more for you to support! New videos are now planning at the Renewal Summit, and this week’s podcast features “Two Ancient Broads.”
Now Playing at The Virtual Renewal Summit
Two more different panels to watch at your leisure. And make sure to enter our FREE raffle. We over $5,000 worth of great prizes. WATCH NOW.
Walking and Hiking Venues
As we ease into our soft openings, you may be looking for a new walking/hiking venue. While many of the trails around the Bay Area are loosening restrictions, health ordinances are asking us to keep our outdoor adventures local to our counties, for now. So we put together a list of some hikes and bike rides by county that are open as of this date.
The Botanical Gardens is not exactly a hiking venue, but it is open and it is a beautiful place to stroll and get rejuvenated. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and it’s best to buy tickets in advance. Of course SF residents and garden members enter for free. Visitors are required to wear face coverings and the Garden will limit the number of visitors to 25 percent of its normal capacity to ensure social distancing. Only the Main Gate near Lincoln Way and 9th Avenue will be operating. www.sfbg.org
Set in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Morgan Hill’s Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve is remote, wild, and delivers summit views that can make you feel like you’re on top of the world. Reach sweeping vistas of the Diablo Range on a 5-mile (round-trip) loop hike that starts on the Longwall Canyon Trail.
We can’t always guarantee timing, but recent rains and warm days can bring wildflowers to the Peninsula’s Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. In spring this park can be a tapestry of colors, but even if the flower power isn’t full on, the views sure are! If parking lots are full, trails are full (do not park on the sides of roads). Bring plenty of your own water. www.openspace.org
Epic views don’t always come from bagging peaks. Sometimes it’s all about the loop! There’s a challenging 3.9-mile hike at Briones Regional Park where the reward is some of the East Bay’s best views. Check the East Bay Regional Park District’s official site for park and trail updates. If parking lots are full, trails are full. Bring plenty of your own water. http:/www.ebparks.org
Listen in to this entertaining conversation with Carole Simone and Dorthy Tyo the hosts of “Two Ancient Semi-Enlightened Broads” on YouTube. These two have backgrounds that read like a well penned novel, Simone has been a practicing mystic for over 35 years. Dorthy is the owner of The Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy. Their combined wisdom and wit and decades of life experience brings us a delightful schmoozing conversation. Listen in now.
Virtual Nite Out at the Ballet
If you haven’t already pirouetted around the house to the weekly streams from SF Ballet –you now have more time to dance. They are continuing the free streams through the month of June. Each stream is available for one week and commentary by SF dancers and creative teams accompany each stream. Offering a behind the scenes look into the roles of the Company’s artists. SF Ballet hopes to inspire in-the-moment discussions about the role dance plays in this time of discovery, digital innovation and artistic creation.
On the 12th, they are hosting a free virtual, NITE OUT celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of SF Price. Nite Out is the Company’s long-running series of performances and post show parties that celebrate diversity through dance. Hosted by on of the SF Ballet principal dancers, this celebration includes a Meet the Artist interview on Facebook, DIY cocktail recipes and a DJ-curated set list. Dance the night away! Or watch….www.sfballet.org
Support Our Black-Owned Businesses
If you are wondering what you can do to help support the Black Lives Matter movement, choosing how you spend your money has a huge impact.
Supporting Black-owned businesses and restaurants is a great way to get involved in the movement.
- Anthony’s Cookies (1417 Valencia St // Mission)
- Bella Trattoria (3854 Geary Blvd // Richmond)
- Cafe Ethiopia (878 Valencia St // Mission)
- Cafe International (508 Haight St // Lower Haight)
- Club Waziema (543 Divisadero St // NoPa)
- Da Flora (701 Columbus Ave // North Beach)
- Eko Kitchen (167 11th St // SOMA)
- Frisco Fried (5176 3rd St // Bayview)
- Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen (1446 Market St // Civic Center)
- House of Tadu Ethiopian Kitchen (1130 4th St // Mission Bay)
- International Smoke (301 Mission St // South Beach)
- Little Baobab (3388 19th St // Mission)
- Little Skillet (60 Ritch St // Bayview)
- Local Kitchen (330 1st St // Rincon Hill)
- New Eritrea Restaurant (907 Irving St // Inner Sunset)
- Osteria Bella (3848 Geary Blvd // Richmond)
- Radio Africa Kitchen (4800 3rd St // Bayview)
- Sunset Cantina (3414 Judah St // Outer Sunset)
- Tastebuds (600 5th Ave // Richmond)
- Teranga Juice (2948 Folsom St #4028 // Mission)
- Two Jacks Seafood (401 Haight St // Lower Haight)
- Ungrafted (2419 3rd St // Dogpatch)
- Vegan Hood Chefs (Catering)
- Voodoo Love (1599 Howard St // SOMA)
- ZZoul Cafe (295 Eddy St // Tenderloin)
- BackAYard Caribbean Grill (Multiple San Jose Locations)
- Cafe Capuchino (1158 Capuchino Ave // Burlingame)
- Coconuts (642 Ramona St // Palo Alto)
- The Cookout (1350 Pear Ave // Mountain View)
- The Famous Rib Shack (223 El Camino Real // San Bruno)
- LeYou Ethiopian (1100 N 1st St, Suite C // San Jose)
- Mudai (1663 W San Carlos St // San Jose)
- Reggae Pot (15495 Los Gatos Blvd // Los Gatos)
- Walia Ethiopian Cuisine (2208 Business Cir // San Jose)
- Zeni Ethiopian (1320 Saratoga Ave // San Jose)