Kimberley Lovato

Correspondent

  • San Francisco, CA, USA

Kimberley Lovato is a correspondent who covers San Francisco for Forbes Travel Guide. The champagne-loving Francophile is also an award-winning author and journalist whose articles about travel, lifestyle and food have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, American Way, Executive Travel, AFAR, Delta Sky, Condè Nast Traveller (UK), Wine Enthusiast, Frommers.com, LeitesCulinaria.com and more. Her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, won the 2012 Gold Lowell Thomas Award. Lovato snagged a 2012 Bronze Lowell Thomas Award for her essay Lost and Liberated, which also appears in Best Women’s Travel Writing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter and is always planning that next fabulous trip.

  • On January 19, 2013
    Kimberley Lovato is now following Marcy Gordon
  • On January 19, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in San Francisco?

    Jump aboard a piece of San Francisco history---its iconic Cable Cars. Clang! Clang! The San Francisco cable car system is the last of its kind in the world and the only mobile monument in the world. And at only $5 each way, that’s a bargain.  
     
    Catch one at the turntables located at Hyde and Beach Streets or Bay and Taylor Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf, or at Powell and Market Streets downtown. These moving landmarks clack and clatter up and down the hills and offer great views through some of San Francisco’s best neighborhoods. I recommend the Powell-Hyde line that goes up and over Nob and Russian hills, past Lombard Street, with a nice view of Alcatraz on the way down to its final stop near Ghiradelli Square.
     
    Outlandish hats, zany costumes, and a stream of silly songs, Beach Blanket Babylon is an institution in San Francisco and the longest running musical revue in history. It's also a whole lot of fun! The show lives and goes live seven days a week at Club Fugazi in North Beach, the ciyt's Italian neighborhood. The story is a familiar one ---Snow White in search of her Prince Charming---but the real fun comes with the menagerie of characters that twirl on and off stage and change regularly with the trends in pop culture (Kate Middleton, Prince William, and the Queen of England were on stage last time I was there). For something different, Beach Blanket Babylon is arguably San Francisco’s most colorful attraction.
  • On January 19, 2013
    Kimberley Lovato answered the question: Kimberley Lovato

    What are the best bars in San Francisco?

    Whether you prefer a dive joint or a a trendy lounge or sultry speakeasy,  there’s something to quaff any taste in San Francisco. The hot new place in The Mission is Trick Dog, an eagerly awaited bar opened on January 7and already garnering rave reviews form casual cocktailers and connoisseurs alike. The clever Pantone paint swatch bar menu is fun to peruse and has 13 signature Pantone-color cocktails, with names like Grandma’s Sweater and Polar Bear. If old standards are more your preferred tipple, Trick Dog has bevy of regulars too, like highballs, whiskeys, and even a few alcohol-free cocktails.  In the heart of The Haight, Alembic has been a premiere cocktail haunt in the city for a few years now and is still going strong, thanks to its consistently good pours, limited and coveted bar space, and a menu of forgotten classics like the Jack Rose, referred to on the menu as “a home wrecker of a cocktail.”  Alembic also boasts several good original concoctions that will  also cause a stir.  Bix has been around so long it can be called a classic. Located down skinny little Gold Street, the Bix oozes 1920’s supperclub swagger, complete with a smokey voiced jazz singer and black piano in the corner. Order a martini, an old standard, just like Bix itself. Dress up and head out ot The Redwood Room at the swank Clift Hotel. A blend of plush and modern interior, with the original redwood paneling that spawned its name, The Redwood Room is San Francisco sophistication personified. Though touristy and packed, the Buena Vista Café still THE place to go for Irish Coffee, and supposedly the drink’s birthplace in the USA. 
  • On January 18, 2013
    Kimberley Lovato answered the question: Kimberley Lovato

    What are the best attractions in San Francisco?

    Jump aboard a piece of San Francisco history---its iconic Cable Cars. Clang! Clang! The San Francisco cable car system is the last of its kind in the world and the only mobile monument in the world. And at only $5 each way, that’s a bargain.  
     
    Catch one at the turntables located at Hyde and Beach Streets or Bay and Taylor Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf, or at Powell and Market Streets downtown. These moving landmarks clack and clatter up and down the hills and offer great views through some of San Francisco’s best neighborhoods. I recommend the Powell-Hyde line that goes up and over Nob and Russian hills, past Lombard Street, with a nice view of Alcatraz on the way down to its final stop near Ghiradelli Square.
     
    Outlandish hats, zany costumes, and a stream of silly songs, Beach Blanket Babylon is an institution in San Francisco and the longest running musical revue in history. It's also a whole lot of fun! The show lives and goes live seven days a week at Club Fugazi in North Beach, the ciyt's Italian neighborhood. The story is a familiar one ---Snow White in search of her Prince Charming---but the real fun comes with the menagerie of characters that twirl on and off stage and change regularly with the trends in pop culture (Kate Middleton, Prince William and the Queen of England were on stage last time I was there). For something different, Beach Blanket Babylon is arguably San Francisco’s most colorful attraction.
  • On January 18, 2013
    Caroline Patek is now following Kimberley Lovato
  • On January 18, 2013
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  • On January 18, 2013