"The Mexican food in San Francisco's Mission District is unbeatable. I've been going to La Cumbre since I was a kid. You can't get better Mexican food anywhere outside of Mexico. If you want Vietnamese, go to The Slanted Door in the Mission District. Both Mick Jagger and Bill Clinton have eaten there. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me. The food is fantastic, and the decor is industrial chic. For Italian, it's Rose Pistola on North Beach. It's small and hard to get in, but it has really good food and atmosphere. For seafood, you have to go to Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf. Alioto's is famous, a real San Francisco classic. I usually order Dungeness crab, the huge ones that you dip in butter. My husband especially loves it. He's a big fan of Alioto's."


"You have to have brunch at Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Emeryville. I eat there a lot with my family. It's dim sum. They bring by tons and tons of little dishes on carts, and you pick and choose what you want. It's fun to go there. It's big and loud and there are lots of families - mostly Chinese families. It's right on the Bay, so you have a gorgeous view of the entire Bay Area."


"When I was a little girl, probably 7 or 8, I remember driving across the Bay Bridge with my grandpa, who was a Presbyterian minister. My sister and I were in the back seat. We could see everything: East Bay, Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, the Peninsula. He was looking out at the view and said, 'Girls, look at that and never forget it. It's the most beautiful place you'll ever see.' I'll never forget that. Whenever I think of my grandpa, I think of him saying that. I hadn't traveled that much yet, but since then I've traveled all over the world, and I've rarely seen any place more beautiful than the Bay Area. It always looks different because the weather changes so much. When you're in the East Bay, you look out and see the fog settling over the Peninsula or over the Golden Gate Bridge. Or if it's really clear, you can just see absolutely everything in detail. It's always different. I never forgot what my grandpa told me. I know I grew up in a magical place."