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Dining Around the Desert: Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel in San Francisco



Commons Club offers an elevated menu with a fresh, modern take on California cuisine. Bringing culinary delight to the downtown San Francisco restaurant landscape by combining unexpected ingredients with bold flavors and technique, Commons Club infuses a relaxed, yet elegant experience.


Michael, Adam, Jeanne and I started out with the Parker House Rolls, which were buttery, flakey and I could have eaten about a dozen of them, along with the Crudite which had a buttermilk, almond, dill sauce. Michael had an excellent Old Fashioned, and I had one of the house crafted cocktails named Tangerine Dream made with Absolut elyx, Aperol, tangerine juice, peppermint ginger, served up. Very tasty.

For our main dishes, we had Sonoma Duck ruby beet, broccoli rabe, guajillo, Schmitz Ranch N.Y. Strip potato puree, red wine, spring onion, Halibut English pea, black trumpet mushroom, miso, and Tortelloni wild mushroom, swiss chard. Everything was prepared beautifully, the service was top-notch, and it was a fun atmosphere.

Due to the fact that they have a DJ playing house music at the entrance, which spills over into the dining room, it’s not the place for quiet conversation. Aside from our group of four, that didn’t seem to be an issue with everyone else who was there as it was more of a club vibe.

They also have a rooftop bar and on our way out, we went up to see it. Packed at that time of night, but I would imagine earlier in the evening for cocktails, it would be nice.

Read more about Virgin Hotels here

Everyone Rooftop Bar

Everyone Rooftop Bar

Ground Floor at Virgin Hotels
250 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103




Daytime Menu: 7am-10:30am
Daytime Menu: 11:30am-2pm
Bar Menu: 2pm-10pm
Dinner Menu: 5:30pm-10pm
Fri-Sat Dinner Menu: 5:30pm-10:30pm


Dining Around the Desert: Angler in San Francisco


This past weekend Michael and I were fortunate enough to enjoy a couple of days in San Francisco, a city near and dear to my heart as I used to live there and loved it. And since it’s only an hour flight, it’s a nice, quick get-away from the desert.

The current restaurant scene has exploded. It’s always been great, but as my friend, Adam and his wife Jeanne who joined us at Commons Club, said, “It’s like the old days”! He’s in the restaurant and hotel consulting business and knows what he’s talking about.

On Friday we enjoyed one of the hottest new places, Angler. Angler is a sea-life focused restaurant with views of the expansive wood-burning hearth as well of the San Francisco Bay from Chef Joshua Skenes and Saison Hospitality located on the Embarcadero waterfront. The service was flawless, the food perfection, the ambiance warm and inviting, and the location can’t be beat. In fact, it’s right next door to Boulevard, which is a long-time favorite in the City.

Beautiful Potato

Beautiful Potato

We enjoyed oysters that were out of this world, and a whole chicken with a potato side that was heavenly. I know. It’s a seafood restaurant, but the menu is small and the chicken was calling our names.


Read more about Angler here

132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Thursday to Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

Sunday to Thursday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday to Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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Things to Do This Weekend, April 11-15

It's hard to ignore 100,000 people at Coachella, but there are a few other noteworthy events going on.


This  Supernova  sculpture dominated last year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which runs over two consecutive weekends, April 12-14 and April 19-21.   PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRIS MILLER/IMAGINE IMAGERY

This Supernova sculpture dominated last year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which runs over two consecutive weekends, April 12-14 and April 19-21.



Keep tabs of what’s going on at the Empire Polo Grounds and some exclusive parties with behind-the-scenes coverage on our Instagram and Facebook platforms.

Be sure to catch local group Ocho Ojos at Coachella on Sunday (April 14). Read their profile and five other local bands that headline the desert vibe.

And for advice on the first weekend from who to see to what to wear, check out the Q&A we did with 10 festival acts from both Coachella and the upcoming Stagecoach.


This Desert Theatreworks production at the Indio Performing Arts Center follows two straight male roommates who fake a marriage to fend off the IRS. Read our robust review of this laugh-out-loud comedy.

Read about more things to do in the Palms Springs area this weekend….

What Zillow has to Say About Why You Should Use a Realtor to Sell Your Home


Why Use an Agent?

According to Zillow’s Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, 89 percent of sellers list their home with a real estate agent. The sellers listed a strong sales track record, local market knowledge, trustworthiness, responsiveness, and a good reputation in the community as the most important attributes in a top agent.

A great Realtor will make a big difference in all aspects of the selling experience, from your profits to keeping your stress level under control.

Read on to explore what else Zillow has to say.

What is the standard commission for a real estate agent?

Real estate agents work on a commission basis, making a percentage of the sale or purchase price of the home their client is buying or selling. Typically, as a seller, you’ll pay 6 percent of the sale price, with half of the total serving as the buyer’s agent’s commission.

What is the difference between a listing agent and a buyers agent?

The listing agent, also known as a seller’s agent, works for the seller to help them sell their house, from listing to closing. The buyer’s agent works for the buyer, guiding them through the process of finding a home they love, into negotiations, and all the way through closing.

Benefits of using a listing agent

You might ask yourself, “Why use a real estate agent to sell my home?” There are a number of services and plenty of expertise a real estate agent can provide, so it’s important for each seller to take a look at the list of benefits and decide if an agent is worth the expense.

1. Real estate agents provide local housing market expertise

  • They have access to a comprehensive list of comparable homes and understand the value of homes in your area.

  • Taking into consideration the current market conditions, they can strategize ways to craft the optimal selling approach, with the goal of earning the highest possible return on your home.

  • They can guide you to setting the right price for your home, one that will allow you to both pocket as much money as you can while selling in a timely manner.

  • They understand local housing codes and can point out any red flags on your property that buyers (and their home inspectors) will find. 

  • They can recommend the specific home improvements that matter most to buyers in your area.

  • In our case, we know the developments inside and out and will share with you the good, the bad, and the ugly.

2. Real estate agents market your listing

  • They can provide recommendations for staging your home.

  • They can hire a professional photographer to take great listing photos.

  • Creating an enticing listing description of a property is an art form, and a skilled agent can call out features local buyers are looking for.

  • They list your property on the MLS and online real estate sites like Zillow. In fact, agents have access to more listing outlets than sellers who are listing on their own. 

  • They host open houses and showings, physically showing your home to buyers.

  • They serve as a buffer between you and all potential buyers, fielding calls, answering questions, and scheduling showings.

3. Real estate agents network with other agents to increase buyer interest

  • They may show your home to an agent-only crowd to increase buzz. 

  • They talk to other agents about your home, positioning it as a match for their buyers. 

  • Homes sold by agents are typically more appealing to buyers agents, as they know they’ll get a commission on the sale.

4. Real estate agents handle your negotiations

  • They vet all potential buyers, identifying the serious offers. 

  • They skillfully work with the buyer’s agent to get you an offer that meets your needs in terms of price, timing, and repairs. 

  • They help you make smart decisions on negotiating counteroffers. 

5. Real estate agents ease the selling process

  • Selling a home comes with a lot of paperwork, and your real estate agent will handle it all. 

  • Professional real estate agents keep an eye out for deal loopholes and unusual requests, and read all the fine print. 

  • In a multiple-offer situation, they’ll help you identify the pros and cons of each offer, making your decision easier. 

  • They’ll recommend when you should counteroffer and when you should accept the deal.