Author Archive: Paris Kim

Paris is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area, having grown up in the East Bay suburb of Concord. A graduate from the University of San Francisco, she enjoys the time she spends working in and exploring a city that Norman Mailer once proclaimed "is a lady." With a degree in creative writing, she writes short stories and nonfiction inspired by San Francisco. Paris has contributed to The Believer, the SF Foghorn, and writes from her own blog Paris Kim is a Writer.

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Armistead Maupin and His Tales: San Francisco’s Original Travel Sage

Armistead Maupin and His Tales: San Francisco’s Original Travel Sage

[ 0 ] February 19, 2014 |

, The man I went to see read live at the Book Passage in the Embarcadero Ferry Building truly changed my life. Before my eyes, I was finally seeing Armistead Maupin, one of San Francisco’s most revered literary figures, for his decades-long series of San Francisco residents within Tales of the City. As this series of […]

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Popscene is Your Alternative Night on the Town

Popscene is Your Alternative Night on the Town

[ 0 ] January 9, 2014 |

Most night clubs have that hedonistic, music video in-the-moment- atmosphere that you want when stepping out. But since the music itself sets that scene, what happens if the DJ’s dealing out unfamiliar or irritating tunes? When you dance, you should dance to what really moves you, and if Miley Cyrus and Rihanna or LMFAO aren’t doing the trick, […]

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Cent’Anni: To a Hundred Years in North Beach

Cent’Anni: To a Hundred Years in North Beach

[ 0 ] December 11, 2013 |

I first heard the old Italian toast Cent’anni spoken in The Godfather, a heartfelt wish for living a hundred years with luck and health. This phrase is almost a reality in the Bay area,  immortalized by the hilly streets that come together as San Francisco’s North Beach, the city’s Little Italy neighborhood. Whenever you’re here,  it’s […]

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Off the Beaten Tour Bus to Alamo Square

Off the Beaten Tour Bus to Alamo Square

[ 0 ] December 3, 2013 |

It’s given that being in San Francisco means being constantly seeing its iconic places, and to no exception are the elegant Victorian houses they call the Painted Ladies. They are humbly structured along Steiner Street across from the green of Alamo Square. I’m even guilty of going there to sit on a wooden bench opposite the […]

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A Happy Place and Happy Hour with the Original Irish Coffee

A Happy Place and Happy Hour with the Original Irish Coffee

[ 0 ] December 3, 2013 |

It started with a casual text message to a college friend who worked down at the Embarcadero. Drinks? Sure, most would kill for one after a 9 to 5, but we wanted something immortal, the San Franciscan “nectar of the gods:” the Irish Coffee over at The Buena Vista. Proudly established as the birthplace of […]

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The Mystical Fog of San Francisco

The Mystical Fog of San Francisco

[ 0 ] November 20, 2013 |

A winter on the West Coast isn’t idyllic with snow, dim lights and holiday cheer. Here, it will just get colder– and wet. It’s not too pretty. But as a San Franciscan, it’s a blur with the seasons. Sometimes that wet winter can last a whole year. Given the city’s infamous fog–the marina layer–this chill and […]

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Join a Secret Celebration at Belden Place

Join a Secret Celebration at Belden Place

[ 0 ] November 20, 2013 |

  In San Francisco, no vacant space goes to waste. In fact, we’re so hung up on having room that in the 1960s, developers proposed paving the outer edges of the San Francisco Bay for more land (thankfully it was put to an end; there would hardly be a Bay Area!) The best-kept secrets of […]

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