Part of the beauty of living in San Francisco? You get a lot of fun visitors. And it's not hard convincing friends to come out and visit.
There are weeks, months even, when each and every night, my calendar will be filled with plans. Plans to see and catch up with friends, events and parties to check out, and often, friends that are in town that I get to show around.
Of course, given my profession and personal interests, it's not uncommon to have friends traveling and visiting from all around the world. And again, given my profession and personal interests, it's not uncommon that I'm meeting new people constantly, no matter where I am. And with my interests and my friends' interests, our plans often have to do with checking out some of the 'food sights'--Farmer's Markets, specialty stores, and of course the best places to eat and drink in any given city.
I love that I'm always the first person friends will often ask for suggestions of where to go for a meal or a drink. And I LOVE offering suggestions based on a person's taste, interest, occasion, etc. I find pride in being able to match a person up with a restaurant or bar, for any occasion. I think it's a skill and a talent to not just be able to share your favorite spots with people, but to be able to find spots you know they'll enjoy. I want to be the local expert for San Francisco! (Check out this article on local experts from National Geographic Traveler's Intelligent Travel blog.)
I'm lucky to live in such a splendid place and to have so many amazing people in my life. I love my friends, and love showing them my city even more.