Nirmala Nataraj

SF Station Writer

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A Taste of Vintage San Francisco
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 21, 2009)
If you prefer cozy and intimate to ostentatious and cold, consider a stay at the Fitzgerald Hotel. This Victorian boutique mainstay gives visitors a taste of vintage San Francisco; it was built in 1910 and underwent a massive makeover in 2003, but it still retains the same classic touches that probably made it a tourist go-to back in its heyday (including an old-fashioned elevator). More »
Perfect for Out-of-Towners
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 21, 2009)
This Union Square mainstay cuts an impressive figure; smack-dab in the midst of one of the city’s largest shopping/theatre/entertainment precincts, Kensington Park Hotel (part of the luxury boutique Personality Hotels on Union Square) is perfect for out-of-towners eager to be in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life. More »
An Intimate English-style Inn
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 21, 2009)
Take a foray into European luxury by staying at Nob Hill’s chic White Swan Inn (part of the Joie de Vivre boutique hotel chain), which offers guests a taste of one of San Francisco’s most beloved and beautiful neighborhoods. More »
Nanskin & Urban Allure
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jul 14, 2009)
Getting the perfect pores during summer is one of those enterprises that can make you go “hmmm". Given the unpredictable weather fluctuations all San Franciscans have accustomed themselves to, it’s kind of hard to plan in advance, especially in the hot-and-cold (often in the same day) season. But here are two skincare spas that pride themselves on offering stellar services that are always in season. More »
A Darker Side to Magic
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 16, 2009)
“Ever get the feeling that everything you’ve experienced tonight has happened before and will happen again?” That’s the enigmatic question that bookends magician Christian Cagigal’s latest show, “Now and at the Hour.” Cagigal is best known for “The Pandora Experiment", a brilliant solo performance that consistently played to sold-out audiences at the EXIT Theatre’s diminutive yet aptly intimate café in 2007 and 2008. While Cagigal has sacrificed childhood whimsy and ethereal parlor tricks for a more dramatic turn, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in his new piece. More »
The Lap of Luxury in Carmel Valley
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 10, 2009)
Looking for gracious hospitality, a laid-back vibe, and a historic destination that’s well outside the bounds of a dreaded marine layer? For close to five decades, Carmel Valley’s Quail Lodge, a haven well known to seasoned golfers and frazzled urbanites alike, has been hosting everyone from country club-coddled types to young couples intent on a coastal getaway sans all the fog and tourists. More »
Vino DIY
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jun 02, 2009)
Ever wanted to make your own bottle of wine but feared that you just didn’t have the know-how to tell your Barbera from your Dolcetto grapes? Then a summer learning session at Crushpad, the five-year-old DIY winery located in Mission Bay/Dogpatch, is definitely in order. And don’t worry -- you won’t need to crack the books too hard to try your hand at being a vintner. Crushpad’s no-nonsense yet down-to-earth approach to the fine art of winemaking lets you make your own barrel without the inconvenience of hauling your own grapes or selecting the right fermentation vessel. More »
Meeting All Your Clinical and Facial-Sculpting Needs
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 19, 2009)
The medical spa seems to be the new preferred method of beautification and pampering among some circles. A hybrid between a clinic and a day spa, at its very best it’s the kind of place that takes its relaxation seriously, but never at the expense of its service. All the same, spa establishments that often dress themselves up as serious clinics seldom sport both medical know-how and aesthetic panache in equal measure. That’s where [b]Medical Skin Aesthetics[/b], the brainchild of San Francisco clinical aesthetician Alisha Valverde, comes in. More »
Return of the Sun
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 09, 2009)
Tajikistan, Senegal, Hungary, Colombia, the Philippines. Even if you’re a world traveler, it’s unlikely that you’ve trekked through all these terrains -- but not to worry. If the globe-trotting budget is tight this summer, simply head on over to the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival to get your requisite dose of culture. The festival, which has wowed thousands of audience members for three decades now, has challenged the already-permeable boundaries of world dance (despite its “ethnic” moniker), as well as viewers’ understanding of the intersections between dance, tradition, and artistic innovation. More »
A Slice of the Good Life for the Next Generation
By Nirmala Nataraj (Apr 29, 2009)
The days of weekend getaways to staid, matronly bed n’ breakfasts sporting out-of-date Victoriana and soignée, hoity-toity guests is officially over. Exorbitant trips to chichi hillside hamlets have been replaced by excursions to eco-chic, casual-meets-upscale places like Solage Calistoga, where you’re more likely to sip a martini in your bikini than sup with the Joneses in a cavernous dining room. More »
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