SF Personality: Jessica Stanley
By: Louis Raphael
Neighborhood: I live in the Richmond district but I work in Dogpatch.
What do you love about your neighborhood? Amazing authentic asian food!
Native or Transplant: Sort of a transplant. Born in the east bay, grew up in New Jersey, now back to the bay.
How long have you lived in SF: 1 year + 1 month
Gig: Wedding & Private Event Sales for Orange Photography
SF is…a quirky pastel paradise city.
What do you like better: Bay Bridge or the Golden Gate Bridge?
Golden Gate, I used to dream about it when I lived on the East Coast and now I see it out my living room window. I watched the 75th anniversary fireworks from my roof with a glass of wine.
Photo by Paul Robert Lloyd.
What's your favorite neighborhood to hang out in (other than your own)?
Every neighborhood has its reason for bringing me there. I go to the Haight to find awesome vintage jewelry, the Mission District to take dance classes, Polk Street to meet up with friends and grab drinks, Potrero Hill for lunch spots with super views, Embarcadero to show off to my visiting family, and drive up and down the hills on a regular basis.
Where AND what would be your last meal here in SF?
There is endless good food in this city. But if it were my last meal, I would have to go all out and make it Aziza or St. Vincent -‐ whatever is on their menu that night, I trust it will be amazing. Wine pairing and all!
What restaurant have you been meaning to eat at, but haven't?
French Laundry in Yountville. I know it’s not the city proper but Anthony Bourdain says it’s the best restaurant in the world! Waiting for the right celebratory occasion.
What is your go-‐to drink spot?
My boyfriend and I end up at Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem (Mission) quite often for beers. Also love to sit and have a fancy Lychee-‐sake-‐tini at Chaya on the Embarcadero for happy hour. Tradr Sam’s is a cozy little Tiki Bar with scorpian bowls down the street from me and Tia Margarita’s has strong tasty Margaritas. Other than that, I try to have drinks somewhere new every time!
"Pack like you are going to New York in the early fall and late fall all in one day. You should also never wear heels unless you are a man in the castro and please be open to exploring outside of the typical tourist spots."
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
BBQing at Golden Gate park or sitting at Ocean Beach during sunset with a winter sweater and bare feet.
What is the one celebration in the city you look forward to every year?
I had to skip it last year since family was in town but I’m hoping to get to the Treasure Island Music Festival. For me, it beats paying for Outside Lands since I can already hear that one from my house.
What is the one thing everyone should do at least once here?
It may be a bit architecture-‐nerd of me but please go inside City Hall.
What is the one thing you have yet to check off your bucket list in SF?
What piece of advice would you give to a traveler about visiting the city?
No matter how many times you have heard it - it is not hot here. Pack like you are going to New York in the early fall and late fall all in one day. You should also never wear heels unless you are a man in the castro and please be open to exploring outside of the typical tourist spots.
What question do you wish we asked? Answer it here.
1. San Francisco Wine Trading Co. on Taraval in the Sunset. They have nightly wine tastings and will let you taste their whisky or scotch in the back room. Incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff with a really great selection of craft liquor.
2. Opaque -‐ a restaurant where you actually sit in pitch black darkness and legally blind waiters bring you pre-‐ordered food.
3. (around the corner from Opaque) -‐ Smuggler’s Cove. Secret “underground” Premium authentic rum bar that gets a line around the block after 9pm.
A California girl at heart with a New Jersey attitude, I found it somewhat humbling to move back to San Francisco at age 25. After spending my whole life getting used to heavy makeup, high heels, and aggressive behavior, San Francisco has offered me the opportunity to relax and count my blessings every day. Having found an excellent position with Orange Photography, I am lucky to be invited to industry events all over the bay area and offered insight from locals and visitors alike. Catering specifically to wedding clients, I also spend a lot of time getting to know the most visually appealing locations in the city. I laugh to myself when people ask me for recommendations on Photography locations because I personally think the options are endless in this corner of the world.
My boyfriend, also the reason I was relocated here, is a lover of all good food and a thrill-seeker. We have found that San Francisco is truly home to some of the best priced, overall authentically amazing meals.On top of pleasing our taste buds, we continue to chase new experiences such as skydiving over the Santa Cruz beach at sunset, flying in and out to other exciting cities as much as possible, and mingling with talented young professionals on a daily basis. As cliche as it sounds - the culture here really inspires you to be healthy, globally conscious, and a good neighbor. We hope to stay in this city for as long as we can!
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