If you’re living in San Francisco, you already know you live in the one of the most well known and appreciated cities in the world. Chances are, just about everyone knows you feel this way in the 415. San Franciscans tend to be outwardly tolerant and open, and humble or perhaps carefree about our history. Many locals are more than aware of what they have given and contributed the world. Many innovations, movements, trends, and more have started in San Francisco. Let’s cut to the mustard, here are 11 things you can only brag about if you’re from San Francisco.
1. California Cuisine
In the San Francisco Bay area, specifically Berkeley, it was Alice Waters, who conceived the concept of "California" cuisine. The mix of seafood, Mexican, and Mediterranean influences, all with fresh produce is what we all know as California cuisine. Chez Panisse was opened in 1971 by Alice Waters.
2. Cutting-Edge Technology & Innovation
Like the techies or not, San Francisco, and of course Silicon Valley, has always been a hub for world-changing innovation, from any number of web publishing innovations to Youtube and beyond. When people think of technology they think of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
3. Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee was popularized in Fog City. In 1952, Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, brought Irish coffee to the United States after drinking it at Shannon Airport in Ireland. At the time, he worked with the Buena Vista cafe, which perfected the delicious drink.
4. World Champion Giants
Pride in your hometown team is high especially for the World Champion Giants. The Giants have many World Series wins under their collective belt, and the Giants (or "Gigantes") eclipse every other sports team here. You must have that orange and black pride.
5. Denim Jeans
Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco by Levi Strauss for the Gold Rush miners who needed tough, comfortable clothing. Jeans are popular worldwide, so never forget how San Francisco was critical in creating and defining fashion.
6. Summer of Love and Social Change
The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon in 1967, which took place in Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. This movement spawned alternative newspapers, music, counter-cultural fashion, and a lot of change that is still seen today. San Francisco has always been very influential.
7. San Francisco Music
The music of San Francisco, in terms of Jazz and especially rock groups have influenced many others. The San Francisco Sound emerged as an influential movement in music, with acts like Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and more achieving international prominence. These innovative groups mixed elements of folk, rock, and jazz to further develop rock's lyrical content.
8. Recycling and Plastic Bag Ban
San Francisco led the way in 2007 with the first plastic bag ban in the USA. Fog City eliminated plastic bags at large grocery stores. Also, recycling, composting, and other environmental protections have been the cornerstone of the San Francisco lifestyle.
9. Slow Food
Another food trend popularized in our area! The concept of Slow Food began in 1986 in Italy, but it was in the San Francisco Bay area in 2008 where it hosted its largest gathering to date titled Slow Food Nation. San Franciscans and Berkeley natives can claim to fame for this movement and way of enjoying food.
10. We Think Differently and Out of the Box
From the Gold Rush to the Summer of Love, San Francisco has always attracted the weirdest and the wildest, as well as some of the most revolutionary and innovative souls.
11. The Chinese Fortune cookie
For a city known for Chinese cuisine and good food in general, we can boast of the fortune that was invented by a Japanese resident of San Francisco.