Their flanks flecked with sweat, muscles rippling in their necks, and nostrils flaring, the thoroughbreds at Golden Gate Fields hurtle around a 1-mile oval. Crouched in the saddle, the jockeys feel the eyes of up to 14,750 audience members on their silk-clad backs as they strain to reach the finish line. In addition to its main mile-long track, the 140-acre racing complex has a 9/10-mile lakeside turf course, giving guests plenty of races to wager on. After the first starting pistol fires, watchers can fuel their cheering with polish sausage from the Horseman’s Circle, housemade pepperoni from Tastes of Italy, and steaks from Apron Barbeque.
Even fancier food awaits rumbling stomachs at the Turf Club—the crab cakes and steak prepared by Executive Chef Bryan Taylor aren’t the only draw. Club guests can enjoy an unparalleled live view of both tracks, the bay, and the Berkeley hills or watch the steeds on the private viewing screens that grace each table. In addition to the private screens, more than 80 flat screens, a jumbo screen, and regular monitors show horses hitting breakneck paces, and both live tellers and automatic wagering machines stand ready to take bets on which horse has the biggest shoe size. Leather furnishings, Tiffany-style lights, and gallery displays of equine-themed Hermès and Gucci scarves create a sophisticated atmosphere that reminds guests of the illustrious history of the track, which dates back to 1941.
BookPig is a children's book club for kids 3+ that offers a Netflix®-style book rental service. With thousands of books in stock, free shipping both ways, no late fees, and prices 50-70% less than buying, BookPig makes it convenient and easy for kids to read more.
The name might sound a little dated, but the bar for quality high-tech repairs is arguably higher in San Francisco than almost anywhere in the world. Lasertorium Office Systems remains a go-to for Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Brother International and other high-end electronics that are malfunctioning or otherwise cutting into workplace productivity. From paper jams to wear-and-tear to the kind of baffling diagnostic mysteries that send mere mortals into a blinding rage, the Outer Sunset's Lasertorium has been servicing the Bay's gadgets for 20 years, with reasonable prices for timely turnaround. Don’t expect much in the way of amenities or frills from this low-slung repair shop – or its sister location in the Financial District. Instead, rest easy in the knowledge that the experience held inside will have your machine up and running again in no time.
Under the direction of one of the leading brain-plasticity scientists, Posit Science whets worn neurological appetites with memory-boosting software. The Brain Fitness auditory program perks up drooping brain folds by fine-tuning ear bearings to more efficiently process audible information. Mind molders can spend between 15 to 60 minutes flexing their grey matter, improving both communication and recollection. The software also tailors cognitive games based on personal progress and offers brain-boosting feedback along the way.
Sometimes Las Vegas is just too far of a drive—that’s where 21FunCasino steps in and brings the excitement of the Strip to you. While specializing in in-home parties that bring the drama of gaming into the living room, 21FunCasino has also spiced up events for Apple, Google, and other high-profile companies with their professional dealers, who set up craps tables, roulette wheels, and other authentic casino equipment. The experience will feel and look just like a scene out of Las Vegas, with casino-quality chips and cards. Dealers explain the rules of games such as blackjack, craps and pai gow, so newbies will have a few strategies aside from eating all the cards.