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Crabbing under the Golden Gate Bridge
We will meet at a pier in the Marina/Presidio district of San Francisco where we will be located near the Golden Gate Bridge. The views of the water will be spectacular and because of the size of the pier we will have more than enough room to spread out and try our techniques. Make sure to arrive early so you can find parking and pay for it if need be near The Warming Hut cafe. Once all the guests have arrived we will learn to set up the equipment we will supply with a very detailed explanation of how and why we use particular gear. Once we have set up our rods, filled our bait in our traps we will learn the different forms of casting and the technique of reeling. Because we are fishing for crab there is a different approach to how you catch crab off of a rod and reel. We will not be allowed to take home any Dungeness crab, unfortunately, because the Bay is a protected estuary. As a result we will be catching rock & red crab which are edible and delicious crabs to take home. This experience is an all weather endeavor so rain or shine we will make it happen. Please join me as many others have to see if spending an afternoon out on the waterfront of the bay, meeting new people and learning a skill is right for you! Great for big groups, corporate outings and team building exercises! Please inquire directly if you have 10+ people www.theartofcrabbing.com
Make Japanese mochi with an instructor
In this fun class, you will learn how to make three different mochi dishes. First we will make fresh mochi with a choice of fillings: sweet red bean and fresh strawberries, peanut butter and chocolate mini cups, nutella, and others. Second, we will make the popular ice cream mochi with mini-scooped ice cream balls. Your choice of ice cream. I like green tea ice cream. Third, we will bake mochi donuts and then glaze them beautifully with vanilla, clear, or chocolate glaze. You and other guests will enjoy making and shaping the mochi dough, filling it with delicious fillings, and eating them with others. You will get to enjoy fresh and tasty mochi, and best of all you will know how to make delicious mochi dishes far into the future. Other things to note: Please feel free to bring any additional ingredients you would like to fill your mochi with (peanut butter, mango, etc...)
Tech Tourism for a Cause
Our group will tour the main office on Airbnb's growing urban campus while learning how our community of hosts, guests, and employees give back. We will do a deep dive on how design informs the culture at Airbnb, and why our mission to create a world where "anyone can belong anywhere" is so important to the work that we do. Be ready to snack on some yummy house made treats compliments of the food team. Other things to note You will be required to bring a valid photo ID, up to date Covid Vaccination Record (indicating that you have been vaccinated and "boosted" against Covid-19), and sign an NDA. The name on your ID must match the name on your Airbnb account. Photos & video allowed in designated areas. No large bags/backpacks.
I sailed San Francisco Bay!
Please reach out for custom dates! Late fall and early winter provide smooth passages, balmy temperatures, and wonderful sunsets! Welcome aboard a large sailboat, a Downeaster 38. Designed by renowned naval architect, Henry Morschlad, this Downeaster is in exceptionally good condition. Downeasters are known for being stout and seaworthy bluewater cruisers. They can be found all over the globe. This experience is available for up to six guests and is great for groups and team building. Your three-hour adventure starts at Jack London Square. The route will depend on wind conditions; however, our goal is to cross the bay to see the marvelous sites of South Beach Harbor (home of the SF Giants), the financial district, the bay bridge, and then Treasure Island. During the tour, you'll see amazing wildlife; including, flocks of pelicans, sea lions, and the occasional dolphin! This is an active experience! I will review the basics of sailing (wind angle, general terms for operating the vessel, and rules of the road). You will take a turn at the helm (wheel), manage the sheets that control the sails, and raise and lower the sails. Naturally, you are also welcome to just sit back and enjoy the amazing views.
Pottery in the Mission
We will start with some of the interesting history of the studio space. Then I will get you situated on the wheel and show you how to properly secure your lump of clay. After the clay is secured we start the wheel spinning nice and fast. I will show you how to center the clay which is a very important (and frustrating) stage of making pottery on the wheel. After we successfully center the clay, you will explore how the clay moves and reacts to your touch. We will work to form a simple shape such as a bowl or cup. To finish off we will do some clean up of the form and remove the piece from the wheel in order to start experimenting with the next piece. You can expect to get to practice with around 6 lumps of clay (more if you are ambitious) and most people will create 2-3 pieces by the end of the session. Pieces will be professionally finished, fired, and glazed after the experience. This process takes at least 3 weeks. After the pieces are finished you can pickup in the studio or they can be shipped. Shipping costs are paid by the guest. Other things to note Come wearing clothes that you don't mind getting messy. We will provide aprons. If you have long hair plan to have a hair tie or a way to secure your hair back. Trim long nails if you are able.

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Crabbing under the Golden Gate Bridge
We will meet at a pier in the Marina/Presidio district of San Francisco where we will be located near the Golden Gate Bridge. The views of the water will be spectacular and because of the size of the pier we will have more than enough room to spread out and try our techniques. Make sure to arrive early so you can find parking and pay for it if need be near The Warming Hut cafe. Once all the guests have arrived we will learn to set up the equipment we will supply with a very detailed explanation of how and why we use particular gear. Once we have set up our rods, filled our bait in our traps we will learn the different forms of casting and the technique of reeling. Because we are fishing for crab there is a different approach to how you catch crab off of a rod and reel. We will not be allowed to take home any Dungeness crab, unfortunately, because the Bay is a protected estuary. As a result we will be catching rock & red crab which are edible and delicious crabs to take home. This experience is an all weather endeavor so rain or shine we will make it happen. Please join me as many others have to see if spending an afternoon out on the waterfront of the bay, meeting new people and learning a skill is right for you! Great for big groups, corporate outings and team building exercises! Please inquire directly if you have 10+ people www.theartofcrabbing.com
Lakehouse Jazz
Enjoy the most and most and best-reviewed music experience on Airbnb WORLDWIDE! Lakehouse Jazz is a unique and intimate concert experience in the iconic Golden Gate Park at a hidden and iconic boathouse. As Karl the Fog moves over the lake and covers a slew of colorful boats, we’ll sit inside our intimate and improvised concert venue where the music of the best musicians in the Bay Area and a glass of beer or wine will be the perfect way to unwind your week. By attending this event not only you’ll listen and learn all things jazz from some of the best musicians but also, you'll be actively supporting the local art scene and its community. Kudos! Other things to note: Every week (Fridays & Saturdays) we feature new bands and it's a secret, so you won't know who is performing in advance. This makes each concert unique and fresh. All things Jazz, from 1920's Swing to Latin Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Hip Hop and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions.
Make Japanese mochi with an instructor
In this fun class, you will learn how to make three different mochi dishes. First we will make fresh mochi with a choice of fillings: sweet red bean and fresh strawberries, peanut butter and chocolate mini cups, nutella, and others. Second, we will make the popular ice cream mochi with mini-scooped ice cream balls. Your choice of ice cream. I like green tea ice cream. Third, we will bake mochi donuts and then glaze them beautifully with vanilla, clear, or chocolate glaze. You and other guests will enjoy making and shaping the mochi dough, filling it with delicious fillings, and eating them with others. You will get to enjoy fresh and tasty mochi, and best of all you will know how to make delicious mochi dishes far into the future. Other things to note: Please feel free to bring any additional ingredients you would like to fill your mochi with (peanut butter, mango, etc...)
The Art of Crabbing
(Dungeness season runs from Nov-June) The ORIGINAL crabbing experience in the Bay Area teaching The Art of Crabbing. This experience has been going since the start of Airbnb's experiences. We will meet at the Chit Chat Cafe located in Pacifica on the Pacifica pier on stable dry land (no boats). We'll provide insights on the nature of crabbing and fishing in the bay area, what crabs like to eat and why the bay is home to a large and distinctly diverse crab and shellfish population. Crabbing can be hit or miss so please understand this experience’s goal is to teach how to catch crab. The community around crabbing is unique in that people from all walks of life are there so prepare to meet new friendly folks! Once we arrive at the pier we'll provide a thorough overview of the equipment and tactics used in the Bay Area to catch crab. We will be going for Dungeness Crab, the best in the Bay. We will be using a combination of crab snares off the rod and reel as well as a crab trap. We'll share how this has been an actively growing hobby of locals in the area. This experience is great for team building experiences & corporate offsite outings. Please keep in mind that we will be standing for long periods of time while crabbing.. Please bring additional seating if you feel the need to have it for yourself. The goal is to learn a life skill by the end of the experience!
Silent Disco Beach Yoga at Baker Beach
Gather with us at iconic Baker Beach! An exquisite beach right in the city with a view of the bridge. Enjoy an all-levels yoga practice while wearing headphones and listening to a remix of zen beats. It's not a "silent disco" but we use these style headphones to play music and have clear crisp instruction, while you take up space on the beach. You can still hear the waves crashing through them :) It's more than a 'class'- its a yoga experience. Watching the waves, moving mindfully in nature, and practicing with locals and guests from around the world. We host classes all year long, as our winters here are mild and being on the beach is always SO beautiful! We so look forward to hosting you for this magical experience. Bring water, a sweatshirt and friends. Or come solo! We supply yoga towels and headphones. Exact meeting location is sent to you upon registration.
Tech Tourism for a Cause
Our group will tour the main office on Airbnb's growing urban campus while learning how our community of hosts, guests, and employees give back. We will do a deep dive on how design informs the culture at Airbnb, and why our mission to create a world where "anyone can belong anywhere" is so important to the work that we do. Be ready to snack on some yummy house made treats compliments of the food team. Other things to note You will be required to bring a valid photo ID, up to date Covid Vaccination Record (indicating that you have been vaccinated and "boosted" against Covid-19), and sign an NDA. The name on your ID must match the name on your Airbnb account. Photos & video allowed in designated areas. No large bags/backpacks.
I sailed San Francisco Bay!
Please reach out for custom dates! Late fall and early winter provide smooth passages, balmy temperatures, and wonderful sunsets! Welcome aboard a large sailboat, a Downeaster 38. Designed by renowned naval architect, Henry Morschlad, this Downeaster is in exceptionally good condition. Downeasters are known for being stout and seaworthy bluewater cruisers. They can be found all over the globe. This experience is available for up to six guests and is great for groups and team building. Your three-hour adventure starts at Jack London Square. The route will depend on wind conditions; however, our goal is to cross the bay to see the marvelous sites of South Beach Harbor (home of the SF Giants), the financial district, the bay bridge, and then Treasure Island. During the tour, you'll see amazing wildlife; including, flocks of pelicans, sea lions, and the occasional dolphin! This is an active experience! I will review the basics of sailing (wind angle, general terms for operating the vessel, and rules of the road). You will take a turn at the helm (wheel), manage the sheets that control the sails, and raise and lower the sails. Naturally, you are also welcome to just sit back and enjoy the amazing views.
Pottery in the Mission
We will start with some of the interesting history of the studio space. Then I will get you situated on the wheel and show you how to properly secure your lump of clay. After the clay is secured we start the wheel spinning nice and fast. I will show you how to center the clay which is a very important (and frustrating) stage of making pottery on the wheel. After we successfully center the clay, you will explore how the clay moves and reacts to your touch. We will work to form a simple shape such as a bowl or cup. To finish off we will do some clean up of the form and remove the piece from the wheel in order to start experimenting with the next piece. You can expect to get to practice with around 6 lumps of clay (more if you are ambitious) and most people will create 2-3 pieces by the end of the session. Pieces will be professionally finished, fired, and glazed after the experience. This process takes at least 3 weeks. After the pieces are finished you can pickup in the studio or they can be shipped. Shipping costs are paid by the guest. Other things to note Come wearing clothes that you don't mind getting messy. We will provide aprons. If you have long hair plan to have a hair tie or a way to secure your hair back. Trim long nails if you are able.
Ramen making with a Japanese chef
Join me with 1000s of others who took my class over the past 5 years! In this 100% hands-on 3-hour class, everyone will make your own custom Ramen from scratch (noodles, soup, & cook it), so you can recreate it at home after this 1 class!! 1. You will knead the dough for noodles first. 2. While it rests, I will serve you 4 different ramen (shoyu, miso, tonkotsu, tantan) to taste so you can decide what type of soup and noodles you want to make for your own Ramen. Also, I will talk about the history of Ramen, types, the difference in the region, traits, most updated Japanese trend. 3. I will teach you how to make Aji-Tama (eggs) and Chashu (Pork Belly). 4. I will show you how to make stocks and you will strain it. 5. You will roll out the dough and cut it to make your custom noodles. 6. You will make your own Kaeshi (soup base). 7. Last, you will cook your own Ramen using my milky white Tonkotsu Paitan stock or clear Chicken Chintan stock. Veggie stock available upon request. You can put what you like from Chashu made with my AGED sauce, ground spicy pork, Aji-Tama, bean sprouts, scallions, Beni Shoga, Takana, Kikurage, corn, and butter. I will provide the complete recipe. Other things to note You are welcome to bring your own Beer, Wine, or Sake to enjoy! Check out my article (NOMBE) on 7x7 www.7x7.com/bay-area-cooking-classes-2074504776.html I'm professional and have liability insurance!
Seasonal California Cuisine CookingClass
1/26 Winter Italian 1/28 California Classic
 - Freshly Squeezed Italian Greyhound
 +$12 - Little Gem Caesar Salad
 - Garlic Noodles
 - Freshly steamed Dungeness Crab 
- Profiteroles w. Ice Cream & Homemade 
Chocolate Sauce 1/29 Winter Warm Up (GF) 
- Red Cabbage, Parmesan & Hazelnut Salad
 - Roasted Squash w. Aleppo & Dates
 - Red Wine Braised Short Ribs w. Rosemary
 Polenta
 - Chocolate Hazelnut Torta Caprese 2/4 Oh! Wonderful Winter 
- Clam Chowder w. Bacon
 - Sherry Glazed Brussels w. Honey
 - Crisp-skinned Salmon w. Winter Whites - Lemon Curd Tart 2/5 Spanish feat Paella Please inquire for more menus! Classes are hands-on, participatory and a whole lot of fun! As a class we prepare a multi-course menu, taking advantage of passive and active cooking tasks to teach kitchen efficiency At First Class Cooking, we aim to make everyone a better home chef. We teach • Proper Culinary Technique • explain Kitchen Science in relatable & memorable terms • discuss principles of Flavor Composition so that one can successfully cook, without a recipe. Recipes are developed to deliver sophisticated flavors in elevated preparations yet still be approachable Instruction is hands-on and ?'s are welcomed throughout. Many menus can accommodate dietary concerns; Please inquire when booking Private Bookings available- great for groups! with the chance to make custom menu and timing
Ultimate SF Electric Bike Tour
The best way to see San Francisco in a day is on an electric bike tour. Explore & experience more of the real SF: this is the coolest, most complete, and most active local adventure offered in the city– period. This 100% local eBike adventure explores all the essential SF landmarks & neighborhoods. You'll get the rich history of the best walking tour & local eats of the finest food tour, but do SO much more! >>>Why choose this experience?<<< •  The finest active experience in SF, hands down - Over 1,500 5-star reviews, 5K guests, 64+ countries • NEW high-quality electric bikes (eBikes) - conquer the SF hills with ease. MAX fun, no sweat! • Wireless headsets - never miss a moment and experience more, wherever you’re at in the group • The best local guide - Nick leads every tour & knows everything about SF • Small groups - 8 or less (smallest bike tours in SF) >>>PERFECT FOR GROUPS <<< (private up to 20 people) • Team Building • Corporate Events • Private Events • Families >>>LANDMARKS *<<< • Golden Gate Bridge • Alcatraz • Lombard Street • The Painted Ladies • Golden Gate Park • Cable Cars • Twin peaks • Ferry Building • Presidio • Japanese Tea Garden • DeYoung Museum • Ghiradelli Square +Many more! >>>NEIGHBORHOODS*<<< • Fisherman’s Wharf • North Beach • Mission District • Haight Ashbury • Chinatown • + Many more! *Tour updated daily, sights may vary but it will EPIC :)
Chocolate Truffle Master Class, optional Port/Wine Tasting
In this experience you will learn how to work with chocolate (dark) and design amazing truffles using different techniques. We'll make 3 types of truffles with or without alcohol. It is great for team building, birthdays, date nights! The best gift for your loved ones! They will come away with a new skill, knowledge and fun memories!:). 4 types of experiences. 1. Truffle making class only - $95, it's about a 2 hour class. 2. Truffle making with Port tasting, CA wine history, cheese,nuts, fruits - $140, it's about a 2.5-3 h class. 3. Private class for 2 people, $360, 2.5-3h. Everything that's included in option#2 plus you'll taste a CA white and red. You'll get a small box of my truffles and a wine country souvenir. 4. If wine is not your thing, but you still want a private class you can combine option#1 with my new Hot Chocolate Bomb experience: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1237129 I CAN HOST LARGER PRIVATE GROUPS. For large groups I can come to your location (additional charge). If you are interested in CA wine country, this will be a unique opportunity to visit Napa virtually without actually driving there. You will take your creations home. I've hosted many team building events for various SF companies of different sizes. I've also hosted bridal showers, families get together, birthday celebrations! If you don't see the class you want, contact me please.
Mellow Sessions at Haight
You'll arrive at a magical space called The Mellow Haight, a houseplant store by day and a private venue by night. We offer performers a space that acts as the in-between of a concert hall and a bar - where folks actively feel and listen to the music. The audience is encouraged to interact with the performers directly, discuss the compositions, ask questions, and fall in love with live music. Guests are welcome to BYOB - Please "pack in, pack out" and take ALL trash with you. Plan to bring cups, wine opener, etc as these items will not be available on-site. Anyone drinking alcohol must be 21yrs+
Throw the Ultimate Dumpling Dinner Party
Learn how to make three classic Shanghaineese dishes and, by the end of the night, you'll be a pro at throwing your own ultimate dumpling dinner party, and the secrets of using soy sauce that you can unleash combining everyday, simple ingredients. **April dates are now live! The night will start with a brief overview of Shanghaineese cuisine and flavor profiles, with a brief tasting of my favorite soy sauces. Next, we'll put those ideas to use in a demonstration of soy sauce braised pork belly (红烧肉), a classic dish that will combine principles of braising and balanced flavor. Then onto the main part of the experience: Making your own chili dumpling dish (红油水餃) from scratch. This includes kneading dough, rolling out skins, the learning the art of pleating dumplings with your own stuffing and sauces ... you will be in a food coma at the end of the experience! We'll end by celebrating the fruits of our labor, eating pork belly, dumplings and sampling each other's sauces to crown the Ultimate Umami chef of the evening. Organic fresh produce and pork will be sourced from the local farmer's market. You'll also receive a recipe and shopping guide after the experience, so you can enjoy cooking and dumpling making on your own! **Tofu braise and veggie stuffing option upon request with 48h notice. Soy sauce is gluten free. See more pics on IG eatingwithedmund
Palace of Fine Arts Boozy Brunch Crawl with a Mixologist
Experience a brunch in SF like never before! Let me take you on a journey to view some of the most historic sites while you enjoy delicious dishes and cocktails that are only found in SF! As a certified mixologist, I know amazing drinks and great food. I have previously been comissioned by popular resorts to lead inspirational trainings on the history of American Cocktailian culture as well as develop their cocktail programs. As a 15+ year SF-resident I love to share historical facts about this amazing city. This mostly walking tour kicks off in the lovely and lively Marina District which includes a stop for a photo op at the Palace of Fine Arts and ends with an uber ride at the place where the Irish Coffee was first introduced to America in 1952 at Fisherman's Wharf. We'll enjoy a 90 minute brunch at a Michelin-recommended, American-Thai fusion restaurant known for their delicious and famously trademarked specialty dish. This tour is really great for locals and individuals that may be traveling alone through the city and want to feel like they are getting shown around by an old friend as well as for couples and small groups that enjoy sight seeing while maintaining a "nice buzz." This tour includes stops at 6 different locations with the first 4 happening within a 3 block radius. This is one of the best walking tours with no hills!