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New SFO Terminal "T2" Opens April 14, 2011.
From 1954 to 2000, San Francisco Airport's Central Terminal was the departure point for San Franciscan's heading abroad. When it first opened in 1954, it was the main terminal for San Francisco Airport, but as the airport expanded, it eventually became the International Terminal which it remained until the completion of the new International Terminal in 2000.
For the past 11 years it has been closed awaiting renovation.This month it springs back into action. In 2008, to accommodate growth in passenger traffic and airline demand for gates, SFO embarked on a $383 million project to renovate Terminal 2 into a state-of-the-art domestic terminal. Virgin America and American Airlines will share the new 14-gate space that will officially open for flights on April 14th.
Terminal 2's 640,000 square feet will have a capacity of 5.5 million passengers per year, and a projected 3.2 million passengers in the first full year of operation. The 14 gates will serve mostly narrow-body aircraft but will have the capability to accommodate Boeing 747-400 sized aircraft.
SFO Terminal Under Construction in 1954.
Creature comforts will abound in Terminal 2 with 30,793 square feet of retail development, including 12 restaurants, 9 retail stores, a gourmet marketplace with wine bar and spa. A pedestrian bridge connects to the AirTrain which connects to BART. Closest Short-term Domestic Parking is in the "D" area.
The newly renovated terminal will also also expand the Airport Museums Program and feature local and national artists of outstanding merit. Important works from the Airport's collection will be re-installed plus three large signature artworks will be added to the Terminal's glass façade, entry lobby mezzanine area and in the post security recompose area.
It is anticipated that Terminal 2 will achieve LEED™ Gold Certification. Sustainable features include paperless ticketing and preferential parking for hybrid cars.
In keeping with the Bay Area's reputation for great restaurants offering the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally, Terminal 2 will have the first airport dining program in the country to recruit food vendors offering atisan foods from local sources.
T2 Post-Security Culinary offerings include:
Napa Farms Market: Napa Farms Market is a celebration of locally grown and produced artisan foods and wines. It celebrates the Bay Area’s freshest culinary traditions by bringing such well-known artisan brands as Equator Coffee, Three Twins Ice Cream, Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery Cheese, Kara’s Cupcakes, Mighty Leaf Tea, Frog Hollow Farms produce, Napa Valley Vintner’s Association wines and Tyler Florence’s Rotisserie of Napa together in one emporium. Additionally, San Francisco-based Vino Volo wine bar, which opened its first location in 2005, will adjoin Napa Farms Market. The market, an extension of the Bay Area’s innovative food community, lets travelers create their own picnics-to-go, find special gifts to bring home a culinary memory of San Francisco or relax over a fine glass of wine.Napa Farms Market has been developed and will be operated by Tastes on the Fly, LLC.
Tyler Florence’s Rotisserie of Napa: In 2010, Chef Tyler Florence opened his 2nd Bay Area location, Rotisserie & Wine in Napa, CA. It features uncomplicated recipes, bright flavors and fresh plates of food; a place where great product meets tried-and-true-techniques. The inspiration for the menu is taken from the Southern dining concept of “meet and three” – a selection of meat and 3 sides for a meal. The Terminal 2 outpost of Rotisserie will be part of Napa Farms Market.
Lark Creek Grill: Lark Creek Grill, the 14th restaurant in the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, will offer many Lark Creek classic dishes and a wide-ranging menu to please all guests with choices from garden-fresh sandwiches to sustainable seafood to sizzling steaks. The offerings are designed with the airport passenger in mind – fresh, healthy and portion-appropriate. It will feature an all-American wine list and full bar, and service will be cognizant of the traveler’s need for speed without feeling rushed. In addition to table service for approximately 120 guests, Lark Creek Grill offers takeaway options. Lark Creek Grill has been developed and will be operated by Tastes on the Fly, LLC.
VinoVolo: Vino Volo revolutionized the airport wine experience by developing comfortable post-security retreats for travelers combining a cozy wine lounge, restaurant and boutique wine shop. They offer wines by the glass, in tasting flights and by the bottle. In SFO, their home airport, they will offer a rotating menu of 22-24 wines grouped by tasting flights. The Vino Volo wine bar will be a part of Napa Farms Market.
Kara’s Cupcakes: Kara’s offers the most mouth-watering cupcakes in San Francisco. Founded by executive pastry chef, Kara Lind, Kara’s Cupcakes lovingly creates each batch of cupcakes by hand every day, using only the finest ingredients. Their ingredients are sourced from local producers and whenever possible are sustainable and organic. Kara’s Cupcakes will be offered as part of Napa Farms Market.
Equator Estate Coffee & Teas: a successful women-owned company dedicated to quality, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. They produce distinctive organic coffees and teas from growers who practice responsible land stewardship and bio-friendly farming techniques. Equator Coffees and Teas have won over some of the countries best chefs including Thomas Keller, Traci des Jardins and Elizabeth Falkner. In 2009, Equator Coffee was named Roaster of the Year by Roast Magazine. Their outpost in Napa Farms Market is their first retail café and will offer the more time-consuming pour-over coffee.
Cowgirl Creamery: Sue Conley and Peggy Smith started Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station in 1997 in a small barn that was converted into a small plant for hand-crafted cheeses. Today, they continue to make a small collection of artisan, environmentally responsible cheeses. They are distributed to over 60 of America and Europes’s most prized producers as well as retail outlet in the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace. Their cheeses will be offered in Napa Farms Market.
Acme Bread: Founded by Steve and Suzie Sullivan in 1983 to bake bread for restaurants and stores who wanted to offer better bread than was generally available on the wholesale market at the time, Acme has grown to become the supplier of dozens of Bay Area restaurants including Chez Panisse and scores of grocery stores and farmers markets. Acme’s quintessential Bay Area Breads will be offered within Napa Farms Market.
Cat Cora: The Cat Cora concept is a sophisticated culinary experience that focuses on using fresh and organic ingredients within its creation of innovative tapas plates and truly groundbreaking cocktails. The lounge has a strong emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. With its gorgeous views of the Bay Area hills, travelers will be mesmerized by the marriage of design, form, function and delicious culinary offerings.
Andalé: A veteran concession at SFO with locations in the International Terminal and Terminal 3, Andale has a lengthy tradition of serving healthy, flavorful Mexican dishes in the Bay Area. Andalé was founded in 1987 by three friends—Luis, Ignacio and Pedro—all hailing from San Jose de Gracia in Central Mexico. While all Andale locations are committed to supporting local enterprises, their T2,
location will put an even greater focus on using local meats and locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Burger Joint: Step back into retro at this 1950’s burger spot! With five popular locations in the Bay Area, this T2 quick-serve spot will offer diners enjoy broiled Niman Ranch burgers, fries and more.
The Plant Café Organic: The fourth restaurant in the team’s portfolio, The Plant Café Organic will offer T2 passengers delicious, fresh, wholesome dishes and freshly made juices – all organic and at affordable prices. The Plant’s menu is almost entirely organic and relies heavily on what is available from local farms, dairies, and ranches. The signature Plant Burger, made with lentils, mushrooms, bulgur, beets and cashews, garnished with avocado, roasted onions, aioli and cheese, is "cooked by solar power.”
Pinkberry: Founded in West Hollywood in 2005, Pinkberry offers a refreshing new take on the old idea. Gluten free and made from fat free milk, Pinkberry produces uniquely flavored frozen yogurt and makes it the foundation of its fresh menu. It is the perfect nutritious snack, wholesome dessert or light meal. Pinkberry was rated the #1 Frozen Yogurt concept by Zagat in 2009 and is considered one of the hottest yogurt concepts in the world.
Wakaba: Wakaba in T2 is the sister to Sankaku Sushi & Noodle restaurants which are located in SFO’s Terminals 1 and 3. They are owned by Kimiko Hattori, her son Hiro Hattori and Nula Makha who launched their first two restaurants “Sanraku” in 2004. Like its sister restaurants, Wakaba will serve authentic and healthy Japanese dishes from sushi, to Udon noodle soup, to Donburi.
Peet’s Coffee: Founded in 1966 in Berkeley, California, this specialty coffee roaster and retailer
has a fiercely loyal and devoted following known as Peetniks . Peet’s in Terminal 2 will bake fresh pastries on site. Peet's is also located in SFO's Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
T2 Pre-Security Culinary offerings include:
Starbucks Coffee:Starbucks has become synonymous with the words “gourmet coffee.” This Seattle, Washington headquartered corporation’s unwavering commitment to excellence has made it one of the most recognizable brands in the world, even as it maintains a local feel in many of the markets it serves. Starbucks offers rich-brewed, Italian espresso beverages, teas, specialty drinks and much more.
For more information, go to www.flysfo.com.
ra Del Rosso, veteran travel journalist and author of "Great Escapes: Northern California" shared some of her favorite places to go and things to do in local San Francisco neighborhoods. A new find is a roving festival of brightly-colored, suped-up taco-like food trucks called "Off the Grid." The wagons circle, so to speak, on Friday evenings from 5-9 pm in Fort Mason's parking lot.
A new find is a roving festival of brightly-colored, suped-up taco-like food trucks called "Off the Grid." The wagons circle, so to speak, on Friday evenings from 5-9 pm in Fort Mason's parking lot. Laura is also a specialist on travel to Mexico and provided an update on the status of tourism to and within Mexico as the country marked its Bicentennial or Bicentenario on September 16, 2010 and celebrates 200 years of Independence. Mexico is also celebrating its the Centennial of 100 years since the Mexican Revolution of 1910. For more information, visit Laura's blog.
The historic Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, is known as "the First Lady of Waikiki," and is the flagship property of Starwood Hotels and Resorts located on the world's most famous beach. The Westin Hawaii brand strives to help travelers rejuvenate and refresh while on the road for business or vacation as easy at 1-2-3-4: One Brand, Two Products (Resorts and Condominiums) on Three Islands at Four Properties.
Moana Surfrider General Manager, Eric Berger, was in San Francisco to talk about the Westin Hawaii wellness brand and amenities (Radio Gallery I). He highlighted the special Lomi Lomi treaments offered at the Moani Lani Spa where Hawaiian healing traditions and innovative spa rituals relieve stress to renew body and spirit. A Westin Heavenly Spa, this serene sanctuary is set amidst a true tropical paradise and has been ranked as one of the top 50 spas in America (2009) by Spas of America.
In keeping with the wellness theme, The Westin Hotels & Resorts has also introduced a selection of SuperFoods-inspired offerings including a SuperFood Mojito cocktail created exclusively for Westin Hotels by Francesco Lafranconi, Director of Mixology forSouthern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Each handcrafted cocktail is made with key SuperFoods ingredients including blueberries, ginger, green tea and honey. The suped-up Mojito offerings are based on the concepts thought to improve well-being and longevity as outlined in the bestselling series of SuperFoodsRx books published by SuperFoods Partners LLC.
Travel journalist and author, Laura Del Rosso, has launched two new iPhone travel apps available for download as a guide to some of San Francisco's most popular neighborhood destinations.
A " travel app" is a download-able visual guide available for iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads that include color photos, website links, interactive maps and descriptions of restaurants, cafes, shops, attractions, historic sites, and more.
Laura's travel apps provides insider's tips to some of her favorite places in San Francisco's North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf.
Her first iPhone app on San Francisco's Chinatown was chosen as one of Apple's 120 "What's Hot" in travel apps. It features more than 50 places in the heart of the city's large Chinese community, which was established during the Gold Rush.
Starwood Hawai‘i Hotels offer a rewarding vacation experience and benefit charities at the same time.
Enjoy an Endless Summer Escape at a Starwood Hotel property in Hawaii and help a worthy cause. With eleven properties across the diverse Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawai‘i offers the best destinations to celebrate romance, reconnect with family, embark on an adventure or simply to relax and rejuvenate. Starwood Hawai‘i now gives you an additional good reason to travel this summer or fall with the launch of the new Endless Summer Escape promotion.
Book any room at a Starwood hotel or resort in Hawaii from June 15 through September 22, 2009 with travel completed by December 31, 2009. Starwood will donate 3% of the daily room rate to the United Way’s Road to Recovery campaign and Hawai‘i’s Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children.
For information, visit: www.endlesssummerescape.com.
Kate Hanni, FlyersRights.Org Founder and Spokesperson, talks about her ordeal of being held captive in an American Airlines jet and stranded on the tarmac for over 9 hours at the Austin International Airport on December 29, 2006. During that period passengers were denied food, water and access to working toilette facilities. Was this a terrorist hostage scenario? No, it was an airline policy decision. Since then, Kate has lobbied on Capitol Hill for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights. In January 2009, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the Airline Passengers Bill of Rights in the Senate. Learn what you can do to help get this legislation passed into law. Listen to Interview in Radio Gallery.
While many travel to the desert "Strip" seeking a fling with "Lady Luck," (or more PC these days, "Person of Luck") the image of Las Vegas as a destination of wild gambling, hard-drinking, Elvis impersonators and quickie weddings has been undergoing a metamorphosis or chrysalis from Sin City to a Golden City.
A Slice of Life by Gina Snow - April 2009
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop links with more than 31 international points on 29 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with more than 69 cities in the
U.S. on 20 domestic airlines. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com. SFO was voted “North America ’s Best Airport” in 2008 by passengers for its outstanding customer service and amenities.
For more information, contact:
Michael McCarron, Director
SFO Bureau of Community Affairs
New Requirements for US Travel Between Mexico and Canada Began June 1st, 2009
New rules requiring passports or new high-tech ID documents to cross the United States' northern and southern borders took effect Monday, June 1st. Thousands of Americans are applying for passports or obtaining special driver's licenses that can also be used to cross the borders.
In 2001, a driver's license and an oral declaration of citizenship were enough to cross the Canadian and Mexican borders. Changes on June 1st are the last step in a gradual ratcheting up of the rules nearly eight years after the Sept. 11 attacks and long after the 9/11 Commission recommended the changes. Source: AP | Yahoo! News.html.
Are You Loonie? You ARE in Canada!
Canada's Currency Act of 1985 sets out the guidelines for how coins should be used, including reasonable limits for the shelling out of endless coins. What’s reasonable? Don’t try using all coins to buy something that costs $10, or even using all one-dollar coins (sometimes called “loonies”) to pay for an item that costs more than $25. But then, what kind of loonie wants to carry so many coins anyway? Penalty: If the seller actually wants to take all your pennies, he can, but by law he can also tell you to scram. Source: World's Strangest Laws - Travel + Leisure (More... )