How I See San Francisco: Laura Forrest
Laura Forrest is a fourth generation San Franciscan living where the Mission meets the Castro with her wife and toddler daughter. When she's not working as a product marketer at Facebook, she is creating fun side projects (like this helpful tool for sports fans) or surfing over in Bolinas. We asked Laura to give the native's perspective of what visitors to San Francisco should do during their stay.
What does a typical day in San Francisco look like for you?
I wake up, get ready for work, then go to our new office downtown. After work, I come home and trail my two-year-old daughter as she romps around the block saying "Hi" to all her neighborhood pals.
What do you love about working at Facebook?
Being surrounded by incredibly talented and passionate people encourages me to always do better. The same can be said for working in tech: the ever-changing climate and innovation makes no two halves the same. Boredom is impossible.
Where do you indulge your artistic side in San Francisco?
I take-in the beautiful displays of art around me every time I pass them by. Highlights include Greg Galinsky's calligraphy style mural on Sanchez and Market streets, the "Market Street Railway" mural on Church St. (my favorite in San Francisco), and the "My Heart" sculpture in the lobby of 333 Market St. by Sirron Norris. We're lucky to live in a city where art surrounds us.
What's your favorite annual event that happens in San Francisco?
That's easy. Pride! Specifically, the block parties that break out in the wake of the Dyke March.
Where and what would you choose for your last meal in San Francisco?
I'd keep it classic: the Zuni roast chicken. That bread salad! Those Zuni vibes!
Which restaurant is still on your list to dine at in San Francisco?
I've yet to make it over to Swan Oyster Depot.
Which neighborhood, other than your own, do you like to explore?
The Japanophile in me loves exploring Japantown.
Where do you like to view sunrise and sunset?
Sunset: the view from my friends' place on the Great Highway, in part because they also make great negronis. Sunrise: my own east-facing living room.
What should every visitor to San Francisco do at least once?
Take in the view atop Twin Peaks.
What’s one part of San Francisco that you wish visitors knew about?
The Mission Mural Walking Tour is a gem.
Any last advice for visitors coming to San Francisco?
Don't be caught a fool: pack that jacket.