Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

Name: Eoin O’Halloran

Age: 35

Occupation: Owner of the cool Cafe Metropole and the fab Fillmore Grill

Hometown: Limerick, Ireland, but I moved to San Francisco in 1990, hence San Francisco is probably my hometown.

Diva Minds Want to Know…

1. Where do you like to flirt?

At the track- not horses but at race cars, F1 in particular. People consider this a male dominated sport but there are quite a few ladies who enjoy the beauty of man and machine. Alternatively out with the rugby crowd watching an early morning game or better still playing and then meeting the gang after to discuss the game and to have the wounds tended to. Rugby unlike other high impact sports tends to draw a very sophisticated and friendly fan base.

2. Where’s your favorite table for two?

Hyde Street Bistro has an alcove table that at one time was a broom cupboard but it was cleaned, painted, lighted and decorated, and it is a must for a cosy date in an intimate restaurant. Failing that a booth at my restaurant, The Fillmore Grill (sorry for the plug as I am the owner).

3. Where should we stay when we visit (besides your place)?

The Majestic Hotel on Sutter Street- this is one of San Francisco’s little know gems. The hotel ushers guests into another era enhanced with vintage architectural details and adorned with French and English antiques. All the rooms are suites and is about 5 minutes away in a taxi from Union Square.

4. What quality do you find irresistible in a woman?

A good sense of humor, willingness to try new things, a healthy approach to life, red hair, someone who knows the difference between a scrum and a ruck or can change their own oil. Also an appreciation for red wine in large quantities..

5. Where can we find you on a free Sunday afternoon? Just roll over?

On a free weekend afternoon I could be found in the wine country or at Sears Point Raceway. A great weekend is the Jaguar Wine Country Classic, where vintage to modern cars race and the wines of Napa and Sonoma can be sampled.

6. What do you love most about your city (besides our arrival)?

Most people tell of the diversity of San Francisco as the cultural melting pot. This I find creates what I like most of San Francisco as on a good day I can take a world tour of culinary delights without even getting on a plane or checking if my passport is out of date.

7. What should we bring when we visit your town? What should we leave with?

Come to town with an empty stomach, a good credit card and some warm clothes. Leave with good memories, a credit card bill and a return ticket.

8. What do we absolutely have to see while we’re there?

It is world famous, but every time I see the Golden Gate Bridge it is a reality check that I am really living in San Francisco.

9. Any areas of town we should avoid?

San Francisco is pretty safe, if you have your witts about you and try not to be insulting. The town is an open page for you to browse.

10. Any local secrets you want to share?

Those are by appointment only.

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