Haute Secrets: Hilary Armstrong’s Guide to San Francisco

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Hilary Armstrong is Executive Producer of the documentary feature film “California State of Mind -The Legacy of Pat Brown,” about one of California’s legendary political figures (the former governor of the state was Hilary’s grandfather), and is creating an educational outreach called, “My California Now,” that will teach young people leadership skills, smart environmental growth and civic engagement. She also co-founded Cow Hollow School, which has grown into a prestigious pre-school in the City.   She and husband Bruce have three children.

Where were you born: Sacramento, CA (lived in Governor’s mansion as a baby)

How long in San Francisco: Since 1995

Neighborhood: Presidio Heights

Occupation: Filmmaker. I am currently making a documentary film called “California State of Mind – The Legacy of Pat Brown”

Favorite restaurant: Quince

Best steakhouse: I prefer vegetarian

Best sushi: Nihon Whiskey Lounge

Best ethnic food: Slanted Door

Best Italian: A16

Best pizza: Delfina Pizzeria

Best lunch: Roses

Best place for late night dining: Spruce

Best dessert: Coco500

Best place for a romantic date: Bouchon in Yountville

Best Sunday brunch: La Terrace

Hautest club and/or lounge: Matrix

Best place for a power business meeting: Kokkari

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? St. Regis

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Luna or Philanthopist

Best place to buy jewelry/watches: MDVII on Vallejo

Best spa: International Orange

Best gym/athletic facility: The Lyon Street stairs

Best massage: Samantha Reich

Best limousine/driving services: Black Hawk Limo & Car Service

Favorite charity event: The Tipping Point (tippoint.org)

Favorite cultural event: Teatro Zinzanni

Favorite cultural institution: de Young Museum

Best museum/exhibit: Birth of Impressionism at the de Young

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Palace of Fine Arts & The Presidio

All-around favorite locale in San Francisco, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other: Crissy Field

Best aspect of San Francisco: It’s natural beauty.

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