PHOTOGRAPHY By:  Zoe Larkin

PHOTOGRAPHY By: Zoe Larkin

Hi there! I'm Kimiko.

Dipped in sauce: BAY AREA FOOD + LIFEStyle

Welcome to your trusted local guide to San Francisco and beyond. Whether you are visiting or call this place home, I hope you enjoy these reads on good eats and daily life.

The story behind Kindly, KIMIKO

I'm a Bay Area Native that graduated with a BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism from San Francisco State University. My storytelling flourished as a Park Ranger, where I connected people from all over the world with urban National Parks for several years. Though I'm no longer wearing the infamous grey and green uniform, I wanted to continue sharing stories about local spots and encouraging play: both inside and out of the parks.

I created Kindly, Kimiko to encourage you to adopt adventure into your daily life: even if its as simple as wandering the different neighborhoods to eat, drink, shop, experience or see something new. There are so many micro-cultures within the San Francisco Bay Area. The options are endless and sometimes it's hard to know where to start. That's where I come in. I organize those recommendations for you so it's easy to pick a place, grab your friends and enjoy! With a baydestrian eye, you'll get a perfect blend of those "insta-worthy" recommendations sprinkled in with the hole-in-the-wall spots that are local legends.  I've partnered with a variety of businesses and organizations like Oakland Unified School District, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Hype App, and EscapeSF to help me uncover and highlight some of the best hidden gems out there.

Blogging has been a part of my life since Xanga and continues to be a bridge that connects me with you. Thank you for supporting this little chunk of the internet that I pour my heart into. I'm so happy you're here. Enjoy and keep exploring!

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Say hello! interested in collaborations, events or shoots?


EXTRA NUGGETS: There's a lot of things that pull at my heartstrings including all black outfits, heeled boots, brunch, carbs, bottomless mimosas, bullet journals, diversity & inclusion, and national parks to name a few. I live in the city with my other half, Tigran, and our two pups, Yoshi and Socks. They make this petite babe with big appetite, one very happy gal.


My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style
— Maya Angelou