Faves and raves by Mark “Sonny” Nguyen
YEARS IN THE CITY: 21
NEIGHBORHOOD: South of Market
OCCUPATION: Nutritional cleansing coach and residual income specialist
SELF-DESCRIPTION: His passion is coaching everyone on cleansing their bodies of toxins, impurities and parasites
FAVORITE CITY WALK
WHAT: Myriad terrific views of the Bay
This walk is a must — at least once per week with my loved ones on sunny or rainy days. It’s breathtaking to gaze at the different views of the Bay.
FAVORITE MEXICAN RESTAURANT
WHERE: 130 Townsend St., at Colin P Kelly Jr. Street
WHAT: A hip way to enjoy a fine Mexican meal
INFO: (415) 227-0500 or www.tresagaves.com
Tres Agaves has festive, hip ambiance and delicious Mexican cuisine. Stay away from their Bottomless Margaritas.
FAVORITE ITALIAN RESTAURANT
L’Osteria Del Forno
WHERE: 519 Columbus Ave., between Stockton and Green streets
WHAT: A meal to keep yourself balanced
INFO: (415) 982-1124 or www.losteriadelforno.com
L’Osteria Del Forno offers the best and freshest pasta dishes. Their pasta and salad dishes are delicious and keep me balanced.
Borders Books and Music
WHERE: 400 Post St., between Mason and Powell streets
WHAT: Can’t beat the convenience
INFO: (415) 399-1633 or www.borders.com
A convenient way to pick up a book, and I can squeeze in a little shopping and visit my friends in the retail business.
FAVORITE VIEW OF THE CITY
WHERE: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., at Greenwich Street
WHAT: Beautiful walk with a panoramic view
You can see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, Angel Island, the Financial District, Nob Hill, Treasure Island and the East Bay.
FAVORITE BIKE RIDE
WHAT: Scenic way to get your daily 30 minutes of exercise
Start your ride down 25th Avenue into the Seacliff neighborhood, go down to Baker Beach and then around to Ocean Beach. Everyone should get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Nothing beats a ride with fresh ocean air and view of our lovely Pacific Ocean.
FAVORITE QUIRKY SPOT
WHERE: 111 Potrero Ave., between Alameda and 15th streets
WHAT: Killer atmosphere, great deals, fun house music
INFO: (415) 252-5638 or www.bimmaloft.com
Bimma Loft showcases custom modern furnishings, cool eco-friendly fireplaces and some of the best artwork in The City. The staff is knowledgeable and unpretentious, the atmosphere is great and they have very good deals. It’s always a pleasure shopping there! I love their house music, as well.
FAVORITE PLACE TO RELAX
WHERE: Gibson Road
WHAT: Perfect spot to relieve stress
INFO: (415) 831-2750 or www.nps.gov/prsf/planyourvisit/baker-beach.htm
Strolling on this beach is the best place to wind down on Sundays or anytime you want to release some stress, which is one of the four pillars of health. Make sure you take one hour each day for yourself and enjoy the things you love to make living worthwhile.