Hog cakes, fine flowers and tasty food trucks 

Faves and raves by Pamela Day (Click the picture to see Pamela’s faves)

PERSONAL STATS 

AGE: Six in dog years, so do the math

YEARS IN THE CITY: Native

NEIGHBORHOOD: Potrero Hill

OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur/creative

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Curiouser and curiouser; always trying, seeing, doing new things



FAVORITE BREAKFAST

St. Francis Fountain

WHERE: 2801 24th St., at York Street

WHAT: Classic ice cream parlor, fountain and diner

INFO: (415) 826-4200 or www.stfrancisfountainsf.com

This is the place where the founders of the 49ers met and cooked up the idea to form a football team! Order the hog cakes — you will thank me.

 


FAVORITE FLORIST

Birch

WHERE:
564 Hayes St., at Laguna Street

WHAT: Not your typical flower shop

INFO: (415) 626-6860 or www.birchsf.com

Every time I visit, I get a dose of inspiration and an education in the art of minimalist impact.


FAVORITE EXPERIENCE

Audium

WHERE:
1616 Bush St., at Franklin Street

WHAT: Sound-sculptured space

INFO: (415) 771-1616 or www.audium.org

Get ready to take a sound bath in 176 speakers in this unique, one-of-a-kind theater. It’s pitch black and the sound envelops you in a way you’ve never felt before.



FAVORITE STAYCATION

Flora Grubb

WHERE:
1634 Jerrold Ave., at Third Street

WHAT: Charming and inspiring nursery

INFO:
(415)626-7256 or www.floragrubb.com

An oasis of beautiful gardens with an outpost of Ritual Coffee Roasters. Get a cappuccino and take in the loveliness.



FAVORITE CHEAP EATS

Off the Grid

WHERE:
Fort Mason Center, Laguna Street and Marina Boulevard

WHAT: Great street food on Friday nights

INFO: www.offthegridsf.com

A sea of the best food trucks and tents in town, with newly added libations from the Haight’s own Magnolia Brewery. The line at Chairman Bao is worth the wait. Off the Grid has multiple locations on different days, but Fort Mason is the motherlode.



FAVORITE AMAZING COFFEE

Four Barrel

WHERE:
375 Valencia St., at 15th Street

WHAT: The best coffee in The City, period

INFO:
(415) 252-0800 or www.fourbarrelcoffee.com

This is San Francisco’s answer to Stumptown. These people take coffee very seriously, and you can taste the difference. I love the neighborhood feel and sharing a table with strangers.



FAVORITE WAY TO CONNECT

Meetup

WHERE:
All over SF

WHAT:
The world’s largest network of local groups

INFO: www.meetup.com

Have a hobby, interest, something you want to learn, or just want to find like-minded folks? This is a great way to do it. I’ve met fellow knitters, city hikers and entrepreneurs, all nearby.


FAVORITE PIZZA

Una Pizza Napoletana

WHERE:
210 11th St., at Howard Street

WHAT: The best New York-style pizza

INFO: (415) 861-3444 or www.unapizza.com

Anthony Mangieri is a purist and a pizza priest. His pizza making is clearly his meditation, and his pizzeria feels a bit like a church. Limited choices, no substitutions, and ask for pepper flakes and you might get kicked out. Yet each slice is completely sublime.


FAVORITE YOGA

Any class taught by Dina Amsterdam

WHERE:
Yoga Tree, 1234 Valencia St.

WHAT:
Inner Yoga/Yin Yoga

INFO:
www.dinaamsterdam.com

Dina brings 20-plus years experience with yoga, plus complementary disciplines, to deepen and open your practice. She also teaches at a variety of places around The City.

 

— Paula Grace

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