Sci-fi snuggle, star party and food experimenting

Faves and raves by Juliana Gallin

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AGE: 43

YEARS IN THE CITY:
43

NEIGHBORHOOD: Richmond district

OCCUPATION:
Graphic designer (www.julianagallin.com), co-producer of the Comedy Talks speakers’ series (www.comedytalks.com) and co-author of the forthcoming “The Lazy Gourmet” cookbook (www.twolazygourmets.com)

SELF-DESCRIPTION: When she’s finally forced to turn off the “Jersey Shore” marathon and leave the house, she finds that there are wonderful things to do in the bright outdoors

FAVORITE PLACE TO STAR GAZE

Lands End (Point Lobos)

WHERE: Parking lot at the end of El Camino del Mar

WHAT: Monthly star parties; dress warm

INFO:
www.sfaa-astronomy.org/clubarchive/directions-pointlobos.php

The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers hold monthly star parties out at beautiful Lands End. Dress warm, watch the sun set over the ocean, listen to an astronomy lecture, and look through fancy telescopes.


FAVORITE CHEAP EATS RESTAURANT

Haig’s

WHERE:
642 Clement St., at Eighth Ave.

WHAT:
Homemade dolmas, fresh feta, incomparable hummus and more

INFO:
(415) 752-6283 oe www.haigsdelicacies.com

They carry Mediterranean, Indian and British imports (spotted dick in a can!) as well as homemade dolmas, fresh feta and incomparable hummus. But they also offer a menu of eat-in delights like falafel, lahmajoun and Armenian sausage sandwiches. Perfect for breakfast, if you’re not totally egg-focused.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR AN EATING ADVENTURE

New May Wah supermarket

WHERE: 707-719 Clement St., at Eighth Ave.

WHAT: Asian mega-market spanning half a city block

INFO: (415) 221-9826

This Asian mega-market boasts an entire aisle dedicated to dried fungi and seaweed alone. I love picking up stuff I’ve never seen before — dragon fruit, salted snow cabbage, gogi leaves, dried mystery fish — and experimenting. Don’t forget a little tub of sweet black rice with tarot and coconut for dessert.

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP TO LOITER

Bazaar Café

WHERE: 5927 California St., at 21st Avenue

WHAT: Cozy, back garden, great food, free music and other events most nights

INFO: (415) 831-5620 or www.bazaarcafe.com

Tucked away on a mostly residential middle-Richmond street, this mom-and-pop treasure offers a cozy atmosphere, tranquil back garden, great food, friendly regulars, and free music and other events almost every night. They’re famous for their chicken curry, but the Japanese rice soup with smoked salmon is heaven.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE AN OUTDOOR MOVIE

Film in the Fog

WHERE: SF Presidio, Moraga and Arguello avenues

WHAT: Campy sci-fi features; bring a picnic dinner and Snuggie

INFO: (415) 561-5000 or www.sffs.org

I love the S.F. Film Society’s annual Film in the Fog series. Pack an insanely indulgent picnic dinner, bring your low-backed beach chairs and extreme weather gear, and enjoy a campy sci-fi (usually) feature. The best part is when you snuggle into your sub-zero sleeping bag, and imagine everyone else being jealous of your coziness and forethought.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY CHEESE

Cheese Boutique

WHERE: 1298 12th Ave., at Irving Street

WHAT:
Sample it all, especially the Primadonna aged gouda

INFO: (415) 566-3155 or www.cheeseboutique.webs.com

Trader Joe’s and Safeway are fine for my standard daily cheese needs, but when I want to try something special, I visit the Cheese Boutique. The staff is gracious, knowledgeable, patient with questions and generous with sample tastes. They also sell sandwiches and a delectable selection of gourmet specialty foods. Try the Primadonna aged gouda. Try everything.

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