Veggie pizza, pisco sours and a historical treasure

Faves and raves by Jon ‘JB’ Hollister (Click on the pic to see Jon's faves)


Age: 48

Years in The City:
Born at French Hospital (now Kaiser’s French Campus), left town, been back for seven years

Neighborhood: Potrero Hill

Occupation: Environmental compliance

San Francisco native, polo player (yes, on a horse — but not in The City yet!), has an obsession with domestically produced anything


Red’s Java House  

WHERE: Pier 30: Bryant Street and The Embarcadero (not to be confused with Java House at Pier 40)

Great cold beer and fantastic Bloody Marys

INFO: (415) 777-5626

A great dive for a cold drink in the sunshine. Good fish and chips made with fresh fish. People who like burgers love their burgers, but I go for the fish sandwich. Zero attitude and free parking.


Piccino Coffee Bar

WHERE: 1001 Minnesota St., at 22nd Street

WHAT: A great little coffee bar walking distance from the 22nd Street Caltrain station  

INFO: (415) 824-4224 or

Yummy Sightglass organic coffee drinks go perfectly with the sticky buns and scones. My favorite is a cross between a macchiato and a cappuccino. Just look for the bright yellow house.


Conservatory of Flowers

WHERE: 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park

WHAT: A beautiful piece of San Francisco history

(415) 831-2090 or

Built in 1878 from James Lick’s estate, then purchased by a prominent San Francisco businessman who gifted the Conservatory to the San Francisco Parks commission. The fastest way to be transported to a different time and place.


Arzimendi Bakery Panaderia and Pizzeria

WHERE: 1268 Valencia St., at 24th Street

WHAT: Fantastic slices of pizza pie

INFO: (415) 826-9218 or

I would never think that vegetarian pizza could taste this good. Tip from experience — one slice is not enough. It is pretty much take out — there are just a handful of tables.


Crissy Field

WHERE: 1199 East Beach, Presidio

A fantastic place to decompress


Wonderful place to walk your dog, take in the beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, and get perspective. We go there whenever we want a relaxing walk, and always check the weather before heading over (in case it’s foggy) on the webcam at



WHERE: 3200 16th St., at Guerrero Street

San Francisco’s second-oldest continuously serving bar

(415) 552-1633 or

Great neighborhood bar with seriously delicious cocktails, brilliant bartenders and good music. Don’t miss their pisco sour (or pisco punch). I think it is the best in town!


Delancey Street Restaurant

WHERE: 600 The Embarcadero, at Brannan Street

WHAT: Good food served with a purpose

INFO: (415) 512-5179 or

Delancey Street is a self-help organization which has graduated more than 18,000 people into self-supporting productive citizenship — a great reason to go here. Another is the food. My favorites are the rosemary chicken and the sweet potato pie. Reasonable valet parking and a fantastic private dinning room.  


InnerYoga with Dina Amsterdam

WHERE: Yoga Tree, 1234 Valencia St., between 23rd and 24th streets

WHAT: InnerYoga, sometimes called Yin yoga, is a gentle yoga practice

INFO: (415) 647-9707 or

My wife introduced me to this. I was skeptical, never having tried yoga and not being very flexible. Dina is extremely patient and kind, focusing on paying attention to your body rather than running you through a series of prescribed poses. I always leave her class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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