CUESA (which stands for Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) has been running the twice-weekly farmers markets for years. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday they have offered everything from dry-farmed early girl tomatoes at their peak to more kinds of greens than I ever knew existed and great local foods like Tacolicious and Sweets Collection’s Tequila-fueled jello shots.
While the food in San Francisco is generally delicious, many restaurants and stores don’t deliver. A handful of apps are changing up the situation. Caviar offers home delivery from a number of classic San Francisco restaurants including Chinatown icon R&G — which offers its signature plate of Dungeness Crab — prepared with either salt and pepper, black bean sauce or steamed with wine and egg, among other options.
Seamless delivers food from all over the City, neatly organized by zip code and cuisine. The site also posts ratings as well as staff favorites. Delivery is free, while Caviar has a $9.99 fee per order.
Mavelous SF which is located in the Mid Market area has been doing double duty as a serious coffee house and a wine bar at night. The multi-tasking operation was heralded by 7×7, before it opened as a bar that should be “a stunning addition to the San Francisco coffee scene. The new coffee and wine bar from Phillip Ma is likewise going to offer a crazy array of options for getting your drink on.” The evening selection, according to the bar’s website, offers 50 varieties of sustainably grown wines by the bottle, and 15 by the glass concentrating on boutique wineries throughout the US, and countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Argentina, and New Zealand.
Fantastic brunch places abound in the Mid-Market Area. Given our often great weather – and frequent desire to continue festivities from the night before on a lovely weekend — this can be one of the best meals to enjoy in San Francisco. Here’s an insider dossier on some of the latest and greatest places to dine midday on the weekend.
Triptych, on Folsom Street in Soma, features a menu that includes beignets filled with berry cream and classic French bistro fare like Croque Madame sandwiches. The restaurant’s Egg Benedict dishes also are made with cage-free eggs.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board is about to install the City’s first Bicycle Barometer in the Mid Market area this Friday. It is intended to help promote San Francisco’s ever-growing interest in urban biking as everyday transit which is expected to hit one million annually.
It will digitally display the number of people in the bike lane, according to a SFMTA press release, as well as summarizing volumes for the day and the annual total. “As more and more San Franciscans are using a bicycle as part of their everyday commute, this visual bike counter will raise awareness of the positive impact bicycling has on traffic congestion, air quality and personal health,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA director of transportation in a recent SFMTA press release.
Minna Street in the Mid Market Area has become a hotbed of cocktail activity. The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, an industrial space on the second floor tucked behind Mission Street, is being overseen by a handful of talented local bartenders who have created a dynamic event and classroom space.
As a veteran journalist who had covered the drinks industry for two decades it is really exciting to see a group of bartenders banding together to create a school and event space. There are very few spaces like it in the country and it is a fun, off-the-beaten-track private party space.
The new 1601 Bar & Kitchen is conveniently tucked just behind Market Street and serves a menu of Sri Lankan-inspired small plates, some of which are high-end riffs on street foods. Many dishes, such as the crunchy raw kale salad, are vegetable-focused and there are lots of coconut at play in the menu, featured in small plates from the halibut ceviche to the coconut forbidden rice that accompanies the smoked salmon. The use of local ingredients, like heirloom potatoes and Straus yogurt, also give the menu a distinctly California vibe.
Chef owner Brian Fernando’s food elegantly combines some classic Indian ingredients and spices in mainstream favorites like meatballs and steak. The Chez Panisse alum is exploring his heritage while bringing San Francisco another high-end interpretation of Indian regional food, that pairs well with wine, much in the style of beloved Southern Indian restaurant Dosa.
How often have you been frustrated with your ability to chop meat or vegetables or end up cutting yourself? Do you even know where to get your knives sharpened in SF? As an ambitious home cook I have been through all of this, so I am happy to see a local culinary and team-building school giving us non-professionals some well-deserved lessons.
Hands on Gourmet does fun team-building events, from coaching you on how to prepare different kinds of dumplings, to making pizza dough, mostly for corporations. They also offer really useful classes on retro, and pertinent, topics like canning and everyday knife skills.
This cozy and hip music venue has been around for almost a decade. It hosts a variety of live shows almost every night for what is usually a minor cover fee. A full-bar with lovely wine, beer and a solid cocktail selection is also available. There’s also a cozy upstairs balcony for prime-time viewing.
For a surprisingly small space, acoustics are good and the vibe is friendly. The range of musical genres is wide and the crowd is often as much fun to watch as the bands. “You won’t find any stereotypically sleazy club owners in cheesy silk shirts at the Rickshaw Stop,”
according to the SF Chronicle as cited on the venue’s website. The space is only a few blocks from Mid Market.
American Conservatory Theater (ACT) artistic Director Carey Perloff announced that the National Theatre of Scotland’s internationally acclaimed production of Black Watch will make its Northern California premiere at The Drill Court at the Armory Community Center, located in the Mission.
The show was directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany and incorporates multimedia effects, traditional Scottish music and unique stagecraft to go inside the legendary regiment’s tour of duty in Iraq, according to ACT’s website. The show opens in May and runs through the beginning of June.
This centrally located artery is about to be jamming with new places to imbibe and snack, many of which promise to be more delicious than the fantastic food carts at the Civic Center Farmers’ Market (who doesn’t love a little bacon for breakfast, lunch or your dog?).
A handful of the new places slated to come online include a new beer hall at the base of Polk Street, the Driftwood and Southside Lounges and Whiteside Company, a new venture from Bar Agricole’s Thad Vogler, slated to open later this year. All of these recent openings were reported by 7X7 in this recent story. Beloved local chef Mourad Lahlou is also slated to move his cult Moroccan restaurant from the Richmond to New Montgomery by the end of this year.
Art, upscale or edgy, has never been better in San Francisco. Renowned video artist Christian Marclay’s 24-hour exhibit debuted on April 6th in SF after a critically acclaimed run at New York’s MOMA. The show will run until June.
Marclay is a Bay Area artist and has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the world. The exhibit is constructed from thousands of film clips indicating the passage of time and excerpts of these moments from their original contexts are edited together. It covers many time frames and genres that vary from silent classics and action blockbusters to Westerns and foreign films.