Art, Mediterranean food and places for the kids 

Faves and raves by Henry Pacheco (Click on the picture to see Henry’s faves)

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AGE:
36

YEARS IN THE CITY: 15

NEIGHBORHOOD: Twin Peaks

OCCUPATION: Nonprofit communications with the Council for Global Equality (www.globalequality.org) and freelance graphic design (www.proteancreative.com)

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Art and design geek with a social justice bent who enjoys whatever never-dull San Francisco throws his way

FAVORITE INTERESTINGLY DESIGNED BUILDING

580 California

WHERE:
580 California St., at Kearny Street

WHAT:
A dose of fun for the Financial District

INFO: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/580_California_Street

Because “Goddess” sculptures always make a mansard-style roof pop! The sculptures adorning the top of the building are by the late artist Muriel Castanis, and they add a good amount of whimsy to the Financial District.

FAVORITE CAFE TO GET A CROISSANT

Thorough Bread & Pastry

WHERE:
248 Church St.

WHAT: Try the ham and cheese croissant

INFO: (415) 558-0690 or www.thoroughbreadandpastry.com

A great neighborhood bakery that offers not only a great ham-and-cheese croissant but countless other delicious baked goods. The bakers work in a kitchen right behind the counter so you can watch them work their magic. And they have a patio space to enjoy your baked goods al-fresco.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM SHOP

Bi-Rite Creamery

WHERE:
3692 18th St., at Dolores Street

WHAT: Great ice cream with interesting flavors

INFO: (415) 626-5600 or www.biritecreamery.com

Honey Lavender ice cream! ’Nuff said!

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE STREET ART

Clarion Alley

WHERE:
Bordered by Mission, Valencia, 17th and 18th streets

WHAT: Demonstrates that art on the wall doesn’t mean “tagging”

INFO: www.meganwilson.com/related/clarion

This alley turns the perception that all street art is “tagging” by gangs on its head. The works in this alley run the gamut of styles from the surreal to political to just plain fun! Nice place to let the kids get up close to the art.

FAVORITE PLACE TO ESCAPE THE CITY (WITHIN THE CITY)

Glen Canyon Park

WHERE:
Bosworth and Elk streets

WHAT: One of San Francisco’s many hidden gems

INFO: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Canyon_Park

Glen Canyon offers a nice relaxing hike, a spot for rock climbing and many areas to stop and enjoy the sounds and smells of nature.

FAVORITE MUSEUM OR GALLERY

Togonon Gallery

WHERE:
77 Geary St., second floor

WHAT: Diverse art, friendly staff

INFO: (415) 398-5572 or www.togonongallery.com

Togonon Gallery focuses on art created in the Bay Area by people of color using a wide range of media. And the staff will actually say hello when you visit! The first Thursday of the month, the galleries in the area stay open later.

FAVORITE KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

Choice Yakiniku

WHERE:
Diamond Heights Shopping Center, 5214-A Diamond Heights Blvd.

WHAT: Small space with tons of food

INFO: (415) 206-9755

What it lacks in decor it more than makes up for in service and the amount of food you get for the price. Want a bento box with chicken katsu? You got it. Want burgers? You got it. Want breakfast? You got it. Want happy kids? You got it!

FAVORITE RESTAURANT (WITHOUT KIDS)

Layaly

WHERE:
2435 Clement St., between 25th and 26th avenues

WHAT: End your meal with the kanafi

INFO: (415) 668-1676 or www.layalysf.com

Outer Richmond Mediterranean grill serving up great food and good service at a fair price. The kanafi [Middle Eastern dessert with shredded wheat, pistachios, rose water and cheese] is a nice and sweet way to end your meal.

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S PARK  

Aptos Playground

WHERE:
105 Aptos Ave., between Upland Drive and Ocean Avenue

WHAT: Outdoor entertainment for all ages

INFO: sfrecpark.org

Play structures, tennis court, baseball diamond, a blacktop to skateboard and every parent’s favorite — a bathroom!

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