Butter, city views, beaches, bookstores 

Faves and raves by Jessica Murray  (Click the picture for a slideshow of Jessica's faves)

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AGE:
60

YEARS IN THE CITY: 36

NEIGHBORHOOD: Castro

OCCUPATION: Astrologer, writer

SELF-DESCRIPTION: Trained as a fine artist; worked in political theatre; studied astrology and other spiritual traditions for 30 years; writes about the world situation from a metaphysical point of view

FAVORITE QUIET SPACE

Eureka Valley Harvey Milk Memorial Public Library

WHERE:
1 José Sarria Court, at Market Street

WHAT: Sweet temple of sanity in a cacophonous world

INFO: (415) 355-5616

The resources offered are absolutely free, the ambience is clean and respectful, and you can be together with people in a quiet space. My humble neighborhood branch even has a fireplace.

FAVORITE THEATER

The Roxie Theatre

WHERE:
3117 16th St., at Valencia Street

WHAT: San Francisco’s oldest continually operated theater

INFO: (415) 863-1087 or www.roxie.com

My feelings about the Roxie are as potent as some people’s are about their old Italian grandmothers or saving the whales. To me, this wonderful movie palace stands as a beacon of independent art, intelligent culture, the true-grit Mission, even the glories of this city’s hippie past.

FAVORITE BAKERY

Thoroughbread Bakery

WHERE:
248 Church St., at 15th Street

WHAT: Bright, airy and delicious

INFO:
(415) 558-0690

You can hear and taste the French-ness. None of this low-fat nonsense — all butter, all the time.

FAVORITE VIEWS OF THE CITY

Mission Dolores Park

WHERE:
Dolores Street, between 18th and 20th streets

WHAT: Lovely urban lawn

INFO:
www.missiondolorespark.com

Sitting on that emerald-green grass on a beautiful day overlooking the skyline blew my mind when I first came to this city decades ago, and it still does.

FAVORITE ICE CREAM PARLOR

Xanath Ice Cream

WHERE:
949 Valencia St., between 20th and 21st streets

WHAT: Ice creams to savor like fine wines

INFO: (415) 648-8996

Cinnamon, saffron, cardamom, fig, huckleberry and all sorts of unlikely flavors. Oh my stars, it’s good.

FAVORITE THRIFT SHOP

Seconds to Go

WHERE:
2252 Fillmore St., between Clay and Sacramento streets

WHAT:
Chi-chi shopping for everyone

INFO: (415) 563-7806 or www.secondstogo.org

I like the concept of high-end secondhand stores, where persons of means can share what they get tired of and the rest of us can have a shot.

FAVORITE BEACH

Baker Beach

WHERE:
Bowley Street at Lincoln Boulevard, Presidio

WHAT: Rugged cliffs and fluffy sand

INFO: www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/baker-beach.html

A winsome, low-key place to be on a warm day, with that great red bridge hovering over to the right. You remember why you’re not living in Los Angeles.

FAVORITE BOOKSTORE

Aardvark Books

WHERE:
227 Church St., at Market Street

WHAT: Used bookstore with a great selection

INFO: (415) 552-6733

May the used bookstores among us thrive; yea and verily, may they prosper and multiply. This one has a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and an award-winning cat.

FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET

Fillmore Street Farmers Market

WHERE:
Fillmore Street, at O’Farrell Street

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

WHAT: A nice assortment of fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses and more

INFO: www.pcfma.com/market_home.php?market_id=13

Roses a gal can afford. People always seem in a good mood; this should tell us something.

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