Faves and raves by Teddy Gonzalez (Click on the picture to see Teddy’s faves!)
YEARS IN THE CITY: 18
NEIGHBORHOOD: Pacific Heights
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Quiet, fun-loving, into manga and anime, wrote her first novel at 14
FAVORITE VIEW OF THE CITY
Golden Gate Bridge
WHERE: Northwest edge of The City
WHAT: Graceful red smile welcoming everyone to the Bay
I like how you can see Alcatraz on a clear day, but it’s also great to feel the fog roll in and cover you in tiny pinpricks of moisture.
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY PIRATE PARAPHERNALIA
WHERE: 826 Valencia St., at 19th Street
WHAT: Nonprofit that helps kids express themselves
INFO: (415) 642-5905 or 826valencia.org
Yo ho ho and avast, matey. The Pirate Store is the place for all things pirate. And the proceeds go to teaching writing skills to kids 6-18, so you can’t go wrong. Poke around, open the drawers and cupboards, and rifle through everything!
WHERE: 900 North Point St., at Larkin Street
WHAT: Best chocolate delights ever
INFO: (415) 474-3938 or www.ghirardelli.com
You can find me at the ice cream fountain at Ghirardelli Square a lot, devouring chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup. I mean, if you’re going to have ice cream at Ghirardelli, make it chocolate!
FAVORITE CLOTHING STORE
WHERE: 801 Market St., at Fourth Street
WHAT: Clothing that actually fits me
INFO: (415) 344-0375 or www.oldnavy.gap.com
I wear a size 12 slim children’s, and it’s hard to find jeans that look good on me, but Old Navy has these skinny jeans that fit perfectly and look great. I am forever grateful for whoever designed these.
FAVORITE ITALIAN RESTAURANT
WHERE: 659 Columbus Ave., at Filbert Street
WHAT: Indoor and outdoor dining in North Beach
INFO: (415) 397-7355 or www.piazzapellegrini.com
Everything here is delicious, but I cannot get enough of the spinach ravioli. And if I still have room, their tiramisu is to die for.
FAVORITE HISTORIC SITE
WHERE: Island in the middle of the Bay
WHAT: Former federal penitentiary
INFO: (415) 561-4900 or www.nps.gov/alcatraz
Creepy, haunted, chilling, inspiring, saddening, amazing. I visit The Rock every chance I get. It’s easy to catch the ferry at Pier 33 — you just have to maneuver through the tourists.
FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP FOR BOOKS
WHERE: 1610 Geary Blvd., at Webster Street
WHAT: A little bit of Japan in S.F.
INFO: (415) 567-4573 or www.sfjapantown.org
The bookstores at Japantown have extensive collections of manga and anime books, comics, DVDs and other stuff. When I’m not reading manga and anime, I can still flaunt my obsession with my anime book bag.
FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT
WHERE: Market Street and Civic Center
WHAT: Annual celebration of all things LGBT
INFO: (415) 864-0831 or www.sfpride.org
The parade and party at Civic Center are huge! There are rainbows everywhere and you feel real supported.
FAVORITE CITY WALK
WHERE: Grant Street, between Bush and Broadway streets
WHAT: China in America
It feels like you’re in China when you’re there. San Francisco’s Chinatown is a foreign country where a lot of people don’t speak English, especially in the side streets and alleys. Great shopping if you need to buy souvenirs.