Faves and raves by Moira Noiseux
YEARS IN THE CITY: One in The City, 20+ in the Bay Area
NEIGHBORHOOD: South of Market
OCCUPATION: Partner at Sapient Photography, social media at Mobclix, event promotions at Popchips
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Gluten-free, committed to new possibilities, proud supporter of my husband, Damien Miller
FAVORITE YOGA STUDIO
WHERE: 1543 Mission St., between 11th and Lafayette streets
WHAT: Donation-only policy makes it easy to come and relax
INFO: (415) 355-9642 or www.urbanflowyoga.com
Positive energy abounds at Urban Flow — lots of natural light and inspiring music. The donation-only policy breaks down the boundaries to getting me on my mat more often!
FAVORITE PLACE FOR INTERNAL CLEANSING
Avra Organic Spa
WHERE: 505 Beach St., Suite 130, between Jones and Leavenworth streets
WHAT: Change your relationship with your insides
INFO: (415) 351-1500 or www.avraorganicspa.com
The staff is very professional and the spa is clean and relaxing. The treatments will change your relationship with your insides, for the better!
FAVORITE CLOTHING STORE
WHERE: 327 Grant Ave., between Sutter Street and Harlan Place
WHAT: Athletic wear that you can wear on a night out
INFO: (415) 402-0914 or www.lululemon.com
I love the design details and the fit of the groove pants. Lululemon clothing stands the test of everyday athletic wear, and it can be dressed up for a night out.
FAVORITE PLACE TO CREATE REAL CONNECTIONS
WHERE: 2400 Harrison St., at 20th Street
WHAT: A reminder to throw off your cynicism and embrace joy
INFO: (415) 830-3014 or www.cafegratitude.com
The food is delicious, especially the desserts, but the best thing here is the opportunity to talk about connection, being present and love.
FAVORITE MEXICAN RESTAURANT
WHERE: 2779 Mission St., between 23rd and 24th streets
WHAT: The spot for late-night grub
INFO: (415) 824-7877 or www.elfarolitoinc.com
After my husband is done photographing a nightclub party or society event, we head over to the mission to watch the guys at El Farolito making fresh carne asada in the window. Then we order big plates and grab all three kinds of salsas. The bill is typically under $15.
FAVORITE VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT
WHERE: 937 Howard St., between Fifth and Mary streets
WHAT: Hearty helpings of pho on the cheap
INFO: (415) 882-7188 or www.tinsf.com
All I want is a big bowl of pho at a low price, in decent surroundings. And here it is! The new owners have made the interior more modern, they but haven’t raised the prices.
FAVORITE INTERACTIVE RESTAURANT
WHERE: 657 Harrison St., between Third and Hawthorne streets
WHAT: Great spot for a unique dining experience
INFO: (415) 348-0900 or www.supperclub.com
The staff here is so creative and fun — I love to see the new acts and costumes they come up with. The lengthy dinner service lets me have a conversation with guests during dinner as well as enjoy the show. And the food is great too!
FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS
De Young Museum
WHERE: Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
WHAT: Cool sculptures, and the tower has a terrific view
INFO: (415) 750-3600; www.famsf.org
I love the museum cafe and the surrounding sculpture gardens. The view from the tower at the De Young is perfect for new visitors to see the layout of The City without freezing to death.