Faves and raves by Nannette Mickle (Click on the picture to see Nannette's faves!)
Years in The City: 21
Neighborhood: Diamond Heights
Occupation: Books groups for Hostelling International at www.sfhostels.org
Self Description: Working in the travel industry gives her the chance to show off The City to visitors from all around the world; the best part is getting their feedback on the literal and figurative ups and downs of San Francisco.
FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT AN ICE CREAM SUNDAE
Toy Boat Dessert Cafe
WHERE: 401 Clement St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues
WHAT: Excellent mint chip, interesting collectibles
INFO: (415) 751-7505
I treat myself to a mint chocolate chip ice cream sundae (hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts — no cherry) while gazing at the amazing collectibles inside. Pee Wee Herman!
FAVORITE PET CEMETERY
Presidio Pet Cemetery
WHERE: The Presidio, McDowell Avenue and Cowles Street
WHAT: Feed your inner goth
I find that I need to feed my inner goth from time to time. This is the perfect spot in The City to nourish her.
FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A FILM
New People Cinema
WHERE: 1746 Post St., between Webster and Buchanan streets
WHAT: Even the bathrooms are high quality
INFO: (415) 525-8600 or www.vizcinema.com
This underground cinema inside New People shows some of the hottest films from Japan. Check out the bathrooms. I am not kidding — they are incredible.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE BHANGRA DANCE CLASSES
Dholrhythms Dance Company
WHERE: 3221 22nd St., at Mission Street
WHAT: Feel like a Bollywood star
INFO: (415) 694-9080 or www.dholrhythms.com
Bhangra is one of the most uplifting and joyous forms of dancing you can experience, and you feel like a Bollywood star. Working out never felt this good. Namaste!
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET ACUPUNCTURE
Dr. Johnson You
WHERE: 245 Clement St., between Third and Fourth avenues
WHAT: Who can deny Roger Daltrey’s taste?
INFO: (415) 387-9738
I’ve had amazing results from this talented doctor. There is a photo on display of the doctor with Roger Daltrey. See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE GLAMOUR SHOTS
The Palace of Fine Arts
WHERE: 3301 Lyon St., at Bay Street
WHAT: Perfect backdrop for glamour shots
INFO: (415) 563-6504 or www.palaceoffinearts.org
You’ll see a lot of wedding parties getting their photos done here. Who says you have to get married to take some glamour shots? Work it, girl!
FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE YOUR SCOOTER
Golden Gate Park
WHERE: Between the Sunset and the Richmond
WHAT: Beautiful, scenic city drive
Head into the park on Fell Street and continue down John F. Kennedy Drive. Zip past the Conservatory of Flowers, vroom past Spreckels Lake, honk at the bison and keep going all the way to the ocean.
FAVORITE STREETCAR RIDE
The F Train
WHERE: Inbound toward Fisherman’s Wharf, outbound towards The Castro
WHAT: A transit line that doubles as a city tour
There are tons of ways to experience being a tourist in your own city. The F is my little secret $2 bargain-basement hop-on-hop-off bus tour from The Castro to Fisherman’s Wharf.
FAVORITE BOOKSTORE TO OGLE AT MANGA
WHERE: 1581 Webster St., between Geary Boulevard and Post Street
WHAT: Terrific selection of Japanese comics
INFO: (415) 567-7625 or www.kinokuniya.com
You’ll also find newspapers, magazines, videos, music CDs, stationery and the most kawaii (cute) gifts on the face of the Earth.